Wolski's Tavern

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Wolski's TavernWolski's Tavern
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Wolski's TavernWolski's Tavern

Type: Bar

1836 N Pulaski St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53202-1611
United States

(414) 276-8130 | map


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3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

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3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Chaz
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.75

Wolski's is certainly not a high class joint. In fact nowadays, Craft-focused gastropubs are increasingly common, so the fact that it is a straight-up dive counts against it. But for someone like me (and taste being entirely subjective), it's an above average atmosphere. Relaxed and pretty mellow -- or as mellow as such a place is likely to get.

As the place is tucked-away in a residential neighborhood it 'stands out' to me, as a place that fits the atmosphere. Unpretentious, but inviting all the same. There's only a few places that I've had the pleasure of visiting that even come close to this place.

My visit was with a group of several other friends, and right after the Lakefront tour. We had a couple of drink tokens from the tour that were honored at the bar, so -after a couple of games of pool and a couple of extra pints- it ended up being a dirt cheap visit.

Food amounted to complimentary popcorn on this visit, but I recall they had some other old time "bar food" items like pickles and chips and maybe pickled eggs? I'm sure there'd be some frozen pizzas in the mix, too, but on this particular visit we ended up going cross town afterword for some Popeye's chicken.

Service was pretty-damned friendly, and I think one of the bartenders had a good shine goin' on. I thought about picking up one of their Fr. Guido Sarducci t-shirts that I saw behind the bar, but after blowing a few hundred dollars (at Sam's and Discount) thought better of it.

Tap selection was better than average for a dive bar by any standard: Spotted Cow, Capital Amber, Lakefront Witbier and Bock, plus a couple of the Pabst-owned lager brands. This was before the big, hipster-driven PBR craze had taken the nation by storm, so I believe those taps were still rockin' regular Schlitz and Old Style. Like I said, this is a dive bar with a better than average selection for the time, but nowadays it will certainly not impress even the most jaded of 'slummin' it' hipsters, so I knock 'em a bit there in the rating.

Review from (vintage 2003!) pocket notebook and napkin scribblings.

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Photo of colonelforbin
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Talk about a neighborhood corner bar. This place is literally right on a street corner in a residential neighborhood. I guess that's how it's done in Wisconsin, you wouldn't find a place like Wolski's in many places here in Northern CA.

Wolski's has been around a while and you can tell. Lots of history here, from what it appears. Nice long bar. Also features games (darts, pool, I think?) to be played. Definitely a locals spot.

Selection wasn't great but there were some standard craft selections (Two Hearted, Spotted Cow, Lakefront brews, etc.) from the area on tap. Nothing unusual or out of the ordinary by any means though. Service was fine. No problems there.

Worth a visit to be sure. Play some darts, have a beer and check this place out. They'll have at least a handful of decent/good craft beers on tap. The atmosphere is unique, at least for a visitor from the west coast like myself. We have places like this out here, but nothing quite like Wolski's.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

I'm pretty surprised that there are only 3 reviews of Wolski's on here, all the more because of how many Milwaukee dwellers I see on this site. As others have mentioned, this is a place with a storied past, and it's difficult to critically evaluate it apart from that...and I don't think one should. In much the same way that you wouldn't visit Wrigley Field and give it a C or a D grade because it lacks all the modern amenities and flair of more modern ballparks, you have to appreciate historic pubs for the legends and culture surrounding them.

That being said, I've always found Wolski's to have a fun and vibrant atmosphere--I have never been in there when it wasn't packed. It tends to draw the college scene on weekends, but there's always a pretty diverse crowd when you look around. The place is very old but maintained well. Beautiful back bar and classic registers plant it firmly in the past. The bartenders have always been good when I've visited...fast and as friendly as can be expected, given the volume of people. As others have mentioned, there aren't a ton of beers to choose from, but their tap offerings have always reflected some of the best local brews; and I've never been disappointed with the taste. This is definitely a bar you should check out if you find yourself in Milwaukee--be sure you ask locals (or the bartenders, if they're free) to tell you some of the stories about this place.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Spent a few hours drinking here after the Lakefront tour. Basically a typical shot and a beer bar. Pool and darts in the back. A few tables up front. Decent sized wooden bar. They do have about 6-8 craft taps so there's something decent to drink, Couple Lakefront, Sprecher and Leinie's. Two Hearted was a nice surprise. I ordered several.

Quality seemed fine. None of the beers tasted off. The bartender was friendly and very fast.

I wouldn't say this is a beer destination it is a Milwaukee institution so you should make a point to stop here at least once in your life.

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2.6/5  rDev -28.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2

This place was an old-timey type with a long, zigzag bar, wood floors, a smattering of tables and chairs, a couple of working vintage registers, and a beautiful wood and mirror back bar. Aft and to the left were three English-style dartboards. Aft and to the right was a pool table and a fourth dartboard.

The line-up of beers included four Lakefront, New Glarus Spotted Cow, Sprecher Amber, three Leinie’s, Miller, Lite, and Blatz. I could not see the attraction and I came away unimpressed. A previous reviewer alluded to the place's history, but I remained ignorant as the result of my visit.

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Wolski's Tavern in Milwaukee, WI
Place rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 11 ratings