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37 Reviews
Romans' PubRomans' Pub

Type: Bar

3475 S Kinnickinnic Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53207-3169
United States

(414) 481-3396 | map

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Reviews by kbaker91:
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4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I was in Milwaukee for the weekend, and had Friday night free from obligations so I wanted to find a decent, mellow beer bar to try selections I cannot find on tap in MN. Wanting to avoid the Water/Brady/Summerfest scene, I found this place on Beerfly, and was rewarded for my search.

Romans is located in the South side of town, several miles away from the downtown scene, in a regular working-class neighborhood. The tavern itself is actually a converted home, the street level converted into a bar. Not a large bar, with tables to the side and two smaller rooms in back as well as a lovely porch to the side behind the bar. This tavern looks like many other working-class neighborhood taverns at first glance, until you notice the beer selection.

The beer selection is outstanding, including 30 taps. Every one, to my memory, was devoted to an American, German, or Belgian craft beer. I cannot obtain FFF in MN, so I was delighted to find several selections from that brewery here. Romans has a handy beer menu, it looks like it is updated every couple days, or whenever a tap runs out. The menu also lists several "beers in waiting" for when a line opens up, which I thought was a nice touch. I am not a cigar aficionado, but they also sell what appears to be a high-end selection of cigars on the premises as well.

The clientele is a nice mix of locals and other beer geeks that made the trip to the neighborhood because this place is a beer destination. Unpretentious is a great adjective for the scene here, unlike many other taverns with top-notch beer selections. The other patrons were having pleasant conversations about beer or the Brewer game on the large flat-screens behind the bar.

The owner that has been mentioned on several other reviews was not present as far as I could see. Instead a lovely lady was tending the bar. She was friendly and knew her beer as well as any beer geek I have ever met. She chatted up my wife & me about her beer vacation she had taken recently to Belgium.

Prices were more expensive than what you would expect for that neighborhood, but in line with other great beer bars in the Midwest that I have visited. Basically, you are getting what you pay for.

Overall, I love this place and wish I had one in my neighborhood. Highly recommended for any BA looking to get away from the crowds of the downtown Water St/Brady St area of Milwaukee.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DoctorZombies
4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Comfortable bar with outside patio seating. Great tap selection and "cellar". Sports and news on the multiple big screens, but this is not a sports bar. Owner Mike will point out that he runs a full service bar that features craft beer. Great guy to talk beer with too.

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Photo of JacksonSmith
1/5  rDev -77.9%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

Photo of BigBadBeerSnob
4.32/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Bshaw22
4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Place has great beer. Kind of a weird vibe w/ wood on the walls and chincy tables. Owner knows a lot of stuff but can be a bit crass. Don't look for a whole lot of conversation unless your his bro.
The Beer is the main thing though and it keeps me coming back.

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Photo of Steady_eddie1
4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Anyone remember when Webb's was down the street?

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Photo of je1129
4.76/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of MKE_b33r_n00b
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Bartender can be cantankerous but best beer selection!

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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4.32/5  rDev -4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of Stezz420
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Alpar
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of WiscoHabsFan
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of BarrelAgedG
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Eman17
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of WesMKE
5/5  rDev +10.6%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of robear
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Atmosphere- nicely designed clean bar with a patio. In a nice part of St. Francis. Can't think of any reason why I wouldn't want to go drink a beer here. Romans himself is a jovial fellow who loves talking beer. As long as you bring your craft beer chops, you'll be fine.

Quality- no shitty beer here. Even good borderline beer (Spotted Cow) doesn't get a handle here. If you don't feel like looking up taplists but want to be guaranteed 10-12 awesome beers and a few more pretty good ones, Romans' is your stop.

Service- If you're at Romans' drinking a beer, then Romans' himself poured you that beer. Can't beat that.

Selection- Well curated. I'd love it if he had 50 taps, because I know he wouldn't put anything he didn't approve of on any of them.

Value- yes. You'll get great beer at a good price.

Romans' isn't your typical bar. It's well-lit and clean. If you're looking for a place to take a frat house or a bachelor party, this isn't it (although I have the feeling he might say ok to a craft beer drinking bachelorette party...)

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Photo of JayCheG
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

If you are looking for a laid back environment to enjoy awesome beer this is the place to go. If you are looking to rage I recommend looking elsewhere because Mike, the owner, makes it abundantly clear this is not the place for that. The beer is awesome and there is always something good to drink. Mike knows his beers and goes to great lengths to make sure that he is getting his customers the best beer he possibly can and that they are drinking at the right time. It is my understanding that this is one of the first bars in the area and the interior is almost unchanged which provides a great environment to enjoy those great beers. If you consider yourself a beer aficionado or an aspiring beer geek with a good attitude check this place out!

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Photo of GregHicks
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of hansenm72
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Mike, the owner, is actually a really great guy and more knowledgeable about beer than anyone else I've met. When it gets busy and he's the only one behind the bar, maybe he can come off as a bit short but I've had nothing but great experiences there. They also have never hesitated to let me try a beer before committing to a full glass. I love the place and go there every chance I get.

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Photo of Nemers
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Best beer in the City of Milwaukee. Lines are cleaned almost weekly to keep the beer tasting great. The owner knows his beer and the menu is constantly changing. Only gripe is that the bar is a bit small. This place is a must on any beer enthusiasts list.

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Photo of jnoff78
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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Romans' Pub in Milwaukee, WI
4.52 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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