Shakespeare's Pub

BA SCORE
83
good

40 Ratings
Shakespeare's PubShakespeare's Pub
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

241 E Kalamazoo Ave
Ste 100
Kalamazoo, Michigan, 49007-3869
United States

(269) 488-7782 | map
shakespearespub.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
83
Ratings:
40
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
10.99%
 
 
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Reviews by Magpie14:
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3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This was my main hangout when going to WMU. Large rectangular bar and bustling atmosphere. Typical bar feel, nothing really stands out. But in any event, I always try to get to this place when in town.

I always found the draft beer selection great and accommodating. The patio, although somewhat prefabricated, is a nice feature in the summer. Good quality all around!
Service is always pretty good, it can have its lapses and mishaps on busy nights. I like the nice row of taps and they always have some special whether beer, food, or cocktails on every night.

I regularly enjoyed the hummus with a cold one in hand.
I must say, for Kalamazoo, they have a nice large selection of drafts overall.
The only quarrel I have is the smokiness in the place

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Robdiesel21
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of cards22
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of deakin
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of steelegirl1234
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of MSEGUIN
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of Inglewood
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of austing32
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of JackNip
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BriaCloette
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of swtchuck
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of styleisking
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of BigTuna1066
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Fargrow
2.73/5  rDev -25%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Good beer, good food, consistently terrible service.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Shakespeare's Pub was the last stop on our Kalamazoo beer crawl, and we were (or at least I was!) drunk at this point.

Shakespeare’s is a very busy joint located only a block from Bell's and filled with what appeared to be twenty-somethings drinking bad beer and cheap liquor, despite the 44 taps they have here. Or maybe because of it, considering they have Heineken, Bud Light, Strongbow, Newcastle and other macro garbage brews on tap… If you check out their draft offerings online (their menu is posted on their website) you'll see. Some good Michigan stuff like Bell's, Founders, Short's, Dark Horse, Hideout, Greenbush; also stuff from Southern Tier and other major breweries from around the US. But this is not the place to find crazy-good brews.

Not sure I would come back, even though I had a lot of fun here.

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Photo of SteveSly
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Shakespeares has one of the largest beer selections in town, so if you like a variety, this is a cool place to go. They have at least 30 or more beers on tap at any given time, and most of them microbrews. It is also only about a block away from Bell’s which a bonus is. It tends to attract a college age crowd (especially later in the evening), but I am over 50 and don’t really feel out of place. The atmosphere is just ok. The food is just ok as well, although I do like their pizza. They have a live performance space in the basement (used to be a comedy club), and two outdoor patios which are great in nice weather.

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Photo of Beerthoven
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Danielr26
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Fatdenny
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 2.5

went there for a company christmas gathering. very pleasant atmosphere but the crowd was a little loud. the beer selection is enormous. I tried two or three different beers. I always worry about the beer lines where the taps number greater than 30 or so, but I did not taste anything to indicate the lines are not properly maintained.

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Photo of Randydetman
2.46/5  rDev -32.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5

Very, very poor customer service.

I was in kzoo on vacation from DC so we decided to check this bar out. Unfortunately I was immediately harassed by a bouncer at the door because I had an out of state ID. Then at 1:50 am they announced last call. So we purchased one last beer and about 1 min after the bartender handed us our Oberons two bouncers came up to us and told us we had to "finish our beers" now or they would take them away. Even though we just bought them. I asked the bouncers if they could give us a couple of minutes...they rudely responded "no" and moved in closer to us and put began to reach over toward the beers in our hands. At this point it's about 1:53 am, not 2 am! We were forced to slam our nice beers instead of enjoying a great Michigan beer on a Friday night.

This type of harassment was completely unprofessional and intimidating. I will never come back to this bar! They need to teach their bouncers how to respect their customers before they can earn my future business.

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Shakespeare's Pub in Kalamazoo, MI
3.64 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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