Shakespeare's Pub

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Shakespeare's PubShakespeare's Pub

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(269) 488-7782 | map

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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 Bung
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of shivtim
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Just a block or so from Bells and Kraftbrau, this is one of the better "college bars" in Kzoo. If you're over 35 you might feel a little out of place. There's nothing too special about Shakespeare's, but it's still a fun hangout. Selection is pretty decent- nothing earth shattering, but they tend to have several Bells and Arcadia on tap, and usually one from Rogue (Shakespeare Stout... what'd you expect?) and some from Michigan Brewing and New Holland. Plus they have a large selection of import macros on tap (Stella, Harp, Boddingtons and the like). Overall it's not a bar that you'd visit just for the beer, but it's a great bar for a friday night when you don't have to drive. If you're only in Kzoo for a day, stick with Bells/Kraftbrau/Olde Penninsula, but if you have a little more time and a late night, hit up Shakespeare's.

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Photo of Danielr26
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Inglewood
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of CRJMellor
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Definitely sports bar themed place but looking at the tap selections you can get over it pretty quick. The pub sits on the top floor of the old Shakepeare Rod & Reel factory in downtown K-zoo. It's about 3 -4 blocks west of Bell's Eccentric Cafe.
The remodiling was done very well and it is a very light and airy place with big windows. As you enter there are lots of 4-6 person sit-down dinner tables on the main floor along with 4-person high bar ables along the windows. Bar is on the left as you walk in the middle. In the back or 2 pool tables, 2 dart boards and the ever present Golden Tee golf game.
They have about 30 draught beers with 20 reserved for the masses. Average usually sees 2 Arcadia's, 2 Kraftbrau, several Bell's and some Rogue. Always a nice 8 beers to choose from. The place seems to be doing well and even the more unique beers are moving.
Myself or my drinking partners have tried the majority of the menu and although not highly creative it is very good. All the staple pub foods are well represented and very tasty.
2 nice 52-inch flat screens and several smaller screens let you see all the sports you need to see. Nice to place to hang and watch football but you can avoid it if you want. Nice to see another option in downtown Kalamazoo.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I visited Shakespeare's recently with BMoney575 and was not expecting much. The establishment is very unique and surprisingly large. The beer selection was pretty good which included Rogue, Sierra Nevada, Bell's, Founders, etc. I am not sure of everything they had because there was no list of what was available in the menu or at the table. The service was about what you would expect at a sports bar-ish place. The best thing about when we were there was all pints of micro brew was $2.50- which was quite a steal. The food was very enjoyable and they had some unique offerings. I was impressed.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of aforbes10
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Went with the wife and shivtim (and many others) to Shakespeare's last night after a hockey game. Its right down the street from Bell's and Kraftbrau and appears to be a good place to go if those places are not open or are charging a cover. They have 20-25 taps, a lot of them good (Rogue Shakepeare Stout, Arrogant Bastard, Hacker-Pshorr, 3 Bells, etc.) They also have two beers brewed especially for them. The first is Ironic Ale, brewed by Michigan Brewing Co. and the other is Aloha Ale brewed by Arcadia. Both of these were $2.50 for a pint on Fridays and you could buy sixers of the Ironic (which was a nice hopped-up beer). They also had bottles of other things, including some Weihenstaphen (sp?) and seasonals from Dark Horse like Tres Blueberry Stout. So that's all good. Biggest problem is probably their atmosphere, which might turn some off. It's loud and crowded and almost meat-market-like. So, yeah, its a regular college bar in that respect. However, i will say that i would like to see all college bars have such an impressive tap lineup and bottle selection and be giving nice deals on the craft brews like these guys are. So, to sum up, it's a college bar with good beer but probably the third or fourth place i'd choose to go in K-Zoo.

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Photo of Fargrow
2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Good beer, good food, consistently terrible service.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of granger10
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I'm surprised I haven't yet reviewed this place. It's a typical college sports bar right next to Bell's with a nice tap selection. A fairly popular place on the weekends, this place has a couple pool tables, hand shuffleboard, golden tee and a few other bar games. Small porch out back. Tap selection is impressive with a couple Kraftbrau, a couple Bell's, a Short's is there, some Michigan Brewing Co, Bar Harbor, and Rogue have been seen before. Really not too bad. Service has been decent to good, and always friendly every time I'm there. I've only had nachos here so no food rating. A decent place to go to watch a game, maybe before hitting up Bell's.

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Photo of Wildman
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is basically a sports bar located near Bell's and Kraftbrau. Like them, it would be easy to overlook this place. This looks like it is in a converted business building. A flairly long place with tables along the side and a fairly long bar. A couple of small TVs and the usual bar food. The menu is pub style, slightly dressed up, but pretty good. The beers on tap consist of the locals like Bell's, Arcadia and Kraftbrau plus a few others one's added. One them which made sense was Rogue's Shakespeare. A decent bottle selection as well. While you would still want to hit Bell's, it gives you another place to eat while still having a good beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of deakin
3.81/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of MSEGUIN
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of BMoney575
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I visited Shakespeare's for the first time recently, and was impressed. The interior is very sports bar, which is a good thing if you're watching the game. The place is quite large, with tables lining the exterior walls. It was noisy, but most bars like this are. The beer selection was good, but they don't do a very good job of displaying what the have. I had a Rogue Shakespeare, because it was the easy choice. The service was decent, our waitress seemed friendly, but very busy. The selection of food was very good, and what I had was very tasty. As far as value goes, this place is great. On Saturday, pints are only $2.50, and they have all kinds of other deals. Definitely worth a try, I'll be going there often.

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Photo of cards22
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Magpie14
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Photo of Robdiesel21
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of TheBear11D
2.86/5  rDev -24.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2

This is usually a noisier place. You can find a rather large college crowd with a small mix of the thirty to forty age range. They have a kareoke night which can feature some decent singers along with some who are awful (of course to be expected), however, that is always a popular night.

The servers are pretty good. I tend to find the servers who are distracted by a friend or relative and get poor service, but my friends seem to find good service when they go here.

The selection is nothing to get excited for. They have beer which is about all I can say for them. Pretty much your average bar stuff here.

I haven't tried the food.

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Shakespeare's Pub in Kalamazoo, MI
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