Palm Tavern

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Type: Bar

2989 S Kinnickinnic Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53207-2518
United States

(414) 744-0393 | map

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Reviews:
26
Ratings:
54
pDev:
8.52%
 
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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by BeerFMAndy:
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4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

If I wasn't following someone here, I would have never found it. Minimal signage to this bar is actually quite intriguing. Beerwolf77 and I made our way there the other night for the special tapping of Duvel Green so we could review it like the tickers we are.

We got inside this dive-like place. It was just as dark as the night we came in from, in fact probably darker because of the lit street. Lucky us there was a spot at the end of the bar for us both. Maybe the lack of light hides the imperfections of the dive, but either way, it had a sort of draw to it.

It was a small, small location with minimal room and I could see it being packed beyond belief on a Friday night. I immediately went to the bathroom which was a whole five feet (ish) away from the bar. No sink inside, rather, it was communal one outside between the bathrooms. In Todd's words, "they put your business out on the street so people can say, 'don't shake hands with that guy!' when he skips the last part of the process." Kind of awkward.

I didn't have a chance to really look over the list of things they had to offer since I was ordered for while relieving myself, but I saw their massive selection hiding in the fridge behind the bar and on the tap handles in front of me. Very, very nice selection of Belgian craft!

The service was nice and the bar tender clearly knew exactly what he was doing as he poured which is always nice to see! He wasn't all that friendly as I can't really recall talking to him at ALL but I'm ok with that when I've got a good beer in front of me and a good friend next to me. The beer was freshly tapped at 9 pm and absolutely delicious.

I'd definitely make my way back there again for a special tapping of something, but as a go-to bar, it's a little far out of the way for me and I appreciate Romans' atmosphere a lot more.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of A_Rad
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Eman17
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of curbmusic
4.86/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I read about this place on Draft Magazine's "top 100 beer bars in America list" for the last 2 years so I finally got a chance to check it out. Its in the "hippest" area of Milwaukee but it is a sincerely cool neighborhood. F**KING GREAT. Awesome dark decor. Especially cool was the framed Joe McPhee LP on the wall. Very solid selection, good mix of locals, regionals, nationals & internationals. Well curated. It was cool to try Abraxas on tap. The highlight for me though was Bruno, who I believe is the proprietor. He played awesome music, mostly reggae & Afro-beat. He was a total blast, great conversation about beer, music & his history. I really like the fact that the Palm is over 10 years old, so it predates the current trendiness of the craft beer bar scene meaning that it was cool before such a thing was cool. I highly recommend this place & I can't wait to return.

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4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of ShawnL
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of prpromin
4.94/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Not sure what more can be said about Palm Tavern. It is far and away my favorite Milwaukee bar - but that has as much to do with the bartenders as it does the selection.

Palm is a small place with 25 taps. No TVs, but always eclectic music playing. The taps are all quality and include a selection of beers that should appeal to most drinkers. Dan and John are incredible, attentive bartenders who go out of their way to make sure that guests find what they're looking for. Not sure about something? They'll happily pour you a sample. Prices are good, and totally fair for the area. If beer isn't your thing, they have a huge selection of scotch and whiskey.

Seriously, check this place out.

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4.86/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.2/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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Palm Tavern in Milwaukee, WI
Place rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 54 ratings