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Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery

901 W. Juneau Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53233
+1 414-630-1609
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Ranked #10 of 38 activities in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Tours
Owner description: Best Place, located at the heart of the former Pabst brewery, celebrates the history of Pabst with historic Blue Ribbon Hall (which can be rented for... more » Owner description: Best Place, located at the heart of the former Pabst brewery, celebrates the history of Pabst with historic Blue Ribbon Hall (which can be rented for banquets), a vintage gift shop (featuring vintage items that were partly recovered from the original brewery), the Sternewirt guest center and two beautiful courtyards. In the tavern and adjacent beer garden, local and Wisconsin-brewed beers are served in an authentic, German atmosphere.Guests can participate in historic tours through the refurbished parts of the building. Tours are Mon., Wed. & Thu. At 1 & 3pm, and Fri., Sat. & Sun. 11, 12 & 1Pm. Cost is $8 and Military Personnel receive a $2 discount. The tour fee includes a pint of Pabst, Schlitz or soda.With the closing of the Pabst Brewery in 1996 came the opening of an opportunity. After many years of blood, sweat, and beers, the "best use" of these buildings has fermented into Best Place at the historic Pabst Brewery -- taking its name from the founders, Jacob and Phillip Best, and its spirit from the Captain, Frederick Pabst. In December 2009, the vintage gift shop re-opened its doors and since May 2010, beer is served again at the bars in historic Blue Ribbon Hall and the Sternewirt Guest Center. « less
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Aventura, Florida
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92 reviews 92 reviews
10 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This was a HISTORY TOUR and was well done. (not a brewery tour). Lots of interesting information. There was a car show going on at the same time we were there so it was hard to know just where to park and go to but the people are so nice and are always willing to help. It was worth the... More

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Miami
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41 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The history of Millwaukee and Pabst are intertwined and thanks to the dogged efforts of a few preservationists this iconic place will live on. We were seated in the historic beer hall (with a beer) and given an entertaining and educational illustrated lecture followed by a brief tour of the other important areas of the building. The gift shop is... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Our tour guide was great with personal anecdotes to make the tour of the old Pabst offices incredibly interesting. Would recommend it to anyone visiting the area, from kids to adults.

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Janesville, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

It's not really a tour, so to speak. You get a tallboy can of either Pabst or Schlitz and you sit in a beautiful large room and basically get a history lesson on Pabst and how the new owners came to be. They are in the middle of renovating right now. There was a wedding going on so our access... More

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Rochester, NY
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73 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

First off this is a history tour not a brewery tour which is why we came here. Done enough brewery tours so no need to see another. Though it is a bit pricey we all felt good that we were contributing to the effort to save this slice of Milwaukee history. The history talk by Scott was very entertaining and... More

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Dayton
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89 reviews 89 reviews
45 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

In the middle of the redevelopment of the old Pabst Brewery complex sits the Best Place Museum and Gift Shop, which is dedicated to all things Pabst. You get a great history lesson in the Pabst Hall, and we were lucky enough to have a former employee on our tour, which really added to the experience! Refreshments on this part... More

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Lodi, Wisconsin
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57 reviews 57 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We happened to be here for a wedding in May. I have always been a history buff and was immediately taken back by the beautiful old buildings in this complex. The entire area is made up of the old Pabst Brewery offices and bottling plant. The beer garden here has been beautifully restored and you literally feel like you've gone... More

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Chicago
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22 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This really isn't a tour of the old Pabst brewery. The guy owns the gift shop, the hall, and the old headquarters house next door. The rest of the brewery grounds are apartments, condos, senior homes, and other things. Most of the tour involves sitting in the hall, drinking a PBR or Schlitz, and listening to a guy talk about... More

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Toledo, Ohio
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47 reviews 47 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Being tour guide again, this place always is on the list. The tour is very informative and vintage Milwaukee history. Gift shop always updates their inventory and I always end up buying something from here. Anna and the staff are great!! I recommend checking the historical signed guest book located in a foyer adjacent to the beer hall. The names... More

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

I agree with most other reviewers... not much of a tour, more of a history lesson, great gift shop, etc. But would like to add that the real gem of this tour is the stained glass windows and frescoes. Very cool, original paintings and glass work are worth the price of admission.

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