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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 #11 of 41 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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Winnipeg, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

We were very entertained by the history of the brewery and the beer on tap was very good as well. Our host was very knowledgable and kept us entertained for the entire tour. We enjoyed talking to other tourists and the gift shop was great as well. good job in preserving your heritage!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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53 reviews 53 reviews
22 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is not the typical brewery product tour you get from the big boys, but a great informative narrative on how this great beer/brewery was founded. Loads of history and beer nostalgia. The tour presenter was outstanding. The videos/slides/movies were great. You also get free beer. their gift store is fabulous! Make sure you are told about how a ship... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The beer history tour is, as others have said, more of a talk (and slide show) than a tour. Hopefully once more renovations are done, it'll include more of a tour of the building(s). Either way, the talk was really interesting if you like history! I enjoyed it and they do show you a bit of the building and you... More

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wellington, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

As the Pabst Brewery closed about 20 years ago this tour is more of a history lesson on Milwaukee brewers and the product that made Milwaukee famous. I forgot to mention you do get a free pint of beer. The tour guide was excellent. Never realised that the Pabst Brewery had been so big, and fortunately some of the old... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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56 reviews 56 reviews
26 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I loved this tour/history lesson. Our guide, I think his name was Mark, was very informative and fun. I learned a lot about Pabst and beer in general. I would recommend it to other Milwaukee Tourists!

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Cross Plains, Wisconsin
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The Best Place is not a tour of the Pabst Brewery which ceased operation in 1996. Instead, it is a visit to its historic past. The "tour" starts in the historic bar of the headquarters building and ends in the office of the president, Captain Pabst and last about 1 hour. Scott Smith, manager of the Best Place, was our... More

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Conifer, Colorado
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7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We took the tour at Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery and can't say enough good things about it! Our tour guide (I believe his name was Scott) was so entertaining and knowledgable. We learned so much about the history of Pabst and Milwaukee's brewery history. The tour was fun - relax in a beautiful beer hall with a... More

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Hendersonville
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110 reviews 110 reviews
47 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The brewery is no longer, but the tour was like being in a history class. We sat around drank PBR and listened to the tour guide. He also drank with us. He was one of the best tour guides that I have experienced. He knew the facts. He also showed us some film clips and old beer commercials. There is... More

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Olympia, Washington
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276 reviews 276 reviews
46 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Like other reviewers said, this is a talk, not a tour -- and it costs $8 per person! We sat in a tavern-like space and were given beer and pretzels. It was a talk / slide show. We were expecting a real tour of the historic facility. It's fine if you are interested in beer history, otherwise skip it. And... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

You get to see pictures and ads, then a little bit of the upcoming banquet hall, then the tavern. There is no working brewery or even any old equipment to see. Admission includes one of 3 beers. If you're like me and don't do beer, drinks are $6-8.

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