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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 #12 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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Chicago, Illinois
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47 reviews 47 reviews
19 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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
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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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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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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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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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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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Augusta, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This was a fun tour all around. We shopped in the gift shop then went into the Best Place for about a 35 minute history of PBR. We sat at tables and drank beer, or Coke if you prefer, and listened to Mark, our tour guide who was hysterical. It was very interesting, and he has little trivia questions along... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The tour guide, Scott, was very knowledgable and it was great hearing his personal history with Pabst. The owner's passion for restoring the old brewery is to be commended. I was so happy with the change of pace from the "typical brewery process" tour. The atmosphere was friendly and inviting and I'd love to come back and see how much... More

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Aventura, Florida
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63 helpful votes 63 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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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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