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Pabst Theater

144 E. Wells St., Milwaukee, WI 53208 (Downtown)
414-286-3663
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Ranked #8 of 88 attractions in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters
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Chicago
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994 reviews 994 reviews
180 attraction reviews
423 helpful votes 423 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

From Wikipedia: The Pabst Theater is an indoor concert venue and landmark of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. Colloquially known as "the Pabst"; the theater hosts about 100 events per year. Built in 1895, it is the fourth-oldest continuously operating theater in the United States. The Pabst has undergone several renovations, the first of which was in 1928. In 1976, after a... More

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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48 reviews 48 reviews
25 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

One of those ancient restored theaters with great acoustics. I've seen concerts as well as plays, and everything was great. Beverages were available to take into the theater itself.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Checking out this venue was on my bucket list, so I was really happy to hear about a concert of interest scheduled at the Pabst the night I arrived in Milwaukee for the Beer Lover's Festival. Richard Thompson trio did NOT disappoint! And what a beautiful theater! Didn't realize when I booked my hotel but an added perk was the... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Gorgeous, 4th oldest operating theater in the United States (most recently saw Jerry Seinfield performance) with superb acoustics, comfortable seating, and excellent views of the stage. Drinks are sold throughout performances, and sadly, you can bring your drink in with you in order to annoy others with your slurping and ice clinking. Parking available around the corner (see website).

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Rolling Meadows
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Theatre is small compared to Chicago concert halls. I am a Chicagoan but always go to this theatre for most concerts. Parking much easier and less expensive. $5.00 compared to outrageous Chicago prices. Plenty of restaurants nearby.

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Great sound for a concert. Our seats were far in the back and we still had a good view. I would go again.

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chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Saw Colin and Brad there last night. Quite the place. We were in the upper balcony and could see just fine, The sound could have been a little louder, but, not bad at all. Seats are a little snug and the floors lean (no I was not drunk). Very limited restrooms and exiting the show took a while. Beautiful place... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

If you find a funner place to see performers let us know because this is great. Main floor seating best as balcony is steep but I have seen all kinds of acts and plays and all are great in this space. Garrison Keilor and Lyle Lovett and The B 52s and The Christmas Carole and ... Oh Joe Jackson. Yeah... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This place takes you back to Milwaukee's past. It is a fun place to see live shows. A wonderful piece of history.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

the seats were uncomfortable, and the bathrooms inconvenient and small. It's showing signs of age, and should be better maintained for as lovely as it could be. Many restored theaters take great pride in their historic significance. This theater may have started that way, but someone is slipping in it's care. HORRIBLE parking ramp under the venue for the size... More

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