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Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery

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Address: 901 W. Juneau Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone Number: +1 414-630-1609
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
Mon 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed - Thu 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Best Place, located at the heart of the former Pabst brewery, celebrates...

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.

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Tour was closed for wedding

The tour was closed for a wedding, but we still got to go into the store. The woman in the store was very nice and friendly and gave us a great history lesson about the brewery. I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Essex, Maryland
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Essex, Maryland
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98 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The tour was closed for a wedding, but we still got to go into the store. The woman in the store was very nice and friendly and gave us a great history lesson about the brewery. I purchased a few items and then we went out to the patio and enjoyed a couple PBRs. I wish we could have taken... More 

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Racine, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Friendly staff, interesting story of the company's beginning and where they are now. Free glass of beer, your choice of those on tap. Even bought a souvenir and the well stocked gift shop.

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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bought on groupon for cheap, fantastic tour, which includes a free beer (yum!) and the history of the brewery and its evolution to its current state. 1.5 hours total, if you park on the street make sure to feed the meters because local cops apparently ticket heavily.

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Lombard, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Our son had his wedding and reception at Best Place in the Blue Ribbon Hall. It was a perfect spot for the 130 guests who attended. The outdoor courtyard was where the wedding ceremony was held and then after dinner, we returned for the dancing. Service was excellent during the set-up, dinner, and the rest of the evening.

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Omaha Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

If you are in Milwaukee you have to go to the Pabst brewery, The beer Hall was nice, the beer was good and the staff really knowledgeable and friendly. It's right downtown and easy to find, there is parking outside that is metered, I was here on Friday and there were plenty of spots.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Anyone visiting Milwaukee has to put this on their must-do list. Our tour guide Mark was funny, extremely knowledgeable about Pabst (beer in general) and was an excellent tour guide. One ticket costs $8 and includes one free beer (non-alcoholic beverages also available). The tour itself lasts about 60-70 minutes. The first 45 minutes or so are spent viewing a... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Inexpensive parking across the street in the parking garage. Great up and coming neighborhood to walk. Very historic scenery wherever you look. Very nice tour and history lesson on the Pabst Brewery. Gift shop is a little much but if you are looking for kooky souvenirs, this is your place. Lots of events were going on while taking the tour... More 

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Gurnee, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

The tour was interesting and well done. Sure I know that all the tour guides use the same jokes, but they're still funny. Our tour guide Scott was the best though! It was nice to get the history of PBR and though I'm not from Wisconsin I'm glad to help the recovery process for this historic place!

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Lindenhurst, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

Well worth the stop. Great history, fun tour, they are saving a wonderful piece of history. Be sure to check out the gift shop, they have very reasonable prices and some great original (and new) pieces.

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Rienzi, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

Because of bad timing and an event at the location, all we got to do was visit the gift shop. It was an awesome mix of new and vintage. A beer memorabilia collector's dream!

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