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Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery

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Address: 901 W Juneau Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233-1428
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+1 414-630-1609
Today
10:30 am - 6:00 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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Great gem

Don't just do the tours, stop by the gift shop and talk to the staff for amazing history and spend some time in the bar after the tours are long gone. Best atmosphere ever.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
RandR J
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Lindenhurst, Illinois
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Lindenhurst, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Don't just do the tours, stop by the gift shop and talk to the staff for amazing history and spend some time in the bar after the tours are long gone. Best atmosphere ever.

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The tour is more of a history lesson versus a brewery tour but that doesn't stop it from being FANTASTIC!! Our tour guide, Mark was so entertaining, knowledgeable and passionate about Pabst and it was infectious. Has the greatest time and my teenage daughter loved it as well (and teenagers don't really like anything)! A must see!!!

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Thank Julie A
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was 1 of our 2 favorite tours in Milwaukee. Our tourguide Mark was great, personable and knowledgeable. We never felt like we were in a scripted tour but learned so much.

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Thank BooMcq
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016 via mobile

We arrived there about 45 minutes before they closed but the bartender/bar manager gave us a run down of the Pabst beer and the Best family history. One of the local volunteers was still there so gave us a tour of the buildings and told us about the history. We then went back and ha a couple more beers. I... More 

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Toms River, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016 via mobile

We flew to Milwaukee from NJ specifically to go to this Christmas Market as we assumed (you know what they say when you assume) it would be like the ones in Germany due to the large German population. We should have known it wasn't going to be good as no one we asked from our airport driver to the front... More 

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Oak Creek, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016 via mobile

I grew up here, enjoy going to this place and the Christmas market continues to grow. The beer garden, great German food and historic location hit all the right notes for me.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016

I grew up here (but no longer live in WI), and took my fiancee on this tour. I can remember when this was a working brewery. Scott was amazing! He's from the area, and really knows all about the history of the original breweries in Milwaukee, and you can tell is quite passionate about what he does. Opening this back... More 

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South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

You won't see how beer is made - but you will learn about how BEST Beer and Pabst Beer became one and the same. Our guide, Scott, showed a genuine passion for the history of this great company in his half hour multi-media presentation in a historic part of the original plant. We sipped our beer (included with your admission)... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

the building tour itself was uninspired, but coming for the storytellers is so worth the stop! kids even enjoyed it, and make yourself comfortable in the bar and have a beer or two on the tour.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016 via mobile

The Best Place at Pabst Brewery tour was interesting and fun! Our tour guide was the owner, and he shared a lot of great information! We loved seeing the historical building - so beautiful - and learning about the Best and Pabst families' work. It was the highlight of our day, and we wish we had planned to stay longer... More 

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