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Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery

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Address: 901 W Juneau Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233-1428
Phone Number: +1 414-630-1609
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10:30 am - 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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Super Cool Place

We went to a wedding and LOVED the venue! It has so much character. We loved the basement area with all the cool rooms and even an old jail cell!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to a wedding and LOVED the venue! It has so much character. We loved the basement area with all the cool rooms and even an old jail cell!

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Sugar Land, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My 2 adult aged sons and my husband traveled to Milwaukee for a football game at Lambeau Field. I looked ahead of time on Groupon and discovered there was one for Best Place at Pabst Brewery. This was something that all of us could enjoy and we did. It is a fun filled informative history of beer making in the... More 

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Maylene, Alabama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is really not a whole lot to the Best Place other than it has a great gift ship of nostalgic Milwaukee beer items and a nice courtyard to enjoy a brew or two. Inside the Great Hall, there is plenty of room and the beers are only $3. Good bartender as well.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

We came through here in 1984. The brewery was sold a year later and production ceased at that time. A dedicated group of citizens and entrepreneurs stepped in and saved as much of the brewery as they could. This lively and fun tour takes you through what is left and is a hoot to boot. Don't miss it.

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Edina, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2016 via mobile

Billed as a history of Pabst brewing, turns out this is so much more; A fascinating tour of the history of beer and brewing in Milwaukee and the immigrant German families. You sign up in the gift shop, (there doesn't seem to be a limit on the size of the group-ours must have been close to 100 people) and pay... More 

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

This tour was great. It's actually less of a tour and more of a history lesson on the brand and the buildings, but you do get to see some of the renovations they've done. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and you can tell how much he loved sharing the Pabst story. The pint of beer included was great and... More 

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Essex, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016 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 July 23, 2016

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 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

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 June 20, 2016

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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