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Pabst Theater

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144 E Wells St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3519
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We saw Interpol at the Pabst on Feb 8th. What a cool venue! The large crystal chandelier is gorgeous. The acoustics are excellent. Such a great place to see your favorite band. Would definitely travel to see another show there.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Megan C
Reviewed January 13, 2019

The inside of the theatre is absolutely beautiful. The chandelier is totally stunning. The seats are comfortable.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Betty C
Reviewed December 17, 2018 via mobile

We took our great nieces, 4th and 6th grade, to see The Christmas Carol on Saturday afternoon. They were fascinated by the building and theater. We were in the first row of the nosebleed seats so they had to lean forward to see over the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

Out with the family for a night at the theater. It is a decently maintained theater for smaller shows. The seating is arranged in a bell curve so the seats at the end of the aisle face towards the wall. The restrooms are busy at...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank dr_foucault
Reviewed December 3, 2018 via mobile

The Pabst theater is beautiful. The elaborate decorations around the stage and on the walls are impressive, as is the huge chandelier. I saw the play in 2017 and thought both actors playing Lily and Tiny Tim were better last year. However, Scroge was fantastic...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 28, 2018 via mobile

I think the theater is average, seen great shows here however I would rank the theater for the area as average.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank kamic
Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

For my daughters birthday she wanted to see Kathleen Madigan at the Pabst Theater. We were in the second row of the balcony-excellent seats! The theater is beautiful inside, not enormous so easy to get in and out of even with a large crowd. They...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed April 15, 2018 via mobile

Nice old venue. No bad seats unless you sit by rude obnoxious people which is not the theaters fault. I just wish the security would have done something about it. They were told. Will be back.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Bo H
Reviewed April 1, 2018

Saw Paula Poundstone sat in the balcony wonderful seats. Staff was friendly and helpful to assist us in finding our seats.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Kyle K
Reviewed March 28, 2018

Have seen quite a few events over the years at this venue and it’s always a positive experience. We were there a few weeks ago for a Celebrating David Bowie concert and it was just outstanding. The venue is clean, well maintained and restored, they...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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February 26, 2018|
Response from breaks007 | Reviewed this property |
We were not familiar with that side of the river in downtown Milwaukee. However, there is an "underground" parking lot that is part of the city Center complex and we felt it was very safe. It connects actually to the... More
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Jason C
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Pabst Theater (5 Replies)
I'm looking for a hotel (3 to 4 star) that's close (walking), affordable, and not run down. Please help! :) Will be in town 1 night for a show, wouldn't mind arriving earlier in the day and taking advantage of hotel amenities. Thanks~
April 21, 2011|
Response fromJason C|
Thank you, I was really looking at Aloft. Swaying in that direction.
Dundee, Michigan
Things to Do in Downtown Wisconsin in Late October (18 Replies)
I will be traveling with my 18 year old daughter and possibly my husband to downtown Milwaukee the last weekend of October to see Art Garfunkel at the Pabst Theater. We are staying for a couple of nights, Friday, Oct. 26 (the concert) and Saturday, Oct. 27, so we are looking for things to do mostly on Saturday, as we will be driving home on Sunday. We already booked a hotel, the Days Inn and Suites on 6th St., which I booked through Hotwire because I got a great rate. We are not into...More
August 24, 2012|
Response fromLisaltk|
Also wanted to add that we are open to suggestions outside of the city if there are areas within an hour or two radius that are very scenic or have a lot of fun things to do. Oh, and our daughter is a strict vegan, so can you suggest any restaurants in the area where she could find vegan food options? Thanks!
Bucks game/Pabst theater (2 Replies)
We are planning a weekend in Milwaukee sometime this basketball season to see a Bucks game. We usually stay near the Pabst theater. Any restaurant/bar suggestions near either? Also, could we walk to the game from near the Pabst theater? Thanks for any suggestions!!
September 28, 2015|
Response fromAndee110|
Use Google maps to plot a walking route. Near the Pabst: Safe House, Rock Bottom, Water Street Brewery, Rumpus Room.