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“Making a good effort to save some Milwaukee history”

Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery
Ranked #2 of 135 Nightlife in Milwaukee
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Owner description: 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Making a good effort to save some Milwaukee history”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

This really isn't a tour of the old Pabst brewery. The guy owns the gift shop, the hall, and the old headquarters house next door. The rest of the brewery grounds are apartments, condos, senior homes, and other things.

Most of the tour involves sitting in the hall, drinking a PBR or Schlitz, and listening to a guy talk about the history of Pabst. It is actually very interesting and I'm glad we went. They're working to turn the headquarters where Captain Pabst's office was into an upstairs bar/reception hall and claim it will be done by August. I wouldn't put any money on it until maybe next August. They're also supposedly going to turn the basement of the building into a Speakeasy. I applaud them on their efforts to save the buildings and build it into a tourist site and I would definitely go back in a few years to check on their progress.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Kathryn D
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Toledo, Ohio
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70 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Awesome piece of Milwaukee history”
Reviewed May 1, 2014

Being tour guide again, this place always is on the list. The tour is very informative and vintage Milwaukee history. Gift shop always updates their inventory and I always end up buying something from here. Anna and the staff are great!! I recommend checking the historical signed guest book located in a foyer adjacent to the beer hall. The names who visited Pabst in the day is a history lesson in itself. And good cheap beer!!

Visited March 2014
1 Thank Dirk S
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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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5 reviews
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“Marvelous frescoes”
Reviewed April 23, 2014

I agree with most other reviewers... not much of a tour, more of a history lesson, great gift shop, etc. But would like to add that the real gem of this tour is the stained glass windows and frescoes. Very cool, original paintings and glass work are worth the price of admission.

Visited April 2014
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Detroit, Michigan
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44 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Learn about the history of Pabst”
Reviewed March 24, 2014

The tour isn't as much a tour as it is a history lesson - the owner of the former Pabst brewery complex provides a thorough presentation on the history of Pabst and beer in Milwaukee, as well as a tour of the original Best Place, which is undergoing a renovation as part of the Brewery neighborhood. Beer isn't brewed there anymore - it's brewed by Miller - but there is plenty of beer on tap.

Visited March 2014
Thank pucktraveler
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“Informative and Laid Back”
Reviewed March 21, 2014

If you go in with the appropriate expectation you won't be disappointed. The "tour" is a laid back "chat" about the history of Pabst beer. You grab a beer and head to the beer hall. The architecture is explained as you also review ads from the last 100 years. The history of Best to Pabst beer is explained in detail. Truly makes you feel a part of a Wisconsin (Midwest) gem.

Visited January 2014
Thank cnhnoel
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