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Taps: 60 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
441 E Lincoln Ave
phone: (414) 481-2393
(Place added by: guthrie on 05-04-2008)
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| Reviews: 39 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Good tap selection, bordering on great (when special kegs/casks come in especially). Staff is always friendly and willing to send tasters your way.
More of a coffee shop vibe than a bar vibe. Sometimes I appreciate that!
Ping pong out back when winter is over.
11-06-2013 20:45:44 |
More by sisterthelonious
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in again recently and had a much different experience. This Friday night was busy but we got seats at the bar. The taplist was outstanding. Black Husky, Alesmith IPA, some random sours (Sweet Mullet and O'so), and a handful of unique keg only beers. The bartender was attentive, knew his beer and was talkative, full of tips for the city. Prices were more than reasonable. Will stop in again soon.
Original Review 1/13/13
Original score 3.84
The Sugar Maple, I'm conflicted on this place. I want to like it, I really do. I hear nothing but good things and I hear them often.... With that said I can't seem to find much I really like about this place. The exterior makes it look like it's going to be a cool place. Walking in the decor and feel are just off. Strange paintings line the walls, strange for a bar, not a hotel lobby. The loopy bar itself seems out of place as does the weird, mismatched placement of uncomfortable furniture throughout.
The service has never been anything but good and the taplist is usually pretty solid but never anything to go out of my way to find. I will say that the beer seems to be expertly taken care of and the servers friendly. To me there's just seems to be a little something off about the Sugar Maple. I do usually end up at the bar at some point on my Milwaukee travels though so it must have something that draws me in. Must be the reasonable prices on some good drafts.
10-18-2013 01:24:24 |
More by joe1510
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Sugar Maple is a great place to drink great beer - especially with a group of people. The bar is big and there are lots of tables across from the bar. The decor may not be to everyones liking but the place is clean. The bartenders were friendly and knowledgable as you would expect. I had an Alesmith IPA, Central Waters Coffee Stout and Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA on my visit - all fresh tasting. If you're in the Bayview area this should be on the top of your list for a visit.
10-06-2013 14:27:47 |
More by bound4er
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Great place! Came here for a birthday party a couple of years back, and have returned a bunch of times since. There is a large craft beer selection and staff is passionate about beer. They even have a hidden room in the back where bands play every so often. I would highly recommend visiting this place if you are in Milwaukee. The only thing I would change would be to see a lager selection of barrel aged beers.
06-10-2013 01:46:25 |
More by StevenSpringer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
While visiting a friend in Milwaukee, we made sure to swing by Sugar Maple to have a couple of drinks. It's in kind of a mixed hipstery neighborhood, but the clientelle ranged from 20 somethings to some gentlemen in their 50s. The space is nice - big open room with a very long curving bar and some random couch/table seating areas. They have a ping pong table outside too. We happened to visit when there was a random sausage fextival on the street outside. And yes, it was literally called "sausage fest." Nice bit of local color.
We grabbed a spot at the bar and were welcomed by the friendly bartender. Selection was very solid. Lots of choices, and especially a lot of American micros on draft. Bartender offered up some suggestions on local and regional beers to try. They also have sampler sizes if you don't want to commit to the whole pint. Everything I tried seemed fresh. This is a definite place to stop when in Milwaukee.
09-24-2012 12:43:57 |
More by shivtim
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Atmosphere - Walked in around 9pm to grab a couple of drinks with my brother while I was visiting. The crowd was pretty light - was expecting that at this time of the night. Very relaxed and intimate atmosphere - couches with dim lighting made up the majority of the seating.
Quality - very good. Had some great beers on tap.
Service - Not so bad - we were standing by the bar for some time to order our drinks, while the bar hop just stood there and watched everybody. He could have been a bit more helpful or atleast ensured us that service was coming.
Selection - 60 different beers on tap... never seen it before! Was really great to have that amount of selection, however, the first beer I ordered was listed as a triple. It definitely was too hoppy for a triple and thank-goodness the brewery rep was actually there and said it was an IPA. After that, we went over to the rep and tried out some of the small-batch brews that he was handing out some tastings of. After that point, we drank for free!
05-31-2012 01:11:39 |
More by midworken
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
We Really enjoyed our visit to Sugar Maple. It had a great selection of beers with 60 Tap Handles and 2 Casks. They were almost all American Craft beers with several being some more obscure Wisconsin beers.
The Bartender was a bit slow as he was the only one working, but when he had time to chat he seemed very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful.
For Food they only have 2 soups, they were both good, but it didn't sit real well with me.
Prices were very acceptable for the quality of beers they had.
03-26-2012 13:30:13 |
More by bashiba
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Overall an excellent craft beer bar, and one of my favorite Milwaukee spots to go on a night out.
Atmosphere: this place is right up my alley. It's a bit dark, typically with indie rock playing, and a an "older" crowd (i.e. 30's and up). The bar has a collection of eclectic local artwork that suits the vibe well, and an extremely large bar that takes a note from the plethora of local bowling lanes. Many tables are available outside of the bar, and the seating is comfortable.
There is also a small music venue at the rear of the bar that showcases local artists and comedians, and ping-pong tables on an outside patio during the summer.
In all, it seems like the owner really cares about the neighborhood based on the bar's styling, which is refreshing.
Quality: technically well done on most levels. The bar area is usually extremely clean, as are the bathrooms. Beer is poured in an appropriate serving glass to the style of beer selected, and to the proper amount for the style and strength of beer.
Service: a bit slow at times, but the bartenders are friendly and generally knowledgeable about what's on tap and can make recommendations if you tell them the style you're after that evening. I've yet to have a bad experience here.
Selection: in general the selection is great, although they don't typically have some of the small batch or seasonal brews that would make the selection "excellent". With 60 beers on tap, you are sure to find something appealing to all tastes, and I do like that they have two nitro pulls at most times, even firkins depending on the time of year.
Food: they only serve soup, but this is some mean soup! I've had the curry chicken and white chili before, and both were delicious, served in a portion that was just right, with a few slices of tasty bread on the side.
Value: prices are extremely reasonable and on par with what I would expect "bar prices" to be compared to a liquor store.
02-29-2012 15:02:28 |
More by DersOne
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Easily the best beer bar in Milwaukee, and one of the best in the country.
60 drafts(plus 2 beer engines), all American craft beer. No Bud, No Miller, no bs. Drafts focus on Midwest breweries (Three Floyds, Founders, Bells, New Glarus, etc.) but have offerings from some of the best across the country. The menu is constantly changing and always offers a varied selection of great beers.
They recently expanded their bottle selection (mostly bombers/750s) including Arctic Panzer Wolf and Fin du Monde, amongst others.
They also offer a very large liquor selection(200+ bottles), specializing in bourbon(50-60).
All things were reasonably priced, and served in the appropriate glassware.
Staff was very friendly and exceptionally knowledgeable. Service can get slow, but they always do their best to keep up with a very large bar and seating area.
The music and atmosphere is as varied and interesting as the beer selection. This place is a must for any beer fan and is worth any distance you have to travel.
02-27-2012 23:08:21 |
More by siknessinwi
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is one of the best craft beer bars in Milwaukee! The selection is great and the prices aren't off the charts.
As others have noted, the lighting is a little low, but it's not a problem. My only complaint is that a lot of the seating isn't very comfortable. Many of the chairs are more like patio furniture with padding than indoor lounge seats. Other than that the atmosphere is great!
I'm also a big fan of the location. It's not in the heart of downtown where it's impossible to find parking. There are a decent amount of restaurants and bars in the surrounding area. All in all, it's a great spot to stop for an unusual brew or for an entire evening.
11-30-2011 02:11:38 |
More by EnJeiBee
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