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Taps: 25 / Bottles: 134
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
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2989 S Kinnickinnic Ave
phone: (414) 744-0393
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Spent an evening here with BeerFMAndy and realized I've never actually reviewed the place.
Ridiculously non descript from the outside. Thia place is next to impossible to spot from the road. I strongly suggest going with someone who's been there before if you've never been. Once inside you find a vampire dark rather small room. Wood bar and stools take up most of the entire space. It's almost too dark for my taste. Cool jazz was playing while we were there which is nice but I not a huge fan of music while I'm concentrating on craft beer.
The selection is pretty well displayed on the chalk board with a bottle list on the bar as well. Not that you can read it without using your cell phone for light. Lots of great taps along with some rare bottles make up a fantastic beer list.
The bartender although quiet got right to work when I asked for a couple beers. He even offered me a water while I waited for Andy to finish his beer. Points scored in my book.
Overall a nice place to grab some solid craft choices. Although a bit dark and low key for my taste.
09-20-2010 23:07:04 |
More by beerwolf77
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
If I wasn't following someone here, I would have never found it. Minimal signage to this bar is actually quite intriguing. Beerwolf77 and I made our way there the other night for the special tapping of Duvel Green so we could review it like the tickers we are.
We got inside this dive-like place. It was just as dark as the night we came in from, in fact probably darker because of the lit street. Lucky us there was a spot at the end of the bar for us both. Maybe the lack of light hides the imperfections of the dive, but either way, it had a sort of draw to it.
It was a small, small location with minimal room and I could see it being packed beyond belief on a Friday night. I immediately went to the bathroom which was a whole five feet (ish) away from the bar. No sink inside, rather, it was communal one outside between the bathrooms. In Todd's words, "they put your business out on the street so people can say, 'don't shake hands with that guy!' when he skips the last part of the process." Kind of awkward.
I didn't have a chance to really look over the list of things they had to offer since I was ordered for while relieving myself, but I saw their massive selection hiding in the fridge behind the bar and on the tap handles in front of me. Very, very nice selection of Belgian craft!
The service was nice and the bar tender clearly knew exactly what he was doing as he poured which is always nice to see! He wasn't all that friendly as I can't really recall talking to him at ALL but I'm ok with that when I've got a good beer in front of me and a good friend next to me. The beer was freshly tapped at 9 pm and absolutely delicious.
I'd definitely make my way back there again for a special tapping of something, but as a go-to bar, it's a little far out of the way for me and I appreciate Romans' atmosphere a lot more.
09-19-2010 23:12:57 |
More by BeerFMAndy
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This is another diamond in the ruff in Milwaukee. The owners of Sugar Maple also own The Palm Tavern. So as you can expect this place is for the beer lover.
The atmosphere is that of a small time bar pretty much on any corner in Milwaukee and the surrounding area. Which isn't a bad thing, but this is a small bar, with limited seating, but a great place non the less.
Quality and selection is exceptional and I would say they probably have the best Belgian and Belgian-style list in town hands down. Since the owner also owns the Sugar Maple this is kind of the offset, this bar has all imported micros where as the Sugar maple has all continental us micro brews.
Service is hit or miss, I've been in there when the bartenders know there stuff and when as one reviewer stated "he give you a answer kind of like it tastes like guniness" so it just seems to depend on what day of the week and what bartender.
** For value I gave it a bit pricey and here is why. I personally think this bar is right on tap with what they charge, Personally if your into micro brews than you know what your going to pay up front at a place like this, but most people (especially in Milwaukee) are used to the paying for Miller Lite, and the stuff that you get down on Milwaukee's Water St. DON'T LET THAT DISCOURGE YOU!! Trust me this is one place that you want to stop into and have a few.
10-28-2008 11:51:36 |
More by vkrazzy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This little hole in the wall is as close to being a literal hole in the wall as a bar can get. The ambience is friendly, quiet, and brickish. Very honest feeling place. No pretensions towards being fashionable or stylish which, paradoxically, leads to the place feeling very fashionable and stylish. It was like I was in a dream sequence wherein I was sitting at some old-timey bar. It was like the bars in Tex Avery cartoons. All the colors were rich like pain. The din of the crowd sounded real but it also didn't.
Bartender was just a kid and he didn't really know very much about the beers he was pouring. He gave out the standard lines that are sometimes inane ("this one tastes like Guinness") and sometimes meaningless ("This ones got a real malty flavor to it"). Still, he was nice.
The tap selection wasn't all that impressive, especially when compared to Roman's right down the street. Don't get wrong; it's totally solid. But a lack of rare beers and one offs really takes thing down a notch. (Which is to say, this may be a very good beer bar but it's not quite the world class beer bar that's worth traveling to).
08-01-2008 22:59:31 |
More by mynie
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
The Palm Tavern is the best bar in Milwaukee and well worth the visit. The drink selection is exceptional and unparalleled. The staff is friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. The owners, Bruno and Adrienne, are wonderful people who sincerely appreciate quality beer and spirits and strive to foster a distinct and comfortable environment in which to enjoy them. The music is top notch, leaning toward classic soul, jazz and brazilian. The Palm is dark, warm, cozy and smoke-free. It doesn't get any better than this.
03-31-2008 09:17:38 |
More by jwhooper
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Not sure why I havent rated the Palm Tavern before, since its probably Milwaukees second best beer bar (after Romans). They probably have the best Belgian and Belgian-style list in town. The atmosphere is unpretentious and friendly in a slightly rough-edged way. Its also almost too dark inside. (I have reading glasses, but even wearing them, I sometimes have to hold a candle next to the menu to read it!) The staff is generally pretty knowledgable, and happy to talk about beer or offer samples. Now that Bruno is planning on opening a second bar down the road, Bay View may well be the best neighborhood for good beer in America -- only Greenwich Village can compete.
10-05-2007 17:29:11 |
More by Flyer
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Cruised to Milwaukee with Nchrist and Golden2wenty1 for brews at Palm Tavern and Romans.
Palm Tavern was very pleasing as expected. Great selection of Belgian beers.
Taps: Radeberger Pils, Grimbergen 2x, Konigshoeven 4x, Piraat, Kwak, Anchor Steam, Beels 2 Hearted, Blanche de Chambly, Ephemere, Lennys RIPA, Kasteel 3x, Pere Jacques, Lindemans Pomme and Framboise.
Bottles: Several hundred, mostly Belgians. Very good variety. Several that Ive not tried, some that Ive never seen anywhere else.
Prices: About what one would expect to pay in Chicago at the Map Room or Hop Leaf. A touch higher then we are used to in Madison, but the Wednesday/Sunday special ($3 off and big bottle of Belgian) makes up for that.
Service: Prompt, reserved but seemed to be knowledgeable about beer.
Atmosphere: Dull. The bar is one small room on the ground floor of a small house. You wouldnt find this place if you werent looking for it. The walls are painted dark and a few intimate tables line them. Lighting is good but otherwise there isnt much of anything interesting going on here unless you count the menu and walls of whiskey. I must admit that just reading the lengthy beer menu over and over again is quite entertaining and looking at the hundred plus bottles of scotch is pretty fun too.
I'll be a regular customer here in the future.
06-06-2007 21:36:20 |
More by DaPeculierDane
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Small beer bar specializing in Belgians, many of which I believe are not legally distributed in Wisconsin. It is the only bar in all of Milwaukee which does not serve any Miller products. I believe they have 14 taps, with around half being of Belgian origin. Large bottle list, which is why I usually show up, to try beers I can't find elsewhere in the state.
"For a bar that sells $30 bottles of beer, there is one major flaw in my opinion. Everytime I have visited, I think I'm ok, but just after taking the first drink of that cantillion lambic, 3 people light up cigarettes around me, and the night is over. I've spoken with the management and I was told they are "always considering going smoke free" but that could just be the party line."
Overall a great place, I probably attend twice a year but would frequent twice a month if the smoking problem was fixed (which may be forced upon them by the state legislature soon anyway).
Update 3/13/08 - The Palm Tavern is now smoke free despite the lack of legislative action and the WI Tavern League trying to scare all the bar owners, so my comments above no longer apply! I'm updating the atmosphere/vibe score.
06-02-2007 02:26:28 |
More by ronhocker
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Stepping into the Palm, you notice the eclectic music, dark warm colors, and a row of equally eclectic taps. It's a cozy and inviting space.
We were greeted at the bar and promptly handed bottle lists, which was nice. After ordering a round and having the first bottle practically explode like a science-fair volcano, a second bottle was offered and poured in tandem. This was exemplary service, and wowed me.
The selection is deep and eclectic. Many Belgians (a whole page devoted to Lambics & Gueuze), also well-rounded German & English options, and American craft rarities. Bottle list is actually several bound pages, large type, organized by region/styles/bottle size (Belgian 750's on the front). Once or twice a week it's $3 off these bad boys.
A must-stop in the Bayview area. Smoke-free as of March 4th, 2008.
Also worth a mention, Classic Slice Pizza located nearby at 2797 S KK.
04-08-2007 02:45:40 |
More by emerge077
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
This was a place where a couple of adages applied: Looks can be deceptive and Dont judge a book by its cover. With the exception of the neon sign in the window, this looked like a fortified World War II bunker from outside. As I stepped through the doorway, I thought that I had somehow been transported to the set of Blue Velvet dark, ringed with tables and chairs; the polished dark wood, black bakelite, and diamond deck bar was at a left oblique from the door. The back bar featured corrugated copper folded to look like a curtain and topped with a metallic pineapple. They had a pressed-tin ceiling and small, white candles burning on the bar. The music was all early (pre-Beatles) 60s. Beautiful.
Of the twelve taps, seven were Belgian and zero was BMC! Anchor Steam and Bells were the only American micros, plus they offered two Unibroue and Trumer Pils. What about bottles, you ask? How about seven pages of 12-point type divided by American Bottled Beers, European Bottled Beers, Belgian Bottled Beers, True Trappist Belgian Beers, and BIG Bottled Beers.
01-05-2007 01:22:57 |
More by woodychandler
Palm Tavern in Milwaukee, WI
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