Milwaukee’s Top 10 Beer Bars

The competition is stiff in Brew City. Here’s what we recommend.

Benno’s Bar & Grill

7413 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis 
The grandfather of Milwaukee’s craft beer scene, Benno’s opened at its current location in 1989 and was serving craft brews when Heineken was considered exotic.


2599 S. Logan Ave.
An unpretentious corner bar beer lovers have been flocking to for a decade. Keep an eye on the tap list, where rarities from Amherst’s Central Waters show up regularly.

Café Hollander

2608 N. Downer Ave.
More than a decade after its opening, Hollander’s emphasis remains on quality Belgian imports, but the list of more than 100 bottles also includes a fair number of American crafts.

Photo by Rebecca Kames


434 S. Second St.
Camino has just 20 taps and two dozen bottles and cans, but the beersare well curated, with a wide variety of styles from worthy breweries.

Champps Americana

1240 S. Moorland Rd., Brookfield
Whale hunters pay attention to the events calendar at Champps, a sports bar where rare and limited brews frequently hit the tap lines, and the beer list at the winter anniversary party has become the stuff of legend.

Draft & Vessel

4417 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood
There’s no place like it. The beer menu, cozy setting, ample reclaimed wood and friendly vibe will make you want to stay for hours.

Photo by Nathaniel Davauer

Palm Tavern

2989 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
This dark and unobtrusive Bay View spot has quietly gone about its business for nearly 15 years, serving a smattering of rare domestic and imported craft brews, tasty Belgians and more varieties of whiskey than you can count.

Romans’ Pub

3475 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
One of the city’s best beer experiences is bellying up to the bar, ordering an amazing brew and conversing with gregarious owner Mike Romans. Just don’t expect to be coddled.

Stubby’s Gastrogrub & Beer Bar

2060 N. Humboldt Blvd.
Owner Brad Todd secures a fair number of special brews, and that’s essential with 53 tap lines to keep flowing. Stubby’s also gets additional props for having a tasty slate of bar food to pair with those brews.

The Sugar Maple

441 E. Lincoln Ave.
It’s not hard to find something to like among the 60 American craft beers (including plenty from Wisconsin) on tap at The Sugar Maple, where the long, serpentine bar provides ample room to settle in and sample.

The Ultimate Milwaukee Drinking Guide

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