Milwaukee Ale House

Gastropub, Bar, and Brewery$$$$
Historic Third Ward, Milwaukee
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  • Serious Eats
    "Milwaukee Brewing bottles"(3 Tips)
    Teek P.
    "Great place for trivia but happy hour only goes from 3-6 these days!"(6 Tips)
    Evan K.
    "Karaoke night is also awesome."(10 Tips)
    Duke S.
    "Go get a Flaming Damsel craft brew and enjoy some chicken nachos."(2 Tips)
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  • Liz S.
    Liz SiepmannMarch 26, 2012
    The Milwaukee Ale-House is a place you have to stop at least once! Make sure to come in on a Thurs-Sat night to listen to some great live music! Not to mention- it's situated right there on the river. Read more
  • Brian A.
    Brian ArtkaJuly 30, 2012
    I once had a very very good steak here, but they are more known for the excellent beer. This is the Milwaukee Brewing Company's flagship pub and eatery. It screams local brews and deserves a visit.
  • Juan V.
    Juan VivasSeptember 9, 2013
    The multi-layered chicken nachos are so amazing. The black olive are a great add on. Order the sauces separatly
  • Chelsea R.
    Chelsea RileyJuly 27, 2014
    Usually I hate getting leftovers to go, because many restaurants use styrofoam or plastic containers, but here they give you a cardboard box for leftovers! Way to go green!! 👏👏👏
  • Rick T.
    Rick TantonJune 13, 2012
    Set some time aside and you should be able to try one of each beer with a couple of their flight selections. If you've got some friends with you finish with a bottle of awesome Baltic Porter.
  • Jillian M.
    Jillian MortillaroMarch 7, 2011
    Grab your friends and come for a night of food, drinks, and laughs! Go in the summer or when it gets nicer out, and you can sit outside overlooking the water! So pretty.
  • Esquire
    EsquireFebruary 3, 2011
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Join the Mug Club, a nod to the city’s German roots, wherein you pay $45 to have your own personal stein baked and labeled for you. Read more
  • Kaitlyn N.
    Kaitlyn NicoleApril 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I had the best cheeseburger today! Then a Bloody Mary got dropped on me. I also drank one too. It's much better to drink it then bathe in it.
  • Damon S.
    Grab an outside table by the river. You can use your free beer token from MKE here too!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJune 10, 2014
    Milwaukee Brewing bottles up some of the city's favorite beers, including Louie's Demise, Love Handle, and Pullchain.
  • Duane D.
    Duane DrzadinskiFebruary 24, 2012
    Don't forget to ask about their current cask conditioned beer on tap or the latest seasonal beer. Options are always tasty @alehouse!
  • Megan C.
    Megan CurtinJuly 30, 2014
    Amazing patio in the sun ! The steak chop salad is worth the price ! Hands down best salad I've ever had ;)
  • Marcus D.
    Marcus DiddleMarch 17, 2013
    Live music was good. Beer selection was great and staff was friendly and happy to make recommendations. Stout was fantastic.
  • Father M.
    Father MarquetteMay 8, 2012
    Owner and Marquette alum Jim McCabe emphasizes sustainable ingredients and environmentally friendly brewing, including recycling fish fry oil into biofuel that powers his brewing system. Read more
  • VERN
    VERNApril 29, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Try weekend @ louie's if they have it! Best summer beer! Otherwise louie's demise is the absolute best!
  • D.j. P.
    D.j. PolzinSeptember 5, 2013
    Seriously one of the best chill spots in Milwaukee. Sit on the porch and watch the boats come in at sunset.
  • Stephen P.
    Stephen PApril 6, 2013
    The phrase "fall of the bone" had never been more accurate. Their ribs were absolutely amazing. Highly recommended.
  • Jeff J.
    Jeff JohnsonFebruary 19, 2016
    Good local beer selection, along with tasty sandwiches, burgers and the usual pub fare. Parking ramp nearby.
  • Robert A.
    Robert AhcinSeptember 6, 2013
    Come here at night enjoy some live music, and some DELICIOUS Food. (Cc can sure pickem) !!!!
  • Emily F.
    Emily FitzgeraldMarch 11, 2011
    Great place to go on a Friday night for a good meal. Try the rib-eye and stick around for the live bands that start around 9:30.
  • Evan K.
    Evan KnappSeptember 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Good beer and a wide open bar to hang out with friends. Karaoke night is also awesome.
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle SisnerosMay 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Wings and chicken pot pie are excellent. I don't recommend the onion rings or Milwaukee melt - a lot of meat but not much flavor.
  • Bliss L.
    Bliss LemmonMarch 8, 2010
    The beer to drink is Ulao or Flaming Damsel. Love them both. For Lunch I love the light and refreshing Smoked Turkey Croissant get the fries and dip them in the honey mustard. Yum!
  • Brendon T.
    Brendon ThomasFebruary 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    This place has great live music - and when the stage is empty, you can help put your favorite local band up there using Shindig.it!
  • Mike H.
    Mike HSeptember 7, 2014
    Great locally brewed craft beer selection and boat parking, also great patio seating.
  • Samantha
    SamanthaMarch 2, 2011
    There are tasty, warm mixed drinks - perfect for the Wisconsin winters. In the summer, snag a table on the patio overlooking the river.
  • Jess U.
    Jess UnavailableJune 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    As far a mid-size brewpubs go, this place is top of the top in the area. Dont forget to do their off-site brewery tour ! Read more
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel LitzenbergAugust 19, 2014
    The burgers are delectable. I will definitely be back to try more of the menu!
  • Andrew P.
    Andrew PeacockOctober 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Good place for a burger and a beer. Usually have a few seasonal offerings, most of their beer comes from MKE brewing.
  • TJ M.
    TJ MadsenSeptember 18, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Trivia on Monday. Beers are great, but don't get Hoptoberfest. Black and Blue burger is tasty.
  • Dan
    DanMay 28
    Nachos (great value), Bavarian pretzels (pretty good). Fantastic location and atmosphere
  • Liesel O.
    Liesel OlsonMay 22, 2013
    Try the clam cake salad. Wonderful. If you can eat on the patio, even better.
  • Katlyn H.
    Katlyn HigginsJuly 24, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    All of the vegetarian options on the menu are good, and Louie's Demise is the best beer i've found in my 8 years of being in Milwaukee!
  • Kira
    KiraJanuary 29, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The only reason to come here on Monday nights was for QuizMaster trivia. The new management seems to think that we come here for mediocre food and PBR "specials." Their mistake. Onto RedRock!
  • Charlie G.
    Charlie GMarch 27, 2013
    Best craft brew in Milwaukee. If your looking for a new taste this is the place.
  • Nate
    NateDecember 22, 2012
    Great food, great beer, and awesome times. Been coming here for years! Won't stop.
  • Lennon B.
    Lennon BoneJune 1, 2012
    If you're looking for entertainment, this is not the establishment. The manager treats musicians like dirt, going so far as to actually heckle them during their performance.
  • twirlygirlmuse
    twirlygirlmuseNovember 28, 2009
    They infuse their vodka for bloody marys with onions, jalepenos, peppers and a whole lot of other good stuff! GREAT bloody marys! GREAT burgers and beer!
  • Courtney
    CourtneyOctober 7, 2013
    This is the place to be for sails and ales after Louie's Last Regatta.
  • Jimmy
    JimmyJune 13, 2015
    Trivia on Wednesday nights! $8 craft pitchers and your Wednesday just got that much better
  • Naomi D.
    Naomi DelabreauJanuary 9, 2015
    Happy hour!! $8 pitchers of MKE Brewery! 😊
  • Bret D.
    Bret DanielSeptember 9, 2012
    If you have a boat there is ample public dock space just outside the restaurant
  • Gwen M.
    Gwen MinerMay 16, 2014
    Karaoke night Thursday moved up to 9pm. He has everything...great DJ!
  • MrCrackBerry
    MrCrackBerryJune 6, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    If you're here on a Thursday Night, congrats. Karaoke is a blast.
  • Nick B.
    Nick BrennanSeptember 8, 2011
    Ask about their cask conditioned ales. You won't be disappointed!
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RouhierJuly 30, 2015
    Great brunch menu and the beer is great too!
  • Allie
    AllieOctober 7, 2015
    Louie's Demise BBQ ribs: so delicious! A meal for two.
  • Sean S.
    Sean SarichNovember 23, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Get in here for happy hour 4-7PM Mon-Fri!! $2.50 imperial pints! You know you want one ;).
  • Stephanie W.
    Stephanie WiseMay 12, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Tuesday night Swing Dancing. $6 - 1hr basic lesson! No partner needed! Open dance till close. Great way to meet people. Fun for a group!!!
  • Tim S.
    Tim SandelFebruary 12, 2014
    Here for dinner? Go for the Baby Back Ribs. Deliciousness.
  • Teek P.
    Teek PanigrahiJanuary 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place for trivia but happy hour only goes from 3-6 these days! :/
  • Jumpin' Jive C.
    Jumpin' Jive ClubFebruary 15, 2011
    Swing Dancing on Tuesday Nights for over 11 years! No partner needed! You just HAVE to try this! Read more
  • Andrew J.
    Andrew JosephSeptember 22, 2013
    Great spinach and artichoke dip!
  • Chaz R.
    Chaz RzeplinskiApril 26, 2012
    The pot pie is amazing! Hot and filling.
  • Anna S.
    Anna StonerSeptember 6, 2016
    We had a group of 9 people, most were served food that was just blatantly cold. My chorizo burger was hard as a rock. The manager replaced our meals, but wasn't kind about it. I wouldn't go back. 👎🏽
  • Tanya S.
    Tanya SparksNovember 20, 2014
    The duck sliders are delicious
  • Nick W.
    Nick WierzbaAugust 10, 2014
    The beer is good, but the mix drinks are mixed inaccurately
  • Stacy L.
    Stacy LukasavitzNovember 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Karaoke on Thursdays. Avoid unless you love headaches, or take pride in your bad singing.
  • Ina L.
    Ina LangenMay 11, 2013
    Usually good music...expensive drinks...overpriced food but always the BEST company.
  • Duke S.
    Duke SilverMarch 21, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Go get a Flaming Damsel craft brew and enjoy some chicken nachos. Go Mondays at 8:00PM for trivia and discount tappers.
  • Christian T.
    Christian TafoyaAugust 8, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Their old fashioned is spot on!
  • Stephanie W.
    Stephanie WiseSeptember 29, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Come on a Tuesday night & join the swing dance lesson. Have a beer to get you psyched up, then dance till close!
  • Lisa's List
    Lisa's ListNovember 20, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    I just tried the Hefeweizen for the first time and it is excellent
  • VISIT Milwaukee
    VISIT MilwaukeeJuly 6, 2011
    Try them all! Have an Ale House beer flight for only $8.
  • Roman
    RomanJuly 7, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Happy hour 3-6 great brews, enjoy
  • Brooke S.
    Brooke SchumacherMarch 10, 2014
    Love Rock cheese sauce is to die for!
  • Sara S.
    Sara SylvesterJune 16, 2014
    Nachos are HUGE and yummy - three people got about halfway
  • Elizabeth
    ElizabethSeptember 21, 2013
    Good veggie burgers. Avoid the sweet potato fries...they put cinnamon on them.
  • Dalit T.
    Dalit TroyceJuly 4, 2014
    Absolutely terrible service. We've been sitting at the bar for 20 minutes now and no service. Bartenders go to literally everyone around us but us. And we're sitting at the bar. Eff this place.
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MJune 8, 2015
    A lot of MKE Co. beer on tap. Only 3 ciders. Had the pulled pork sandwich, wasn't bad but the sauce wasn't anything special even though it was homemade.
  • Kate Ari G.
    Kate Ari GordonMarch 26, 2012
    Try the cream ale. Goes down so smoothly.
  • Doug V.
    Doug VojtkoApril 3, 2011
    April, you're a doll!! Try the Calzones - they're fantastic.
  • Mike J.
    Mike JansmaAugust 9, 2014
    Good brews, good eats!
  • Ric A.
    Ric AcuffJanuary 1, 2012
    The steak used to be awesome. Best to avoid it now.
  • Paige B.
    Paige BerndtJune 30, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Come check out our new burger and salad menus!
  • Halley K.
    Halley KarasJune 23, 2011
    Really unimpressed. Beer was too sweet, food came out wrong (wrong toppings on burger, well done instead of medium rare) and after a really long wait and server was not very helpful or friendly.
  • Jennie K.
    Jennie KosorisApril 14, 2012
    Try the Chicken Pot Pie...it is sooo good
  • Mark T.
    Mark ToblerJuly 1, 2013
    If you're not a beer drinker, move along.
  • G W.
    G WAugust 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I would recommend their hot wings as a starter.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan StewartOctober 16, 2014
    Hop Freak is legit. Good vibe, great beer.
  • Eric S.
    Eric StolzmannJune 18, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Come here Thursdays! $2.50 True Pints all night plus Karaoke after 10. Drinks and a show!
  • Jason K.
    Jason KonenJune 12, 2013
    Try the Jasmine IPA
  • Justin P.
    Justin PloegertAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food and even better beer
  • TJ K.
    TJ KNovember 22, 2014
    Great beers on tap.
  • Marcia O.
    Marcia OuelletteMay 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for the lunch box! Awesome
  • Alex W.
    Alex WalbrunJuly 31, 2013
    Some of the best beer the state has to offer.
  • Stephanie W.
    Stephanie WiseJuly 27, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Try Swing Dancing on Tuesday Nights! 8pm!!
  • Jim S.
    Jim StevensOctober 12, 2013
    Good spot for bloodies
  • Scott E.
    Scott EricksonApril 27, 2010
    Love Louie's Demise Ale. Tried it last in the flight and was completely won over!
  • Jim M.
    Jim McCabeDecember 12, 2010
    Ask for a Porter chaser for the infused vodka Ale Mary
  • Gabriel M.
    Gabriel MoralesApril 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Avoid this place karaoke Thursdays! It will kill the mood and sober you up.
  • Marilyn J.
    Marilyn JanelleApril 1, 2012
    The black bean burger is amazing!
  • Morgan B.
    Morgan BortzSeptember 10, 2016
    Louie's Demise is the best beer ever 🍻
  • Tom S.
    Tom SnyderOctober 16, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place... anytime. But in the summer? Nothing like a great brew and fish fry or burger overlooking the Milwaukee River.
  • Joel E.
    Joel EurichAugust 11, 2013
    The Doppelvision is awesome!
  • Mike K.
    Mike KorrerMay 29, 2011
    This is not the best beer in America ... or mke try lakefront. Or sprechers
  • Mikey D.
    Mikey DiehnApril 26, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best people watching bar
  • Jeremy H.
    Jeremy HDecember 16, 2011
    'borrowed' Louie's Demise glasses make great sticking stuffers!
  • Chris S.
    Chris ShermanApril 13, 2012
    Bloody Mary's here are delish!
  • Mike
    MikeMay 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best pot roast ever
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