Cafe Brucke

2101 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, WI, 53202, United States
Latitude: 43.05716, Longitude: -87.88662


Wifi Available
Cask Beer
Indoor Smoking
Available Parking
Beer Pricing: $
Public Transit
Proper Glassware
Outdoor Seating
Family Friendly
Selection: 4.25 | Atmosphere: 5.00 | Service: 4.25
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emerge077 (360)
Monday 15th of November 2010 10:43:38 AM
Cafe Brucke is certainly a hidden gem, and has that intangible "je ne sais quoi" that sets it apart in terms of atmosphere and general Gemütlichkeit. It feels European, though i've never been in Europe. There were banners from the Neue Galerie in New York on the wall showcasing German Expressionist art. Sparse framed art on the wall and potted plants in the windows, with faded yellow coasters of obscure beers i've never seen or heard of. Maybe 10 tables in the place, there was a group of 15 or so holding court in one corner. The small bar sat 6-8, and the staff were playing records on a turntable on one end of the bar.

Spaten and Optimator were on tap, $4 for a .3L, .5L & 1L were also available. Bottle selection was affordable and varied, notable interesting choices included 1809 Berliner Weisse, Cuvee Réne, Aventinus, and others. Styles ran the gamut, 50 or so bottles covered all the bases. Trappist ales had their own section, they had everything but Westvleteren.

Tim was the bartender, and he chatted the whole time I was there about Milwaukee neighborhoods and the future of Cafe Brucke. Apparently ownership changed this year, and there may be changes in the future, but I hope they don't alter the atmosphere at all. Hand built shelves on the back bar hold an eclectic assortment of spirits with some interesting whiskies and spirits from local distillery Great Lakes.

Overall this is the sort of bar that's timeless, classy, relaxing, and effortlessly cool. Pretty much an ideal spot to unwind after a long day and get some quality locally sourced grub too.
Selection: 4.25 | Atmosphere: 5 | Service: 4.25 | Food: N/A

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