Milwaukee has been missing something like this, and after attending a few pretty fantastic events at Best Place recently my hopes were high. It really is an impressively unique and genuine space, regardless of your level of fondness for the brew of choice (PBR’s just not my cup of tea). I’m glad to see that the team at this location is taking the bull by its horns and trying to do new things. Maybe in a couple of years, this will be an event that becomes a staple of the MKE holiday season, but it’s not quite there yet.
The food was decent, reasonably priced and promptly served. Bavarian classics such as brats, schnitzel, pretzels, sauerkraut and the like gave it a welcome Oktoberfest-goes-to-overtime feel. The drink selection was a little disappointing in both range and value. There was an option to buy a small mug of glühwein for $7 with $5 refills, which just didn’t feel like a mind blowing offer given the serving size. Beer was similarly pricey and also on the small side. For Chicago’s market – sure, but this isn’t even downtown Milwaukee, so you’d hope for a little better value.
The vendors and entertainment were full of local spirit and authenticity. The sight of a few middle aged gents wearing short, tight lederhosen on a brisk November evening shows an impressive albeit slightly unnecessary level of commitment to the craft. Ein prosit to you, good sirs, and may we see you again next year, hopefully alongside a few more vendors, a less cramped layout and cheaper drinks.