My husband and I were staying at the Milwaukee Airport Hilton Garden Inn (across the street) and looking for a place to eat--particularly a spot with an interesting selection of beers. While looking at the Beer Advocate site, we found a listing for a pub right across the street. The Landmark 1850 is so unassuming that we honestly would have passed it by. What we encountered was less a pub and more an authentic Milwaukee experience. The exterior is unremarkable but stepping over the threshold was like stepping onto a movie set. The interior was framed by carved wood with a beautiful, intricate, old copper ceiling. The decor was punctuated with memorabilia--but not in a forced, TGIF manner; it was completely consistent with the authenticity of the inn and looked like it had been there forever. Even the new additions were true to the flavor of the location.
We were lucky enough to have stumbled in on the night of the Green Bay-Bears game; all eyes were riveted on the large TV screens for the start of the game. Everyone seemed to know each other but were, at the same time, remarkably friendly and welcoming. The food was good (fresh buffalo wings, I had a fish sandwich--very fresh, my husband had a burger--also good!) but unremarkable. The beer selection, on the other hand, was wonderful, thoughtful and provided a wide variety of options--all on tap! Moreover, the server was knowledgeable about each of the beers on the list. The experience was capped by the fervor of the game: free shots every time Green Bay scored! You can look up the score of the game but suffice it to say that we left at halftime (and were glad that we had walked)!
This was one of those rare and wonderful nights in which an ordinary quest for a middle-of-nowhere meal turned into a memorable adventure.
I hope this review won't ruin your experience. Don't expect too much. Just enjoy it.
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