Venue Profile: Pabst Best Place

Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery

One of the most historic venues in Milwaukee, Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery reaches all the way back to the era when beer barons put this city on the map.

Today it is an event space run by a team that is the perfect blend of laid back and attention to detail. The space offers companies the opportunity to surround themselves in Milwaukee tradition while also adding to the legendary history of this building.

 

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The Team

As the marketing coordinator at Best Place, Mark Bertieri is responsible for sharing the story of this venue with the world. It is a role he cherishes – we love his passion and enthusiasm for this space and all it brings to our city!

Adult beverage of choice? If it’s beer – it’s Pabst. Other than that like Whiskey.

Junk food of choice/guilty pleasure? Potato chips

If you had an enormous yacht, what would you name it? Tall Boy

Favorite animal? Dog

Best trip you ever went on and why? Ireland – beautiful architecture and culture. When you’re looking at buildings from 1400, you appreciate things a little bit differently.

What musical genre makes up your favorite playlist? Jazz

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Can you tell us a little about the history of Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery?

The whole complex was the old Pabst headquarters and visitor center in the middle of 1800’s.

There were offices, including the Captain Pabst office, which still exists in a corner of the Great Hall.

The brewery grew up all around this complex. At one time it included over 28 buildings and 5000 employees. Everything stood on the hill and there were caves and tunnels underneath for beer refrigeration and storage.

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What types of corporate events do you host?

We love to do holiday parties, meetings, business conferences, and fundraisers.  We have both evening and daytime affairs.

A few times a year we rent out the whole facility. Our flexibility is a big asset. We can use the Great Hall for a series of meetings and then do break out sessions where one group goes downstairs and another group goes to Blue Ribbon Hall.

When a local corporation wants to host a national meeting in Milwaukee, what better place to show their employees what Milwaukee is all about? Pabst is the Best Place for it.

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Fabulous features couples might not know about?

  • We have stained glass windows that date to when the building was built in 1880.
  • The woodwork is all original to the room.
  • The floor itself is reclaimed planks from the brewhouse.
  • The back bar comes from Norway, MI and rumor has it that Thomas Edison and Henry Ford used to drink in that bar!

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Do you do corporate event planning too?

To some extent. We are flexible. We accommodate their set up as best we can. But we also can let them do their own thing.  If the event set up and schedule are very complicated, our staff will fill your needs.

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Do you have special packages?

Yes, we do have special packages.

We have different rates for different times of the year. Winter is a slow time, so our rates will adjust. Depending on how many facilities you’d like to rent, we can come up with a special package for you.

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What services are available in-house?

  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Bar setup
  • Bar Staff
  • Specialty drinks
  • AV system for slideshows or music

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Catering – in-house or bring your own?

Bring your own.

We have a list of 10 approved caterers. It could be anything from a six-course meal to burgers. They all have worked here before and know how to set up and use our facilities. They all are great.

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Why are companies drawn to your space?

A lot of people drawn here because of the history. Everything here looks like it did originally – it’s historic.

And, of course, many people have some type of familial association with Pabst. There are generations of people that were involved with the Pabst company.  This legacy is a part of Milwaukee. Plus we are pretty open with events. You are not locked to one caterer, you can do your own setups. We are flexible and very helpful.

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The Details

Ballroom Capacities:

  • Great Hall – 250 – 300 people

  • Blue Ribbon hall – 125 – 200 people (with the courtyard)

  • Captains Corner – 30 – 50 people

Visit their website at http://www.bestplacemilwaukee.com/

Contact the team by calling 414.630.1609

Don’t forget to follow them on social media!

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Learn More!

You can always contact the Front Room Studios team to learn more about corporate events at Pabst Best Place or our corporate event photography and videography.

Call us 414.294.0080

Email us at info@frphoto.com

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