Great Hall

Built in 1880, now called Great Hall, this space was the original corporate headquarters of the Pabst Brewery, and includes Frederick Pabst’s office, the prohibition-themed “Speakeasy” bar, original stained glass windows, ornate woodwork, and cream city brick exterior.
Capacity: 250 people 
Square Footage: 4800 
Room Dimensions: 60′ x 80′
Ceiling Height: 16′
Dance Floor: 25′ x 25′
Head Table: Up to 16 people


Is it haunted? YES. Is it the perfect place for cocktail hour. YES.
One of Milwaukee’s most unique bars will give your guests something to talk about.
Set up a photo booth in The Speakeasy to capture the memories.
This rental includes a private bathroom, space to securly store your personal items, and a well-stocked mini-fridge.


Yes, a deposit of 25% is required to secure a date immediately. The full balance is due 10 days prior to the event. 

We suggest as soon as possible as we are not such a well kept secret anymore.
Typically between 2-2:30pm, though depending on the circumstances we may be able to offer earlier entry.
We allow drop-offs the day prior to the event.
We won’t boot you out the door when your event ends, though we do ask that you leave within one hour of the end of the event.
Yes, we are fully ADA compliant. Passageways are 33′ wide or more, and the lift is 39′ x 60′
We will keep the non-refundable 25% deposit per the contract. A sample contract is available upon request.
No, our bar operates on a consumption basis.
We don’t have a required minimum purchase, and we don’t have rigid drink packages. We like to let you customize a bar
package for your event. We can give you examples and a better explanation of a consumption based package upon request.
We staff one bartender per 50 guests.
We do not have an in-house caterer, but we do have a preferred list of caterers that we love to work with.
Yes, we can provide microphones, HD projector and screen, and a house sound system.
No items are to be placed on the walls or hung from the ceilings (we suggest the use of easels which we can provide). All displays located within Best Place cannot be changed or removed. The use of glitter, confetti, sequins, sequins-confetti or tinsel is prohibited. Tape, nails, tacks & staples are prohibited. Only enclosed candles are permitted. Fogging and bubble machines are not allowed.
There is street parking available in front of the venue and in the surrounding Brewery District neighborhood. There is also a parking garage across the street managed by Interstate Parking, you can reserve spaces with that company.