My favorite place in all of the whole of my beloved home town of Iowa City. However, much as I hate to say it, the place has slipped a bit in the past few years. I still I love the low-key, laid-back ambience, and they’ve usually got some cool jazz or smart rock or blues going on in the background. If the places more downtown, such as Airliner and Joe’s, are the undergad hangouts, this is definitely the more sophisticated grad-student kind of hangout, which cool folks of all stripes and ages should appreciate. Nonetheless, the food is not as good anymore. The pizza used to be great until they started using what seem to be grocery-aisle pre-made crusts. They also tend to serve them under-cooked. The beer list used to change up more often, it seems to me, and it used to be more interesting. Service has become kind of a drag, too--still very friendly, but they need to speed it up.
I don’t intend to write a book. Me and the missus were very well received in that well decorated pub. Cozy, quiet, comfortable. Friendly and probably knowledgable service. Very good selection of both draft and bottled beers. No taster flights, but I was offered to taste some booze (wich I refused, being a ticker-swine above all). Food was nice and prices fair. Hard to beat.
Good little pub, food was better than typical bar fare and they have a nice selection of taps and a large selection of bottles, service was decent. I would definitely go here again.
(I was here a last summer before I remembered I had joined Ratebeer and rating from memory)
I return to this place again and again because they get some amazing beers on tap. However, the service is horrendous. You can wait 35minutes between visits from your server--and this when there are only half a dozen customers in the place. One particularly surly and porcine server, been there for years, is consistently bad--and after not being attentive will have the brass to scoff at you if you ask for split checks. Seriously, Sanctuary, step up the service and this place would be world class.
Located just down the road from Johns Grocery. I found parking spots on the side Road as well as the lane behind the pub. Very dark wood panels, Low key lighting, an absence of tv’s gives this place a laidback pub feel perfect for conversations. Didn’t see the bottle list because the tap list was plenty. They had about 20 taps with a nice mix of local and national craft including a number if Deschutes who seemed to have recently invaded the state. Didn’t expect to see the Evil twin Justin Blaeber. Had a nice conversation about craft beer with the bartender as well. 2 for 2 this trips off to a great start.
Cool, dimly lit pub with a real nice beer list and some tasty pizza. We stopped by to sample some Toppling Goliath beers. They had ~20 beers on tap and many more in the bottle. I will definitely come back if I’m in Iowa City in the future.
With 20+ craft and import taps this bar has the largest tap selection of quality beer in Iowa City. The only issue is their prices tend to be a dollar or two higher for tap beer when compared with other local bars. Atmosphere is great and the bar tenders are friendly and know there beer. I always see a few beer on tap here that I don’t see anywhere else in the area.