The Chapter House is a lot like an English pub. It even has football scarves from some rather obscure English teams over the bar (and one from a hockey team in Lapland!), as well as a single scull and some old sporting photos. In addition to the main bar there’s a pool room at the back and the Heidelberg room, made all the more authentic by having benches with graffiti carved into them just like those you can see in the old student prison at Heidelberg University. There’s no table service and no food as far as I could make out but they have perhaps 40 or 50 beers on tap - a mixture of local beers and imports. The clientele was also mixed (almost always a good sign), with students and hippyish locals alike.
(Visited 1 November 2012).
The Chapter House is located on the cobblestone Stewart Ave, just off the Cornell campus. The atmosphere is just want you’d want for an old-school east coast college town bar- lots of wood that’s been carved into by students over the years, classic Cornell stuff on the walls, low lighting, lots of games. Good beer list, with 48 or so taps and plenty of regional choices. Prices were not bad, either, and clearly marked. My wife and I opted for beers from Ithaca and Middle Ages. The service is fine. I hear it gets super crowded on weekends, but we were fortunately there on a weeknight and could sit and do what we wanted. From everything I can tell, this is the best beer bar in town so it’s a must-visit if you’re in Ithaca.
Best beer bar that I found in town. They had probably around forty to fifty taps with lots of local stuff and surprisingly no domestics (?!) The prices were all within reason averaging at five bucks a pint. Pretty cool, laid-back, Irish pub atmosphere that attracted a shit load of Cornell nerds the night I was there for trivia night. Recommended.
This is a very cozy little place to watch a hockey game and have a few very good beers. It’s the kind of place I would make my usual if I lived anywhere near it. The draft selection is always very good, with at least a half-dozen winners. Just don’t get into an argument about hockey: they take it seriously here.
Amyliz4 and I visited this place Memorial Day 2011 after a visit to Ithaca. Some helpful BAs from the Mid-Atlantic group suggested that I go here to be able to try Middle Ages Blackheart Stout. The Chapter House had that beer as well as a few other things from Middle Ages, plus quite a few other offerings.
The atmosphere was really nice and laid back. The room was fairly dark and there were quite a few regulars sitting at the bar. Dark wood all around. It definitely had a bit of a pub vibe. The bartender was extremely friendly and helpful, chatting with us and telling stories about the bar. It was nice that he went out of his way to be friendly with people who were clearly from out of town. (If it wasn’t apparent already, the Virginia IDs surely gave it away.)
I think there were about 40 taps with a really nice selection of pub standards (which only took up a few of the taps) along with tons of regional beer. Loads of things from Ithaca and quite a few beers from Middle Ages. Glassware was appropriate. Prices were definitely in check. Overall, it was a great experience and I will happily return if and when I get back to Ithaca.
dim, weathered tavern that in many ways mirrors the locale better than you’d imagine. solid tap list that rotates fairly regularly. good local selections. lots of Cornell memorabilia. cozy place to hide out from the inevitable blizzard conditions. bring your own food, or popcorn machine in the back. music on occasion. good service. make sure to get a window seat so you can take bets on whether or not cars will make it up the snow-covered steep hill out front.
A great beer bar. Well lived in. Good tap selection which changes often. Helpful staff. Old woodwork everywhere. Multiple rooms give it a cozy feel. The kind of college bar you would expect to find at an Ivy League school, without the snobbery.
A medium-large pub that feels like a small cozy pub because of the way it is divided. From the outside you can tell this is not a classy place. The interior is like an old beaten up tavern, the exact opposite of the clean tv-screens-sport-pubs pubs like I see way too often. Beaten up furniture, old memorabilia hanging here and there. You can carve your name on a table and the staff probably won’t say a word. This place has character. Pool tables and other entertainments. Surprisingly large tap selection with over 30 tap lines with the likes of Southern Tier, Sly Fox, Smuttynose, Ithaca, etc. No rare finds or crazy beer here. Not the type of place that would sell $10/pint beer either. I didn’t eat there and I don’t remember seeing a food menu. If they have food it’s probably nachos at best. While the other main beer bar in town (Pixel Lounge) seems to attract the hip college crowd, the Chapter House crowd seems to be more for the bum/artsy/laidback style. I felt very comfortable in this pub. They seem to have bands playing there on a regular basis. A must if you don’t mind a nonchalant place on the left side of things.
In my four years of living in Ithaca I never visited this place. I always meant to, but just never got around to it. I finally made my way over there while visiting a friend and man do I wish I had gone more often while living there. On a Thursday night at around ten, it was not very crowded or loud at all. There is a choice in three main rooms, with one of them being a place for a group of friends to share a few pints, and another having pool tables if that be what you’re looking for.
The list of brews on tap there is quite impressive. About 50 or so taps with mostly US micro brews. Nice selection from Stone and others out in California to Ithaca beers brewed right down the road. The only complaint was that one of the Stone IPAs I had there was a bit off. It could have been the batch, but it also could have been sitting in the keg too long, not too sure.
Overall a great place to go for some good beer and never have to have the same brew twice in a night.
Oh yeah and free popcorn.
Établissement visité le mercredi 15 octobre vers 21h. Ambiance: Moitié pub avec un long bar et téléviseur. Moitié vieille table et banc décoré de vieilles photos de finissants de l’université Cornell. Section billard et machine à boule. Service: Un peu sec. Sélection: Environ 40 fûts de microbrasseries américaines et d’importations anglaises. (116 rating d’établissement)