Canada > Ontario > Hamilton
pushkinwow (121) Ottawa, Ontario | January 16, 2014
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Ahh my old stomping grounds...how I remember you fondly, especially the all you can drink and eat (pig roast) beer festivals. Youíve changed somewhat but the stodgy interior and small bar are the same, good selection for Hamilton of craft beers remain, and service and food can be all over the place. A place that doesnít care what you think but is still worth visiting.
oates9 (1) Ontario | April 11, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Love this pub. Ambiance is great in that "this place is about the beer". It is a place that hasnít been made over for many years. A great place to have a drink with friends. Food is below average. Again... itís about the beer.
thebhoy (2) Ontario | April 1, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
I like the Judge, itís my go-to place while I live in Hamilton. The tap list is pretty good and I generally like the set-up. The service is a bit hit and miss. One time I went there and asked what was on tap (itís hard to see the handles when itís busy) and I was told that I had "probably never heard of any of them." I donít care what your regular crowd is like, but donít assume you know who your customer is and what they do and do not know about beer. Otherwise this has place has been good for a few fun nights.
Radek Kliber (201) Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), Poland | July 24, 2012
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Some people seemed to love this place. I am guessing is love or hate kind of spot. For me it did not do much. Service was cold and did not care much for me. Beer selection was decent with good value.
rob6239 (41) Ontario | October 10, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Great little place and is seldom as busy as the neighboiuring bars. No where else close where you can sample many of the brews that they often have on tap here. Not a huge selection on the menu for food but what they have is good.
DiarmaidBHK (716) Pennsylvania | August 5, 2011| Updated August 8, 2011
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 12/20
What an unusual place! Looks like a typical English pub except this is Hamilton. They have 20 craft micros on tap and a chalkboard listing all the bmc stuff they donít have. I saw a guy order a Carlsberg and the barkeeper made fun of him. My kind of place. The taps donít seem to be of the highest quality and they could desperately use a beer list but the people that work here are entertaining as hell so thereís that.
RayOhm (32) Fergus, Ontario | June 19, 2011
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
good Ontario micros on tap, nice old building. the service was terrible though, there was only one other person in the bar so youíd think theyíd be happier to have some customers. likely wont be back because of the service.
Ontbeertaster (158) Ontario | June 12, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Definitely an old house turned bar. the bar is at the back, there you see a nice line of taps. No tap list, so you have to refer to the tap handles for whats on tap. Makes it a bit difficult. For that reason alone I would likely avoid this bar on busy nights. although on busy nights they have a wider selection, cuz they dont use all taps every night. Overall this is a decent bar and an alright place to drink.
RC8 (18) Toronto, Ontario | February 25, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Visited after Chesterís. No service at the table, but bartender was nice. About 15 taps running, all micros. Impressive. Terrific cozy atmosphere with board games and comfortable seats. Very pleasant visit all-around. Will most likely be back.
cratez (185) Toronto, Ontario | February 17, 2011| Updated February 18, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Second stop on a recent trip to Cambridge, Hamilton, and Niagara Falls with mrmanning. As soon as you walk inside you can tell that this place is a beer geekís beer bar. Micro brew memorabilia lines most of the walls downstairs and various craft bottles hover over the bar area.
At the time of our visit there were 20 taps, including Taps Baltic Shipwreck Imperial Stout and Chuck Norris Roundhouse IPA, Kawartha Lakes Pale Ale, Nickelbrook Pumpkin Ale, Mill Street ESB, Flying Monkeys Smash Bomb Atomic IPA, Grand River Plowmanís Ale, and Beauís Lug Tread. I tried all of these beers and was glad to find four brews that I hadnít sampled before. Len and I werenít too concerned that the cask wasnít flowing when we came because the large draught selection more than made up for it.
Service was friendly enough as Mary (co-owner) and Winger (bartender) were happy to chat with us, though for much of the time we had to go to the bar to order our beers. So table service was basically non-existent, except for when Mary brought us some complimentary chips (thanks again!). Having said that, the owner had no problem mailing my license to me when I left it at the bar on our second session here, so the service gets a "4" in my books.
Didnít try the food but I hear their wings are solid, and we noticed the regulars making their own snacks in the kitchen to enjoy with the Super Bowl game upstairs. Clearly they appreciate their faithful customers.
Overall, this was the best spot that we came across on our trip. The Judge is quite obviously dedicated to supporting local and regional craft beer and its huge micro tap lineup and real ale engine reflect that commitment. One of the top 5 beer bars in the province, if you ask me.
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