United States > Ohio > Columbus
cratez (185) Toronto, Ontario | May 2, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
When I visited: Late January 2013.
What I had: Barley’s Christmas Ale on tap and Rye IPA on cask, Bavarian Pretzel Rods, Polski Feast, Buffalo Chicken Tender Salad, white wines for my better half, Bread Pudding Rustica to split.
What I liked: Approachable pub-like atmosphere, low key and homey, nice private booths, delicious food, good range of house draughts, quick service, above average beers, prime choice for dinner and drinks.
What I disliked: Guest taps are limited.
Would I go back? Yes.
Overall Rating: 78
JStax (114) Devola/Marietta, Ohio | April 18, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
Stopped in on a Sunday afternoon. Street parking only, but that didn’t seem to pose a problem despite being right in the middle of downtown Columbus. Not too much of a crowd in here and I was able to grab a seat at the bar and get a sample of all the house beers on tap, cask, and nitro. Pretty sold house beers. Bartender seemed knowledgeable and was attentively and courteous. I didn’t order anything to eat, but the menu was the same as Barleys #2, which I had eaten at a couple hours earlier. Very good experience overall.
keanex (51) Atco, New Jersey | July 14, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 14/20
Barley’s is a rather large restaurant with a good sized bar. When I went the place was empty. I like the look and feel of this place, it’s nice.
Service was quick and friendly, no complaints.
A nice variety of beer on tap all brewed on premises aside from a few guest beers.
The food was pretty darn good here, I sampled a few things my friends got and everything was great, better than the two beers I had.
We went on a day with half-priced burgers, can’t beat the value we got.
I would definitely come here again on half-priced burger night to have a great burger and a pint of something new. I would also recommend others come here to try it out.
gws57 (92) Saint Charles, Illinois | June 3, 2012
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Went here for lunch two consecutive days during a convention across the street. Both days the service seemed unprepared for the rush, but the food was pretty good and the beers were excellent.
tjthresh (85) Greenfield, Indiana | May 27, 2012
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 10/20
This is an okay option if you are in the area. I found the food to be lacking and the beer just adequate. Our server was attentive and nice enough. I had hoped for more though.
theisti (446) Leawood, Kansas | May 22, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Visited mid-afternoon on a Tuesday. Bar is located just north of the parking lot for the North Market, which makes for a good combination of wandering around the market, then settling in for a beer. The interior is classic bar, lots of dark wood and chrome fixtures. Place feels a bit worn, but in a comfortable way. The service was great, very engaging, offerred up samples, etc. I only had time for one beer, and no food. In addition to their own beers, they had a number of guests as well. Overall, solid beer and a good ambiance.
phaleslu (372) Cincinnati, Ohio | March 19, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Barley’s #1 is on the northern end of downtown Columbus. The interior is fairly standard, and didn’t stand out too much; felt like it needed an update and like it wasn’t all that clean. I ordered a 9-beer sampler. The glasses are small but there are 9, I guess. It was about $7. The beers are all pretty good. The food is decent, standard pub fare, with a few unusual items I didn’t have enough room to try. My salad was okay. The waitress was friendly but went long stretches without coming over, despite the fact everyone else there that night was at the bar. Decent brewpub, but nothing really stands out.
UDBeernut (103) Near Buffalo, New York | March 1, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
Came from outside of the city during my last buisness trip to Columbus. Walked in and was greated by a U shaped bar and seating along the side. Sat at the bar and was propmly asked what I wanted. The had about 8 beers on tap, with some being their own beer, and a few being other brewers around Columbus. I did not notice if they carried anything on bottle, but I was only gonig to order anything they brewed. I had their Imperial IPA and it was very tasty. Also ate an order of nachos which were very good. Overall had a very nice expirence. Def worth a visit when in Columbus.
foundmd (26) Cincinnati, Ohio | October 23, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Pleasantly surprised with the quality of beer at Barley’s. The Rye IPA and Barley Wine were very tasty. Had a pretzel and pub cheese appetizer that was pretty good too. The service was pretty slow even though they weren’t too crowded. They brew everything from a pilsner to an imperial stout so there should be something for everyone. They featured 4 guest taps but nothing special. A great place to drink some fresh beers and probably one of the best Columbus breweries.
Brigadier (240) Clevelandish, Ohio | April 25, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
The final stop on a pub crawl that went to one obnoxious piano bar then one dead bar this was a chance to experience the true Columbus atmosphere. The interior is dark with a few televisions in the background for noise. The menu is typical pub fare and reasonably priced.
The tap list covers most of the styles that you would expect. From a general pale ale to a stout and some seasonals something should be available for everyone. The oatmeal stout I had was excellent for a regional brewery. The price tag wasn’t bad either.
If you are in the area this is one of the better options. It certainly beats Elevator or Gordon Biersch where I was earlier in the day. If you have to stay downtown this is the place to go for local beer.
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