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chriso (313) London, England | March 6, 2011
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Visited in March 2010. Comfortable, lived in feel. Not scruffy but not too "corporate" either. Beers were solid although I wasn’t blown away with any of them - maybe just unlucky with what happened to be available at the time. When we visited early in the evening the place was so packed solid it was too uncomfortable to hang about - probably something to do with an event at the nearby arena (or maybe the convention centre, I’m not sure). When we went back later on the place was virtually empty. So, rather difficult to form a general view of the atmosphere. Didn’t eat. Somehow, just wasn’t as special as I was expecting on this occasion. Would go back if I was in town again to form a second opinion and, of course, because there would certainly be some new beers for me.
MbpBugeye (22) Columbus, Ohio | January 16, 2011
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
I love this place. I really embrace the local beer scene and this one is a major part of the Columbus craft scene.
My last visit, which is what this review is based one, was during the Arnold Classic which is held right across the street. I didnt mean to visit here during the classic but I forgot about it. Because of this the place was packed. This is not the norm. Usually you can walk right in and get a seat.
They brew their own beer on premise and they do a good job at it. They typically have a Scotch ale, English pale ale and pilsner at this location. The rest change up. Ive seen an Imperial Stout before for example. Frambwha!? (which is obviously a raspberry lambic style ale) was on tap. They have a small but nice selection of guest beers. Founder’s Red’s Rye was on tap.
Their food is good but its mostly pub grub, burgers, paninis, bangers and mash, fried oysters and the like.
Tuesdays are when you should get growler fills. They are discounted every Tuesday.
markwise (163) North of Tampa, Florida | January 5, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Went here on the recommendation of a friend, went just for a few beers, didn’t eat. The bar was kind of dimly lit with several TV’s. The bartender was pretty attentive and the beer selection was house beer, which was pretty good. I will definitely stop by next time I am in Columbus as it is behind the North Market.
bb0bbby (13) | December 4, 2010
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
The Christmas brew is one of my favorites. The sauerkraut balls are a must-have!
eclaycamp (35) , Kansas | November 9, 2010| Updated December 11, 2010
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Walking into Barley’s and you’re immediately greeted with this laid back atmosphere of your classic brewpub. There’s an immense and stunning wood bar with a mirror. Stashed in a corner behind glass is the brewing equipment - a modest mash tun and hot liquor tank. As far as the beer selection goes, it’s great, and somewhat unique. Barley’s has avoided what I would call the "typical" brewpub beers and instead has opted to brew what they like to drink. Things like a barleywine, abbey ale, and not one but two IPAs were on tap. While there I was able to sample their Pale Ale fresh from a Firkin ("Firkin Friday") and also their Russian Imperial Stout (my personal favorite style of stout) on cask. All their house brews were very good. It was also cool to see some "guest taps" from the likes of Stone, Dogfish Head, and Great Lakes (their Nosferatu was quite delicious) available as well. Samples here are super cheap (75 cents), so you can try pretty much everything. Food was decent, with some unusual menu items available, along with the standards of burgers and fries. Overall I came away quite impressed and if I’m ever back in Columbus I will be sure to stop by again.
foundersfan (11) Ohio | December 1, 2009
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Russian Imperial Stout is great! Great place to sit back and knock down a few!
Birdiebeagle (44) Perkasie, Pennsylvania | April 25, 2009
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Cool place. We had some decent apps. I like the beer. It was pretty quality stuff. They had a friendly and knowledgable staff. The location is good. Real good happy hour.
Flyer (50) Hartland, Wisconsin | February 13, 2009
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Everything about Barley’s is solid. That sounds like a recommendation (and it is) but you’d like at least one aspect of a place to be outstanding, and nothing was. The atmosphere is good, lots of polished wood and brass rails. The house beers were, well, solid (my stout was nicely roasty, and slightly heartier than a typical brewpub stout). The chili chicken wrap was pretty good. Beer culture-wise, a notch above most brewpubs, but nothing to blow you away.
BeerBelcher (134) Columbus, Ohio | February 10, 2009
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Visiting Barleys was my first trip into downtown Columbus. The environment was nice, the food was OK, and the beers were pretty good. I was satisfied, but I was hardly blown away by my experience here.
Ambience was nice...it has a nice bar feel to it that is neither scummy/divey nor snobby while making everyone feel at home.
The first thing I noticed was that the clientele was mostly female, which I think was driven by an event downtown, and not by my other hypothesis (that this is the first lesbian brewpub ever!).
I’d read in other reviews that the beers are approachable. I noticed this immediately when I sipped the 4 Seas DIPA. DIPAs (and everything else Double/Imperial) aren’t supposed to be approachable! For a brewpub, this place seemed to have a lot of choices of beer, including some guest taps.
Food menu had some higher priced items than I expected. I wasn’t that impressed with my fish & chips, but I wasn’t much in the mood for food, so I wouldn’t take too muc
Rastacouere (651) Montreal, Quebec | September 25, 2008
54 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
We went there around 10-11pm on a weekend evening and there were more staff than patrons, including us. Obviously, there was no atmosphere which was accentuated by poor pop music, expeditive service (despite no one being inside) and the very high ceilings which brought the emptiness of the place to annoying levels. They had 2 guest ales and 7 of their own and while I could clearly see I ran out of luck as they had a very good menu one week before my visit and seemed to have only their very regular stuff when I visited, I still found everything ordinary and thin. I guess I would still come back if I stayed in Columbus again, but only because I felt unlucky with the menu.
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