Dropped in briefly after a visit to Grapes of Mirth, picked up a growler of Alexander’s RIS. Handsome bar with wood tables, soft lighting, and a spare setting that I like in a brewpub. At midday there was nobody there, and I had no food (so can’t comment). But the staff were friendly and informative, and I was stoked to get a growler of this well loved stout.
Nice clean brewpub look with a decent sized bar and lots of booths and tables, real clean look. They had about 12 of their beers on when we were there with 2 guest taps. The kobe burger was very good as was everyone else’s food. Went on a sunday when they opened so of course service was just fine. The beers though were lacking bigtime in flavor and basically quality very light and flavorless except the imperial stout which was ok. Great place, great time, I’d go again but would go to #2 first that’s for sure.
This place is great, right downtown. Across the street from Grapes of Mirth. Parking usually means the garage nearby but it’s not a big deal. Selection is usually 5 or 6 of their beers on draft, with a cask ale on as well, and usually a few guest drafts. The beers are very good, as is the food. Service can be slow at times, but usually is pretty consistent.
Stopped on a Thursday night for dinner. A nice little location in Columbus. I should start out by stating that I was feeling under the weather, so I may not be giving the blast as good of a rating as I would if I felt better. But from what I did have, this place was pretty sweet. The waitress was very good (and all of them were very good-looking, which helps) and we never had to wait too long for anything, even though the place was crowded. I didn’t have any food, but the beers were really good. My favorites were their ESB, barleywine, and their imperial stout. My only regret is that I wasn’t feeling better while here. Otherwise, this place was pretty great.
I can’t say there’s any one thing that really stands out about the atmosphere or the "experience" that is Barley’s Brewing. There are some decent brews on tap here, but it is a place which in my mind blends into many other places I’ve visited. Well-staffed, but the servers/bartenders seemed to be more involved with their own lives than those of their clientelle. Whatever... we were served our drinks and left to go about our business. (As long as you do your job you’ll get your 15% tip, but I don’t think they realize you’ve got to impress people for anything beyond that.)
Anyway, this is another joint with a rating of "Essential" that I think could use a downgrade.
Very good place. Not much of a lunch crowd. Food was outstanding. I had the turkey burger with pecans and was very tasty. Wash it down with the Imperial stout wow well done, I then had the Oatmeal stout which was not as flavorful, but ok.
Nice place appearance-wise, nothing too flashly nothing too dumpy, good place to grab a beer and grub. Friendly, attentive service. Decent selection of beers, no guest taps when I was there, but from time to time they do offer some. The beers I had were very good, not great, but solid offerings. As far as food goes the menu looked nice, mostly American fare, some seafood, pasta dishes. It was around lunch so I just grabbed a burger. Nothing spectacular. My one complaint is, they asked me how I wanted the burger cooked, I said medium, it came well done. There is nothing more I hate than if you ask me how I want something cooked and then bring it cooked two stages further, or under for that matter. Don’t ask then. It’s a burger, how tough can it be, 4minutes for rare, 5 for medium rare, etc.
Our service was efficient, just not overly enthusiastic. The food, however, was absolutely wonderful! Definitely will return here soon!
endersworld (2) Columbus, Ohio | October 31, 2006| Updated October 22, 2007
Been there about a dozen tmes, usually around mid-day. Lots of space and they recently installed a couple large flatscreen TV’s near the bar area. The beer is great with a steady change in choices. A few of the beers really shine from the use of imported ingredients (UK). The food includes quite a bit of seafood which I don’t eat much of so can’t say how it tastes but I recommend the BBQ wings, very meaty. Parking can be rough if you don’t know the location well, but if you drive on High St. away from downtown about a half block on your right is a metered parking lot.
I had visited this place back in 1999 and had fond memories ... they were dashed on my Oct 2006 visit. First off, they had some decent house beers, about 8 on offer on the night I was there. But you would never know this was a brewpub walking by or even walking in. I have no idea where the brewery even was! Instead, this looked like a "neighborhood bar" complete with Coors and Bud decor. The food was subpar, too. I wish I’d saved more time for Columbus Brewing.