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Drake (609) Free Union, Virginia | August 16, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Stopped by around 3PM Tuesday and the place was deserted which is to be expected. I didn’t eat as I wasn’t hungry but the menu looked like it had some decent stuff and the prices weren’t bad. They allowed me to sample all the house beers, and they were overall of good quality. Lots of guest taps and bottles, and a couple of beer engines plus a firkin on Fridays. One thing I liked is I couldn’t find a hint of macro beer anywhere, though I didn’t have any reason to ask. The bartender was friendly and helpful. I stopped by here because it looked easy to get to off the interstate and I’m glad I did.
lancehenry (16) , | May 14, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
I usually stop at the barleys by the north market when I’m in town but some friends told me about this one. Fun place. great selection of brews and some tasty barbeque!
theisti (667) Kansas | April 13, 2011| Updated September 8, 2014
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Had lunch on a Wednesday, just after noon. Pretty quiet, a couple of tables of folks having lunch. The layout of the place is new, but worn and comfortable at the same time. There was some outdoor seating, decent amount of bar stools and tables, and a bigger restaurant area. The brew works are visible through picture windows in the back. They had 8 of their own beers, as well as some well chosen guest taps. Two of the house beers were on Beer Engine, which is cool. I had the 4 beer sampler of Barleys Pale Ale, MacLennys Scottish, Barleys Centennial (Beer Engine) and the Saint Joans Farmhouse Ale (Beer Engine). All the beers were clean and fresh. I ordered the three mini barbecue sandwich on a roll thingy. The barbeque was perfectly fine, nothing super memorable, but tasty. Pickles were quite good. My server was nice, and knowledgable. Free wifi and a nice place to work for a bit fit the bill really well.
82 = ★★★½ (Solid place, near the top of the list for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
jrallen34 (500) Chicago, Illinois | March 31, 2011
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
This place is just down the street from my dad’s new house so we gave it a shot.
The atmosphere is pretty boring just a big wooden room, like some crappy steakhouse. We sat at the bar in front of a tv, they a few nice ones throughout the place.
The quality is decent. They had 7 in house brews and 8 guest taps of decent quallity. However, there beer menu was totally out of date, they only had 2 of 8 beers on tap listed.
The service was really bad. The bartender new nothing about beer. I’d ask for suggestions and get just ignorant responses.
I wanted to taste all their drafts so on a plus side they offer shot tastings for .75 each, quite a deal to me.
The selection of their own taps is varied, and the guests are decent names but dominated by a bunch of ipas.
The food was ok, we had a snack of chicken tenders pretty tasty. However, the menu is just generic stuff you’d see anywhere.
Overall, a decent place. I wouldn’t frequent this place because of a boring atmosphere and quite frankly none of there in house beers are top notch. Ok for C-bus I suppose.
MbpBugeye (22) Columbus, Ohio | January 16, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
This is the first location of Barleys that I visited.
The smokehouse is more of a restaurant than the downtown location. Seating is abundant, there are pool tables as well as some outdoor patio seating. The bar is smallish, about the same size as the one downtown. It might seat about 15 people.
They will have a few of the same beers here as they do downtown but a few different. In other words, each location will feature different Barleys beers.
I feel that their guest tap and bottle list is much stronger at this location. I have personally tasted GI Night Stalker on tap here, seen HopSlam, Bear Republic, Southampton, Boulder Obovoid Stout and a few other beers that arent around town very often.
It might just be me, but I feel like they feature more stouts here than they do downtown. It would make sense if this were true as these styles pair nicely with the BBQ style menu.
The food is pretty awesome. Great BBQ. One of the cities go to places for tangy, spicy and smokey BBQ.
When it comes to Columbus beer culture, this and its sister brewpub can not be overlooked.
bb0bbby (13) | December 4, 2010
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Great food & their seasonal christmas brew is to die for! Get a growler and share with the family.
Braudog (793) Phoenix, Arizona | February 19, 2010
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Finally visited in February 2010 for lunch on a weekday. The place smelled awesome. The food was outstanding. And the service rocked. My beef with Barley’s is their beers -- we had 4 different ones, and 3 of them were WAY off style. A "pale ale" that was dark brown? A "scottish" that was light amber and hoppy? (I almost wonder if their tap lines are switched?). The beers are drinkable, but you don’t know what you’re getting when you order! But I’d go back for the food alone. (Brewery #503)
BeerBelcher (134) Columbus, Ohio | March 8, 2009
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
I’ve now been to both the High Street Barleys downtown as well as this one. I preferred this location (better food), but I was a little surprised just how close to the first location this one was.
We arrived for lunch right as they opened. The neighborhood is a little odd...looks like a pretty low-rent area with not a lot of other businesses around, next to the railroad tracks, and near what appeared to be an abandoned public housing tower. We got seated in a large dining room with lots of wood in a corner booth. The house beers were a short list of 8, of which several were not available. There were a few more guest taps, and a number of those were also unavailable. This bothers me a little...they printed up a nice menu, apparently never anticipating the tap selection might change. I’d be far happier if beer-centric places gave me a printout that is right rather than a nice menu that is out-of-date. Menu was skewed toward smoked meat, which is alright with me! Food was good - I had so
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | September 25, 2008
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Fair BBQ food accompanied 5 different beers on draught and a solid selection of 6-8 guest Midwest classics. We stopped by around noon, so the palce was mostly empty though a couple of tables were filled with people who came to listen to the football. The building is very large, multi-roomed and has a welcoming quality to its dark brown interior and sharp glasses, but the area was depressive, an industrial boulevard with little activity, well outside downtown. The 5 house beers were a lot more satisfying than what I had at Barley’s no. 1. Both IPA’s were brightly hopped and the others at least were less watery.
DragonStout (97) Pickerington, Ohio | July 1, 2008
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Stopped here on my visit to Buckeye country.Heard the food was excellet so I needed to see for myself. The peeps were right. Very good BBQ and there beers were delightful.Had their Oatmeal Porter and also sampled their Pint O Joe.Overall very goos and will definately return.thank you Dawn for taking me here.
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