Crane Alley | Urbana, Illinois
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Crane Alley
Good based on 13 ratings
Type: Bar

115 W Main St.
Urbana, Illinois United States 61801 [ print map ]
217 384 7526

cranealley.com

Hours: 11am-2am


Taps: 16 | Bottles: 95


Crane Alley

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13 reviews for Crane Alley
 Ambiance  74%
 Service  52%
 Selection  69%
 Food  76%
 Value  50%
 Overall  69%
 Rating  74%
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
jables  (9) Champaign, Illinois | March 26, 2004
[ edit your review ] Lots of room in here, three pool tables and lots of booths and tables to sit in plus I nice long bar. The place is beautiful on the inside, go to the website and check out pics. The beer selection is fantastic, taps are always rotating. Bottles include Corsendonk, Unibroue (my Maudite was served in a wide wine glass as that was the closest to appropriate glassware I could get) including Terrible, Three Floyds, Two Brothers heavy handed and bitter end, Ayinger, Hacker-Pschorr, Paulaner, and more, great selection, will keep you interested well into the wee hours of the morning. Kitchen should be opening soon so I will re-review with the food. --
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
barleyPops  (65) Quad-Cities, Illinois | July 8, 2005
had lunch here a few months ago when in town to pick up my son. food was delicious and the beer selection was about as good as youíll find anywhere in central Illinois. staff was pleasant, friendly and even though our waiter had cute short bangs, nobody hit on him either. ;)
78
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 15/20
Snot19kilo  (2) Illinois | October 27, 2009
Great beer selection. Good food. Great Ambiance. Service was good, But I was in there early on a Monday So I donít know how it is around any other time. This place has the best beer selection for a pub around the CU area.
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
YourDarkLord  (19) Urbana, Illinois | March 24, 2004| Updated October 16, 2007
I just love this place. Good food, good beer, good people. Scott runs a good show. Decent selection of beer on tap and in bottles. Pool tables availabe and TVs for watching sports or whatever. Atmosphere good. Beer selection has many interesting items like trappist beers, lambics, and such. The bartenders know how to pour, too. Their food is good. Not standard bar fare. More upscale cuisine. Have had everything on their menu. The Champaign-Urbana Beer Club meets there on the third Wednesday of the month, 6:30 PM.
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield  (143) Oak Forest, Illinois | May 20, 2007
Nice place, a long bar, pool tables, plenty of room. The food that I had (a portobello sandwich with sweet potato fries) was pretty good and the others in the group seemed happy with their choices. Very nice beer selection, both on tap and in the bottle. If youíre going to be in the Champaign-Urbana area, you couldnít do much better for decent eats and some good beer.
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
SubstanceT  (114) Saint Louis, Missouri | March 30, 2004| Updated April 14, 2007
Yeah this place isnt that bad. The service is pretty good and they do have a very good beer list and is better than most places listed on this site. If you are in town, you may want to check it out. Since the first time that I was there they have drastically improved the place. Fairly classy joint with a very very solid selection of beer.
74
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
Illini08  (41) Raleigh, North Carolina | January 7, 2007
Been here a few times now. Better than average food for a bar. Good Italian beef and a pretty good menu all around. Great bottle selection and usually some decent micro and import stuff on draft.
70
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
Philip  (64) Illinois | August 6, 2005| Updated February 10, 2006
Strictly in terms of beer, Crane Alley does a decent job bringing in some good mircrobrews to counter the Bass, Guiness, Harp junk. Yeti Imperial Stout, North Coastís Rasputin, and even Bells Batch 6000 have all made their way to the tap list within the past year, and thatís impressive. The service is highly dependent on who your particular server is the night you dine. *************************** 2006 UPDATE: Food has declined quite a bit over the last few months after their original chef left. The specials arenít as good, and even some of the sandwiches seem to be more up and down than before. The tap selection is solid, but doesnít seem to be quite as good and innovative as before either due to the loss of their manager.
66
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
WabashMan  (33) Noblesville, Indiana | April 3, 2007
As good a beer selection as youíll likely find in a town the size of Champaign-Urbana, Crane Alley has a nice selection of bottles, and a good rotation of drafts, including some that arenít widely available. The food is very good for bar food. Lots of sandwich choices (I recommend the chicken salad sandwich), some steak/seafood choices, etc. Most of the food is pretty good. I had some pumpkin tortellini there (seasonal offering) that was to die for! But beef sandwiches (italian beef, steak sandwich) always turn out a bit tough, for me. But, I avoid them, to my pleasure. I, too, have had bad service here, on occasion. But I go often enough to know this isnít the norm. Maybe 10% of the time? Hell, bar service is usually inferior to restaurant service, so Iím not gonna complain too much. Thereís usually not much of a lunch crowd, so if you want a quiet pint or two, itís a good choice. At night and on the weekends, it gets pretty crowded.
66
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
frankenkitty  (94) Oak Lawn, Illinois | June 1, 2007
I had a great Reuben here, and everyone in our large group who ordered meals seemed satisfied. The beer menu was lengthy yet somewhat common to a Chicagoan like myself. Nice atmosphere on an uncrowded, post-graduation afternoon, but it would have been cool to see the place hoppiní as well. Crane Alley was a fine starting point for a pub crawl from Urbana to Champaign. (Plus it was a hoot to watch Carl order his baba of Roog Buubu Bibba.)

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