United States > Illinois > Edwardsville
jandd1983 (177) Florissant, Missouri | October 7, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Stopped in on a Saturday afternoon, and only a couple of other folks were there. We were in between the lunch and dinner rushes, worked out good for us. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about their beer selection. Lot of local items, which is good. Tried a couple I had not had yet, so a couple more added to my list. The food selection was very good and our waiter recommended a couple of favorites. The building is a former bank, which adds to the atmosphere. Have been wanting to visit for a long time, if in the area again, would definitley return.
sharkbcr (6) Illinois | September 8, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Good food, casual atmosphere. The beer selection is modest but they always have quality craft beers on tap. A great place to meet friends or take the family out!
Dogbrick (701) Columbus, Ohio | May 31, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
(Visited 06/2010): Stopped at Bigelo’s on a drive between Belleville and Springfield. It is located on Main Street off St. Louis. Street parking was plentiful when I visited.
The interior is relatively small, with the bar in the rear and table seating everywhere else.The color scheme is an interesting blue, yellow and salmon motif and there are tile floors. Some mariner-related decorations behind the bar as well but I did not get the impression that was the theme of the whole place.
Bigelo’s beer selection is not overly abundant but it is pretty well thought out. They have 12 beers on tap from brewers like Schlafly, Great Divide (the Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout), Bell’s, Boulevard, Lost Coast and DFH to name a few. As for bottles there are around 15 including Schlafly, O’Fallon, Big Sky, Sierra Nevada and New Belgium. Not too much in the way of imports.
Service on a late lunch at the bar was good. The bartender was familiar with the beers and was friendly.
For lunch I had the signature Bigelo’s sub and it was very good, as were the homemade sweet potato chips.
Overall the only knock on this place is there were a lot of gnats and flies buzzing around when I was there, and the staff acknowledged they had been fighting them. Not a big deal but worth noting. Still I would definitely visit this place again and would have stayed even longer had I not been on my way somewhere.
emerge077 (129) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | March 3, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Funky little place in downtown Edwardsville, quality taps and short but sweet bottle list. Front dining area with artist designed tables, colorful walls, and art on the walls. The place had a good sized lunch crowd, and the bar seemed more of a service area, so we grabbed a table. Beer list was on a row of chalkboards, looked to be frequently rotating. Taps on the left, bottles to the right, and wine on the far right.
Taps: Schlafly Reserve Imperial Stout, Monks Cafe, Goose Island Matilda and Pepe Nero (brand new), plus a few others that escape me. Bottles: SN 30th Ann, Torpedo, a handful of craft and imports, no macros, 20 in all.
Service was laid back on a busy weekday afternoon, though we always had drinks. The table and floors were a little dirty, but I think that was just a result of the big lunch crowd.
Overall it was a nice place for a beer and a meal, dont know how long id linger for drinks though, as space was limited, and it was more of a cafe vibe. Looks like they will have competition now from "Global Brew" which just opened up a few blocks away.
phaleslu (398) Cincinnati, Ohio | September 26, 2010
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Bigelo’s Bistro is in the nice little downtown strip of Edwardsville. The interior is colorfol and hip, a nice renovation of an old storefront. Mark keeps a great tap list at any given time- not a wasted tap. Great coverage of regional beers, like Schlafly and Boulevard, and always some unexpected things. The food is excellent, way above that of most pub grub you’ll find. They’re even getting ready to release a collaboration beer with Schlafly, a Rye IPA that I’m very excited about. This is one of the most popular stops for beer geeks in the St. Louis area, so if you find yourself with the opportunity to get over to Edwardsville (about 30 min from downtown St. Louis), do yourself a favor and stop in here.
Terminus (333) Las Cruces, New Mexico | March 2, 2010
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Not a bad place, but to me, nothing special. i have seen or herd about many awesome beers on tap at this place but both times i have been there, its been pretty run-of the mill things. food is fair at best service is very good however. Maybe when im back in STL, i will give it another shot.
hoprodrye (2) | July 27, 2009
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
great food, great service, and dogfish head. what more do u need?
Strykzone (94) Wood River, Illinois | January 31, 2009| Updated July 21, 2009
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
I was surprised to find Bigelo’s to not be on the RateBeer directory. It is located just across Main St. from the courthouse. This is an excellent bar/restaurant to get a top quality beer on tap. They have a 12 beer tap which usually include offerings from brewers such as Schlafly (ESB), Three Floyds (Alpha King), to name just a couple. Usually one macro will be on tap. The beer list is handwritten on a chalk board and changes often.
This is also a great place to eat and their food is tasty, interesting, and reasonable. My one complaint is that Bigelo’s is too small. My last trip there found people waiting to be seated. Mark, the owner, is also a beer lover and recently hosted a home brewers organizational get together.
Updated: Just had a New Belgium La Folie on tap there. Excellent and not easy to find.
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