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tastybeer (35) Indiana | September 6, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 14/20
Upscale restaurant a block from IU. Ambiance is very nice, and they have a great patio with a view of the Sample Gates. Service is excellent but the servers are hardly beer experts. Beer selection is small, but focused. Probably the best place in town to get sours/Belgian beers - they usually have at least one sour or lambic on tap and several in the bottle menu. Food is good but extremely pricey. Most entrees run $30-40. Beers are more reasonable at around $6-8 each. Overall a good place to stop in if you have money to burn.
Brigadier (287) Clevelandish, Ohio | October 4, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
I finally made it to Finchís. Based on the tap list it is something I should have done a long time ago. Though limited to eight or nine they are not filler. A nice range of local, regional, and international options means you should never walk away disappointed.
The food is good though expensive. In fact that might be my only critique. In contrast to the Tap this is even more expensive a place to get some rates. That said if you want to impress people and are going in the area anyways then at least drop in for one drink before you head to the square.
b3shine (276) Indiana | May 15, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Stopped in for lunch while in Bloomington, and was really impressed with the food. The menu focuses on fresh, local fare, and while itís not cheap, itís excellent. Everyone in our party was impressed, and the service was good, as is the ambiance. The beer selection isnít extensive, but itís solid, and they have a nice wine list too. Definitely worth a stop, but more for the food than the beer.
deyholla (339) Minneapolis, Minnesota | May 17, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
One of the better Bloomington restaurants with a small but nice rotation tap selection. Food is delightful and the ambiance fits that of a nice restaurant with a small bar if you just want to stop in. A bit pricey but worth it in my opinion. Servers are very knowledgeable and friendly. Definitely worth a stop.
JCB (233) Durham, North Carolina | September 3, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Had a really nice lunch here on my visit to Bloomington, in the superb company of one of my teachers. Strange to see this place in what used to be some crappy five and dime store with IU gear. Itís certainly been transformed nicely, and the warm sienna woods and pleasant layout made it an inviting stop. Menu was pretty well done overall and the service was good. Impressive if limited tap list, with good locals, national micros, and Belgians available. MJ and I plumped for the rare mid-day brew, an Urthel Saisonniere. Fine food, atmosphere, and pretty damn enjoyable overall.
Verecund (3) North Carolina | May 4, 2010
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
This is one of my favorites places in Bloomington to drink. Decent ambience, excellent food, fairly knowledgeable bartenders, and a nice rotating tap list.
Food is top-notch, though it can be a bit pricy. They offer a solid rotating vegetarian option, as well as good pizzetas (flat bread pizzas).
10 rotating taps: two Bellís, one FFF, one Two Brothers, one Bloomington Brewing Company, one Upland, one rotating Belgian tap, one rotating German tap, and one or two others. (The focus is local.) I have had Bare Tree (2009), Expedition, Hopslam, and 9000 on tap, as well numerous FFF (Dreadnaught, Behemoth, etc.). Pretty high quality stuff in general. I personally prefer the fall and winter month offerings.
$2.50 pints on Wednesdays on about half of the taps.
tmgiddings (5) Indianapolis, Indiana | May 3, 2010
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 17/20
They donít have a lot of beer, but everything they have is the best, and their they rotating tap selection is insane. If you want something weird on tap- go to Finchís. THe food is amazing but a little expensive.
EithCubes (238) New Jersey | April 1, 2009| Updated April 24, 2010
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Happened by on a relatively crowded night, by what others say, and a stinking 10:30 last call. Food is somewhat overpriced but ranges from good to excellent. Some good bottles but nothing rare and not too much to sneeze at on tap - maybe if I wanted some Two-Hearted or Expedition. Seems to avoid the undergraduate crowd, for the most part, and thereís a nice atmosphere with typical college-town waitstaff. Nice and close to campus. Some potential here, perhaps sitting by the warm oven in the winter months, but I donít expect to be back all that often. Well, maybe to try the rabbit.
Update: Thereís been an uptick in quality in the last year-plus (70 > 78) and Iím now likely to drop by here regularly for special finds - little kegs and firkins that find there way here from unexpected places (Founders and Bells hint a nice little pipeline from Michigan), and Finchís holds a good chance of finding that rare gem in B-town.
ry2545cds (1) | August 2, 2007
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Bells 2 hearted was really the only thing that i was interested in. they also had Upland which I love, just not that night. Food was way overpriced, but the duck panini was very good. They have good ingredients for sure. Their "flatbread" is pizza, i donít care what the owners or managers say, itís pizza. It was decent pizza with good ingredients on it but $15 for a 10inch pizza is a bit too much. Would consider going back on someone elses dollar
Optigon (40) Bloomington, Indiana | July 2, 2007
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Pleasant, quiet ambiance. Spectacular food that all pairs well with the wines and beers served.
The selection of beer isnít huge, but is well selected. Typically a lot of Two Brothers is on tap, which is quite different for the area.
Highly recommended if you are in the area.
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