United States > Massachusetts > Salem
blackflag321 (39) Lansing, Michigan | May 17, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
I would describe this as a very nice coffee shop that has a nice "wide" selection of beer . . . not just the usual styles and brands. I did appreciate the special acoustic panels on the ceiling and in the corners: they made it easy to have a conversation even though the place was crowded. I also liked that I could get 6 oz samples: this let me try several of their offerings. Prices were fair, too: $7 for three 6-oz glasses.
sogrady (21) Maine | February 13, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
The best beer you’ll get in Salem, which granted isn’t saying a whole lot. But overall, this venue has a very credible pick of beers. I got an Atwater Vanilla Java Porter here that I still haven’t seen anywhere else.
Interior is as the other reviewer described: an eclectic, artsy spread. Comfortable, but not precisely what I look for in a beer bar.
Overall, if you’re in Salem, this is where I’d go for beer.
thornecb (58) Marblehead, Massachusetts | September 7, 2010| Updated November 10, 2010
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 14/20
I have visited Gulu-Gulu mutliple times and each time I have a very similar experience. This is a very lo-key, artsy restaurant in the middle of touristy downtown Salem. Really just a large warehouse/storefront with a Euro garage sale feel. Tables are a mishmash of shapes and sizes, which lends a nice informality, but unfortunately leads to informality in delivery of product. We visited on a Saturday night and they were out of at least 2 beers on the menu (nevermind the chalk board that has not been updated in over a month). Also the red pepper and artichoke tapenade that we ordered was sold out, but we were not told for 15 minutes - and it was on our check! Beer selection is good for the area, and you can usually find a suprise draft-only offering from a NE brewer. The beer prices are also very good - full pints of 90 min go for $6. Food is mostly appetizers, cheese plates, and paninis/wraps. Food is a little expensive - I wouldn’t expect a turkey wrap to cost $9...all in all it is one of my wife’s favorites as there is usually good czech pils on tap, but lack of updates to the menu, informal/inattentive service and high food prices cause me to pause before each encounter and alter my expectations accordingly.
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