United States > California > Costa Mesa
BlackHaddock (430) , England | May 11, 2015
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Visited on the afternoon of 11th May 2015. Interesting place: half of the world hanging off the ceiling with the other half on the walls and pillars holding the roof up. TV screens in evidence as well as Angels sports gear and road signs, etc, etc. Friendly staff and customers with locals equalling inquisitive tourists like me. 141 Taps advertised: did not count them though. Main list full of the usual suspects for this part of California (letís pretend Iím a regular to this area),í just iní list a lot more inviting for the beer geek. Took three 12oz pours during my stay, all seemed fine to me. Liked the music, a mixture of country and 70ís main stream stuff. Glad I made the effort of popping in, nice vibe from the place. Might get a bit rowdier when dark, or that was the impression I got (plastic tankards in the afternoon?).
brokensail (1087) Orange County, California | May 1, 2014
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
One of the old guard beer places in Orange County. They boast something like 150 taps, but like a lot of other places with that many handles, a lot of itís the typical garbage with a handful of interesting things. Something like 200 channels and nothingís on. Rather divey, which I like...but itís Orange County and Costa Mesa at that, so youíll still get some of the local douchebag population here. Service is efficient. Huge servings of peanuts offered for cheap, throw the shells on the floor. They usually have some cheap cocktails and shots available, at least.
Vballnbeer (72) Gorham, Maine | July 5, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Great selection and a fun place. Never eaten there and it is not much to see from the outside.
Dixonian (150) Plano, Texas | July 21, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Dive bar feel with over 100 brews on tap. The bartender was cool as hell and was pouring taster after taster of all the beers I canít get in TX and wanted to try. Peanut shells all over the floor and chachkis galore. Old school taps line the ceiling adding a cool vibe and they have half priced brews from 8-10 every day. The only drawback here was everything is served in chilled glasses, even the Stone IRS I ended the night with. A place with so many good brews on tap should know better.
SOCALBEERGUY (3) California | November 27, 2010
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good beers on tap. Great place if you are looking for a bar to get away from the normal crowd.
djenkin (17) | September 18, 2010
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Itís big, dirty, and fun. not the best place or the cleanest lines and has a frat party vibe but if you get there on a mellow night this is a pretty decent place.
RichieMac3 (3) Mission Viejo, California | April 26, 2010
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
This is a favorite for me. Loud rock, punk music. Have to talk loud. Peanuts on the floor. Dirty and grungy type of place. 141 taps. Push your way to the bar on Friday and Saturday nights. Can get a pitcher of Chimay for something like $65, not that I would. Foosball, billiards, etc. A covered patio where people can smoke, but it still feels like you are inside.
trampdaddy (43) California | March 13, 2010
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
sawdust on the floor kind of place. lots of taps 141 some rear finds for the area can get loud and crowded but thats the kind of place it is. had a great time here will go back when in the area
stoad (21) laguna niguel, California | December 27, 2008
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 8/20
Dive bar with a ton of taps - peanut shells and sawdust on the floor. It is right across the street from a Tap House, although the Goat has been there for at least 20 years longer. Unfortunately, they do not seem to keep their tap lines clean. I have been by several times in the past year to be served very off flavor beers: Ruination & Racer5 come to mind. Prices are low and they sure sell a lot of pitchers of domestic pilsners...
hoffshow (11) Newport Beach, California | July 30, 2008
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Has an amazingly HUGE list of beers on tap and what is better is there seasonal beers are up-to-date with new releases of Stone and other local breweries. If the plastic mug bothers you, order an imperial pint of beer for a larger serving in a real glass. Fun place to chill during the afternoon when empty or at night in the puke room, smoke room or sweat room. A truly fun experience from the typical Newport bar scene.
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