The Leon Pub is half of a converted convenience store that splits the other half (and its tiny parking lot) with a used car dealer - so it is quite small - but do not let that deter you. They have at last count 42 beers and ciders on tap - everything form PBR to Fullerís London Porter to Corsendock. They have bottled beer from at least 30 countries with a decent selection of beers from Belgium, Germany, England and assorted other countries. They also have a decent selection of wine - but no liquor. Prices are reasonable - average about $3.00 a bottle or pint for tap beers. Cash only and no tabs - pay as you go! One of the only places in Tallahassee that still allows smoking because of the new law - so it does get rather smoky. Also - pay attention to the signs on the door indicating where it is safe to park - they will tow!
The staff (usually one bartender) are fairly knowledgeable of beer - not in a beer-geek kind of way - but they know what they are talking about. One day a girl came in and asked for a Corona with a lime; and the female bartender promptly and curtly replied - we donít carry beer with fruit in it. Also - no Miller or AB products - but they do have Coors Light for some reason. Give it a try if you are in the area - the best way to find it - look for the Dunkin Donuts on Monroe Street (US 27) and it is right behind there.
Just moved to Tallahassee and of course had to visit Leonís. Itís an experience... everyone should go there... at least once.
The ambiance is about like everyone else has described. If you like dive bars, and I do, itís a neat place. Thereís goofy shit and old video games (non-working) sitting around all over the place. There are plenty of crazy beer signs, mirrors, and all kinds of wacky shenanigans... the problem is that you can barely see any of it through the huge cloud of smoke that fills the place.
The service is okay... the place is absolutely packed to standing room only on the weekends, yet they only have two bartenders working, and they simply cannot keep up. I suppose itís not their fault, and they tried to keep us happy, but there just arenít enough workers during rush times.
The selection of bottled beers is one of the best in Tallahassee - hundreds. The tap selection is pretty good as well - I didnít count but itís gotta be 30-50 beers on tap. Everyone seems to say they never change, though, which is annoying. Iíve only gone there once and probably wonít go back, so I canít say.
The value was... slightly above average, honestly. My $4 pints of Sweetwater beers were hard to stomach when I could be getting them cheaper elsewhere in town... and 8 bucks for a bomber of Abita? Thatís a stretch.
Overall, a neat little place thatís great to visit once, or as much as you need to so you can try whatever beers they have that you canít get elsewhere. The smoke really kills it, and you wonít be able to smell your beer or truly taste it either.
I love a good dive bar, and thatís exactly what you get walking into Leon Pub. A little bit dingy, a little cramped, of course they allow smoking, and there are all sorts of locals hanging out, trying to escape the college scene the rest of the town has. A great selection, somewhere north of 35 taps, depending on what is in stock, with a few that rotate and a few that never do. Also, well over 150 bottles in the 6 doors worth of coolers. Prices are relatively average, but you might expect them to be cheaper considering the ambiance. Iíve only ever been on weekdays, so I canít say how crowded it gets on a busy bar night. Knowledgeable enough staff, but not the biggest of beer geeks - one tried to offer me Sweetwater 420 as an IPA on draft. A decent place to get a pint at a bar that isnít infested with a whole lot of college kids.
Leon Pub has the best beer selection in Tallahassee.
They donít rotate that selection though... and the service is iffy to bad... and itís the smokiest place on earth...
Iíve lived in tally for a while now and have had everything on their fairly extensive (but stagnant) beer menu. Itís rarely worth it to go anymore. If youíre visiting and donít mind smoke, itís all weíve got.
This place is a serious hermit crab hole. No food. Cash only. Smokey. Itís half of a former convenience store. Thereís a half-dozen old íCudas up on blocks in the primary parking spaces. Which is too bad, because the neighboring businesses will tow you to Hanoi if they catch you in their slots. That said, its THE place in Tallahassee to get every brew that the local distributors are carrying. I go there once a year, whether I need to or not.
I used to go to The Leon a few times a week when I was in Tally. Itís been years. What PorterPounder mentioned about towing....VERY TRUE. They got me once. Then they got me again another time when I parked at a nearby Dunkin Donuts. Tiny as mentioned, but it has immense character and a great selection. It sounds like the selection has actually grown from when I was there, but that is only a good thing.
Oh Leon Pub, you dirty dive bar how I love you. I cannot walk out of that place without smelling like a cigarette. Probably 30 taps, a nice bottle list, prices reasonable. No food. A dive with decent beer. Great vintage signs all over the place. A must stop, even for the curiosity factor.
Smoke filled dive bar with a good bottle selection. Down side is that some of them might be extremely dated. Vintage signs, pool tables, darts and a crappy back porch give this bar itís charm. Definitely stop by if youíre looking for something a little different in the Tallahassee area.