United States > Pennsylvania > Bloomsburg
orangesol (80) Pennsylvania | August 6, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Our last stop on our Tour of Bloomsburg. My first, and second, trips to Russellís & Kristyís.
We entered the bar furthest on the left and were greeted by a nice, warm atmosphere. Small seating area on the right with the large bar area on the left. Not too many people in this side so we decided to go over to the other bar. Quite a few more people over on that side. Lots of bottles all around the bar, small seating area on the right side with a decent sized bar on the left. 100 beer club signs hanging over the bar showing the names of the people who have completed the feat, some more than once. Quality was good, I only had one beer but it was served in the correct glass. Canít comment on the food as I was already stuffed to the gills but the food I saw passing by me at the bar all looked pretty good.
Service was pretty, literally, good. I was asked no less than ten times if I needed anything and they all had an above average beer knowledge. Selection was pretty damn good for Bloomsburg. Decent selection of drafts but the bottles were really nice. I saw some De Dolle, Unibroue, and all the rest of the usual suspects. I can get better beer at home but I was still pretty impressed.
Overall if you are in Bloomsburg and are looking for a place to have a few beers you could do far worse than this place.
BiddleBrau (76) Fort Washington, Pennsylvania | November 9, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
My first visit was in 1998 or 1999 on a business trip and I was overwhelmed by the beer selection. Now I donít recall if it was great per se, just I didnít expect to find anything other than Yuengling or Sam Adams. Food was real good.
11 years later I am in the area again and pleased to know my memory served me right when I stop in again and see they still have good beers. As noted in another review, this is two places. I ate outside recently and previously in the nice side. There is a dive bar as well. Overall, if I lived in B-burg, Iíd be really happy to have a place like this nearby to try good beers.
DiarmaidBHK (549) Pennsylvania | March 19, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
This is actually two places. Russell has more of a dive bar feel. Itís as narrow as a railway car and as dark as Batmanís soul. Kristyís is lighter and brighter and roomier. They have about 20 taps with a lot of micros and Belgians to go with the bmc product. I must warn you they insist on serving draft beer in refrigerated glasses. Whatís the point of having something like delerium tremens on tap and serving it so cold you canít bloody taste it? And the prices are a bit high for the area.
f351c4v (77) Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania | May 9, 2009
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Visited on a Monday afternoon in May, after work. Place was empty, ended up sitting at the bar area. Bar was cozy, with maybe 10 seats, with a few tables and a TV in the corner. Nothing outstanding on tap, Leffe and a few micros. They do have a beer list, although a few bottle selections that I made were out of stock. They seem to focus on entry level beers from countries around the world. Food was great, as was the service. I guess this is a beer Mecca if you find yourself in Bloomsburg, otherwise, itís nothing more than a nice restaurant with a decent beer selection.
Birdiebeagle (44) Perkasie, Pennsylvania | March 24, 2009
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
My first true beer drinking bar. Went to college there and they introduced me to beer. Not swill but real beer. Had a passport for beer around the world. AH to be young and in college again....
weezfour (4) Oradell, New Jersey | April 16, 2008
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
I miss this place! Used to live in an apartment literally crawling distance away. Unheard of beer selection. Great staff, ambiance. Live music. Outside tables. Go!
WhiteAlePower (2) Long Island, New York | January 23, 2006
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 20/20
This is a perfect hangout / eatery / bar. Everything about it impressed me. Between the wait staff, the owner, beer selection, food. Everything. If ever you get a chance to go, do it. It is located in Central PA, not far off of route 80. Follow Signs toward bloomsburg, main street (route 11). Their beer stock is constantly changing, best bet is to go there and see the list, also ask for anything new. Sadly they had to cut their stock due to lack of sales and interest. But the owner (Russel) is always wanting to try new things. I recently had 3 of their newest additions. All excellent. Very friendly, and quality place!
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