United States > Nevada > Reno
Cybercat (209) Georgia | July 9, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Atmosphere is decidedly retro back to the 40s/early 50s; the black-and-white decor emphasizes this, as well as the black & white TVs. I havenít seen an authentic B&W TV set since I was knee-high to a cockatiel! Seats are very comfortable. Padded stools are much better than the usual wooden or, worse, metal bar stools. Waitstaff are not the most alert, but they are quick once they get your order. Music is not too loud. The emphasis is on mixed drinks, but they have an impressive selection of beers on-tap and in bottles. Tucked away as it is,without obtrusive signage, it can be easy to miss - but donít miss it if you visit Reno.
nicktaproom (2) Santa Rosa, California | June 22, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Kind of retro chic (someone I was with said it reminded him of a David Lynch film). All the TVs were black&white, lots of bubbly vinyl booths and red lighting.
Bartender didnít quite know what was up - we had to point on the menu because she coulndít understand what we meant by "gueze". BUT... great bottle list and nice draft, too. Hard-to-find classics and a lot of hard-to-find new breweries.
Has a large upstairs patio that looks out over the street.
Really, a great spot. If I lived in Reno I would be there often.
(And the bartender made up for her lack of knowledge by making me a damn good bloody mary sometimes after midnight.)
slowrunner77 (47) Reno, Nevada | July 20, 2010
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 11/20
i liked it better from the first couple visits. it has become too "cool" for itís own good, and i wonít be back. it also used to be unique in itís great beer selection, but as other places have picked up the slack, their selection has tapered a bit. the reason i wonít return is the service, though. our last waitress was, at best, disinterested in our party. youíd think by how long things were taking her, that not only was the place packed, but that the kitchen was behind too. well...they have no food, and the place was half empty, no her apathy bugged us even more. the kicker, the beer i ordered was out (shocking) so instead of coming back to our table they bring another beer of their choosing. i ordered something else entirely and the beer was left on the table. eventually it was drunk. no point in them pouring it, right? then when we got our check...$6 for a beer we didnít order or want. totally tactless, as was the fact that she took her tip off the table before we asked for the check...then took 20-30 minutes to bring it back. Ole Bridge pub up the street has similar beer selection, is actually unpretentious, and has riverside seating. no need to revisit st james. the service would get a "1" if it had not been at least decent in the past.
DYCSoccer17 (300) Woodland, California | July 5, 2010
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
I visited here in July 4th, so it was literally empty. A couple of hipsters came in about 30 minutes after I got there and had some can of Olympia.
Anyway, this place IS FUCKING EPIC. I seriously donít know if I have seen such an eclectic bottle and tap list anywhere (even Toronado). They had Bruery Black Tuesday "a couple months ago" per the bartender. They also had Oude Tarte by Bruery, a shitload of Dieu du Ciel!, Norweigan, Swedish, Danish Microbrewers. Tons of Belgian beers, trappists, you name it.
This place is spacious and comfy with lots of lounge-like seating with a bit of a punk feel. Very eclectic. I really dig this place a lot. Of course, it could be much much different when it is packed full of hipsters and bros, but my visit was spectacular. The bartender was awesome and super knowledgeable, too. Awesome experience!
Codysseus (10) Nevada | June 11, 2010
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Good beer selection with knowledgable staff. As hebrewhops states, this place has great decor and atmosphere. However, be aware there are band nights that wonít appeal to many outside a college crowd. Just know this ahead of time and this place is well worth your exploration.
Hebrewhops (5) | June 7, 2010
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Great Beer selection and most staff very knowledgeable. Great deck, and cool decor.
sleepybrew (4) Nevada | March 9, 2010
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Highs and Lows for this review. When the place first opened in the Fall/Winter of 2008, the service and ambiance was superb. Now, itís too often populated by the fraternity crowd and Iíve had some of the worst bar service Iíve ever experienced. However, their beer (for a non-brewery) is top 3 in Reno. I suggest going there to review the beers and enjoy the ambiance early in the evening or midweek.
kmweaver (116) Petaluma, California | September 25, 2009
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Wow. This is in Reno. Never would have stopped by here had it not been for Joe at Morandiís Record Street Brewing. This place is, simply, the best destination for non-local beers in the Reno / Sparks area. Great vibe, friendly bartenders, cool people that simply are cool without trying, and the best beer selection for perhaps a hundred miles easily. Tap highlights include: La Chouffe, 4 Unibroues, De Ranke XX, Rogue Glen Ale, Old Rasputin, and Tripel Karmeliet. And then, the bottle list... Some of this stuff no one gets around here, even Booze Bros.: The Bruery, Jolly Pumpkin, Mikkeller (Not Just Another Wit, BGB, Draft Bear, All Others Pale, Jackie Brown, etc.), full Dieu du Ciel imported line, Fantomes, Duvel, De Molen, DFH, Haandbryggeriet, Nogne, and so forth. Crazy good selection. Reasonable prices. Knowledgeable staff. Unexpected gem, less than a year old.
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