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Ibrew2or3 (353) Tempe, Arizona | April 5, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Went here on a Saturday @ 5pm and the place is about three quarters full. The first thing I noticed is the loud music making conversation a little difficult. The beer selection is decent and is geared to lighter more sessionable and widely available offerings but I see no BMC, so thereís that. They also appear to be putting in an effort to have something unique to offer. Their misguided attempt was to hold back some Bells Hopslam and then offer it when the rest of town was out. Their heart is in the right place but the execution is amateur as they picked a poorly aging beer (drink that stuff fresh man!). They serve some offerings in tall tulip glasses and I also see frozen mugs for the sessionable brews. The IIPA I drank was served in what seemed like a chilled tulip and at an ice cold frikiní serving temperature. Again, good attempt but amateur-ish execution. Do not ice down your ales mate! I do like to see the local support of food but the beer selection could be more local-centric than it is. I had a tasty smoked polish sausage and enjoyed it while taking in the open space, large roll up doors on 3 sides of the space, brick, subway tile and basically an industrial look. So beer wise this isnít a bad option if youíve done Mellow recently and donít want to deal with WoB. Iíll probably be back and hope thereís at least one fun offering to swill down.
radarsock (60) Massachusetts | March 3, 2015| Updated March 6, 2015
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Stopped in for a few drinks at early noon with Ernesto whom had been eager to advocate after having nothing but exceptional encounters. Now, even though every searchable "Handle Bar" on the database has some kind of bike paraphernalia on their website and Facebook pages, Iím not convinced this specific place is a chain. For one, all of the logos are widely different from the more, shall I say, "well-known" Handle Bars in Illinois and California. I like the name, and if Iím not mistaken, itís 0.4 mile from The Pedal Bike Shop on University, so I get the location. People around here bike to work, to school, and just to get out of the house. That being said, Iím not positive I would come to this place after 6 pm. It surely had been an inquisitively easygoing setting, but I know Tempe, and any alcohol-serving establishment after dark, will have extraordinarily obnoxious people crawling in to get a drink, ask for numbers, and leave into the night from whence they came. The backwards baseball caps and hearing groups arbitrarily shouting, "woo!" is a good indication of this. As a few had already mentioned, the music was powerful: I didnít feel like it had been set to "nightclub bass", but it was still difficult to entirely hear what our bartender was saying. They have a chalk-written taplist awkwardly hanging in the back. Unless you have impeccable penmanship, please use the chalk to carve each letter thoughtfully into the board. Chalk in most cases is quite hard to read. After my first beer, I couldnít hold on, and asked if they had a portable beer list/menu that I could look at. They had 1-2 semi-rare offerings from Firestone Walker, Tempe, AZ locals, and some California easy-access stuff. North Coast is always terrific, though Iím not sure Iíd pay $12 for a pint of any their year-rounders. This could have gone a lot worse, but itís fine for what it is. Not the most memorable bar in the world.
beerbaaron (162) Arizona | December 4, 2014
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
The Handlebar is the epitome of the mainstream popularization of craft beer. Good or bad, Iím not judging that, but I think diversity and options are usually good. This is an íupscaleí college bar that serves decent beer. If you want to sip and explore the depths of your beer or have an in depth conversation this isnít the place. More of a place for a fun night out or a place to start a mill street pub crawl with some decent beers. One of the few places you can find with a lively atmosphere and good beer. Nice people watching too. Prepare to feel old... or maybe younger..idk. An afternoon visit should yield a more laid back experience.
b727trijet (396) Isleworth, England | March 18, 2014
54 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 10/20
Along the route of a good pub crawl but it does not match World of Beer, Mellow Mushroom, Taste of Tops but worth a pit stop! Was disappointed to find my Prescott Panderosa IPA came from a can when i expected it from tap!
JPDurden24 (172) Chandler, Arizona | August 16, 2013
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 12/20
The place itself is really cool They have good beer and some good food options, but on the pricey side.
savnac (284) Anchorage, Alaska | February 21, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
Right in downtown Tempe. Nice big, open place with a big bar, and outdoor beer garden. Received good service but the server wasnít completely on top of the current beer list. Selection had quite a few mediocre beers but there were some good local beers represented and some nice seasonal drafts like Big Foot. Had a Groupon that worked on beer so the value was great, not so great without the Groupon. Didnít eat here. Ok place, nice atmosphere during the day and decent beer selection.
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