Canada > Ontario > Hamilton
sic1314 (416) Leiden, Netherlands | May 15, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
A bit more done up than the neighbouring Judge, decent service, OK selection of Canadian micros.
KPD (201) Michigan | March 23, 2014| Updated March 29, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Came by after getting ignored next door and had a helluva time. Had a great dinner and a few pints before going to a hockey game. Nice place waitress was really nice. Food was excellent My take is that Ontario craft beer has steadily improved in quality over the last several years.
Gstrings (6) London, Ontario | January 11, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Not a tonne of taps, but all are micro or craft
matt7215 (71) Cambridge, Ontario | March 17, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
this is a really solid place, probably the go to spot in hamilton. the tap lineup is quite good for the # of taps, the service is great. i could easily waste away an afternoon here. i want to go to there.
cratez (256) Toronto, Ontario | June 11, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
When I visited: April 2012.
What I had: Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA (draught), Spearhead Hawaiian Style Pale Ale (draught), Crab Poutine.
What I Liked: Cozy atmosphere, good music, unpretentious crowd, plenty of seating to choose from, friendly and efficient staff, tasty bar food, several solid taps.
What I Disliked: A few of the draughts could stand to be more interesting (i.e. four different blonde lagers).
Would I go back? Yes.
Overall Rating: 78
Beershine (793) The Sunshine State, Florida | June 1, 2012
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Cute little place in Hamilton, on the bar street. Not quite as good as the Judge but a good alternative. Probably younger crowd than the Judge. Has outdoor patio in the back.
MrManning (60) Hamilton, Ontario | April 19, 2012| Updated June 15, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
I go here fairly regularly because this place does it up right. Itís not a huge place and gets packed fairly easily, so there have been times when I simply havenít gotten in, but you snooze you lose.
It is in an old victorian style home, taking up both floors. Downstairs seats a few tables and the main bar, while upstairs hosts a more casual atmosphere of games, chairs, etc....like you are in someones home. Decor is eclectic and funky, provides a nice touch to the visit.
Service is always good to above average, the staff are trained well, know their beers well enough, and are always smiling.
Iíve eaten here too many times to mention, but the wings are great, as is the cajun catfish sandwich. The wings are a great portion and the sauces are excellent. The catfish sandwich is spicy,savoury, very flavourful, well portioned, and well priced.
I like that they have Boneshaker on tap on a regular basis. In fact, they only serve craft beer which speaks to the quality of the establishment.
rob6239 (51) Ontario | March 3, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent Ontario craft beer selections and great food and service as well. The atmosphere is a little more suited to the university and student crowd than traditional bar-goers. That said, I wish we had more bars locally with this selection.
JoeMcPhee (511) Toronto, ON, Ontario | October 14, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
A really nice little spot along Augusta Street. A series of small tables up front with a small bar along one side. Cozy but not dark at all. Light wood and a series of games available. Theyíve got a small little patio in back as well that is kind of cozy. Decent tap list with a good representation of Ontario microbreweries. Kudos for attempting to keep a list of whatís on tap as well. Well-priced compared to The Winking Judge next door (and with less grumpy service). I havenít tried the food, but the menu looks appetizing - Iíll update if/when I do. In the meantime, itís a great spot for a pint of something tasty.
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