United States > Ohio > Athens
Dogbrick (796) Columbus, Ohio | July 30, 2013
60 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
(Visited 06/2013 during Ohio Brew Week): Smiling Skull is located on West Union west of campus. Street parking in the surrounding area.
The interior is a cozy biker bar, with the wooden bar featuring keg stools on the left side and table seating on the right. Hilarious hanging decor including baby dolls and a tire with a skull in it. License plates and photos on the wall.
The beer selection during OBW consisted of the 5 taps being taken over by 3 Black Box beers, plus PBR and Guinness. Some bottled selections too including a couple craft beers, one of which was the Plumberís Crack Ale.
Service on a relatively busy weekday was good. The bartender was friendly and helpful. The beers were served in clear plastic restaurant style cups. The place is apparently dog friendly too.
We did not have any food on our visit.
Overall I probably wouldnít visit this place outside OBW as I donít get the impression they have an emphasis on craft beer normally, but it was a fun spot to check out.
JStax (236) Devola/Marietta, Ohio | July 6, 2012
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
Stopped in during Ohio Brew Week. This is definitely a biker bar, but they appeared to carry several crafty beer options. They had 3 taps from Black Box and about 20 or so bottles of craft beer in the beer fridge. I donít know if that was just for OBW, but I would guess that it is not. The bartender was pretty cool and seemed interested in talking beer among other things. If you can get past the whole negativity towards biker bars and actually go in and try to enjoy yourself, youíll find that this place isnít too bad. The company here is what made this place fun.
Tmoney99 (505) Cincinnati, Ohio | June 30, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
Easy to find location on the turn coming down the hill. Street parking. An old biker bikers bar with an interesting selection of road item attached to walls. Freindly service with good beer week selection on tap. Being an old biker I got along well and will try again after beer week to see if the Miller Light crowd takes over the taps.
jmikolich (112) North Ridgeville, Ohio | January 13, 2012
50 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 8/20
Biker bar at the far end of union street but down by the oak room. If you want to drink cheap and feel uneasy the skull is the place to do it... they sell PBR, Old Milwaukee and Natty Ice in tall boys.. next door is cats den with dollar shot night.. walk up the hill to Jackie Oís unless youíre starting your shuffle down here.. Suprrisingly the bar staff is excellent and really take care of the outsiders.. bikers are surprisingly nice if youíre considerate of being in "their" bar.
steelhead3686 (9) Athens, Ohio | November 10, 2010
60 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
A no nonsense place to have a beer. Itís a main hangout for bikers in town so if youíre not into that sort of crowd I would avoid "The Skull". But donít get me wrong the place is what it is because of their crowd. A bar where you donít have to put up with college student BS. This place just got their liquor licence so you can now partake in your favorite spirits there as well.
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