Urban Tavern

Taps: 12 | Bottles: 16
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
brokensail  (1258) San Leandro, California | December 29, 2014
Looks like kind of your typical new-ish upscale restaurant and bar. Kind of felt that way inside as well. Oh well, they seemed to have a decent enough tap list, including a Russian River beer (yes, that one) and some less sought after offerings like a few seasonals from New Belgium, Pyramid, and standards from Sierra Nevada and Lagunitas.

Ordered an Elder and apparently I should have read t0rin0ís rating because it ended up being about $9 out the door. Sad face. Probably wonít be back.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 2/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0  (1515) Do Not Resuscitate, California | March 31, 2014
Visited March 31, 2014.

It was raining pretty good and I was carrying a box of electronics so if nothing else this was going to be a place to get out of the rain. Well, it turns out they have both Pliny the Elder and Blind Pig on tap so I decided to stay for a glass of one of my favorite beers of all time: Pliny the Elder. Itís not like this beer is THAT hard to find around San Francisco but itís also not available at every crappy Irish pub either. After getting the bill and paying $8.16 (plus mandatory ďgratuityĒ) Iíve decided that Iíll walk a bit further for my Pliny fix next time, unless I get a raise, which could happen one of these days. Anyway, itís a very nice semi-upscale bar that as it turns out is in a Hilton hotel. I didnít even realize it until I got the bill and (along with some sticker shock) saw an option to bill my drink to a room.

They have a tower with 14 taps on it above a nice stone counter top. Most of the place is a bar with small tables and a long communal table/counter. Then in the back, or what seemed like the back upon first glance, is a metallic horse sculpture made of pieces of (presumably) scrap metal and tractor parts welded together and painted different colors. Beyond that is a dining room that is a few steps further down. There was no one in there and compared to the bar area it was relatively small. They didnít even have menus sitting out in the bar area so Iím thinking that this is more of a bar than a restaurant. That said I didnít get a look at said menu so I canít comment on the quality of the food at all. If the prices are anything like those of the beer though, I probably donít want to eat here.

All around decent beer selection featuring mostly hoppy beers: Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig, New Belgium Rampant DIPA, 21st Amendment Back in Black, and Pyramid Indi Pale Lager. The rest of the taps were miscellaneous other styles like ďhefeweizenĒ (American pale wheat garbage style ale), Pilsner, steam beer, and a witbier. Iíd probably stop in again.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
msante79  (342) Mount Prospect, Illinois | January 21, 2012
Decided to stop after almost walking by on our way to 21st Amendment. Looks like a trendy hipster place from the outside, but it is actually the hotel bar for the Hilton in Union Market. Thought it was going to be mixed drinks and a few regional taps, but did have a decent tap list including RR Blind Pig and PTE. Couple of other decent ones as well. Nothing rare and will offer nothing of interest to locals, but may offer something for the traveler staying downtown.

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