Barley House

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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 2/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
TheGuy  (26) Illinois | November 28, 2009
Rated this after the second time,very high quality selection of brews on tap Surly Darkness,and benderand wet hopTyranena Dirty old man,dark horse one stout, and scotty karate just to name a few yes te prices are high but where else are you even going to get a chance at Darkness they also have a great bottle selectoin also quit the busy place at night but during lunch time was able to BS with the bartender who seemed reasonably knowledge about his breers
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
Narnad  (19) Crystal Lake, Illinois | July 22, 2009
Visited this place earlier in 2009. A totally fantastic selection of beer but the prices on the bottle beers were completely out of this world. Some beers you could run down the street to Binny’s or Woodman’s and buy for $6 a bottle were running $12. The beer on tap was a bit more pricey than I am use to but again you do have to pay for uniqueness at times. We had to wait for over 35 minutes at non-peak time for a seat so it is highly recommended that you call ahead for reservations. Food was just okay and the staff seemed a bit frazzled by the high crowd factor that was present the day we visited. A decent place but the prices for the "exotic" beers on their beer list are not justified since you can seriously go down the street and spend 50% less on the beer and drink it at home.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
Walt  (189) Austin, Texas | March 16, 2009
So, they have over 200 bottles and 20+ taps. The staff does not have the training to know anything about beer...I have been served the wrong beer, beer without glassware, dirty glassware, inaccurate info on their beer menu, spelling errors all over their beer menu, and their 200+ bottles seem to be more of a novelty and less of a focus. That’s the bad stuff...the good stuff is that I work literally across the street and they do have some good beers and the staff is very polite. Maybe they will get it together after they have been open a little longer because I want them to do well.

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