cratez (256) Toronto, Ontario | December 29, 2013| Updated February 23, 2014
When I visited: Late September 2013.
What I had: Left Hand Oktoberfest on tap, Blue Point Croxley’s 20th Anniversary Red Ale on cask, a couple sauvignon blancs for the Mrs., popcorn to snack on.
What I liked: Dimly-lit, laidback atmosphere at the bar with a weird, almost gypsy-like decor, nice cosmopolitan crowd, awesome music, quick and friendly service from the bartender who made great recos for places to eat, impressive draught list with many well-known crafters as well as some rarities, decent wine options, fair prices.
What I disliked: We were disappointed that they didn’t have any food available and had to go elsewhere to eat, but we had a lot of fun here so it was all good.
Would I go back? Absolutely. This is a stellar neighbourhood pub with a cool vibe and killer beer menu.
Overall Rating: 78
A spot that I used to frequent frequently when I lived here and popped in for another quick pint while I was staying in the neighborhood recently. A well-selected and ever changing list, this has a cozy bar area up front and a nice multi-level patio out back. Happy hours are decent and the bartenders are usually knowledgeable. I think I like Pacific Standard a bit better, but you’ll find plenty to like here as well.
Stopped in before the Furthur show at Barclay’s. Decent tap selection. Got pretty crowded, but the bartenders were hustling and still managed to give good service. Nice vibe. They were streaming Dead music.
Divey little place (my favorite kind of bar) in Brooklyn. Very friendly and helpful staff. Great selection. No food but they do have a binder of menus from surrounding pizza places and such that deliver. Great spot
This was my 3rd of 4 area craftbeer bars visited on a Saturday afternoon. For me it was the second best (you’ll have to read my other reviews to see which I liked best) but this was a close second. This place had a really good selection...some unusual beers...and really nice people working there. They were helpful with the selections and samples. This place gets pretty crowded and can be hard to move around in (not much room between the bar and aisle) but it is a must stop on any craftbeer tours in this neighborhood.
We stopped in here for a few afternoon beers and I was quite impressed by the selection. There are quite a few really good beer bars in this area, but this one is one of the best. They had a good number of beers on tap that I had not seen on previously at other bars around the city, which is always nice to find. the bartender was friendly and provided good service. I didn’t see food (other than the free popcorn) but I also didn’t look or ask either. Seemed the backyard would be nice in warmer weather as well, though it wasn’t particularly appealing when it was 37 and snowing...
theisti (885) Kansas | February 1, 2013| Updated September 8, 2014
Visited just after dinner on a Tuesday. Dark, dark wood bar as you enter, bar stools up front, tables in the back. The bar was mostly full of a good crowd when I arrived. The friendly, engaging, knowledgeable bar tender more or less immediately worked me into the conversation that was going on, which I appreciated. Tap selection was not crazy rare or vast, but was well chosen, and there were easily 4-5 beers I wanted to have. Bottle selection was quite good. I loved the vibe in this place, and felt right at home - easily would be my local if I lived in the area. Evidently people go nuts for the free popcorn.
82 = ★★★½ (Solid place, near the top of the list for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Conveniently located near almost every single subway line for anyone not in the immediate surrounding area.
Solid craft beer selection, and consistently so. First time I went was to meet some friends without knowing much about the place. I walked in to see a mostly empty bar with KBS on draft (among other treats) and fresh, free popcorn to munch on.
Reasonable draft prices plus a frequently updated tap selection make me a happy camper. Bottles can get pricey though, particularly their vintage bottles.
Pretty typical, but nice pub. The beer list was great and the beer they had on the "upcoming" board was even better. Service was fantastic and the prices were pretty good. Did not eat here... don’t think they even serve food but could be wrong. Very nice place.
Took me waaaay too long to make my way here, but I’m glad I finally did. Went during happy hour, where everything is just $2 off. Maybe because it was a Monday, maybe because it was hot, but the place wasn’t too packed and my friend and I struck up a nice conversation with the bartender, who ended up treating both of us to a free drink and inviting us to see her husband’s band’s album release party a couple days later. Overall, reasonably priced with a good happy hour and friendly bartenders. And free popcorn!