chinchill (198) South Carolina | January 23, 2014| Updated February 3, 2014
A 2-story venue with lots of taps upstairs and even more downstairs. Also carries a large selection of bottles. Rare beers routinely come thru here, as do various special events. I’ve enjoyed beers here with both Sam C. (Dogfish Head) and Greg Koch (Stone), not to mention a good variety of friends and strangers. Friendly atmosphere. Probably THE best craft beer bar in SC.
By far, this is the best beer bar in Upstate South Carolina if not the entire state itself. A wide selection coupled with cheap and delicious eats makes for a wonderful experience that doesn’t break the bank. The selection is wonderful, but also incorporates a reserve list in case you’re looking for something a bit more vintage. Example: ’09 KBS.
If you’re in Greenville, this is a must do whether you’re a craft beer fan or just someone looking for a cheap slice of pizza. Put Barley’s on your agenda.
This is for sure the best beer bar in town. A great selection of beer on tap and a massive selection of bottles. The often have some more rare choices on tap which is great. They recently redid the food menu so now the food is actually good (still no fries though!). The one thing I really liked there was the meatballs. Price for food is average and price for beer is pretty good.
Very nice bar right in the middle of beautiful downtown Greenville. Too bad its 30 min away from Clemson.
Incredible tap and bottle selection, way over 100.
What I had/saw: Founder’s Imperial Stout, Terrapin Depth Charge, Oaked Yeti/Espresso Oak Yeti, Rochefort 10, BORIS, Storm King, + much much more.
The waitstaff was friendly, pretty knowledgeable about their selections, and the prices were pretty good (most taps $4-6, BORIS/Storm King were very pricey) Rochefort 10 was $10
I will definitely be returning to this bar, and the good thing is that you can go in, buy a bottle, and take it home, so if your on the go, or you spot something rare, take it to go as well.
Roughly 70 taps, with half on one level, and the other half -featuring different beers - on another level.
I was quite pleased with the selection. None of the taps were wasted on various iterations of BudMillerCoors fizzy yellow stuff.
The food was good. The pizza didn’t wow me, but it wasn’t bad. The black bean hummus was great, and I enjoyed a jerk chicken wrap on a second visit.
I found the servers to be friendly and prompt, although not necessarily beer experts.
I certainly plan a return visit on my next visit to SC.
this place seems to be run by derelicts, hippies and general malcontents... but i like it! who’da thunk a bar in the middle of basically nowhere would be packed in the middle of the summer on a sunday afternoon?!... plus 60+ taps!... you kidding me?... great pizza!... great atmosphere upstairs and down!.... i’d be here every day if i lived close. this stupid pizza shop makes every ’beer bar’ in phx look amateur.
my only complaint is the crazy expensive bottle reserve list.
Good beer and good food, what else do you need? Ohh, you want good entertainment, go upstairs and you’ll find yourself not leaving this place until they kick you out. Pool table, darts, shuffle board, old-school hockey table, foosball, and TVs with whatever game you want on. You want fruity cocktails, well.....don’t read RateBeer ;-) (jk!)
Ambiance is great. It’s always buzzing at Barley’s. Service is good, though there are some days when you’ll be waiting quite a while for your food or check. Beer selection is fantastic. Good value for money. The lunch special is a great deal. One of my favorite places in Greenville to go for good beer and good food.