OK, I will start by saying this review is perhaps a bit unfair. I decided to check it out on the way out of town, not knowing there was some kind of Halloween festival today in downtown Livermore. Pretty much a zoo, but when a spot opened up right in front I decided it was fate and pulled in. Place was PACKED to the gills and service was consequently super slow. Taplist seemed fairly pedestrian overall, but there were a couple worth checking out. Did not try the food.
All in all the place gave off a vibe of a family american style restaurant that happened to have 15 beers on tap, but perhaps that was a consequence of the day of my visit.
A nice place. Lots of seating at the long bar or in the restaurant. A nice sized patio in front and one in the back. A nice selection of mostly local beers on tap. Good fish tacos, fast and attentive service. Defect prices.
Kind of your typical neighborhood bar/restaurant place. Pretty packed on a weekend morning, even with what is a rather large space. Big bar, some patio space, and two dining areas.
When I stopped in, the tap list was fairly pedestrian, but a few decent options. Ended up getting a glass of the Sam Adams Grapefruit IPA and just hanging out for a bit watching some football. I’d imagine that a lot of the beers on tap here (macros and big national/regional micros) are permanent fixtures, so maybe not great for the degenerate tickers.
Servers were friendly and prompt, even with the big crowds. A fine place to hang out and grab some food if you’re a local. Wouldn’t say you have to come here if you’re just passing through/visiting.
This was probably my favorite stop in Livermore, possibly tied with or a close second to Tap 25. It’s right on the strip downtown and they have a good tap list. While I was there I saw Pliny on tap in addition to some Drakes hoppy beers and some other good stuff. Inside is split in two. On the right side was a breakfast buffet and on the right was the larger dining hall and the bar. We sat outside on the patio and enjoyed our food and the view of quaint little suburban life. My burger with pesto and brie on it was pretty good and it was cooked medium when ordered medium rare. My brother got the spicy chicken strips with some house sauce made with beer. Those were better than my burger I think. Prices on the food was a little high, around $10-$12 for a burger meal. This will definitely be on the list of usual spots to hit when in the area, how ever infrequent that may be.
They have relocated to a much larger space next door to the old place. It’s much nicer with a larger bar and more seating. Hopefully this will help, as lately there’s been a wait to get a table on the weekends. I’m biased, since this is my local bar, but I really love coming here. The pub food is outstanding. Great burgers and garlic fries. The wife likes it cause you can substitute a garden burger for any of the beef burgers they offer, and it’s very kid friendly. The clientele and servers are very laid back, attentive, and friendly. The beer list is excellent as well. They always have the Elder on tap. My only complaint is that they only have 3 or 4 taps that rotate frequently. The others are always the same beers.
Came by here on a Saturday afternoon in between wine tastings and a visit to Perry’s Liquors. Place was small and packed but we didn’t have to wait long for a table and service was prompt. The food is standard pub grub and relatively cheap. Tap list is above average. They had Blind Pig, Pliny the Elder and Old Rasputin so they get high marks in my book. They’re expanding into a larger location so I’ll definitely be back.
Small pub with patio seating froint and back. Service was fairly fast considering the Friday night crowd. Beer selection was average for a taphouse around 15 beers. The taco salad was large and tasty. Not a bad value for California.