Handles Gastropub

Taps: 30 | Bottles: 20
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis  (1036) Sunnyvale, California | July 22, 2016
Had a bit of free time with the wifey out of town and a slow day at work. Took off early and did what everybody does in such a situation -- headed to Pleasanton. First stop, Handles for a bite to eat. Managed to street park about two blocks away for free, which is good. Really nice building with a wooden front porch and some outside seating. Decor is definitely wood focused, in a good way. Decent sized bar and lots of tables. They have a pretty solid taplist; two of "their own" beers on tap, as well as a bunch of others in a multitude of styles. One nit was that they rarely include the brewery name on the board, and I am just not enough up to speed on the local scene to know who makes most beers by name alone. Made selection a bit more tedious than it would have had to be. Place was fairly empty at 1PM on a Friday, I was one of two singles at the bar. Lunch menu was interesting, I ended up with the street tacos at 11$ -- not cheap, but they were tasty. Service was attentive and prompt. Their beer was not bad, but since there were 28 others to choose from I would say selection overall was pretty good. Definitely a solid place.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
joeneugs  (241) Livermore, California | December 12, 2014
Visited on a Friday around 11:30 right after opening. The place filled up decently right off the bat, which was surprising. It’s located in a historic building in downtown Pleasanton. Great location. The wood floors are awesome and the wood work around the place gives it a real homey, old school charm. It has kind of a lounge feel to it, but not overly douchey. It actually seems like a place that you could spend some time relaxing with friends drinking beers. I didn’t have the food, but it looked good, and I’ve heard good things. The tap list was just ok. Nothing spectacular. Most of the stuff you can get in bottles locally, but they had a few beers each from local brewers Altamont and Eight Bridges which was nice. I got a Heretic Evil Twin, since you can’t find fresh bottles of that stuff around here anymore. They had a couple house beers that are brewed in collaboration with Black Diamond in Concord. The bartender said they help out with the brewing…. It used to be done by Firestone, but they backed out . You can tell, because the quality of the two house beers was not that great. Bottom line… this was a nice place to relax, have dinner with some good, but not exciting beers. I’d be happy if this place was within walking distance of my house.
84
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
fidel  (114) Livermore, California | November 26, 2014
Classy spot downtown Pleasanton. 30 beers on tap, and wine as well. Always have a good selection broken down in catagories.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve  (83) SF Bay Area, California | November 3, 2014
Cool atmosphere, solid beer selection, good service & food, and I vow to go again next St. Patty’s day, as they had the best corned beef I have ever had.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
brokensail  (1362) Dublin, California | December 27, 2013
Downtown spot which is conveniently across the street from Main St. Brewing. This place has a decent list of beers including four of their own. I opted for a flight of those and skipped the others. The house beers were not very good, but their hefeweizen was at least decent. Guest taps offered nothing too noteworthy, but all solid offerings. The service was quick even though the place was crowded. There is a small dining room which is adjacent to the bar area, but they have some other dining rooms/areas, too and a pretty substantial location. Prices were fair on the beer, didn’t look at the food menu.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
t0rin0  (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | November 13, 2013
Visited November 9, 2013.

When I heard there was a new brewery in Pleasanton (Iron Oak) and that I can try their beers here I was sold, since said brewery doesn’t have a tasting room. After inspecting the menu I see that they have some house beers, which surprised me since I had never heard of this place previously. Then the server tells me that they are made exclusively for them by Firestone... but they are the same four that a ton of other bars claim as house beers as well. I’m skeptical. Anyway, I scrolled past those beers and went for an Anchor OSA.

This is right downtown and literally across the street from the Main Street Brewery. Both places have live music and both seemed to favor classic rock but this side of the street was a little quieter. We could eat our food while the band did their thing. The food wasn’t bad. I had a chicken sandwich that was enjoyable. The server was friendly but she was busy and didn’t have much time for us. Oh well, we got everything we needed.

The tap list is pretty good. I want to say they had about 30 taps. Four were house beers, then there were two Iron Oak beers, a couple of Drakes taps, a couple of Heretic taps, and some other California taps like Anchor, 21A, and Black Diamond. Then there’s the St Bernardus 12, which is probably the best beer available but that’s a hard one to compete with. This is a cool place and I’ll be back at some point in the future. Prices were a bit high.

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