Came here for the 8th anniversary special, an exceptionally well-organized and gentlemanly affair. I love the concept of waiting inside at the bar enjoying breakfast and a flight of beer while waiting for your number to be called - this kept the outdoor standing-in-line o an absolute minimum. The range and number of beers available was phenomenal, anniversary or not. The staff were friendly and efficient throughout, even though they must have prepped through the wee hours to pull this off. Food was tasty enough that we ate here twice. It took us a while to figure out that you can order beers in the brewpub side and carry them around back to the main bar, just so you don’t miss any key happenings. Highly recommended at any time, but the events are something else.
Unfortunately at my age college bars are annoying, loud and too busy. This place ticks all 3 boxes. Service was OK, friendly but they didn’t really know alot about the beer. Selection is huge and that is the big draw. Food was decent, but over priced for what you got. I ordered a burger and kid you not thought I was getting a slider. I prefer the other location, but if you want a better selection this is the place to be.
Jackie O’s is split into two places within the nearly same physical address. One entrance is the brewpub and the other is the public house. The taps are different, though you can carry your beverages from one to the other, out the back door, up the stairs, across the patio, and down the stairs. Food is served only in the brewpub, though the staff on both sides are quite attentive, helpful, and knowledgeable. This is the kind of place every college town needs. The food is quite good is these quaint halls.
theisti (893) Kansas | September 5, 2012| Updated September 8, 2014
Visited late afternoon on a Tuesday. Jackie-O’s is split into two different spaces - the brewery taproom and the Public House. The taproom was closed on my visit, so I had beers at the bar at the Public House. Pretty typical bar layout, with a long bar and bar tables throughout. They had an astounding 18 beers on draft, as well as two guest beers. The beers are all super creative and well made. Additionally, I had the cheese curds which were solid. Service was solid, and the crowd was a nice mix of beer folks and students. Glad I made the trip from Columbus to check this place out.
88 = ★★★★ (best in area, a must for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
(Visited 05/2009 and many times since): Jackie O’s is located near the OU campus in Athens on West Union not too far off 50/33. There is metered parking all around.
The interior is narrow with a pool table and small stage immediately inside. The bar is in the rear and is relatively small, and there are a few other places to sit as well. There is an upstairs area as well that I did not check out. The fermenters are viewable from the bar, and there is an old fashioned cash register. Since my first visit the place has expanded next door, effectively doubling their space.
Jackie O’s has around 12 taps, 7 of which are their own beers. The beers range from a Raspberry, Cream Ale, and IPA to a Sour Ale and Imperial Stout. All of the beers are above average, with a couple like to mostly organic Chomo-Lung-Ma being standouts. There are also a few guest taps from the likes of Lagunitas. All of the current beers are listed on a board, and the house beers are available in a sampler.
Service was great on a weekday late lunch. The bartender was knowledgeable about the beers and introduced me to the brewmaster, who was kind enough to take me on a tour including the cellar and some of the brews he is aging for release during Ohio Brew Week.
I had the fish sandwich for lunch and it was very good.
Overall this brewpub is well worth visiting. It is a mistake to assume that because the place is in a college town that there is not an emphasis on quality brews. One of the best brewpubs in the state.
8/16/11. Fun place. Street parking so its a little tricky. Ambience is definite low key neighborhood bar. Lots of locals, lots of wood, funky decor, barrels as tables. The restaurant on the other is much bigger but looks pretty much the same. Beers ranged from one bad one to a couple of good ones. The food wasn’t too good but someone else got pizza and it looked awesome. The bartender was awesome... she was working the whole room, working really hard but yet was also able to be attentive to everyone. Prices were good. I was disappointed by a lack of their bottles to go. Despite a couple of annoyances I liked this place a great deal and I’ll definitely be back.
Stopped by the public house side this time (7/13/14). The place can fit a lot of people so while there were several groups of people there, it didn’t seem to crowded. Lots of bros doing soccer chants and whatnot. The bartenders were able to handle me and my beer geekiness and the college pukes with skill. No food on this side that I’m aware of. Lots of taps though, and they had 11 house beers and another 8 or 9 guest taps. 5 ounce samples are 1.50-2.00 each and my flight of 8 ended up costing $13. As usual, the beer was top notch. Also, I only gave this place a 74 last time, which is just silly, so I’m fixing that now.
The way here is via the highway from Columbus. We took the long and winding rural road from The WIlds, and you need a co-pilot with GPS to do that. Very large selection of beers, different brewmaster at the brewery and at the pub. They let me sample next door at their other bar prior to opening. Everything a solid offering. Good sized place, your neighborhood bar.I would have loved a sour or wild release but that’s the special quarterly.
Visited in March 2010. This was fantastic stop. Great beers. Great people. We had intended to have a look at some other places in Athens but ended up staying here for 6 hours. Got an impromptu tour of the brewery with the owner - the number of barrels in there with various things aging in them was mind-boggling. No bottles to go when we were there but one of the very generous regulars went home (unprompted) and picked up a couple of bottles from his personal stash to give us as a gift. The spent grain pizza hit the spot nicely. A few minor quibbles. Firstly, the place is in two completely separate parts next door to each other which I sort of realised. What I did not realise was that the two parts have different beers. As I was not inclined to venture into the "pub" part, where a very loud band was playing (and I think there was a cover charge), I missed a few beers. Secondly, there wasn’t much seating in the "brewery" part. I don’t know whether they had taken out some because there was live music. However, we got seats at the bar and stayed there so it wasn’t a problem. Thirdly, most of the beers are big, high ABV numbers which is fine for the interest. However, since we were there for 6 hours, a few more session strength beers might have made things a bit easier (and less drunken). Overall though, a brilliant experience.
Don’t know how I haven’t rated this place yet. This is one of the best breweries around to visit. Brad the brewer has been nice enough to take time to talk to me during each of my visits. The staff has always been friend but it can be a tad slow during busy times. There are always a ton of Jackie O’s taps plus a good selection of guest taps. Food is solid if not great and prices are quite competitive. An absolute must visit!
Tmoney99 (648) Cincinnati, Ohio | December 18, 2011| Updated August 12, 2013
Great freindly place with a excellent selection of their own beers and good selection of guest beers. Good food with large portions. Well worth a visit.