A place that’s all about the beer. The selection was good, with even a few rare beers, including some Southampton (though the bastards were out of the Grand Cru!!!). Free food is put out for customers, and it’s even half decent. I wish I had found out about earlier in my collegiate career...
A very small and quiet place, which is a welcome change from the local college bars. The main opposition I’ve heard about this place has been the bartenders, but once you’re known as a regular there you find them to be welcoming and friendly (if a bit sarcastic at times). But they definately know what theyre doing and are willing to share their knowledge. I recommend this place to anyone passing by. And anyone who lives in the area should definately start their tour and get their mug and t-shirt... drinking with a goal in mind is much more fun.
shadey (89) Nashville, Tennessee | December 1, 2004| Updated December 17, 2004
This is a very small pub with less than a dozen tables, but it has a huge selection of beers. There might be a dozen or so beers on tap, with many more available in bottles. The staff was very knowledgable but quite arrogant. He was far more welcoming to the folks I was with, but he was almost contemputous when he found out I knew a little bit about beer. I felt like I had offended him in some way, because he started bragging about his regular clients and how BeerAdvocate said he was the best in the country. I would have truly loved the place if the bartender hadn’t been so arrogant.
Sregnar35 (13) Rotterdam, New York | November 3, 2004| Updated August 11, 2005
This place is my alltime favorite bar. Last time I weas there they had 272 bottle, 28 draughts and 5 casks. They import 75% of all of the cask beers in the US! If you live in the area, and love beer, you have to go to Mahar’s!
The nice thing about the throng of people surrounding the door smoking is that once you have crossed the threshold the air becomes clean. Long narrow bar almost the length of the establishment. Fairly functional seating areas although not nearly enough seating available. (Don’t know what CapFlu is complaining about - he was the first to sit down!). We were there late on a Friday evening and the bar was surprisingly not crowded. College age crowd buzzing and chatting but generally not rowdy. Main complaint is that they closed at midnight which seemed a bit early. Service was prompt and they were fairly knowledgeable about their beers and used appropriate glassware. I found the selection to be good although as noted by MartinT, most of these beers are available at Oliver’s. Still it was nice to sample some new beers in a social environment and the prices were generally not outrageous. Perhaps not a world-class establishment but definitely the type of palce everyone would wish to have in their city and a must if you’re visiting Albany.
Great bottle list, but after some investigation, most of what they had there was available in bottles at Oliver’s. The taps were a bit disappointing that day (mostly mid-range and easily accessible imports and locals), but I did manage to find a few rare ones in the bottles. Not quite up there with Blue Tusk in Syracuse or even Smokeless Joe’s in Toronto, but still the kind of bar I’d like to have in my city.
A bit disappointing after reading the over-hyped reviews on another site. The tap selection was no better than OKAY and the huge beer bible was mostly standards that were easily accessible in a well stocked bottleshop. The crowd was mainly college-kids hanging-out and behaving drunk. The Welsh beer on-tap was cool but I got tired of this place somewhat quickly... or maybe I’m just bitter because I couldn’t find a chair?
A very nice, relatively quiet, clean, mature-audience English-style pub that was surprisingly subdued on a Friday night when we (myself,CapFlu,MartinT,Tiggmtl,Lubiere) rolled in. Scanning the taps, disappointment set in; only 4 I’d not had. The bottle list, while large, wasn’t terribly exciting. We managed to get some interesting stuff (Welsh and Armenian beers, woo woo), and don’t get me wrong this would be a fine bar in most cities, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the top beer bars in the US I’m afraid. Still, top choice in the NY Capital region as far as I know.