(Visited 08/2014): Tap & Mallet is located on Gregory Street in south Rochester off I-490. Parking is available on the surrounding streets.
There is a small patio on the sidewalk in front of the building. It sits on a corner with a hanging sign, large windows and burnt sienna paint. Inside opens to table and booth seating, and the bar wraps around the left side. Wooden floors and tables, and large artwork on the walls, with relatively sparse lighting. Taps are present in multiple places, and there is a nice collection of glassware from all over behind the bar.
Tap & Mallet carries around 30 beers on draught, with regional breweries like Jackís Abby and Naked Dove along with other domestic craft brewers like Green Flash, Bells and Uinta and imports like Evil Twin and Unibroue. Over 100 bottled options as well from all over.
Service on a weekday evening at the bar was good. The bartender was personable and provided samples, and demonstrated a good deal of knowledge about the beer.
Food at Tap & Mallet is good. I enjoyed my sandwich.
Overall this is a solid beer spot for beer and food in Rochester.
Stopped in at lunchtime. Average atmosphere. Tender was friendly and spoke a bit about beers. Decent selection, though I canít say it blew me away. Beers were in good condition. Seems like one of the best 3-4 places in town to drink. Would like to stop back in the evening.
A very good beer bar with lots of tap selection, great service and environment. Fifteen taps, with a few great national choices and mostly New York local fare. Good glass selection thatís hand washed. A few niro taps, mostly good carbonation input. Gorgeous and new wood and artwork, the altter based on Van Gogh. A few patio tables. Reviving area. Improvement suggestions: a bit more variety in cask. Up to date tap list on the web is spot on. Very motivated and friendly staff. This is an up and coming place.
Pretty busy place in the front room on a Friday night but there was a ton of room out back. Sort of a dive bar kind of vibe and the clientele was very mixed/diverse. Loads of folks at tables outside enjoying the weather. Service was pretty good and the beer list was impressive. Cheap as hell. I liked it.
Nice cool atmosphere, lots of beers and styles to choose on draft... many locals, some not so much. 1 beer on cask. Proper clean glasswear to boot. I got the taco which was huge and tough to eat but tasty none the less. Service was average to poor. The one bar tender seemed to busy to fully listen to what I asked for, the other seemed too slow. Over all a solid place, but not one that deserves as high of a rating that it has. I did not think prices were as bad as what other reviewers had though.... maybe I am just used to being closer to NYC.
blipp (199) La Mesa, California | May 8, 2008| Updated May 14, 2008
Nice new place in South Wedge where the old MacGregors used to be. Very contemporary/upscale look with strange art and music. Food was good enough. Great beer selection. One on cask, about 30 on tap, including some Belgian and English beers. The house beer is an English bitter brewed by Custom Brewcrafters and is actually pretty good. Definitely worth stopping in.
I see Iíve forgotten to rate this place even though Iíve been going here for years. I love the fact they seem to update their online beer list daily.(Best of any bar Iíve been to) The regular bartenders that know my face, know Iím ready to order as I walk up to the bar. Always a great selection of beers on tap. Once in awhile I get a hard to find bottle. The food is good too. Great place.
jb (162) Rochester, New York | June 11, 2008| Updated November 26, 2014
Great selection, and it rotates like crazy. Like the ambience, art work and staff. Also seems to be a place of choice for young ladies, FWIW, though maybe theyíve moved on by now. (they are still there) The main problem when I was there is it was packed, especially the bar area and it was very difficult to get beer. A large problem if you came to drink beer.
Have been back several other times, top beer selections and ítotal tap takeoversí by various interesting brewers from time to time. Bartenders know their stuff.
Food is decent, tasty and fairly priced.
Bumping rating up.
This is the best place in the ROC by far. Bumping again.
8/25/2009 I went here two weeks ago while on vacation with the family. Our visit was on a Wednesday evening for a late dinner. We were there at about 8pm and the place was kind of quiet. A few people at the bar and two or three other tables in the dining area.
The building sits on a corner, you walk in from the left hand side and the bar is immediately to the left along that wall. There is a dining area off to the right which is where we sat. Not much in the way of decor, kind of plain with paintings on the wall each one with a price tag on it.
They had 30 or so beers on tap and one cask the night we were there. They also have a pretty good bottle list as well. I stuck with some regionals that I canít get at home. Custom Brewcrafters, and Great Lakes helped me out this evening.
The food was really good, I had the Mojo Pork, my wife had the Cuban, and the kids split a steak. Points off for no kids menu! My wife complained about how foo foo the menu is. Meh.
Our server was right on top of things, very attentive and easily found.
Great little beer bar, if I lived a bit closer I could see spending some time in here.
Nice enough place with a pretty solid beer list and good, knowledgeable service. I wasnít thrilled with the food I got and it was pretty expensive even for the average beers, but all in a pretty good place for good beer.