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.
I like this place. They have a good selection of English ales of course and americans, but not much for Belgians. The staff is very knowledgeable though and helpful. Beer is served properly and stored properly as well which isnít so common. Definitely one of the better bars 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.
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.
We went here on a Thursday night in April of 2010. Ambiance was nice enough - kinda chill, dim lighting, steel sculptures of brewery logos on the wall. The tap list was OK, but not great. Solid offerings included DFH India Brown Ale and Anchor Porter. Bottle list was decent, with stuff from Stone and Unibroue. Service was attentive and happily fixed a miscommunication we had when ordering. Kinda annoying to be IDed as soon as you walk in the door, but not a huge hassle.
LTS (3) West Henrietta, New York | February 25, 2010
Tap and Mallet is a great place to have a beer. They respect beer as well as anyone in Rochester.
The taps are constantly evolving and it really makes you feel a sense of "gotta be there" because sometimes they move too fast. The selection is all over the board and you should always find something you want there.
The beer lines are clean, the bartenders are extremely knowledgeable, the service keeps up to the pace of the bar.
The food is quite good and evolves as well. There are some items that are better values than others but Iíve never walked away disappointed.
The prices are higher and that is why the value takes a hit but if you want a place that will give you a beer the way it should be enjoyed this is it. I only wish they have more beer engines.
Really nice beer selection. Lots of quality taps and a really good bottle selection. Always have something different on that Iíve never had before. Decor is much better than the old MacGregorís. Good atmosphere. Foodís standard bar food, at least what Iíve had, but the staff is really good about talking beer. Good place and highly recommended if you like good beer.
My favorite bar in all of Rochester. My friends and I will try out different beers while lounging in the corner playing darts. A really nice, cozy atmosphere that draws laid-back people. Paintings of faces on the wall kinda wierd me out, though. And if the dart board is taken up, better hope your with good company or the place could seem a little boring. Iíve never had that problem though. Like I said, this bar attracts cool beer enthusiasts who come for the hops and malt (T&M has an outstanding selection). If beer isnít for you, then thereís no reason to chill here as itís the beer that sets it far apart from its counterparts. #11 on 12102009 DG.
I liked this place...Beer selection was pretty good to a west-coaster...could have drank shit Iíve never had for another 5 or 6 hours...Somewhat cozy atmosphere...chill. Would definitely go back next time Im in rochester. The bartender told me that he thought duvel groen was way better than regular duvel, going as far to say that regular duvel was akin to molson. Both of those statements results in lower scores for service, as attentive as he may have been.
Certainly one of the best beer selections in the Rochester area and the service is definitely way better than the Old Toad. Apparently the food is pretty decent, all Iíve tried are the wings and they were pretty good...not hot enough though.