Sonka Irish Pub
Taps: 33 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 18
4.68/5 rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Sonka's is the best bar in terre haute, usually made up of two factions, students and older patrons. the beer selection is great and is always changing. most of the time they have around 30 beers on tap. quite frequently they have brewery representatives in the do tastings and casket openeings. Don't get me started on the food, some of the best biggest burgers intown, always go for the pub chips they are delicious and alway always always get the leprechaun sauce on the side, this stuff will blow your mind.
10-17-2010 15:52:38 | More by kruthar
4.13/5 rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This truly is a "BEER BAR". They don't serve spirits. Plenty of taps and Sandy keeps them rotating nicely. You can get anything on draft from Chimay, to Three Floyd's, to Clipper City, to Sierra Nevada, to Bell's, to nasty macros. Their beer selection excels in that it offers something for every palate, style and taste.
This is by far the best place for beer in Terre Haute. I guess I'd consider myself a "regular". The atmosphere is great and pulls off the Irish vibe quite well. Nothing tacky about this place. 2 pool tables and a Foosball table can keep you and your friends entertained. They have wireless internet so you can take the afternoon off and veg out on your "puter" whilst drinking wonderful brews.
The food is is really quite good. A new menu was incorporated not long ago. Burgers are always good here. The wings are AWESOME! They make their own sauce here and it's to die for! There's a horseradish patty melt type thing that is so good it's nearly sinful to enjoy something so much.
What can i say, I love this place.
06-16-2010 20:52:40 | More by dragonflysandler
4.7/5 rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
I came to Terre Haute in 1993 for college and have been here ever since. I've visited virtually every watering hole in the town and have zero reservations in recommending Sonka's as the #1 place the Haute has to offer...especially if you are looking for good beer, good food, and a great relaxing atmosphere.
A few years ago, they added several more taps; now they are running just over 30. Fortunately, 25 or more of these have beers don't start with "Bud" or "Miller." The selection continually rotates, and Sandy makes sure to get in some of the seasonal specials (Hopslam, alpha Klaus, etc.). You can always find stuff from Bells, Three Floyd's, Founders, Stone, etc. on tap. They offer by the glass or growler fills.
The food is also excellent - great Pub Burger, fish and chips, and Leprechaun Shrimp. If you like spicy food, you have to try the Leprechaun sauce...phenomenal. The stew is also excellent, as are the onion rings, and chef salads. They really offer a ton of great food at a very reasonable price.
The staff is also great - Mike has been there forever, and the rest of those working are always friendly. It does get busy during lunch (especially on Fridays) so you might have to wait for just a bit for your food.
Overall, Sonka's is a great place. I head there about once a week and am always pleased. My #1 choice in Terre Haute!
01-29-2010 22:01:02 | More by hayesez
4.5/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $
One of my favorite places. The atmosphere is friendly, and very suitable for an Irish pub. The service is generally excellent. The selection is quite good, although it can be difficult to figure out which of their bottled beers they have or don't have, since they don't regularly update that list. The food is AMAZING. Good burgers, the best onion rings I've ever tasted, and very delicious and incredibly cheap Irish stew.
If you're looking for a great place to relax and enjoy a brew in Terre Haute, this is it.
04-20-2008 05:10:20 | More by akogrady
4.28/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I love Sonkas. It has a great Irish pub look and feel, the staff is always friendly, the food is good, reasonably priced, and there's a good variety. They have an excellent beer selection, including the standard micro brews, imports from Ireland, England, Germany, etc, regional beers from Indiana, and a few ciders (tap and bottle). It's a great place to play pool and darts, as well. Occasionally you'll have to deal with a drunken crowd (for example when they have quarter beer night), but for the most part it's a laid back and great place to try a new beer.
10-21-2007 03:21:12 | More by JamesS
4.35/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
I live in Terre Haute and consider Sonka's my hangout. St. Patrick's Day is the only time the bar is ever crowded. Where it is located, it is a hike from campus and usually does not hold a large college crowd like the bars closer to campus do. Because of this, there is a lot of personal attention and great service. It is very easy to get attention at the bar. Like it was said earlier, they recently upgraded to hold 28 beers on tap along with many other bottles. Anyone can find something that they like. If you are a local, they recently started offering growlers on all of their tapped brews.
Sonka's does have a kitchen which makes great burgers and finger foods. I highly recommend it on the list of places to go to relax and have a beer in Terre Haute. Great food and a great atmosphere.
04-16-2007 01:10:30 | More by Anitrak
4.64/5 rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I live in Indianapolis on travel on occasion to Terre Haute. Yesterday I was in Terre Haute and a friend and I stopped in at Sonka's for a quick beer. I had been there before and liked their selection. To my pleasant surprise they had upgraded their bar and offer like 17 or so beers mostly micros, including one of my top 5, Alpha King. Great old building, nice bar staff, and great service at fair prices. Terre Haute is a college town, Indiana State University is located there, (remember Larry Bird). I encourage anyone in the area to give em' a go. You can thank me later...maybe buy me a beer! pat
04-16-2007 00:47:58 | More by patmurphy
4.3/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
Great place to sit back and try a lot of beers. Has all the macros but it's also a great place to take a friend who may not have the taste requirements of a BA. You can sit back and have a good time with friends or meet someone new. No liquor so the place is not crowded with a bunch of spirit foofoo. Always something new to be had. 16 beers on tap good range to choose from, prices are GREAT! Good bar food from soups and sandwiches to a different daily food special that not on the menu. Mellow crowd from locals to college age.
04-20-2006 18:45:34 | More by thbeer
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Sonka Irish Pub in Terre Haute, IN
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