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Sonka Irish Pub
Taps: 33 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1366 Wabash Ave
phone: (812) 234-8802
(Place added by: thbeer)
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| Reviews: 18
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This was my home away from home when I lived in Indiana. I put a lot of work in there. Many, many, many pints. I even dug the corner table out of the garbage bin out back one day when I realized it had been replaced with a new one. I had shared so many good times at that table with lifelong friends that I couldn't see allowing it to be discarded. I've seen staff turn over there several times over. I've even had the misfortune of losing a longtime Sonka's manager/bartender and friend to an untimely demise. Sonka's is the place to which I refer in so many stories--most good, a few bad, but all memories that lie in my heart where they'll stay forever. The beer selection used to be (meaning '99, '00, '01) more extensive. Offering more bottles than taps. Nowadays, Sandy, the owner, appears more interested in having more tap varieties, which, obviously, cuts down on the number of overall varieties that are available. A lot of the best Midwest offerings as well as some other American regional and international favorites are always ready to be poured for you. The atmosphere smacks of a neighborhood pub that's seen a lot of history. For nostalgia lovers, you'll have a soft spot in your heart for this place even if it's the first time you've ever been there. I've often said that Sonka's is more of an Irish pub than most Irish pubs--and I've been to several pubs in Ireland. I love how
Sonka's appeals to the college student, the blue collar worker, the educated professorial types, and the community leaders alike. Rarely ever any trouble. Even on the most busy days like the Indiana State University pub crawl and St. Patty's day. Patrons are generally very welcoming and easy-going. Just a magnificent atmosphere and a place to make great memories.
04-15-2012 00:54:04 |
More by DocJitsu
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
I live in Terre Haute and consider Sonka's my hangout. St. Patrick's Day is the only time the bar is ever crowded. Where it is located, it is a hike from campus and usually does not hold a large college crowd like the bars closer to campus do. Because of this, there is a lot of personal attention and great service. It is very easy to get attention at the bar. Like it was said earlier, they recently upgraded to hold 28 beers on tap along with many other bottles. Anyone can find something that they like. If you are a local, they recently started offering growlers on all of their tapped brews.
Sonka's does have a kitchen which makes great burgers and finger foods. I highly recommend it on the list of places to go to relax and have a beer in Terre Haute. Great food and a great atmosphere.
04-16-2007 01:10:30 |
More by Anitrak
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
Great place to sit back and try a lot of beers. Has all the macros but it's also a great place to take a friend who may not have the taste requirements of a BA. You can sit back and have a good time with friends or meet someone new. No liquor so the place is not crowded with a bunch of spirit foofoo. Always something new to be had. 16 beers on tap good range to choose from, prices are GREAT! Good bar food from soups and sandwiches to a different daily food special that not on the menu. Mellow crowd from locals to college age.
04-20-2006 18:45:34 |
More by thbeer
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This truly is a "BEER BAR". They don't serve spirits. Plenty of taps and Sandy keeps them rotating nicely. You can get anything on draft from Chimay, to Three Floyd's, to Clipper City, to Sierra Nevada, to Bell's, to nasty macros. Their beer selection excels in that it offers something for every palate, style and taste.
This is by far the best place for beer in Terre Haute. I guess I'd consider myself a "regular". The atmosphere is great and pulls off the Irish vibe quite well. Nothing tacky about this place. 2 pool tables and a Foosball table can keep you and your friends entertained. They have wireless internet so you can take the afternoon off and veg out on your "puter" whilst drinking wonderful brews.
The food is is really quite good. A new menu was incorporated not long ago. Burgers are always good here. The wings are AWESOME! They make their own sauce here and it's to die for! There's a horseradish patty melt type thing that is so good it's nearly sinful to enjoy something so much.
What can i say, I love this place.
06-16-2010 20:52:40 |
More by dragonflysandler
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Great place to go if you enjoy trying new beers. Last time I went they had 3 Floyd's, Triton, Founders, Upland CV, and other local favorites on tap.
Atmosphere: I gave this a 2.5 because many of the older locals who come here can be unfriendly to the younger generation of beer drinkers. I've met a lot of snobs at Sonka's. 2.5 is very generous, the ping-pong table and good looking waitress bumped it up to a 2.5.
The quality of beer and food is great. Not overly expensive. Most of the staff is friendly. If it wasn't for the poor atmosphere, I'd come a lot more often.
07-06-2013 00:31:24 |
More by 13ChrisV
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $
It's a wednesday night around 945 pm in southern Indiana and I'm thirsty for a decent craft beer. I was surprised to find a decent craft beer taplist at what appears to be just your local corner pub. They have a nice selection of good bar food and about 17 taps. They roll up the sidewalks in this part of Indiana, so this place was like an oasis for a midweek late night stop. The bartender is a huge beer fan and is in the know about beer. They have growlers available of the tap beer. Just a nice casual, laid back place for a good beer and a bite to eat.
02-28-2012 01:25:08 |
More by jale
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1 | $
Ughhh. Disappointing. I don't frequent terre haute for a reason...it sucks. Proof positive once again.
I would once in a while visit this place while in college. The best "beer bar" in town- that's not saying much considering the town we're talking about.
Anyway, all previous impressions aside...I went in to this with a fresh perspective and clean slate. No go amigos, no go.
While a relatively decent tap selection (Alpha King, Founders Breakfast Stout,Chimay Red), the staff had no idea what a "good" beer is. I was at first pressed to get a Spaten Dunkel (on special for $1.75) because it is "a really good German dark beer". I opted for an Alpha King, then the Founders Breakfast Stout. Both tasted awesome, its apparent that they at least do some line maintenance.
Food was ordered to go- what I thought was a turkey and havarti on pumpernickel. What I got was a horrible failed attempt at something, something pumpernickel. It was literally just pumpernickel. Sad.
11-20-2012 01:26:58 |
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