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Nick's Tavern & Deli
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 40
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
107 Sloan St
phone: (864) 654-4890
(Place added by: bobbyc881 on 07-08-2005)
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| Reviews: 19
Reviews by timtheenchanta:
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Originally "Pat Blue's Golden Nugget" this bar has plenty of stickers on the wall proclaiming it to be the "oldest bar in Clemson... est. 1976." Also, no liquor! Straight beer. That makes this a nice find for a college town.
Great atmosphere. This place is covered with breweriana. They have a nice bottle collection behind the bar including "beers of the months" from almost a decade. There's ton of entertaining things on the wall including a sign behind the register saying "If you're drinking to forget please pay in advance." The also have a classic pinball machine along with a Galaga/Ms. Pac Man machine. The only downside I see to the atmosphere is that both times I've been is at lunch and this place isn't too big. It could get crowded and smokey very quickly. And there's a snake. I hate snakes.
The service is up and down depending on who is behind the bar. Never really bad though.
The selection is great... considering what else is available in town/in state. While I write this, there is still an ABV cap in South Carolina (hopefully that will change soon). I counted 16 on tap and 64 bottled (not the most in town but doubles all of the rest). They brag about having the most taps in town (which I believe they have by three). So this bar has a good pick of beers considering.
The food is better than most bar food in that they have nice healthy choices. They also just make really good bar food.
If you're in Clemson, you should stop by this wonderful watering hole as it's right in the center of downtown and possibly the best in town.
01-30-2006 21:17:11 |
More by timtheenchanta
More User Reviews:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Nick's tends to be overshadowed by the other bars in Clemson and gets the reputation of being the hangout for the professors, grad students, liberal arts majors, and generally older crowd. The reputation is well earned, but maybe just because these people also happen to be the ones that enjoy dropping a little bit more cash for something they haven't tried or can't get elsewhere. Nick's is a great bar with a great selection of beer (no liquor). They keep the taps rotating with a few constants like your Guinness and even Delerium is pretty standard here. Other's come and go, a lot of local ones, Thomas Creek or RJ Rockers, Sweetwater, and a couple more. They have a great selection of bottles to chose from and always have the right glassware (though sometimes you have to ask cause not all the bartenders seem to know what's up). The kegs go fairly quickly so the beer is usually fresh. The food is pretty good for your average bar fare, but the sandwiches is where it's at, especially the Reuben. Great, mostly friendly staff that are pretty knowledgeable, most know more about IPA's and Belgian's than they do about the German's and some others. Overall the best beer bar in Clemson.
09-26-2012 00:13:16 |
More by scvance
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
For Clemson, Nick's Tavern is the only place to go for decent beer. They have about 15 beers on tap and usually 1 or 2 local beers (Terrapin, Skull Coast, Thomas Creek, Coast, Westbrook). Most of the cans/bottles are pretty expensive, though.
The staff is knowledgeable on most styles and serving glassware. The folks who eat and drink there are mostly college graduate students.
Food is OK, if you are into short order fried goodness (corn dogs and cheese sticks). I've never tried any of their sandwhiches, to be fair.
Overall, a good beer place for a small town like Clemson.
08-17-2011 13:41:54 |
More by businesstime
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $
the atmosphere in this place is the best part about it. it has the weirdly cool college dive bar feel where all the artsy english majors hang out after a long hard day of doing whatever they do. anyway. the service is fairly good and the bartender was helpful in trying to get me to try some different beers to fit my taste. the selection was lacking, but hey this is clemson. i hear the lunch there is good but i didnt ever go there. overall a kinda cool place in clemson to get a beer. i would go in here again.
06-02-2011 05:21:19 |
More by dbhall
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I've been to this local establishment a number of times over the years. They've always had a relatively diverse and interesting selection of beers and an obvious respect for good beer. Even before the beer craze of recent years, Nicks already had plenty of 'exotic' beers available.
I visited again over the weekend on the occasion of their anniversary. Consequently, the bar was packed but, nonetheless, service was decent and a bit of party atmosphere prevailed.
Taps included both Delirium Tremens and Nocturnum (my choice), several unusual IPAs and Pale Ales, their usual Bass and Guinness, and others. Plenty more in bottles and cans. They provide variety in style, origination, and pricing. Too small to have all the most appropriate glassware, they do make an effort. So, for instance, both Delirium brews were served in snifters.
Located in a small college town, students are usually found here, but the clientele is a mix of faculty, university staff, students (mostly graduate level, I believe), and a wide range of others. Over the years, the proprietors have amassed a nice collection of beer paraphernalia that serves as the primary decor, with a ceiling of international flags and some soccer (futbol) items. Seating consists of wood benches and tables plus a bar that seats about 16.
If you are in town, or nearby, and want a beer, this is the place!
03-02-2011 01:09:29 |
More by chinchill
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Nick's is a breath of fresh air between the cheap beer bars and younger crowds at Clemson's other bars. Boasting a mellow, slightly retro interior and a terrific selection of beers on tap and bottled, it should be the top destination for anyone serious about beer. There's usually some interesting stuff on the taps and new bottles are brought in pretty regularly with some occasional rare selections. I think they've got at least 50 different bottled beers. Haven't tried the food, but I've heard it's good.
01-31-2011 15:40:08 |
More by HeyItsChili
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped into this location while visiting a friend in Clemson for the weekend. I had been here before but have never reviewed it. Upon walking up on the building it is VERY obvious to spot with the massive white/red 'Nicks' sign over the entrance. Upon walking in is has a nice vibe to it with plenty of seating, open floors, and bar space. Awesome music was being played while I was there but wasn't loud enough to be annoying and you could easy talk to others without yelling. They also allow dogs to come indoors as well, just make sure they are behaved or you will be asked to leave. They had quite a nice selection of brews on tap the night I was there. They had more bottles, but I didn't ask to see the bottle list as I came to put a hurting on the tap that night. Had a buddy order some food that looked and smelled amazing, but didn't try any. Overall for Clemson, this is a BA bar... Not crowded with college guys and girls and a nice place to catch a nice brew. Totally worth checking out if you are in the area.
08-23-2010 20:15:11 |
More by thagr81us
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This place is pretty cool. Awesome atmosphere in an awesome college town. They have a lot of bottled beers, about 60 I believe, as well as about 20 beers on tap. Most of them are pretty good craft beers, and they also have a nice selection from the local breweries. I didn't get awesome service, but that could be because I went in at midnight and they were slammed. They also have some delicious sandwiches as they are considered a deli as well. Overall, my favorite bar in Clemson; a place where I can go grab a good beer and some good food.
11-22-2009 02:12:04 |
More by feelmefoam
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Nick's is a pretty cool place...Clemson's only real Beer Bar. It has been around for over 30 years, and has some very old bottles decorating behind the bar to prove it. They've got about 16 taps, and both Delirium Tremens and Nocturnum have found their way into the permanent taps.
They also have a decent regional selection: Thomas Creek, Highland, Foothills, etc.
Very eclectic atmosphere all the way around. If you want a beer in Clemson, this is the place to go. The service isn't great, but the beer is great and the food is good too.
Also, since the smoking ban of 2008, there is no smoking in the place...I guess that's a plus for a place with **good** beer.
They are also known for their constant special: $1 Schlitz. Hey, if I must say, it ain't bad after a hard day of manual labor in the heat.
08-10-2009 21:25:29 |
More by PipeSmokeMcGee
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
From Florida, but I stop by this funky little tavern every time I head up to Seneca. Clemson is just about ten minutes away. The owners are way-back-when family friends of my cousins so we are always assured a good time.
Pretty damn good selection of draft and bottled beers, both unique and commonplace. There seems to be emphasis on IPAs and Imperial Stouts. Their bottled high gravities are listed separately on the menu, and there is a decent selection there as well. The menu is lacking in description, so you need to know what you are looking for before you order - or you could just ask one of the staff and they will be happy to describe beers and make suggestions. They always seem to pour into the appropriate glassware for the beer, which is a definite plus. One gripe I have is the relative lack of Belgians, Chimay Blue and White are the only two available.
The food is quite good and their selection of sandwiches and dips is substantial, plus the usual pub fare (poppers, pretzels, etc...). Try the spinach artichoke dip; it's a favorite.
The decor is about what you would expect for a college tavern, but with much nicer lighting and a cool display of empties behind the bar which inspired my own bottle collection. The bar is a good place to see the local life of Clemson as it is a magnet for townies as well as college kids. Dogs are welcome are are frequently seen roaming freely around the place.
06-13-2009 15:16:29 |
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