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Fox & Hound Pub & Grille
Taps: 32 / Bottles: 60
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
3425 Colonnade Pkwy
phone: (205) 968-3823
Reviews by grumpygerman:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$
Undeniable a chain restaurant with a sports bar theme. The slightly upscale pub atmosphere is contradicted by the sheer size of the place. With raised tables and a second row bar seating it feels as if 200 people could sit in the bar area. The waitresses are friendly, professional, competent and even though they are no beer aficionados they smilingly disappear to ask the bartender for help.
The crowd is mixed with an average above College age. You can find professionals having a beer after work, buddies hanging after a work out and guys meeting before the movies.
If you need something to balance your beer intake, you will find a solid selection of sports bar/ pub food and some restaurant style dishes. I have yet to find something on the menu I would enjoy. The beer selection extends beyond regular MCAB stuff, but two times in a row I found myself without any options since they had just run out of all the better choices.
01-28-2008 02:21:30 |
More by grumpygerman
More User Reviews:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I was pleasantly surprised to discover this English pub-style restaurant on a Thanksgiving visit to Birmingham, AL. The central room is a bar area with 36 taps and a full bar as well as scattered tables with viewing of several televisions. Off to the side are two dining areas that are quieter with booths and tables. Theres lots of wood and simulated leather, giving the place a nice but cleaned-up pub feel. There is separate seating for smoking and non-smoking. Theres also a room with pool tables, additional televisions, and other bar games.
There are 36 beers advertised on tap and our server claimed 200+ bottled beers, but our experience on a Friday afternoon was a bit different. My wife and I ordered 6 different beers before finally ending up with two. This may have been an isolated incident, but be aware that just because it is advertised, it may not necessarily be available. On draft was the typical selection from Budmilco, but also Sweetwater 420, Woodchuck, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, and Terrapin. Nothing terribly unusual, but still a decent variety. Of the 200 bottled beers (only about 50 listed on the menu), I spotted offerings from Abita, Rogue, Sweetwater, Paulander, and Samuel Smith as well as the traditional Becks, Guinness, and even Hoegaarden. Again, nothing to write home about, but a decent selection nonetheless. Finally, there are about 15 cigars available, though prices range from mere gouging ($5.75) to obscene ($15.00 plus).
I paid 3.50 for a Sweetwater Georgia Brown in the bottle. A much better option for beer aficionados is the regular Tuesday night special, which is $2 pints on all draft beers; not a bad deal at all. There are regular events such as a pajama party and Texas Holdem tournaments throughout the week. Ive been warned by locals that the place is a meat market on weekends, however.
Theres a full menu available of both pub and traditional fare. Prices are pretty average for a chain restaurant, and service is prompt and professional.
Overall, this is a decent place for beer fans. The atmosphere is clean and cozy, kind of TGI Fridays meets an English pub. Food and draft beer prices are not bad. Id recommend it if you havent visited before.
11-28-2006 03:43:33 |
More by jettjon
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Fox and Hound is an English-style pub and restaurant. It has a nice sports-bar atmosphere with TV's aplenty that can get loud and crowded and a side area for family dining that is a bit more quiet. It is not uncommon to be humming to 80's music as you dine. There are also pool tables in two other side rooms.
Because this is a new restaurant to the area, the service is still lacking. However, the newness should not be an excuse, as this is a chain restaurant and they could have brought in experienced staff from Montgomery. I have had pretty good service twice, less than good service twice, and terrible service once. The good news is that on two of those occassions, management attempted to make things right. On the "terrible" occassion, the bartender tried to "fix" a cosmopolitan that had a cranberry juice substitute by simply adding more and different alcohol to the drink. He offered to make another drink, and then attempted to charge for that drink. The management made things right, but service is clearly not up to par yet.
Most of the food is very good and servings are large. The fish and chips will easily serve two people. The black forest sandwich was good, served on a pretzel, but a bit steep for a turkey sandwich (like $8). I may order it with a chicken breast instead of turkey next time. The pot roast is great and the pizzas are decent. The "medium" heat boneless chicken wings were pretty lousy.
The restaurant boasts a large beer selection, and, like many restaurants, the imported drinks are more pricey than the american craft drinks. Best to stick with American, unless you go before 6:00, for happy hour. Also, on Tuesdays, American craft beers on tap are only $2. On tap beers include Boddington's, Murphy's Irish Stout, Spaten Lager, Bridgeport IPA, Widmer Hefe, and Redhook ESB, to name a few. In bottles, I remember that they have Teakston's Old Peculiar and Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, as well as others that are also on tap.
I am afraid that the taps may not be cared for correctly as I ordered a Bridgeport when the place first opened that was fantastic, and another recently that tasted bad. I know others have shared my concern.
All in all, I like coming here, but am a little concerned about the care of the tap equipment and may be reluctant to return without a coupon seeing as the food is a bit pricey. If you join their "pub club" at http://www.tentcorp.com/ and you will get coupons emailed to you occassionally, including one for a free appetizer immediately.
Update: I've since returned and after perusing my previous review, I would not change any ratings, except for the atmosphere. Service is still just average and food is still good. I forgot how comfortable and soothing this place is. I don't know what it is, but it is just right, just the right lighting, nice large room for dining separate from the bar, big tv's at the bar area, English pub feel, it is great!
03-18-2006 06:23:44 |
More by dnrobert24
Fox & Hound Pub & Grille in Birmingham, AL