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Taps: 48 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1223 Plainfield Ave NE
phone: (616) 726-8260
Every Thursday at 5pm, a new cask is tapped. They don't usually last past the weekend. 2 casks.
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Reviews by sneakymagician:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The beer list is a bound book. If you can't find something you like, you don't like beer. I love the Hideout Smuggler's Hazelnut Stout.
The food is great! The celery taste actually pops in the au jus. I had a burger there, recently, and I'll definitely order it again. Normally some cheeses don't go well with beer, but the blend of tastes in the burger went well with the stout.
I've been there several times and parking is always easy to find, beside the building. It never seems to be busy, which I find odd. It's a nice, subdued place to eat and have a few beers. Unlike most places, you can actually converse here, without having to raise your voice.
I'll be back again, soon.
UPDATE: Been having the Drunken Cow Burger, lately - highly recommended! Parking is much harder to come by, unless you park on the street.
11-14-2012 20:43:06 |
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More User Reviews:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited on a Wednesday night and the place was almost empty. Atmosphere would likely be even better on a busier night.
Still a good experience. Overall a good beer bar that was somewhat upscale. Service was good and was friendly.
Tap list was very good and had a good variety of breweries and styles, including a lot of Michigan locals and out of state beers. Taps included Founders, DFH, Dark Horse and others. Good bottle list too.
Did not have any food to comment on the food.
Prices were also reasonable on both pints and pitchers.
08-10-2012 21:23:57 |
More by TheSevenDuffs
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Final stop on a recent trip to Grand Rapids with nicktbm and our better halves.
Atmosphere: classic and pristine British pub, long wooden bar, numerous comfy booths, tap handles loom over the restaurant area, chalkboard shows all draught and cask offerings, hilarious posters in the washrooms, table-side lamps add a unique touch.
Service: staff seemed a bit withdrawn on this lazy Sunday afternoon but our waitress did a commendable job of describing the beers and everything arrived in reasonable time. She also gave us plenty of privacy in between drinks.
Selection: had an Arcadia Whitsun Wheat Ale with Hibiscus on cask and a North Peak Diabolical IPA out of the bottle. Both beers were in top form and my girlfriend enjoyed her pint of Delirium Tremens. Other standouts were Avery 18th Anniversary Ale, Blue Point Toasted Lager, Ommegang Belgian Saison, and Lagunitas IPA on tap. Very well-rounded menu.
Food: remarkable fare that exceeded our expectations. Ordered the House Salad, Chicken Tikka Masala, Bangalore Quesadilla, and Mackinaw Island Fudge, all of which were phenomenal. Each dish had an immaculate presentation and the free papadum was a nice surprise. They really nail the "England meets India" theme.
Overall: Graydon's is an archetype British pub that I will gladly revisit on future trips to the city. The attention to detail - from the pairing suggestions to the food descriptions to the style classifications on the beer list - is second to none. I highly recommend this bar.
12-27-2011 22:46:46 |
More by cratez
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Really nice British/Indian infusion pub. I've been here a couple times before.
Atmosphere is pretty casual and laid back. I've been at both the bar and at the tables and have had great service. Although i've heard they went downhill after the fire, I haven't had much of a problem...
The selection is great! They have quite a bit of beers both on tap and in bottles. Servers actually know a thing or two about the beer on tap and keep up on updating their menu of what's available. They also have some really interesting blends where they combine beer and meads into interesting concoctions.
Food is pretty good! I'm glad they are making an effort to construct a well rounded menu based upon British and Indian cuisine and not just typical "bar food" fare.
This is a place to go to for both food and beer!
10-01-2011 04:22:16 |
More by Flux
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The atmosphere is good, very English pub-like with lots of warm dark wood. They have tables and booths and of course a large bar. This was a refreshing change after going to a local brewery with an atmosphere much like a high school cafeteria.
The beer selection is very good. They have 48 beers on tap from all over the country and some imports. Regional beers are well represented. Most beers are served in pint glasses with the "big beers" offered in 12 ounce tulips or brandy snifters. Prices are reasonable, mostly $4 to $5 per glass with some as high as $8 when I visited (2/26/11). I particularly appreciate the fact that they have many obscure and hard-to-find beers. The bartender was very attentive. The staff is knowledgeable about the beers as are most of the patrons. All are happy to discuss beers and recommend their favorites. Beer samples are available on a sliding scale price which varies from $2 to $3 per sample. In addition, they have a large selection of bottled beer on hand.
I did not eat dinner there but found the appetizers adequate.
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and will stop there whenever I am in the neighborhood.
03-03-2011 23:26:29 |
More by brew4health
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Nice quiet place. Good for me since I prefer to go with friends and enjoy the crowds, but places with good beer selection tend to be very crowded around here.
Second best selection I've seen in the area, with at least as many taps as Hopcat, but I'd give Hopcat the edge on selection because of the variety of beers they bring in. I'd much rather go here than hopcat though because the prices are much better, and it's much less crowded. Different serving size options for some beers are a nice touch too. I got a 10 oz. tulip of Bourbon County Stout for 5.50, which is very comparable to the price per ounce if I were to get a single bottle around here.
Service was great, and I didn't try the food but it looked good and the people with me who tried it seemed to be happy as well.
01-06-2011 16:25:37 |
More by slowbie
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Has that nice old building feel, like many midwestern pubs and breweries. Though I understand this place burned down, so they obviously rebuilt with the same intent. A little cramped, so is the parking, but there is an upstairs, which was closed.
Quality list of drafts and bottles. The tap handles were all under the bar top, it took me a while to figure out where all these drafts were coming from. Very good slection of locals and national micros. 2 casks, the one I wanted was out of coarse as it was 4 days after tapping. Dark Horse cream stout was a lower abv local stout on draft I had a couple of.
Food was good, with some unique pub fare and English/Irish dishes. Though I did get sick the next day, not necessarily blaming them for that though.
Been meaning to stop here and glad I finally did. Up there with Hopcat and Logans Alley. Good place to hit if you're in the area, more relaxed environment than Hopcat if you're looking for a lower key place.
12-29-2010 20:10:49 |
More by Bung
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is my staple go-to bar in Grand Rapids. It's got a really nice British/Indian fusion in both decor and menu. It is a little dark inside and wouldn't mind more lighting.
Pricing is a little high but I do like how the menu items are a la carte, which is great when you want something simple without having to pay for all the sides.
They have a great beer selection for the size of their pub. A handful of the same beers are always on hand because predictability can be good. Likewise others beers make a good appearance for a while. A firkin from founders is sometimes on hand. I can appreciate how they have both local beers and beers from across the world.
Quality of the beers is always good. clean lines, clean taps.
Service is good and the staff is friendly. Our beers arrive quick and never had a problem with getting a different beer than what I ordered.
Food is really good. I love the fusions and the food selection changes as often as the beer does with a handful of the same ol' classics.
07-29-2010 04:41:46 |
More by hophunter
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
We were on a 5 day brewery tour, when we were referred to Graydon's for their Cookie Jar Porter. It was out when we showed up, but the stop was well worth the price.
The remodel of the place was great. The staff was very nice, customer service was next to none. The food selection was very impressive, served quickly, and quality was fantastic.
Having a friend in from out of state, with this as our first stop, set a president that was never equaled. I will be back, and as a manager of a local salon, many more will hear of this place, and my experience.
05-16-2010 13:53:24 |
More by wqcherri
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This is one of the better beer bars in GR. It's is supposed to be like an English pub and has very nice decor. There is an upper level and a lower level, which is kind of cool. To me it feels a little but stuffy here and the prices are a bit high, especially for the food (cuisine from the UK and India, kind of like a "British Empire" theme, I guess) which is delicious, but expensive! Both times I have gone here, I have woken up the next morning with an intense feeling of regret over how much money I spent the night before... but if you can afford it, more power to you.
The cask ale is a very nice feature, and the beer prices in general are reasonable, running about $4-6 a pint for draughts. They have a great selection of craft beer (about 30-35 taps, I think) including some things I have never heard of before like Rogue Honey Orange Wheat. HopCat has more taps than they do, but HopCat's are mostly just Michigan, and some American craft brews. However, as far as imports go, I think Graydon's might rival HopCat's selection.
No complaints about the service; they have been attentive and courteous, in my experience.
Overall, this is a great place to go to try some new beers on draught... but unless you are rich, I would recommend eating somewhere else.
03-29-2009 15:57:10 |
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