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Boscos Restaurant & Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 24
Beer Ratings: 141
Beer Avg: 3.72
Taps: 8 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1805 21st Ave S
phone: (615) 385-0050
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 32
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Man, did I want come to this place! I was a little misled by their address, though, and decided to cab it over only to discover that it was only about a mile from West End Avenue. Whoops!
They had a wide, windowed front with their logo on both sides of the building on the second floor. They had a zigzag entryway that took me right then left and finally presented me at the m.d.s. with the horseshoe-shaped, laminated blonde wood bar to the extreme right. The bar was extremely packed on a Friday night in late December 2006, but I was able to squeeze in next to a couple of Mug Club members who were very helpful in directing me around during my visit. Besides the couple mentioned earlier, we were joined by an outgoing woman in her late-20s who was quite vociferous and even made a notation in my notebook.
The dining room extended the full length of the space on either side with the exception of the bar area on the right. The kitchen was about three-quarters of the way aft on the left with the washrooms opposite on the right under the "Exit" sign. I liked the copper cones that were inverted and which doubled as overhead lighting. Speaking of copper, the copper-jacketed brewhouse sat in the second floor, visible behind glass.
My big draw was the Flaming Stone Beer and I will post a review of that separately. Sadly, no growlers at this location, but Little Rock came through like a champ. I liked most of their beers, but I just kept coming back to the Flaming Stone, much to the amusement of the Mug Club members.
10-24-2007 13:55:16 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
Located in downtown Nashville, Boscos bills itself as "The Restaurant for Beer Lovers". Parking was pretty much street or nothing.
The atmosphere is very dim and trendy. The brewing works are upstairs and can be seen from just about anywhere in the bar. There are big hanging metallic light fixtures that do not allow much light to escape, as well as track lighting. The interior is all brick and mirrors.
The bar is pretty long and there are around 15 taps, all house draughts from the looks of it. The bartender was friendly but kind of rolled her eyes when my wife told her about my hobby. She actually tried to talk us out of getting a sampler and said she would let us taste any beers to find out what we liked. The sampler is not set, but each sample is $1 ($8 in our case). The beers were diverse, and it was actually nice not to contend with the typical "light lager" and "bland stout" found at many brewpubs. They even had a homebrew competition winner's beer in rotation.
Boscos is known for their "Flaming Stone Beer", or America's "Original Steinbier". This beer is brewed using a traditional German technique of lowering heated stones into the beer during the brewing process. The menu alludes to a "Three Star" rating for this beer from "the world's leading beer critic". I wasn't overly impressed myself, but it is unique.
We did not try the food as we had just eaten at Blackstone so I cannot comment on it. The food that was carried by looked pretty tasty though.
05-27-2003 08:58:19 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
A short drive from the downtown area of Nashville, Boscos is easy to find off a small town type of main street area that is dotted with small shops and coffee houses. Vanderbilt is also here so there is a younger vibe to the area. The brewpub was hopping as a lot of the tables were filled but there were a few bar stools available. Big modern warehouse restuarant feel that was warm and inviting. The bar was not too big for a place this size, as only about 15 stools were there.
There were 8 beers available. A Scottish Ale, Hefe, their Famous Flaming Stone Beer, Amber, Milk Stout, Boscos de Mayo, IPA, and American Wheat. The beers we had were fresh and of good quality. I can say these were some of the best beers I had during my trip to Nashville.
The bartender was friendly and very knowledgable. He was quick to discuss beer styles and engage in a friendly conversation. Orders were repsonded to quickly and professionally.
I can say if you have to pick one brewpub to hit in the Nashville area it would be Boscos.
06-21-2007 20:42:13 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
I've been to Nashville a couple of times and have had the opportunity to visit all the brewpubs. To date, I've been to almost 200 brewpubs in north america. Boscos is your best bet in Nashville with Blackstone being a close second. They're on the same side of town so you could do both. This was my third overall trip to Boscos (2 in Nashville and 1 in Memphis). Their offerings and attention to printed details about the beer is impressive. We sampled a couple of their beers - mostly of the bitter variety. While not overwhelming, they were solid representations of the style. They also had a couple of styles on tap that I was not aware of. We had the crawfish cakes, ahi tuna tacos, and a wood fired pizza. Definetely reccomend this as a brewpub to eat at if you like to experement with innovative food. The only drawback for me was they only serve cask beer on weekdays. The good part of that is they tap a cask each evening and finish it that night. The service was exceptionally knowledgable - not sure if you get a waited this good each time.
12-08-2006 20:02:56 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
This Boscos is just outside of the downtown Nashville area past Vanderbilt University with other shops, restaurants, and stores associated off beat neighborhood. Seems to be far enough from the Broadway tourist district to be comprised mostly of locals, at least that's how it seemed near happy hour. The shiny brewhouse is up on the second floor and the whole place is well decorated, and most importantly today, the air conditioning is very cool in the Southern heat.
Most of the beers were very good with one a couple of klunkers. The Bombay IPA was a clear favorite of mine, a very well done American IPA, and evidently a local favorite since many people were ordering pints of the same. The Stout and Isle of Skye were close behind. Both wheat beers I tried were under par but servicable. The Bombay was going on cask at 5:30 and all the regulars were there for a pint (cask rotates--one a night when offered), but I wasn't able to handle another pint before heading to other pubs yet that evening.
At least 5 veggie options on the menu, including a bean and goat cheese tamale which I was talked out of by the bartender for a thin crust California pizza, which was very good.
Overall, a great stop, friendly with lots of personality for a place that's a mini-chain. The wait staff seemed more interested in talking to each than the customers on occasion, but not bad. Boscos is well worth the stop.
08-16-2007 23:07:22 |
More by FightingEntropy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited on a work trip on 4/28/08
I only had one beer due to how I was feeling and the fact that the service I got was a bit slow.
I went for the cask beer and wasn't disappointed. They had a very good IPA on cask. And any place that serves cask beer, especially a good cask beer gets two thumbs up in my book.
I would like to go back when I feel better and give the service another shot.
I didn't have any of the food but there was a ton of people in there and a bunch of regulars, so I would guess the food is good.
Parking in the back was a bit of an issue, but that could have been due to the happy hour crowd.
05-08-2008 22:07:40 |
More by Loki
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Spent the day here durring the Music City Brew Off. The ownership is very accomodating to the community's homebrewers. The setting is in a libral / yuppie community that services the Vanderbilt University and the Downtown arts and culture crowds. The building, inside and out, harks back to Art Decco architectrure with a slight whimsical decor mixed with sheek urban attitude. I enjoyed many of Boscos brews and found them all very high quality without feeling the need to go 'high-gravity' to acheive greatness. For lunch I had a gorgonzolla / grilled chicken and pasta dish that was very good. Later I had the calzone that also rocked. Brewery-wise, the place seemed a bit exclusive and may deter the more bohemian beer enthusiests. The food is gormet and the attitude is quite dressed up, but the crowd seemed to be mixed. Undoubtedly, one of the best brewpubs that I have been to even if I found it a touch pretentious.
10-23-2006 22:09:53 |
More by BEERchitect
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Good location, good beer, good food. Parking can be a bit thorny at lunch and in the evenings, especially if you have a truck or van. Had the TN Cream Ale and the Bombay IPA. Cream Ale is not my favorite style, but this was pretty good. The IPA is excellent. Blackened Grouper sandwich was cooked perfectly. The place can get packed at happy hour and late in the evenings and service can be slow at those times. Lunch service has never been bad for us, nor has dinner service. They almost always have a firkin at happy hour, so 5 is a good time to stop in for a quick one.
07-10-2008 14:48:13 |
More by beer2day
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Centrally located right on 21st street, which was easy to get to off of the 440 belt that goes around the city. Located in the middle of what appears to be a trendy part of town, complete with fancy restaurants and a paint-your-own clay joint. The first look of the bar is your typical corporate, overly clean placeloads of light wood, very stoic, with a few awards tacked around. That is, until you look back to the rest of the place. Faux stone walls, covered with mirrors that look like windows. Very high purple painted ceilings, accented with big old aluminum chandeliers. Brewing area overlooks the restaurant like a throned king. See through glass allows you to check out the action in the immaculately clean kettles. Bathrooms were clean and heavily tiled. A dozen or two parking places were around back and most of the streets appeared to have 2-hour parking.
The restaurant for beer lovers, had eight of their own brews on tap including a cask vanilla. Nothing apparently in bottle, though they had several awards up for bottle conditioned brews. They had an interesting German and British mix, with wits sharing time with porters, cask conditioned vanilla, and a supposedly old German stone brew. I decided to go with something malty and then something hoppyI did have to drive off to the airport. I went with the Stone brew and then had an IPA. Both were average to slightly above average.
Food consists of apps, pizzas, sandwhiches, and some well done entrees. Ive had the pizza and some of the apps. The calamari was delicious, and perfectly cooked tender, not rubber band like. The pizza is thin crust and personal size. Light and airy, it is the perfect compliment to their brews.
Service was fast, friendly, and well-informed. Bartender took the time to walk me through their beers, their history, their flavor, and what I should check out. He also did such with a half dozen other customers vying for attention and his lunch getting cold on another table. Definitely good to great.
So far, this combination of good food and good beer makes this a definite stop whilst in Nashville.
06-29-2005 18:20:47 |
More by Dithyramb
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Loacted right in the heart of awaht seemed like a busy entertainment section of Nashville, Bosco's had a nice open floor and nice big bar. Got my usual seat in the corner and preceded to sample all the local brews and enjoyed a nice dinner. Pizza was vey food and other entrees looked excellent. The place had a great variety of people and was not dominated by all of the university folks around. Bartender was very alert, friendly and steered me to the better beers. We had a relatively lengthy discussion about the Stone beer process. Really a nice place, would have enjoyed even more when it was less crowded. Bosco's is a big supporter of local homebrewers and really caters to the beer lover. Most of the brews are on the lighter side but all seemed pretty solid.
12-23-2003 18:43:51 |
More by CRJMellor
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