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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Active Beers: 120
Beer Ratings: 4,114
Beer Avg: 3.94
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
24 W Union St
phone: (740) 592-9686
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 68 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1 | $$
Let me preface this review with the fact that I visited Jackie O's during Sibs Weekend and everything was packed...
The atmosphere was that of a standard college bar, a bit on the small side. If there are too many people in there, you won't be able to move around.
The beer selection was pretty good, nothing stood out to me though.
The service was terrible. I waited at the bar for about 15 min every time I wanted to order a beer. The next morning we went to the restaurant side for breakfast. We were there for about 4 hours, only got one coffee refill (not by choice) and 2 of us didn't even get our food before we just walked out.
I'm sad I didn't get the chance to fully experience this place the way everyone else has. Unfortunately I will not be returning.
05-06-2011 13:35:54 |
More by TehB3x0R
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited in lieu of Dark Lord Day. Athens is a great place to visit and Jackie O's is one of the highlights. Two sides, brewery and eatery. We got there before the brewery side opened so got some pizza and other munchies.
Atmosphere was dark but comfortable, the place is narrow but plenty of room to move around. Doors were open and it was a bit chilly but that was no problem.
Service was quick and friendly and the food was fresh and good. Pizza was thin crust and delicious. Fish and chips were crunchy and obviously freshly prepared; same for the mushrooms.
Beer selection was nice with a wide variety of Jackie O's and some other taps. We spent a few hours there then moved to the brewery side. Same atmosphere, dark and warm. The tables are local made and they sell local made cutting boards.
All in all a very nice place to visit. I wish it wasn't so far away.
04-30-2011 14:43:05 |
More by kirok1999
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
I was at Jackie O's yesterday for the first time. I've heard about the place and Brad and the beers (and been lucky enough to try a few) before, but never been until yesterday. Even though I was hungover and pretty miserable on 4 hours of sleep after a 3 hour drive, and that on the way back that night, one of my over-indulgent companions vomited in my car, causing some mess and delay, the day I spent at Jackie O's was nearly perfect. I was in a group of 8 Cincinnati and Columbus BAs and Brad was hanging out with us. We brought some beers for a pretty epic tasting, but that's not the point.
It's a cool room that is an active brewery, with a very visible brewing process which makes you feel like you're involved, even if you aren't. The music was seriously some of the best music I've heard playing in a bar ever. It wasn't mainstream crap. I don't know exactly who or what, but as far as I was taking notice, it was a great mix of instrumental funk and jazz. That's right up my alley. The food was very good (fries were some of the best I've had), and the prices on the food are quite low, especially given the quality. The real kicker though, was Brad's enormous generosity in sharing some of his not-yet-ready barrel-aged beers.
It basically boils down to this: easily some of the best food I've had at a brewpub, easily some of the best beers I've ever had, a very cool place, and a friendly and generous owner. This day made me reconsider where I am going to school. I would go to Jackie O's daily if I could.
03-20-2011 14:41:47 |
More by ColdPoncho
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I visited Jackie O's on Feb. 4th and 5th for their bottle release. The atosphere was great. The Public House side is roomy which is a good thing since it was packed wall to wall both Friday & Saturday. The smaller Brewery side is very cozy.
The service was FANTASTIC. Every employee I met was friendly, courteous and damn efficient. Both days these folks were serving standing room only crowds. They were working their asses off. They did so with a smile on their face. Each server took pride in their bar & their beers.
The beer selection was out of this world. Their samplers were very reasonably priced. It was nice to get a small pour of 4 or 8 beers to help decide which beer you wanted next.
I did not eat at Jackies. The pizzas and burgers looked & smelled appealing.
I might not be able to wait until the next release to visit Jackie O's again. I see another 3 1/2 hour drive in my future.
02-11-2011 20:26:28 |
More by Auslander
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Drove down to Jackie O's for the Feb. 5th Stout & Big Beer Fest/bottle release; my first time there, and I was in for a treat.
The atmosphere of the place is great (and if you go to a release, made even better by the friendly beer folks crawling all over the place, especially the ones from BA). It's divided up into two sides: the public house and what I believe is called the brewery side. The public house side was fantastic: lots of room to get around/fit people in, easy to talk in, and with an overall good vibe. The brewery side was nice as well, although with everything packed together a bit more.
The quality of everything was absolutely outstanding; I've touched on the building, etc. but the beer and the people were both OUTSTANDING. Considering the much larger than expected turnout for the Fest, every single person I spoke to was great, from the bar staff to Brad the brewmaster. I couldn't have hoped for anything better; by far the best bar experience I've ever had.
The beer selection might not ordinarily have 30+ (34?) beers on tap, but they went all out for the fest- easy 5 here. Such a huge variety of beers, even outside of the realms of stouts or big beers, that I could have drank well without so much as touching a black beer. The guest taps feature better selections than most bars would ever carry, but I had to skip over most of them to accommodate more Jackie O's beers- but really a win/win situation. If the normal tap list was only a quarter of what it was when I was there (which I'm confident it is more than), Jackie O's would still be a 4.5 in my book.
Didn't get a chance to try as much of their food as I would have liked... but what I did have was great. Props to them for using spent grain (and probably more by-products of the brewing process that I didn't hear about) in their bread products.
In short, I can't recommend Jackie O's enough- what a great place.
02-07-2011 06:03:34 |
More by AwYeh
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Made the long haul to Jackie O's for their limited bottle release on 2/5/11.
Hung out at the public house side for most of the day while waiting for and after we bought our bottles of beer. Public side larger than the brewery side. Everything has a warm feel, almost like a lodge. Only ate breakfast, had some french toast, which was really good. Even with a lot of people, the staff kept up great and kept the drinks coming.
After getting a power nap in, went back to the brewery side for the evening. Smaller and even more lodgelike. Smaller stage set up, but a great bar that makes you want to cozy up to all night long. Bartenders were awesome! We mostly drank all the stouts (considering it was a big stout day), and nothing disappointed! Everything we had was awesome and truly unique. We did order some apps to eat. We got fried pickles and kurds, which were both the best we've ever had. My wife said she would come back just for the fried pickles and Dark Apparition!
The only bad thing about this place is.... it isn't closer to me! I'll be back for sure at least once this year, either for a release or just to hang out.
02-07-2011 04:11:03 |
More by HosP
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by Jackie O's for the release of 2 one-off treatments of Dark Apparition (BA kopi and vanilla rum BA) and some other assorted goodies during the weekend of 2/5/11.
Jackie O's is a split building with a back porch so to speak that connects the two establishments. The left half of the building is the brewery side, the right is the brewpub side. Both buildings have a very comforting atmosphere. I had the feeling like I was drinking in my hunting camp, except without the mounted animals. There is plenty of hand crafted wood decor which adds to the experience, even the tap handles have a uniqueness to them. Both sides of the building have stages where live entertainment is held. The brewery side is a little smaller and features a copper top bar. The brewpub side is larger with a wooden top and larger stage area for performances. Plenty of bar space as well as tables to sit at.
Our visit to the pub lasted between a couple hour long Friday night session and an all day long liver beating assault of a Saturday. We got to try a full array of the beer offerings all of which were phenomenal. Being a stout lover, I was in heaven as there was roughly 20 different stout options to choose from as well as ipas, pales, barleywines, wheat wines, smoked offerings and strong ales. You get the idea they had it all including guest taps of Founders, Kuhnhenn, and Bells.
The service was great. I never went longer than a few minutes with an empty glass. We ordered a few appetizers and had a pizza that was made with the spent brewery grains, very well done. Throughout my entire experience I couldn't help but constantly feel like I was welcomed. They made me feel like it was their pleasure that I was there and everyone I encountered was thankful for me being there. They seemed happy to help me with anything I wanted. I felt welcomed and I look forward to going back. If only this place was closer, I would go there all the time.
02-07-2011 03:02:37 |
More by stakem
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Jackie O's is a top notch brewpub in every way. I've been several times, both for bottle release events (which can be PACKED) and for a quick beer. Everytime has been a great experience. The inhouse beers are incredibly tasty and varied and the guest taps are always top notch. Brad does an amazing job of running the show and if you're lucky enough to meet him you'll be sure to have some great conversation. Also, the food is great! That was certainly a pleasant surprise the first time I was there. Other than being in the middle of no where, Jackie O's wins in every way!
02-04-2011 14:14:42 |
More by Urbancaver
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
I visited Jackie O's while taking my trip from the Triad of North Carolina to Columbus, OH. I got here at about 3pm, just as the doors were opening. The brewery is on the left side and the bar/pub is on the right side. I was a bit confused at first because the Jackie O sign was above the brewery, which was closed, and the bar had no signage attached to it.
I walked up to the bar to order some beers. They have about 6 beers they bottle but they only had two of them available. There were 10 house beers on draft. They also had guest taps from Bells, Stone, Weterbacher, and two others. The house beers available were varied and covered the whole spectrum of beers. Wheat, scottish, coffee stout, IPA, pale ale, couple Belgians and brett beers too.
I had the coffee stout and it was quite good. They also had a smoked oatmeal stout that was really good, on par or better than any other smoked porter I have had.
I am not sure about the atmoshpere here. There was no music so it was quiet as hell and kind of awkward. They did have a pool table but that was about all as far as entertainment. I could definitely see myself hanging out here, especially if I were going to local Ohio University.
01-19-2011 00:18:10 |
More by SaCkErZ9
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I finally made it back to Jackie O's yesterday. There have been a lot of changes since my last visit there 4 1/2 years ago, the big one being they have since bought the pub next door so they now have a brewery side and a pub side, with both having different beers on tap. Since I only had an appetizer there I can't say much about the food, but the other people there who were eating around me seemed to enjoy what they had, so I'll assume the food is all pretty good like my appetizer was. The service was great, and it's a cool environment there just to hang out, chill and have some beer. After a couple brews and some samples on the pub side, I went over to the brewery side and talked with Brad for a few minutes (who was nice enough to take a few minutes out of his day to talk about beer with me), and had more samples of different brews, including 6 different versions of their Dark Apparition stout, all of which were excellent. The beer there is just flat out incredible. Everything I tried was great, and I can't think of any other places that have as many barrel aged beers on tap as Jackie O's does. I could have spent all day there, and I might have to make a trip back down there soon just to do that. If you're in the area (or even if you're not), it's definitely worth it to make the trip. I'll have to come back to Jackie O's more often, that's for sure!
12-31-2010 13:47:26 |
More by bluejacket74
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery in Athens, OH
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