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Taps: 24 / Bottles: 60
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
522 Cookman Ave
phone: (732) 774-1264
(Place added by: Soracloud on 01-11-2007)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 19
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I'm pretty sure this is my first review since joining in 2006, so that should mean something in and of itself. New to the area from Pittsburgh, had a couple of awesome beers (Kentucky breakfast and a Piraat- both draft. The Piraat tasted better than I'd ever had.) Both bartenders were awesome, great music and chill atmosphere. To top it all off, one of the bartenders, Bridget, tipped ME a heady topper. Even after I insisted that she should keep all 4. Top notch. Thanks Bridget, I'll be back to the Brickwall often.
10-15-2013 02:27:17 |
More by SammyI3omber
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
Never Sober must have been just that when he wrote that post. I have been a frequent costumer of BRICKWALL since they opened over 3 years ago. I have never experienced a vibe anything close to racial, sweaty, seedy or any other descriptive words Never Sober thought of. In all my visits, I have felt welcome, comfortable and well attended to.
I will be the first to admit that their beer selections were not always on point. But there has been a recent change of the General Manager and he is making huge strides with the beer selection. I think he does something like: 8 constantly changing taps and 7 residents. The residents are typical with some nice highlights (Stone IPA, Palm and Purple Haze are always available). But the rotating taps are where it's at! This guy knows how to pick beer. In the last month I've seen Weyerbacher brews, lots from Troegs and Blue Point, some awesome Boulder beers and lots more. I've even heard they are doing a Flying Dog Beer Dinner in Febuary.
The new GM told me himself that he was knows exactly why some true hopheads felt the BRICKWALLs claim to be a beer bar was questionable. "I dont care what you say, Blue Moon and Sam Adams Winter doesn't make you a beer bar. I want hops. Lots of bitter hops. Barley wines, doubles, triples! Even quads!!" If this guys keeps it up, BRICKWALL is about to become the best beer bar on the Jersey Shore! Welcome to town sir!
01-14-2010 15:35:29 |
More by HopHeadDrew
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
There's something about this place that beckons me back again and again. It might be the eclectic crowd it draws, it might be the engaging bar tenders, or maybe it's the beer.
The bar wait staff is great. If they have the time to talk they will. They are knowledgeable about beer and have no problem letting you try a sip or three of an unknown beer. Three bartenders that come to mind are John, Alicia, and Kelly.
Their beer list changes often so you never know what to expect. On a recent visit they had Founder's Breakfast Stout (makes Guinness taste like club soda), Stone Double Bastard, Flying Dog Double IPA, Sierra Nevada Oliva quad, a mead, and you get the idea. They often pour Chimay too. They even had Dogfishhead Fort 18% ABV. Wow!
My only complaint is $10 for some of their offerings are steep. Yes, I know the malt quantity of high gravity beer and the ridiculous amounts of hops they use are expensive but on a trip last week to "The Ginger Man" in Manhattan these same beers were $8-$9. I don't imagine Cookman Avenue rent is worst than midtown Manhattan.
The food is pretty good. Chili, burgers, ribs all good. Occasionally the food comes out less than hot but decent stuff overall. Definitely worth checking out.
01-22-2012 15:46:11 |
More by Nothopless
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
On vacation in Asbury Park with my girlfriend (who's not a big beer drinker) we were looking for someplace both of us would enjoy, and a local friend suggested we check out the places on Cookman Ave. yielding the best selection on a Friday night.
Upon walking up the Brickwall Tavern had a welcoming feel to it, so we entered what we later figured out was the back door, found the host stand, and asked to sit at the bar (realizing that asking to be seated at the bar is a bit stupid, and would probably result in being sat at high-tops in the bar area - HINT) where there was plenty of seating.
We were greeted right away, and asked for menus. The other reviews are accurate; this place has a large beer list, but mostly macros and imports. I wouldn't say that the focus ISN'T on beer, but it certainly isn't on CRAFT beer. Not a big deal for me at the time because I was just looking for Yuengling (being from MA where you can't get it), which they have on draught. (Plus, Irish Car Bombs!) If I lived in the area I would have liked to see more American Craft selections, either in bottle or on draught.
The food selection is good; salads, steaks, burgers (Sloppy Joe!), etc., and an array of sides. Overall the service was fast and friendly, although one bartender did seem to dislike me right from the start, but I often get that (and I was with a beautiful girl, I wouldn't have liked me either...), and he was the exception.
While waiting for food we looked around the place and enjoyed their decor. They have clever little slogans scattered about the walls and columns. They also seem to have a separate area in the back with a separate bar for private functions. Three large flatscreen TVs behind the bar also provide something interesting to look at...
The food came out relatively quickly, was delicious, and was priced reasonably. Of the 4 nights we stayed in Asbury Park we were at the Brickwall Tavern for three of them, and would return the next time we vacation there. Don't go here if you're looking to discover a new and different beer, but it's great of you want a reliably familiar beer to complement your dinner.
08-24-2009 17:09:37 |
More by GeckoD
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Glad to see this place got added! Well I was told about The Brick Wall from some folks at work so me and the Mrs decided to go check it out one early Saturday evening. Its towards the end of Cookman Ave (from Main St) there are a lot of shops down the street for the ladies if they want to break away from the bar scene for a spell (watch your wallets guys!)
Anyway, as a lot of folks on the Jersey Shore know, we are void of beer bars. Every establishment is a cookie cutter knock off of another bar down the street. This is truly a god send to the BA in all of us. Now I am not saying this is the Beer Bar to end all beer bars, but for Monmouth Co its a hell of a start. I really wish I brought a camera with me and took some pictures, this is a really well designed establishment. My words will most defienetly fall short of doing this place much justice but I will try.
When you first walk in you are greeted with an impressive bar, I would imagine it could comfortably fit 25-30 patrons. That is on the left, set against a large brick wall. To the right is a larger seating area where I counted about 8 high top tables and 13 full length 6 tops. I do not think you can just sit down, you need to visit the host first. The decor is for lack of a better word, construction. Menus are on clipboards as are the drink and dessert lists, condiments are carried in old wooden tool boxes. Wood, steel and ducts flow throughout the building if you have ever been to Triumph Brew pub in New Hope, they are quite similar in design. As I had stated earlier, my words fall short in delivering the true feel of what The Brick Wall is really like, you need to see it for yourself.
OK back to the bar, comfortable chairs and a large top surface to fit your pint and a couple plates of food. The kitchen I might add is open air and towards the end of the bar.
Speaking of kitchen they have a really unique menu. The appetizers (8) are not your run of the mill "bar munchies" and average out to be about $8 a piece. A large list of salads (7) come in at right around $8 also. They have two separate menus, one is finer fare averaging at around $22 a plate with 4 choices of steak 2 pork 2 Fish 1 Lamb and 1 chicken and your choice of 2 sides (i'll get to them later)
"The Tavern Menu" is a lower priced "cozy" food selection. You are given about 26 choices averaging in at $8 a piece. By cozy I mean, Chicken Pot Pie, Meatloaf, Wings, Beerkraut & Kielbasa, Mini Burgers, Hot Dogs etc. Hands down the best selection of food I have seen on the Jersey Shore.
On to the sides! Well you can make a meal of these (and I did one of the times I was there) . They average in $3 a piece. French fries, Garlic Mashed Potato, Sweet potato fries, crock of Mac n Cheese and about 8 other choices.
Beer! Yes, finally I will get to the beer! Well as I stated earlier The Brick Wall is daring to go where no Shore Bar has gone before...serving GOOD beer. The 12 tap tower is a far cry from your average BMC house and a refreshing sight. Well here we go, Guinness, Yards Pale Ale, Miller Lite, Rogue Dead Guy, Anchor Steam, Fueller's ESB, Troeg's Hop Back Ale, Stella, Winter's Bourbon Cask (AB but still good), Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, Yuengling and Blue Moon/Purple Haze (in rotation). There bottle selection pretty much covers the Macro list with Bud, Coors, Corona, Heineken, etc (~25) So the unadventurous can still wet their whistle. They do though carry some Hacker Pschorr Weisse and Dark Weisse I believe and Woelver's. In cans, Dales Pale and Pabst.
I talked with the bartender and they like to keep a steady rotation on new products, so the list above will probably have changed but the plan is to keep it craft beer oriented, I believe he said Stone IPA was next on tap! Do not hesitate to call ahead and find out their selection. They also carry about 40+ bottles of wine averaging $20-$40 a bottle.
Live music on the weekends, the bar begins to get packed around 9pm, get there earlier in the day and you'll have the place to yourself. I really do hope The Brick Wall stays the course and sticks with what they have going on now. The only ONLY con I have was the use of frozen or chilled pint glasses. I asked that the bartender just rinse out my room temperature glass.
Great job Brick Wall, thank you for not falling into that Generic crap bar category!
01-12-2007 16:13:18 |
More by Soracloud
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This place keeps getting better every time I visit. The food is great, The "house" beers are great and I always leave happy. I stopped in on a Friday night and it was busy but the service didnt lack. Our waitress definatly knew what she was talking about when it came to beer. The house beers consist of your standards Bud,Miller etc along with Abita, Palm, Stone IPA and Troegs Hopback. They also feature a few guest taps of some really good beers. Golden Monkey, Single Chair, Hairy Eyeball and a few others were on tap this weekend. The word is the manager is a beer guy himself and wants the place to be known not only for its food but the beers they serve as well.
03-07-2010 21:21:48 |
More by dondeez21
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Beer selection is GREAT. Food is GREAT. There are wide-screen tvs at just about every angle viewable from most of the tables; but the volume isn't so high as to disturb. Table wait-staff are, for the most part, GREAT. Unfortunately, one of the "hostesses" is a bit of a disinterested bee-yotch who seems to think she's doing you a favor by paying ANY attention to you whatsoever. I have resisted kvetching about her for a couple of months now; but last time I dropped-in for dinner and a beer, I thought to myself, "no, she's not just having a bad night - she really is a [insert your favorite 4-letter word]." What ever. I still like this place a lot. Just wish daddy-owner (I'm guessing) would encourage Junior-ette to find a job truly worthy of her elevated social status and give the rest of us a break...
I still heartily recommend this place. The hideous-skinny-jeans-ludicrously-full-of-myself-hipster factor is also surprisingly manageable for downtown AP...
12-22-2012 15:55:04 |
More by AloysiusNJ
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Visited for first time Friday, 4/27/07 late afternoon, early evening. Easy to find. Street parking. Be sure to lock car. Clean. Good size bar and restaurant. Clean bathrooms. Friendly, fun staff. Interesting neighborhood. Not far from beach. Fun, relaxed atmosphere. Happy hour during week. Nice flat screen(s) T.V. at bar. Good eats. Good size menu. Does offer kids menu (small). Recommended for well mannered, mature 25yrs.+ crowd. Changing calendar with live music and events. T-shirts for sale. E-mail list. Good web site. Will be going back again.
04-28-2007 18:41:43 |
More by tjcarbone
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
My wife and I met up with Soracloud and Mrs. Soracloud a couple of weeks ago on their recommendation, and I can happily say that this place did not disappoint.
Upon entering you are presented with dimly lit, urban sophisticated type place that is far from pretentious as it is casual at the same time. The bar is to the left (probably seats around 20 or so) with some bar area high-tops, and to the right is the more formal dining area.
There are about a dozen taps situated behind the bar and the selection included Troegs HopBack, Stone IPA, Dogfish 60 Minute, Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold, Anheuser Beach Bum (actually not a bad brew), Blue Moon, Guinness and more. Bottles/cans consisted of a lot of macros but did offer Sam Adams, Dale's Pale Ale, Pilsner Urquell and Anchor Steam. Not a crazy good selection, but for this area it's damn fine and better than almost all other establishments around. Each pint that I had tasted quite fresh indeed.
Service is attentive, offers up samples of brews to try (which is always a nice thing) and seems to have at least passing knowledge of the available beers.
For food, the Brickwall offers a Tavern Menu and a Main Menu. We ordered off of the Tavern Menu which consisted more of burgers, sandwiches, chicken pot pie, ribs, etc versus the "full meal" selections like Steaks and Seafood dishes on the Main Menu. Everything that came to the table looked great and everything that I ate was quite tasty.
Overall, this is a great new place to try at the Shore. I'd like for a bit more comprehensive beer selection overall, but I'm not going to complain about what they have and have to note again that for straight up beer bars, the area has The Ark, Crabs Claw, Market in the Middle (right next door to the Brickwall) and this place and that's it as far as I can tell. Being able to find the likes of Stone or Troegs on tap around here is kick-ass and hopefully the trend is expanded upon here and continued elsewhere. I'd happily go back to this place again and plan to do so soon.
07-17-2007 15:23:10 |
More by guinness33
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
We found this place by accident. It just so happened we had a 70 degree day in January and they had their doors open so we were able to spot the taps. It's not often you see Stone IPA, Dogfish Head or Troegs on tap in Monmouth County. The bar was crowded so put our names in for a table. What they said was a 45 minute wait turned out to be only 10 minutes. The food was a cut above pub fair and very reasonably priced! It's nice to see that rebirth of Asbury Park includes good beer!
The place has a great vibe and would be just the spot for a lengthy Saturday lunch.
01-11-2007 16:57:08 |
More by pculos
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