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Taps: 24 / Bottles: 60
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
522 Cookman Ave
phone: (732) 774-1264
(Place added by: Soracloud on 01-11-2007)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 19
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 1.5 | $$$$
I am a life long summer resident @ the shore. I was excited about a beer bar on the shore. I'm still waiting for one to open.The beer selection is VERY limited, and very uninspired. There are no foreign drafts and very few craft domestics. The wait staff are poorly trained and bad servers to boot. Our server could not tell me anything about any of the beers.
The food was extremely mundane. It arrived cold and never caught fire. Bland as dishwater and served poorly.
To sum up this is the best place on the shore and it's a bad day @ the shore.
Make the trip, go elsewhere. Buy for home consumption. The shore is still waiting for a decent beer bar.
06-23-2007 03:40:36 |
More by aeibrean
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Sunday afternoon, a little dead, the service was almost non existant, having said that, this is a great addition to the Jersey Shore for those that prefer something other than Bud lite.
I started with a Terrapin Rye Ale, my wife had a Dogfish Aprihop as did our friend after strangely being sold on a Lagunits Pils when she was asking about a Palm Belgian?
Later I had a stone IPA and my wife had a Chimay. All the beer was served fresh and tasted excellent, the food was also really good but at the end of the day the service was so ambivalent I don't really feel like making the 2 mile trip from Belmar that often.
04-18-2010 21:05:34 |
More by cilldalua
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$
Was in the area today, and based on an update to the US Cask Ale website
( http://www.cask-ale.co.uk/us/index.html ) where this place is listed as having cask ale on a hand pump, I stopped in to this upscale bar. Altho' Asbury Park is pretty empty, especially after a winter storm, the block the bar was on was packed with cars (looked like mostly construction worker vehicles, lots of building going on but not many businesses opened).
Walked in, only one customer eating lunch at the bar, a few table full. Didn't spot a hand pump handle but there were about 10-12 draft taps. Bartender shows up.
"What's on the hand pump?"
"Do you have a hand pump?"
"Cask ale. Do you sell cask ale?"
"Yeah." Points at a cartoon character tap handle.
"That's cask ale? What brand?"
"Baabaa..." (Well, that's all I was getting.)
Squint at the tap handle (sunny day after an ice storm, so there was a lot of glare and my eyes hadn't adjusted to the darkness of the bar). It then dawns on me- that's a snowman on the handle and it's A-B's *Bourbon* Cask Vanilla Ale. (WHAT'S the chance of that?)
"No, no... that's an Anheuser-Busch brand. Don't you sell cask ale from a hand pump? You're listed as selling it on a cask website."
More annoyed, puzzled looks, shrugs shoulders.
Giving up- "Is that Troegs Hopback? I'll have a Troegs."
After that, I was ignored- no menu, no asking "Are you eating?", no refill offered, etc., even tho' by then I was the only person at the bar and one of the few people left in the place.
Drank my Troegs- served way too cold- and left.
Not a bad draft selection- *for the area*- 12 taps- about half US & imported macros (Peroni was unusual) and half craft- Anchor Steam, Abita Purple Haze, Troegs Hopback, a Dogfish & a Flying Fish (blackboard didn't list style on the last two and the bartender was ignoring me) and it looked as if Stone IPA was just erased off the board.
7/23/08 - Was driving through the area yesterday and thought I'd stop in for a quick beer. Place was quite crowded at around 1:30pm, greeted by the hostess and sat at the small, half full bar- most everyone eating.
Strained to see the blackboard list of drafts, checked out the tap handles (man, I hate these ugly, huge ornate tap handles that don't simply state the name of beer). Came down to the fact that the only US craft beer on tap was Stone IPA and Chimay the only interesting import. Sat and waited for a bit, but no bartender ever showed up. Left.
Not a "beer destination". If you're in AP, stop in, otherwise....
02-15-2007 21:44:42 |
More by jesskidden
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
I'm torn as how to review this place. Given the lack of quality beer places in the Jersey Shore area, this is a very welcome addition. Compared to a true "beer bar" that one might find in NYC, it doesn't hold a candle.
Having said that, they have 10-15 available draughts...some interesting local (east coast) selections. Easy-to-reach location via car or train. As noted earlier, they do not have a 'beer-knowledgable' staff. The waitresses have no idea what the beers are. I asked what kind of Dogfish Head they had, and my answer was "yes".
However, I'm glad they're here. A revitalized Asbury Park would be a welcome destination for a future pub crawl if there are more places like this.
05-03-2007 18:26:41 |
More by PudTinkler
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Went here for dinner & a beer on a Wednesday night. We stood at the entrance for a good while before we were greeted by a hostess. Cozy atmosphere, bar as well as table seating. Food selection wasn't bad. Lots of beers on tap, but mostly macros. There were some worth mentioning - Stone IPA, an Abita brew..and Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat (not fantastic, but the IPA was a nice find!) They have at least one tap that they change periodically.
Service was a little slow, but our waitress was friendly & very helpful. I think I'll try sitting at the bar next time. I ordered a chicken pesto sandwich which was tasty. Not a fantastic beer destination, but I was happy with the Stone. Worth a try if you're in the area.
03-19-2008 02:12:12 |
More by halfP1NT
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Okay, after reading NeverSober's review of this place I almost skipped it. But, I also guessed that his experience had to be a fluke and it just happened to be a bad night/time.
I was in the area for business and wanted someplace to go by myself where I could sit at the bar, have a couple pints and something small to eat. I walked in around 8:30 on a Monday night and it was pleasantly busy but mostly with bar customers. I got a seat at the bar and was greeted with great service and a very nice bartender.
They have a decent selection of beer on tap, but most are along the lines of macros or huge imports like Newcastle and Smithwicks. The two notable beers on were Stone IPA (as others have mentioned) and Chimay Triple. They also had a few good choices in bottles. Not a horrible selection by any means, but beer is definitely not the focus.
I got the vegetarian spring rolls off the specials menu and they were good. Nothing fancy, but solid. The rest of the food I saw looked good - I just wasn't hungry at the time.
Overall I had a good time. Nice mix of locals and tourists with people dressed in business clothes and others in beach wear. Since I'm in the are all week I'll go back again. I think that sums it up.
08-12-2008 15:48:35 |
More by jfindley
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
Stopped in here recently before seeing King's X at the Stone Pony, as it seemed like the best bar in the vicinity of said venue, and it's within easy walking distance. It's a pretty nice place, simple, tidy. Casual layout, with generic beer slogans lining the walls, and plenty of TV screens; not a huge place, but they use the space well. There's a bit of a rowdy (douchey), college-kid / broseph vibe going on, but that's not really the fault of the bar as much as it is of the clientele. But it's Asbury Park, so take that as you will. When I visited it was pretty busy and noisy, but our party of three still managed to snag bar seats after a few minutes.
The service was fine. Busy as it was, our bartender never left us waiting. She also seemed fairly in tune with the beer scene and was able to offer suggestions to my not-so-beer-savvy friend before I could chime in with my opinion.
As far as beer goes, they had a nice, diverse selection displayed, with such items as Lunch and KBS in the cellar. However, they seemed to really have a problem with updating their beer lists. The chalkboard over the bar didn't match the lists at the seats, and even the paper lists weren't up to date, so I had to come up with backup plans for pretty much every beer I ordered. The plus side to that is that it seems like they turn around kegs pretty quick, so at least you know you're getting fresh beer...even if it's not the one you originally wanted. I think these guys would really benefit from a digital taplist, or if they don't want to make that investment, they really need to get on the ball with keeping their lists updated.
Food is basically pub grub. Nothing out of the ordinary, but all pretty good. I had the pulled pork, which was really nothing to write home about, but it was decent. Prices were generally reasonable on food and beer.
Overall, I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to revisit this place, but if I ever find myself going to a show in Asbury Park (it happens rarely, but it does happen), I'd have no problem going back.
05-10-2013 23:05:42 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
This place is a welcome addition to a pathetic Jersey Shore beer scene. Bar is on a busy main street in downtown Asbury Park. Area is clean and safe (though I would not venture to far- if you do follow the rule of not parking if there is broken auto glass in the street). You need a masters degree in parking meters to figure out how to use the ones in the area. The area and the bar seem to be recently renovated, but there were still enough locals to retain areas "atmosphere". Inside the bar is your typical inner city renovated drinking space (brick walls, hard wood floor and chalk boards). Bartenders were helpful (living in Vermont I know how to deal with the urban slacker/ wierdo/ biker combo), though the place was empty. They had Lost Abbey, Blue Point, Keegans on tap. Priced slighty high, but fine. Lines were clean. Would return.
04-19-2012 11:19:25 |
More by Flashy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped with my girlfriend at this place when we were down the Jersey shore... has a decent food and beverage selection with a main menu and a so-called bar menu... opted for the bar menu with its relatively cheaper prices and appetizer-like selection of chips, burgers and sandwiches... had a bunch of brews on tap including miller, blue moon, some dogfish... a nice atmosphere with pretty good quality and nice service... people seemed really friendly... good food and not a bad selection... recommended if you're in the area...
01-02-2008 13:11:21 |
More by dsa7783
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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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