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Taps: 8 / Bottles: 115
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
3247 Jefferson Ave
phone: (513) 281-9002
(Place added by: mcallister on 03-12-2007)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
If you want a cool, chill place to hang out at while in Clifton, (Near University of Cincinnati), this is the place. It's more like a neighborhood/college bar with pool tables, bocci and darts.
I hadn't been here since my college days (around 2000) until last Saturday night. They hosted a craft beer party and they had an amazing selection of beers to sample.
To my knowledge they don't normally cook, but I know you can have food delivered there. Also, you can walk with bottle beer or growlers if you'd like.
Overall, it's a nice place to hang out casually (wear whatever you want) and watch some sports, get a good craft beer and people watch. Laid back and personal bar...
10-06-2008 23:47:51 |
More by beachbum1975
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A sort of dive bar populated primarily by grad students and a variety of characters. A positively amazing selection of taps that rotate quickly. They often have hard to find beers on two and run amazing beer events. I the summer they have a grill out back which is tasty. Otherwise you can bring in food from outside without a difficulty. Service is pretty shitty but it's about normal for a bar like this. I would recommend stopping here for one of their events. Especially if it's one of the stone nights!
01-18-2011 02:52:57 |
More by Urbancaver
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Great bar in the Clifton area. Besides being the host for a recent summer beer tasting/festival this bar, I believe, caters to those who drink better. Fries usually has live music and is geared more towards the laid back crowd, you'll usually not find many Fratties here. Beer on tap is amazing. Last time I was there, about 2-3 days ago, They had Two Hearted Ale, Avery IPA, Bass, Bell's Winter Ale, and others to name a few. I believe there are about eight taps, and just about all of them are filled with wonderful brew. Besides the main bar, on the lower level there is an upstairs bar(from what I gather rarely open, unless its really busy) with a few pool tables in it. Fries also has a biergarten with yet another outdoor bar and stage for live music. This is one of the better bars in Clifton, good place to go and chill out.
01-07-2008 17:28:18 |
More by becktone
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
I love this place. Been there a few times and I'm just getting around to reviewing it - sorry to say that. This is the type of bar that I would like to be a regular at.
Atmostphere: Nice and largely quiet (provided there isn't a University of Cincinnati sporting event being televised). It's non-smoking so it doesn't kill you to be there, but if you want to go upstairs and outside, there's a little fenced in lawn with a fire pit where the smokers can go and it's nice and cozy. Not a ton of room if gets a little crowded, but it's all good as people there are pretty laid back. There's a good mix of college students and locals and there's really no pretention there. Also, I'd like to mention that it seems to be pet friendly as there were three dogs in there at once.
Quality: Good quality beers are readily available there, as well as a macro offering on tap for those that don't care for the craft beers.
Selection: As noted above, a fair mount of beers are available; tap selection is typically decent and if they don't have something there that catches your eye, you can always resort to the cooler (Great Lakes, Founders, Stoudt's, Weyerbacher, etc...)
Food: None available, but there's a great pizza shop a block up the street and you can bring that in if you want.
Value: You get what you pay for and their pretty reasonable. No real price gouging, just fair prices for the beers they offer.
03-30-2009 01:47:41 |
More by bamadog
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Pronouced 'Freeze' or 'Free's'
This is a pretty good 'overlooked' bar in Cincinnati. The atmosphere is of a friendly neighborhood bar even though it's on the edges of frat central. They have a very old shuffle board table that's great fun, plenty of pool tables and steel tip dartboards and a smoking deck outside. Floors are all wood and they have plenty of historic Cincinnati brewerania(my parents told me this place was a pony keg years ago). Decent sized bar with plenty of tables offset. I believe they have 8 taps but it might be 1 or 2 more than that. They typically have a good selection of Midwest brews with a few from the bigger micros that have good distro. They seems to almost always have Victory Prima Pils on tap and a Bell's and Rogue, Two hearted is very common. Last time I was in there they had Maharaja which was a nice welcome. Earlier in the year they had an 'opening day' for Oberon and also had a surprise in Bell's Deb's Red. I also heard they had Bell's Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout in the past. The 'special' brews seems few and relatively far between but there's always something that's more than worth drinking. Bottle selection can be hit or miss but plenty of GLBC, Bell's, Christian Moerlein, Stone, Avery, and some Founders. Prices are pretty reasonable, certainly not overpriced at all. I believe they have $3 pints on Tuesdays. Service is usually pretty fast but out of the 4-5 bartenders I've talked with, only one new what he was talking about. I was always given a glass without having to ask, though, which you unfortunately can't always exact around here. Overall it's a pretty good place and is close to plenty of things around campus. More than worth a visit for something casual, especially if you're near campus.
09-29-2008 22:34:25 |
More by pwoods
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This is the first bar I've been to in Cincinnati that I liked since moving here two months ago. They had a really good, albeit small, tap selection, and a pretty solid bottle selection. Service was friendly and quick.
I think that since this place seems to have a pretty quickly rotating tap selection and the reasonable prices, I'll probably make this my regular spot.
It's a little bit louder than the kind of bar I like, but it's not awful. They've got some cool old school decorations. A nice bar to be at, and drink at.
11-15-2010 00:58:35 |
More by ColdPoncho
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Nice atmosphere, I enjoy the outdoor seating. Good if you want to sit down with a beer and a cigar. They are currently undergoing some renovations.
The Bartender is always friendly, and willing to give you a sample of what is new. They have a good amount of craft beers, and their taps are always rotating. That being said, I feel like the majority of the beers there are wheat/IPA's. Though they have a few darker ones in bottle form.
Prices are pretty good, and the staff knows a good deal about the beer scene..
Good on a lazy afternoon... friendly and nice.
06-02-2009 19:09:04 |
More by Beejay
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in for a pint on my way back home from a Friday night drinking expedition from the nati. Pretty crowded for 11 at night. Mostly uc students which makes for a loud and boisterous crowd. I like the decor seems to have a classic feel. Quality wise the beer is great but the place is typical college bar, a little dirty and a Tad smelly. Service was pretty good for a really crowded college crowd. Selection is really good on tap :
Greenflash hop head rye
Brew kettle red eye ipa
Fries also has a great selection of bottles.
Didn't have any food.
Prices are pretty good from what I can tell. My racer 5 only cost me 4 bucks.
I would like to visit this place on a more mellow night but overall nice beer bar, it Just happens to bel next to a campus of 20000
03-12-2011 04:06:51 |
More by Kelly88
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I saw the listing in Beer Fly and that no one had been there so I figured I would check it out. Easy to find, even for someone from out of state, parking was a bit different, but I finally found a spot on the street. Being the first night I was in town, seeing the Great Lakes sign in the window was a welcome treat. Pretty average bar on your right as you walk in with lots of tables as well, this was more then a bar. Food looked and smelled great coming out, but I had already eaten. They had three different Great Lakes on tap, as well as some Macros. I did not see a bottle list but the price was great and I paid nearly nothing for a few pints before I left. Nice friendly neighborhood hangout type of vibe that was really cool and inviting. Overall not a bad place and everyone seemed really nice. Not the best selection, but good things to drink none the less. If I were in the area I would stop by again.
01-19-2008 14:51:12 |
More by mikesgroove
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
The wife and I made an impromptu stop at Fries after a delightful early Saturday dinner at Floyd's Mediterranean restaurant in Clifton. I've heard bits and pieces about Fries and am glad I dropped in for the evening.
To begin with, Fries is a self-admitted dump of a joint. How do I know? I wound up chatting with the owner, Jerry, for 30 minutes about his collection of Cincinnati-area brewerania. It appears Fries is a historic "pony keg" liquor store which has not changed too much over the years (check out the hard wood floors). If you're able to make it here, check out the three Hudepohl signs behind the bar. As a collector, I estimate they're worth at least $1,000 for the three. He also has an amazing huge Red Top sign with bullet holes in the shuffleboard room next to the bar. Lots of other trays and neat old advertising stuff line the walls. It's like the Comet (Northside Cincinnati beer bar) with better atmosphere but not as good of a beer selection. Jerry says his clients are just not as demanding.
In terms of the beer selection, they had the Avery Maharaja (which the bartender pointed out was $5 a pint and 10% alcohol), Bells Double Cream Stout, Bells Oberon, another Bells, Rogue Anniversary, a Victory (maybe Prima Pils), and maybe one other craft beer I can't recall on tap. "No crap on tap" which is nice.
The bottle selection was notable with representation from Avery, Great Lakes, New Holland, Victory, and Jolly Pumpkin. They had a shelf of empty bottles on display which represented their entire offering but when I asked for the Allagash Gran Cru, they didn't have it (I didn't have much confidence in the correlation between display beers and stocked beers).
Most of the people were drinking BMC light around 9 PM on a spring break Saturday. They have a couple of other rooms with pool tables and they recently abandoned corn hole because of neighbor complaints.
This would be a nice stop if you were in the area for dinner, a concert, or visiting friends at school at UC.
03-30-2008 04:36:55 |
More by Yetiman420
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