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Taps: 28 / Bottles: 12
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$ - inexpensive
[ Bar ]
375 E 7th Ave
phone: (541) 484-7181
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $
Update from 4/13. I now work almost right across the street from the Cafe, so it's inevitable that I would stop in on occasion. Not much change in the pros and cons here, though the current ownership seems to be making more of an effort to keep the place cleaned up. It's still a pretty divey looking place, and with their reputation for cheap drinks, you can pretty much guess the clientele make-up here (lot of younger and older folk here to get trashed on cheap drinks). On the other hand, the tap list just gets better and better, which strikes me as just odd for a place like this. Nevertheless, last time I was there, the tap list included Pelican Kiwanda Cream ale, Hop Stoopid, RPM, Hop Venom and Suge Knite. Prices for craft beer are as low as I've seen them in Oregon as well (cheater glass/shaker glass of Hop Venom for $3.50). They also have access to a number of sports programs, and with a considerable number of flat screen TV's to show them on. That being said, I tried calling the cafe last night to see if it might be possible to get a growler of Hop Venom to go. I had to repeat myself several times, as the waitress had no idea what I was talking about, having (apparently) never heard the term growler before (in Tupelo Ms., that would be no surprise, but in Eugene Oregon???). Sigh... one just has to take the good with the bad here I'm afraid. The cafe also runs daily specials on food, and much to my shock, the half dozen .50 tacos I ordered on Thursday weren't half bad. So 6 tacos and a glass of hop venom for $6.50?. I just can't say no to that. End of update.
Stopped by the other day following a visit to Eugene City Brewery. While I thought the beer selection decent, it was hard to get by the atmosphere/vibe of this place.
This really looks like your basic hard core bar, but one that has been gussied up a bit with a couple of pool tables and lots of flat screen TV's (they had the NFL ticket, and it appeared most folks here were covering their fantasy league games). Otherwise, the bar has your basic shopworn looking, wash and wear rug, a couple of tall rickety tables, some lounging areas, etc. Everything appears to be set up with the expectation that drinks are going to be spilled rather frequently on the floor, and that there are likely going to be folks who imbibe to the point of excess and illness. The accoustics are also pretty bad, and so even though my friend and I don't smoke, we quickly retreated outside to the enclosed, outdoor dining area for smokers.
Service was likewise not very good. While the young lady taking drink orders was pleasant, it was a bit much to expect her to handle the room all by herself, and yet it appeared that's what was expected of her. So service was pretty slow and distracted on this particular Sunday. Also, when I asked if the cafe had a beer list, she said no, that the selection rotates too frequently for them to have a beer list. Given the look of this place, I wasn't the least bit surprised to hear this, and so I walked around to the back of the bar area to see what was on offer. Much to my surprise, Good Times had a pretty decent beer selection that included offerings from Oakshire, Ninkasi, Rogue and even the HUB IPA (which was what I ordered). All told, it appeared they had around 30 different beers on tap, with 4 or 5 macros, but the rest all craft and imports (there was also Guinness and Harp on tap).
Did not try the food, but it was apparent that the focus here is on large portions of fried food sold at reasonable prices. Otherwise, prices were fairly reasonable overall I thought. My pint of IPA and a weak margarita were $9.50 total.
Shrug. While not terrible, it's hard to imagine ever coming back here. There are plenty of decent places to get a beer in Eugene, and I just did not find the atmosphere here at all inviting. Maybe if I was dying to see some NFL game that I couldn't watch at home I'd stop by here, but otherwise I'll likely take my business elsewhere next time I'm in town.
12-13-2010 15:25:55 |
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