The J. Clyde
Taps: 60 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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4.6/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Atmosphere- Very quaint and fun place. Two patios and a cool bar to sit in. Room for everyone, and a few TV's turned way down to.
Quality- Awesome attention to care and craftsmanship on the product that's given. Fresh beer with knowledgeable service
Service- No better beer service in the state, maybe the south itself. The staff are well versed int here product, honest, and always friendly.
Selection- Amazing selection, All craft beer, with a new cask every week. If your in the Birmingham area and love beer. This is the place to go.
Food- the food's diverse and good, I don't think I have ever ordered the right thing, but the beer dinners are breathtaking, perfectly timed, and well worth the price of admission.
Price- Good prices lots of deals on Monday and Tuesday. and a regular happy hour. Watch out though, so much good stuff you'll run up a tally fast.
07-27-2009 01:55:58 | More by Seru1
4.78/5 rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
I will get the only bad thing out of the way first: the "community" need to do something with its sewage system. There is a bit of a bad smell outside. This is not the bar in particular, but the whole area.
The good things are everything else. Good beer and good food. I strongly suggest the Bavarian sausage! They have an exceptional stock of specialty beers and the staff knows comparative substitutes if they are out of a beer. Both on tap and bottled beer. They attract the in crowd and can see what other people are drinking if you want to try something. They are the bar you go to for specialty beer in Alabama.
06-07-2009 15:26:48 | More by PsychoJedi
4.3/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I don't know why it's taken me so long to review but it has. I have been here numerous times in the last two years and have never been disappointed. Whether it food from the pub menu or the more gourmet menu, everything I have had has been exceptional. the Caprese Stacks are a must every time I go. The beer selection is better than anywhere in the state and will only get better now that the HOPS ARE FREED! You couldn't find a more involved and nicer guy than the owner, Jerry. He and his sister, Susan run a first class operation at the J Clyde. One would be in sad shape if they missed the Clyde while in Birmingham. Seek this one out, keep going...
05-26-2009 15:21:30 | More by tiger88
3.95/5 rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Great place to grab a quality brew in Bham. Loved the courtyard/patio outdoor seating. Beer selection was just phenomenal. Also love the owner's support of Free The Hops and dedication to bringing good brews to Alabama. Food is good, a little on the hoite toite side, if you catch my drift, but delicious and creative, to say the least. I tried some Lazy Magnolia offerings on tap. Their tap selection is second to none. Great atmosphere, really laid back despite the glitzy menu. Great beer bar! Can't wait to go back.
05-19-2009 17:02:15 | More by Bamabrew22
3.98/5 rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $
I've stopped by here twice on business trips that took me to the area.
Atmosphere: Both times I've been here have been during the week and prior dinner hours so the place was pretty empty. The front room has a nice big bar, but apparently it isn't being used or hasn't been when I've shown up there. The main bar is small (fit's ~8 people), but is nice and has glasses hanging from above. All the taps are on the wall to the left of the bar stacked next to each other and it makes me wonder how they fit all of them in such a tight space. There's some nice outdoor covered and uncovered seating and it looks like a cool place to hang out when the weather is nice. A big screen TV is mounted out there under an overhang that had Sportscenter on mute while I was there.
Quality: Beers were generally served in pint glasses, but they did have snifters so they must use them for some beers although I didn't observe which.
Service: Service when I was there was very good, although it might have been a function of not being very busy at the time. I ordered drinks from the bar and was served quickly and courteously.
Selection: For Alabama, which has some ridiculous beer laws that keep lots of great beers from getting in the state, this place has a great selection. If this place were in a beer friendly state, then I would say average for a "craft beer bar". They had lots of Rogue beers, some Sweetwater, Yazoo, and other local, low alcohol brews.
Food: I had a chicken sandwich with sweet potato fries. The food was typical bar food, nothing outstanding, but was decent.
Value: Overall I think the value here is pretty good for your money, but mostly just because of the circumstances this bar has to compete with. Again, if this were in a big city or beer friendly state, this would be a notch or two lower. If you are in Birmingham and looking for a good beer bar, this is what you have to work with.
03-23-2009 19:50:01 | More by dukedevil0
4.13/5 rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
By far the best place to drink craft beer in Alabama. I drive, actually the wife drives, all the way from Tuscaloosa (an hour away) just to enjoy the half price pints on Tuesday & Thursday nights along with a three piece jazz band on Thursday nights. Kind of hard to beat $2.75 for a pint of Good People Brown Ale. The food is priced as expected. Be sure that you ask for the Pub Menu also. The wife and I really enjoy the sweet potato fries. Great selection of Rogue. We went this Thursday night at arrived there at about 7:30. Of course the back patio was full, but we happened to find an empty table...unfortunately it was away from the heat. We sat there for about 15 minutes before someone came to get our drink order. My wife finally found us a spot at the front bar and the server immediately took her drink order. We were informed that there was a birthday party that had reserved the front and that we would need to be done by 9. This was not a problem for us, but we did stay there till about 9:15 without being bothered. It was a special occasion for me and I thank my wife for taking me. I really feel that an hour drive is worth visiting this place. My only suggestion is to arrive early (they open at I believe 4) as it tends to fill up quickly. The front bar also has a very impressive amount of taps that will be filled up as soon as our Senate quits filibustering and get some work done! I really look forward to visiting when this happens.
I can't wait for Good People to be served in Tuscaloosa!
03-14-2009 04:13:25 | More by lfd807
4.78/5 rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
When you walk in this bar, don't be fooled by the underutilized front room...keep on walking past the bathrooms to the beautiful shaded patio past the back bar. Now you're set for the night.
The J. Clyde is Mecca for Beer lovers in Alabama.
Birmingham's only Beer Garden will keep you comfortable, relaxed and, for the most part, well served. The Bartenders are more than willing to help you find the perfect beer, so just ask.
The selection is the best you'll find in this state, and it will be even better when we adjust the ABV.
It's like a laid back Saturday night in your back yard, with better beer, better music and cooler people, plus you don't have to clean up.
It's my default bar.
03-05-2009 06:32:56 | More by eahennin
4.18/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Thank you, BA, for BeerFly. Traveled to a professional conference in Birmingham last week and relied on BeerFly to pick the place we'd be going to dinner. Glad no one argued with my pick of The J. Clyde.
Atmosphere: Absolutely great. It's nestled in a really unique little part of town in an old building on a brick street. Lots of little cozy spots and several different bars inside with an awesome outdoor seating area out back. Lots of attractive people in Birmingham, at least at this bar...who knew?
Quality: Pretty average - everything served in a pint glass cold, but that's cool. I'm not terribly picky as long as it's fresh.
Service: Not the best, but I have to include that there were 12 of us, which seemed to shock, stress and rattle the staff up. Guess it would've been helpful to make reservations ahead of time, especially because this place got slammed by 9p on a Thursday night. Our server gave it her best.
Selection: Really about as good as I could have ever imagined in a state with a low ABV cap. Large on-tap selection and a huge number of bottles to choose from. Most of the choices I can find at home, so I stuck with Sweetwater for something different.
Food: Pretty good takes on upscale pub food. A little on the pricier side.
Value: Beer value was great. It was pint night, so my Sweetwater 420 was only $2.40. Awesome.
I can't imagine a better place to visit in Birmingham even thought this was the only place we went. It was pretty much all I could have asked for. I'd definitely be a regular if I lived in town.
02-28-2009 23:20:58 | More by kels
4.3/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Just got back from one of my favorite places in the world - Alabama! We had one night away from the conference that we were all at and this was the place that we chose for dinner. We showed up fairly early in the evening (8-ish) but there were 12 of us and they were very accommodating to us, and they eventually got hopping busy.
Atmostphere was a little kitschy - a lot of people walking around with horn-rimmed glasses and sports coats, so kind of the hipster crowd (there was also a 3-piece jazz band playing too to add to that notion), but there was also some college kids and locals in there as well, so kind of something for everybody.
Service: Well, I'd like to say high, but for all that we ordered, the poor girl seemed confused. Perhaps she was new though and will get a little better at what she's doing, or may she was just having an off night - but still, not bad to the point where I'd slam them or anything.
Selection: OMG, you need to see it to believe it. Easily the widest selection I've ever seen in a bar. Great selection of some pretty impressive brews.
Food: Bar food is kind of hard to screw up - but I definitely enjoyed my veggie burger (didn't feel like beef, don't know why) and yam fries. Everybody else seemed to enjoy their food as well.
Value: They were running a half-price special on draft beers, so I got a pint for 2.10 and cannot and WILL not complain about that :) But even if there wasn't the special, I could easily justify paying 4-6 bucks for a pint of decent beer as that's what you're going to pay anywhere else.
02-28-2009 06:25:37 | More by bamadog
4.38/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A: The J. Clyde is an open-air patio bar that is covered by a canopy of trees. The rustic surroundings are nice considering that it is located near the bustling five-points area in Birmingham. It's a very private, cozy kind of place--a nice beer drinking environment. Obviously, open-air means one is at the mercy of the temperature and the elements, though they do have strong heaters and covers to roll down in case of rain or cold.
Q: The beer is usually good, poured from clean tap lines. Sometimes the pints don't arrive with the volume of head I'd like, and they could do a bit better with glassware. Still, this is only a minor complaint to an otherwise immaculate beer drinking experience.
Ser: Service at the J. Clyde is pretty slow. I've been three times and each time my party has sat for a good while before even being recognized by a server. I've found myself ordering my next beer almost as soon as I get a few gulps down of my first one because sometimes they take a little while to arrive. On a positive note, the servers are always friendly and I've never received the wrong beer, wrong food, etc. I just wish the service would be a little quicker--there needs to be more of a team-work ethic there. If you aren't a particular server's responsibility, then odds are that server isn't going to acknowledge your existence.
Sel: Bar-none the best selection at any beer bar in Alabama. They've got probably close to 40 taps of non-macro, high quality beer, with a solid bottled menu, as well. Score is a 5 because of the sheer will power and effort it must require for them to stock such a nice selection in this state.
F: Food is good and they have a wide range of options. You can snack on cheap appetizers or go full-bore and get an expensive entree. I've always snacked on appetizers while I've been there. Hummus and fried green tomatoes are both good.
Prices are very reasonable--between 4 and 5.50 for any pint on the menu. Pints are 1/2 price on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which is awesome. Paying 2 to 2.50 for a pint of good microbrew is unbeatable, especially in Alabama. The bottom line is that the J. Clyde could charge more given their location and exclusivity in selection, but they don't.
Overall I'd contend that the J. Clyde is probably the best beer bar in the entire state, and one of the more interesting beer spots in the southeast. I enjoy dipping in there every now and then, and will really rejoice if/when Alabama's inane beer restrictions are lifted, since I'm sure the J. Clyde will be on the cutting edge of showcasing high-gravity, bigger beers.
12-17-2008 18:48:55 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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The J. Clyde in Birmingham, AL
96 out of 100 based on 38 user ratings.