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Taps: 68 / Bottles: 30
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
190 Main St
phone: (516) 293-7700
(Place added by: wschumac on 08-16-2008)
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| Reviews: 24
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Stopped for dinner Wednesday night after a full day at Bethpage Black for a practice round. Atmosphere was sort of cheap, concrete floor with plain round tables in the back half, a crowded long bar with more tables in the front half. Very loud, no doubt in part due to the hard floors and walls. Had to almost yell to talk to my brother at our table; I hate that.
Beer selection was certainly better, much better than average with about 20-30 drafts and dozens of bottles. That being said, I kind of struggled to find what were to me intersting beers to drink. I had one IPA that I couldn't finish (can't now remember what it was), but had a Stone IPA that was great, along with a couple of other beers. The waitress was friendly and attentive.
We ate 20 wings that were 10 cents each, their special that night, then each had a sandwich. Food was decent, nothing special, but nothing bad. I gather that this is the best beer selection in Farmingdale, and is certainly better than anything near where I live in Mass., so cheers to them for being there.
All in all a decent place to put a few down, nice selection and decent pub food if you can handle the roar of the crowd.
06-23-2009 17:41:47 |
More by BeTheBall
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$
This is the Croxley's closest to where I live, so I go there if I want the biggest selection around. It's not the most unorthodox selection, but definitely the biggest.
The atmosphere is usually cool and fun, but it's best in the summer. The warehouse-type feel can sometimes be a little cold and echo-y if it's not full enough in the winter, but in the summer they open up the garage doors and put some tables outside and it's a really nice place to have a beer. Put the earplugs in when the stupid LIRR comes by though; the track is like 15 feet away.
Croxley's usually have a bunch of good beers - always a couple from each local like BPBC, Sixpoint, Brooklyn and even Southampton sometimes. Then they have stuff like Green Flash and usually have a couple of interesting things to try. They had Oaked Double Bastard on cask when I was last there, which was awesome, and they usually have cask Old Speckled Hen. Mr. Body Massage Machine, go!
There are a couple of drawbacks. The space is huge, so sometimes it's a less than warm atmosphere. The food is not something I would go out of my way to have. And the staff is usually not helpful beer-wise. For beer questions, I follow my usual procedure and try to get one of the male bartenders.
02-01-2009 12:24:20 |
More by rasta16ry
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 2 | $$
Atmosphere: It is what you would expect from a Sports Bar & Grill on Long Island. 21 & up at all times which is good and they check IDs right at the door. Dining area was nice and clean as well as the bar area. My friend said the bathroom was horrendous (I didn't go myself but he was disgusted when he came back.)
Selection & Quality: The beer was excellent. They had a beer menu that was divided into categories with a description of each beer. Very impressive selection and fresh. Prices for bottles was a little crazy, lowest bomber was $9 for a Rouge Dead Guy.
Service: I went for a 2PM lunch so the bartender was also waiting the tables. It wasn't full at all so service was acceptable. She knew the beers and made some decent recommendations. Made a point to come back frequently to make sure everything was alright.
Food: The food was alright. I got the Maryland Crab-cake sandwich. It wasn't horrible but I've definitely had better. Buddy got a bacon cheeseburger and he said it was fine. French fries were rather salty but the Cole slaw was not bad at all.
Definitely a great place to find good beer on Long Island. I wouldn't go out of my way for the food though. I'm definitely going to go back and give it a second chance, maybe get a sandwich; something a little more simple with less room for error.
11-11-2010 01:26:59 |
More by EkimGram
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Located on Main Street, Farmingdale just south of the LIRR tracks. Plenty of parking in the rear, but strangely no rear entrance. For those who know the area, it occupies the former Downtown space.
The space itself is huge with about 3/4 of the area devoted to dining. The bar area is spacious, although there is limited seats at the bar itself. However, there are ledges and stools to pick up the slack. Very industrial in design.
The draft list is typical for Croxley's - 50+ beers on tap, with a handful of seasonals mixed in. While this may seem like a good thing, and it obviously is, don't expect to sample the cuttng edge in craft beer at Croxley's. Other than the seasonals (which are the same every year by the way), the beer list hardly changes.
The wings were good (they always are) and the prices were toward the higher side, as with the other locations.
There was only one bartender on duty to cover the roughly 25 patrons at the bar as well as the table orders. I have noticed this at all the LI locations. So needless to say, it was a bit difficult getting a beer.
10-22-2008 14:15:28 |
More by plaid75
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
On the heels of SSS (Seasonal Southampton Sunday), what goes out, must come back in. First all Pathogued and working westward still, surely there's something doing in Nassau, I saw not before. Maybe something Southern State accessible, along the return corridor although I'll deviate if whatever for. And you know there's that Croxley's; no, not that one and no, not that one...
Passed (that was it, there) and back (I'll turn around here) and parked (just past, easy get away) and in (through the corral doors) to the outside pen, 5 black steel cross hatched roundy tables here. Entering past there through the funny glass garage doors open over Main Street, Farmingdale, into the large open room, sterile, and sure to be filled with considerably more of the folks here now when not now, Sunday afternoon.
"L" shaped white marble topped bar along the left wall, seating upwards of a dozen and a half on backless Randy stools. Brick wall barback, with 2 white marble panels holding 34 taps each, alternating up down up down, and center shelving in between with booze over glassware, a dirty Jager dispenser below, and more booze & glassware displayed on the ends. A row of 7 flatscreens above the bar, lined with strung red, white & blue starred garland, and drop lantern lamps over the bar seating.
An adjacent bar counter of the same white marble play sits across the room seating a dozen, with 3 booths beyond and 3 tables on the back wall; rows of flatscreens lined above all the seating, just so you don't accidentally not look at a TV no matter which way you look. Past there in a side room; 3 booths on the inside wall, 5 tables in the middle, and 5 booths on the far wall. Far booths are deep for larger wing eating parties, as are the 3 tables to the rear sharing common benchage. And another stretch of seating, down past the bar; 8 booths on the far wall & a dozen+ tables from the rear & forward across the way. Drop lamps over the seating areas, bland everywhere brewery signage & pub signs, some of them spinning, and some of them glowing neons, and seriously, flat screens everywhere & in between. Lots of brick and, well, I thought, I think its black painted everything else but it might be a slate gray blueish & black panel walls, pillars, booths, ceilings, duct work blending & hanger rafters.
68 taps in all, roughly ½ of them craftish, evenly split in thirds by local (Blue Point, Captain Lawrence, Brooklyn, Six Point), regional (DogFishHead, Sam Adams, Yuengling, Smuttynose, Sly Fox, Magic Hat, Troegs, Geary's), and beyond (Leinenkugels, Flying Dog, Anchor, Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada, Oskar Blues, Goose Island, Green Flash, Abita, Mendocino). The other ½ are a mix of mostly bland & unexciting imports, Belgians, German, UK, and elsewhere (the best of the lot being, maybe Paulaner Salvator Dopplebock or Grimbergen Double), plus an offensive collection of beer cocktails for which some body should be punched. In the neck. Repeatedly. And without mercy.
Also, 3 dozen bottles, with fine fine descriptions. 10 Belgians, including Orval (Orange Amber color with hints of juniper, lemon and flowers. Crispy light body with a touch of bitter hops). I think I'll just wait for no one to drink them and go collect them aged, thank you. What else, what else? Oh, Duvel (Belgian golden ale, refreshing and golden like a pilsner, but with the depth and complexity of an ale. Bottle conditioned), and Delirium Tremens too (The flavor was cloves, banana and peppery with pungent hops. Crisp carbonation right off with a medium-light body. Nice dry finish). And 3 Canadian (including Peche Mortel), 7 Germs, 5 English, and 11 American micros (Stone Arrogant Bastard, Brooklyn-Schneider Hopfen Weisse & Local 1, Omme, Hennie & Rare Vos, Rogue Dead Guy, Hazelnut Brown & Mocha Porter, Long Trail Double IPA, and something just called Biere De Mars, a 750 going for $36, doesn't say what or from whom, although the description reads "Wild yeast, tartness, funky dry hopping & touch of space dust" so I'm narrowing in on it as we speak).
Had a Sixpoint Righteous Rye, Dave had the Green Flash Hop Head Red, and said of it, "In fine shape, as always". Don't know if that's sarcasm, he is Witzel after all. And then I had the Blue Point Hoptical Illusion (that bitch was nicely hoppy), and the Goose Island Honkers Ale for Dave, as expected (though I don't know why it would be). We split a cubic assload of wings just because, settling on medium. They were crispy good and they were tasty and I hardly cried. And they were of the 20 cents each variety which is of the not suck. Tunes, from country to Cult and hey, Woodstock is 40 this year, I thought, on hearing "Somebody to Love" and Joe Cocker doin', "With a little help from my friends" just after that. The place was pretty dead on sports bar Sunday, so the crowd wasn't offensively just that. Not the worst place to be stuck beering. It's Croxley's is all.
07-05-2009 17:02:24 |
More by slander
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2 | $$$
Croxley Ales is more of a sports bar than anything else, but with the boom in interest in craft beers it was only a matter of time for a sports bar to catch the drift and put some real effort into offering good beers. The servers are generally attentive and are usually moderately knowledgeable. If it gets busy, there will be wait time. The selection is large, but it is second to The Good Life in nearby Massapequa Park, though, it is worth noting that Croxley Ales does have more taps than any other bar in the area. The food is not worth bothering with. It's standard bar fare that is less than well prepared. Expect mostly grease.
Overall a great place to visit, just don't eat there.
10-02-2010 19:19:29 |
More by ryantaussig
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Good beer bar. Good spot. First off, the location is easy to get too by car or train. Their is ample parking in the area, though the lot can get crowded, especially Sunday afternoons.
The food is pretty good, and reasonably priced. 10 cent wings on Monday & Wed. With 20 cents on saturdays and sundays during the football games.
There is also a great Sunday brunch which includes all you can drink, unfortunately that only applies to Croxley Blonds, mimosas, bloody marys and screwdrives.
We go here regularly, and it seems they are finally starting to switch the taps up, which is a good sign.
My biggest negative is uneducated bartenders.
01-20-2009 05:50:38 |
More by mattthunder
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
I enjoy going to Croxleys whenever I can. I like the 64 taps to choose from but thats about all I drink there bc alot of the bottle prices are not worth it. Although the tap selection keeps you busy with plenty of stlyes to choose from. The food is good and the service isnt bad. I did have one bad experience their when a hostess was rude to a few people I was with but her co-workers informed me she wasnt very nice. Another complaint is that I've been going there since it opened and havent really noticed the beer menu changing up at all. Overall this is the best place to go around that has a huge craft/import selection and some good food.
01-23-2010 07:51:52 |
More by DRINKSAROUND
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Croxley ale house is a pretty nice place in a nice little town. They have over 60 beers on tap, but in the few times Ive been there in the past couple of years, the list doesnt change as often as one would think. They dont really get a lot of the harder to find stuff, but if youre interested in trying a lot of different styles, you wont be too disappointed. They have a lot of the stuff you would expect to find but its nothing like some of the places in NYC with a similar number of taps.
One of the reasons why I like this place though is because its a sports bar. They get all of the NFL games and the food is geared towards typical sports bar food; wings (decent, not great), burgers, pub style sandwiches. The food isnt great but not horrible either, but is very reasonably priced. They have wing specials like 5 days out of the week.
All in all its a decent place and its definately worth going to watch a game and have some quality beer and pub style food.
05-27-2011 02:24:34 |
More by Paulydeets
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by with my brother and a buddy the other night before I left to come back to NC. Casual place with outdoor seating but a little loud considering it was only half full. Tried the Deviant Dale's and Great South Bay's Massive IPA. Prices were decent for Long Island. Service was nice but a little slow. Ten cent wings were hot and tasty. I am glad they will be opening up one of these in Smithtown, in theory. This is a good, although fairly generic version of the Croxley's brand, but the location just south of the LIE sets it apart a bit. The selection and atmosphere are superior to nearby Black Forest, who brew their own beer of course. Solid choice any easy drive from most of Long Island.
07-08-2012 19:25:57 |
More by daliandragon
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