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The Chapter House
Taps: 49 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar ]
400 Stewart Ave
phone: (607) 277-9782
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 27
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Bar has 50 taps (no BMC). Nice neighborhood bar feel.
When they first open their doors in the afternoon the clientele is older (that is not college students). Between 8 and 9 is when the clientele starts to change to more students. So pick which time works best for you.
The staff is friendly and helpful and of course will give you samples. Most of the beer selection is regional.
My only complaints are:
I wish they had more beers from outside the NE region.
I wish they mixed up their beer selection a little more (you pretty much know what's going to be on tap--even with so many to choose from).
The "Chappy" is my home away from home. Check it out if you like a big selection.
01-10-2008 15:44:44 |
More by Mumbly
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I've been a Chapter House fan since I first came to Ithaca 40 years ago. For a little while they had their own brewing setup, but it took valuable floor space and rarely produced a beer as good as most of the 50 they keep on tap. They had a mediocre pubfood minikitchen in south room for a while, too, that I don't miss at all. Now they do what they're best at: draft beer you will like. (I've read some reviewers wonder about dirty lines, but know bartenders will pour you something else satisfaction guaranteed if you complain!) The ambiance here is so down-home funky, you need to know Japanese aesthetics to realize that the wabi sabi here is on purpose. When crowded, this place is extremely hopping. It's not set up for the best musical experience when excellent bands play here, but I'll forever remember the best shows of Mectapus, Horse Flies, Boy With a Fish that I much enjoyed here despite the awkwardness of stage and loudspeaker placement. I lived up the street on Stewart Ave for 3 years in seventies, then after Peace Corps higher uphill on College Ave in Collegetown from 77-80 and would have hung out at CH more but it was too smoky then; now that smokers have to do it on the sidewalk outdoors, CH is an even more beautiful old space. I like to bicycle around Cayuga Lake once or twice a year and always stop by CH on the way home. Bartender will let you try tastes before you commit, so take advantage of this to find a flavor you love. For sure try to get here when it's not too crowded. Happy hours sell you beer at especially good pint prices; there for sure will be something on tap to suit you. The free popcorn will help beer from sloshing too much in a hungry tummy, but no food served here these days. Ride your bicycle here if you can, or hike around Cascadilla Gorge just a block to north. Their website is really well-designed, too.
02-28-2010 15:30:00 |
More by jameswaldo
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
I've lived in Ithaca for almost 25 years now and this has always been by far the best beer in town, and my absolute favorite. In many ways I feel like I grew up here in terms of my beer life.
Atmosphere is a very subjective thing, but I love the ambiance of this place. The building is a re-built (after a devastating fire) barn-like carriage house with huge open spaces and quaint nooks and crannies, so you can situate yourself according to your mood. Very worn and utilitarian furniture. Graffiti (carved and scribbled) everywhere...some of the best in men's room reading to be found anywhere. Pool, foos, darts..all the fun pub stuff.
Quality: Okay, not not always the cleanest place in the world, but the handling, storage, and presentation of the beers is deadly serious and superbly done. They used to brew their own beers here some time ago, and the respect for the beer has no doubt carried through.
Service: The staff know their beers and how to properly serve them.
Samples are available as are growlers (although pricey) to take your favorites home with you. This place can get crazy busy, but the beertenders adapt well. I've seen many a bartender spend time with a customer to help him/her find something they'd like.
Selection: I have spent untold hours mapping out my strategy for sampling the huge array of brews on the chalkboard. And then re-strategizing the revised list posted during for my next visit. Seasonals, locals (MA & Ithaca), Imports of virtually all styles and origins (English, German, Belgian) always rotating. No macros. All this thinking sure makes a guy thirsty. Long bar with roughly 50 taps (including a beer engine) and all of the requisite glassware.
Food(?): Best popcorn in Ithaca. Nachos are great too. Beyond that, you're outta luck.
Phenomenal draught variety in comfortable/playful surroundings.
11-11-2003 00:39:24 |
More by DagFishHead
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $
Chappy served me my first legal beer. It got me through papers and introduced me to many of the beers I love today. I love the Chapter House!
Now that my bias is duly noted: Chappy has a huge selection in a dank wooden atmosphere. You'll feel like you're drinking in the 19th century in the middle of the Northeast's golden years of beer. What more could you want? Deeply etched picnic-style tables and benches are thrown together in a room inexplicably separated from the tiny room that houses the bar. Greasy and small window panes are housed in steel grids, all in swinging wooden frames that never quite shut in the winter. Free popcorn and foosball reside in the third room. Bathrooms are down a narrow and steep staircase. Aside the obligatory English football scarves, there are old photos of Cornell students, some actually from the 19th century, as well as, if I'm remembering correctly, a rowing shell.
If you're staying in Collegetown or on campus, be forewarned: the Chapter House is at the bottom of precipitous Williams Street. Be prepared for a sober skip down and a drunken slog back up!
If you're a Cornell student, don't go to Dunbar's or Johnny O's. You'll be able to find bars like these wherever life takes you. Go to the Chapter House, because you'll never visit anywhere else quite like it.
03-26-2010 08:21:39 |
More by drummstikk
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
The Chapter House was indeed an unexpected find. They now have 50+ taps with as many as five or six beers from each of the following breweries: Middle Ages, Victory, Brooklyn, and Ithaca. As well as several each from Allagash, Lake Placid and Wagner Valley and of course old standards such as the Hoe, Boddingtons, Guiness etc.
All of the beers I had were fresh, properly served and poured. I admit to being concerned about the number of taps as I questioned their ability to move enough product to keep it all fresh. This, however did not seem to be a problem. Business was brisk (even in summer) and all of the beers I had tasted as they should.
There is tons of space in its cabin like interior containing several seperate rooms. Foosball, Pool, Pinball, Darts and Video Golf for entertainment. The crowd here was great when compared with 'collegetown'. I am told that it is primarily a graduate student bar these days. The staff was friendly and prompt. They answered questions and let me taste anything I asked about, which was good since they had beer from at least one smaller brewery I had not heard of. They will also sell growlers of anything they have on tap.
07-21-2003 17:41:27 |
More by FeloniousPhil
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
I grew up in the Ithaca area, but relocated to Boston about 12 years ago. I have seen The Chaper House go through changes over the years (bar, club, brewpub, beer bar).
I get back to the area about twice a year, and I always make at least one stop here. The atmosphere is great for hanging out with good friends (in my case, old friends from my youth) and drinking some great beers from the numerous taps (its got to be like 50). Cornell nostalgia from years gone by hangs on the walls and from the ceiling, and the tables in the big rooms contain years of carvings left by many a beer drinker. Pretty cool stuff.
The service is great, and the bartenders are friendly. If its a slow night, they usually strike up a conversation.
Definitely recommened if you are in the area and are looking for a good place to go to have good beer. In fact, I can't think of another place in the area that has what the Chapter House offers.
10-23-2003 13:21:52 |
More by BigMell
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 5 | $$
Great selection, cool college pub feel, FREE POPCORN!
Seemed a little cliquey during happy hour ... there were regulars and they got a bit better service, but we were always asked if we wanted another beer when we were empty.
Would definitely visit again.
06-25-2013 21:54:39 |
More by ChrisKayler
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