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Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
200 E Jackson Ave
phone: (865) 521-0092
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vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This place is a bit off the beaten path in the Old City. Owned by the Aubrey's people. Dark and dank, with below average service. Few windows. Decent selection of beer-maybe 40 taps including the usual mass production beers-nothing very unusual. When last at Barley's, my tab was $7.50. I gave a $20 and the server asked me if I wanted change!!!
Pizzas and food are ok. Location is not convenient and parking can be limited. Room for improvement here in many respects. Better options abound nearby in downtown Knoxville.
12-04-2011 19:24:07 |
More by mbdaniel
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Great place to try in Knoxville. A little on the musty side and a little dank at times, but overall a great place to get a beer and have some pizza. The beer selection is excellent and the food is top notch. When I say top notch, I mean, for a beer and pizza place. I have been with some friends and have also taken the family, either is fine with this place. A lot more manageable once they ditched smoking inside. Also, they have some excellent beer brands on tap, they seem to change them out quite a bit.
I enjoy Barley's a lot! Give it a try.
05-25-2010 00:51:11 |
More by Schwarzwald
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I thought the selection was respectable and pricing on par with others in the area. Seemed to rotate the kegs out regularly. The selection included a favorite of mine (my limited dark beer experiences)that I thought had died out "Shakespeare Stout", but they had it on tap; good job. Some other national and regional micros on tap with a comparable bottle selection. The food menu seemed ok but I think their pizza menu is notable. Biker bar atmosphere in a good old worn 100 year old building and bar of equal age.
07-14-2009 04:17:35 |
More by bushwhacker
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped by for the first time with some friends on Friday and had some mixed feelings about the place. Not sure I am going back with some of the other options in the area.
The atmosphere itself was nice, wasnt loud, comfortable, etc.
The quality was OK ( mislabeled beers etc )
Service sucked. Charged for a beer that was mislabeled ( Locker Stock is NOT a stout and def. not an imperial stout ).
OR they labeled the tap wrong and continued to rip people off.
As our group arrived, we moved from the bar to sit at a table and had to continually go to the bar to get refills even though we were told a server was going to take over. I sever saw him or her. Not sure why I tipped now that I think about it.
Good thing that we were having a good time catching up with friends and were not there for a meal.
Selection is decent for TN, but the Cigar bar right around the corner had a better selection hands down.
04-04-2009 23:23:37 |
More by Photekut
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
My friend Pard and I went here with Mr and Mrs Brett Mohr. We had pizza and I opted for the Dogfishhead. This place was very nice. I watched people play pool as I got warmer and warmer with my buzz. Pard and i watched trendy yummyones play pool. The atmosphere and service here were really good and the food was pretty good compared to some of the food I have had at many of them. I would recommend here if you are in the area. Knoxville is pretty cool in this area. Lots of bars to hop to and places to eat. You should check it out.
12-12-2008 03:06:47 |
More by baos
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Barley's taproom and pizzareia really does have one of Knoxville's best beer selections and as far as taps go it's probably the best. The selection changes with the seasons but still keeps the standards. This place also isn't afraid to give the new beer in town a shot. Sometimes this works, and sometimes it doesn't, but I do appreciate their effort in trying. The sandwiches are pretty good and the pizza is damn good. I would say it's the best in town, but I prefer deep dish over hand tossed. It's the best hand tossed in town. The service can vary from server to server, but is generally good. Fantastic if my favorite girl is working. Any pizza place with 6 pool tables, and Dogfish Head's 90 minute IPA is a winner in my book.
10-21-2008 00:48:41 |
More by Likeburning
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
From my experiences of Knoxville, this is the place to get great beers at a reasonable price. Decked out in hardwood from floor to ceiling, Barley's easily has the largest beer selection in the city - and it's not your usual piss beers either. On draught, Barley's boasts probably 40+ beers - most notably Rogue, Sweetwater and Samuel Smith's. Granted, other places have the flagship brews of these breweries on tap as well, but Barley's has lesser known brews as well. IMO, the best part is Rogue John's Locker Stock which gets changed nearly once a month. My last visit introduced me to Yellow Snow (downstairs) and Love & Hoppiness (upstairs).
Both upstairs and downstairs have full bars: the lower featuring TVs above the bar and great local music and the upper having slightly fewer taps but nearly a dozen pool tabs and a slightly more relaxed atmosphere. Head down on Sunday nights to hear Robinella - great bluegrass with an incredibly soulful singer.
Most people rave about Barley's pizza (which is fantastic), but who really reads a bar review on a beer website for food?
06-09-2008 22:41:37 |
More by smrrson
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
So I finally make it to the Barleys in Knoxville. Now being a very frequent resident of both Greenville and Asheville, I naturally had high hops for the place, but these hopes were dashed unfortunately. The place itself is great looking, a large open bar which is always nice, with a stage and ample room for a large number of people. The food was decent, however the selection, or lack there of was pitiful when compared to the other locations. It was barely a step above some of the Ruby Tuesdays I have been into. It was loaded down with Macros, and what they did offer on the menu from Highland, and Terrapin, and DFH, just had a weird taste to it. Overall they need to put a little more focus on the selections here and I think they will be ok, otherwise this place can actually be skipped, and that pains me calling it a Barleys.
11-13-2007 01:31:46 |
More by mikesgroove
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A: I love this building. A big open-air factory-style building with exposed timber rafters and brick walls. Plenty of full-size pool tables upstairs and tons of outdoor seating. Unfortunately, this place can fill up with douche bags at night.
Also, one word of advice for the guys, if you even suspect that you might need to drop a deuce at any point in the evening, do it before coming here. The upstairs bathroom is a glorified 1800's outhouse and you're never guaranteed a door for the stalls downstairs.
Q: The quality of the food is great, and they also stock several good micros. I'll get more specific with those later though.
S: I used to be a line cook, and I know what causes most hang-ups in a restaurant, so my sympathies always lean toward the wait staff for slow food. At Barley's, however, slow food is not the problem, but uneducated wait staff. For the most part, the bartenders are knowledgeable and friendly, and they usually remember and respond to good tippers. But, for a "Taproom", the waiters here are not nearly prepped well enough.
One brief story; my buddy ordered a Dogfish Head Immort Ale, which of course, they didn't have. The waitress brought him a 90 Minute and told him that she knew it wasn't what he ordered, but if he had a problem with it, he could take it up with the bartender. What the fuck?!
S: The beer selection is constantly shrinking, yet the menu stays the same, except the ever-growing number of Sharpie marks. Still, the best selection in town for taps for now. But seriously, how hard is it to print some new damn beer menus?
F: Love the food. The pizza and calzones are great because they come on home-made sour dough crust. Plus, they have a decent vegetarian selection that includes some rockin' blackbean hummus.
V: Beer and food are reasonably priced, especially on Monday when all pints are $2.
10-29-2007 22:43:07 |
More by BeardedSquash
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
If you look at published local *best of* polls (which tend to link brewpub and beer bars together) there are other places that rank higher, but Barley's is my favorite Knoxville beer-food spot.
Yes, it's true that Barley's isn't a brewpub or a dispensing microbrewery, but I don't hold that against them. Barley's makes up for this by offering beer by local (like the on-again, off-again New Knoxville Brewing Company) and regional (like stellar Duck Rabbit and solid Highland) breweries. They also offer a solid selection of some of may favorite nationally known beers (by Rogue and Left Hand). Those looking for PBR or beer from the *big three* macros, will find them on draft at Barley's.
Barley's also has music every night of the week, including who of the local scene's best, RobinElla. They also host a monthly live version of local radio show, The Funhouse which features great, great local bands as well as awesome tracks from indie/alternative greats. In the past there have also been weekly movie nights.
What really makes Barley's for me is the total package. The atmosphere--an old hardware store with original wood floors and warehouse-loft feel--makes it a great comfortable space. And in warm months, there's a huge patio.
The last part of the trifecta for me is the food. Some other locals might squeal at this (sorry Tomato Head Fans), but Barley's has the best pizza in town, offering a choice of regular or whole wheat crust and a solid selection of toppings.
I give the lowest marks for service, b/c it can be uneven. Sometimes, for example, the wait and bar staff are inattentive; however, other times they are awesome. We once had a server give us a discount *and* a free pizza b/c our pizza took longer than usual to arrive (and when it did come, had a huge hole b/c of problems with the crust). Even so, the service is usually solid, even when busy.
05-22-2007 21:10:10 |
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Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria in Knoxville, TN