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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
303 Main Street
phone: (303) 823-6685
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Now this was truly an experience, one of which was one across a broader scope than beer. Place was easy to find, which stuck out like a sore thumb in this little town. Considering its remoteness, I pondered on what explorers thought as they passed across the topographic landscape for visual enlightenment, and they this was truly the Chimney Rock for my manifest destiny.
Sat down and was waited on. Ordered a buffalo burger and fries, and while waiting had a variation of a porter which to this day I'm unsure was ever bottled. Then naturally had to have a Ten Fidy on draft. The food came and wow. I remember I had the Sante Fe version, and the sandwich was so thick I could barely get my mouth around it. When I finished, I had wished I wore a bib because guacamole was everywhere. Went down to the basement and found a whole bar, which was virtually a blues club. A band was to play that night but I didn't stick around. There even was an arcade there in case some little Schroeder was tempermental to bid his time.
As good as Avery was as a brewpub experience and brewery, this was as good as the broad micro-Applebys experience. And when I say good in both instances, I say great. If you want good beer and good food... and have a family for that matter (with a designated driver) this is the premier choice I have seen. PERFECT SCORE.
01-08-2011 21:45:04 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here before heading into Rocky Mountain NP. Has a solid restaurant type atmosphere. Reminds me of a larger chain like Ruby Tuesday or Chili's, something of that nature. Had all of their regular line up on tap, I didn't really see anything out of the ordinary which was sort of disappointing, but nonetheless, it's still good. Service was really good, I was taken in quickly and got my order in almost immediately. Food service was fast and prompt, and the food was pretty good as well. I just had a burger, but it was cooked to order and accompanied by a shovel full of fries. Seriously, they give you a lot of fries. I would definitely stop in here again. Prices also seem pretty reasonable just because of the amount of food that you get. Pretty good compared to most other brewpubs. Cheers!
09-25-2010 15:43:43 |
More by kbeals
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Oskar Blues Grill is in downtown Lyons on Main Street. Parking is fairly abundant in the surrounding lots.
The interior is split into an upstairs and downstairs. I only glanced downstairs but it looks like a bar and music venue, whereas the upstairs is more of a "sit-down" restaurant with a smaller bar. After walking past a small gift shop and up a few stairs, the space has a good sized table seating area on the left and a small bar on the right. There is an eclectic array of decor, including artwork, license plates, portraits, etc with a rustic and worn-in smokehouse flavor underneath it all. The available brews are listed on a board behind the bar.
As for the beers, there is a pretty good array (9 taps), and a sampler is available for $1/beer. On top of a few of the regular OB brews like Old Chub and Dale's, there were several on tap I had not seen before, from Leroy and Short Bus to Priscilla Wheat and Viking Malt Liquor. All of the beers were above average. One minor disappointment was no Ten Fidy, but the servers were able to suggest a couple places to look for cans.
Speaking of service, it was good on our visit. Our server was punctual and brought samples of everything, going past what was allotted on the tray.
The food at Oskar Blues is pretty good. We both had barbecue (ribs, pulled pork) and were satisfied.
Overall this place is well worth the drive from Denver to visit.
08-18-2010 19:29:11 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Visited Sunday, August 1 ~ 6:00-7:30-ish
Although I sorta knew where Lyons was (midway along our trek from Denver to Estes Park and the gorgeous/rain-soaked Rocky Mountain NP), I hadn't considered Oskar Blues...until two different people gave strong reports at Great Divide the previous day. We bypassed it on the way up, but made a point of hitting OB on the return.
Fresh from the thrill of driving above the two-mile-high timberline and spotting four huge elk grazing roadside just outside the quaint town, we warily steered into a full parking lot - whew, there's a spot! Big crowds, including many families, filled both floors on a Sunday evening; it was a crazy mix of leather-clad bikers on the balcony, birthday-celebrating kids at an adjacent table, locals and visitors, young and old. We grabbed one of few vacant tables in the main room, beneath the word 'BUCK' (part of a huge OB-themed 'crossword' splayed across the ceiling tiles). The room is decorated with a 'folk art' funkiness, portraits (for sale) of rock/blues legends, old license plates, signed photos everywhere, Telluride Blues Fest memorabilia and the like. A bit to polished and family-friendly to be considered 'divey' (although the downstairs bar pool hall/stage/vintage video game arcade would qualify).
Mere seconds after we sat, the lovely/talented 'Daisy' (real name? Hmmm) dropped off menus and took beer orders. I've had my share Oskar Blues' brews - several rank among my favorites from any US brewery - but the 9-beer sampler for $9 was too good a deal to pass up. It gave me a chance to try a couple new ones (a fine smoked porter, a seasonal wheat ale and an imperial brown); it also was fun to give my brother and dad the chance to try some new styles and for my wife to expand beyond her own favorites. Beers came in 4 oz. pours: Dale's Pale, Mama's Little Yella, Old Chub, One Nut Brown, Gubna, Gordon, Priscilla, and the porter and imperial brown. All good-to-great, all fresh. S downed her favorites, Old Chub and One Nut [insert laugh track here] AND stole my half-finished Dale's; K drained the MLY Pils and Priscilla, then took my porter after declaring its smokiness 'cool'; dad had no choice but to polish off (rather quickly!) the beer that shares his name: Gordon. And I got maybe a sip of each and what was left (including the Gubna - which I'd tried twice before and hadn't liked BEFORE this time...others said it tasted like 'body odor'!).
Food seemed to have a 'southern' slant, just like the music and decor. I chowed down on country-fried steak and lumpy mashed potatoes, dad had some pulled pork and sweet potato fries, K noshed on a basic cheeseburger and S was probably the winner with her brisket burger. We tried some apps, too: sliced/fried mozzarella and crisp fried grits. All pretty tasty, all filling, all well-priced. With tax & tip, everything still came to around $75.
On the way out, we paused briefly to hear a little of the dulcet tones of bluegrassers 'Truckstop Honeymoon' (great name!), then it was back in the car. Good times, fun place and definitely worth a return.
08-03-2010 00:55:31 |
More by msubulldog25
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$
Well, I expected more from this place. First, it's no brewpub, just an eatery with OB beers, and not many at that. The atmosphere is great. Blues centered and I love the blues. Upstairs dining area, downstairs bar and billiards with an outside portion. Great location, but everything in Lyons has a great location.
It was difficult to figure out what they had for beers. The usual Dales, Mama, Gordon and Gubna were there, but the beer menu was outdated (no Ten Fiddy, Velvet Elvis). I had the One Nut Brown and thought it wasn't all that good. Service was average. Friendly but I find that a brewpub, if it's the case, doesn't suggest beer pairing with food, then it's a huge miss.
Disappointed with this place. Probably won't be back.
07-17-2010 04:30:21 |
More by Mebuzzard
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped here on the way back from Estes/Rocky Mountain National Park. Wasn't sure what to expect. The decor is great: plenty of Oskar Blues signs & things all over the wall. Kept me interested in reading all the newspaper articles, pictures, etc. After we decided not to get food, we sat downstairs at the bar. Wasn't crowded at the time. Got a sampler of every beer available on tap. Had the traditional OB brews, as well as some new "test batches". (Note: try the Da'Gubna). Service was okay. I tried striking up a conversation with the bartender but she seemed pretty uninterested in providing too much information. Maybe because her shift was ending?!?! Either way, the quality was great as was the selection. Would have liked to stick around for some food, but you always need a reason to go back. In any case, I was glad I finally paid a visit.
01-29-2010 22:56:02 |
More by jwhancher
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I haved been twice now, once on my way up to RMNP and once while in Denver for the GABF. Took my kids the first trip and they liked the food so much they wanted to come back a 2nd time. Our server was FANTASTIC, very personable, and checked in on us often. Food was dang good too. Ended up buying a growler of Old Chub for the week in RMNP. My second trip we took a day to tour around during the GABF and was with a group. Server was not as personable but the food was still good and you can't beat the prices. Would highly recommend!
11-28-2009 22:24:24 |
More by schoolcb
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by the Lyon, CO location on a trip to Boulder for work. Tucked away in a hole-in-the-wall mountain town, it is easy to find on Main St.
I loved the decor in the restaurant. Great decorations and warm feel to the building. I sat upstairs to eat, but there is a blues bar in the basement.
Had a glass of Ten Fidy on draft for only $3, and also had a NY strip steak. Throw in a HUGE slab of chocolate dump cake (really, enough for three people) and the total bill with tip was only $30.
I'll definitely make the effort to come out here again on my next trip out.
11-19-2009 03:10:59 |
More by doppelmeup
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Yet another stop on my Colorado epic tour. Made it up here for lunch after an evening in Boulder. A little bit slow, but that had to be due to the outdoor festival across the street. I once again feel like atmosphere is made in the evening, so I cannot be too fair in this, but, damn, the music sucked. I hate listening to '80s music, I know some feel there is some nostalgia/fun to it, but it is just bad music, and has no business outside of a stupid frat party. Beyond that, my experience was good. The bartender was friendly and helpful, allowing me to try a few brews before diving in. She also had some good food recommendations, as the greek platter and tomato basil soup where great. Nice to see a few different brews available, with the dopplebock being the standout. In the end, a nice visit, but maybe not worth the trouble unless you are planning to hit the fantastic country up this way.
06-17-2009 03:51:52 |
More by bhalter8
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Visited 4/27/09, reviewed from notes, stopped here after doing the Estes Park drive and seeing the Rocky Mountains, located in a shopping center in the super small mountain town Lyons, atompshere was super cool with two stories, bar area with pool tables and classic arcade games on the bottom and food up top, waitress was not very friendly which was uncommon in Colorado but not a very big deal, they had seven beers on tap while we were there and they were Gordon, Mama's Little Pils, Old Chub, Dale's, Dopplebock, Leroy brown ale, and Velvet Elvis stout, ran out of their Whiskey Aged Smoke on the Water the day before but was not worried about it after they said their brewery had at least one barrel aged beer on tap, and we were going there next, sat on top and ate lunch, the SILO burger was so good, pulled pork, bacon, pepperjack cheese, and hot sauce on a burger, never heard of something like that before but is was amazing, sweet potato fries were great as well, will be going back here in the future, total bill after two beers was only thirty dollars, pretty good deal, fun place that was not like I was expecting but turned out for the better in that regard, hope to see a musical performance with dinner next time I make it out there
05-07-2009 04:18:34 |
More by Floydster
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons, CO
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