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Taps: 32 / Bottles: 99
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
3811 South Lindbergh Blvd
phone: (314) 984-9009
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vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2 | food: 2 | $$$
I usually tell people that I would go to Growler's much more often if it were closer to my house. But then, once in a awhile, I'l make it out there...and remember the real reasons I don't go to Growler's. This place is like many beercentric joints I've encountered over the years: got started during the 90's micro boom, and now just doesn't have the requisite passion for the brew to stay sharp. The food is forgettable, the beer is old and poorly chosen, the service is usually green and inattentive (my server tonight talked to me while sleepily looking at other tables), and no one can answer my questions. Sometimes I think, geez, do I have to go to the Tap Room or 33 to get a server who knows ANYTHING about beer? Final word: tonight, EVERY other table I could see was full of soft drinks or A-B products. I'm not kidding. Sorry, Growler's, I'm done.
06-24-2005 09:28:32 |
More by gemutlichkeit
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5 | $$$
A - The place has a good atmosphere, almost like a ski lodge with plenty of wood tables and a fireplace. Outside their is a beer garden that can get quite crowded in the summer months. Big downfall is most of the patrons are BML drinkers, lots of Bud Light. Don't expect to come in here and meet people to discuss beer, it's not going to happen.
Q - I've never had a problem with the quality of the beer served, but I would wonder how long some of less popular beers have been sitting around considering the crowd.
S - Service is usually attentive but I find that most of the employees don't know the full beer list. I am not asking that they memorize the list, just be familiar with a beer if I ask for it.
S - They boast quite a list on tap and in the bottle but it is run of the mill. This is where Growlers is a disappointment. The few times I have been there, they have had nothing adventurous on tap. I could get something in the bottle but if I come to a bar I am mot likely looking at the draft list first.
F - The food is good with a fairly large selection. Pretty standard pub fare.
V - Prices for tap beers are not bad but bottles are roughly 4X what you would pay in the store.
04-04-2010 05:04:14 |
More by CMW
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Went here for dinner with some friends and sat on the patio. Took a long time to get seated even though there appeared to be some open tables. Waiter was pretty slow, but nice. This place was crawling with kids for some reason; seemed like there were multiple parties involving youth baseball teams. There are a lot of taps and bottles, but they don’t go very deep into interesting things. 1 rotating tap out of 33. Nothing unexpected or hard-to-find. The food was crappy bar food and the prices were a little high for a suburban bar/restaurant. The patio is huge and it was a nice night, but I was a little disappointed with this place overall.
05-18-2011 20:21:10 |
More by phaleslu
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
A - This place is cozy and lively. It has some character with a nice wooden rounded bar. There are tables all around and as it was a Friday night the place was packed so my buddy and me just picked a spot on the bar.
Q - Their beer lists offers over 100 different kinds of beer but except for some surprising offerings (Founders Nemesis 2009) everything else is a bit more expected and not as good as other beer bars in the area. While I was there I had the Sam Adams Noble Pils on tap and Lagunitas Hop Stupid as well as Nemesis 2009. All very delicious and fresh.
S - Service was good with the bartender being very friendly. She explained "the card promotion" and stated one for me and my buddy. She was always on top of our order.
S - The selection is big and a lot of good stuff is available but there is a lot of run of the mill offerings.
03-07-2010 16:28:57 |
More by JoEBoBpr
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3
Growler's is a place with great potential that goes unfufilled. 130+ beers and very, very few interesting ones. I've gotten beer from obviously old kegs there before. Regardless, they do have a lot of beer and the atomosphere can be nice provided you go during off-hours, weekends can be uncomforatbly crowded. Food is bar good, not exceptionally good, or exceptinoally bad.
Service is prompt and friendly, though rarely knowledgable. A couple of interesting bottle belgian selections, but all in all it's inferior to other places in the area.
12-23-2004 18:36:03 |
More by nogoodreason
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Atmosphere: Good, as long as you don't go on a weekend night. Terrible dance music played way too loud kills any chance of having a conversation.
Quality: The food's good and I haven't been served a stale beer yet.
Service: Really hit or miss...some servers are quite good and very attentive, some you'll be lucky to see more than two or three times.
Selection: They have 133 different beers available between taps and bottles. That seems like a lot, but they don't have anything you couldn't pick at the local package store. In short, lots of beer choices, nothing out of this world.
Food: Pretty good for pub food. They have mostly traditional bar food with the occasional new, creative dish.
They have a cool 'Beer Club' where everytime you try a new beer it's marked off on a card, which contains numbers 1 through 133. When you hit certain checkpoints, like 25 or 50, you get a prize, like a shirt or gift certificates. When you hit 133, you get an engraved mug. Cool idea...
12-10-2002 18:43:48 |
More by MJR
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
A quick warning, this review will be a bit biased as I love Growlers and consider myself a regular.
Simply put, I love Growlers. I'm lucky in the respect that we usually go every Saturday afternoon and the place is relatively quiet, so it's just the atmosphere I enjoy. But if you're looking for a place that's hopping, go on a Friday night, they provide free valet parking so you don't have to worry about trying to find a spot.
The beer selection is decent though they tend to lean heavily on a lot of run of the mill beers, but every once in a while they'll break out something special. The beer menu usually changes every Spring and Fall so there is a bit of variety for the occasional visitor.
The service is spotty at times in regards to beer knowledge, sometimes you'll find someone that really knows their stuff and other times you'll find someone that is absolutely clueless. But on the whole I've never had "bad" service there, everyone is efficient and I've never really been left wanting for drinks or service.
I really think one of the things that sets Growler's apart from other bars/pubs is their food. Sure they have the standard chicken strips, onion rings and hamburgers, but I really think they put some real effort behind some of their other choices. The banana cured pork is sublime as is the meatloaf sandwich made with a delectable beer gravy. As far as hamburgers go, I honestly think they have one of the best in town.
While the food isn't too badly priced, the bottled beer can get awfully pricey, bottle usually range from 3.50 to about 10 bucks. The bottom line is if you're looking for a better selection and more draught beer choices, go to Ciceros. But if you're looking for better food and a good atmosphere go to Growlers.
08-09-2005 22:33:46 |
More by mikesweeney
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4
This is the place to go if you want great food and a stellar beer selection. Crowd of all ages, its got a nice old pub feel. Good place to hang, drink and eat. Will be worth your time.They also have take home growlers.
12-08-2002 14:41:26 |
More by maxpower
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Atmosphere - Casual, lively, nice. We sat on the patio, a must during the spring and summer times. Lots of people having a good time and just enjoying the spring afternoon.
Quality - Good. Clean areas and everything was presented in good form. Not typical pub level with geasy glasses and plastic bowls for food and chips. One complaint I did have was that the glass they gave me for my beer was covered in fingerprints, but it was quickly swapped out for a clean one.
Service - Jessika (with a K) served us and she was great. She stuck around and chatted with us, which led to many a laughs. She had just pulled a double two days in a row and was tired and some things she said were just hilarious. She was still very knowledgeable of the beer fare and what was and wasn't on tap. She gave very good reccomendations (though I knew what I wanted).
Selection - Beer-wise, 131 beers. 132 if you count the "custom" tap which is usually a homebrew made by one of the employees. I was going to ask if they would serve and outsiders, but the manager was busy. Food selection was good. We just got appitizers and the selection was impressive. We picked the homemade chips, tortillas and artichoke cheese dip, and shrimp pita (looked like a shrimp pizza). All were good, I can't vouch for the shrimp as I am allergic.
Food - Only had appitizers, see above.
Value - For the average drinker this place is cheap. If you want to be adventerous and try imports, the price isn't bad compared to Lukas or elsewhere.
Good place to hang out. All of their drafts are available in various sizes, which includes growlers. We started the "card", finish 131 beers and you get your name on the wall and a custom stein that they will keep on site and fill for you at a discounted price. Not bad.
04-28-2007 23:47:18 |
More by mizzoueng
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Nicely decorated and usually crowded, non smoking establishment in Sunset Hills. This place would remind me of an old European Pub house, if I had ever seen one before. Anyway, thats the feel of the joint.
Beer is always served fresh and cold. Never had any skunked or turned beers here.
Service AT the bar itself is usually pretty 1st rate. However, the waitresses and waiters are hit and miss. Some knowledgeable, some not.
They have about 100 beers to choose from at any given time, which is plenty for me.
Food is pretty good. Nothing great, nothing bad. Typical pub fare.
Food and beer items priced reasonably.
I like the place and judging by the normal crowd levels, I'd say so do most people.
12-11-2011 22:46:06 |
More by Illtryit
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Growlers Pub South in St. Louis, MO