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Taps: 62 / Bottles: 130
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
301 Riverboat Row
phone: (859) 431-6969
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
We went here after spending most of the day at the Hofbrauhaus (our waitress recommended it), and it was a nice change of pace. It was quiet, the sun was setting, and I was pretty impressed with the tap selection, bearing in mind that I didn't have many opportunities to try the local beer. The bartender was attentive, gave samples out to my friends who weren't sure about what they wanted. The other patrons were pretty friendly, which I'm not used to, being from Boston and all. I left and came back a few hours later in the evening, and there was a loud cover band there that didn't provide me an incentive to stay. I would definitely go back during the daytime--has a nice view of the river and the Cincinnati skyline, there is a good selection of drafts (which pleased my BMC-preferring friends and me as well). There is a cover charge to enter the barge on weekends--I think it was $5, but there was a live band inside the Beer Sellar as well as outside on the barge, which had another bar and Hooters.
06-05-2006 01:08:51 |
More by Tchuck
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Gosh, this place is tough to review. Very good and very bad at the same time.
My wife and I went prior to a Reds game in early August. From a location standpoint, it's on a shared barge with Hooters on the Ohio river. They were charging $5 to park right in front, but I drove down towards Don Pablos for plenty of free parking. The location is also within easy striking disttance of the Haufbrau Haus and The Party Source which is the #2 grossing liquor store in the nation and has an excellent beer selection.
So the good includes the largest beer selection in the Cincinnati area (plenty of "crap on tap" though), good happy hour prices, an excellent view of the river/Cincinnati, and the opportunity to take a $4 round trip ferry to the Reds game. We often walk to Reds games from the Hofbrau Haus so you could also do it from here.
The bad, which makes me very sad. My wife an I are convinced there was something wrong with the beer. She had the Bar Harbour Blueberry and Hoegarten and I had the Stone Pale/IPA and a Bell's Two-Hearted. They all tasted funny. She could not finish her Hoegarten is was so bad. Given the run-down status of the facility, I suspect they never clean their beer lines. She had to resort to Corona in a bottle. It's also dissapointing to see most of the people drinking domestic macro schwag when there are so many good options. Frankly, the poor quality of the good beer would turn me off to it.
If you like to people watch and enjoy a slice of mid-western Americana, you can hang out here or at Hooters after an event or when they're busy and enjoy some sweet mullets and people who are frozen in the 80's.
Go in with low expectations, enjoy the view, and laugh deep down inside at the low points of the tri-state lifestlye.
08-10-2006 13:55:25 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | $$$
I just recently moved to Cincinnati and had heard great things about the Beer Sellar. I decided to check it out today and overall I was not impressed. While the beer selection is phenomenal, it seemed as if the staff knew nothing about the product they were selling. Being so overwhelmed by the variety of beers on tap and in bottles, I asked for a menu. However, when I had a question about a type of beer (the list only has the names of the beer, no style, abv, or price) the bartender had no idea what type of beer it was. I chose Three Floyds Dreadnaught, and thought it would cost anywhere from $9-13. Now I'm ecstatic that I purchased this phenomenal IPA, however I wish I was warned of the nearly $20 price tag. I feel that the bartender should have at least known how much the beer was, let alone what type of beer it was. Go for a fantastic selection, but don't expect a knowledgeable staff.
09-20-2010 03:26:24 |
More by wishdp
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
On the Ohio River with a great view of downtown. The bar gets smoky and when they have a band its been more bad then good. However shooting a game of pool on the rough pool tables has some unknown merit. I have waited a while for a beer in an empty bar and also given great service with bartenders willing to talk about the beers. Beers and lots of them. Its overpriced In my opinion. Never had food, not even sure they do? I do not view it as a value. Sure its nice to sit on the patio but it could just improve in about every way.
10-20-2013 00:01:34 |
More by patpbr
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Went here before the Newport Italian fest. It happened to also be before the Reds Indians game so the place was quite packed on this Saturday afternoon. Walk accross a small bridge and arrive to a Hooters on the right and the Beer Sellar on your left. The place was packed and the walk accross had an aroma of dead fish.
Lines were long and the bartender was impatient. They had a decent selection, I had a BBC IPA and Pixel a Commodore Perry. The place was just too packed with drunken baseball goers to really enjoy myself and the beer selection overall wasn't as good as it should have been considering the amount of taps.
I'll have to return in the future on a more laid back night and sit by the water and have a few brews. Maybe things will be more delightful.
06-20-2007 21:34:47 |
More by mcallister
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Well, the wife and I were in Newport, KY (at Newport on the Levee) prior to a Reds game. We had about an hour to spare so we decided to have a beer at The Beer Sellar. It was about 2PM on a Saturday.
We walked on to the barge and turned past Hooters (on the right) and made our way past the patio and into The Beer Sellar (on the left). It was kind of difficult to figure out where Hooters stopped and the Beer Sellar began... The patio was filled with several beer stations tended by girls in bikini tops.... so I'm assuming that was still Hooters. They were right outside The Beer Sellar's door! But it was all BMC being served out there... so we ventured inside.
The first thing I saw was the rocks of tap handles... it was quite a sight. The atmosphere was smokey and loud... and just typical.... nothing special here.... quite underwhelming. Just a big ol' bar with typical BMC neon lights and a several TV's.
We bellied up to the bar and I asked to see a beer list. The had to have been 70-80 beers on tap... Stone, Rogue, Dogfish, Great Lakes, Bells. I selected an Arrogant Bastard and my wife opted for a Purple Haze. They were served in chilled pint glasses.... with lots of condensation. I don't think that I would review the beer... because it wasn't in "controlled conditions" (smokey atmosphere, condensation on the glass, old beer on tap(?)....etc.).
The the selection was pretty good.... although, there was nothing on tap that I hadn't already tried.... so there was nothing REALLY SPECIAL. My second beer was from a bottle... some Scottish Heather Ale.... They handed me the bottle and it had a freshness date of August 2007... the date was May 31 2008! Sorry Beer Sellar, you've got a big selection.... but you can't turn it over enough to keep it fresh. I suspect that the taps are pretty much the same way.
We didn't try the food. Sorry, this was a lack-luster experience... This place could be wonderful.... but it's not...
06-02-2008 12:25:13 |
More by TheBierBand
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 2 | $$$
This is a nice looking bar. I can imagine it gets really crazy here in the summer, especially during a Reds game. They've got plenty of taps, a whole wall of them, and even more in bottles. The bartenders didn't seem to know that much about the beer that they were pouring. Selection is great, but in my opinion everything is a bit overpriced. I ordered an Arrogant Bastard...the bartender had quite a hard time pulling the tap forward, thats when an middle aged man also behind the bar, whom I suspected to be a manager, told her to pull it really hard. Once it was in my glass, he chuckled and said "...yeah, that taps not been pulled in at least 3 days." The beer also tasted a bit off, I've heard that they don't really take good care of their lines there, I believe it. Also had the food there...overpriced and not even good. Seven dollars for a turkey sandwich and chips, I could get a better deal at subway...and if the bread is going hard there its because I got it toasted, not because it is stale. I'll not be going back to this bar. Great selection of beer, but the quality of the place really sucks.
03-29-2008 16:01:09 |
More by becktone
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | $$
It's remarkable how such a good setup can end up so disappointing. The most beers on draft I've ever seen - and plenty of esoterics. But it's all downhill from there. Let me begin by saying that you can have the best draft beer selection in the world, but if you don't clean the lines, the beer will suck. And they don't. And it does. The place is on the Ohio River, yet it's almost always empty. And it's a pity too, because the view is great. The bar is not cleaned like it should be, and they allow cigar smoking inside, which I don't appreciate, as it detracts from the bouquet of my $8+ pints. The staff is unknowledgeable and the place is poorly managed. What a waste of potential!
03-30-2011 02:11:22 |
More by b3shine
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$$
My wife and I visited 8/3/09 before a Reds game to take advantage of the water taxi.
Atmosphere: typical, large-bar atmosphere, yet it scores points for its openness and nice patio.
Selection: 60+ beers on tap 120+ in bottles - high in number, yet sub-par in availability and originality.
Service: Prompt and somewhat friendly, but, as this was in an empty bar, this was expected. One bartender fervently tried several times to open a Two Hearted Ale as a twist-off - a harmless mistake perhaps, yet I view it as an ignorance of the product being sold (especially in a bar with such a large amount of craft beer).
Quality: Oh dear. Our first two pints were hardly drinkable and laden with oxidized, stale, and just plain nasty off-flavors. My wife couldn't finish hers, offering to "throw (her)self into the river" instead. Round two brought Two Hearted to the table for us both. With only one bottle left, I took one for the team submitted myself to the offering on tap. My draft beer was as bad as the others - bland, oxidized, and lacking in any flavorful character. The bottled version was nearly as bad and was void of its typically wonderful hop characteristics (and a batch number). It appalls me that any craft beer, let alone such a stellar one, should be presented in this way. Simply the worst quality of beer that I've ever had - anywhere.
Food: Typical bar fare, but our pizza was tasty and ample for the price.
Value: Despite the quality, our beer was far overpriced ($5.50 for a bottle of spoiled Two Hearted!) Food was a bit pricey but acceptable.
Overall reaction: It is quite obvious that, as others have mentioned before me, the taplines here are not cleaned, and product is not moved. Quality should be an establishment's biggest concern. We will never again visit and will encourage our friends to refrain as well. For the next Reds game, we'll go to Hofbrauhaus instead.
08-04-2009 04:25:48 |
More by klewis
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | $$$
Nothing has changed since the last review, draft lines still need cleaned. I was lured in by the impressive looking array of taps, but was disappointed by the "off" taste of the Dogfish Head 90 minute that I had purchased. A friend had the same problem with his Sierra Nevada Pale ale. Another friend had an Abita Purple Haze which was ok. I'm not really for sure which way the owners are trying to go with this place. Beer Bar? Sports Bar? We were there on a Wednesday night and there was acoustic music, and the food looked and smelled good, but there was a black mark on the evening from tainted beer.
08-05-2012 04:01:20 |
More by Philcray
Beer Sellar in Newport, KY
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