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69 Taps Pub & Eatery
Taps: 69 / Bottles: 15
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$ - inexpensive
[ Bar, Eatery ]
370 Orleans Ave.
phone: (330) 253-4554
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
I am an Akron native and have visited 69 Taps many times over the years and have always had positive experiences. The crowd is hit or miss as are most bars in Akron.
As you walk through the door and descend the steps you arrive in a cozy little setting with a nice amount of TVs and a jukebox. The room to the left has another small bar, pool tables, darts, and restrooms. There is a very nice patio that can be enjoyed in the warmer months. Lots of tables and booths make for a comfy setting for groups. This is a pretty clean bar if you arrive before 1030 when the college crowd tends to roll in.
The servers are mostly college girls and are very easy on the eyes. This is great but most of them are lacking on the beer knowledge. The will provide you with a beer menu and allow samples of anything you want to try.
Tap selection is great with a very nice selection of beers that change from time to time. They also have the normal college crap beers. Liquor selection is adequate. Bottle selection is limited. I have a 95% success rate at taps but there have been a few times where the beer has seemed a bit flat.
Not a food bar!! I have ate here one time and the food was very mediocre.
While not perfect Taps is a very cozy bar with plenty of eye-candy and the best tap selection you are going to find in downtown Akron. I will continue to stop into Taps and I love the Friday eve "Super Happy Hour" from 4-9!!!
09-22-2012 07:48:11 |
More by thegodfather1076
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | food: 1 | $$
OK - so after reading the reviews, and since we were driving through Akron, we decided to throw caution into the wind and give this place a try. We were gravely disappointed and in retrospect, wished we targeted a different destination.
The bartender, a very attractive young woman, was absolutely clueless and couldn't tell you if a beer was a stout even if it had "stout" written on the tap handle.
When we asked for a beer menu we were handed a 5x10 piece of paper and told that it was out of date. Nice. The paper only listed the name of the beer and the brewery. True aficionados want to see stuff like OG, FG, IBU, ABV, SRM, hops used, grains used, description... etc. None of that to be found in a 50 mile radius.
The place was dead. It was us and two other parties on a Saturday night at 7:30PM. Not a big deal for our experience, but an indicator nonetheless.
We ordered food since we were on the road and hadn't had dinner. Honestly... no joke... a Big Mac would have been more pleasing to the eye and palate.
So, back to the beer. The selection was wide, but again, it was hard to make a selection without a proper menu. We tried to read the taps, but that was difficult given our distance from them and the lighting in the bar. One good thing was that she allowed us to sample about three brews in little cups before making a selection and pulling a pint. That was a plus. BUT, when she did pour the pint, her pour produced zero head. I wasn't watching, but saw the result after she handed the pint to us. I guess the cause could also be the keg/tap system/CO2 setting. Hard to tell after the fact.
The prices were also one of the positive points. One pint was $4. The horrible food - two sandwiches - cost $5 total.
Given that they offer such a wide selection, they aren't completely lost. But, I would not go out of my way to darken their bar again. I guess I would go back if I lived in Akron, but only because of the selection and price.
06-07-2011 21:27:29 |
More by Johnnybrew1
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
I haven't reviewed this before but have frequented this bar over many years. I felt that there has been enough of a change in the quality of taps to warrant a new review. The newest review on here is from a year ago and things have definitely improved. 69 Taps is now a legit beer bar in Akron. In this funky underground tavern, a nice collection of beers on tap has been pursued. It certainly has a college bar feel after 11pm. Before 11pm it is just a solid downtown bar that will have a beer style to please any palate. The bartenders are predominately female and are very knowledgeable of beer in addition to being capable of making massive amounts of mixed drinks and shots. There still is an overabundance of BMC handles but a nice strip of 6 Great Lakes handles all together has been added. They also carry local beers from Ohio Brewing and Thirsty Dog. The main thing that has changed in the last few months is the focus on having quality IPAs on tap. Before it was a rarity to have any IPAs. There are now 5 quality IPAs on tap: Avery IPA, Troegs Nugget Nectar, Lagunitas IPA, Ohio Brewing O'hoppy and Dogfish 90 minute. They have nice happy hour specials until 7pm with $2 and $3 drafts and until 9pm on Fridays. Along with some offerings from Goose Island and Sam Adams among a variety of other breweries, I can't imagine a better beer bar in the Akron area with quality service, availability of quality beers, good pricing structure to handle every budget.
02-22-2011 14:57:44 |
More by dazdave
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
So here I am in Akron and itching for a Belgian beer or two from a good selection. How can you go wrong with a place that's got 69 taps, right?
OK. It's Sunday night and you could shoot a cannon down the main street of AKron and not hit a soul. Didn't expect the same of a beer pub.
Walked down the stairs and the place was virtually empty. Two patron and a server doing shots at the end of the bar.
Don't know how long this place has been in business, but it's a safe bet they haven't invested any money in the pub since it opened. Looked pretty down in the mouth.
Server had to ask the two patrons about the beer selection, so knowledge about the product is no barrier to employment here.
Beer selection? Pretty good. Not much in the way of high gravity beers, but most styles represented. Had an Allagash White (good)and a Siberian Night (really good). Could have gone for a chocolate porter or a tripel style.
Will I go back? When it all comes down to it, it's about the beer, so probably.
02-03-2010 01:00:40 |
More by fairdinkum2
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
If you live by a 69 taps and have not been there yet you are missing out! Not the best tap selection, but with the amount they have and their diverse number of offerings you cant go wrong. Best part is 4-7 Happy Hour where pints are $2! Go on a Monday night and score a $3 steak too! (I know I know I thought the same thing, but I've picked up more expensive steak at the grocery store and been more disappointed.) The bartenders aren't uber beer geeks but they will BS with you a little about what they like, plus they're pleasant on the eyes so that makes it even better! Well worth the stop. Good selection, great pricing, and a good time are to be had here.
05-04-2009 03:06:16 |
More by drgonzo3705
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $
I really enjoyed my visit to 69 taps in Akron. Although there were flaws, the place definitely had character worth seeking out.
It was 24 degrees (F) outside, so the patio was only for the insane. The interior was a bit dark (which made reading the lengthy beer list tough for me without my glasses), but the music was pretty good and they had several small screens for me to sip my beer and watch my sporting event of choice.
I would say this was a college bar. Meaning that $2 Happy Hour drafts might be nice, but I actually enjoyed the 2-3 hours after Happy Hour where I paid a measly $4/pint and didn't have someone trying to push me out of the way to get to the bar. I recommend going 7-9, watch the Cavs game and tip back a couple. Then you can actually talk to the bartenders or other patrons. Later, and it seemed more like a production pour bar (multiple bartenders filling pints as fast as they could...no food was coming out.) and, yes, you could be sitting at the bar, but people would try to reach over you to get to the bartender.
As to the beer, I thought the selection was outstanding on draft. It seems to be an excellent place to find most Cleveland based breweries on tap (Great Lakes, Burning River, Thirsty Dog, Hopping Frog). I had the TD Siberian Nights (excellent), the Avery IPA (also very good) and the 312 Urban Wheat.
Probably my only complaints with the beer was due to economics. A) the glasses are all angular pints regardless of the beer type -- this really sucks for wheat beers and B) carbonation on the wheat beers was really off. Perhaps for B) this is the downside of having 69 taps -- some beers sit around a bit.
My friend had the Franziskaner Weiss and I had the 312 Urban wheat. Both were carbonated, but at a much lower level than they should have been (more for a Bitter than for a weissbier). There was no head, thus the aroma's were way off. It is great to have lot's of beer on tap, but the quality on all should be good. This was a Saturday night, hence, I would have thought the quality would have been better here.
Despite this, the bartenders were friendly. In all my selections, I gave the bartender two choices and asked her to select for me. She had some trouble, but overall, was pleasant, efficient and did ask me questions back before answering.
I would go here again as I did enjoy myself; and would give them the benefit of the doubt on the wheat carbonation.
12-14-2008 14:11:44 |
More by slaman992003
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
69 Taps is a great little place to have a beer. As stated several times earlier the happy hour is what makes this place. Every time I've been the place to be is on the back patio. The inside is dark and not very lively.
The beer selection is nice because of the 69 beers on tap. Only negative is I wish they would carry a better variety of 15-20 bottled imports or micro brews. But the selection of on tap is still great.
Some of the staff has beer knowledge, but most of the bartenders are just a pretty face.
The price as said before is great, and would suggest a visit.
06-21-2008 20:41:30 |
More by GoodKnight1220
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
The 69 taps are welcome in a town like Akron. But that is not the real reason to head to this slightly hidden run-of-the-mill bar.
I have been in a lot of bars for a lot of happy hours and I have yet to find one like 69 Taps. Running 4-7 through the week and 4-9 (!!) on Friday, you have plenty of time to partake of a large portion of those 69. And so will your wallet at a whopping $2 per glass. If there were just one happy hour like this in every town, I'd be a happy man. Another high point is for the warm months, there is a sizable patio to do your drinking.
My only warning is this: Do not get caught drinking after those prices go back to normal, or all the money you saved will be lost. The normal prices are a bit on the high side.
05-07-2008 20:56:50 |
More by blackkristos
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $
First I will say that I have been a regular at this establishment for years. The place has seen its ups and downs over the years but currently is a pretty good watering hole with owners that care and are involved with the place. The only negative thing I can say is that they don't have quite the selection of great beers that they used to. You will no longer find Old Rasputin or Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA on tap. I've been told that the cost of these beers have gone up so much that they can no longer afford to have them on tap and available for Happy Hour.
That being said, it still has the best tap beer selection of any bar in the Akron area. The folks that work there are very nice. No, they might not be "beer experts" but during happy hour on any given day you should be able to find a "beer expert" sitting at the bar that would be happy to help you select the right beer for your tastes.
Happy hour prices are great but be aware that you are not getting a full 16 ounce pint. The glasses they use actually hold something between 13 and 14 ounces. So if you are there during happy hour $2 for 13 to 14 ounces is still a great deal. Not so good if you are paying full price after happy hour has ended.
They have specials on various nights of the week. My favorite is the Monday night steak special. A six-ounce butt sirloin, salad and roll for only $3!!! Limit two per customer and no take-outs. Wednesday night is Karaoke so I'm usually out of there before that starts. They have live entertainment from time to time and is especially enjoyable on the patio during the warmer months of the year. They have dart and pool leagues that play there as well.
If you have a big crowd of co-workers or friends that are looking for a nice evening after work ask them about having a party at the Taps. You and your friends can have happy hour from 4 PM until 9:30 PM and they'll even provide you with pizza!
69 Taps has a minimal food selection but what they have is good. You can order takeout and bring it in or have it delivered if you like.
The folks that hang out at the taps are great. There is a great group of regulars that are there for happy hours, lots of home brewers and beer aficionados. There is also your typical after work crowd of downtown office workers that come in for happy hour as well. As the night gets later the college students start to take over the place. I'm long gone by that time.
69 Taps does follow the Ohio Smoke Free law. Smokers have to go outside. This is a good thing, as you dont leave there smelling like an ashtray any more.
Finally, the taps has a second location in Medina and is opening a location in Wadsworth sometime in 2008.
To sum it up:
The best selection of tap beer in Akron.
A great happy hour with $2 pints.
Great people that frequent and work there.
Great patio for the warmer months.
Food is good.
The not so good:
Rather dark and Spartan interior.
Restrooms need some work.
Food selection is not very wide.
01-03-2008 15:48:42 |
More by SAAZbrewer
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
Found this place by using BeerFly. I'm glad I tried it. 69 different beers on tap that are all $2 during Happy Hour (normally 4pm - 7pm but 4pm - 9pm on Friday) is a pretty good deal. Food was good. 2 Pool tables are available. A lot of people come here on Friday night but around 4 - 5:30 the place is quiet and laid back so can find the activity level that you want by varying the time you come. The Friday night that I was there the service got a little slow as the place filled up, maybe they could use more help. I would definitly go back on a slow day or just leave before it gets busy.
12-23-2007 22:56:40 |
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69 Taps Pub & Eatery in Akron, OH