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1249 Wicker Drive
phone: (919) 834-0045
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
This place is not easy to locate in the dark and my navigator was still hesitant to enter even though I assured him we had the right place. It lies in the middle of an industrial park and there were no signs to verify that the doors we were opening would lead to a brewery tavern. The address was visible and a neon OPEN sign were all I needed to continue on my quest for a beer. The door leading to the place is adorned with two sledge hammers for handles and upon entering the walls are sheet metal and there is a stairway going up to the tavern. I went on a Tuesday, and it looked as though it was an open acoustic night with a few locals engaged in some bluegrass on a variety of stringed instruments. It had the feel of a college co-op with many rooms to play games or sit and talk while enjoying beer. The beer selection was good with a wide range of styles to choose from. The bartender was helpful in giving details on the beers. I had the bock and found it to be very good and close to style. I was sad to limit my sampling to one but will definitely return for more the next time I am in town. They also had T-shirts, pint glasses, stickers and openers for sale as well for the collectors out there.
03-21-2007 20:47:00 |
More by mgobrew
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is pretty much my favorite place to go in Raleigh (I'm living a 1/2 hr away in Durham). Big Boss (x-Edenton) always gives a good/fun brewery tour when it comes around, even if there is too much drinking for the crowd to stay quiet. The guys here clearly enjoy what their doing which is always key to good beer making.
The tavern has that dark tavern feel with a happy-to-be-drinking atmosphere. Ping pong, pool and darts to help you enjoy your beer are all free of charge. A couch here and there and some expected tables. Not too long ago some tables appeared outside as well. On tap there is always good variety. It makes sense. If you're going to make beer, why not style variety. I haven't come across anything on tap that I dislike either though I do like many beer styles already. I wanted to get a growler of something that ran out midway and because they were out, they poured it for me in two glasses and then proceeded to give me a free growler refill of my second option. Nice. That's good friendly customer service right there. (And that's not the only time I've had good service here).
Good beer and good people = good people and good beer.
09-05-2007 01:54:56 |
More by tastybeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
This is a taproom atached to Big Boss brwery. They best micro brew in the area. I would recommend this to any beer lover.
atmosphere- really cool, ping pong tables and arcades.
quality- no food and beer was top notch.
service- well our service was great and the bartender was exteemely knowledgable and recommended places arounf town
selection- all big boss brews, that were awesome
food- not even sure they had food, but this was a beer place only
value - great beer for $3.50. I'll take that all day
10-20-2008 18:46:41 |
More by CampusCrew
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $
Simply put, Horniblow's Tavern is amazing. As my newly acquired friend (met at beer bar) Andrew put it, it's like hanging out at your rich friend's parents' house. Plus there's a beer bar. They have pool and ping-pong tables, free darts, couches, and a few choice arcade games. The Tavern itself is housed in a sheet-metal warehouse, but the inside is all rustic oaken wood floors, walls, tables, and bar. Bottles from around the world line the tavern's walls.
The beer is from Big Boss Brewing, and for the most part, is delicoius and cheap (usually $3 a pint), and they have rotating seasonals and specialties, as well as drink specials. The servers are friendly and prompt, and, most importantly, they know their beer. They're also quick to give you a free taste of any beer you desire. The only downside is the selection, which is limited to about eight taps of Big Boss brew. Everything else is money. Do not come to Raleigh and miss visiting this place.
08-09-2007 20:42:19 |
More by wagenvolks
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $
Tried this place after reading about it. I also had not tried an edenton beer yet, so what better way than to have one right from the source. We stopped by earlier (9 pm) on a sat night. There was about four people there and about 8 when we left. The small size and comfortable feel leads to great service. I did have trouble finding the place, but it was worth heading out there for those $3 pints. Their beers were served a bit warmer than most bars, but I have a feeling that it was exactly the temp they wanted it. The hop flavors of their beers were pretty tasty. There are two tvs at the bars and free pool and ping pong. Head to this place when you want a good beer at a great price.
07-03-2006 02:11:35 |
More by rtratzlaff
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
I've been frequenting Horniblows for a couple of months now. As noted by the other reviewers it is a very casual atmosphere with free pool, ping pong (bringing a ball is always appreciated), darts etc. It's almost a clubhouse feel to it.
Monday nights are/were an acoustic jam. Don't know the status now that MNF is in season. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays are a Bluegrass jam night.
No food but Capitol Creations (pizza) and a few others will deliver. They have menus at the bar.
They are eliminating a few of their brews from the line up as part of a new branding facelift. They will be keeping the Tavern Ale, IPA, Nut Brown and Helles. Additionally they are introducing some new seasonals. The Fat Friar Belguim Wheat is almost gone. But the Surrender Monkey Farmhouse Ale is now available as well as the Pumpkin Ale. The Pumpkin is a bit over the top but when it's cut with a Nut Brown, forming a Pumpkin Nut, it is much more palatable. The Farmhouse used the same yeast as the Fat Friar and has a very noticeable peppery bite to it that comes from, no surprise, black pepper.
Overall, there is enough variety in the beers to fit most moods. They are full flavored with generous portions of hops and malt. The bar itself is truly a casual friendly place that makes it easy to enjoy a beer and find a conversation.
09-12-2006 20:56:48 |
More by mcjeff
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $
Horniblow's is a bit like visitng your Uncle Ted's basement, if your Uncle Ted had a microbrewery in the garage. Everything in the place is worn in, in that comfortable way that shows its age. The ping-pong, pool, and darts are free, there's a room for checkers or backgammon, a bunch of decks of cards, oh, and a bar.
Beer's always $3 a pint, except for the rotating daily special, or on monday, when the pint's $2.50. So, yeah, a good value for a quality beer in a comfortable, basement rec-room like joint.
09-09-2005 16:09:29 |
More by tchaike
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4
A very good beer bar, even though it's obviously biased towards beers brewed on the site (Edenton Brewery). The people are all very nice and for the most part fairly knowledgeable about beer. They have specials every night and the prices are pretty fair. The whole lineup of Edenton Brews are really solid (the brewmaster formerly worked at Victory Brewery) with some exceptional ones in the lineup such as Winter Cheer, Horniblow's Tavern Ale. Big Boss IPA and King David's Red. They also have a huge bottle collection and a pool table, ping pong table and darts. Really a great bar.
04-16-2005 05:57:57 |
More by silver0rlead
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | $
After mapping directions online I was surprised to find that Horiblow's is only 10 minutes from my house, so I decided to give it a shot for Monday night football. I wasn't let down.
The bar sits atop the brewery in an industrial area. Upon entering I knew I wasn't in an ordinary bar. This place is like an apartment converted into a beer club. There are 3 seperate rooms and the bar area, one room, the smoking room with couches. No smoking in the bar, I love it. Then 2 other rooms with ping pong pool etc.
I spent all my time at the bar. Lynn the bartender was very friendly and knew all about the beers on tap, later I found out she is the brewers wife. The beer was great and the patrons super friendly, not annoying. Monday's are $2.50 a pint! I enjoyed the Tavern, IPA and Helles. The only knock I have is the only other beer offering beyond Edenton is a Ottercreek Stout and no food.
I see myself becoming a regular. Next Monday, I am heading back and bringing some fellow BA's
09-22-2005 20:57:18 |
More by buckiflyer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
I really enjoyed this place. It's a bit tough to find, and the location leaves a lot to be desired, but once you're inside you should be able to enjoy yourself.
When I last visited, they had three of the brewery's own beers on tap. These three were alongside Dogfish Head's 60 minute and a few others from Brooklyn and occasionally they've had Mash House too.
The bartender/manager was super friendly and helpful when describing the house beers. The bar itself is rather small, but there are a couple of other rooms with a pool table and a dart area. When they finally get all of Edenton's beers tapped, this place will be worth a trip.
01-11-2004 18:07:15 |
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