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1249 Wicker Drive
phone: (919) 834-0045
(Place added by: GCBrewingCo)
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| Reviews: 25
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $
I stopped here after finding it on beerfly, and expected more from the stop. As mentioned in other reviews, this is part of the Big Boss brewery, and easy to find by address but also easy to miss by looking at the building. It's located in an industrial zoned area and looks like a warehouse of a small manufacturing operation. The bar is upstairs, very smoky (NC loves the cigarette industry), with arcade games and an old ping pong table and pool table. There were 4 Big Boss beers available, <$4 each. Mostly the crowd seemed local, almost all college age males, not the kind of place a discriminating business traveler wants to hang around. If you're in town for only 1-2 nights, choose the Flying Saucer, better atmosphere + better selection.
11-15-2008 15:14:43 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
By looking at this place, one would not guess a brewery and tap room resides inside the nondescript, white metal walls. However, upon entering and ascending the stairs, the beer is revealed.
I must admit that nothing is mind blowing or overwhleming about this place, but it is cozy. Very small bar area with 7 rotating taps and a cask tap. I was unable to partake in the cask but the ALt beer and Imperial Brown were both nice selections. The only food is dried edamame which basically dries the mouth like crackers and urges one to consume more beverages.
Service was okay. The bartender seemed to be all over the place yet lazy and conspicuously absent. I never had a problem getting a refill but something was certainly amiss.
My hotel was right down the stree, the beers were good, and service was serviceable, so I would come back again.
08-12-2009 23:00:47 |
More by SaCkErZ9
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
The atmosphere in the Horniblow's Tavern could quickly go downhill if the place was filled with lots of smokers, but it was not bad when I visited.
It is a small bar above Edenton Brewing Company that is basically several different rooms connected to a tap room. The taps are currently all pretty good and are commercial beers from other breweries since Edenton has just began to brew. They have the capacity for 12 taps flowing, but when I was there, they only had 9. They were running a Dogfish Head, Otter Creek, 3 Brooklyn Beers, a cider, Lost Coast, and a few others. They also had 6 bottled beers that were well chosen. There is only one "beertender" and she was easy going and gave good service. Pitchers are available.
Once the brewery is up and running they plan to have mainly Edenton Taps flowing. They plan to have guest taps and some food, currently you can get drinks or coffee and chips all at reasonable prices.
The pint prices were $3 and bottled beer was $2.50. All are served in nice room temperature glasses. If you can find it, stop by.
11-16-2003 13:08:30 |
More by GCBrewingCo
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $
I made a visit to Horniblow's Tavern when I heard that Big Boss was doing an IPA series that they offer only at their tap room.
I liked the atmosphere at Horniblow's from the moment we got there. It's my kind of place. It's comfortable, well worn, authentic and not the least bit trendy. The crowd varied in age and was very down to earth.
There are several rooms in the tavern. The main room has a bar and several tables. It's decorated with beer bottles and Big Boss paraphernalia. There's another room with a pool table, another with a dart board and a third small nook with a sofa.
The service was great. The kid behind the bar was very helpful and seemed to take good care of everyone.
The only thing that didn't impress me was the beer. It's not bad, in fact it's pretty good. But it's a bit tame. They had five on tap including their three regulars (Kolsch, Belgian Blond & Brown) along with an IPA and a Belgian. The prices were very reasonable. The regulars were $3.50 and I think the specials were $5. I had a couple of pints of the IPA. It was good but not hoppy enough. I was given samples of the four I didn't get and they were good too but not something I would seek out.
I hope to get back there soon. I'll keep a close eye on the seasonals in hopes that they'll offer something with a bit more bite to it.
08-17-2008 23:21:17 |
More by GJ40
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
I consider Horniblow's to be the "brewpub" of the Edenton Brewery.
atmosphere: The building is located in the industrial section of Raleigh, amongst warehouses and such. A small stairway in the lobby area leads upstairs to the bar. As was mentioned before, there is a bar room, pool room, darts room, cards room, and a small lobby. Inside the bar room, a window offers a view of the brewing operation below, which is now kept lit during bar hours. The place can get pretty smoky when crowded, like eye burning smoky. Ventilation has been improved somewhat, but it is not sufficient. This is the only thing I do not like about Horniblow's, and I took a full point off of the atmosphere (pun intened) score because of it. I do give them credit, however, for making the bar area non-smoking, though smoke from the other areas easily drifts in. The crowd is usually mid-twenties to mid-thirties, and diverse. Pretty laid back. I like this kind of place. Recently, some work has been done to improve the physical and aesthetic conditions of the establishment, while keeping its "small bar" charm.
quality: Most of the beers are from Edenton, with maybe two or three taps devoted to some other micro. All of the beers I've ever had here have been of at least good quality. Tasty and fresh.
service: Never had a problem with service. I always get my beer pretty fast and the bartenders are friendly and willing to help. They chill their glasses and I have never had and mean or off looks when asking for a "regular" glass, and the one time I had a problem with a bill it was remedied quickly. Impromptu tours with the owner are never bad, either.
selection: Good selection. Not that I ever try them, but I suppose it can be a plus that they carry a couple other micros not brewed by Edenton. There are usually 7 or so Edenton beers on tap, which is a nice number, with usually at least one to fit my mood.
value: The prices are very reasonable. Monday night is pint night, when all pints are $2.50. All other days, pints are $3.00, which is a good price in my book.
10-25-2005 21:09:44 |
More by blackie
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
We recently hit up this "official" tavern of Big Boss Brewing on our way through Raleigh. We were here on a Saturday night around 7pm to find only a fairly moderate sized crowd. How crowded would have gotten later in the night, I've got no idea. It's definitely a pretty interesting place, looking like some of the dives that I used to frequent in college. Lots of tables and chairs and other places to sit or stand everywhere, as well as some video games for entertainment as there are no TVs. I'm assuming from the promos on the walls that a lot of local musicians ply their trade here as well. There is no food available but it looked like they had no problem with you ordering out. Actually, I really dug the atmosphere, as it was the kind of no nonsense drinking vibe that I like. Grab a beer and socialize. It doesn't get any easier than that! I will say that my one big complaint is the smoke. It's just everywhere as the place doesn't seem to be too well ventilated and really hinders your ability to smell or taste your beer. What are you going to do though, when you're on "Tobacco Road"?!
The bar along the far back right wall was where the action was happening, as they were pouring 5 Big Boss house beers. This included their Hells Belle Belgian Blonde, a Kolsh, Coffee Stout, Bad Penny Brown Ale, and a Tavern Ale. We tried a pint of the Bad Penny, which wasn't half bad, and a glass of the Coffee Stout, which was pretty darn solid. They also do growler fills, of which they appeared to be doing a pretty brisk business. Pint prices weren't too bad with most being in the $4-5. They also sell a full range of Big Boss Merch at the bar as well, also priced pretty reasonably. Our bartender appeared to be the only employee in the place but did a bang up job taking care of everyone's needs. All in all, we enjoyed our limited visit here. If you can get by the college bar vibe and smoke, it's a pretty good place to socialize and try some of Big Boss Brewing offerings.
02-12-2008 21:13:18 |
More by Kegatron
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: 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 |
More by beerinator
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
The location of the Pop The Cap fundraiser on 3/27/04.
Definitely one of the stranger locations I've visited lately, Horniblow's tavern is located above the Edenton Brewing Co. in an "industrial park" area. Perhaps "off the beaten path" is more appropriate.
This tavern appears to be an office converted into a bar, as there are several small rooms here that are all part of the bar proper. 3 different rooms aside from the bar itself, one with a pool table and the requisite "Golden Tee" game, another with darts, and a third room with nothing in it save for a few chairs. The bar area itself has a few tables and about 10 stools at the bar. Around a dozen taps, though when I was there we were only sampling the special bottled beers for the event. Service was quick and efficient. Judging from previous reviews, prices are very fair.
Worth stopping by if you are in the area.
04-01-2004 19:23:38 |
More by OldFrothingSlosh
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Horniblow's Tavern in Raleigh, NC
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