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Boscos Restaurant & Brewing Co. - Little Rock
Active Beers: 18
Beer Ratings: 77
Beer Avg: 3.64
Taps: 8 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
500 President Clinton Ave
phone: (501) 907-1881
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Reviews by bleeng:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I visited here about two weeks ago for the first time in a while. As usual it was very busy as there was a big convention in town. I sat at the bar as usual though.
Service overall was good as I got my beers and meal in good order. The waitress was very busy but was amenable to pouring samples if asked. The crawfish cakes were very good-I'm originally from Louisiana and was impressed-just wish that they were bigger though.
Beers: XXX-moderate bittering with little malt overtones. A good American Pale Ale.
IPA-moderate head, light body, with medium hops. Smooth drinking beer.
Wee heavy-Coca Cola coloring with light head. Malty but served too cold. Turns in about 8.5%.
Batlic porter-black color, median head. Served too cold but warms up nicely. Best beer on the menu and comes in around 10%.
Overall a nice place for dinner and beers and I will return.
03-05-2007 19:42:46 |
More by bleeng
More User Reviews:
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
Ok , my second visit to this location to try their beer again. I didnt enjoy it the first trip about 2 years ago so I thought what the hell I will try it again.
Ordered a 3oz sample of everything they had on tap , and I can honestly say that I didnt enjoy one of them. Same as last visit , each beer had the same aftertaste to me , I could tell the porter was a porter and the ale was an ale , but the end of every beer had the same aftetaste. I gave it a try and it just didnt happen
My wife had a mixed drink that wasnt bad ,it was 10 bucks and nothing special or large , so we will not be going back
12-03-2012 16:42:08 |
More by ubenumber2
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Hitting the Arkansauce, post party for a wedding we didn’t attend months before 2 time zones from here. So this is the south. I think, no, I know I need to drink this away some, and Little Rock is surprisingly civilized, you know, things, places. Cool little strip of happening on the river, just a stupid shorty walk from the hotel...
On entering, you’re greeted by the bar, a long rectangular wood job of wiiide plank plank and a tile boxed foot rest. Seating for 2 dozen running ¾ of the way around, the rest lost to the service side of things. Box overhang tracing above the bar, windowed mostly with booze and glassware behind some meshing and house made GABF signage in between. TV’s along the inside so you can see them if you’re sitting barside. Brass U shaped bar towers of 8 affixed upside down from the underside of the overhang at each end (haven’t seen that one before), sporting shorty colored pilsner glass tap handles of different hues. And a single hand pump along the bar midway, dead today (Apparently, they only deal it on Fridays after 6:30, that which now isn’t). Splotchy beige walls and phat pillars. Green rounded top shutters to nowhere running the walls, with framed ribbons & awards, and brewery prints alternating in between. Wall mounted extension lamps over the wall hugging the seating, and baby spots over the bar. Wood slat floors, except around the bar where it’s all tiled up.
6 hightops adjacent to the bar (one of which we occupied) and another 5 shortys further down the wall across from the center pizza oven and hooked bar space seating just a few there. To the rear, a banquet room for 2 dozen. Around the other side seating side, 2 dozen booths (along the sides & rear) and tables (inside along the brewroom). And out back, a dozen and a half black metal mesh type tables, with views of the river between this bridge and that bridge.
8 beers on tap, the sampler providing it all in 3 oz glasses, priced at a whopping $1 each. 4 full timers (Boscos Famous Flaming Stone Beer, their steinbier, easy drinking, nice sweet caramel hints; Bombay IPA, Centennial & Cascade, more bitter than floral or fruity, not bad; Downtown Brown, English style, but roasty, nutty & sweet; Isle of Skye Scottish Ale, good maltiness without the band-aid), and 4 seasonals (Hook Slide Ale, a light Cream Ale as it is, nothing going on, less than that, actually; American Style Wheat, straw colored light fruitiness, light everything; Irish Red Ale, caramel sweet maltiness, well done; London Porter, chocolate malt, good roastiness, quite quaffable, a bit thin but tasty). Downtown Brown, Isle of Skye Scottish Ale, Irish Red Ale & London Porter were the best of ‘em.
There will be dinner. Started with the smoked duck spring rolls. Duck + scallions = love (simple math), with a spicy Szechwan chile sauce, and then the seared tuna salad with Soy mustard dressing & sesame ginger vinaigrette on the mesclun greens and bitty diced red peppers. It packed enough pickled ginger to annoy me having to shovel it into one corner with the wasabi gumballs, but it was excellent. Doled out the fresh pepper mill and all was well with the world. She had the side salad, which was good (although she wished there were more tomatoes), and then a veggie Boca burger of adequate predictability. Got shooken down an extra $1 for kickass garlic parmesan fries but they were well worth it.
Food was real damn good, and the beers weren’t too bad, actually, they were better than that, overall. Our server Holly is a young kid; peppy & happy. She did a pretty good job at describing the beer styles best she learnt, and was attentive but not overbearing. She may stay. The place is dead, but it is the day of some music fest below, after all (start early, end early). Suddenly, a mad rush of high schoolers dressed to the nines, dozens of them in tuxes and gowns (‘cause I’d want to spend prom night at a place I can be sure I‘m not getting served). Suddenly, I’m feeling a bit underdressed, but I’ve got beer, so I win. Chain brewpub a stone’s throw from a chain beer bar, such is the scene; Little Rock.
11-11-2011 04:51:02 |
More by slander
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
This is a great place to have a decent microbrew and great pizza. It's right down from the Flying Saucer so I usually grab dinner and a few brews here, then head down there. Boscos has several good microbrews, my favorite being the hefeweizen and the hook slide ale. If it's your first time there, order a sample of all of the beers and see what you like best.
The food is a little pricey, but the wood oven pizza's are hard to beat within the river market food scene. If the weather is decent, take your beer out to the back deck and enjoy the view of the river.
05-09-2011 02:51:38 |
More by Compton25
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I liked this place alot. It's basically right across the street from the Flying Saucer, which is basically a beer-lover's paradise, but I set aside a special trip for this place too. Atmosphere was pretty generic. Nice set-up, tidy, family-friendly, nice big bar. They had an excellent selection of microbrews on tap, and quite a good variety of styles. The bartenders were pretty friendly and on the ball, but it should be noted that the manager was there when I visited. Nice selection on the food menu, and what I had was very tasty. Prices were mostly reasonable. Overall good place, and I'd like to go back.
05-08-2011 21:57:28 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Boscos is located hard by the river. It has a large rectangular bar that seats about 30. There are great views of the river from the large dining area to your left.
Black ceiling adds an illusion of height. Funky old style porch type lighting. Lots of wood, brick walls and some cool circular pillars.
The outdoor patio seems to be a big draw.
4 regular beers and 4 seasonals. Cask offerings on selected dates but drats, not during my visit... They only offer house beers and I'm ok with that.
Food is fairly fancy with some nice mixing of ingredients and styles. $5 aps during happy hour is a good deal and a great way to graze.
Service was friendly and efficient.
04-21-2011 20:31:12 |
More by Redrover
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I have been going to Bosco's in Little Rock off and on over the last five years. The food it good, a bit expensive for what you get. Their prices are batting a little (only) out of their league... but I do keep going back so it is not that bad.
They have 8 or 9 of their own beers. Their most well known and probably best is their Flaming Stone Beer. This last trip I had a Ray's Honey Rye seasonal. I was not too impressed with it; not bad but it did not taste like anything but watered-down mead. But in the past I have generally enjoyed all their beers. Plus they have good prices on their beers.
Their happy hour specials are decent too.
The server was mildly knowledgeable about the beer.
There are a couple other places in LR to hit for beer before this one, but a couple times a year is nice.
11-29-2010 23:41:19 |
More by Fatehunter
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$$
This is a nice brewpub chain that is in Little Rock. This place is very upscale. Right on the river, downtown. It just seems overly fancy to me. I felt under dressed, and out classed. Though it was very nice. A large and dark area with a rectangular bar.
I sat at the bar, and the service was good. The bartender seemed to know the beer, and was quick. Lots of stuff on the menu. I have to warn people that my view of the food is biased. The first time I visited I got real sick almost immediately after eating. I think the chicken I had was way under cooked. I can't stomach to eat here anymore. That was over two years ago, and I am sure there is nothing wrong with the food. Though I always associate their food with that experience. Most people around will recommend this place just for the food. They might be right, and I just had a really off night. I have been back a couple of times, just for the beer though.
The beer is good, nothing special. It is always enjoyable though. The quality is usually real good as well. There are about 8 taps with a cask. Lots of variety ranging from Pale Ales, Porters, Stouts, and Scotch Ales.
Overall, worth a visit. I do enjoy the beer. It just seems a little upitty sometimes, and I can't bring myself to eat here again. My advice is eat at Vino's, and have some of their beers. Then come here to drink at the bar.
12-28-2009 06:30:48 |
More by champ103
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Was in Little Rock while on vacation and basically stumbled on it for lunch.
Location is excellent. On the river basically. Good views and a nice patio.
Service was solid. Better than I expected. Server was attentive and staff was helpful.
Food was average. I had a ruben and it was so so. Girfriend had an oriental salad and that was good. Boscos had a good wine list and that was a suprise.
Only had the Isle of Sky Scottish ale and it was good. Only had one as we stopped for lunch and had to drive on to OKC.
Negative was atmosphere. It was lunch and very dead. So not holding it against them at all and the whole marketplace was quiet. Beer list looked good and wished I could have had more.
Worth doing. $41 for an app, 2 entrees and a wine and beer. Quite good.
11-10-2009 06:20:58 |
More by mulder1010
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Visited while in Little Rock on business. The location is great, right on the river with nice views. In AR, good beer is hard to come by, so I was happy to run into this place. "The Restaurant for Beer Lovers" title made me hopeful. I am continually seeking out great restaurants with great beer. Oddly, this is a hard combo to achieve. The place is big and has an old-timey vibe. It was not busy when I was there. I had several Flaming Stones which were good. I have no doubt that the other styles were ok. It was the food that was the problem. They have a somewhat fancy sounding menu, but the resulting dishes are just poor quality. The tuna tacos were gross. The pizza I has was barely passable and my colleagues pork chops were just ok. A brewpub with good food seems just too much to ask. The service was fine and prices were ok. I would come back for a beer for sure.
10-30-2009 12:11:28 |
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Boscos Restaurant & Brewing Co. - Little Rock in Little Rock, AR