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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
4579 Hamilton Ave
phone: (513) 541-8900
(Place added by: mobyfann)
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| Reviews: 27
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I am revising my review based on three visits since my original visit.
The main change is to the service score. The last visit was a Saturday in early March from 4 - 6:30. Just having had a baby, we figured this was an ideal time to stop by for a pint or two to use a soon-to-be-expired Groupon. I knew from ordering food in the past, especially when the place is crowded, it takes a while...a long while. After a first round of beers, we put in an order for the salsa sampler. There were about 7 other groups in the bar at that time, one "chef," and one bartender. It took about 40 minutes to get chips and salsa. You order food and drinks at the bar. With only seven groups there, the sole bartender couldn't remember my name/tab even after five visits to the bar. When the chips took forever and the place started to fill up, we rushed to get our food order in. The "chef" gave me some mumbled lip when I neglected to take my number placard to identify our table as an order. The place was filling up - probably 50 people at this point and they still had one bartender, one "chef" and a guy who was sitting at the bar and periodically walking around picking up empty glasses. I could overhear people complaining about the long food wait, and the adventure of trying to get a beer.
All of this hassle for a good, not great, burrito and a tap list of Guinness, 60 Minute, Dark Horse Raspberry Ale, and a Goose Island Pepe Noir...no thanks.
Take note that they charge you an extra $1 to use a credit card.
Ambivalent service, run down atmosphere, no TV('s) and a messy bathroom is cool only when it's not at the sake of cheap management.
It will take special beer events and a meal in advance to get me back to The Comet.
My wife and another couple made a long-awaited, much-anticipated visit to The Comet in late December. As a Cincinnati eastsider, I most often spend my beer time at the Dilly Deli but wanted to expand my horizons in the city. My wife and I had never been to the northside neighborhood where The Comet is located. We were a bit dissapointed when we drove past the main village area to "suburban northside" where we found The Comet in what I can best describe as a run down, two unit strip mall. The crowd was eclectic and artsy and they appeared to have an open mic night in the other half opposite the bar. The Comet qualifies as a dive bar with very little effort devoted to decor. The beer selection is a very good representation of the best widely distributed beers. I was unable to find any exceptional beers among their selections and seleted for Anderson Valley Golden on tap and Anderson Valley Sesonal in a bottle. Other beers on tap included the local Barrelhouse Winter, Bells Expedition Stout.
01-04-2008 03:52:33 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
the main problem the comet lacks is that it's horribly understaffed.they have one person in the kitchen who also delivers food and one person bartending.the bartender was a nice guy,however the person in the kitchen seemed kind of unfriendly.
this was my first time here,and the atmosphere is okay.not very well lit,but some people dig that.the music is hit or miss,depending on who picks what on the jukebox.
the food was good,and reasonably priced.the beer was reasonably priced,on draft that is.however,i don't go to bars to drink bottled beer unless it is something rare,so that's not a problem.
maybe if i was a regular i would have gotten better service,but i waited about 50 minutes for a burrito and an order of chile con queso.the people who ordered right before me received their food about 20 minutes before me.good service is rewarded by tipping,i don't fellate someone for doing a poor job.nobody gives me money when i just do my job properly,that's not the way things work.
overall,the service would get a 3 or 4 if they had one more worker to help out.
06-24-2009 03:18:23 |
More by wyattshotmaker
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $
Probably my favorite stop in the Northside! One of the best juke boxes in town, great bottle selection, rotating taps and great burritos!
During peak hours the seating is hard to come by and the service deffinitely lacks. I do not get why people wait in one line at a bar! Bars are long and narrow so that good bartenders can get mutiple customers orders at once. If you find yourself a seat at the bar, don't move! It's the best spot in the house.
Order your food at the bar, drop it off at the kitchen window, let them know where you are sitting and they will bring it out to you. Don't forget to check what their Salsa of the Month is!
05-05-2011 22:23:47 |
More by MikeytotheB
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Having lived about a block from this place, I have been there many times over the years. This is definitely one of the very best beer bars in Cincinnati, fairly surprising for the near hole-in-the-wall that it is. A haven for scooter riders and the idie-rock scene, there is frequently live music, as well as never a cover.
The setting is dim, a couple pool tables, and local artists works decorate the walls, all priced pretty well above reasonable. The jukebox consistenly wins awards, with a great selection of classic reggae, rock, and blues.
Now for the reason we're all here: The Beer. Immediately inside the door, there are 3 coolers, loaded with singles. Prices are taped on the shelf below them, at least for most. The selection changes fairly frequently, but theres always a solid German section, and the bulk is micros. Several Unibroues, Bells, Stoudts(6 on my last visit), Lion Stout, Anderson Valley, Anchor, and many more. Most recently I say they had added DFH Pangaea and Jiahu as well as a Cantillon (all $15).
An old-fashioned cooler on the other side generally features Belgians (tho much more limited in the past years), Sam Smiths, Bells sparkling, lindemanns, and other high enders.
The tap selection rotates, and in addition to the standard Guinness/Harp, I have seen Hop Rod and some other goodies, seldomly even on sale. (There are NEVER sales on any other beers..??)
Be prepared, its quite discouraging that a large proportion of patrons will be drinking PBR. For some reason, that crap is in style in the indie crowd.
I can only think fondly of the bar where I was first introduced to Immort Ale, (as well as Monster, and EKU 28, and then some) however the crowd up here is very clicque-y and if you are not wearing horn-rims and chuck taylors, don't expect to make a lot of friends here.
The burritos here, although some rave about, I consider fairly average, especially for $7-8, and often stuffed with rice and little meat, and sometimes annihilated with spice. They do offer salsa features each week (on the chalkboard), as well as a sampler of 7 or so salsas.
All in all, a great beer bar, well worth a visit if youre in town.
Not that it is a huge threat, but keep your senses keen when visiting, this is not one of the nicest neighborhoods in cincy.
PS - Sundays are Bluegrass night, featuring the Comet Bluegrass Allstars. This longstanding tradition usually runs about 7-10, and is pretty well attended, often with a little more of a family feel going on. Good time.
It seems lately the Comet has stepped up its game, on tap.
In the past month or so, I've stumbled across
Bear Republics Black Mamba
Southern Tier Oat
I think all were ~$4.50 for a stemmed goblet. Very nice.
02-20-2008 00:01:21 |
More by ShareANevada
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went here on a Sunday to listen to the house band, the bluegrass comet allstars. Band started at 730 we got there at 630 and it was already packed. Seating seems adequate if it wasn't a band night. About 10 seats at the bar and the whole right side is tables where bands play.
The atmosphere is a good one a very diverse clientele, people with dreads, hipsters, pot heads, hippies, really old people, you name it theyre there at the comet. All this makes for a good bar feel in my opinion.
Quality is pretty good. The bar seems a bit like a hole in the wall but it has a very Retro vibe, tap handles line the walls and a bevadore cooler holds beer in the far left corner. Selection of beers is high quality as well.
Selection in bottles was great they probably had around 50. Good stuff to, I had nugget nectar. The comet also has some 750's as well. They only have about 7 taps But They are all solid :
Troegs troeggenator doppelbock
Bear republic nor' Cal
And some other stuff
Service was ok. Always seemed like it took forever to get a beer. Food took awhile but its really only Just a bar so no big deal.
The food was good. Just burritos tacos and nachos. Good spicy salsa really improves the food. A pretty good place for good prices.
03-28-2011 12:17:54 |
More by Kelly88
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
The Comet has a pretty nice selection of beer available. I am just making a guess but there is about 100 different beers available. The beer ranges from BMC, Bells (multiple choices), Stoudts, several foriegn beers. The wait staff was efficient. The bartender tried to offer suggestions for beer choices. Chances are the average BA knows more about beer than this bartender. He did make an effort. The food was ok at best. Honestly I have had better burrittos at Chipoltle. Although a nice touch was the hotsauce. They used Hells Bells Damned Hot Pepper Sauce from Kalamazoo. The food came up cold to the table. Overall this is a good place to go and drink beer in Cincinnati; however, do yourself a favor and eat somewhere else. They also say there coffee is a Sumatran blend. The coffee is terrible and is definately not Sumatran.
01-31-2006 16:52:31 |
More by nlmartin
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The comet...The trendy local dive with beers that make dudes with white belts, shaggy hair, and tight pants look cool. (you decide if this sounds good or not.)
A--Just your usual dive bar appearance. Pool table, bitchen juke box, bathrooms that make you want to use the sink, greasy kitchen in the back, etc. Really diverse crowd. Young and old there are artsy types and business men/women abound. Usually have good music playing, if not a live show for free.
Q--The drinks I've always had are top notch, but I question some of the beers freshness. I know the taps are good and new, but the craft/import bottles are suspect, unless you are purchasing a good seller (read--fullers esb. great lakes dortmunder). Its a good bar for a fun night and the experience is unique in an average way.
S--The older gentleman that works the majority of the nights is awesome. Well drawn pints and slow pour on the appropriate styles. The kitchen is slow, but the never a wrong order and the food is prepared from fresh organic ingreadients.
S--About 8 taps, with the usual BMC. Proabaly 80+ bottle to choose from, including some bombers from Stone. Mostly imports, but a healthy choice of craft brews. The food selection--they have a salsa of the month for gosh sake--it would take you a year to experience their menu.
F--Again, as in my other reviews, I dont like others touching my food, but this place is good enough. Even though the place as a grung appearance I know the ingredients are organic and fresh and tasty to boot.
V--I've spent a weeks paycheck here in a sitting, but it took a while. the beers are fairly priced (less the bombers) and mixed and well drinks are well poured for the price. You cant beat this place if youre trying to avoid the expensive bar scene but still get the good bar drinks.
03-22-2006 01:06:41 |
More by fightingwords
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I had my first experience with the Comet last night. I was excited to find Bell's on tap. They had two hearted ale as well as the winter wheat. They also had Barrelhouse's double dark IPA "boss cox". They were all $4.50 for imperial pints. There were a few others on tap but I foget what they were. Plenty of micros and imports in two rather large fridges behind the bar if you'd rather have a bottle, but I stuck with the two hearted.
The people at the bar were about as eclectic as it gets. From the middle aged in business atire to the punk rocker with huge tats, everyone was represented. I really appreciated the no frills simple bar decor and laid back atmosphere. There were also two pool tables running, and a great jukebox. A local band was setting up around 10 but I had to head out. I've heard bluegrass on sundays is the time to go. Many have also raved to me about the food, and it looked good, but I didn't have any while I was there. Just beer.
I think it's worth the stop. I'll be going back. While in the area be sure to check out Shake it Records.
03-03-2007 20:32:51 |
More by bergands
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by The Comet on June 18th for a Dogfish Head sample night. Festina Pêche through a randal of peaches and assorted fruits was amazing. As well as the only keg of Burton Baton to grace the state. The guys from Cavalier did a great job, everything was well taken care of.
Atmosphere was decent, all the uber beer guys showed up exactly at 6 and were out the door by 7ish. Some more laid back people hung around for a good night of fun. Wednesday night was karaoke so the place had a decent amount of people but was not overly crowded. A couple of pool tables and a too small single bathroom rounded the place out. The bathroom wasn't really a downer as the sink was out front of them, so there was never a line all night.
Service was good, not great but good. I ordered a couple of pints, aswell as a few bottle of Palo Santo that I asked for some sample glases to split up with everyone. After I stopped drinking and moved to water only doing tastes it got a bit harder to get a refill.
The selection was good. Other than the Baton and Peche they had 5 taps that had Raison along with a few others. Looked like a decent bottle beer selection, didn't get a chance to check it out well but a lot of people pulled out bottles from it to sample. Those bottles impressed me. All the dogfish head you should expect to see, as well as some of the limited bottles (This was a dogfish night!).
All in all I would frequent the place if it wasn't 25 minutes away. Other than that I will be coming to any other special nights they have.
Reviewed on: 6-18-2008
06-19-2008 05:58:01 |
More by Alkiser
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Went to the comet for Stone Pint Night, as a matter of fact I just got back. I had a really great time talking with the Stone reps and the distributer rep that was also there. Also talked with the owner of Dutch's Wine Merchant -Beer Dock...though that is neither here nor there...
The bar has an excellent selection of bottled brews, more than I could count or report, they've two places where they keep the bottled beer, one is a normal cooler that you'd see at a gas station type of place...filled with single bottles, the other is a cooler that you'd see in an office building typically filled with sandwiches and milk, you know, one of those ones that rotates...though this one is filled completely with singles of great beer.
Service was good, I mean there's only so much a bartender can do when its crowded. I've heard amazing things about the food, supposedly they've great burritos, I'm going to go back to try one some day. All in all this is a great place to go a sling a few back.
10-01-2007 01:41:08 |
More by becktone
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