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Taps: 21 / Bottles: 185
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 17
4.3/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This bar was somewhat dark and dingy inside. I like bars of this character. Reminds me of the other, more seedy feeling, bars I frequent in my area. Felt like a towny bar. I happened to make it in for last call on a Wednesday night, so the place was pretty well empty. There were maybe six or eight people inside. No teeny bopper types. Always a plus. The place was dimly lit. It had some booths and tables, a medium length bar for 10 to 12 asses to be perched in front of, and a pool table which adds bonus for me. There was also a video game and a bubble hockey thing-a-mabob. A bit smoky, but mild compared to some places I've asphixiated in. Overall not a large room, but just my type.
This place has a surprisingly killer selection of brews. I counted the tap handles when I was standing there teetering from side to side. Last call. Needless to say I can't remember how many there were. Twenty? Nineteen? Eighteen? One of those. An impressive set of handles. I think only three were macro style lagers. Here are a few examples: Rogue Pale Ale, Hennepin, Dogfish Aprihop, Young's Double Chocolate Stout, John Courage, Beamish, Lindemans Framboise, Founders Centennial and Breakfast Stout, something from Bell's. I was pretty well blown away. Plus they have a cooler behind the bar that is loaded with bottle selections. I remember seeing 750 ml Unibroues in there as well as Delirium Tremens and Nocturnum in 12 ounce bottles. The cooler was loaded. The barkeep said everything on tap is also available in bottle. He followed that with, "We're the beer bar." They damn sure are. I just wish I had had more time to drink there. I only got to try a couple of beers. I'll surely be back. Service was good.
I didn't look at a menu or have food, so I don't know anything about that. The prices were reasonable. I paid $4.50 for a pint of Hennepin. I think $4 for Aprihop. Maybe a bit steep, but I can't really compare it to anything else right now. It was worth it to me. I am most definitely going to go back there sometime when I have more time to soak it all in.
02-17-2006 03:56:49 | More by SupaCelt
4.51/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Located on Michigan St. in Grand Rapids, right down the street from 3 or 4 other bars. It doesnt look like much from the outside, but dont second-guess it though, this is one of the best in town.
I stopped by on Thanksgiving evening for a couple of after-turkey brews. Their special for the day was Rogue Mocha Porter on tap for $2 a pint. What a steal! Needless to say, I wasnt shy about ordering up myself quite a few of those. Most other beers were atleast $4 for a pint. The inside are of the bar is kind of small and cramped, but maybe it just felt that way as they began to get quite busy. Probably 5 or 6 large booths, 5 or 6 tables, and a bar that fits atleast 12-15 people. Entertainment consists of 1 pool table, a dartboard, golden tee golf, a hockey/foosball table, a couple tv.s, and a wagon-load of great beer.
The beer selection at this place was unbelievable. There was probably about 20 or so beers on tap, and atleast 17 or 18 I'm sure are worth trying. They have a "beer menu", with (if I remember correctly) about 15 pages of beer options. I believe a sign said they had 120 bottled beers available, which is amazing. They also had food available, but I didnt pay much attention to the eats as I was a little overwhelmed with liquid options.
The service was decent. They all seemed to be working very quickly and hard, without sacrificing too much friendliness. I didnt have to wait long for service, but there definitly wasnt time for chit-chat with the staff.
Overall, this is an excellent place to stop by if you're in Grand Rapids and are looking for some exciting beers to try. The awesome selection is this bar's good selling point.
11-28-2005 01:38:30 | More by jasonpeckins32
4.53/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $
Best selection of beer in all of Grand Rapids. Bottles are too numerous to count. Beer menu has descriptions of many of the beers they offer and a taste score (not sure where they pull that from but it's pretty on target) Don't blink on your way down Michigan Ave. or you'll miss it... great outdoor patio during the summer months. Inside is small, dark and noisy. I've lived just a couple miles from this place, but didn't discover it until this summer.
the beer menu is at least 7 pages long single spaced. Draft choices rotate around so it's always worth a stop back to see what's new. My wife loves the Lindemans Framboise is there on tap... it's amazing. Didn't think it could be better than what comes out of the bottle, but it was.
Definitely worth a trip if you live nearby and definitely worth a stop if you're traveling through.
09-30-2005 14:58:05 | More by rteis
4.14/5 rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Stopped-in last Saturday (2/12/05) upon a buddy's recommendation.
Driving by this place one would never guess the delights that awaited inside. A quaint place to say the least - an 'L' shaped bar that seats maybe a dozen. A tap count of approx. 20-24. That day there was 'Free Food' that consisted of a hot dog bar near the back door with chili, cheese, etc...
Decor: metal embossed panel ceiling. Walnut looking paneling on walls that stood chest high (painted drywall from paneling to ceiling). Clumbsy decorations from posters to blackboards. Some vintage tin beer signs would have finished it off nicely.
OK, now the important stuff... Tap selection was VERY nice: Hobgobblin, Young's Oatmeal (nitro), Urquel, Celebration, Edmund Fitz along with regional offerings from Founders, Bell's & Arcadia. Oh yes, for you $4/60 oz. pitcher types - you could choose from PBR and Old Style. I stuck to the well-stocked bottle selection: Duvel, Orval & Jubel were my choices. My pal went with the Sterkens White, Rogue Shakespear & something else - forgot.
Price for a pint were $3.50 - $4, but I did notice on Thursdays they offered Beamish for $2/pint. I'm sure these guys have a daily special for just about everyone.
Great little pub - will revisit for sure. Great beer, patrons & atmosphere.
02-18-2005 19:59:57 | More by malty
3.73/5 rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2
A fairly nondescript bar with a handful of tables in the bar room and an additional room with a pool table, darts, and hockey. Huge menu with a fairly extensive beer list; 20 beers were listed on tap, and there were dozens of bottles available. Just prior to my visit, Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale and Summit Oatmeal Stout were available, both very rare beers in this region (in fact, I'm willing to bet this was the only bar within 100 miles that had those two beers). Others included Youngs Double Chocolate Stout, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, Great Lakes Nosferatu, Founders Breakfast Stout, and a handful of other locals and imports. I'm not aware of any other bar in Grand Rapids with this tap selection. In bottles, several Belgian, German, and British beers are available, including Baladin Nora, Duvel, Chimay, etc.
I had the Nosferatu and the Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. The former seemed a bit stale to me, very sweet with little of the original hop character. The SNCA also had an odd sweetness to it; I've had this beer on tap elsewhere several times before and never detected this flavor. A revisit is in store to see if other beers on tap have the same flavor.
Foodwise I was disappointed; I ordered a Reuben and got a hamburger bun with a smearing of sauerkraut, cheese, and a small stack of that cheap 99 cents/package corned beef, probably that Carl Buddig crap. Pretty lame. Their food menu is quite small, and I recommend eating elsewhere before visiting.
02-01-2005 19:57:38 | More by Silphium
3.78/5 rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Stopped in here on a Thursday night, pretty busy. Lots of dark nice wood around. Room for 75 people, tops. Looks like a neighborhood pub, until you look at the beer menu.
Awesome Tap Selection.. SN Harvest Ale on tap for $2 a pint was the special this day, seems to be that they have daily specials. Had a full pint of Great Lakes Nosferatu for $5, which is a steal. Food is basic bar food, seems to be made there in a limited kitchen. Reminds me of an Irish pub, with the limited quick food. Had a pretty good Ruben. If you are in the area and want to be dazzled by the beer selection, be sure to stop in.
11-19-2004 04:07:43 | More by deejaydan
4.05/5 rDev -6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Well, well, well. I've driven by this place hundreds of times before and never knew the kind of beer selection it had until Tiki beermailed me with the list of their tap and bottle selection. I have been there a few times since and plan on going many more throughout the course of this school year, considering it's right by my college.
The place is really small and gets loud quite easily. There's a deck you can sit on but it gets filled easily. The service is decent if not too knowledgeable about the beers. But I go there for the tap selection. Edmund Fitzgerald, Young's DCS, Abbot Ale, A couple of Founder's beers, some New Holland, a Bell's tap, etc. Best tap selection in GR easily. Their prices are really good too ($3.50/pint for any American beer and $4/pint for all imports), even the bottle prices are good. Last time there I had the Black Tulip (9%) in a pint for $3.50!
This place doesn't look like much but the beer selection and prices are supreme. There's also a nice game room in the back.
Update: I've had the food here a few times and it's good for pub food. The new menu has a nice offering of burgers and sandwiches but it's a bit pricy for pub grub. Service has really varied at times and the selection, while still the best in G.R., does not change enough for my liking.
09-01-2004 14:01:34 | More by granger10
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