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Barley's Brewing Company

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Barley's Brewing CompanyBarley's Brewing Company
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44 Beers
529 Ratings
Place Score: 92
Ratings: 113
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: 20
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

467 N. High St.
Columbus, Ohio, 43215
United States
phone: (614) 228-ALES

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Ratings: 113 | Reviews: 69
Reviews by CapitalGains:
Photo of CapitalGains
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

When I lived in Columbus about two years ago I was at Barley's downtown location at least once per week, usually during the late afternoon or early evening. My friends and I usually sat the bar which seats about 15-20 people. There are a lot of tables (maybe 20?) as well. No outdoor seating if I recall correctly.

Atmosphere was enjoyable especially considering its proximity to the heart of downtown which can garner some less-than-par beer enthusiast environments. The crowd was never too obnoxious and the establishment as a whole was never all that busy when I visited except on a few occasions.

Quality was above-average but not stellar. Barley's puts out solid products across the board but nothing that will blow your mind. We usually had the same bartenders who were attentive and knowledgeable and started to recognize us (in a good way) after awhile. Can't say they did anything spectacular - they did their job.

Selection consists of 7-9 of Barley's taps, of which 4-5 were constants and the others were seasonal rotators. There were usually a couple of guest taps (2-3) that often weren't ordering in lieu of Barley's in-house selections. Apparently there is a bottle selection as well but I never ventured to take a look at it. There always seemed to be at least one beer on cask which is worth checking out. Barley's does a fine job with their cask beer - highly recommended.

I usually ordered food at the Smokehouse but the food at the downtown location was tasty the few times I ordered it.

Prices are about average. I always enjoyed myself at Barley's and I would have to say it was my favorite brewpub in the general Columbus area. My favorite selections were the Alexander Russian Imperial Stout and usually whatever was on cask.

More User Reviews:
Photo of shelt11
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Pretty cool place, good location next to the Cbus convention center. Pretty good food, too

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

This place looks like it has been around since the 90s's. I assume that's the case. It's right next to the convention center and I assume the hockey arena is nearby as well, so it was quite busy when I was there. Lots of Coors Light drinkers. Lots. The one beer I had was very tasty and the food was way above average. (Thanks to my host for the recommendation.) A worthy visit, though seems stuck in the past on decor.

Photo of Alanca
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Great spot if you're at convention center you can just walk across street and get a good beer and sandwich instead of convention food. They're in entertainment book so cheap price w on line /smart phone coupon

Photo of misternebbie
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Bonis
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

This has been one of my go-to breweries since I got into craft beer a few years ago. Their beer is above average compared to most of the breweries in the area, but rarely anything that will "knock your socks off".. they always have a couple good options and there's always something for even the most novice beer drinker. The food is always excellent and service is great. If they are brewing, you can request to go down and talk to the brewers. Nice view of the brewery (in basement) from the bar area as well.

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3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

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4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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Barley's Brewing Company in Columbus, OH
92 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.