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Alchemist & Barrister

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Reviews: 7
Visits: 10
Avg: 3.07
pDev: n/a
Taps: 9
Bottles: 42
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

28 Witherspoon St
Princeton, New Jersey, 08542-3202
United States
phone: (609) 924-5555

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Reviews: 7 | Visits: 10
Reviews by erz316:
Photo of erz316
2.73/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I made the mistake of taking a friend out to dinner here one night. not only are the waiters piss poor attendants, but the food was hardly return-worthy. having a spot on witherspoon, right in the center of town, they make sure to rape you on the entree and drink prices when considering the quality. If you want a good selection of beer, minus the rich commuting crowd, then go to triumph. its a hell of a lot better atmosphere in there, plus the food kicks some serious ass. a&b have the standard line up from guinness, and they have a couple of slots on the bar that rotate: go for the hope of getting some stone on tap. dont bother with this place, unless you have money to burn.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.42/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of MattXT
3.5/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Varkias41
3.5/5  rDev +14%

Photo of elvismia
3.8/5  rDev +23.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Reading the past reviews I would hesitate to go but...
They have one of the most impressive bottle lists I have seen.
Belgians and small crafts. the draft line up is awesome and changes seasonally.

It is princeton, and for $$ I think it is resonable.

Give it a chance.... it is a local favorite.
I see all other staffws from other eaterys in there all the time.
Burgers and sandwichs were very good.

Try the lamb stew. great for winter.
Bands seems to be somewhat decent also.
Had a great time.
I will return.

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Photo of stephadelphia
3.18/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This place has been around for quite some time - since I grew up near here, the A&B was always a go-to place if you were in town and wanted to grab a quick bite.

There's the outdoor dining room, the pub side, and then the more formal dining room. The dining room is a little stuffy IMO, and the pub side is nothing spectacular - very typical. The outdoor dining area is heated in the winter, but is particularly nice in the summer when it's open air.

Food's good - not great, not horrible. Burgers, steaks, salads, what you'd expect. From what I recall, the dining room menu is slightly different (and naturally more expensive) than the pub side. There's a decent selection of drinks and beers as well, but not impressive. I found something to sip on, but wouldn't go here if you're looking to try something new and incredible.

Service is okay. It's really taken a nosedive in the last few years, if you ask me. Sometimes it's pretty apparent that the waitstaff do not want to be at work in the SLIGHTEST, and on nights when I've sat at the bar, the bartender seemed to be aloof in his own world.

Overall, not a bad spot to stop for lunch, but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat here. Another thing that stood out to me was that, when I checked the website a few months ago to get menu information, it hadn't been updated since 2002. 2002? That's almost ten years ago - their neglect there is starting to show at the establishment itself. Average at best.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
2.95/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

Alchemist and Barrister. Princeton, NJ.

I went here with three friends for a casual dinner. I had heard the the place has been around for a while, and it's developed a sort of cult following.

The interior is nothing to write home about. It's really quite average looking at best. I think maybe at one time it would have had a feeling of authenticity, now it just seems rough around the edges. We sat indoors, but it seems like outdoor seating is the way to go.

Food was decent. I had a burger and we shared some calamari. Nothing particularly special, but not bad. The beer selection was pretty substandard though. They had Guinness Stout and Stella on tap (as well as a few other European macros). The craft selection is severely lacking.

All in all, not really worth it.

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Photo of jesskidden
2.05/5  rDev -33.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 1

Claustrophobic bar area (low ceiling, no aisle between tables and bar stools, etc.), tables full of noisy families, etc. All the draught beer choices offered are currently of the mass produced variety (in fact it reads like the list on the Beerfly page of what sort of establishments NOT to enter): European macros -Peroni, Stella Artois, Smithwick's, Pilsner Urquell, Guinness Stout, Harp and Bass Ale plus Miller Lite. No draught US craft beers at all.

NOT a craft beer destination. Keep walking to Triumph and hopefully they'll have something interesting on tap.

Update- Another alternative- walk a few steps to the other end of the alley (towards the Nassau Inn) and visit Teresa Caffe (a sort of "upscale/casual" Italian place) which has 4 draft beers- all local crafts- currently (10/08) Brooklyn Lager, Flying Fish Oktoberfest, River Horse Hop Hazard and Sly Fox Pikeland Pils. I could live with that line up in any bar in the craft-beer desert that is New Jersey.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.4/5  rDev -21.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 2.5

The A&B, as the locals call it is just off Nasau st. on Witherspoon.

Sat outside but under the roof. Very nice casual dining although it looks like a fancy restaurant. Many patrons in suit and tie are commonly eating here. Service was incredibly slow and I had to ask other waiters to get me drinks and my check. Not a whole lot on the menu, I had a tofu vege wrap and my wife had a chicken nacho platter. My food was a 3.5 on a scale of 5, my wife's a 2.
I had 2 Sierra Nevada Summer Ales. On tap was Guinness, Harp, Bass, Urquell, Smithwicks, and SN Summer. I think bottle wise they had Hacker Pschor and Orval.

4 drinks and the meal cost $63. A little pricey and the food isn't all that great. Nice atmosphere and it is in Princeton.

Overall- I probably won't go back but to others, give it a shot.

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Photo of BillyB
4.05/5  rDev +31.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

A very swanky, yuppi-type resturaunt bar in down town princeton. They always have Guiness, Harp and Smythwicks on tap. They have 6 other handles that they rotate. When I was there they had pilsner urquell, stone ipa, bass, victory whirlwhind, amstel, stella artois and magic hat #9. They claimed to have a lot of beers in bottles but when I asked they gave me a short list that included Becks, St. Pauli Girl and a few others.
The Pub was average to above average as far as the beer selection goes depending on what's rotated in. Prices for pints were $5 and $5.50.
The food in the dining room was excellent. I had grilled filet mignon topped with gorgonzola butter and served with yukon gold mashed potatoes and red wine jus for $39 Other entree's were seared veal medallion and oven roasted breast of free range chicken. All around the $35 to $40 range.

Very pricey. Food is great and you may get lucky with the beers. For a more casual visit there is a pub food menu including burgers and wings etc. although even those items are on the pricey side. Not worth the money but still a nice place.

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Alchemist & Barrister in Princeton, NJ
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