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Sonka Irish Pub

Not Rated.
Sonka Irish PubSonka Irish Pub
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

23 Ratings
Ratings: 23
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 20.76%
Taps: 33
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1366 Wabash Ave
Terre Haute, Indiana, 47807-3314
United States
phone: (812) 234-8802

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @sonkairishpub

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(Place added by: thbeer)
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Reviews by Ssmith999:
Photo of Ssmith999
2.28/5  rDev -45.6%

Ughhh. Disappointing. I don't frequent terre haute for a reason...it sucks. Proof positive once again.

I would once in a while visit this place while in college. The best "beer bar" in town- that's not saying much considering the town we're talking about.

Anyway, all previous impressions aside...I went in to this with a fresh perspective and clean slate. No go amigos, no go.

While a relatively decent tap selection (Alpha King, Founders Breakfast Stout,Chimay Red), the staff had no idea what a "good" beer is. I was at first pressed to get a Spaten Dunkel (on special for $1.75) because it is "a really good German dark beer". I opted for an Alpha King, then the Founders Breakfast Stout. Both tasted awesome, its apparent that they at least do some line maintenance.

Food was ordered to go- what I thought was a turkey and havarti on pumpernickel. What I got was a horrible failed attempt at something, something pumpernickel. It was literally just pumpernickel. Sad.

Ssmith999, Nov 20, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of slipperysoup
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

slipperysoup, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of Christopherchurch
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%

Christopherchurch, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of toolbrew
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Visited this place for the first time over the weekend and it was well worth the stop. Destihl, Three Floyds, Epic, Founders, Hop City among many others on tap. Looks like they get some gems in from time to time. Knowledgeable staff and great prices! Only had the Irish Nachos which I highly recommend. Will definitely stop again on my next visit through Terre Haute!

toolbrew, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of JustinSparks
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

JustinSparks, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of ElCid84
1/5  rDev -76.1%

ElCid84, May 07, 2014
Photo of 13ChrisV
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%

Great place to go if you enjoy trying new beers. Last time I went they had 3 Floyd's, Triton, Founders, Upland CV, and other local favorites on tap.

Atmosphere: I gave this a 2.5 because many of the older locals who come here can be unfriendly to the younger generation of beer drinkers. I've met a lot of snobs at Sonka's. 2.5 is very generous, the ping-pong table and good looking waitress bumped it up to a 2.5.

The quality of beer and food is great. Not overly expensive. Most of the staff is friendly. If it wasn't for the poor atmosphere, I'd come a lot more often.

13ChrisV, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of DocJitsu
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

This was my home away from home when I lived in Indiana. I put a lot of work in there. Many, many, many pints. I even dug the corner table out of the garbage bin out back one day when I realized it had been replaced with a new one. I had shared so many good times at that table with lifelong friends that I couldn't see allowing it to be discarded. I've seen staff turn over there several times over. I've even had the misfortune of losing a longtime Sonka's manager/bartender and friend to an untimely demise. Sonka's is the place to which I refer in so many stories--most good, a few bad, but all memories that lie in my heart where they'll stay forever. The beer selection used to be (meaning '99, '00, '01) more extensive. Offering more bottles than taps. Nowadays, Sandy, the owner, appears more interested in having more tap varieties, which, obviously, cuts down on the number of overall varieties that are available. A lot of the best Midwest offerings as well as some other American regional and international favorites are always ready to be poured for you. The atmosphere smacks of a neighborhood pub that's seen a lot of history. For nostalgia lovers, you'll have a soft spot in your heart for this place even if it's the first time you've ever been there. I've often said that Sonka's is more of an Irish pub than most Irish pubs--and I've been to several pubs in Ireland. I love how
Sonka's appeals to the college student, the blue collar worker, the educated professorial types, and the community leaders alike. Rarely ever any trouble. Even on the most busy days like the Indiana State University pub crawl and St. Patty's day. Patrons are generally very welcoming and easy-going. Just a magnificent atmosphere and a place to make great memories.

DocJitsu, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of jale
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%

It's a wednesday night around 945 pm in southern Indiana and I'm thirsty for a decent craft beer. I was surprised to find a decent craft beer taplist at what appears to be just your local corner pub. They have a nice selection of good bar food and about 17 taps. They roll up the sidewalks in this part of Indiana, so this place was like an oasis for a midweek late night stop. The bartender is a huge beer fan and is in the know about beer. They have growlers available of the tap beer. Just a nice casual, laid back place for a good beer and a bite to eat.

jale, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Microbrewtaster
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%

So this place is awesome, It is my first "regular" pub. I am normally there on Tuesday nights for an hour or so and have a couple beers, and loaded dogs @ $1.65 and typically have specials with about 5 or 6 beers @$2.75 and one i have seen as low as $1.75.

They have a solid line up and get a limited bottle supply. They were the only place in the area to get King Henry, also they had BCBS. They are all around solid in the brew and food category in my book. There are New tappings every Wednesday and they also have Firkin Fridays, along with other little things throughout the year.

The service is great, I sit and talk with Jareb when I am there and enjoy my night. I would recommend this to anyone passing through.

Just as a note there is a $10 minimum for credit card charges.

Microbrewtaster, Feb 14, 2012
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Sonka Irish Pub in Terre Haute, IN
93 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.