The Barley Pub
Taps: 16 / Bottles: 30
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 24
4.06/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Got to stop in to this establishment last weekend during the Oktoberfest pub crawl in Dover. Great little joint in downtown, with a decent array of tap offerings. We got to chat with the bartender for a bit, and he was telling us about just getting in some new beers from the west coast, including North Coast offerings. Great array of styles available, and it sounds like the taps are constantly rotating. The service was very decent, and the bartender seemed very knowledgable about beer. The food menu was decent, and the prices were extremely reasonable. There are some dart boards down on the far end, as well as a stage where there are multiple shows/musicians each week. Fun little joint, and I would definitely recommend it to others.
09-29-2011 02:49:29 | More by GarthDanielson
3.9/5 rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in here expressly to find beer from The Prodigal Brewery. Found that in addition to one of their beers, they had a very nice tap selection. The bartender was also quite knowledgeable about all of the beers that were available. We also had lunch while we were there. Not a very large menu, but the sandwiches we had were tasty and reasonable priced. The place has a nice "local" feel to it. Certainly not a cookie cutter "brass and fern" type pub. Well worth the stop if in the area.
08-11-2011 14:59:39 | More by Boto
3.93/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
I really enjoy this bar for the atmosphere and their selection of beer. They don't have the largest selection of beer on tap, but it is always a high quality selection. The bartenders are always friendly and knowledgeable. The usually have a lot of local breweries on tap, with some hard to find small batch brews on occasion. They don't serve liquor, which is nice. They do have a decent wine selection though. Darts and pool are options for entertainment and they have a lot of great musicians perform on most nights. They don't really do much in the way of food, so don't go there for grub.
02-13-2011 22:40:45 | More by Schracky
3.29/5 rDev -19.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Went on a weekend afternoon. To me little things and first impressions count. Only a few people hanging around, friendly dog, staff is pleasant and helpful with beer descriptions. But unfortunately the place looks pretty dumpy outside and in, unkept, bathroom towel dispenser broken, just a roll on the sink, no trash can, cracked toilet bowl....dirt/dust visible thick enough to write in - euuee! Otherwise, the interior of this establishment, well to be kind, pretty much reminded me of a college bar, best viewed when drunk and in the dark.
But ... I'm here for the beer, samples quickly offered of some awesome brews. But whoops ... I immediately notice the full size glasses we get the samples in are disgustingly dirty looking, maybe rinsed in dirty water, or ??....ummm. My choice is then filled in the self-same sample glasses with a selected brew - I imagine the brew kills whatever I saw or at least dilutes it - but euuee again!
With my appetite gone, conversations with patrons were friendly and overall we had a nice time - but sadly never to return. The owners desperately need to spend some effort/money to spiff up the place/fix things. I mean how long/how much does it take to pull a bar out of the gutter to even a modicum of class/cleanliness? Especially when brew are in the upscale pub range ($5-$9)?
03-23-2010 13:33:37 | More by rolle
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
Went here last night for the first time in about two years and its still just as awesome. I had a pint of the moat mountain porter and it was quite nice. The only downfall of this place is they only accept cash. Relatively large area and in a great location in dover. The server was great the beer selection was anything from PBR to sam adams double bock with some great locals in between (smuttynose imperial porter and wheat wine, moat mountain, tuckermans etc.) Im not sure if they do this every night because like i said this was the first time id been here in a couple years... but people were bringing there dogs in? Kind of cool. Also this place features local music which is always nice. I really need to go here more often.
03-13-2010 14:09:36 | More by alkchrios
4.4/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I've been living locally for about four years, and I'm now kicking myself for not giving this place any more attention than a quick pint with friends. I saw some older reviews here on BA, and decided that it deserved my full attention.
I went in at about 4 in the afternoon, and the "Froggy Hour" had just started - all taps with a rubber frog on them were just $3. This included Sebago's IPA and Brown, Moat Pale & Porter, Dogfish Brown and Sam Adams' Noble Pils, among others. Other full (yet reasonably) priced choices included Allagash Four and Interlude, and some vintage Smuttynose - the '09 Imperial Stout and '09 Wheat Wine.
I had read about the Vintage List here, so I had to give that a try. I ordered an '07 Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale for $20. The bartender let me know that for only $2.50 more, i could add a plate of 2 aged cheeses, toast and dried fruit. I went with a 5-year old gouda, and a 15-month old cave-aged cheddar. Both were incredible, and the cheddar paired incredibly with the Farmhouse.
The atmosphere was very pleasant, a few friendly locals at the bar, and the bartender referred to everyone, present company included, as "honey." Scott Mason, the owner, came up from the cellar to ask my thoughts on the Smutty as well.
The only downside was the lack of constant music. There was a jukebox on the far side of the bar, but it would only play one song every 15 minutes or so. However, when Dylan's "Simple Twist Of Fate" came on as I was enjoying a perfect beer and cheese combination, I had to just lean back on my stool and smile.
03-13-2010 12:34:10 | More by Joppa
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
The Barley Pub is by far my favorite beer bar. The selection is the best on the seacoast, and the atmosphere is so laid back, friendly and generally pleasant that it feels like home (if your bathroom was covered in graffiti).
By NH standards, the selection in an A+ for sure. There is always Tons of Smuttynose. There is also almost always Rogue, Moat Mountain, a few Begians, Brooklyn, and Allagash.
There is also a nice Vintage Program, with a dated bottle list. The owner Scott always (I believe) serves the prior year's Bigfoot when Bigfoot is on, which is nice, as well as many other vintage big beers and barleywines.
They also have an exclusive beer, the Snowblower Stout, brewed by Smuttynose for the Barley Pub. This is a nice stout, which tastes like a session version of Victory Storm King, IMO. Plus its only $3, and $2 when it snows or rains.
The food is good enough but limited...
Bottom line, this is in my opinion, THE destination after the Portsmouth Brewery on the NH Seacoast, and in both atmosphere and commercial selection, beats the Brewery hands-down. This is where I go with friends to have fun, and to try things that aren't for sale in bottles in NH.
Another Edit: It just occurred to me that this bar and the Blue Mermaid in Portsmouth are the ONLY places where the Smutty Big Beer Series can be found on tap. Also they have Ween, CAN, and loads of Steely Dan on the jukebox. Big Plus.
03-06-2009 17:43:52 | More by GarthTaargus
4.78/5 rDev +17.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
My favorite bar. Used to live down the street, which I miss dearly, but fortunately it is still on the way home from work.
The list of current taps on the Web site is updated pretty regularly, so don't hesitate to check before you go, so that you know what to look forward to. A lot of very interesting beers are introduced regularly.
They have recently introduced a "mug club", a membership to which was presented to me as a Christmas gift by my thoughtful girlfriend. Have enjoyed the membership thus far.
New Smutty products are always brought out, in addition to a good number of other local beers. Various Unibroue products are on tap pretty often. Good rotation of Belgians, though sometimes(like now) the place does go through periods without any Belgian-made products, although Belgian styles are usually on.
02-03-2009 18:47:43 | More by SevaTse
4.36/5 rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Great neighborhood pub with a very good selection of local and more exotic (at least from NH) craft brews. Service is always good and cheerful. The biggest drawback is cash only, which isn't really that big of a deal. Plenty of pub things to do, darts, pool, leather couches and most importantly - beer. The beer selection gets updated often and is normally quite good. Bias towards Smuttynose, which is a very nice trait as some of Smutty's beers are tough to find in most places. Also the first place on the Seacoast to have Stone's beers on tap.
05-03-2008 16:39:08 | More by brewone
3.8/5 rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
Went last night for the Brooklyn Chocolate Stout, it was good - not an imperial but definitely had some kick to it. Brooklyn Lager was also on tap.
They had just pulled the last of the Dogfish 90 Minute but had the 60 minute going.
They also had a Shipyard Bluefin Stout and Leffe Blond.
Smoke-free is excellent, its a great visit - food is still pretty basic but La Festa's Pizza next store makes up for it.
Taplist was pretty accurate and is available online:
01-08-2008 16:55:32 | More by MugOfGoodness
The Barley Pub in Dover, NH
91 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.