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Egan & Son's

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BEER AVG
3.25/5
Based on:
1 Beers
1 Ratings
Place Score: 85
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 11.45%
Taps: 18
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

118 Walnut St
Montclair, New Jersey, 07042
United States
phone: (973) 744-1413

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(Place added by: NJbeerman on 05-14-2005)
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Reviews by donniecuffs:
Photo of donniecuffs
2.53/5  rDev -29.3%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

When I found out that this place had Cricket Hill brew their beer, but didn't give any credit to them, I lost a lot of respect for them. They have brewery equipment being displayed behind glass on the second floor, but it's only there for show, and with the yuppie/former-fratboy clientele jamming this place to the gills, and yapping it up at the bar trying to make like they "know A LOT about beer", this place really got on my nerves. On top of all of that, it put a dent in my wallet. The brewery equipment facade is symbolic of what this place truly is in terms of a brewing establishment...a sham. The only redeeming quality of this place is the food, which isn't that bad at all.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of tkepx182
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This is a really good restaurant. I was rather impressed with the quantity of items on the menu and the quality of the food coming out of the kitchen. This is especially true for the Ribs and maple glazed chicken wings. I would highly recommend both. The only disappointing thing that I would really have to say is that they do not really advertise their own beer. I had a ask the server about it and even then it seemed like they were not really knowledgeable about it. Besides that fact the beer was good and I would recommend this place to anyone in the area.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Egan & Sons is a beautiful restaurant. It really is something to behold. There's a chandelier in the dining room, and lots of wood and earth tones. Even the bathrooms are beautifully done. The impressive marble topped bar is no exception.

It's also nicely divided into different areas, making comfortable spaces, and a faux barrel vault ceiling above the bar makes it feel like its own special place even though it's really a walkway between the dining spaces (with the bathrooms in between).

That said, architecture and style are not the only things that make a place work. Let's start with the food. It's excellent, but a little pricey. Keep in mind, however, that when you go to a restaurant you're not just paying for the food, you're paying for the ambiance, the selection, the preparation, the serving, and the cleaning-up after your meal. Given the beautiful surroundings, I don't think it's too out of line.

I did, however, think that the service should have been better. Sitting at the bar there was a lot of banter between the servers that seemed unprofessional to me. Discussing where, or whom, you've slept with the night before is definitely not a good start. But OK, on to the beer.

I was interested in the house beers. I was never told that they weren't brewed on location, but I guess that's OK, they are still "house beers". Or are they? I had the Hopnotic IPA... hmmm? Isn't that exactly the same name Cricket Hill uses for it? Whatever.

Beyond that the beer selection was pretty limited. I think I counted three or four different types of light beer (Bud Light, Corona Light, Heineken Light... were Amstel and Coors there as well?). There were some good beers too, but nothing you can't find elsewhere quite readily.

Go for the food and the decor but don't expect much in the way of beer.

Photo of originalsin
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Been to Egan's twice in the past couple nights so I decided it's only fair that I put in my 2 cents here.

For a bar in the middle of Montclair, this place does really well with regard to parking. I applaud them for that. The atmosphere is quite nice, too: imported mahogany gives the bar a real Irish Pub feel. The outdoor patio is nice for the summer but a little small- no use complaining about that. All of the artwork gives the bar a really nice feeling and then you can look up and admire the mash tun in all of it's glory (I'm relatively certain that's what it is?). All in all, it's a nice bar.

Saturday night the bar was absolutely packed and at times I had to wait upwards of 20 minutes just to get a beer: as much as I can't hold that against the place it's still disheartening. What I can hold against the place is this- returning for a second visit on a weekend the bar was practically empty but on two separate occasions I still had to wait 2-3 minutes at an empty bar while the bartenders chatted/were caught up in conversation. I'm not saying that service there is awful, I'm just saying it's somewhat average.

They have nearly 20 taps but the selection isn't really all that impressive: I found myself sticking to Sierra's and Brooklyn Lagers. To supplement the taps, they have a bottle list of maybe a dozen bottles, some overlapping with the taps but all reasonably priced, at least. I'd still consider the selection to be slightly better than average because they have 4 of their own brews on tap--I tried the Pale Ale and certainly wasn't disappointed. Maybe even a bit surprised. Next time I head back I'll be reporting on those 4 beers without a doubt. (stay tuned).

I'd definitely recommend Egan's to anybody looking for a decent pub in Montclair. Cheers.

Photo of sweathog
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 1.5

What a disappointment...

I'd wanted to try this place for a while. My birthday provided the perfect excuse. And the wife and I both agreed the atmosphere was fantastic -- imported wood from a real Irish pub will do that.

I started with a Dark Ale which was only fair. My wife had the Pilsener, which disappointed her. She has good taste in "lighter" craft beers and loves her some IPA, but she had to choke this down. I moved onto the Light Ale and only found it slightly better than the Dark.

And then there was the food. When you give me a frozen patty for a burger, it better be amazing. And this one wasn't. I could have cloned it at home.

Unlike my wife, I'm willing to give the place a second chance. But that's it. Another disappointing venture will cross it off my list. I'm hoping this was just an off-night due to high traffic. We'll see...

Photo of dsa7783
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Went there at night around 10:00 pm and the dimly lit, popular place was pretty packed with a pretty wide range of ages... From what I saw, two rows of beers on tap, including Palm, Hoegaarden, Blue Moon, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, plus the typical macros in bottled form...
Ordered a draft of the Sierra Nevada, which was very fresh, crisp, and cold... Service was decent from what I saw, as the bartender quickly got my drink... Selection was a little better than mediocore, but certainly not a well-stocked beer bar by any stretch of the imagination...
Didn't try the food there, but things seemed reasonable...
Would probably stop in here again...

Photo of mikesgroove
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in here on my last visit back to my old stomping grounds. Had not been in here before and jumped at the chance to try some new local brew. Place was nice, very comfortable and quite laid back on a Thursday. Menu was decent, I think somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 taps, with 4 being their own. Had an amber ale which I thought was more then decent. Food was a little pricey, but this was Montclair after all. The overall feel was great and this place is a decent stop for anyone. I was really surprised to see it sitting in the middle of town, but it was definitely worth the visit and you should stop in if you are in the area, I don’t think you would regret it. Oh…and you can bring home a growler, what more could you ask for right.

Photo of ekempey
3.83/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

A friend and I decided to go here on a Thursday night, and it was worth the trip. We utilized the free parking in the back, and were able to find a spot in the otherwise packed lot. Entering from the rear, we saw a almost Hoboken-esque style bar/restaurant with the bar running the near full length of the establishment. I counted at least 15 taps, with as many as 20. They have four beers brewed on premises and we both tried their Wheat beer. The quality of service was ok. We were told it would be a half hour to get a table. The bar was packed at around 9:00pm, which was kinda surprising for a Thursday night. We were seated in actually 10 minutes. The food was ok, I had a burger, and my friend had the wings. We both shared the opinion that the food was above average, but a little pricey. My main complaint with the food was I couldn't get a baked potato with a Burger, they told me they don't have potatoes. The server was knowledgeable about the different beers they served and the ones they brewed. When I asked for a growler (which was on the menu) the server looked at me like I had two heads. I actually had to explain that it was to take home, and not for my immediate consumption. Their growlers are $20 with no deposit as they use old half gallon (4 pint) milk jugs, not a bad price.

Overall a nice environment, filled with beer lovers of all ages, and a mostly knowledgeable staff. If not for the price of the food, I would definitely find myself back there more often.

Photo of maddogruss
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This place is a decent place in the middle of Montclair. The parking behind the place is very good considering parking is hard to find in the middle of Montclair. I liked the atmosphere of the place; it was kind of quaint with a "yuppy" sense to it. A decent range of ages from 20s to middle-aged, to 50s and 60s. The overall quality of the place was good; the beer was good and the food was okay. I only had a burger and fries which were slightly better than one from Fridays or Houlihan's or a place like that. The beer selection was pretty good; about 15 on tap with 4 homebrews on tap as well. Everything was a bit pricey but I could see myself going back when I have more money to spend.

Photo of silks636
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Easy to get to from Rt. 46 and the GS Parkway in restaurant laden Montclair. Upscale and eclectic, yet unpretentious and comfortable decor. Friendly service and a laid back atmosphere. Can see this place getting packed on weekends with the young hipster crowd. Ample sized bar and two dining rooms. Kitchen is downstairs and they haul your chow up on dumbwaiters behind the bar. The men's room might possibly be the cleanest I've ever encountered. Patio out back with some tables for al fresco dining.

Small selection of beers brewed on the premises. During our visit they offered a lager, pilsner, wheat, and pale ale. Nothing too adventurous, but solidly crafted and quite enjoyable. I asked for a sampler and was given one free of charge. I settled on the pale ale, which was very similar to SNPA. Few other guest taps and macros available as well. They have a beer/wine list for your perusal with a good selection of bottles (including a few belgians and ciders). Nice Scotch Whisky variety too if you're so inclined.

Food was awesome. Upscale pub food is the theme. Prices are average for the area, nothing too outrageous. Portions are very generous. I highly recommend the portabella rarebit burger w/ hand cut fries and malt vinegar. Service was excellent too. Food was served promptly, refills were offered almost immediately, and questions were answered without hesitation.

I'd go out of my way to come here, which isn't something I can say about a lot of places. Be forewarned, they don't open until 3:30 on the weekends, so if you're looking to grab lunch and a beer on the weekend it's going to have to be a late one, only during the week do they open at 11:30 AM for lunch. Another tip - they have a nice sized parking lot in the rear of the building, which is nice as parking in Montclair can be challenging at times.

Photo of Poppypitbull
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

great atmosphere to hang out in and very good wings. Check them out if you go there, they're called Honey Maple Wings and come in a selectino of 8 per basket. they have a great selection of cheese as well, try the Irish Farm Chedder (a mix of swiss and chedder).. definitely try their micros they have..The Ale is very good and the Wheat is fantastic!! They offer a 1/2 gallon jug of beer to go for $20 and I took the wheat home and haven't had it yet. I had two wheats and an ale and I was ready to pass out. They both go down really easy and smooth, smell great and not a bad after taste to boot. You can bring the jug back in and refill it for $15.

Photo of porter17
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

This place had a great atmosphere and I liked it. The quality of the beers was very good, though they only had 4--an almber ale, hefeweizen, pilsner and lager. All had a good taste but none were outstanding. I would have liked to have seen a porter, brown or stout mixed in there somewhere. We only had French Fries but they were good. The food that we saw served to other patrons looked really delicious. The prices were reasonable and I would go back there again. I would recommend this place as a stop on any beer tour.

Photo of mcgregor000
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

While the decore is excellent and reminicent of a good Irish pub, the layout of the bar does not allow people easy access for ordering. The services is good, though if your a woman its a bit easier to get a drink, though that's not different any place else. I recommend not going there on a typical "party" night if you don't like crowds, and being bumped around every few minutes by the staff as they meander through the crowd trying to get from the kitchen, on the first floor to the dining tables at the back of the bar. The only way being to fight through the crowd.

The most interesting thing about Egan's is the taps are frozen on the outside, allowing for quite a refreshing beer. They also like to feature local breweries, so you get to taste something quite new and interesting every once in a while.

It's located in Montclair so the prices are steeper then usual, but cheaper for the area.

Haven't really tried the food, though their fries are quite good.

Photo of Nutleybeer
3.65/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

Finally, a brewpub in the northern Jersey area...it is about time. Why it has taken so long is beyond me...so, there was great excitement about Egan and Sons coming to Montclair. We have stopped by a few times since they initially opened up...first off, they did a great job with the atmosphere. Lanterns above the bar adds a nice touch. The bar is quite long, although the bar area is rather thin (and gets packed and cramped on weekend nights).

The beer is a work in progress...for the time being, there have 4 beers on tap. A pilsner, pale ale, wheat and lager. All are pretty good. More than once I have encountered them having problems with their lines. Some of the bartenders know their beers well, others have no clue...

The thing is Egan and Sons also have multiple add'l beers on tap, including the boring old standards: Bud, Guiness, Yuengling, etc...surprisingly, though, it usually seems their house beers are doing as well, sales wise, as the others. I just hope this continues and they don't one day decide to stop making their own. It would be nice to see them commit to their own beers only, and expand on the selection, but regardless, I am glad they are there. They do have a nice selection of bottled beers too, ranging from Ommegang to Duvel.

Can't really comment on the food. It looks good. Mostly traditional Irish grub...somewhat upscale. I only tried an Irish farmhouse sampler (cheeses, pickles and bread)...all the dinners look and smell good, though and seems to be presented quite nicely.

Egan & Son's in Montclair, NJ
85 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.