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Iron Barley

Not Rated.
Iron BarleyIron Barley
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

24 Ratings
Ratings: 24
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.99%
Taps: 18
Bottles: 20
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

5510 Virginia Ave
Saint Louis, Missouri, 63111-1939
United States
phone: (314) 351-4500

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(Place added by: stevef on 07-18-2005)
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Reviews by Vancer:
Photo of Vancer
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%

Not a bad place, hit it on a Friday nite around 6pm – plenty of space and the service was exceptional, almost to a fault. Our waitress was very pleasant, and not only did she know the menu, she rattled on for 5 minutes with all the specials. Sheesh, I needed to take notes, no way could I remember everything she said.

As the previous reviewers mentioned, only 7 brews on tap, but good locals. Pretty good bottled beers to back up the taps. 5 Day IPA on cask was excellent.

The roasted ½ chicken was my entrée, and it failed BBQing 101. They left the skin on, so all the smoke and rub was wasted when I peeled the nasty skin off, leaving the plain jane chicken underneath. I’ll give this place another chance down the road, but I’m in no hurry to return.

Vancer, Jul 01, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of jschonert
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

jschonert, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of c-rum
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

c-rum, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of evilcatfish
2.5/5  rDev -40%

evilcatfish, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of ThreeBeers
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%

Great find. Looks a bit shady up front. Go in because the place smells of awesome oak smoked steaks! Great local draught and bottle selections. Good import selections too. Excellent food! You gotta try the barley risotto-what a great idea! They had more off menu specials than on menu so make sure to ask. Kid friendly too. Service was fantastic. I was offered free samples when just asking about various beers. Great beer prices. They helped our 3 yr old feel welcome too. Thanks Beer Advocate for helping me find it. Only negative (minor) was extra charring on prime rib. Looked well done on outside but was med-rare on inside as asked for. Too good to send back!

ThreeBeers, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of rschne13
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%

One of my favorite places in St. Louis to eat.

Located in South City, be sure you are looking because its easy to pass by. Hard to describe the inside as it tends to fall into several different categories. The feeling I got the first time I went in was more of a neighborhood bar/restaurant. The staff here are all extremely friendly and quite know the food forwards and backwards. They always have an extensive list of specials. The beer selection here is always just as impressive. Always have a large selection of bottles, a few drafts, and a cask ale.

This place has some of the best Schnitzel in STL!

rschne13, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of phaleslu
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%

Went here for dinner on my brother’s birthday. Grabbed a pint in the bar area and headed out to the back patio, where a band started playing. Great summer patio. The inside isn’t big but has a lot of character, a great old south city bar. Nice selection of locals (Schlafly, O’Fallon, Six Row, etc.), regionals, and other micros. Most of Boulevard’s Smokestack series available, though pricy. The food is amazing, huge portions, hearty, just perfect. The service is good- friendly and attentive enough, and plenty of staff on hand. If you’re a meat eater and beer drinker, this place is a must visit when in St. Louis.

phaleslu, May 18, 2011
Photo of Dogbrick
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%

Stopped here after reading an interview with Adam Richman in Draft magazine where he mentioned it. It is located on Virginia Ave right off I-55. Street parking appears to be the only option in the vicinity.

The inside is rather rustic looking with table seating on the left and the short bar on the right. The decor is kind of like an old five and dime, with antique-looking knickknacks tacked up all over.

Iron Barley's beer selection is on the small side but has some decent selections. There are 10 taps with offerings from Six Row, Left Hand, O'Fallon, Cathedral, Goose Island, Boulevard, and New Belgium to name a few. As for bottles there are 10-12 with a few of the same brewers plus some of the standard stuff you see everywhere.

Service on a weekday early afternoon was decent. The place was slow and I didn't get the sense that there was a lot of beer knowledge, but then again that is not the focus here.

I did not try any of their famous food but the menu was definitely unique enough that I want to go back sometime.

Overall this place is a little out of the way from downtown but the eclectic decor and local brews should be enough to warrant a visit for someone visiting the city.

Dogbrick, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

Went here with a couple of buddies on a saturday night. Got there around 7 pm. Should've gotten there earlier. This place gets crowded! but one look at the small wood bar with the cozy dinning room area and you'll understand why. Just on atmosphere alone this place fly's high. The decor is very cozy almost like an old hunting cabin. They had live music with a guy on sax and another on vocals and guitar. Very nice background for the noisy bar area and dinning room. They seemed to blend in so well that you would never know it was a live performance. Very nice.

I ordered the lamb chops, cus-cus with spinach and onions. The chops were done perfect and the grilled spinach and onions was a great surprise. Service was excellent with servers knowing everything about their specials.

I tried the Boulevard Nutcracker Ale which turns out to be one of my favorites from Blvd. They also had Left Hand Milk Stout, GI Honkers Ale, Blvd. Wheat and some other taps that I didn't recognize.

Price is reasonable for what you are getting. Some might consider it a bit pricey though.

Overall great little cozy place. Very unassuming but hiding some great food and beer inside.

JoEBoBpr, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of woodychandler
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%

A small, intimate setting with an unobtrusive front. Entering, the bar area was along the right wall. The restaurant area was to the left and featured standard restaurant tables and chairs. Kind of an eclectic décor. Outstanding food, all prepared on premises and much of it smoked. O'Fallon Smoked Porter on tap (one of the few draft accounts) as well as O'F 5-Day IPA on cask. Hill Pig Sammiche (note spelling and pronunciation) with peppers, ham sauce. Wow!

Beers: Seven (7) draft plus one (1) cask. Fifteen (15) BTs plus the usual domestic suspects.

woodychandler, Nov 25, 2009
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Iron Barley in Saint Louis, MO
92 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.