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Iron Barley

Not Rated.
Iron BarleyIron Barley

Taps: 18 / Bottles: 20
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

24 Ratings
Ratings: 24
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.99%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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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nogoodreason

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$

A great place in South St. Louis. Great food, great service and a small but very tight beer list.

Small place, with maybe ten tables and room for maybe 20-25 at the bar. Service is quick and friendly. Probably ten taps and a handpump (Schlafly). The beer is in great condition and pairs nicely with the remarkably good food. They have numerous specials each time I've been, all of them delicious.

It's hard to know what else to say other than that this place gets a big recommendation from me. IMO, one of the hidden gems here in St. Louis.

06-26-2006 19:14:33 | More by nogoodreason
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jschonert

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

07-12-2014 00:17:32 | More by jschonert
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c-rum

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

06-11-2014 18:31:35 | More by c-rum
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evilcatfish

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -40%

02-05-2014 15:20:32 | More by evilcatfish
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ThreeBeers

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

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!

08-14-2012 01:22:06 | More by ThreeBeers
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rschne13

Missouri

4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

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!

06-09-2011 20:20:34 | More by rschne13
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phaleslu

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$

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.

05-18-2011 20:24:25 | More by phaleslu
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$

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.

08-10-2010 20:44:18 | More by Dogbrick
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $$

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.

12-06-2009 18:48:24 | More by JoEBoBpr
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$

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.

11-25-2009 01:06:04 | More by woodychandler
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Iron Barley in Saint Louis, MO
92 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.