The Livery

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The LiveryThe Livery
Based on:
44 Beers
99 Reviews
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 57
Visits: 88
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

190 5th Street
Benton Harbor, Michigan, 49022
United States
phone: (269) 925-8760

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Place added by: CRJMellor on 11-14-2005

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Reviews: 57 | Visits: 88
Reviews by botham:
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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

this was the final stop of a beer trip to Michigan, with an arrival of a little after six o'clock. the establishment takes up two floors of the building, with the second level open to live events and a general restaurant area, along with a basement tap room and cafe. there was a blues band playing upstairs, with general music playing in the basement.

atmosphere is true to a basement bar, with rudimentary finishing and wooden tables and chairs. heavy timber structure throughout gives it a historical feel, along with the live music that really gives it an authentic feeling.

quality is good. proper glassware and clean conditions; no complaints.

service was great. the brewmaster was grabbing a brew at the bar, and was happy to talk beer and brewing with a few BAs, quite friendly and with a good sense of humor. the bartender was responsive and open to samples and general inquiries.

selection was great. quite a wide variety, with ales, lagers, and light to strong varietals. the only complaint here is that throughout the spectrum all the brews were imparted with a lightly tart finish, bordering on a lightly sour quality.

food was decent. sandwiches come with a small side of lays potato chips, but the prices were quite inexpensive.

overall, this is a wonderful stop for beer. another plus is that each brew can be ordered in a 10 oz, 16 oz, or 22 oz. glass. very convienient if one is driving, or if one wants to try a few styles without drinking too much. cheers! (1,482 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sexton
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Doublicious
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of t2grogan
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Mothergoose03
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

My wife and I stopped here for dinner and beers while on a mini-pub crawl on a Sunday afternoon. The place was not busy at all. This was our third visit here, but no review was done from the previous visits, both of which were over two years ago when the pub was located in the basement of this building. The main floor setting is much better for some pub vibe, and it also has more space (including a stage) and more natural light. The third floor is a mezzanine area that overlooks the main floor, and it provides some extra seating space. A patio is also available for those who want outdoor seating. There was a very good selection of recorded music playing, which is something that I've never commented about in any review.

We ordered a sampler flight of 6 beers of our choosing that I thought would give us a good representation of the entire beer menu. I was not disappointed at all in these beers. All of them were brewed to excess for their style, and we ended up giving them an overall score of a 4.0 rating (out of 5). We felt that the Polar Vortex Imperial Maibock was very notable, and the others were not far behind. If someone is not a beer lover, this pub also offers 4 wines too.

The food menu is mainly pizzas and deli sandwiches, but the pizza was better than I've had in any pub before. The combo of ingredients on the menu-listed pizzas (you can also build your own) was very original, and the one that we selected was the tops.

This was just a great place for for some beer and food, and we'll have to make it a point to come here more often. (1,569 characters)

Photo of NJB145
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of saulgoodyo
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is a hidden little jem! Friendly staff, killer beers (amazing sours) great food. What more can you ask for! (118 characters)

Photo of Jas45678
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of indianabeerman
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of Flabbyjandro
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BryanA
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Cool little place that are starting to pump out some really good beers, keep up the good work! (95 characters)

Photo of ksbuell
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Awesome little place. They keep the history of the building which adds to the atmosphere perfectly. Great beer! (113 characters)

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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The Livery in Benton Harbor, MI
93 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.