The Chimes - East
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Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 5
3.93/5 rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This is a new, second location of the original Chimes right by LSU's campus.
The atmosphere can't match the original, but the location has a lot to with that. This location isn't quite out in the 'burbs, but it's getting there, and is in a more family-oriented part of town. It's a better atmosphere for drinking some beers than other restaurants in the area, but can't compete with the LSU location.
For the most part, the beer selection is the same, which is one of the best in town. They claim over 120 beers, and I'd say they have at least that. Probably more considering they rotate through different seasonal and specialty beers regularly. Almost every time you go back there will be something new to try.
The food, just like the original location, is very good, above-average for Baton Rouge, and reasonably priced. Definitely a highly recommended place, if you're on the Southeast side of town!
10-02-2008 18:13:38 | More by theboozecruise
4/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is for the Chimes East, but I would actually rate the Chimes West a little higher in terms of atmosphere and service. BeerFly has no entry for that establishment.
If you're in Baton Rouge looking for a decent beer, this really is your first and perhaps last stop. The selection won't blow your mind if you've been around the block a few times, but there are well over 100 beers to choose from on tap and bottle.
The menu is usually out of date, so look carefully at the fridge or ask what's new. The prices are reasonable for the types of beer available, especially the Belgians. Occasionally, a bartender will give you the wrong glass, and once I got a flat beer from the tap, but this doesn't happen too often. They have the Abitas, Unibroue, Chimay, Val-Dieu, and a number of other quality options. Again, nothing earth-shattering, but more than any other bar in the city.
The atmosphere at the East is more low-key, which is to say, more old people. The West is a better place to watch sporting events and BS with your friends.
The Chimes also has some good food to go with their respectable beer menu. The mozzarella sticks are a great tool for sobering up, but everything I've had there has been decent to great.
They pour good blended beers, if hat's your thing. Most of them involve Guinness, but I guess if you asked you could have anything you wanted.
Overall, it was a great place and a lifesaver when I lived there. Now that I've seen greener pastures, it's more underwhelming, but still a Baton Rouge fixture and a must-try for anyone passing through town.
Perhaps my favorite feature of The Chimes: If you're ready to leave but you're not done with your beer, you can get them to pour it into a styrofoam cup. Yes, this encourages deviant behavior and I love it. They also fill growlers.
07-08-2008 20:36:11 | More by kyleec
3.38/5 rDev -18.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Atmosphere - The Chimes East is a spin-off location of the original Chimes at the north gates of Louisiana State University. Located on Coursey Blvd between Airline Hwy and Sherwood Forest Blvd, the Chimes East is located in a more suburban area of Baton Rouge and has a more suburban clientele than the original restaurant. There is outdoor seating with a darker finish to the surroundings, downstairs seating with a more traditional brick and wood Chimes feel, upstairs loft seating with a more open and airier mood, and bar seating near the vaguely horseshoe-shaped bar. The Chimes East hosts its own incarnation of the Beers Around The World game, but your beers here will not carry over from the original Chimes and vice versa. If you want a quieter dining or drinking experience or you don't want to go near LSU's campus, then the Chimes East is currently your best bet for a beer bar in Baton Rouge. There are some TVs around the bar and the restaurant, but they're not lining the walls like they are in some commercial sports bar environments.
Quality - The quality of the beer here can be hit or miss, and the lack of different types of glassware extends to this bar as well. We have had times where everything was served spot-on, and we have had times where seemingly all of the draft lines were infected and full of unpleasant debris. The bottled beers are usually safe, but you won't ever know for sure how old the beer is or how well it was stored until it's already too late. There is usually not much of an issue with quality here, but the times that there have been have been enough of a turnoff to make me wary.
Service - The service here can also be hit or miss. As uninformed as some of the wait staff (and even bartenders) at the original Chimes location may be from time to time, you're more likely to find a server at Chimes East who doesn't know jack about beer or who can't even get your order right. Ordering straight from the bar can usually save you from receiving a faulty order, but the place is a restaurant first and most people are ordering and eating from a table, so this is something that might be a problem for you if you visit. The time between placing a drink order and receiving it can be high, but it's really no better or worse than the time it takes for food orders to come up. If you do have a problem with the quality of a drink, expect to have to go to the bar yourself to resolve the issue.
Selection - The draft selection is slightly larger than that of the original Chimes location, somewhere around 30 to 40 beers. There are also a similar number of bottled beers available, somewhere around 100 different beers. The beer menus are not updated frequently and there are no signs or chalkboards to tell you what is new or what is sold out, so you'll need to have a keen eye at the bar or hope that you get a knowledgeable server if you want to know what's what. The Chimes East does have a rotating Abita tap, but I'm not sure about Rogue or a beer of the month like there is at the original Chimes.
Food - Just as with the paradigm restaurant, the food is one of the Chimes East's good points. The menu here is largely the same, ranging from seafood to po-boys, burgers to salmon, with soups and salads and deserts to cap it all off. Sometimes the food is better here than at the LSU location and sometimes it's worse, but it's almost always well worth the money. They offer Sunday Brunch here, too, but expect there to be a wait. So why not wait in the bar and have a beer?
Value - The prices for the food are worth it, and most of the beer prices aren't any worse than you could expect to pay at similar locations in the region. We have found that the prices are slightly higher at the Chimes East than at the original Chimes for whatever reason and those increases factor more prominently on the beer menu than on the food menu. That being said, it's still a good value and it's worth a visit.
04-01-2008 21:25:40 | More by kensuthe
4.68/5 rDev +13%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Me and my father went last night and truly enjoyed ourselves. When seated at the table I asked for a beer list and was brought a rather large book which not thoroughly in depth does give you quite a lot to choose from. Its broke down by the taps first. Most of the abita line is well represented. The rest is mostly mainstream drinks...not all domestics but stuff you can get most places. Then they have their beer mixes which are Black and Tan type drinks. Five of the nine all have guiness in them. They have a very nice selection of these. Then the Tap Lines. They are five different samplers. Each sampler consist of five - five ounce glass filled with a different beer, so you can get a flavor of the beers. They also offer their growler service which is nice as well. Then their huge list of beers broken down by country at the end before the Hard Liquors and mix drinks.
For dinner, I had a Spaten Spaten Franziskaner for my first. Nicely poured a nice clean imperial pint. Truly enjoyed it with the Crabcake Creollaise and delicious salad with fresh greens and a very light( light in the sense of being not heavy) Italian dressing. For our meals my dad order shrimp and corn soup which he loved. He also ordered Boudin Balls and Crab fingers which were delicious. I had the ribs which were falling off the bone tender and had a wonderful background flavor I couldn't put my finger on. I ordered one mixed beers called a Cream of Wheat, which is Spaten Franziskaner(yeah I do love this beer) and Guiness. The Cream of Wheat was a nice treat since the flavors were so different from the two beers. It was also very nicely done. It was a good mix. My father for his desert order one of the Tap lines which included Dos Equis Amber, Blue Moon, Beamish, Shiner Bock, and a Hefeweizen (I don't remember which one, but this was on the rotating tap).
The waitress was super friendly and nice. She offered valuable information in not mixing my Cream of Wheat with a spoon. I would never do this but its nice she warned me cause it would be good advice for someone who does not know anything about a mix beer. Apparently some customer did this the day before and if started overflowing. My father did enjoy the tapline. He liked most of them but not the beamish.
I plan on going back soon.
Also they have drink specials for the beer:
4 7 p.m. Monday thru Saturday
$1 Off all Pints
Monday thru Thursday 9 p.m. to Midnight
Monday $1 Off all Pints
Tuesday .50¢ Off Domestic Bottle Beers
Wednesday .75¢ Off Import Bottle Beers
Midnight to 2 a.m.
$1 Off all Pints
04-06-2006 15:29:21 | More by StrongandSmooth
4.7/5 rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Plus: The best beer bar in baton rouge
Negatives: Will serve anything in pint glasses including their belgians, They do not advertise the new beers they have in
The Chimes East opened a few months ago in another part of town in baton rouge, making the customers a little different. The old Chimes is right off of LSU's campus, so it's usually has lots of college students. East is an older crowd.
Atmosphere is quite nice. Its a lot more open than the old chimes. The walls are mostly brick, and that gives it a nice touch. The bar is bigger, as well as the surrounding area. The bar makes a horseshoe with taps on both sides. Very nice, but does get quite crowded since its relatively new.
Service. Its good. Bartenders know a good amount of the beer they serve (some more than others of course.) But many of the waiters and waitresses know a good amount as well. I've never been questioned about a beer i ordered the times i havent sat at the bar, so they train them well.
Selection is good. The best in baton rouge for a bar or restaurant. If i had to guess, i'd say it has about 40 beers on tap. One thing i think they lack is the selection on different styles. They have lots of pilsners and the like, but really no stouts besides the 3 irish dry's. I think they also lack on hoppiness beer. On top of my head, i would say their hoppiest beers on tap are snpa and redhook esb. So i gave them a 4 not because their selection is low in numbers, but i know they can get good stouts and hoppier beers. As far as bottled beers go, i'd say they have around 100. Good broad selection. They lack good american beers, but that's not their fault.
Food is great. I would say they have a lot of competition down here, but they do a real good job making a good solid menu. I gave a 5 because, as far as beer bars go, it has the best food out of anywhere i've been.
Prices are reasonable, especially when you catch the dollar of pints (imperial pints) on taps. bottled beers are a touch pricey, but what bar isnt.
Overall a great place to spend the evening with friends or family.
03-20-2006 05:02:32 | More by acrawf6
The Chimes - East in Baton Rouge, LA
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.