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The Tavern on Liberty

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The Tavern on LibertyThe Tavern on Liberty

50 Ratings
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: n/a
Taps: 32
Bottles: 400
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2246 Liberty St
Allentown, Pennsylvania, 18104-4358
United States
phone: (484) 221-8765

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Ratings: 50 | Reviews: 37
Reviews by deanhead:
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4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Decided to stop here after we received such shitty service a the Allentown Brew works. This was my second visit to the former Mule. I had stopped in here previously with a friend who had recommended this place highly. From the outside it looked like a dive/pizza joint. Inside, it was mostly a college bar that served up pizza and other food.

I will only include some very brief details on my first visit, since it will affect my rating of this place. We stopped in on a quite afternoon. Aside from one or two other patrons we were the only ones in the joint. I enjoyed a St. Bernardus abt 12 on tap and a DFH Immort ale from the bottle. Both beers were excellent. The St. Bernardus was served in it's appropriate glassware. We enjoyed ourselves immensely.
That was September of 2007.
Fast forward to 2009

Apparently there was a fire in the apartments above the bar in between my visits. I didn't notice any real changes in the bar area. We walked in at around 10:30pm on a Friday night. The place was pretty well packed with what looked like an eclectic mix of college folks and locals. It seemed we were the only ones in the join not smoking cigarettes. What cigarette smoking in a bar? Living in Vermont got the best of me. That was the only real turnoff about this place.

It had a great vibe, an excellent selection of beers on tap. Allagash Black, Green Flash, among others. The bottle selection was top notch. There are several coolers right out in the open with all the selections available. Perhaps take out too?

We even ordered a pizza while enjoying our beers. Good stuff. If you are in the area check this place out, it is certainly worth a visit despite it being so smoky on a Friday night. Instead perhaps get there a little earlier in the day. I can't guarntee, that there won't be smokers, but at least there may be fewer.
They also have outside seating (2-3 tables) So have at it and enjoy some fine beer on tap, or in a bottle. The selections seemed freh, and the taps clean, and the service...Excellent.

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5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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4.4/5  rDev +1.9%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.24/5  rDev -1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Budinetz
4.75/5  rDev +10%

GREAT beer selection! They ONLY serve beer here and have wall to wall coolers filled with all different kinds of beer. The tap selection is always fantastic and they almost always have something rare on that surprises me. There is a mug club you can enroll in and you progress by drinking the different styles from across the world. They are pretty cool about letting you sub something out for any macro like Bud or Blue moon that's on the list instead, because hey, its more expensive anyway right? Bar staff is super knowledgeable about beer and the food is pretty amazing too. Pizza is fantastic, Tacos for Taco Tuesdays are tasty as well. Smoking is aloud here, so it can get pretty cloudy in here as it is small. On some occasions the bar may be overrun with hipsters since its near a college, but otherwise a great place to get awesome beer.

Photo of Afroman
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Docrock
3.31/5  rDev -23.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

This place seriously still allows smoking in the bar area. The pool table area with a total seating area of about 16 people is the no smoking area. 16 beers on tap and at 7pm 2 of the better items already blown. Lots of bottles to choose from. Food was very good, service was average and prices were average.

Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Tom_Gilman
3.8/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Always several interesting and/or rare brews on tap. Whoever selects the beer knows their stuff. Atmosphere is college pub. Almost every surface is covered by something related to beer. Food is very good for a hole-in-the-wall neighborhood bar, and prices are reasonable. I almost love this place, but it's excessively smoky, so much so that I rarely visit even though I live nearby.

Photo of gwash411
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of coreyb024
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

If this place was smoke-free it would by the best beer bar in the Valley - hands down. They must cook the books to still allow smoking. No one in my family, nor any of my friends smoke, but we still go.. And it's hit or miss w/ how smokey it is.. Not sure why they even allow it (guess the owners are smokers), because the food and beer is so good, their business would probably double if the stopped allowing smoking. Not that they're hurting for business. Like I said we don't smoke, and still go.

They're known for their pizza - which is good for the area (remember you're not in NYC/North Jerz).. Wings are awesome. Great pulled pork. Over the last two years they've really focused on their special/seasonal menu. Which changes weekly.. Family friends who don't smoke or drink, come just for the food - that says something for this tiny tavern.

Great draft and bottle variety.. Staff is pretty knowledgeable - especially the bearded guy. I think his name is Jeff.

Great place if you can deal w/ a little smoke..

BTW: Right next to Muhlenberg, not Moravian (that's in Bethlehem)

Photo of Neorebel
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Went here for wings and beer after work - they seemed to have a mix of 'bar food' and more higher tier menu items. Clearly they have a real cook in house. The beer selection was quite good - I had Founders, Unibroue, & De Dolle, all on tap. Several coolers are there for take-out six packs and bombers as well. On Fridays, they have coupons for discounted to-go items. The pricing is on par with the going rate in Pennsylvania... (I am from NJ & generally craft beer is a bit more inexpensive) The alcohol served here is exclusively beer, by the way. As other reviews said, the place isn't much to look at on the outside, but it improves inside and the beer/food selection more than makes for a worthwhile visit. Right next to Moravian, I bet there is mostly a college crowd during prime times. (Pool tables are available as well) For these reasons, I have this notion that the tavern flies under the radar amongst beer geeks, which is why some harder-to-get beers can be found here without a problem. I have to give the place props for regularly rotating the beers on the menu, and for the very friendly staff. Definitely will make this a regular spot as I mentioned it's right near my office. How convenient!

Photo of mdh327
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I love this bar, I have my own mug and come here at least twice a week. This place may not look like much from the outside but once you walk in and see the mass amount of tap handles displayed overhead you will be impressed. It may be a small place yes but the immense amount of beers in their fridges and the constant rotation of beers on tap will leave even the biggest beer fan dropping their jaw. The fact that Liberty Tavern only serves beer is awesome too, personally I think its really unique and I've never been to any bar that's only served soley beer. Id recommend this place to anyone who lives in or is coming to visit the Lehigh Valley, I still have yet to find a bar that even comes close to the amount of beers served here. The service is pretty good too as well as their food which is phenomenal by bar standards. Anyone visiting I would strongly suggest trying the pizza and wings both are awesome! They even have a pool table and booth seating in a room to the right of the bat.To sum it up this place is pretty awesome and I would suggest it to anyone who loves beer or is just looking for a good night out.

Photo of kahjdfh
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The bottle selection is beyond belief and the prices aren't too bad. The draft selection is where its at. What makes it special is the other selections of drafts. They have at least a dozen taps besides the usual Bud, Coors and Yeungling. Where else can you get on tap Young's Double Chocolate Stout, Dogfish Head Namaste and St. Bernardus Apt 12 (this is always on tap- it's the owners favorite). They had Dogfish Head 120 IPA on tap for New Year's Eve.

The food is good. The pizza, cheese steaks, burgers and tacos are good. They also have seasonal specials like squash soup for the fall.

Photo of Rifugium
2.43/5  rDev -43.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 4

After a visit to the amazing Farmhouse restaurant, I wanted to check out a few other places in the area, since I rarely do come to the Allentown area. Our hosts at the Farmhouse recommended the Tavern on Liberty, citing their selection as a plus. But they failed to mention that the place was a hideous hellhole in all other regards.

As soon as I walked into the Tavern, I just wanted to turn around and walk out. A dirty little hovel of a place, kind of like a greasy little pizza joint with a bar. Noisy and annoying, crowd full of rednecks, d-bags, college preppies, or some combo of the three, and rap blasting in the background. Cautiously, the wife and I took two seats at the bar. Everyone seemed satisfied enough, but no bartenders came to greet us, which was fine, considering I didn't really want to stay. The tap list was decent enough, with a good 14 beers to chose from, and many of them good crafts and micros, though nothing too out of the ordinary. Prices seemed decent. Several large fridges offered a wide variety of beer to go in bottles and cans. So after about 5 minutes at the bar, we got up, checked out the bottle selection, and then walked out, and started to detox ourselves from the horrors we had just witnessed.

I visited 3 bars/pubs on this little jaunt to Allentown/Emmaus, and had 3 entirely different experiences. Which is good. Except for when it's not. Like when I went to the Tavern on Liberty. Dump. To be avoided at all costs...unless you're stopping in for a quick take-out.

Photo of 57md
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

A: Kind of a hole-in-the-wall place, but definitely a beer lovers temple. One of the few bars in the area that still permits smoking (that is probably a big plus or a big minus depending who you are).

Q: Clearly the owners wish to cater to a craft-beer crowd. Important note: this is a beer bar ONLY - no wine or hard liquor is available.

S: Can be disappointingly slow at times, even when the bar is mostly empty.

S: Top notch. The beer on tap is rotated frequently with a large variety of styles. Also, seasonal brews are always well represented. The bottle selection is enormous. There is no better selection at any craft beer bar in Allentown or the surrounding area!

F: Not your ordinary pub fare. Gourmet soups, designer sandwiches to die for, awesome wings and thick burgers. Portions are big for most selections. You can also get something as mundane as pizza slices or calzones.

V: Food is a bit pricey, but beer prices are pretty good considering the variety.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

From The Founders Night.

A- The Atmosphere was pretty lively still not alot of people but but busy for being a real small hole in thew wall corner bar.

Q- Not bad was kind of shock. It's seat right by Muhlenburg College in Allentown PA.

S- The service was pretty good. Friendly workers.

S- The beer selection beside the founders was pretty good that was shocking.

F- The food was awesome very tasty and very good quality.

V- The price was more then reasonable. not bad for a college local bar. Would drop by again..

Photo of skiofpinsk
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was here with some friends on a Friday night. It was pretty crowded, but I pulled up to the bar as I was the first to arrive. The room with the bar is narrow, but has plenty of seating and several tables. I didn't walk through the entire place, but there appeared to be more table area in at least one other room.

Got a Evil Twin Yin, decent pour. I enjoyed it while I waited for my friends to arrive. A couple TVs were located behind the bar, with the Phillies game on.

People showed up, so we relocated to a table. The food menu was pretty good. I settled on a reuben, which turned out to be enormous. We were checked on several times during our meal and there always seemed to be someone there when a glass ran empty.

Overall, a great place. Beer menu is up there as one of the best I've seen. The food was also better than standard bar food. I would definitely recommend this place, and can't wait to make it back there.

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The Tavern on Liberty in Allentown, PA
95 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.