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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Jackie O's Pub & BreweryJackie O's Pub & Brewery
BEER AVG
3.98/5
Based on:
163 Beers
1,719 Reviews
Place Score: 96
Reviews: 88
Visits: 193
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

24 W Union St
Athens, Ohio, 45701-2818
United States
phone: (740) 592-9686

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @jackieospubbrew

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Reviews: 88 | Visits: 193
Reviews by ColdPoncho:
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I was at Jackie O's yesterday for the first time. I've heard about the place and Brad and the beers (and been lucky enough to try a few) before, but never been until yesterday. Even though I was hungover and pretty miserable on 4 hours of sleep after a 3 hour drive, and that on the way back that night, one of my over-indulgent companions vomited in my car, causing some mess and delay, the day I spent at Jackie O's was nearly perfect. I was in a group of 8 Cincinnati and Columbus BAs and Brad was hanging out with us. We brought some beers for a pretty epic tasting, but that's not the point.
It's a cool room that is an active brewery, with a very visible brewing process which makes you feel like you're involved, even if you aren't. The music was seriously some of the best music I've heard playing in a bar ever. It wasn't mainstream crap. I don't know exactly who or what, but as far as I was taking notice, it was a great mix of instrumental funk and jazz. That's right up my alley. The food was very good (fries were some of the best I've had), and the prices on the food are quite low, especially given the quality. The real kicker though, was Brad's enormous generosity in sharing some of his not-yet-ready barrel-aged beers.
It basically boils down to this: easily some of the best food I've had at a brewpub, easily some of the best beers I've ever had, a very cool place, and a friendly and generous owner. This day made me reconsider where I am going to school. I would go to Jackie O's daily if I could. (1,521 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Moondoggy68
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

This is not one to miss. I have declared Jackie O's to be my unofficial favorite brewery and restaurant. The beers speak for themselves, just check out their ratings on BA. The food is local and organic. Try the cheese curds! If you are on the Public House side, say hello to Josh, my new BFF! (299 characters)

Photo of kbuzz
4.89/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Hopbully
5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of scott2269
4.7/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Ns2361
4.89/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of DavMEtt
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 1.5

Was at the taproom so the choice of food was limited, but you don't go there for the food, and the beer didn't disappoint. Great choices on tap and in bottles to go. Staff was incredibly friendly and welcoming. (212 characters)

Photo of Stefko
4.9/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of RKing44
4/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of BrianLC1990
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
3.83/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Pretty cool place, if you're a young bachelor, hipster, or college kid. Otherwise, its loud and uncomfortable dining area is hardly conducive to a family dining experience. It's still a cool place, though. Just don't take your family there. (241 characters)

Photo of hardysf
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Taproom is small and quaint. Had lunch on a Friday afternoon. Vibe is nice, with beer postings everywhere and a nice horseshoe bar.

Everything we had was really good quality. Beer was fresh and didn't have a single bad beer. Had a flight of eight and tasted samples of a few others.

BB Kiln and Mystic mama were my pints and both were excellent.

Dinged on service, because the bartender was slow and they dont have a wait staff.

Slight ding on selection as there was a small menu. I believe the reason was that their main dining facility had a fire or flood though.

Food was very good. Pizza dough made out of spent grain and tasty fried pickles. (660 characters)

Photo of Eziel
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Sinzanasti
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of toppoop
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of ZEB89
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of NooseJustice
4/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of zimm421
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of indianabeerman
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Dogleg
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of shelt11
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

I was fortunate to go to college here for four years (OU). Jackie O's is definitely a great place to grab great beers in Athens. (128 characters)

Photo of Bisco42
3.36/5  rDev -22.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Gotta edit this review.

Went recently and found out they don't actually have any bottles to go. They were only selling their bottles and said it had to be consumed in the store. Apart from that, they only had two of their offerings available via bottle!

I was kind of bummed because I can find a better Jackie O's selection in Columbus than in the brewery itself!

Maybe I just came on an off day, but the fact that they don't have bottles available to be purchased and taken out was a little surprising. Hope they get the proper documents to be able to sell from their brewery! Love their beer. (605 characters)

Photo of Brewstradamus
4.95/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Jackie O's is one of my personal favorite breweries. The brewpub is located on Union Street, which is about a half a block off Athens' main street, Court Street in its quaint downtown area. Athens has a very cool vibe and Jackie O's is its craft beer mecca. The brewpub and a larger bar area called the public house are connected by an outdoor courtyard area. They both offer a large variety of in-house brews as well as some guest beers usually with a few featured guest breweries- often also local. And yes you can take your drinks out into the courtyard- there are tables to sit. The 12 taps listed on this page isn't accurate. I would guess that there are more than twelve in the brewpub alone. They sell growlers and bottles/cans of their stuff when available. Now there is a tasting room at the actual brewery which is about 2 or 3 miles away near the football stadium as well. There you can also get growlers with a limited selection, but they have barrel-aged bottles and limited release bottles you can't find anywhere else. The food is good but the beer is amazing. Huge variety of styles from a milk stout aged in sour barrels to a imperial paw paw wheat, you can find anything and the seasonal options do not disappoint. I've been to a majority of the better craft beer places in the Ohio, Penn, WV, KY area and this place is still my favorite. (1,356 characters)

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery in Athens, OH
96 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.