T.J. Finley's Public House
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Taps: 26 / Bottles: 53
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by vfgccp:
3.95/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Visited on a Friday night in July 2011
Atmosphere – Classic, wood / English pub design. About a third of the total space is located out back with an outdoor bar, but it’s not nearly as nice as the scene indoors. Flat screen TV’s line 2 full walls of the bar and featured a wide range of sporting events (3 different baseball games, MMA, and boxing while I was there). The crowd was a nice mix of young professionals (most were mid 20’s to mid 30’s) and a smattering of beer geeks. It’s definitely not your classic, “my new haircut” Long Island bar. My major quam was that after 10pm the music became obnoxiously loud. It wasn’t just me either, I was with a group of 10 friends (all mid-to-late 20’s) and they all felt the same way.
Quality – Had 5 beers on tap and they all seemed to be free of tap-line contamination.
There was definitely an effort to serve beer in the proper glassware. They got the obvious ones right (hefe’s in weizen glass), but some of the tough ones wrong (Imperial Scotch ale in a slender pilsner glass?). As things got busy later in the night you could see beers that were previous served in specialty glasses starting to get served in American pint glasses, but overall it wasn’t horrible. They got it right about 80% of the time.
Service – Didn’t have a chance to talk to the bartender or the servers about the beers (I didn’t really have any questions), but there was an interesting “conversion chart” that listed common beers / drinks that people like, and paired them with the bar’s current draft offerings. It was a nice touch for noobies.
Food service stopped at 10pm, and between 8 and 10 it was tough to find a server. When you got one though, they were very nice.
Selection – I didn't get a chance to count the taps, but I'd say it was between 15-20 + 1 cask ale. Selection included Delirium Tremens, Firestone Walker Union Jack, Speakeasy Betrayal, Kelso Nut Brown, and Olivia Saison. The only “common” beer I noticed was Guinness. Draft offerings were complemented by an above average bottle list (maybe 60 or so options)
Food – Standard pub fair and overall pretty good. The nachos were great, and so were the fried pickles. The cheese fondue was sub-par, but the pretzel it came with was delicious.
Value – Not bad at all. Average pricing, maybe even a shade less than most bars in the area.
08-01-2011 18:23:10 | More by vfgccp
More User Reviews:
4.05/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.25 | $$
Some of the best Tap and bottle offerings you're likely to find on LI. If you are a craft beer fan you need to come to TJ Finley's. it's compulsory.
The food is OK, it's not nearly the focus at TJ's. The service is a little lacking due to always being pretty busy.
I enjoyed a Mad Elf from the tap in December and was in heaven for a half hour.
02-15-2014 19:18:04 | More by cyberbmcd
2.03/5 rDev -48.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2.75 | $
Was told that this place was voted the "Best Craft Beer Bar" in Suffolk County, New York. First thing you notice, lots of people drinking PBR and Miller cans. Tried several local beers, seems they have lots of great south bay. Mediocre at best.
07-01-2013 19:31:33 | More by MJsGhost
4.18/5 rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I will temper this by saying that I have only been to "Finley's" twice, but left with good feelings about the place both times.
Once was after a stop out to the Great South Bay Brewery/Tasting Room. It was in the afternoon on a Saturday. The place was bustling with people, as it was a nice out. Looking around, it was clear why the fellow at Great South Bay recommended them. While the selection is excellent, GSB is everywhere in the place. Which Im not saying is a bad thing.
Good quality brews offered on tap and a decent bottle list. Prices were good and there were specials.
The service was good. The staff was nice and attentive. Our server had to go back and check on the answers to a couple questions about beers they had on tap, but honestly, Id prefer that to making something up.
They have a beer club and a thing called Private Pub where you pour your own beer at the table. We did not avail ourselves, but it looked interesting.
The menu is solid for a pub. Excellent and creative takes on standard pub fare and it was well prepared and presented.
We had a nice lunch and wouldve stayed longer had it not been for the long ride home.
The second time we hit them up late night on a Friday. We were coming after a wedding and were staying out that way for the night. Place was busy. We had nice time. I noticed another review here mentioned the music being a bit loud. I'd go with that, but other than that it was a good time.
I would definitly recommend a pop in if you are in that neck of the woods.
06-18-2013 17:57:33 | More by BobConner
4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited here for the Cigar City meet the brewers.
A - I remember back when this place was Parrot Heads. The atmosphere is a bit of a mix of beer lovers and pub crawlers. Seems to try and be a bit of everything, which is hard to do.
Q - Taps of many great beers. Easy to find something you like on an average day. Served in proper glassware.
Ser - Fairly prompt, and bartenders know about their offerings. When I was there it was crowded, which made it tough to gauge service as they were quickly filling glasses.
F - No idea, didn't even see a menu. Not fair to note much here.
V - For what they are pouring it is fair. Avergae craft prices for the area.
Another solid craft beer bar for Long Island. These folks always seem to have events going on, so I'll be back.
09-15-2012 17:57:31 | More by socon67
4.36/5 rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Hard to argue with this place much. The taps are clean and rotated often. Many hard to find items and they have a cask tap, too.
They also have your "own private pub" where you can sit at one of three tables and pour your own out of the taps at the table, novelty that comes in well when the place is swamped.
They are very willing to work with you for fundraisers and very charitable, too. The only issue I have ever had in the place is one of the bartenders could not be bothered serving me for a long time. The bar had seven people in it and should could not tear herself away from two guys she was speaking with. I have been there many times and never had any issue except that weekend late afternoon. I will not go into the place if I see her working, just on principal.
09-10-2012 22:49:06 | More by jokerjim_65
3.98/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Atmosphere: Standard beer bar. Lots of space; they've got tables, booths, and a very long bar as well as an area out back. Tends to get extremely crowded on the weekends, though. They have a few too many bright LCD televisions for my taste, though. It gets to be a little bit of a sensory overload after a while.
Quality: Beer is always terrific, poured in proper glassware.
Service: I'm yet to have poor service - everyone has always been polite and kind.
Selection: Lots of great local stuff as well as more popular out of state brews such as Sierra Nevada, Dogfish Head, and some of the big Belgians. Bottle selection is impressive but I don't usually go out to the bar for bottles. There are several days of the week where they will have local pints for $4 each which is a great deal, especially if it's a higher ABV Blue Point, Great South Bay, or Greenport.
Food: I find the food is much better during the day. I've gotten sliders on a Sunday afternoon or a nice big burger and they were excellent, especially with some sweet potato fries. At night when things get a little busy, the quality starts to drop and go from pretty good bar food to another run of the mill meal of fried whatevers.
Overall, not a bad place. Definitely worth stopping buy to check out some new local beers on tap that you wouldn't normally be able to get.
06-14-2011 17:46:31 | More by EkimGram
3.78/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Purposely went during a non-busy time so I could get a seat at the bar and soak everything in. Not much of a beer vibe going on. Yes there is some beery stuff on the walls but it just reminds me of all of the other bars that have occupied this space over the years. The space is rather small. Its rectangular and has a bar that extends for most of the length of the place. There is about 2 or 3 booths and some odd tables. Don't come here just to eat as there might not be a spot to sit down. The bar has about 25 taps plus 1 cask tap. The bottle selection is decent, good selection but nothing crazy. Basically everything on tap or on bottle I can get in the local beer distributors. However, Long Island doesn't have many bars this dedicated to beer so its nice. The service went I went was attentive as I was asked if I wanted another as I got close to the end of my current beer. Nothing told me that they were super knowledgable about the beers as I asked what they had on tap and all I got was "some winters and a few pilsners". I must say their cask was just awful. The day I went it was Firestone Walker Pale Ale and it tasted like dirty tap line funk-ass. No hop flavor, or any pleasant flavor, whatsoever. It seems that they left that cask open for over a week. The menu seems decent but I didn't get any food at the time. Overall, not a bad place for the area but just average when it comes to beer bars.
01-08-2011 00:01:53 | More by Gmann
T.J. Finley's Public House in Bay Shore, NY
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