Barley's Smokehouse and Brewpub
Active Beers: 33
Beer Ratings: 233
Beer Avg: 3.89
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 20
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 49 | Show All Ratings:
3.86/5 rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25 | $$
My wife, daughter and I stopped here on a Friday afternoon for a late lunch. The place was not busy so we received great service. The pub is located along a busy commercial street among other commercial businesses. A wood-plank fence surrounds a patio at the front of the building (probably for privacy and to help screen out traffic noise), and the interior of the building has a lot of wood trim that is very fitting for a pub and a smokehouse. A large bar sits in the middle of the dining area, and the brewing equipment is visible through a large window toward the rear.
My wife and I chose a sampler flight with 4 of the 8 beers that were available, and my daughter ordered a pint of the Octoberfest. There is a full page of guest beers that is also offered, and I chose a pint of an Octoberfest from another brewery so that we could have a comparison. All of the beers were very tasty and pretty much to style so that our evaluations ranged from a C+ to a B- ratings.
I love smoked foods so I was in heaven in this place. We all ordered a smoked meat entree from the extensive menu, and we all really enjoyed what we chose. The food probably was rated by each of us higher than the beers.
We enjoyed this place so that we'd go back again when in the area. If anyone who likes smoked meats and beer, this is your place.
09-16-2013 20:43:43 | More by Mothergoose03
4.39/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
I stopped in before a Blue Jackets game. I've been to Barley's Alehouse several times. I've heard the food is better at Smokehouse and the beer is better at the Alehouse. I would have to disagree.
I sat at the U-shaped bar. There were only three other people. It was three o'clock in the afternoon, so I wasn't expecting a crowd, although the bar was full when I left at 4:30pm EST. I checked to see what was on tap before I headed down. I had a Roebling on nitro and Saint Joan's Revenge. Then I got a sampler of Robert Frost, MacLenny's Scotch ale, Highland Hammer (a mix of IPA and scotch ale), and Bitter Dan extreme IPA (it was extremely bitter). They also had plenty of guest taps and a limited but very nice bottle selection.
My date and I ordered sour kraut balls as an appetizer. We got six huge balls, and they were delicious. I was adequately nourished, but we decided to get a two meat sampler. I got the beef brisket with homemade baked beans, while my date got a 1/4 rack of baby back ribs and fries. The baked beans were fantastic and the brisket was very good. My date enjoyed her meal, and we left stuffed to the gills.
With a full belly and several beers in me, my bill was only $39. Both of our bartenders were very friendly and pleasant to look at. It was a Monday, and locals started coming in after work. It was mostly an older crowd which I like because they are not loud and obnoxious. I would love to return to the Smokehouse. I usually go to the Alehouse due to its proximity to Nationwide Arena, but I thought the beer and food were better here.
02-18-2013 22:31:57 | More by buschbeer
4.18/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
Overall: Good beers, fast service, nice local food (German, Polish & burgers).
Food: They had a great list of burgers. I did not try the Sam I Am burger, but the server recommended it and I strongly considered it. It was a burger with ham, an egg and pesto. A friend got the Cleveland Burger (burger with pierogies and kielbasa sausage). I tried the schnitzel with spaetzle. It was a fine meal and it came out surprisingly fast.
Beers: I tried the Auld Curiosity (American Strong Ale). It had great body with the dark stone fruits characteristic of strong ales along with good resiny goodness. Amber color and light carbonation. I also got the Russian Imperial Stout. It was served a little cold and carbonated for my taste. But as it warmed great dark chocolate and dark fruit flavors came out.
Atmosphere: Cool old posters on the wall, but otherwise a pretty standard brew pub look. Long and deep as a restaurant. TV in front. Nice booths in the back.
Value: Pints and meals were pretty average pries.
Location: Right downtown near the convention center.
01-23-2013 03:21:05 | More by Yeastcakes
4.18/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Vibe: The brewpub is conveniently located a few blocks away from an exit on I-670 and has its own parking lot. It seemed to be a popular lunch spot because I arrived on a Monday during lunchtime and the parking lot was filling up. The interior had a choice of seating at booths, tables and a large bar area.
Quality: I really enjoyed this brewpub because it combined high quality food along with good beer.
Service: The wait staff seemed friendly and both the food and drinks arrived very quickly.
Selection: The brewpub has an impressive selection consisting of 6 house taps, 8 guest taps and 20 guest bottles. Within each of these categories, there were a variety of styles of beers to choose from.
Food: I regretted not coming to this place for dinner because the BBQ ribs looked impressive. Instead, I settled for an appetizer of fried sauerkraut balls and a beef brisket sandwich, both of which were quite tasty.
Value: Both the food and beers seemed to be very reasonably priced. It was only $5.50 for a flight of four beers.
08-17-2012 15:17:52 | More by metter98
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here for dinner with some extended family and some brews.
Respectable tap list, usually about six of their own beers on tap plus a decent guest tap list (last time I was in there they had some Tommyknocker, Green Flash, Pumking, White Rajah, and some Founders Porter), plus a few more bottles.
Flights were pretty reasonable if I can recall, 4 5-oz pours for $6 or someting like that.
Their brews are decent, especially their IPAs, all the beer seemed fresh and the service was good.
Food was typical pub fare, I got the pulled pork and it was quite good. Prices were all reasonable, I'd be happy to go back.
10-06-2011 14:55:57 | More by BeerBuckeye
3.7/5 rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
A decent BBQ place with some pretty good beer. I came twice during the summer.
Atmosphere is good, kind of has it all. A patio, pool tables, wooden booths and a big dining area. Bottles and caps cover the walls with some cool vintage signs as well.
Service is good, not sure if they known a ton about they beer but they keep it coming.
The selection is less than stellar, only 5-6 beers from Barleys on tap along with the some guests. Bottle selection is 12-15, they almost have some bourbon and scotch. But I wouldn't come to this for the selection, the beer taste fresh and good. Nothing that is going to blow your socks off though.
The food is pretty good, the bbq isn't bad and the baked beans are great.
Overall this brewpub is a decent restaurant with decent beer. You aren't going to be amazed by anything but you won't find anything disappointing either.
08-01-2011 02:16:48 | More by Bogforce
4.03/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Unlike its older sibling downtown, The Smokehouse has its own building which affords it more room for seating and brewing. However, the bar area is surprisingly half the size of the other location (go figure). Not only is the physical size of the building larger, but the food selection includes all of the normal bar fare, with a huge addition of a smoked meat section. If you like barbecue style food I would check it out, but again that was not the task at hand.
While we waited for a table to open up (25 minute wait on a Friday), I walked over to the bar and dove into a St. Joan's Revenge (their Russian Imperial Stout aged in Jack Daniels barrels.) Now I should have known better then to come out of the blocks in a full sprint, but this 12% beer was too tempting to wait for a table . . .order a sampler . . . drink the weaker beers . . . and then try it. No, this was a "do not pass Go", order as soon as you walk in the door type of beer that didn't disappoint. Although the Jack Daniels flavor was subtle, you could definately taste that it was aged in wooden barrels and you could pretty much taste all 12% of the alcohol in this black but not overly thick beverage.
Now that my taste buds were nice and desimated, the sampler was probably a moot point, but the show must go on. The sampler was not necessarily the normal fare that a brewpub would shell out to the masses. Three of the 5 beers (with the exception of the Scottish and afore mentioned stout) were pretty hop forward, and despite my bold selection to start the night, I thought the beers tasted really great and fresh. Not sure if I know the rhyme or reason, but I would say that the experience (at least beer-wise) at the Smokehouse was more enjoyable then the Downtown location.
If you're heading to a Jackets game and want to grab a bite and beers for the game, I would check out the Barley's Downtown location. But for my money, I would check out the Smokehouse for a really good beer experience at a pretty down to earth restaurant.
06-24-2011 14:14:52 | More by UnionBrew
4.03/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Only had time for one stop in Columbus, glad we picked Barleys Smokehouse.
Location is right on 33 near Grandview. Plenty of parking. Nice location, wish there was a close motel.
6 or 7 house beers,about the same number of guest taps, which were interesting.The bottle selection, while not huge, was also interesting and included Nugget Nectar. We stuck with the house beers and had a Bitter Dan Extreme IPA, a scottish ale, and an old ale.All were very well done.
The food was solid, if unspectacular. The sauerkraut balls were fabulous. We also splt a BBQ sampler plate which was hit or miss. The ribs and pulled pork were decent, but the brisket was a bit dry, and the smoked turkey a little salty.
We sat at the bar and got very good service.
Definately a place we will return.
03-13-2011 14:23:00 | More by wingedeel
4.45/5 rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
My wife and I love love LOVE the Smokehouse! This is a homey place kind of like the Cheers bar, where the bartender knows your name and your drink and the old bar flies have been there for ages (or so it seems).
We like that and the fact that it is pretty empty and quiet. If you prefer a more crowded, sports- and youth-oriented bar, look elsewhere. But if you want just a nice relaxed neighborhood bar to drink some high-quality beers, come to the Smokehouse.
I like a lot of their housebrews, their IPA (which tastes better here than at Barley's Downtown, for some reason), their Russian Imp Stout (draft and cask) and a lot of other stuff.
Their guest beers are usually fantastic, everything from Great Divide to Southern Tier and Ommegang, quality brews.
Food is pretty good, they have some interesting items. Their barbecue is alright but we really like the "Cuban cigars". Try those! Their menu just changed as of August 2010, so we'll have to check it out.
Service is great, attentive and fun. The girl behind the bar is a perfect bartender, approachable and so nice, she makes you feel like a local right in!
The only negative would be that it is a little pricey, specially the food. But not crazy. Love the Smokehouse!
08-30-2010 18:08:45 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.05/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
This is the first location of Barleys that I visited.
The smokehouse is more of a restaurant than the downtown location. Seating is abundant, there are pool tables as well as some outdoor patio seating. The bar is smallish, about the same size as the one downtown. It might seat about 15 people.
They will have a few of the same beers here as they do downtown but a few different. In other words, each location will feature different Barleys beers.
I feel that their guest tap and bottle list is much stronger at this location. I have personally tasted GI Night Stalker on tap here, seen HopSlam, Bear Republic, Southampton, Boulder Obovoid Stout and a few other beers that arent around town very often.
It might just be me, but I feel like they feature more stouts here than they do downtown. It would make sense if this were true as these styles pair nicely with the BBQ style menu.
The food is pretty awesome. Great BBQ. One of the cities go to places for tangy, spicy and smokey BBQ.
When it comes to Columbus beer culture, this and its sister brewpub can not be overlooked.
04-22-2010 05:42:23 | More by MbpBugeye
Barley's Smokehouse and Brewpub in Columbus, OH
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