Brickwall Tavern & Dining Room
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Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
5/5 rDev +31.2%
I'm pretty sure this is my first review since joining in 2006, so that should mean something in and of itself. New to the area from Pittsburgh, had a couple of awesome beers (Kentucky breakfast and a Piraat- both draft. The Piraat tasted better than I'd ever had.) Both bartenders were awesome, great music and chill atmosphere. To top it all off, one of the bartenders, Bridget, tipped ME a heady topper. Even after I insisted that she should keep all 4. Top notch. Thanks Bridget, I'll be back to the Brickwall often.
10-15-2013 02:27:17 | More by SammyI3omber
3.74/5 rDev -1.8%
Stopped in here recently before seeing King's X at the Stone Pony, as it seemed like the best bar in the vicinity of said venue, and it's within easy walking distance. It's a pretty nice place, simple, tidy. Casual layout, with generic beer slogans lining the walls, and plenty of TV screens; not a huge place, but they use the space well. There's a bit of a rowdy (douchey), college-kid / broseph vibe going on, but that's not really the fault of the bar as much as it is of the clientele. But it's Asbury Park, so take that as you will. When I visited it was pretty busy and noisy, but our party of three still managed to snag bar seats after a few minutes.
The service was fine. Busy as it was, our bartender never left us waiting. She also seemed fairly in tune with the beer scene and was able to offer suggestions to my not-so-beer-savvy friend before I could chime in with my opinion.
As far as beer goes, they had a nice, diverse selection displayed, with such items as Lunch and KBS in the cellar. However, they seemed to really have a problem with updating their beer lists. The chalkboard over the bar didn't match the lists at the seats, and even the paper lists weren't up to date, so I had to come up with backup plans for pretty much every beer I ordered. The plus side to that is that it seems like they turn around kegs pretty quick, so at least you know you're getting fresh beer...even if it's not the one you originally wanted. I think these guys would really benefit from a digital taplist, or if they don't want to make that investment, they really need to get on the ball with keeping their lists updated.
Food is basically pub grub. Nothing out of the ordinary, but all pretty good. I had the pulled pork, which was really nothing to write home about, but it was decent. Prices were generally reasonable on food and beer.
Overall, I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to revisit this place, but if I ever find myself going to a show in Asbury Park (it happens rarely, but it does happen), I'd have no problem going back.
05-10-2013 23:05:42 | More by Rifugium
4.15/5 rDev +8.9%
Beer selection is GREAT. Food is GREAT. There are wide-screen tvs at just about every angle viewable from most of the tables; but the volume isn't so high as to disturb. Table wait-staff are, for the most part, GREAT. Unfortunately, one of the "hostesses" is a bit of a disinterested bee-yotch who seems to think she's doing you a favor by paying ANY attention to you whatsoever. I have resisted kvetching about her for a couple of months now; but last time I dropped-in for dinner and a beer, I thought to myself, "no, she's not just having a bad night - she really is a [insert your favorite 4-letter word]." What ever. I still like this place a lot. Just wish daddy-owner (I'm guessing) would encourage Junior-ette to find a job truly worthy of her elevated social status and give the rest of us a break...
I still heartily recommend this place. The hideous-skinny-jeans-ludicrously-full-of-myself-hipster factor is also surprisingly manageable for downtown AP...
12-22-2012 15:55:04 | More by AloysiusNJ
3.86/5 rDev +1.3%
This place is a welcome addition to a pathetic Jersey Shore beer scene. Bar is on a busy main street in downtown Asbury Park. Area is clean and safe (though I would not venture to far- if you do follow the rule of not parking if there is broken auto glass in the street). You need a masters degree in parking meters to figure out how to use the ones in the area. The area and the bar seem to be recently renovated, but there were still enough locals to retain areas "atmosphere". Inside the bar is your typical inner city renovated drinking space (brick walls, hard wood floor and chalk boards). Bartenders were helpful (living in Vermont I know how to deal with the urban slacker/ wierdo/ biker combo), though the place was empty. They had Lost Abbey, Blue Point, Keegans on tap. Priced slighty high, but fine. Lines were clean. Would return.
04-19-2012 11:19:25 | More by Flashy
4.55/5 rDev +19.4%
There's something about this place that beckons me back again and again. It might be the eclectic crowd it draws, it might be the engaging bar tenders, or maybe it's the beer.
The bar wait staff is great. If they have the time to talk they will. They are knowledgeable about beer and have no problem letting you try a sip or three of an unknown beer. Three bartenders that come to mind are John, Alicia, and Kelly.
Their beer list changes often so you never know what to expect. On a recent visit they had Founder's Breakfast Stout (makes Guinness taste like club soda), Stone Double Bastard, Flying Dog Double IPA, Sierra Nevada Oliva quad, a mead, and you get the idea. They often pour Chimay too. They even had Dogfishhead Fort 18% ABV. Wow!
My only complaint is $10 for some of their offerings are steep. Yes, I know the malt quantity of high gravity beer and the ridiculous amounts of hops they use are expensive but on a trip last week to "The Ginger Man" in Manhattan these same beers were $8-$9. I don't imagine Cookman Avenue rent is worst than midtown Manhattan.
The food is pretty good. Chili, burgers, ribs all good. Occasionally the food comes out less than hot but decent stuff overall. Definitely worth checking out.
01-22-2012 15:46:11 | More by Nothopless
2.98/5 rDev -21.8%
Sunday afternoon, a little dead, the service was almost non existant, having said that, this is a great addition to the Jersey Shore for those that prefer something other than Bud lite.
I started with a Terrapin Rye Ale, my wife had a Dogfish Aprihop as did our friend after strangely being sold on a Lagunits Pils when she was asking about a Palm Belgian?
Later I had a stone IPA and my wife had a Chimay. All the beer was served fresh and tasted excellent, the food was also really good but at the end of the day the service was so ambivalent I don't really feel like making the 2 mile trip from Belmar that often.
04-18-2010 21:05:34 | More by cilldalua
Brickwall Tavern & Dining Room in Asbury Park, NJ
87 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.