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Taps: 29 / Bottles: 40
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

10 Ratings
Ratings: 10
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.05%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

4113 Erie St
Willoughby, Ohio, 44094-7806
United States
phone: (440) 942-5151

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @ballantinedtw

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: dustylong on 08-03-2007)
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barleysangel

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

I love this place. Any place that has Lindeman's Frambrois on tap gets my vote.

Their beer selection is awesome. and they have a good selection of beer types also.

They have great food, fire oven pizzas, mussels, scallops, and not so typical chicken, fish and steak entrees.

In the month of February, they have IPAlooza, 29 IPAs in 29 days, in conjunction with the bar, 1899. For $20, you get a shirt and a chance to drink IPA not available to the public and tapping events.

Here is the list for Feb 2012:
At Ballantine
• Willoughby Cosmic IPA
• New Holland Rye Hatter IPA
• Three Floyds Alpha King
• Nogne O Triple IPA
• Stone 15th Black IPA
• Dogfish Burton Baton
• Fort Collins Incredible Hop
• Southern Tier Unearthly
• Almond 22 Peppercorn IPA
• Thornbridge Kipling Pale
• Bell's Hop Slam
• Founders DBL Trouble
• Troubadour Magma Cascade
• Stone/Ninkasi More Brown than Black IPA
• Avery Maharaja
• Fatheads or Brew Kettle

At 1899 Pub:
• Victory Hop Wallop
• Green Flash Rayon Vert
• Willoughby Moonshadow IPA
• Lost Coast DBL Trouble
• Coronado IPA
• Maumee Bay IPA
• Two Bros Resistance
• He'brew 15th Anniversary
• Sam Smith IPA
• Anderson Valley IMP IPA
• North Peak Burly IPA
• Sierra Ruthless Rye IPA
• Boulder Mojo Risin'

They also have craft beer nights on Wed. $3/pt.

02-01-2012 21:56:43 | More by barleysangel
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hop4me

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

I like to eat and drink at Ballentine! About 30 taps...always have several new selections each week...along with seasonal selections and everyday favorites. A beer menu and the big chalk board describe the style, ABV. size of pour and price.

Every week there are new brews being tapped. Very good selection of American, Belgium and European craft brews in many different styles. Green Flash from CA, Great Divide from CO, Brewdog from Scotland, Bells from MI to name a few of my favorites. The brews are served at a good temp.

It always feels comfortable here. The service at the bar has always been good. The bartenders/managers, especially Jason really know and select good beers.

The food is freshly prepared and tastes good. Personally I would like to see more local foods on the menu. We support local independent restaurants and local food suppliers.
Overall we like Ballentine and have been coming here on a regular basis.

11-12-2010 14:42:32 | More by hop4me
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$

Seemed very out of place for Willoughby. Setup reminded me of something I would see in say downtown Boston, where the windows/walls all around opened up in nice weather directly onto the street. Lighting wasn't too low, and the music was at a comfortable volume so it could be heard, but didn't make you shout to talk. Showed up during happy hour, maybe 3 other tables occupied. Service was decent. Not in your face every 2 minutes, but also didn't disappear forever. Reasonable tap list, seemed to be split half Belgian, half American. A definite lack of anything local or specifically seasonal, otherwise it was pretty balanced to most tastes. Food was pretty good. Belgian frites were awesome, pizza was decent, but thin on toppings. Drafts and food were very reasonably priced, "big" bottles seemed high, other bottles were ok.

10-26-2010 00:44:32 | More by mountdew1
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Went here the other night with a few coworkers.

Couple of beers (on tap) out of stock - a little aggrevating. No aggarent bastard. No pandora's bock, no Racer 5. Had 471, though, sweeet!

Selection of beers was pretty good. Nice range of domestic and import. Most imports were belgian.

Service was outstanding. Our waitress knew her beer and knew the menu. Good recommendations.

Food was outstanding as well. I had the heart stopper pizza (meat lovers, mmm, sausage and bacon). Appetizer recommendation (breads and spreads, pizza dough, flavored, with three spreads) was amazing.

There are three beer destinations in downtown Willougby. I haven't been to 1899 or Willoughby Brewing, but I will be back to Ballantine. An absolutely amazing dining and drinking experience.

06-28-2009 01:29:02 | More by JamnesCameron
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cleveland361

Ohio

5/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

`i spent a fri night here from 7 til about midnight and i had the best experience ive had in a while at a bar. the music was awsome and so was the vibe. the mix they played was outstanding and it changed as the crowd grew. dinner was busy and at 11 the bar was packed with ages from 21 to 50. the bathrooms were very clean as well as the mordern well desinged bar. i love the leather couchs that are placed in the back by the fire place, also the several hd tvs.

`the quality if the food drink and atmosphere is a 10! you can tel this place was done right.

`the service was really good as well and seemed to be very informed with beer and food. the manager was very friendly as well and stop at our table to talk and he found out this was my first time so he sent over a dessert on the house.(thank you)

`as far as beer selections go i dont think that you car do any better. they had kwak, piraat, dfh, chimay, bells, rogue, gulden draak, sam smith, brooklyn and may more. they also have a good martini and mojito list, and a nice wine list. they food menu had lots of stone oven pizzas and lots of other stuff.

`the food was great. i had a pizza and it was fantastic. it was called the heart stopper. my wife had a salad and she loved it.

`for the type of beer they carry it was very reasonably priced. i saw wed they do a 3$ craft beer night. the food was also a value. way better than willoughby brewing company.

i will for sure go back and reccomend it to others...

12-13-2008 06:29:58 | More by cleveland361
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adamette

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$

Returned from this place, where we ate dinner, about an hour ago.

Atmosphere. Classic but modern with dark wood with modern lighting, very warm presentation, very comfortable. Booths along with bar height tables. I liked how nearly every table had a bench and a set of chairs. Place is deceivingly big, holding may 200 but from the street it looks a lot smaller. Not a lot of signage in the dining area (that is a good thing) but some really cool metal signs in the hallways in the back. Signs from Kwak, Dogfish Head, Delerium Tremens among others were presented in a classy way. Slightly less classy at the urinals there were coasters from Gulden Draak, Piraat, Delerium Tremens, and Kwak (again!). One last thing...they had a "back room" of sorts which featured a fireplace (likely gas...I did not study it) with a few leather couches for lounging. Very cool I think. I really enjoyed this atmosphere.

Quality. Quite good. They rinse out all glasses before serving and use appropriate glassware. This is a high class place.

Service. Just fine except that our waitress tried to remember our order and brought out the wrong sandwiches which were the same price but that is a pretty big mistake. I also thought that she was a bit slow but I was VERY hungry upon entering this place so I concedede that I was impatient to begin with.

Selection. Really good. 29 taps, probably hundreds of bottles (I did not count or see a difinitive number but there were multitudes of them) and American craft, Belgians, English, Irish, were well represented. I do not recall seeing any BMC but I am sure that it is available. I do recall seeing a PBR sign near the bar come to think of it. Kwak was the featured draft. The taps had two New Holland offerings, Gulden Draak, Piraat, Loose Cannon. In short, a great selection.

Food. We ordered a few club sandwiches with Belgian Fries and got a few Cuban sandwiches with Belgian Fries. We were so hungry that we ate the sandwiches anyway and they were very good. The Belgian fries were exceptional with green sprigs and garlic cloves included. They reminded me of the fries at McNaulty's Bier Markt. Other tables had ordered crab cakes and other appetizers looked very good indeed.

Value. Just fine. Sandwiches with fries were $8.99 and bowl of brooklyn cheddar soup was $3.99. Some of the entrees were $14.99 and the most expensive item (steak) was $19.99.

Notes: This place is a lot nicer than the outside of it suggests. From the street it looks like an average pub (possibly a step nicer than that) and frankly it looked a little stuffy but the quality, the atmosphere and the selection make this is great destination for BA's. I certainly recommend it over Willoughby Brewing Company and 1899 Pub which are both within walking distance. I will most certainly be going back to this place.

11-21-2008 03:59:48 | More by adamette
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cooncat

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

Went here after reading a review here on BA. Went with a fellow BA on a Tuesday evening. Not much of a crowd on a regular Tuesday evening, which was to our benefit.

Decor is semi-modern, clean and neat. Very comfortable, with ample room at the bar(s) and many various tables and nooks. Immaculate restrooms. Background music might be called a cross between 'light/techno/easy listening'. Audio level easy for conversation. Several HD TV screens around if you need that sort of thing.

Good selection of various foods, from starters to entrees to sandwiches. We felt the food was a good value and well prepared and delivered in a timely manner.

The waitress was very knowledgeable about both the beer and the food. She could answer any question. The beer selection is outstanding, and I had my very first Chimay White on tap .. what a treat! Others on tap are from DFH, Great Lakes, Southern Tier, New Holland, Bells .. not to mention Chimay, Piraat, Gulden and others. Each beer type was served in an appropriate container and size. Very impressive.

My BA friend and I were both impressed with the food, atmosphere, service and most especially, the beer selection (didn't mention the bottled beers, but they have quite a selection there as well). We are definitely going back to this place. Its in the same area as Willoughby Brewing Co., 1899 and Mularkey's, but I think it's the classiest of the lot .. definitely the best beer selection.

Very worthwhile checking out!

11-12-2008 02:08:43 | More by cooncat
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UDbeernut

New York

4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$

Ballantine is on the corner of Glenn Ave and Erie Street in Willoughby Ohio. It is next to 1899 Pub and across the street from the Willoughby brewing.

This used to be my wife's favorite resturant. The menu used to feature modern twist on everyday cuisine (ie. Lobster Club Sandwich). Over several visits we notice the wait staff is constatly changing. Our orders were consistanly wrong. The menu was changed last time to become more of a pizza and burger place. Not bad, but instead of correcting the service they change an oustanding menu to bacically a TGIF.

Enough with the cuisine, beer selection is excellent. Typically on tap are Brooklyn, Great Lakes, Chimay, Leffe, Gulden Draak, Magic Hat, Dogfish Head.

Many beers on bottle, but I never really pay attention to them since the on tap selection is extremely good.

Atmosphere is good, mixed crowd of young and old. The decor is dark and slightly modern but understated.

Worth a visit. Top 3 Beer Bar in Cleveland Metro, no doubt.

11-07-2008 18:10:42 | More by UDbeernut
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dustylong

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$

This is a pretty impressive beer bar, located in the heart of Downtown Willoughby. They have a pretty good selection of beer, including many imports and craft brews, and the place looks very nice inside. The place attracts a slightly older crowd (at least thats what it seemed like when I was there) than you see at many of the bars in the area. The servers and bartenders are also fairly knowledgeable about beer (especially the ones they sell). They have 29 taps and over 50 in bottles...and they're all good. You will only find one domestic on tap, and a handful in bottles. They are definitely focused on their beer. Companies on their beer list includes: Corsendonk, Bell's, Chimay, Rochefort, Westmalle, Koningshoeven (including Dubbel Tripel, and Quadrupel), Duvel, Lindeman's, Magic Hat, Three Floyds, Great Lakes Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada, Goose Island, Rogue, Unibroue, and Leffe). I did not have any food while I was there, but everyone I spoke with there seemed to think the food was very good. Some of the beers were expensive (up to $10, maybe more), while others may be considered a better "value" (such as Ballantine for $3). This bar could probably be considered "a bit pricey". Overall, a very good beer bar in the area (probably the best in Lake County). It's not that their selection is huge, it's that its that its a good selection. They wanted to make every beer they carry "count" (from what it seemed), and they have a fairly knowledgeable staff. If you're in the area, check this place out (there are also several other bars in downtown Willoughby, including the Willoughby Brewing Company).

08-04-2007 02:25:01 | More by dustylong
Ballantine in Willoughby, OH
94 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.