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The J. Clyde

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The J. ClydeThe J. Clyde
BA SCORE
98
world-class

58 Ratings
Ratings: 58
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: n/a
Taps: 60
Bottles: 200
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1312 Cobb Ln S
Birmingham, Alabama, 35205-4918
United States
phone: (205) 939-1312

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Notes:
Place added by: Poser on 12-08-2007

Casks are now tapped on Friday at 4pm; call ahead.

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Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 41
Reviews by Dreizhen:
Photo of Dreizhen
4.28/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

This is not the type of place I would expect to find in Birmingham, Alabama.

Met a friend here for a late lunch in route to New Orleans and I was very pleasantly surprised. Very good selection of beer (I say that after coming back from a summer in Brussels) and not terribly expensive (aside from a few things, namely the Belgian beers). I had a flight that was pretty reasonably priced in relation to the selection and a very good burger. Had a recommendation for something from a bartender at the Mellow Mushroom around the corner, but I forgot the name. Regardless, I'd stick with the sandwiches or burgers. And add goat cheese to whatever you get. Pleasant atmosphere, nice waitstaff and bartender, cool interior. Wasn't too packed at 2-4 PM when I was there, but there were a few regulars, all of whom seemed nice enough.

If you're in the area, you definitely have to try it out.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mecmd
4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of brewskifan55
4.46/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

We were able to get in early and found a good seat (and a glass of El Gordo). Our waiter was really attentive; he even found me a great J. Clyde logo glass to purchase. My wife went nuts over her steak and egg. The chicken fingers are terrific. And the beer selection can't be beat. The patio out back was covered and heated since it was winter. I look forward to coming here again and surfing the draft menu. Wish we had a place like this back home.

Photo of Jenebauer
4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Evango
4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of JackRWatkins
5/5  rDev +12.1%

the best craft beer selection of any bar or restaurant in bham that I know of, the food is great as well

Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great spot for rare and hard to find beers in Birmingham. It is very dark and kinda dirty, but their selection is incredible. The major downside for me is that they have a single seat bathroom and there is always a line. They take reservations, so it can sometimes be hard to find a table to eat at. The food is great, I have never had anything bad there. The service usually is lackluster, but from time to time you get a good server/bartender. Must visit if you are coming to Bham!

Photo of justinm4bama
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of watsontiger98
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of KMitch
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Justinbshelton
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of elkinbrown
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of jmfallig
5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of AUGRAD06
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great selection of beers on tap and in bottles. Bartenders are knowledgeable. They do flights if you want to try a wide variety, just let them know what you like and they'll make you an interesting selection to try. Food is great, but a little on the pricy side. Try the humus it's fantastic!

Photo of Eric15
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of ryan604
4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of crowbar540
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of osupuck19
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Great place for great beer selection and quality. Food was average, but everything else about this place was amazing. Definitely try one of the cask beers if you go here - a unique experience that you don't find many places. Had my first World-Class beer here when traveling for work.

Photo of RyanInGA
4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great place to hang out and enjoy some beer and food with some friends. This is the first place I ever tried a cask style beer. I definitely recommend trying a cask beer as it is a unique beer experience. I love the pub feel of the place. Our server was knowledgeable of the beer selection. Ask for the beer list as the selection is extensive.

Photo of joshodonn
4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I have been frequenting the J. Clyde for almost 3 years now as a business traveler. I am in Birmingham about one week a month and usually find myself at the J. Clyde more evenings than not when I am in Birmingham. As far as beer bars go, this used to be THE place to go in Birmingham if you wanted to find unique and hard-to-find brews. The unfortunate thing about that is the staff knew that as well and thought VERY highly of themselves. I have seen a lot of folks get pretty bad service or be sold on crappy beers just so they can empty a keg and put something new on. Thankfully for me I usually get pretty decent service because I've gotten to know most of the bartenders and I tip well, so they remember me even though they don't see me all that often. I'm thinking that now that there are a few new places popping up in town (World of Beer, Hop City, etc) that the J. Clyde may have to re-evaluate their attitudes or risk losing business. Don't get me wrong, I love the place and will continue to frequent it, I'm just saying the staff can be somewhat pretentious. The beer selection can vary from day to day and they aren't real consistent with updating their draft lists so that can be quite frustrating when you ask for 5 beers before you find one they actually still have on tap. The food is really good, I don't know that I've had anything there that I wouldn't recommend. I really love their BLT made with a fried green tomato. Their house made balsamic vinaigrette dressing is also phenomenal.

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The J. Clyde in Birmingham, AL
98 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.