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Nachbar

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

22 Ratings
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 12.97%
Taps: 16
Bottles: 60
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar ]

969 Charles St
Louisville, Kentucky, 40204-2403
United States
phone: (502) 637-4377

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(Place added by: oldefortran on 12-08-2007)
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Reviews by jwjon1:
Photo of jwjon1
2.76/5  rDev -34.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

Cool place... Decent vibe... Animal friendly to a fault: it's not every day you see a cat freely strutting across the bar, and a black cat at that... Decent tap list.... Nice outdoor patio... Neighborhood bar... Reasonably priced... In other words, a lot of positives.

But what gives with serving good beer in plastic cups???? Snobby as it is, big negative points there in quality and service. This place has the goods to be a quality beer bar, but under delivers. And all because of a little plastic. So easy to fix, but perhaps I'm one of the only folks who cares about glassware?

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Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of tonafernandez
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Crowded place but nothing like i was expecting, got a chance to sit on the bar, pretty small by the way, the beer list its just awesome, great, food is really good, bartender its really nice and they know their s***, if you are in the area its definitely a place to check out.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of gunclubchris
4.94/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Nachbar is easily among the best beer joints in Louisville. They always have a pretty large selection of world beers in bottles, and rotate a wide variety of tap beers of all styles from all locations. If liquor is more "your thing", they provide some of the cheapest mixed drinks and valuable calls I have had in the city.

When it comes to beer pricing, I rarely purchase bottled beer here - so I can't rightly speak to that. However, I have always felt that Nachbar's pricing on draft beer is more than fair. I usually spend $5-6 on pints of beer that I would actually break for more on. The staff is very active on social networking mediums, so you will always receive real-time updates when they throw something amazing on tap. If you'd rather get a pitcher of something good and cheap, Nachbar is an Old Style bar, complete with the beat-up sign out front. Old Style!

Staff are all very knowledgeable and seem as if they genuinely enjoy the product they serve.

The only slight drawback is the size of the place. It is a medium-sized joint with a massive outdoor patio, so Nachbar has that going for it. The only time the atmosphere gets in the way is when they house live music. Unless you came specifically for the music, your conversation will surely be drowned out on the bar's weekly "Big Band Night" or on night's with the infrequent local show.

I personally love the place all the more for this. I'd rather scream secrets in a wonderful local establishment with an amazing draft selection than hope to hell for something slightly crafty at a Buffalo Wild Wings. Nachbar is highly recommended for lovers of beer - and for those who are looking to go out and relax.

The mantra of the bar is "No Smiling" - but upon visiting the Nachbar, it becomes immediately obvious that the mantra is meant to be ironic. A good time will be had by all.

Photo of HopsMatt
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

If youre looking to hang out with some friends and have a few good beers, this place is perfect. Its not a really fancy or sparkling clean bar, but its a bar. With really good beer. And ingredients for mixed drinks if you are so inclined. They have an outdoor seating area in the back thats equal to the indoor space and is always hopping, unless its raining out. Prices are reasonable, so you can stay quite a long time and still have money left over for the church offering in the morning ;)

This is my favorite bar to go to in the summer on those hot humid nights. The atmosphere here is a little bit of everything. All types of people in a neighborhood bar enjoying beer and having fun!

Photo of Bourbon
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Good news or bad news first?
Let's get the bad over with. It won't take long.

Nachbar has the annoying tendency to schedule shows when I'd want to drink there. I don't want to pay money to go inside so I can give you money, assuming I can get to the bar at all.
Also: the restrooms are terrible. Bad enough that it spoils the otherwise decent experience a bit.

Now the good news.
While the bartenders are not there to make friends, they are quick. That's a variety of service I like.

The selection is not terribly deep, but good. Nachbar does not pander to those who drink macros. It unabashedly serves good beer. The atmosphere reflects that. Try to find the word "Budweiser" ANYWHERE in the bar and you will go lacking.

Great patio spaces make up for the tiny space indoors, and it's nice to have a good beer with your dog by your side.

Nachbar is its' own bar, exactly what it wants to be. I think I like it that way.

Photo of compass40204
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I rarely visit Germantown, though I live close to the HIghlands/Germantown border. Once in a while I travel to the nachbar. Their beer selection is one of the 5 best in the area I'd say. The hipsters have sort of claimed it as their own, it seems. That's probably the worst thing about the place, but it makes for a great street show at closing time as they all try to start their rickety old mopeds. As busy as the place can get, the bartenders are usually rather quick and efficient, but rarely stop for conversation. If you take too long to order a drink they'll skip you and come back. They've never been rude to me, though they seem to uphold the "frowning on smiling" slogan fairly well. That said, I'm still a fan of the place.

Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

First of all I have to say I was impressed not just with the beer scene in Louisville, KY but the overall city as well. This is a really cool place to visit.
My favorite stop out of all of them was here - the Nachbar, a grungy little local's hangout hidden in the bowels of the Germantown District of Louisville. This place has been a bar for a long time but apparently the Nachbar only since 2005(?) If you think you're getting lost in a residential area, you're about there! A screen door leads to a long wooden bar that takes up most of the interior. Concrete floor if I remember correctly. There is a small area near the right end of the building for a band to play. This same end has the restrooms within it (graffiti added at no extra charge). A wall behind the bar has about 15 or so taps on it. A hand written and copied tap list is handed out when you get there (love it). Quite a few bottles available as well. The crowd varies during the day: Daytime is sparsely populated with older local "good 'ol boys" as evening wears on, a younger kitschy-trendy crowd moves in. The bartender says some nights can get packed. They don't serve food at this place, but a local guy was grilling outside and even though we didn't eat, everyone said his food is really good. They had some surprising beers on tap including Duchesse De Bourgogne, a specialty Brooklyn Brewery Brew, and harder to find local brews. The bartender we had was very beer knowledgeable and friendly to talk with. If you don't like local blue collar scenes, this isn't your place. If you want the best beer and local flavor, this is it!

Photo of apfactor
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

What a great bar. With globalization in full swing and cookie cutter bars all over the place Nachbar is a huge breath of fresh air. It is an unpretentious neighborhood bar enhanced by house lamp lighting and the sound of a creaking screen door in the background. Exposed brick, cement floors, furnace and people's dogs sniffing each other, makes you feel like you are hanging out in someone's basement; so if you are the "fancy pants-Bar Louie" type you may not like it. Great place for a beer lover with 16 solid taps stretching from overseas to local Louisville brews. Friendly knowledgeable staff also; I will definitely be back. My kind of joint.

Photo of Cresant
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Nachbar is a "Drinking Establishment". This is a well hidden neighborhood bar that has been co-opted by the hipsters. Not that I'm complaining.

There are 16 taps, none are filled with macros. There are no Bud neon signs, but there are Chimay and vintage Falls City beer signs on the wall. There is a full bar but no food. You can bring food in and you can bring your dog if you want.

There are two patio areas with wooden picnic tables. The interior is wide but not deep. There is a long bar and several tall, narrow tables opposite the bar. There are some metal tables and chairs inside and to the right of the bar.

The single toilet bathrooms are clean but a little scary. No locks, no door handle even--just a hole where the handle used to be. The sink is in the main room of the bar-between the men's and women's bathroom. No frills.

There is live music and an awesome jukebox which had Miles Davis, Outkast, Willie Nelson, Radiohead, My Morning Jacket, Eartha Kitt, Beck, Gnarls Barkley, vintage Louisville punk like Kinghorse and Slint.

And the beer.... It's great. The taps available on my recent visit were: St. Bernardus Abt 12, Bitburger pils, Dogfish Head Festina Peche, Guinness, Cumberland Yerba Mate, Bell's Two Hearted Ale, Browning's Bourbon Barrel Stout, Newcastle, Aventinus, Kasteel, Lindeman's Framboise, Wittekerke, a smoked beer I could not i.d., and a Bluegrass Brewing Co. offering. Wow.

There are bottles too, Bell's , Unibroue, Pinkus, DFH, Urquell, etc. Bud and Miller are available but no advertising for them is visible (that's refreshing). Obligatory cans of PBR are available. I visited on a weeknight which was friendly and laid back. I have heard it can get really crowded on the weekends, especially with the live music. Tattered, lived in, but all around impressive.

Photo of Onibubba
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This was my kind of place. Great mix of people, and good music. We were there before 8, so avoided the cover. People were dressed either very casually or on the trendy side. Big ass 16 oz branded glasses of Aventinus shared the spotlight with cans of PBR as the beer of choice. The country music billed was thankfully more along the lines of Rock a billy. Has 2 patios for your smoking needs. Gets pretty packed after 11 on the weekend. Make no mistake, this is a bar, full of loud drunks having a great time. Join them!

Photo of Steaks
5/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

this place is amazing. tons of good beers on tap and a ton more in bottles. currently, they have bell's hopslam, browning's she-devil double ipa, rogue dead guy, schneider aventius, kostritzer, lachouffe golden, guinness, and more on draft. the jukebox is amazing and the staff is nice as hell and knows whats up with their beer. in terms of liquor, they make strong cheap drinks and there's never a cover. the jukebox is amazing, as well. old punk rock, indie rock, wu-tang; good stuff all around. pool tables and xbox are down to get tight as well. they don't serve food, but if they did, i would never leave. great times!

Photo of oldefortran
4.86/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This has got to be one of my favorite places to imbibe good beer in Louisville. Located in Germantown, the Nachbar has an amazing selection of beers on tap (that are constantly rotating) and a plethora of microbrew, and import, bottled beers. The staff and owners know their brews and are always upbeat and friendly. It's not the largest place around, so on the weekends it can get a little crowded around the bar, but it is definitely worth the wait. If you're in the area and have an appreciation for good beer and a good atmosphere, you'll definitely want to stop by the Nachbar!

Nachbar in Louisville, KY
94 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.