Gibbies Pub & Eatery
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 30
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 7 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by johnmichaelsen:
3.43/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
In much the same way that I don't understand why Black Bear gets so many positive reviews on BA, I don't understand why this place gets so many poor ones (OK, after a recent visit to watch football on Sunday, now I have a better idea).
To begin with, Gibbies has the look of a bar that has been around for a while and has seen a few things in it's time. There's lots of whimsical art work on the walls, and I apprecaited the old time wooden bar and booths in the large dining room. This is a good size spot... there is a sizeable bar area to your right as you walk in the door, and then a number of booths runing fairly far back in the dining room. There's also a dining area to your immediate right as you come in, and then there's a back bar area to the left as you walk in as well. The place is completely low key and informal, and unlike any place else I've encountered so far in Morgantown, there were a number of "characters" at the bar, and not all that many WVU students here. I confess it was kind of nice to find some place not completely over-run with college students.
Regarding the beer selection, on this day there were some 42 beers on tap, including one cider. As others have mentioned, the tap list here is made up of a lot of macro swill (is it really necessary to have two blue moon beers on tap, along with bud lite, coors lite and miller lite?). On the other hand, they had a couple of Great Lakes brewing beers on tap, several beers from Flying dog, and then Chimay and Ayinger Octoberfest. There was also a fair number of bottled beers here (like every place else in town, a goodly number of Rogue bombers). So the selection here is pretty extensive, even if the quality of that selection could be considerably better.
As for service, this place had the most professional service I've encountered so far in Morgantown. My bartender was fairly knowledgeable and no nonsense, but still friendly and pleasant. I was happy to have her wait on me.
Food was so-so. I got the cuban pork nachos, which was good size, fairly tasty, and a bargain at $6.25. Otherwise, the menu seemed to consist of your typical pub grub, but at very reasonable prices, and with a few surprises (like the steak salad).
Prices were fairly reasonable. The Ayinger was $6 for a pint, while my glass of raging bitch was $5. They were served in actual pint glasses, which is something I always appreciate.
Can't quite put my finger on it, but this was a place I really liked. I think it has a lot of potential as well (42 tap handles at the main bar, but then a number of tap handles at the back bar as well - the owner could really do a lot with this place, if he/she were so inclined), but regardless, I liked the vibe to this place, despite the excessive number of macro swill tap handles. No matter, I'm sure I'll be back, and probably sooner rather than later.
Edit from 11/12. After stopping by on a past Sunday to watch a couple of games on the NFL ticket, I've decided (with considerable regret) that my original service score was much too high. Not that there was anything wrong with the customer service, but on this particular Sunday some 5 or 6 tap handles were blown, and many of the beers I tried tasted as if they'd been sitting around for far, far too long. The taphandle for the Ayinger was still there (although now blown, I was absolutely shocked that the keg had apparently been pouring for well over a month), and the remaining selection was so weak, I ended up sticking with SNPA and heineken (the latter was particularly awful). There just is no way I can continue coming to a place that cares so little about the quality of the product they're serving (and I don't give a damn if most of the customers coming here can't tell the difference or not!).
09-27-2012 00:28:59 | More by johnmichaelsen
More User Reviews:
3.63/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
This is my go-to spot to hang out with friends in Morgantown. Most nights if you get there before 11pm its not too crowded and the college scene hasn't overrun the place yet. They have quite a few things on tap. They usually have one or two each of Flying Dog and Great Lakes. Also usually a Rogue like Dead Guy. For bars with drafts, its not great, but I prefer it over Jay's Getaway or other places in town because the food is pretty great.
Get the BBQ sandwich or one of the burgers with the waffle fries. Or grab a beer and then get a burger at Tailpipes down the road.
09-20-2011 14:41:38 | More by jschonert
3.08/5 rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Good selection with about 30 taps or so, and about the same amount of bottles. A lot of these are macros, but about half are micros and imports.
The atmosphere is usually relaxed, although it can get pretty crowded at night. Sometimes there are bands on the weekend, but nothing too big. I have heard the food is good, but I have never tried it. The service is usually pretty good, but the owner is a jerk.
This place has a lot of potential, but the tap selection is usually disappointing. I don't know if they keep the beer tapped too long or if it is the tap system, but the beer is usually not up to par. This place could easily be a lot better.
02-26-2009 03:59:16 | More by beermanWV
3.45/5 rDev -0.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Gibbie's is an eclectic bar, it's patrons run from college students to older patrons.
The atmosphere is nice, a standard college town bar. I've even seen a beer pong table set up on occasion. Nothing great, nothing bad. It used to have an odd smell, but has been a lot better after being cleaned up a while back.
Service is listed as average because it's hit or miss. It's either really good or really bad. I've had great servers with good attitudes and I've sat at a table for over 20 minutes without being acknowledged.
The beer selection is very good, they have a couple dozen taps with macros, craft, and imports, including Great Lakes, Rogue, Guinness, and even a lambic.
The food is usually good (although I've had a bad couple of experiences there, too). The wings are very good, the sandwhiches fine.
It's a good place to grab a pint or two and have a nice lunch, usually, but don't be too shocked if you're in on an off day of theirs.
08-23-2008 22:14:04 | More by JamesS
3.51/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Gibbies is a good place to go to escape the usual suspects in terms of variety of beers on tap in Morgantown (Miller Lite, Bud Light, Sam Adams, etc). There are more than 20 beers of a variety of styles available including Widmer Hefe, Ayinger, Great Lakes Burning River, Dominion Ale, Lindemans, Rogue Dead Guy, Rogue Kells, Rogue Black Soba, and Sierra Nevada to name a few. This has a "college bar" feel and is lacking in atmosphere, but has a great happy hour special - tall beers for small prices. Definitely check out Gibbies if you want to get out of the same old beer routine.
02-07-2008 16:11:44 | More by wvukb
3.28/5 rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
This place boasts 36 beers on tap, and in West Virginia, that is beer nirvana. I couldnt wait to try this place out.
We walked in to a long bar and eatery and the taps just smack you in the face as you walk in.
Selection wasnt the best, but in WV, it is good.
Most of the taps were of the BMC variety, but in the mix was some Rogue, Sierra Nevada, Ayinger, Dominion, Great lakes and others.
The dissapointing part was, most of the micros we wanted to drink were out.
The beers we were able to get, were obviously not fresh either.
Food was very good and reasonable, as was the service.
01-03-2008 05:27:48 | More by dmamiano
3.38/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
OK, so there are not a lot of places to choose from in our small town. This place, by sheer tap-count alone, should rank among the better choices. Unfortunately, the one occasion I had to visit the place, 4 or 5 things i asked for were out.
The beers that I did have seemed a bit off. Either they were just old or the lines were dirty. Either way...ick!
The taps were about 50/50 macro and second tier to "craft". Sure you could get Heiny, Bass, Guiness, etc. in addition to your favorite macro swill, but they also had Burning River, some Rogue, Penn etc.
The things that saved this visit for me were the incredibly hot bartender, and the excellent food choices. Pub food to be sure but good quality eats. The BT was friendly enough but I would not have asked her for beer advice. Maybe a date, if I wasn't married and twice her age.
Anyway, I added this place to Beerfly and feel responsible for it in a way. I want to give it a second chance and probably will. It's definitely a cut above the rest for beer when it comes to much of this area, but Black Bear has fresher beer...
more to come perhaps.
01-03-2008 00:58:57 | More by ZimZamZoom
Gibbies Pub & Eatery in Morgantown, WV
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.