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Reviews by ffejherb:
4.18/5 rDev -1.6%
I've been to Shady's a few times with fellow BAs, so I figured I'd throw in my two cents. First off, let me begin by saying that Shady's probably has the best tap selection in downtown Harrisburg. That said, it still feels like a typical corner hole-in-the-wall bar. Be that as it may, the beer is the reason to go to this place.
They have at least twenty taps with plenty of locals from Troegs, Sly Fox, Bavarian Barbarian, Stoudt's, etc., which I always like to see in a PA bar. There are always some nice West Coast nuggets as well including Stone, Green Flash and others. Most of the other taps are designated for other craft brews. There are only perhaps a scant few macro imports and BMC selections at best. The bottle selection is quite impressive as well, with an eclectic mix of PA locals, Midwest big wigs, West Coasters, bombers, Belgians and more.
While the selection is fantastic, I think this place would seriously gain some points if they overhauled the interior a bit. While it's kind of off the beaten path from the trendy Second St. area, it is still situated in a fairly good location. If this place was non-smoking, I would be there way more often. It definitely has the feel of a local yokel bar with lots of regulars. Not to say that regulars are a bad thing, but if you want to cater to the beer geek crowd, then I feel that some modest renovations need to occur. Don't get me wrong, though... I'll still go there when they get something special on tap. And the owners/bartenders are super nice and will sit there and talk shop with you, which is very cool.
Overall, this place has tons of potential, and they are off on the right track. The selection is outstanding, so you should definitely check out what they have to offer.
09-15-2008 19:43:46 | More by ffejherb
More User Reviews:
4.14/5 rDev -2.6%
A: A darkly lit dive bar but paradise for a beer lover. One of the few bars in PA that still permits smoking and they apparently allow pets (sorry, I am not an animal person).
Q: This place caters to both beer geeks and neighborhood patrons alike.
S: Service was fast and very friendly. Caution: it was not very busy when I was there, so experiences may differ greatly.
S: Excellent selection of beer on tap. As an example, I had 1) DFH Palo Santo, 2) DFH Burton Baton adn 3) KBS (yes, THAT KBS)!
The bottle selection suffers somewhat because too much cooler space is taken up by cheap pedestrian beer likely stocked for the neighborhood folks.
F: They have bags of chips for sale but gladly allow patrons to bring in their own food. The bartender also was very helpful by directing me to a place just around the corner that has good comfort food and serves take-out.
V: The beer prices are pretty good considering the wide variety offered to patrons.
04-29-2014 05:56:49 | More by 57md
4.31/5 rDev +1.4%
Shady McGrady's in the new incarnation is a lot like the old Shady's. The beer selections on draft are excellent, it's still smoky, and the crowd is a wonderful eclectic mix. If you love beer, you are bound to find something you like here! This is the hole in the wall with a great beer selection.
05-16-2013 04:22:27 | More by BMan33
4.94/5 rDev +16.2%
This place was simply awesome - great beers on tap - huge selection, and a nice number of big beers as well. The guy serving was very knowledgeable and friendly. He discussed beer with me and pointed out some of the bottle selection. He also has a printed read out of each beer on tap with its rating from ratebeer.com, with that information at my fingertips selection was easy. I will definitely visit this place again. There was no food, but who needs that from a great bar - especially with all the options in the vicinity. I went here after the Harrisburg beer fest, and thought that I could have skipped the fest and just sampled from Shady's.
07-14-2011 23:59:38 | More by Chickenhawk9932
3.24/5 rDev -23.8%
Visited here on 2011-06-18.
My wife and I were in a celibratory mood after the gala opening of one of her fiber art pieces at the Pennsylvania State Museum, which is nearby.
We parked close to the pub and I grabbed my growler out of the trunk for a fill on the way out.
We entered what looks like a typical city bar, kind of run down with smoking and tavern games.
There are a couple of well-stocked craft beer coolers but the prices are on the high side.
We sat at the bar and had delayed and indifferent service but were able to pick from a noble selection of craft brews. On the way out, I asked to have my growler filled but the indifferent bartender said their growler filler was broken. What?
I did have a nice conversation with another beer lover on the stool next to me.
Good beer selection, pricey with atmosphere and service that didn't make me want to make a return trip.
07-07-2011 22:43:56 | More by Tucquan
Shady McGrady's in Harrisburg, PA
94 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.