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Winking Lizard Tavern

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very good

20 Ratings
Ratings: 20
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.54%
Taps: 25
Bottles: 125
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

25380 Miles Rd
Bedford Heights, Ohio, 44146-1322
United States
phone: (216) 831-3488

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Tgunz247, Jun 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

esktime, Jun 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

BeerBucks, Apr 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

ejimhof, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of Spider889
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

I have been here a couple times. It is an older building, and a broken up layout. The location is great though, right off the highway and next door to Lizardville Beer, Whiskey Bar, and bottle shop.

The beer selection here is better than either location in Columbus. Seems like there are more draft options.

Service was good. My main qualm was when I went here last year for Cleveland Beer Week. It was a CBS event, and though the menu and event description stated that CBS would be flowing at opening (9am or something), it wasn't on yet when we arrived. in fact, I had never had CBS before, and we ordered something like 5 glasses of Breakfast Stout before the waitress told us they put the wrong keg on and were now serving CBS. At this point the joint was busy as hell and they were out of good glassware, and served our CBS in wine glasses. Shit dude.

Otherwise no issues here. It's about average for the chain overall in most respects.

Spider889, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of Badbobx
4/5  rDev +3.1%

We were visiting my sister-in-law in the Cleveland area. On Saturday night we were baby sitting my 6 year old niece. We asked her where she wanted to go to eat and she suggested this place. I was very pleased with her selection to say the least. My expectations were low. I am not from that area and had never heard of this chain. As we waited for a table and observed the lizard, I glanced in the bar and saw many taps! I got excited. Then we were seated and I spent a lot of time with the beer list. I settled on Founders Breakfast Stout and followed it with a Dogfish Head Chicory Stout. Both were very tasty choices. Considering the number of beers on tap, I am surprised that I was able to limit myself to these. Very pleased though.
The food was adequate. I had a grilled chicken sandwich with fries. The slaw was unremarkable. Service was very slow.

Badbobx, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of JNewbs
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

The exploits of the various Winking Lizards are well documented, but I think this one stands below some of the others I have visited. The size of the space is relatively small, and easy to fill up, and their patio feels a bit crammed. The selection is wide but shallow if that makes any sense. At any time they probably have 150 beers in house with 10-15 rotating taps plus the BMC standbys. I do like that they offer flights for a reasonable price, but you can only get them with the lesser tapped beers. Food is the standard pub grub, but they seem to specialize in wings. One thing I will say for them - their house barbecue sauce might be the best I have ever tasted. Of course it is absolutely horrible for you, but mmm, so good.

JNewbs, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of Birchgrove77
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Visited the Winking Lizard Tavern while in Beachwood for some company sponsored training.

Looked like your average run of the mill local tavern from outside. Was skeptical when I saw the sheer size of the building and the hostess station layout, but was not particularly happy with the layout and size of the parking lot.

We were seated in the back party room, and before I could sit down was being asked about what beer I might like. Once I saw the beer list, I was extremely happy with the varied selection. Started with a GL Nosferatu on draft, and enjoyed a bottled Thirsty Dog Siberian Night with dinner. Both beers were served in clean glassware, and the draft was poured properly.

Service was attentive and geared toward us having a good experience. Everyone raved about the ribs, my buffalo chicken wrap was fantastic, and the chicken wings were fantastic but not very spicy. Went back two days later to enjoy some grilled BBQ wings, which were some of the best I've ever had.

Beer list was great. Were a lot of bottle selections, but not enough where freshness and rotation become a problem. Selections ranged from Trappist to BMC. Well-balanced. My return trip included a bartender discussing her thoughts on the differences between Avery IPA and Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale. Her discussion seemed quite spot on.

Overall, would definitely return. Seemed like a very local crowd and a very nice selection of beers, at very reasonable costs. All the food was great, the service was top notch, and the beer selection surpassed my initial expectations.

Birchgrove77, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of Dogbrick
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%

Visited here for the first annual Winking Lizard Real Ale Festival. While the majority of the time was spent in the Party Center, I was able to see the entire compound. This WL location is on Miles Rd not too far off the freeway.

The interior is similar to other locations. There is a centrally located bar, a lizard habitat, and restaurant seating. In the party center the brewers were situated in the center (8 in all) with a buffet and convention-style seating.

Winking Lizard has around 20 beers on tap, including a draught of the month (keep the glass) and a "hoppy handle". They are well known for there 125+ bottled beers, of which drinking 100 will earn a prize in their world tour of beers.

Service was very good at the Real Ale Fest. The servers did a good job complementing the brewers in attendance.

The food was also pretty good. Mostly appetizers and finger food but good by that measure.

Overall I would definitley recommend this place to anyone in the Bedford Heights area.

Dogbrick, Apr 04, 2009
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Winking Lizard Tavern in Bedford Heights, OH
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