The Black Sparrow
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 50
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
1/5 rDev -76.1%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1 | $$$
My daughter and friends ate here recently and ordered an appetizer that apparently contained almonds that were either ground or in a paste and not visible to the human eye or listed on the menu. She ate one bite and felt a tingling in her throat and swelling in her lips. She asked the server if the dish contained nuts. He gave her an emphatic "no". He didn't even bother to check. Long, terrifying story shortened, she went into anaphylactic shock and spent the night in the hospital. Luckily she had an Epi pen with her or the results of an unexpected food allergy attack would have been horribly different. If you have food allergies you should consider eating elsewhere as they are not as concerned about your safety as they should be.
12-21-2013 18:05:53 | More by NoNuts
3.59/5 rDev -14.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4 | $$
It could have been the timing of the visit (just after Beers Across The Wabash Festival ended), but our first experience with The Black Sparrow didn't exactly live up to expectations.
That's not to say that I disliked the place. The atmosphere is clean and spacious and very craft beer friendly. This just happened to be at a time when it was so loud you could barely hear yourself speak, and it was so crammed that the service was bogged down a bit.
The selection of beers on the tap list left a little something to be desired. There were only a few beers to choose from and nothing too exciting. I had just sampled over 50 beers at the festival so I wasn't too concerned with enjoying a pint at the bar, but if I was I would have been disappointed at their selection at the time.
The food, on the other hand, was pretty terrific. I had a pizza for myself and it was marvelous. All of the other people in my group seemed to be happy with the food as well.
Based on my initial visit to BS, I'd say the place is a bit over-hyped, but I will definitely give it another shot the next time I am around.
09-19-2013 17:01:45 | More by neckbracesub
4.4/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A: No jukebox. No TVs. Just good company, great beer, amazing mixed drinks. Say what you will about "hipsters" going there, but it doesn't matter.
Q: only 7 - 10 beers on tap at a time, but its a combination of local Indiana tributes & world class. Usually a local Peoples seasonal, a FFF, and then any combination of interesting goodies. I've seen KBS, Vertical Epic, & Nemesis in this random mid-west indiana bar.
S:Same as above. The beer on tap is not a lot, but its damn good. The wine selection is even better. Honestly, the mixed drinks take the cake. Its an $8 or $9 drink, bit holy cow, it'll be a very superb 8oz of liquid set before you.
F: again, a limited menu of flatbread pizzas, sandwiches, and a few very exotic plates, but enough to satisfy a picky palette or the snobbiest foody.
V: all this goodness comes with a price. Its not cheap, but not downtown metropolitan prices. On my college budget, I can't ask for much more.
12-03-2011 03:53:52 | More by TroopScoop
3.93/5 rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
So I found out about this place late in my career at Purdue too, which is too bad because it probably would have become my favorite spot. During my senior year I got tired of going out and getting drunk with my roommates, but I still wanted to go out. This would have been my place. It kind of has the hipster vibe if you will, but it is certainly more laid back then a campus bar. I had a pizza when I went there and it was some of the better food I had while at Purdue, since they actually use fresh ingredients. They don't have a huge tap selection or bottle selection, but its solid. During the summer the tapped a fresh keg of Devil Dancer, to give you an idea of the quality they could get. The bartender was nice when I was there and let me sample beers until I decided on what I liked. Every now and then they had a live band play. I think because it was a bit pricy (for a college student) and because of the laid back vibe, most of the younger crowd stayed away.
07-25-2011 19:38:31 | More by jamescain
4.65/5 rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
"No crap on tap" is what the chalkboard above their taps firmly states.
They mean it.
A nice variety of beers - from breweries like Figure 8, People's Brewing Company, Flat 12, Bell's, Brassierie Dupont, and many more from Indiana and around the nation.
The food - They have 2 levels to their menu currently as they go through some transition to new food selection. Their printed menu has appetizers like hummus, Romanesco/goat cheese, and bacon wrapped figs. They have sandwiches, meat-adorned salads, pizza and other mains.
The chalkboard to the left of the bar has the stars. Fish and chips with crispy herbed breading and a zesty sauce for the fish. Steak frites, sometimes with different meat cut options. And, more depending on the season.
The menu and board specials feature as many local meats/breads/vegetables as possible - they work with a lot of local meat and vegetable farmers. Many regional and seasonal fruits feature heavily in their seasonal mixed drink menu.
The service is generally exceptional - they feature music some nights and once it gets crowded it's generally more difficult to enjoy a relaxing dinner. Do come early to soak in the atmosphere, chat with the bartenders and the regulars at the bar while you eat and drink.
Go for the excellent beers on tap. Go for a nice bottle beer menu. Go for the food. Go for the seasonal mixed drinks (excellent!). Go to chat and soak it all in. =)
06-28-2011 16:26:17 | More by ElizabethCraig
4.63/5 rDev +10.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
You never know who you're going to run into at Sparrow. Everyone, from 20-somethings, to 50-somethings (60-somethings?) freely mingle, chat, and enjoy drink and food together.
The tap beer selection is awesome (and changes often). "No crap on tap" is their motto, and it's true. I would add the sub-motto "... but we'll be happy to sell you crap in a can." but that's just me. ;)
The food is incredible. Steak Frites. Awesome Fish-n-Chips. Every month or so, they do a Sunday brunch featuring local chefs (and usually mostly local food).
There's really nothing to NOT like here, unless you can't handle smoke at all. They do allow smoking and people do take advantage of it. It's a bar! :D
06-27-2011 13:32:04 | More by ModemMisuser
4.85/5 rDev +15.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
The Sparrow is a quality bar located in Lafayette, across the street from the restaurant Red 7 and around the street from beer bar Chumleys. It features a different atmosphere than any of the other bars that Purdue students may venture to, especially across the bridge. The room with the bar features a weathered brick wall and they feature the beers they have on tap on a chalkboard. They generally have excellent beer on tap. They have six taps but regularly feature Three Floyd's specialty beers as well as Dogfish Head's specialty beers and various beers by Founder's. The best selection I've ever seen there at once included Bell's Hopslam, Three Floyd's Dreadnaught, Founder's Double Trouble, and Crazy Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA. They also have high quality craft brews in bottles such as Founder's Breakfast Stout and Chimay. The atmosphere is more mature than anyone from Purdue is used to. Some say it's a "hipster" bar but that doesn't bother me. The one downside is that you can smoke in Lafayette but that's about it. Their beer selection is excellent and the bar gives off a great vibe. Some of the more experienced bartenders really know their stuff and are fun to talk to. If you like good beer and are stopping by The Black Sparrow, definitely stop in to see what craft beers they've got on tap.
06-30-2010 04:40:31 | More by aasher
The Black Sparrow in Lafayette, IN
92 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.