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Elmer Sudds

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Taps: 12 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 14.83%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

475 E Northhampton St
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 18702-6325
United States
phone: (570) 829-SUDD

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Notes:
Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 2:00am
Sunday: 5:00pm - 2:00am

(Place added by: stingo)
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slander

New York

4.6/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Inadvertantly arrived on a Friday evening just as happy hour kicked in and found the place pretty full, although we were able to snag the last open spaces at the bar. They had what?? 10?? 12?? taps running with some great american micros and I counted roughly 160 bottled beers (no swill) on the blackboards suspended from the ceiling. The blackboards broke out the beer selection by style and type so it was easy to get around. Everything from Belgians to bitters, ales to alts. They were somewhat short staffed for the crowd they had there, but our glasses were never empty too long. They were serving free pizza for happy hour, but it was to jammed in that corner for us to get to it so I can't speak for it.
There's a big Warner Brothers cartoon characters motif here, with paintings and artwork of Bugs, Daffy, E. Fudd and the gang and they've got a selection of most unusual house specialty drinks (some with Tang in them) named for different characters (I'll stick with the beers, thank you).
A stone's throw from, and the perfect compliment to, Black Rock Brewing.

03-16-2003 15:10:13 | More by slander
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ridgeline23

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

11-10-2013 13:06:23 | More by ridgeline23
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IntoIPA570

Tennessee

4.14/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Anyone who's from -- or familiar with -- Northeastern, PA knows that the bars/pubs per-capita is probably one of the country's highest. That said, it's very tough finding gems. Elmers is one such gem. With so many "fratastic" bars and clubs in downtown Wilkes-Barre due to the universities, it's always great to visit Elmers and enjoy great beers in a relatively quiet, relaxed atmosphere without recently-turned-21 morons screaming and ripping shots of Jack Daniel's and vomiting in the bathroom. Sure, Elmers is in the heights section, which isn't necessarily the friendliest in the area, but I think that's a part of the pub's charm.

11-24-2011 01:18:00 | More by IntoIPA570
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catman76

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

My girlfriend and I are regular visitors to Elmer Sudds. We both enjoy the atmosphere there, which is usually mellow. Occasionally, depending on the mix the crowd gets a bit more lively but not out of control. Most nights is a nice place to sit and have quality beer and conversation. Or hang out with your friends and watch the game.

Beer list is a nice rotation of micros with a good showing from PA, including the local Breaker Brewing Co. Add in the large bottle list and you will find something to fit your style. Food is limited but what is offered is very good. The owner does a good job of mixing in specials and if they are not listed definately ask. I am a big fan of the Cajun wings and all flavors of pizza are great. Couple of seafood apps/items are also very good.

Overall this is a great little bar. Check it out!

10-20-2011 22:14:25 | More by catman76
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skiofpinsk

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Been going here regularly for the past couple years. Great old bar with dim lighting and a very relaxed atmosphere. Decent selection on tap, usually one or two are occupied by the local Breaker Brewing, and one by a macro. Hand pump is up and running currently. If nothing on tap excites you they have a varied bottle list, so you're almost completely guaranteed to find something!
Food is standard bar food (burgers, wings, fried food, etc.) and never disappoints. Seriously, how can you go wrong with Mac 'N Cheese bites?
Very friendly service, the people who work there are very sociable and knowledgeable about their selection. Bottom line, if your either a local who hasn't made it there yet or just visiting the area, check it out!

12-23-2010 03:41:57 | More by skiofpinsk
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antiqueguy

Pennsylvania

2.1/5  rDev -49.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 1.5 | food: 3 | $$$

Any one who was a regular at Elmers in the past can tell how far downhill this place has gone. From service to beer selection theres no comparison to the Elmers of old.It seems they want to put little effort into the place. The owner ,and i presume his GF, seem to have this I couldnt care less attitude about it. I belive this may be the final nail in Elmers coffin. After trying it AGAIN, i can say after out last visit on July 16th 2010, it was our last visit! Shame on you John..you blew it!..RIP Elmer..you will be missed.

07-19-2010 11:56:17 | More by antiqueguy
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beerpyr

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -23.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

An old philosopher once said that nothing is permanent but change. There are still eleven (11) taps but the hand pump (cask) is broke. At least two (2) taps are always assigned to Breaker Brewing. The bottle selection is good and remains a strong point. Glassware is limited but you can get lucky and get a Delirium Tremens glass with your purchase of a Delirium (if it happens to be on tap). There usually are some goblets available for the Belgian ales. Pint glasses are the norm. I must also give some praise in that the glassware is clean. The big change is as follows: the bar service is mostly lacking. I have fond memories of Elmer Sudds circa 1998. There is no comparison in terms of customer service. Having been a loyal customer for many years, I now see clear signs of a once vibrant business now in steady decline. Say what? Yep! I have seen dirty restrooms and heard of customers who received burnt food which the server was reluctant to take back to the kitchen. I have heard inappropriate language from another customer which offended my wife. Who needs the hassle. I do not think I'll be going back anytime soon.

05-24-2010 23:04:30 | More by beerpyr
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Visited Elmer Sudds on Friday 2/5/10 on the way up to the metropolis of Mehoopany, PA. I've been wanting to not only visit this place, but also to try some beers from Breaker Brewing, a PA brewery that has eluded me thus far in my travels.

Elmer Sudds is housed in small but a clean, cozy building decorated with brick walls, a tin ceiling and even some stained glass windows. It's a quaint looking place with a pub feel and a dimly-lit atmosphere, which creates a pleasant drinking vibe. The wooden, wrap-around bar is a focal point of the room, although they make great use of their limited space with smaller bar tables dispersed throughout the establishment. But there was plenty of vacancy at the bar during our visit, so we planted ourselves and ordered each of the Breaker beers on tap - Anthracite Ale and Malty McGuire. Having grown up in the relatively nearby mining town of Shamokin, the names of Breaker's beers originally caught my attention due to their aptly named coal heritage monikers. Both beers were solid, plus it was happy hour, so each beer waws $1 off, which made them taste even better! Service was very friendly (I think we were speaking to the owner, a younger guy) and we talked about the bar and Breaker beers. Their DIPA was just about to go on, but nothing kicked while we were there, so I'll have to try and make it back sooner than later. Unfortunately, we didn't try any food, as we had already eaten, but the burgers looked fantastic, and several people who were there were partaking in Elmer's food offerings. Next time we visit, we will definitely make plans to eat.

As for the beer selection, it was solid but not amazing. Still, it was nice to see a pair of taps from Breaker, plus local selections like Lancaster Shoo Fly Porter as well as excellent stuff like Founders Double Trouble. Bottle selection looked pretty solid as well, with some of the rarer DFH beers, some Belgians and what not.

Overall, I really enjoyed the vibe of this place and could see it easily becomming my go-to bar if I lived in NEPA. I definitely look forward to our next visit.

02-11-2010 14:19:53 | More by ffejherb
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coachdonovan

Rhode Island

4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

simply put, i love this place. i first stopped in 2008 shortly after ownership had changed hands. i liked it then, and i liked it even more during a Feb '10 visit.

10-12 on draft, and i did see a hand pull also. when i saw the draft list, it was two Belgian, one German, plus Breckenridge and Founders. the rest were from PA, and mostly local - Lancaster, Breaker, Berwick (formerly One Guy Brewing). oh, and also Guinness and Miller Lite (so yes, you can bring your BMC friends here.)

bottle list was comprehensive, and included the full offerings from many PA breweries. a nice surprise was Pretty Things, which i hadn't previously seen outside of New England.

menu includes the safe bets of wings, nachos, etc. but also features several scallop dishes and items that went beyond regular pub food. in fact, i can't begin to tell you how great my salad was. the menu said it was organic, and everything looked/tasted fresh, even the blueberries. impressive that they pulled that off in February in NE PA.

there isn't a ton of seating, but the crowd is very friendly and just lively enough without being too loud or annoying. this is the kind of place that i wished i lived down the street from, but in the long run it's probably a good thing that i don't.

you should drink beer at elmer sudds. it will make you happy.

02-10-2010 16:44:33 | More by coachdonovan
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

I've stopped at Sudds a number of times since they reopened a couple years ago. It's a bit small, but cozy inside, and the times I've been there - Friday nights all - there has been enough room to move around. They have about 12 taps plus one hand pump and generally have a very solid selection. I understand that they will now feature all 4 of Breaker Brewing Company's beers, as well, which is cool. Only thing that worries me about that, though, is that with only 12 taps to start the selection on the other 8 may not always be quite as appealing. I guess that just means they'll have to try extra hard to keep it balanced.

Nonethless, tap selection has always been solid when I have been there, with good variety and an above average bottle selection, as well (not quite as extensive as the River St Ale House but still good).

Service is sometimes a little on the slow side; I've stood at the bar and had bartenders walk by me numerous times before noticing I existed, but they do know their beer, which is a plus. Prices are reasonable and all in all it's a very good place to enjoy a beer or three.

05-05-2009 18:39:31 | More by number1bum
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Elmer Sudds in Wilkes-Barre, PA
92 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.