Lures Bar and Grille
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
3.65/5 rDev -15.3%
Had been meaning to stop by for some time. When I found out they had Nugget Nectar on tap (every place else in Baltimore seemed to be out), I figured now was the time to make the short drive out to Crownsville.
Located no more than a minute or two from I-97, Lures is easy to find, located right on hiway 178 in Crownsville. As one walks into Lures, one notices a modest size wrap around bar area up front to the right, holding roughly a dozen seats. The rest of the restaurant is moderately large, with several booths and a goodly number of tables and chairs. The place has the look of a coffee shop/diner, with a light and airy feel, and high ceilings. There are a couple of flat screen TV's in the bar area, with (predictably) a number of fishing poles, lures and model fish adorning the walls.
The beer selection was pretty decent the day I visited, with 14 beers on tap. There's no crap on tap at Lures, which is something I always appreciate seeing. However, for those in the mood for their favorite macro swill, I believe you can get bottles of your favorite version of BMC. Otherwise, this day there was something like 13 craft choices on draft, along with the Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel.
Service was up and down on the day I was here, and I'm not really sure why. There was plenty of staff and my bartender was certainly friendly enough, but she had a habit of forgetting about me. At one point another waiter went and took my order, noticing I'd been sitting at the bar for several minutes with an empty glass. Also, one of the TV's was showing some sort of amature boxing that no one was watching, so I asked the bartender if she could perhaps change the channel to the Maryland basketball game (if no one minded - no one did). She told me she'd have to ask one of the guys to change it, as she wasn't sure how to do it herself. No big deal, except nearly 20 minutes went by before she remembered to ask someone to help her out (it wasn't particularly busy, and as it turns out there was nothing complicated about changing the channel with the remote control).
As for food, the menu looked pretty ambitious, and what I saw looked pretty good. I went with the guac and chips, which were decent (thankfully, they use real avocados here), although the guac was a bit stringy from what I assume was an under-ripe avocado.
Prices are undeniably high, and I assume reflect this place's proximity to DC and Annapolis. My pint of NN was $8 (the highest price I've ever seen for this beer - am currently drinking a 32 ounce NN at Max's for $6), and though I didn't order it, an 8 ounce glass of the brunch weasel was $10. Otherwise, most pints were in the $6 and $7 range (though they did have two beers on special, priced at $4 a pint I believe).
While this is an OK place, for some reason I never really warmed to it. I'm sure the inattentiveness of my bartender/waitress had something to do with that, along with the high prices. Still, my guess is there aren't a whole lot of other options in the area, and so this is a place to keep in mind if you happen to be in the Annapolis area and are on the look out for a decent selection of craft beer.
03-06-2011 20:37:05 | More by John_M
4.08/5 rDev -5.3%
Lures is a fantastic combo of good food and outstanding beers. Their beer selection has recently doubled with the addition of a front bar. The front bar appears to have 15 taps, the back bar has 14. As noted below, the owners/managers must be hopheads, becauses IPAs and DIPAs are always very well represented (if anything, overrepresented!). The website currently lists 29 draft offerings, of which 4 are IPAs and 3 are DIPAs. This is fine by me - I'm a hophead. But the full story is that this place just really gets into hops, offering highly hopped version of other styles, and generally not shying away fromadventurous, *strong*, and high-ABV brews. The addition of the new front bar will definitely allow Lures to offer more balance - more saisons, session beers, and other goodies.
But Lures' food is fine as well. My wife loves the burgers, says they are cooked just right and reliably good. Alas, there are only 3 veggie entries. They're all good, but I would like more choices... or perhaps I'll have to find the most sustainable of the seafood offerings and deal with that. Also note that Lures produces and serves authentic and delicious Smith Island Cake (the Maryland State Cake!). You don't find this everywhere - it's a special touch.
Servers here are reliably knowledgeable about the beers, and I rarely had less-than-great service. The front bar adds capacity and atmosphere for happy hour, lots of good space for drinking and socializing. I'm especially fond of the patio for outdoor drinking/dining opportunities.
With the fine selection of beers to try *and* the good food *and* the highly tempting dessert *and* the good service deserving of a decent tip, it can be hard to get out of Lures without a sizeable bill. I've often paid $35+/person all inclusive. But hey, that's the cost of a great place to eat and enjoy, & it's moderate compared to lots of "fancy" places. Considering the value, this place is not out of line.
So take note - this is a real beer-lover's bar, and **Highly Recommended** for that.
05-21-2014 17:03:11 | More by dickroop
4.11/5 rDev -4.6%
The Annapolis area is starved for places willing to go out on a limb and sell something other than Bud, Miller, Coors. Typically you can find Loose Cannon and Fat Tire on tap at most watering holes/restaurants and they feel that fulfills their obligation to craft beer. Lure's is by far the most creative and forward thinking restaurant in the area when it comes to craft beer. I've been able to sample Enjoy By, Nugget Nectar, Espresso Yeti, Pumpking, etc.... some very tasty brews. Happy hour is great, the best deal when not HH is the sampler for $8 which is pretty good for 20 ounces of great craft beer. I think the owner is clearly a hophead as there are always several IPA, Double IPA, Imperial IPA's on tap. As a hophead myself I do love this, but I would like to see a little more variety. I think I'll be getting my wish as they are expanding and will have a lot more beers on tap, that's great news for those of us in this area. I just wish this would rub off on some of the other establishments in the area. We are a wasteland between DC and Baltimore, two great beer cities.
10-17-2013 13:02:43 | More by eddibilderback
4.25/5 rDev -1.4%
Hit Lures for a happy hour dinner out with the family. Fed a family of four for under $60 including beers for my wife and me.
Burgers were average in quality and price. The fish and chips were the best I have had on the East Coast. Delicious!
Big value was the happy hour beer prices. Half price from 4 to 7. This included the four, 5 oz sampler. That's 20 oz of quality craft beer for $4. The sampler choices had no restrictions and did not exclude belgians and other strong ales. Great opportunity to sample multiple beers at a fantastic value. Kids menu was top notch as well.
Service was fantastic. Waitress was very knowledgeable and attentive.
12-30-2010 20:22:49 | More by barondebourgogne
4.35/5 rDev +0.9%
Great beer selection. Come for the beer, stay for the beer, come back for the beer. That's not to say the food is bad, but the beer is the real attraction here for me.
They have 12 or so taps and they're all good beers. From Stone Vertical Epic to Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout to Troegs Mad Elf and more, you can't go wrong here. They carry many different styles and I appreciate the lack of Miller Light and Shock Top. Way to not sell out. Kudos.
They also have a sampler for $8 that gives you four 5oz pours. It's a nice way to sample different beers on tap.
12-09-2010 23:32:00 | More by dlmccabe1
Lures Bar and Grille in Crownsville, MD
94 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.