Lures Bar and Grille
Taps: 14 / Bottles: 22
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
3.65/5 rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
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
4.58/5 rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I had heard ads for this on Annapolis radio and wasn't sure how it was spelled and found it here on beerfly!
Somewhat small and tucked off the road behind a flower shop, I stopped in while making my way to BWI to get my sister. Bar is small, maybe 10 to 12 seats right to the side of the dining area. Decent enough atmosphere, a pastel blue but somewhat sparse. That's fine-just doesnt grab you, which can be a good thing.
12 taps-all top notch stuff for the most part. The closest thing I saw to a macro was AB's Shock Top, which was selling quite well to the couple next to me. Brewer's Art, Lagunitas, Clipper City's Heavy Seas, Stone, etc as mentioned before. I dove right into the Old
Rasputin. For the area and as small as it is-exceptional in my book. Service was very friendly and attentive-and glad to see me as a first timer!
Would love to try the food but was on a short schedual. I was here about 40 minutes and had a great time. The other patrons and staff were great-I felt like I was in a Cheers episode and I hate Cheers. Great place-wish I lived closer but between going to the airport and the malls in the area with my wife I will be back.
02-14-2009 03:43:32 | More by lackenhauser
4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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
4.7/5 rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
<Edit>I've been going to Lures steadily since it opened. All the things I initally like about the place have only gotten better. When I first wrote my review, Lures barely qualified for BA inclusion based on the tap list, now it's a real beer-geek heaven, with only Miller Lite and a Bud hefewiess remaining on as uninteresting choices. Even the food has gotten better, with more frequent daily specials and a menu that changes every so often. <end Edit>
I found Lures by word-of-mouth. A friend of mine said they had a bunch of really great beers, and the joint is like 4 miles from my house. I had to check it out. It opened in early summer 2008, so it's very new. It's in a slightly unusual location, a bit far away from Annapolis, but yet not exactly close to DC or Baltimore. The place keeps getting more crowded, so I'm guessing it's mostly locals, like me.
They do indeed have good beer here. Fourteen taps, with several 'reserved' for hopheads. Strangely, the beers rotate, but the breweries do not. Noteable taps include two Laginitas taps, one stone, two Sam Adams (soon to be one?), a Clipper city, Brewers Art, and a few other good breweries. The Stone is usually Ruination, the Laginitas is Hop Stoopid and Censored as I write this. The beer is very well cared for and has always been fresh.
The atmosphere is great. It feels like a beach house, is painted up in pastels and well decorated, and is a genuinely family-friendly restaurant, which makes it easy to get co-workers with small kids to attend happy hour. It has a large outdoor deck, lots of indoor seating, several bar high-top tables, and a artsy concrete bar with seating for about 10. Live music a couple of nights a week.
The food is fantastic. They have happy-hour pricing on several items, including just about the best seared tuna I've ever had. All the seafood is super fresh and delicious. The rest of the menu looks good, but I can't stop ordering the seared tuna to try it.
At the very least you are getting what you pay for here. It's high quality, so it might be a bit pricy for some. The staff is very friendly and service has always been superb.
07-17-2008 21:18:02 | More by sideshowrob
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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
93 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.