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Croxley's Ales

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36 Ratings
Ratings: 36
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: n/a
Taps: 68
Bottles: 30
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
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190 Main St
Farmingdale, New York, 11735-2618
United States
phone: (516) 293-7700

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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 24
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Photo of Greywulfken
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Atmosphere: big, dark, somewhat bleak front and back eating areas - the aesthetics of the layout were not too appealing, but there are plenty of TVs - I'm pretty sure they lined all the walls - providing constant sensory bombardment - great for sports fans; I went on a Thursday night and it had a decent crowd, not packed, able to get a spot at the bar, which was much more appealing than the place as a whole.

Quality: seemed clean and well-maintained, bathroom (men's) was mediocre - better than a typical bar, but you're not gonna mistake them for anything other than a bar bathroom; the bar area itself was clean and well-lit

Service: very nice and friendly bar and wait staff - professional, polite, and friendly - the bartenders provided quick and accurate service, and the wait staff brought out food promptly and checked up no more or less than you'd want - just right.

Selection: nothing to blow you away, but the volume of choices may! You can check their beer menu online - they have a ton of stuff from all over the place - and no BMC beer!

Food: prepared as requested, delivered quickly, good-tasting and all-around good bar eats - went the wings and burger route myself, and I had no complaints.

Value: draft and food prices were average - which is good - bottle prices ran a little high, so I didn't go there. Taken as a whole, out with a few friends for a few drinks and some grub, had a great time and got my money's worth. Recommended.

Photo of socon67
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

A - Crowds range form business types for lunch weekdays to the train hopping Happy Hour folks and the college scene at night. It is generally lively. Tv's show the local sports games. Outside patio area in the warm weather.

Q - Beer poured in proper glassware, taps are cleaned regularly, and a well maintained tap list.

Ser - Proper glassware, knowledge of what was poured, and paid attention to my food order. Decent enough.

Sel - 66 taps and bottles. Didn't find anything earth shattering rare, but an exetnsive list tohat should have something for everyone.

F - I had a BBQ chicken wrap lunch special that was tasty, and priced really well.

V - One of the better places to get craft on the cheap. $5 pints for many of the options is a good deal. I'll be back.

Photo of CHickman
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

I've only been to this outpost of the Croxley family for lunch, but it has always been good and due to a small lunchtime crowd I've always gotten great service. I imagine that this place is a mob scene at 6:30 pm on a Thursay or Friday night with the commuters and college crowds packing it in. The wings and pretzels are outstanding, and there is always a great selection on tap. Last few times I was there the bartender was just as nice to look at as she was at providing service, which was an added plus. For basic bar food, a very good beer list and a laid back attitude, Croxley's has perfected the formula. Prices are reasonable by NY standards and I suggest going for lunch if you can pull it off.

Photo of daliandragon
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped by with my brother and a buddy the other night before I left to come back to NC. Casual place with outdoor seating but a little loud considering it was only half full. Tried the Deviant Dale's and Great South Bay's Massive IPA. Prices were decent for Long Island. Service was nice but a little slow. Ten cent wings were hot and tasty. I am glad they will be opening up one of these in Smithtown, in theory. This is a good, although fairly generic version of the Croxley's brand, but the location just south of the LIE sets it apart a bit. The selection and atmosphere are superior to nearby Black Forest, who brew their own beer of course. Solid choice any easy drive from most of Long Island.

Photo of MikeyMikee
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Really fun place to go with your buddies if you wanna grab a beer and watch a game or somethin. They have pretty awesome wings too and they have 10cent wings monday, tuesday and wednesday which is pretty sick. Not the greatest selection of beer I have ever seen though, Goose Island nightstalker is just about the best I have seen and it was about 22$ which blew my mind. But if your looking to get a good craft beer thats not mind blowing or anything and lookin to go to a place to have fun and hang out then this is the place to go for sure.

Photo of Paulydeets
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Croxley ale house is a pretty nice place in a nice little town. They have over 60 beers on tap, but in the few times Ive been there in the past couple of years, the list doesnt change as often as one would think. They dont really get a lot of the harder to find stuff, but if youre interested in trying a lot of different styles, you wont be too disappointed. They have a lot of the stuff you would expect to find but its nothing like some of the places in NYC with a similar number of taps.

One of the reasons why I like this place though is because its a sports bar. They get all of the NFL games and the food is geared towards typical sports bar food; wings (decent, not great), burgers, pub style sandwiches. The food isnt great but not horrible either, but is very reasonably priced. They have wing specials like 5 days out of the week.

All in all its a decent place and its definately worth going to watch a game and have some quality beer and pub style food.

Photo of HUXC
4.5/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Croxley's Ale House in Farmingdale is by far one of the best places in the area if you're looking to try a new beer. Its sports bar atmosphere with big flat screen tv's everywhere is inviting and exciting (probably because it was my birthday and during March Madness). The crown jewel of the bar is definitely the wall of over 63 different taps. At first their extraordinary selection can be a bit overwhelming, but that feeling quickly turns into excitement. Their selection of beers on tap can almost be matched by the beers in bottles that they carry. In terms of food, their 10 cent wings Mondays through Wednesdays are also fantastic. The size and portions of the wings are easily more then expected. Overall Croxley's is a relatively inexpensive place that I would recommend and revisit time and again.

Photo of huxcrunner
4.5/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Went here for the first time on a tuesday night wasn't to crowded but they had 10 cent wing nights and drink specials it wasn't overly crowed at this time and we had good service. They have writen on there menu that they do not carry bud, coors, or miller which was very nice to notice. They have over 60 beers on tap and more from a bottle selections. Most of the beer is reasonably priced especially for the area. They do however have some very expensive beers as well.

As for food it has typical sports bar food. Ordered 30 wings they easily gave me 40 so the food vaule is great. Wings were pretty good other food look pretty good aswell

Overall this bar has a good atmosphere to go to with your friends and watch a game eat some good food and have an extremely large beer and liquor drink selection to choose from would definitely recommend if your in the nyc li area

Photo of ItMakesMeHappy
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I frequent this bar often because of the beer selection and its close proximity to my apartment.

There are atleast 40, maybe 50, different taps at all times with about 8ish continueously rotateing under the seasonal beer selection on the menu. They rotate these beers every few weeks and are mainly the beers I go for but the other taps are full of good beer (which I have done to death). I have yet to buy a bottle here due their high price but the drafts are reasonably priced, most of them falling in the 5-6.50 price range.

The layout is pretty open with tons of tvs on every wall tuned into local sport teams and if you ask some one they will gladely change the channel for you. During the warmer months they open up the doors to a gated outside sitting area. The service is good with kind and mostly knowledgable bartenders and decent with the waitors and waitresses. That being said friday and saturday nights hear are really crowded the service dips alot more then it should. The bar becomes inadequate as it is relatively small compared to the size of the location. Getting a beer becomes a chore that can take several more minutes then it ever should. If you are just looking for a few relaxing beers or to have dinner get there and leave before 8 or go during the week.

This place is pretty big with plenty of dinning tables to the point where I never had to wait to be seated. From what I have had the food is mostly average. The burgers and chicken sandwhiches are alittle below average but their appetizers and their buffalo chicken platter is alittle above. I would describe the menu as good quality bar food that is all reasonably priced.

Overall this is a good beer bar and I usually have a really good time there.

Photo of washburnkid
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

One of two Croxley locations I've been frequenting. This one looks like it was a former warehouse...there's a ton of space. A rather long bar and a counter with stools facing the partitioned dining space. Plenty of TVs all around if you're wanting to catch a game. The bartenders are also usually happy to put something on for you.

The beer selection is fantastic. No BMC offerings at this place. Craft, local and import only with 50+ taps easy. The menu is divided by draft and bottle, with the draft list divided by seasonal offerings (the taps most frequently rotated) and other styles. I had the most divine glasses of Nugget Nectar here a couple of weeks ago. From what I've experienced, the tap lines are always clean and the beer is always fresh. I usually steer clear of the bottle selection because the prices are a little outrageous. It's more bang for your buck if you go with the draft offerings (which is what I based my "value" rating on). They also have a full bar.

Croxley has sweet potato fries and gravy, a combination to die for. Their veggie burgers are good, too. I've never heard a complaint from the meat-eating friends I usually go with.

I've never had a problem with service here. People have always been really friendly, even the burly security guard who greets everyone and checks IDs at the door on busier nights.

Don't go to this place on a Friday or Saturday night if you're interested in peacefully enjoying some good brews. The young crowd from the college down the road takes over.

Photo of EkimGram
3.8/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 2

Atmosphere: It is what you would expect from a Sports Bar & Grill on Long Island. 21 & up at all times which is good and they check IDs right at the door. Dining area was nice and clean as well as the bar area. My friend said the bathroom was horrendous (I didn't go myself but he was disgusted when he came back.)

Selection & Quality: The beer was excellent. They had a beer menu that was divided into categories with a description of each beer. Very impressive selection and fresh. Prices for bottles was a little crazy, lowest bomber was $9 for a Rouge Dead Guy.

Service: I went for a 2PM lunch so the bartender was also waiting the tables. It wasn't full at all so service was acceptable. She knew the beers and made some decent recommendations. Made a point to come back frequently to make sure everything was alright.

Food: The food was alright. I got the Maryland Crab-cake sandwich. It wasn't horrible but I've definitely had better. Buddy got a bacon cheeseburger and he said it was fine. French fries were rather salty but the Cole slaw was not bad at all.

Definitely a great place to find good beer on Long Island. I wouldn't go out of my way for the food though. I'm definitely going to go back and give it a second chance, maybe get a sandwich; something a little more simple with less room for error.

Photo of ryantaussig
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2

Croxley Ales is more of a sports bar than anything else, but with the boom in interest in craft beers it was only a matter of time for a sports bar to catch the drift and put some real effort into offering good beers. The servers are generally attentive and are usually moderately knowledgeable. If it gets busy, there will be wait time. The selection is large, but it is second to The Good Life in nearby Massapequa Park, though, it is worth noting that Croxley Ales does have more taps than any other bar in the area. The food is not worth bothering with. It's standard bar fare that is less than well prepared. Expect mostly grease.

Overall a great place to visit, just don't eat there.

Photo of steelerguy
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place is the best I have gone to on Long Island for beer selection, and one of the best I have ever gone to period.

It definitely has that sports bar feel, so if you are not into that well...you won't like the atmosphere. I am a big sports fan and all the TVs with games on work for me.

I have not gotten a bad beer there, meaning wrong temperature or improper carbonation, all foam...etc. These beers come from the tap right on.

Service is nothing special, but it is fast and that is even when they are busy. I don't need someone making sure I am doing okay every 2 minutes, as long as you get me what I need with minimal wait I am happy.

The selection is amazing! The number of great beers they have on top is extraordinary and if they don't have it on tap you can order from a very nice selection of bottled beers, many Belgian or speciality and hard to find. The bottled beers can be a bit expensive though.

I have only had wings there, they are good. They are not great or even really good...but at 10 cents on a Wednesday night, I am not going to complain. Leaves plenty of extra coin for beer.

If you order from the taps and I don't see why you wouldn't, expect to pay $6 a pint. Not cheap, but for the quality of beer and the selection, I think this is very reasonable.

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