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Nail Creek Pub & Brewery

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13 Ratings
Ratings: 13
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 22.53%
Active Beers: 1
Beer Ratings: 7
Beer Avg: 3.89
Taps: 12
Bottles: 50
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

720 Varick St
Utica, New York, 13502
United States
phone: (315) 792-1111

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(Place added by: kkosmoski on 10-03-2008)
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Reviews by DrinkSlurm:
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.03/5  rDev +2%

Stopped by for a liquid dinner during a business trip. Its a very upstate ny bar...very local but inviting.
It was a Saranac tap takeover the night I was there but the black board from the day before had a nice selection of taps...maybe 10?
Great bottle selection. Well small but diverse. Abita to diu de ciel and lots in between.
I didn't have any house brews as Saranac took residency when I was there but they had a breakfast stout advertised I would have tried.
I had the fries...they were fried :)

Live music was a great addition!

Service was great...super nice and quick. Correct glass for the brew, except the hefe was served in a pint. No biggy...
Also, since its upstsate, its dirt cheap! $3.50 to $5.00 per brew...nice.
Seems like the place to be for craft in utica. Stop by!

DrinkSlurm, May 18, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Ainman11
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

There is always new beers on tap. For only having 8 or so taps there is such a variety. Music goes through there all the time. There is a "100 Beer List" That you have to drink one whole glass to be able to write it in your queue for beers you drank there. The bartenders are always on top of beer info such as ABV and similar styles of beers so you can make a good decision on what you want.

Ainman11, Yesterday at 01:37 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

DoubleMalt, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of squack
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

I love this pub. I have only found 2 faults. Fault the first; seating is limited in the winter while the outside deck is closed. Fault the second; I do wish they would more of their house brews on tap more often. Still my favorite place in Upstate New York to get a pint.

squack, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of tcbl1007
1/5  rDev -74.7%

This place SUCKS!!! We never had any food, and we never had any beer, and that's because we weren't offered any! My wife and I came in around 6:30pm on 4/20/2013. There were, at the most, 12-14 people in the place (i.e., it was not even remotely busy). The waitress walked by us twice, with no drinks or food, and never gave us the time of day. The rude idiot could've had the decency to say "I'll be with you in a moment", but she didn't. The girl behind the bar came out from behind the bar and walked right by us, looking at us, and never said "boo". After 10 minutes of nobody there saying anything to us, we said "screw it!". This place is in a crap hole part of town, and I can understand why - because the service is crap. Don't waste your time at this rat trap. The neighborhood sucks, the environment sucks, and the people suck. There's not a single good thing to say about this place. It is garbage through and through. I have no idea how they can even be in business.

For the record, even though we were never offered any food or drink to rate, I gave them a crappy Value only because they had no desire to serve us.

tcbl1007, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Brenden
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%

This place is right down the road from the FX Matt brewery. I don't know if people haven't been in them or they've just popped up, but this place is surrounded by other beer establishments and taverns, none of which I myself went into. It's not exactly a beer wasteland out here unless those places just don't have any good beer.
Anyway, the vibe in this place is pretty nice. It doesn't try to sell itself as anything other than what it is, but it's nice and clean and has good seating and an open space to walk through. The bar tends to be a little tight to squeeze into to make an order, but it's not bad. There's a deck outside, so my wife and I were able to enjoy a nice night with our drinks. There's even an upstairs balcony/deck foe extra seating, smoking, or to get a better look out over Varick.
The bartender didn't go out of his way, but was helpful and generally knowledgeable. He was also pretty patient when I was trying to make up my mind about all the beers I could try that I couldn't get living in Ohio.
I didn't get to try any food; strangely, the kitchen closes very early at night, leaving no food, coffee, etc. available. We were there just before 8 pm and couldn't get anything with our drinks. I thought that was odd.
The selection is very good, with 12 taps and 50+ bottles. This is really a place worth going to and one I'd frequent if I lived in the area.

Brenden, Jul 08, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +12.2%

I have been to Nail Creek a few times - only for beer, so I have no opinion regarding their food - and I have been pleased every time. The atmosphere is great. I love the music selection. It has varied from rock to jazz to electronica to a fantastic live folk band. This is by far my favorite place for a beer in Utica, NY.

The staff have always been attentive, helpful, and knowledgeable. The beer selection is great. They have a variety of quality craft brews in bottles and around 12 beers on tap. My one complaint is that they usually dedicate several taps to unimpressive offerings such as Bud Lite, Utica Club, Bass, and Guinness. However, they change their taps frequently, and I have been lucky enough to have Ommegang Hennepin, Delirium Tremens, Saranac Imperial IPA, and a tasty cask ale on tap (unfortunately the name of the cask ale eludes me).

Overall, this place is a gem in Utica and I will be back many times.

Ryanthebear, May 22, 2011
Photo of VegasBill
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%

Its hard to find a great beer selection in Utica but Nail Creek makes up for that. I settled in for a few beers and since I dont find much Saranac product in the West I had a Irish Red Ale and and Imperial IPA. The bottle selection is huge like 100 or more.
On the downside service was poor almost to the point of being rude. and there was a terrible bathroom odor in the bar, I dont mean to be gross or not proper but it was very unpleasant.
I really want to see this pub succeed so even with the above negatives when I am East next year I will give it one more try.
UPDATE; I promised an update as I went east this year.No bad odors this time. Some people criticize the tap list for having Utica Club on it. In the west this is not available so I enjoy it along with Saranac IPA. I was there on a Friday evening early and for happy hour they put out a big buffet pan with tasty mashed potatoes and all the sides, bacon,cheese,sour cream and many more.

VegasBill, Jul 04, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev +4.6%

About time I can grab a decent beer in Utica. This place has a tremendous selection, beer menu is organized very well, I would even go as far as to say better then some of it's Syracuse bretheren. Always a great tap selection, only one macro on (Bud Light with a pink doll skirt on the tap). Bottle selection is tremendous, locals like Ommegang, and stuff that's harder to find like Hitachi Nest (finally got to try the white here!).

It's on Varrick Street in Utica, so unfortunately a lot of the local trash pours in. There are plenty of bars nearby to cater to that type, so it's usually not so bad. Conveniently, there's a decent sized little parking lot right there, if you go during the day there's no problems. Night time might be a little harder, there are a lot of bars on this street. Prices are reasonable, about what I would expect in this area. Food is normal bar food, I believe their kitchen closes at 4:00 so just the beer crew are in at night. Atmosphere's fine, typical bar, it's clean, that's all you can really ask for in Utica. Nice big deck outside that wraps around the whole bar, plenty of places to sit without feeling cramped.

My only complaint here is the service. One time I came here I talked beer with the bartender for a couple hours, I got to sample a few things I've never had before. Awesome experience, but unfortunately that was the only time. Every other time I've been here has been a let down. I should be offered a glass if I'm drinking pretty much anything here (especially a Samuel Smith's which has foil wrapped around the bottle). When I asked for a glass I got a yeah, whatever look then had to wait 5 minutes for a glass (and this is not a big bar). In fact, almost every time I order a bottle of something here I am not offered a glass. If I'm ordering an eighteen dollar bottle of beer, please don't drop it off in front of me, pop the cap, then take off. I don't know if their staff isn't knowledgable about beer, or they just don't care. With a place that has this type of selection, I would hope for more from their staff.

I was turned away from this place the first few months it was open for that very reason. I can drive to Syracuse just the same, plenty of great beer bars out there. I will say this though, I've been there a couple times in the last month or two and the service has drastically improved. Hopefully they can keep it up, because this place has potential.

chiefjames, Apr 16, 2010
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Nail Creek Pub & Brewery in Utica, NY
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