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The Chapter House

Not Rated.
The Chapter HouseThe Chapter House
BA SCORE
95
world-class

31 Ratings
Ratings: 31
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.99%
Taps: 49
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar ]

400 Stewart Ave
Ithaca, New York, 14850-4559
United States
phone: (607) 277-9782

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Photo of YalovaIA
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Laid back place, feels like a neighborhood bar. Friendly service. Free popcorn. Very nice selection of tap beers, good representation of the local brews.

YalovaIA, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of sleepysheep
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

sleepysheep, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of boszormeny
3/5  rDev -30.9%

boszormeny, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of sam-d66
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

sam-d66, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of Mumbly
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Bar has 49 taps (no BMC). New lines are going in! One branch is already done.
Nice neighborhood bar feel.
When they first open their doors in the afternoon the clientele is older (that is not college students). Between 8 and 9 is when the clientele starts to change to more students. So pick which time works best for you.
The staff is friendly and helpful and of course will give you samples. Most of the beer selection is regional.

My only complaints are:
I wish they had more beers from outside the NY/PA region.
I wish they mixed up their beer selection a little more (you pretty much know what's going to be on tap--even with so many to choose from).

The "Chappy" is my home away from home. Check it out if you like a big selection.

Mumbly, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of ChrisKayler
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%

Great selection, cool college pub feel, FREE POPCORN!

Seemed a little cliquey during happy hour ... there were regulars and they got a bit better service, but we were always asked if we wanted another beer when we were empty.

Would definitely visit again.

ChrisKayler, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%

This place has an authentic pub feel. There is a decent amount of college memorabilia hanging around that gives the place a heady ivy league feel, yet the place is dingy enough to have the feel of a working man's pub. It is inviting. There are 49 beers on tap, a very decent selection of craft beer - local NY & PA dominate.The bartender was informative and helpful. He pointed out that the Rogue Dead Guy I wanted was a mislabeled keg - very helpful without being pretentious. This place is classic and a must try.

Chickenhawk9932, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of bird18
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%

Visited twice during a 4 day visit to the Ithaca area in mid July 2011. Awesome beer selection about 30 taps. Lots of NY and PA brews as well as other great ones. Had Ithaca Flower Power, Southern Tier IPA, Middle Ages IPA and tried tastes of a Victory Brewing choice and English Porter. they had a good selection of stouts, porters and wheats, mostly East Coast but a few West Coast as well. Something for everyone even PBR. No food which is a shame as we would have eaten here every meal because of the great beer selection. Sat at bar both times we were there, great service and good conversations with what appeared to be regulars. Highly recommend if in Ithaca.

bird18, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Amyliz4 and I visited this place Memorial Day 2011 after a visit to Ithaca. Some helpful BAs from the Mid-Atlantic group suggested that I go here to be able to try Middle Ages Blackheart Stout. The Chapter House had that beer as well as a few other things from Middle Ages, plus quite a few other offerings.

The atmosphere was really nice and laid back. The room was fairly dark and there were quite a few regulars sitting at the bar. Dark wood all around. It definitely had a bit of a pub vibe. The bartender was extremely friendly and helpful, chatting with us and telling stories about the bar. It was nice that he went out of his way to be friendly with people who were clearly from out of town. (If it wasn't apparent already, the Virginia IDs surely gave it away.)

I think there were about 40 taps with a really nice selection of pub standards (which only took up a few of the taps) along with tons of regional beer. Loads of things from Ithaca and quite a few beers from Middle Ages. Glassware was appropriate. Prices were definitely in check. Overall, it was a great experience and I will happily return if and when I get back to Ithaca.

Thorpe429, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of Durge
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Had a chance to stop in here for a quick pint of Cascazilla and I am happy to report that it met the expectations painted by all the previous reviewers. It's got the old neighborhood charm and college ambiance as advertized with the wonderful big wooden bar and essentially an entire bar of dark wooden warmth. I counted 30 taps and the range was very broad, including plenty of local, regional and international beauties. I didn't see a lot of really wild stuff, but it was plenty impressive and i was sorry I couldn't stay for more. It was a nice crowd combining students and some older folks. The bartender was quick and pleasant although I didn't stay long enough to fully experience things like I would have liked to. Good music, a larger room attached to the barroom looks like a comfortable place to sit with friends or do some homework with a beer. Decorations include various breweriana knick-knacks. I look forward to going back and can only say it would be tough to stay out of this place if i was a student at Cornell!

Durge, Feb 19, 2011
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The Chapter House in Ithaca, NY
95 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.