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Backyard Ale House

Not Rated.
Backyard Ale HouseBackyard Ale House
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

22 Ratings
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 13.19%
Taps: 28
Bottles: 400
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar ]

523 Linden St
Scranton, Pennsylvania, 18503-1605
United States
phone: (570) 955-0192

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Notes:
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00am

(Place added by: Backyardalehouse on 12-16-2008)
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Reviews by smxr88:
Photo of smxr88
3.23/5  rDev -25.2%

I have never actually attended this place on a weekday. On the weekends it is packed shoulder to shoulder. You are completely jammed in there like sardines. It is tolerable if you are there to actually get drunk, but if you are there to sip on a beer and enjoy it... it's not the place (On the weekends at least). It is very hard to get a beer trying to fight through the crowds. They have a pretty good selection, and run some very good specials at times though.

There is very limited indoor seating and standing area. The biggest area they have is their "Backyard." This is an outdoor patio with no roof during the summer. So if it is raining, be prepared for the bar to be absolutely crowded in the indoor section. During the winter it is tented and has propane heaters which is nice and they can use it all year.

I wouldn't mind trying it during the week or earlier in the night on a weekend. I might actually enjoy it more if I caught it at a less crowded time.

smxr88, Nov 01, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

beerdedking, Sep 02, 2014
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4.76/5  rDev +10.2%

WildBlue, Aug 31, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

pep, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.94/5  rDev +14.4%

My fiancé is from Scranton and when we go to visit her family this is the top bar I have to hit up. I really enjoy the Tuesday 5 for 5 deal where you get 5 4 oz samples of beers they pick and they are a wide range. I really enjoy coming here to try beers that aren't distributed to me in Texas. The bottle list here is phenomenal and they have something for everyone.

Tuck_leepulin, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of drbenderdo
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%

One of my favorite stops when visiting the Electric City.

Spacious seating indoors, great outside patio. No less than 28 crafts on tap and 100+ bottles. Service is usually very timely and pleasant. Food is your typical bar fare, but executed nicely. Very reasonably priced.

Nice addition is the bottle store attached to the bar.

drbenderdo, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.75/5  rDev +10%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, Apr 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

Minus_Mike, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -19%

JohneHoodlum, Jan 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

ridgeline23, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of joeebbs
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%

Went here on 5/4/2013 during The Office Wrap Party. Got in a little bit before 1pm and the place was not yet crowded. Great selection of drafts and the bottle list is huge. Plenty of options to choose from including lots of bigger size bottles. There is a beer to fit everyone's needs. So those are the positives.

The negatives were there is no food. You can bring in food but they don't serve a thing. Not even a bag of chips or some free pretzels.

Other knock is that there was a beer on tap that multiple people asked for and the bartender said that it was awful. I decided to try it out and see how bad it was. At first it wasn't great but as it warmed up it got better. They charged full price for the "awful" beer which was interesting
if they don't like it and don't want to serve it why not discount it to kick-the-keg?

Other than those two things the selection was great and the atmosphere was pretty relaxed on a busy afternoon.

joeebbs, May 06, 2013
Photo of JeanPaulValley
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%

As a lifelong Scranton resident, I frequent the Backyard AleHouse for craft brews. They have a very long bottle list and rotate their tap selections regularly. I had to ding them a bit for atmosphere for two reasons. One, during the winter months when the tent is on the back patio, there is inadequate ventilation to disperse the cigarette smoke. Many are the mornings I've woken up with aching lungs despite not smoking a cigarette. The only other option is the inside bar, which usually has a cover band playing on the weekend (Not really my thing). They generally only charge a cover when there is a band playing, which leads to my second issue. The vast majority, myself included, move straight through the inside bar to hang out on the patio, and don't listen to the band at all. It's irritating to pay a 5 dollar cover with no intention of listening to the band. In the grand scheme of things, these are minor gripes (and I would add at least a half point to their atmosphere rating when the tent comes off the patio in spring and summer). They do a good job with promotions during the week to really promote the craft beers they serve.

JeanPaulValley, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of orangesol
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%

Met up with a friend last night while in town for business, figured we both like good beer so this place would be perfect.

Atmosphere was pretty good. Not too many people around but it was an "off" night so I wasn't expecting much. A few TV's and a Jukebox made up for the lack of people. Quality was pretty good. I was offered my Matilda in a pint or Chalice. Service was great. He checked up on us multiple times, talked beer with us and even offered us one of the fresh Nugget Nectars that had just walked in the door.

No food at the moment but they are apparently building a kitchen, albeit slowly according to our bartender. Selection was pretty solid. I was hoping for a few more local offerings but it was still pretty solid. I got a Goose Island Matilda and an Old Forge Pale Ale. Overall a nice beer bar that I would definitely return to if I am ever in the area again.

orangesol, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of keymcgrip
3.74/5  rDev -13.4%

I met a pal here after a job one Saturday afternoon in late October. The place was quiet, with maybe 10 other patrons. Those looking to pick up something other than a pint might have been disappointed but it suited us fine. The decor is nothing special but more than adequate for our needs. We sat at the "Inside" bar. The Backyard Ale House has another bar in an adjoining tented-in area which might be the source of the name. The Outside provides something of a rarity in 21st century Pennsylvania--a bar for smokers. I imagine this area is a real bonus for those who enjoy cigs and suds. I couldn't detect smoke where I drank when there were a few puffing away. I do wonder if a full tent might be a problem for tobacco-sensitive folk. Pictures on the bar's website show that section sans tent which could be quite nice in warmer times.

The Backyard Ale House's printed draft menu was split into Inside and Outside listings with 20 for the former and 6 for the latter. The broad selection offered a good variety of styles. That day 5 of the 20 Insiders were Marzens or pumpkin ales. Only 1 mainstream offering diluted the group. Many beers were new to me, which is always a plus. I went with Belgian-style IPAs, Evil Genius Beer's Evil Eye PA and Clown Shoes' Tramp Stamp. For the record, I liked the Tramp Stamp better but did feel a little funny when I told the bartender "I need another Tramp Stamp." The Backyard Ale House also had an extensive bottle list.

I would definitely return should I find myself back in the Electric City.

keymcgrip, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of IPAhopoverload
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%

This place is great. They have about 27 taps and 500 bottles of beer. The atmosphere is great for someone in their 20s/ 30s who would enjoy a balance between good beer and an exciting, youthful environment. It can get a little jammed in there and I do wish they had more outdoor seating for around 11 p.m. on a weekend night. The bartenders are all pretty knowledgeable on their beer and give good recommendations if you can't decide for yourself. If you are going here to get a good beer without any external distractions, I'd recommend their Tuesday night 5 for 5 beer tasting event. If you want to have your beer in a more fast paced environment, go Thursday through Sunday. Check it out though nonetheless.

IPAhopoverload, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of stilts
4.75/5  rDev +10%

This has been the staple happy hour destination for myself and people I work with for the last 5 months.
Typically, there is no food served, but during the spring/summer, the bar offers free bbq fare (burgers, hot dogs, sausage with peppers and onions). It would be great even if there were a cover charge for it, but because it's free, it's even better.
Great service and a ton of beers. If you suggest a type, the bartender can pick out something you'd like and usually describe it pretty well.
The bar also offers variety buckets (4 craft bottles/cans for $10) as well as beer tasting nights.
The outdoor patio is awesome, the clientele is pretty alright and both the selection as well as the staff are fantastic.
If there's one thing to do in Scranton, it's drinking -- make sure you come to the Ale House and do it right.

stilts, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of h2opunk182
4.71/5  rDev +9%

Was up in Scranton for my sisters graduation, haven't been up in that area in about 5+ years. Stumbled upon this place just b/c of the yards sign in the window. Was beyond impressed with the selection they have in the refrigerator.
When you do go. be sure to see the beer menu, Being from out of state, i almost wanted to try everything i couldn't get my hand on here in NY. The Prices were reasonable and the staff was a big help and even brought out beers that they thought i would enjoy!..
To sum it up.. it may be 3 hours away, and nothing else to do in the electric city.. but ill be making that drive just for this place!

h2opunk182, May 23, 2011
Photo of mymrnngjckt
3.73/5  rDev -13.7%

I have been here many times so I figured I would give it a review.

The atmosphere is great. Very clean. The outside deck (open year round, covered in the winter) is nice. The free happy our BBQ on Fridays in the summer is also really good and a nice touch. A large selection (30) of craft beer offerings on draft. Bottle selection is about 250 different offers but check the dates on the bottles. Some stock I have seen there for quite some time.

The offering on draft are always well thought out. A decent variety of diffent breweries and styles. You can always find something to suite your taste for that day.

AFAIK, this is the only place in NEPA that had a keg of Founder's Canadian Breakfast Stout. That shows they know how to cater to the uber beer geek.

If you are in the area, you should stop. You won't be dissapointed.

mymrnngjckt, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of Dexter92283
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%

I arrived at the Backyard Ale House after the final presentation for a conference I was attending in the area, so I was in the mood to try several different beers. The selection is tremendous, both on draught and in the bottle. You can find beers from all over the country, which seems to be quite a rarity these days. I was the only patron in the place when I first got there so the service was a little slow at first, but by the end I didn't have to wait with an empty glass. Any place that has Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout on tap definitely has some high quality beers. I highly recommend this place for a true beer connoisseur.

Dexter92283, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of vette2006c5r
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Everytime i have been to the backyard ale house, it hasnt been too croweded, Iam sure that changes when they have a band though. I found the place had great service, all the bar tenders were very nice, and they had an overall great selection of beer on tap and in bottles. It was a bit pricey, and there are cheaper places in Scranton. The outdoor patio is very nice, quiet and enjoyable on a nice night. They have alot of hard to find beers, and alot from PA. Overall though its a really nice place to get a good beer (when they dont have a band).

vette2006c5r, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of ipazilla
3/5  rDev -30.6%

This place has some good brews on draft DFH 60 min was one when I was there but they also cater to mass appeal, which as stated by the previous poster is a shameful waste of tap space. But overall the servers were prompt and helpful.
They had alot of Pa. beers and the atmosphere was relaxed and nice. I would go here again but it's always jammed when i try and I hate having overcrowded noisy atmospheres especially when I'm trying to enjoy good beer. It is a welcome addition to Scranton's bar scene as it is always tough to find a new place to try that has a decent beer menu as well.

ipazilla, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%

Stopped in on a quiet Saturday afternoon for a quick draft while I was in the area. This place is relatively new so the quality and freshness of the beer was great. Got there just around noon and there were only a handful of customers in the place, so service was friendly, quick and efficient. There are 10 taps, some of which are shite and wastes of tap space(landshark, blue moon, coors light). They did have Two Hearted on, so of course I settled on that. The bottle selection really makes up for the lack of craft handles, numbering around 150ish. I did not try the food on this visit, so I can't comment on that part of the business. Stop in and check it out if you are in the area. You'll certainly find something you like, possibly even an old favorite.

ClockworkOrange, Mar 24, 2009
Backyard Ale House in Scranton, PA
94 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.