Backyard Ale House
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4.94/5 rDev +15.2%
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.
08-02-2014 00:42:22 | More by Tuck_leepulin
4.34/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
06-06-2014 23:37:08 | More by drbenderdo
4.74/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
05-06-2013 13:06:56 | More by joeebbs
4.08/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
02-28-2013 00:52:19 | More by JeanPaulValley
4.04/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
01-25-2013 03:27:46 | More by orangesol
Backyard Ale House in Scranton, PA
94 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.