The Bulldog - Baton Rouge
Taps: 81 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
3.9/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
It's a popular place in Baton Rouge, so it can get crowded, usually the typical older college crowd, yuppies, bros, drunk barbie queens, hipsters...everything you'd expect. It is a bar in a college town, so, there you have it. The patio is the better environment. The late night menu munchies selection is exceptional - get the loaded nachos! The beer selection has any and everything. Not sure about the tap count, but its substantial. Pet friendly.
07-15-2014 15:16:48 | More by esanchlsu
3.53/5 rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
I'm in this place pretty often. In Baton Rouge, it's the Bulldog or the Chimes for draft beer, and they are about the same in terms of quality and selection.
The atmosphere varies greatly. All the Bulldog locations I have been to seem to be the spot for middle-aged Bud Light or Abita drinkers; but being in Baton Rouge, you get a good number of college aged Bud Light Mich Ultra drinkers, and it can get very, very crowded and smokey on a busy night. It can get to the point that you can't taste your beer and have trouble seeing to the other end of the building. But on a slow night or if you go early enough it's a very enjoyable experience and the outside area with the tap fountain is nice and the decor inside, while cheap when you look at the detail, is nice as well.
Quality is OK. I wonder about cleanliness of lines but I haven't had any experiences that were too bad. Frozen glasses, but you can ask for a room temp glass, and they will offer one if you order a stout or porter. "Belgian style" glass will be offered if you order Delirium or something like that but they are smaller than a pint and not really the ideal style for said beers.
Service is pretty good for a bar like this and they are good at what they do. Rapid service, you don't get ignored and as long as you can find your way to the bar you will be helped in both a friendly and timely fashion. I have had issues with bartenders being too hasty and mishearing me and I watch them pour the wrong beer, but they can't really hear you to be corrected, so, it's not really their fault.
As mentioned in earlier reviews, there are a good number of macro lager imports that are always on and few rotating taps, but there are rotating Sam Adams, Brooklyn, Abita and St. Arnold seasonals and Select/Brewmaster's Reserve taps. Bottle selection is quite pricey but pretty good. Decent number of Belgians and imports as well as SN, Sam Adams, Mikkeller, Rogue, Unibroue and Anchor regulars and seasonals.
Food is typical bar food. Quality isn't anything to be concerned about but isn't fresh made stuff that you would rave about. If I'm feeling like a fat ass I'll get the Porter fries. Burgers are pretty good too.
Food is definitely overpriced, $10 w/ tax for cheese fries? No thank you. Beer is pricey as well especially the bottles.
I will continue to go to the Bulldog as long as Im stuck in Baton Rouge, and although it isn't great compared to other areas of the country it is tops for Baton Rouge.
07-01-2011 20:52:09 | More by LSUPT
3.98/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I'm just impressed that Baton Rouge has a beer bar! Not as many rotating taps as I would like but each time I've been there the selection has been pretty solid. Glassware, well I hope you like everything in a pint glass (better value I suppose). Wednesday nights are pint night and it gets CRAZY busy!! Probably my favorite place to go out in Baton Rouge. The bottle selection is not impressive but made up for it in taps. There is a large outdoor seating area with a bad ass fountain which is really nice in Southern Louisiana spring time. I've only eaten there once but the food was fantastic!
06-22-2011 04:51:15 | More by mvforegonian
3.25/5 rDev -18.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
The Bulldog is a decent beer bar for Baton Rouge, which isn't really saying a lot.
They've got 81 taps, but unfortunately they don't have near enough rotating taps, so if you go there often you're stuck picking from the same beers every time.
It's got a nice feel to it with the seating areas and outdoor patio and fountain, but it just gets way too crowded sometimes, which affects the service.
Don't expect to get proper glassware here and get used to having imperial stouts being served in frozen pint glasses. I really wish they would do a better job of educating the bartenders.
The food is pretty good pub fare, but food and drinks can get a little on the expensive side.
Not bad for Baton Rouge, but it's nothing special.
02-02-2011 05:17:04 | More by 3rdRowTailgater
3.83/5 rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
The Bulldog is fairly new in Baton Rouge. It happens to be very close to where I live -- walking distance with my dog; they encourage dogs to visit in their patio area. That makes it pretty cool at times, to have the pup around while drinking good beer.
The Chimes is the old standby here in town, with quite a good beerlist, so The Bulldog starts out with some good competition. But The Bulldog seems to have more beers on tap. And, the beers they pour are really good. It's easy to notice the qualitative difference in the beers at The Bulldog compared to other places around town. They claim they clean their lines regularly and use a blend of nitrogen and CO2. I can't atest to all of that, but I know that doppelbocks and IPAs and stouts really taste wonderful here.
I'm glad they've opened and I hope they'll stick around. It gets too smokey inside when there's a crowd. But it's also fairly easy to get there when it's a bit quieter and get a really good draft beer.
And, my dog is taking to the bar life. I'll keep going back (and bringing her with me)!
03-06-2010 22:53:50 | More by markbatonrouge
3.51/5 rDev -11.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
I have heard nothing but great things about this bar especially for students around college age. One of the main attractions to this bar is pint night which is every Wednesday night. If you buy a pint you get to keep the glassware that it comes with. This would be an awesome concept aside from the fact they absolutely murder with the prices of the beer. I bought a SA Octoberfest the other night for $8. I realize this is a bar but come on. I can buy 6 of that same thing for $7.99 from Walmart or Albertsons. It is always packed to the max and filled with tools. If you wear affliction this probably is your place.
09-27-2009 07:27:39 | More by t3hcho53non3
The Bulldog - Baton Rouge in Baton Rouge, LA
90 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.