The Barley Oak
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Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
4.08/5 rDev -8.7%
The perfect location and view to sip beers and enjoy friends. The Barley Oak is a best kept secret among folks on the North Shore. Everything, including the homes in the neighborhood, is built on a second story level because of hurricanes/flooding. There are plenty of tables downstairs for eating and drinking. But the real action is upstairs.
Take the elevator or stairs to the best view of Lake Pontchartrain. There's always a good beer menu on draft as well as bottle and can. It's a bit pricey, so I worked on sample sizes (6 ounce) to give me more variety. Bartenders are friendly and pretty quick on service.
The food is OK, but overpriced. My briskit sandwich was a bit tough in places, but my wife loved her burger. We ordered a sausage sampler to spread around and it was tasty.
The Barley Oak is a great place to meet with friends, to enjoy the sunset and the lakeview and to feel that excellent north shore vibe.
And it has one of the best beer lineups around. Cheers!
01-23-2012 16:34:03 | More by brewskifan55
4.47/5 rDev 0%
Being an "out of towner" I'm not sure I would have been able to find this place without the help of my GPS. But, once I arrived I realized why they chose this plot of land. The view from the porch overlooking Lake Pontchartrain is what let me know I have arrived. It is truly calming...
The beer list is pretty extensive and it was hard to chose a beer at first. They seem to have more harder to get beers than I've seen at other bars on the NorthShore. The atmosphere was laid back. Everything was nice and clean, which surprised me considering Tropical Storm Lee rolled through a week earlier. The food menu isn't that extensive but it was good.
I can see why this place is popular. Great beer list, great atmosphere/service and great view!!
09-12-2011 10:56:15 | More by cvm4
4.88/5 rDev +9.2%
Location, Location, Location. Could not ask for a better Local place to unwind with a delicious brew with your friends after a long day and no where to go afterward. Situated on the Lake Front overlooking Lake Pontchartrain and the Causeway, this place is beautiful at Sunset, and the service is always with a smile. The atmosphere is quite and cozy during the week and vibrant on the weekend. The attitude is laid back, and why not? That's what you should be doing while enjoying two of God's Greatest Creations: Beer and LA's largest lake at Sunset. Not to mention that the upstairs is very well furnished.
Now, if you can afford it, this place has an excellent atmosphere, and that's what you're really paying for. If you really want to compare... You would find similar prices at some random cafe in Europe. Take St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy for example: the avg. cup of coffee there is 8 euros (approx. $11!). Ok, well Mandeville, LA sure isn't Venice, but you get my point... Location! (The prices are "usually" only $1-2 more here)
The owners and the employees really like what they are doing, and they have an authentic passion for beer. I consider myself a regular here (at least once a week), but I was surprised how quickly the people behind the bar remembered my name and the names of my friends. The owner often works behind the bar alongside his wife and the other employees, and I have never been led astray by their recommendations. I'll keep on going until can't go anymore. Cheers to Beer and The Barely Oak!
03-21-2010 00:08:56 | More by LeFortitude
4.2/5 rDev -6%
An English Pub/German Biergarten inspired pub, one of my favorite places to go for beers on tap. With ~50 taps and an additional 50+ bottles available of a very wide variety of brews, you won't go home disappointed if looking for a place to try and enjoy beers that are many times hard to find in this area. The one and only closest competitor in the area would be the Tap Room in Covington, but the beer selection and atmosphere don't even compare. Not to mention the beautiful view of the lake; make sure and grab a brew one night during sunset, doesn't get any better.
Only drawback is it can get kind of expensive (real quick), it'd be nice if they had "frequent drinkers" aka, alcoholics memberships that would provide discounts, or simply come down a little on the prices.
12-31-2009 00:58:45 | More by xybreeder
4.16/5 rDev -6.9%
The location is great, right on the lakefront. Downside to that is differing rules on the hours that a bar can operate. The place must shut down 2 hours before bars inland close, at midnight.
It has a nice dutch theme, lots of room upstairs and on the ground level. Its usually pretty calm during the week, and explodes sometimes on the weekends.
Service is great, the bartenders get to know you fast and treat you like family.
Selection is the best on the northshore. Im not sure the exact tap amounts, but its round about 50+ with at least double that available in bottles.
Pricing is reasonable enough
Food is really good, I highly recommend the Rueben.
09-20-2009 01:46:41 | More by EgadBananas
3.38/5 rDev -24.4%
Been to this place many times since the opening, mostly due to the lack of alternatives. It's in a great location on the lake front, with plenty of in- and outdoor seating. Very nice building; it's brand-new and very well done. That said, it does sport the typically Mandevillian crowd, and is either dead (Mon-Thurs evening) or packed with upper-middle-aged yuppies (Fri-Sun). The bar staff is knows a bit, but really superficially so. They might know a beer is "brown" and "really good", but can't describe them any more than that typically. They always pour into frozen pints unless specifically asked otherwise. Belgians go into Chimay glasses, which might be somewhat redeeming, but one is charged a pint price for 33cl pour. The selection is decent for LA, but very mediocre compared to anywhere else in the country. The usual Warsteiner, Paulaner, Stella, with Delerium and Maredsous thrown in, along with some locals. Racer 5 is at least normally available. Pretty decent food, but nothing outrageous. My biggest qualm with this place is the price. There is some great stuff available in bottles, like Blaugies, Struise, and Mikkeller, but it's all exorbitant. Black Albert, for example, is $26 for a 33cl bottle. I've seen it in other bars for $16/bottle, and in retail shops for around $9. The same holds true for the others; Blaugies around $34/75cl, IIRC. That's ridiculous. The draft selection is slightly better, but it's still $9-10 for a 12oz pour of Maredsous. Best to just stick with NOLA/Lazy Magnolia at this place if one doesn't want to be raped by the prices.
09-01-2009 16:44:19 | More by philipquarles
The Barley Oak in Mandeville, LA
95 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.