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Reviews by opwog:
4.22/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I have been to O'Brien's once years ago for some Stone party during the World Beer Cup, but back in those days I use to chisel my reviews on the side of brick buildings.
So I made my way back down there finally during their anniversary week, for the Greenflash night. First of all, the bar is an anomaly as an Irish named beer bar stuck at the end of a busy Asian plaza. So parking can be an issue as you try not to hit the hipster youth culture driving tricked out cars or small cycles with mohawk helmets. But once you get the car parked, everything seems to gel together. The bar itself almost prides itself on not being anything special. It is a smaller room with about 10 bar seats and then an uncomfortable assortment of over crowded tables and broken chairs. This is surrounded by an L shape outdoor patio with wobbly plastic patio furniture that you would buy at Longs Drugs.
But this place is not about furniture nor comfort, it is about getting a full pint of aged Barleywine if you want it. On this night they had the Greenflash 2004 Barleywine and their current Barleywine on brandy barrel. I have always heard that the service was bad at O'Brien's, but the girl who we kept going to was great. But at the end of the night we found out that she was new and coincidentally, I tried to ask a different girl a question and she mumbled something and walked away. So maybe some of the older employees are just a little jaded by the ramblings of the Imperial thought process. Besides a great beer list, all pouring perfect, we found out that they have one of the best French dip sandwiches ever to be served at a beer bar.
So you need to get down to O'Brien's now, get the French Dip and get your beer snob on.
01-13-2009 09:44:49 | More by opwog
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