The Abbey Pub
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Elimination:
3.83/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Finally went recently, after moving away from bend the week they opened up.
very little decor, simple, plain. The bar is quite huge. Clean looking place, definately has nice upkeep so far. A cooler sits in the back with a small selection of bottles. The overall feel of it is, its trying to be higher class than it really is. The wine store next door caters to that crowd, people who drink craft beer arent that uppity, and dont need such a high end atmosphere.
Tap list at the moment, well all the things I wanted were scratched out. Went with a couple localish brews, nothing to crazy here.
It looked like they had a tasting of a new breweries beer coming out, so that was the reason not many kegs were tapped at the moment I can understand that. I didnt know wether or not they had food because There was nothing saying there was food. Just one man running the show, guessing the owner. Beer was a slight above average in pricing, but ive had worse.
Im sure when I came in I looked as if I was wanting to have a bud light on tap, and honestly I was treated so. I can see why, Im young, wear 'skate boarding' clothes, and always wear a cap. But Im here for beer, not water.
They atleast had some great beer publications that I dont subscribe to, which was pretty cool. Atleast they know they are here for beer and nothing else.
This place im sure is a hoppin beer palace on some nights, but at this moment it wasnt. A few guys at the bar were drinking out of cans, PBR actually. It was honestly not what I wanted to see when stepping into a place like this, but hey to each his own. A guy got out a guitar and started playing, some blues like songs, It was great, but with only 7 other people in the place he was ignored like he was just a man on the side of a building playing music.
I guess what Im trying to say is, I know they usually have great beer, I know they usually have great service, I know they have food, atmosphere, and a whole lot more. But at this time It was not present. I will give it another try, at another point
04-03-2010 01:12:19 | More by Elimination
More User Reviews:
3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$
A sizable bar area with no seperate dining room. It has a large flatscreen & assorted glassware making up the backbar. Maybe a smidge sterile, but the large windows make it possible to watch the College Way round-about. Life is pretty good if you are sitting at a beer bar on the far westside of Bend, OR.
The quality of beer is where The Abbey Pub shines. I've had both Pliny's, The Abyss, and St Bernartus Abt 12 on tap here. The owner is a beer geek that knows exactly what he is doing when it comes to putting together taplists.
It's a largely one man operation, so service can get frustratingly slow at times. Especially if people are ordering food.
The beer selection is world class. 9-12 taps of any and everything that can make it to Bend, OR. Pliny's, Deschutes bomber beers, and Belgian's have all been on tap here. Alot the West Coast heavyweight breweries like Stone, Rogue, Sierra Nevada/Anchor, Firestone Walker, Full Sail, and Green Flash plus "smaller" ones like HeBrew, Walking Man, Hopworks, AleSmith, Laurelwood, Terminal Gravity, Double Mountain, and on and on...all the Colorado guys that get out to Oregon and some of the big, east of the Rockies breweries like Boulevard, Goose Island, and Victory get their turn. The selection constantly changes, when a 1/2 barrel(or whatever) is spent, something different takes it place.
I wouldn't eat the food here. Maybe order a pretzel or two if trying to drink on an empty stomach. This is strictly a beer bar that has food because Oregon law says it has too. This place is 100% about the beer.
It's an incredible value. Most pints are $4.00, high ABV brews might run $6.50 a glass. But when you start to think about how far Bend, Oregon is from anywhere...it's amazing the beers get here at all, much less be that reasonably priced.
10-26-2010 23:54:48 | More by AugiePrimrose
4.14/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Bend Beer Sortie Summer 2010.
A bit off the beaten path in a new commercial development located close to the area college, The Abbey Pub may be one of Bend's best kept secrets, and certainly IMHO the best beer bar in town. The 10-tap selection, while focusing heavily on beers from the Pacific Northwest, (Ninkasi, Walking Man (!), Hopworks, Caldera, Rogue, Terminal Gravity) did feature some nice out of area beers, with Goose Island Matilda on tap during my visit. Additionally, this is one of the only places in the area to feature Pliny the Elder on tap. The young, enthusiastic and knowledgeable owner runs a clean bar, using appropriate glassware, and the place has a nice laid back vibe to it. I didn't see any outside seating, which I might suggest, though space is a bit tight. I didn't try any food nor did I spy on anybody's meal, so I can't comment on that factor. The Abbey Pub features over 100 bottles in coolers, with some nice finds (The Abyss, Goose Island Christmas Ale) to be had. The prices are a bit on the high side, but for this quality of beer and the nice bottle selection, I'd certainly recommend a stop by this up and comer on the Bend beer scene. A pretty cool place, I'll certainly stop by here again.
07-16-2010 15:56:35 | More by jdense
4.28/5 rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The Abbey Pub in Bend Oregon's west side is a must visit for true beer aficionados. With 10 to 12 hard to find beers on tap and a large selection of bottled beers, Geoff, the owner, knows his stuff. Recently we had a St Bernardus Abt 12 on tap. How many places have that?
Geoff also does a great job keeping his list of tap beer descriptions up to date and comprehensive. IBU and ABV information along with an interesting paragraph of useful information. He is also very generous with his samples.
Thanks Geoff for a craft beer drinkers paradise.
03-02-2010 23:34:28 | More by samhande
3.68/5 rDev -6.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
The Abbey Pub...one of the newest additions to the Bend pub scene. This place is part of newer development that was geared toward a more metro upscale clientelen so unfortunately it feels nothing like a pub. You feel more like you are in a wine bar that happens to serve beer. Very dry stale interior, no artwork or classic beer collectibles...overall very boring and sterile. The quality of the beer is fantastic as their taps are always rotating the latest greatest from anywhere and everywhere. Not just limited to central oregon, these guys feature taps from all over the state, nation, and world. Always fun to see whats new. The service is good, attentive, but not overly energetic or eager to help. The selection is great and the food is typical pub food. You go to this place for the taps...not the food.
01-08-2010 01:25:26 | More by RedBrewer83
3.84/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$
Popped in here apparently during the first week they were open. Their sign was lit, people were inside, so we went in. Unfortunately, we got weird looks and actually had to 'ask' if they were open. The bartender kind of shoo'd us away with a 'this is a private party' line and back out we went. Not a good first impression. Bah.
Oh well, I'm all for giving second chances.
Redemption came in the form of a solid beer selection. Some goodies from Double Mountain, Caldera, and some east coast treats like Ommagang and Victory. Pint prices were good and service excellent. Food was a bit lackluster, standard pub grub. The one gent knew his stuff and was personable. I'm guessing he was the owner. It wasn't terribly busy, but he was keeping up with it and offering recommendations too. Atmosphere is forgettable, reminds me of a tasting room at a vineyard or a hotel bar. Lots of brown, dim lighting, and a hideous neon cocacola cooler in the corner. Place could use some lighting over the bar and maybe some light music, get an ipod playlist going or something :p
As a whole, great service and selection, prices were fair too. I'd come back here again. A nice addition to the Bend beer scene, albeit not aesthetically.
08-29-2009 00:15:09 | More by SurlyDuff
The Abbey Pub in Bend, OR
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.