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Taps: 30 / Bottles: 24
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
4/5 rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Went here while attending a wedding in NoCal. Cool little place in a very groovy downtown section of Petaluma. Luckily, wasn't very crowded when I was there so I found a spot at the bar. I basically gave this place 4's all around because I just had a couple of beers then I left. The selection of tap beers was outstanding. It looked like the kind of place that probably gets real crowded on the weekends.
08-28-2013 03:11:49 | More by heytomcat
4.36/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is an excellent beer place, one of the best in Sonoma County.
I like the atmosphere but this is in large part due to the actual location and building. It's in the downstairs of the historic 1920s Hotel Petaluma in a portion that at one points was an Elks lodge or something like that, but has gone through various uses, including some restaurants, over the decades. It has a bar area in front and in back a fairly cavernous dining hall area that would be rather stark were it not for the ornate original ceiling and the lovely windows (they offer no view, since they are high up and look onto the opposite wall of the building, but they are themselves lovely windows fitting the pseudo Mission-Revival decor of the place). The front is more closed in and low, the back open and tall, giving a nice range. Since the place is often fairly busy, this gives a fairly good feel and experience, but it does have drbacks of making the front cramped and the back part is somewhat cavernous. It is located on the edge of downtown Petaluma, a great location. The crowd has gotten louder, roughy, and ruder as time has gone on. With the cramped front part and the cavernous back part, this has greatly reduced the vibe.
The beer quality and selection are overall excellent. There is a great range of micro brews, especially, quite varied and with some great quality amongst them. They also have a rotating cask selection. It's a great place for local, especially Petaluma, nano-brews as well. The main weak point beer-wise is the relative lack of any good imports.
Service generally seems very good, sometimes excellent.
Food is excellent, with a nice range and great quality.
05-09-2013 20:24:11 | More by Offa
4.66/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5 | $$
I'll start by saying I've been a fan of this place since they opened, and now and am even more frequent because it's within stumbling distance of my new place..
A- The place is basically a dungeon, but for this type of establishment, it totally works.. part sports bar, part gastro-pub, all good. A little busy ALL of the time, but everyone from the staff to patrons seem friendly. Cozy bar with plenty of TVs, and tables or family style tables to sit and eat with groups.
Q- A freaking Plus. as others mentioned I have never seen Russian River on tap, but the brewery itself is 30mins north, take a drive.
S- this is where is can be slightly lacking, but hey, the place is always packed.. only gripe on the S is the fact that the Sunday brunch can sell out well before noon..
S- ever-rotating "Towers" of beer, always a great selection with a lot of variety, and a lot of random one-off local kegs run through.
F- food here is terrific. If you can catch the Sunday brunch, do it. they have great, creative hot dogs, and what I would call the best burgers in the Petaluma.
V- great beer, knowledgeable staff, plenty of good beer to choose from, for a beer lover, can't beat the value.
05-06-2013 06:17:27 | More by Dakotah
4.28/5 rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is the place I go to on my way home from work. I first heard about this place at work but never went because I thought driving for half an hour to a bar may be a bit much. Then I went and realized it was totally worth it.Thankfully I now live 10 minutes away and this place is on my way home from work.
It is fairly small with a few tables and a bar that sits about a 20 people, maybe a few less. Go here on a busy Saturday night, you will easily be waiting for a table for 20 minutes or more.
I have never had an issue with dirty tap lines which is something I worry about in bars that have a large selection of taps.
The selection is awesome. They have brewery nights where they have a bunch of taps dedicated to a particular brewery. This is how I got The Abyss on tap just last week. Some of the taps rotate frequently but a lot stay the same. The only problem with this place is that I have never seen any Russian River brews here.
Food is good, typical bar fair. Good hot dogs and burgers. Great fries. Everything is kind of heavy. I do wish at times they had lighter options. Come in on Thursday night and they have a cool special menu.
Definitely a place to check out if in the North Bay.
07-27-2011 16:45:16 | More by avaldivia
4.13/5 rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
As mentioned before the worst part about this place is seating. You walk in to the averaged sized room to see all the tables full and the bar stools claimed for. In the back is another, larger room that could easily be filled with every growing crowd of waiting guests, but I think they reserve that for private parties. Sometimes a waiter/ess will approach you and tell you waiting for a seat won't be too long, which is usually true. They certainly don't hesitate to take your beer order. The tap menu is pretty good. Lots of California breweries and a good handful of Belgians. Like any good bar, the tap list rotates often, which the occasional staples. I was surprised to see no Russian River on tap, but they seem to be everywhere in Northern California, and it's not like I couldn't get another good beer.
This is great place to watch sports. 6 screens, usually mostly Giants games (and recently lots of hockey, huge Sharks following up in Sonoma). The crowd up there loves their sports.
The wait staff is hit and miss, mostly miss. No one there is rude, just lacking in personality, but the nice wait staff totally make up for it.
The menu would appear at first to be your typical bar menu, but everything has a little twist. Burgers with goat cheese, capers and arugala? Yes please! In stead of fries on the side, they have a section of the menu devoted to several types of fries, yum!
Overall this place is pretty awesome and one of the highlights during my visits to see my girlfriend. A dinner for two can easily run you $50, with tip, but it's totally worth it.
06-22-2011 00:14:50 | More by 100floods
Taps in Petaluma, CA
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