Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria
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Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BryanCarey:
3.88/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Barleys of Knoxville is located in the historic Old City, close to downtown. It is a large establishment with two floors and a bar on each level. The upstairs of Barleys also features dart boards, pool tables, and a few video games. The downstairs has a few televisions, a larger bar, and a stage where live musical acts play during the evening hours.
Barleys is known for its great pizzas and also for its good selection of beer. There are other foods besides pizza, but this is generally what the restaurant/tavern is known for as far as food is concerned. When it comes to beer, one can expect to find about forty to fifty beers on tap, with a nice assortment of craft beer to choose from. The upstairs bar has about half as many taps. This isnt an incredible selection, but it is still pretty good especially when compared to other Knoxville establishments. Prices are reasonable, too, and they are downright cheap if you visit during happy hour. Prices for all pints are cut by $2 each during happy hour, dropping them down to the $1.50 to $3 price level, and making Barleys one of the best places in Knoxville for bargain brew.
Service at this establishment is generally good and they even offer free samples of beer if you are not sure if you will like a specific product. Dont be surprised, however, if some of the wait staff has limited beer education. The bartenders seem to know their stuff but the waitresses, as much as they try, often provide misleading information on the beer. They attempt to talk like knowledgeable beer experts, but they dont always have their facts straight. This is why it is best, anytime you are in doubt about a beer, to just ask for a free sample.
This establishment can get quite noisy and crowded if you visit during the evenings when bands are playing on the main stage. But the trip to Barleys is worth it no matter when you go, just to sample some of the tasty pizza washed down with a glass or two of your favorite craft brew.
08-16-2006 21:15:24 | More by BryanCarey
More User Reviews:
3.34/5 rDev -13%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5 | $$
For big groups in Knoxville, this place is much mor amenable than downtown grill and brewery, and of course they have the standard selection of beer and then some, and then even more in the bar upstairs. This is the second bar I went to on my 21st birthday, and I don't regret it.
Unlike some may say, the parking here is not limited. There is a huge parking lot a block away, under the Hall of Fame bridge, impossible to miss, and if that fills up (Friday, Saturday nights after 6 or so) there are gravel lots around the bridge parking. But don't forget, all city-run parking (including metered parking) is free nights and weekends in Knoxville.
I ordered a Hop Project last time I went, and they brought out the wrong beer--either that or there was something wrong with the tap--as the beer they brought me was mild, hardly hoppy, nearly flavorless. I've never had a problem otherwise.
08-09-2013 20:13:07 | More by Pabetism
2.6/5 rDev -32.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This place is a bit off the beaten path in the Old City. Owned by the Aubrey's people. Dark and dank, with below average service. Few windows. Decent selection of beer-maybe 40 taps including the usual mass production beers-nothing very unusual. When last at Barley's, my tab was $7.50. I gave a $20 and the server asked me if I wanted change!!!
Pizzas and food are ok. Location is not convenient and parking can be limited. Room for improvement here in many respects. Better options abound nearby in downtown Knoxville.
12-04-2011 19:24:07 | More by mbdaniel
3.8/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Great place to try in Knoxville. A little on the musty side and a little dank at times, but overall a great place to get a beer and have some pizza. The beer selection is excellent and the food is top notch. When I say top notch, I mean, for a beer and pizza place. I have been with some friends and have also taken the family, either is fine with this place. A lot more manageable once they ditched smoking inside. Also, they have some excellent beer brands on tap, they seem to change them out quite a bit.
I enjoy Barley's a lot! Give it a try.
05-25-2010 00:51:11 | More by Schwarzwald
3.25/5 rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I thought the selection was respectable and pricing on par with others in the area. Seemed to rotate the kegs out regularly. The selection included a favorite of mine (my limited dark beer experiences)that I thought had died out "Shakespeare Stout", but they had it on tap; good job. Some other national and regional micros on tap with a comparable bottle selection. The food menu seemed ok but I think their pizza menu is notable. Biker bar atmosphere in a good old worn 100 year old building and bar of equal age.
07-14-2009 04:17:35 | More by bushwhacker
2.42/5 rDev -37%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped by for the first time with some friends on Friday and had some mixed feelings about the place. Not sure I am going back with some of the other options in the area.
The atmosphere itself was nice, wasnt loud, comfortable, etc.
The quality was OK ( mislabeled beers etc )
Service sucked. Charged for a beer that was mislabeled ( Locker Stock is NOT a stout and def. not an imperial stout ).
OR they labeled the tap wrong and continued to rip people off.
As our group arrived, we moved from the bar to sit at a table and had to continually go to the bar to get refills even though we were told a server was going to take over. I sever saw him or her. Not sure why I tipped now that I think about it.
Good thing that we were having a good time catching up with friends and were not there for a meal.
Selection is decent for TN, but the Cigar bar right around the corner had a better selection hands down.
04-04-2009 23:23:37 | More by Photekut
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
My friend Pard and I went here with Mr and Mrs Brett Mohr. We had pizza and I opted for the Dogfishhead. This place was very nice. I watched people play pool as I got warmer and warmer with my buzz. Pard and i watched trendy yummyones play pool. The atmosphere and service here were really good and the food was pretty good compared to some of the food I have had at many of them. I would recommend here if you are in the area. Knoxville is pretty cool in this area. Lots of bars to hop to and places to eat. You should check it out.
12-12-2008 03:06:47 | More by baos
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Barley's taproom and pizzareia really does have one of Knoxville's best beer selections and as far as taps go it's probably the best. The selection changes with the seasons but still keeps the standards. This place also isn't afraid to give the new beer in town a shot. Sometimes this works, and sometimes it doesn't, but I do appreciate their effort in trying. The sandwiches are pretty good and the pizza is damn good. I would say it's the best in town, but I prefer deep dish over hand tossed. It's the best hand tossed in town. The service can vary from server to server, but is generally good. Fantastic if my favorite girl is working. Any pizza place with 6 pool tables, and Dogfish Head's 90 minute IPA is a winner in my book.
10-21-2008 00:48:41 | More by Likeburning
3.85/5 rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
From my experiences of Knoxville, this is the place to get great beers at a reasonable price. Decked out in hardwood from floor to ceiling, Barley's easily has the largest beer selection in the city - and it's not your usual piss beers either. On draught, Barley's boasts probably 40+ beers - most notably Rogue, Sweetwater and Samuel Smith's. Granted, other places have the flagship brews of these breweries on tap as well, but Barley's has lesser known brews as well. IMO, the best part is Rogue John's Locker Stock which gets changed nearly once a month. My last visit introduced me to Yellow Snow (downstairs) and Love & Hoppiness (upstairs).
Both upstairs and downstairs have full bars: the lower featuring TVs above the bar and great local music and the upper having slightly fewer taps but nearly a dozen pool tabs and a slightly more relaxed atmosphere. Head down on Sunday nights to hear Robinella - great bluegrass with an incredibly soulful singer.
Most people rave about Barley's pizza (which is fantastic), but who really reads a bar review on a beer website for food?
06-09-2008 22:41:37 | More by smrrson
Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria in Knoxville, TN
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