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Taps: 6 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
95
world-class

13 Ratings
Ratings: 13
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 11.19%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

941 Main St
Duryea, Pennsylvania, 18642-1307
United States
phone: (570) 451-1500

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(Place added by: number1bum on 09-29-2009)
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smxr88

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$

Aurants is what turned me on to craft beers. They have a great friendly atmosphere. Great food and drinks. There selection is always changing with both their dinner and bottle list. Highly recommend this bar. A person can go in there and feel comfortable wearing jeans and a t-shirt to a full suit and tie.

I usually run up a pretty decent tab for myself, but I never regret spending even one cent of it in that place. They have set themes for each night, but the menus for those themes always change. They have mac and cheese Mondays for example. You will be amazed with what they can do with a simple dish like mac and cheese. Well worth checking out. Also Tuna Tuesdays, Wing Wednesdays, and Tapas Thursdays.

They also know how to suggest a beer pairing with the type of dish you ordered for dinner. They have never steered me wrong with their suggestions. I would go every day of the week if it wouldn't drain my bank account. I usually end up going at least once a week.

11-01-2011 03:05:26 | More by smxr88
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rjvanston

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

02-09-2014 01:58:23 | More by rjvanston
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Goldndomer

Pennsylvania

4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$

AuRants is a true gem. The place is run by Ted and Chef Davo. The beer selection is phenomenal and the food is absolutely the best quality in the area. The atmosphere is casual. However, our tabletop was copper which was a nice touch. The menu changes periodically and the Chef will gladly come to your table and speak with you, asking about your dinners, what you liked and didn’t, and explain his theory on how he sources the food he prepares. The protein list is extensive including Berkshire Heritage Pork, Japanese Kurobuta Black Hog and Australian Wagyu plus some traditional favorites like Duck Gouda Cheesesteaks , bacon wrapped Kielbasa Kebabs with a jalapeno aioli and many, many others. Additionally, AuRants offers several ‘preparation styles’ for ways you can have your protein prepared. The desserts, oh the desserts…how about a Moroccan spiced rice pudding, or perhaps a Raspberry Lambic cheesecake? Yeah, this place is just plain good. Once you’ve experienced a dinner here from start to finish, you’ll be thinking about it long after you leave. My wife also swears their Raspberry Lambic martini is the best thing she’s ever drank, anywhere, ever. So needless to say, the food is top notch. Then there's the beer…

AuRants has a handful of taps with an extensive bottle list. They do have a beer club which, if you frequent there enough, can lead to your eyes perusing a member –only beer menu. They do a nice job of offering a wide variety of beers and staying up to date with trends and seasonal offerings.

Overall, AuRants is hard to beat. The beer and food menu is always evolving and it’s just one those great, yet to be exploited places. It’s easy to appreciate as you can tell these guys are passionate about what they do.

02-08-2014 16:45:44 | More by Goldndomer
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ridgeline23

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

11-10-2013 12:54:23 | More by ridgeline23
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Dreamer

Pennsylvania

4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

Excellent selection of beer that is constantly changing. Always a couple of good (and generally uncommon) selections on tap and a large list of bottles. The food is not like anything else that you'll find in NEPA - very unique twist on even the "standard" type of selections. Food list is always changing just like the beers, but there are generally a few menu staples such as Kielbasa Kebabs, Duck Cheesesteak and Prosciutto Banana Lollipops - all of which are fantastic. And if you like to explore different types of meat from kangaroo to yak to python, this is your place.

11-23-2012 21:52:01 | More by Dreamer
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ssznyter

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

I'd like to start by saying you will not find another bar quite like this. I really don't even know what to compare it to but the food and beer selection is extremely unique. The staff is extremely friendly and equally knowledgeable. Any bartender can pair a beer with any dish for you, which is sometimes necessary based on the wide range of items on the menu, which changes every night. Some items I have tried or seen on the menu include ostrich, kangaroo, yak, duck, wild boar, barracuda, and of course many traditional items like turkey, steak, etc. There is also plenty of "bar food" such as wings (with the chef's signature twist of course) on Wednesday and a variety of sandwiches and appetizers. They manage to take everything you think you know about food and turn it upside down in a way that will guarantee you will keep coming back. I am also a member of the beer club there and the selection is outstanding. Also, for what you get the prices are very reasonable. The atmosphere is very cool. You can feel just as comfortable coming in jeans and a T-shirt as you would coming in a suit and tie. It's extremely rare to find a place with this kind of quality that can boast that. If you have never been there I would highly suggest you experience this bar as soon as possible.

11-10-2011 21:16:37 | More by ssznyter
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ewitkows

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

Aurants has a fantastic beer selection, especially for the locale.

Lets start here.. if youre a first timer.. dont waste any time looking at the menu.. GET THE DUCK CHEESESTEAK. Its juicy, delicious, and downright an experience youll dream about for weeks after you try it.

The chef is one heck of a nice guy, and what I love is that he'll periodically walk through the restaurant asking customers how they feel about their entree's, helping him figure out whether or not he should keep an item on the menu.

From time to time the restaurant will also hold Beer tastings.. which are an awesome event to be a part of. The restaurant will have 2 appetizers, an entree, and a dessert.. all paired with a beer. I wont lie.. I've walked away from the restaurant after some of these beer pairings crooked.

The food is tasty, but the restaurant will import beers specifically for the food's being offered. You can tell that the head chef understands beer, he doesnt just order premium named items, he'll order really really good stuff.

2 things worthy of note. 1 - If you order a coorsmiller light, youll get a bottle with a "mr. yuck" sticker on it (lol). 2 - To stay abreast of events at the restaurant, "friend" them on facebook. Its a word of mouth restaurant, any information about upcoming events and ideas are posed online.

If you live in the area, and like beer, definately give it a shot, after all.. it is a separation from the "rest"

10-24-2010 03:55:47 | More by ewitkows
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SamuelJackson45

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$

A- At first the outside didn't show much grit until you walk inside. The decore is very nice.

Q- The place is nice small but nice. From the lighting to the furniture very nice furnish place.

S- Service was very good knowledgeable about the food menu and beer menu.

S- They have a very good Belgium beer selection.And there america selection is good too. Notice mostly deal with Craft beers. Hint hint.

F- Food is awesome. Very tasty and met the owner who is the chef as well. Seem very passionate about his place food and beer.

V- Seem alittle pricey but it is well worth it.

09-04-2010 08:10:46 | More by SamuelJackson45
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IPAHopHead57

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -34%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$

AuRants, overall, was an average experience with a few glaring issues. First, the air conditioning was not turned on until 1/2 way through our meal...this was early August in the midst of one of the hotest summer for this part of the country. Food was good quality and an extremely creative menu. It dripped with pretention, but nonetheless there was about 100 things I'd try. The beer list was rather extensive, however, all of the taps were out that night (Strike 1). So we went bottles. No problem. I got a 750ml of Poperings Hommel Bier with a dirty glass. It was obviously only run thru a machine and not handwashed (Strike 2). Got another 750ml of Yule Smith Summer...with another dirty glass (Strike 3). I paid a good penny for 2 750s and some Ahi Tuna. I walked out of there mildly satisfied (I mean I did drink 2 750s) but realized that this place has amazing potential if it paid attention to detail. In my opinion the excitement of an extensive beer list is completely off set by dirty glasses and non-functional beer tap. In short, if you're going to walk to beer snob walk you should wash your glasses.

I will give AuRants one more try in the near future. Everyone has an off night.

08-24-2010 23:53:15 | More by IPAHopHead57
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

Been here a few times since they opened and always enjoy going. AuRants features Chef Dave, formerly of the River St Ale House. plus a few other former Ale House employees. They brought both the food and the beer with them. As of now they only have 6 taps, but they are all quality (well, one is a nitro and typically Guiness, but last week they replaced it with Bullfrog Deuane, so that was cool). I believe they may be expanding to 12 taps soon, which will be a very good move. 6 is a little bit small; 12 will be perfect.

Anyway, for what they lack in tap handles they make up for in quality. You'll find plenty of locals here - typically a Breaker and/or Bullfrog offering. Other stuff you won't find anywhere in NEPA, as well. Sixpoint? Seriously? Hell yes. Very good bottle selection as well.

Service is always top notch and the food is eclectic and quite good. It's a bit of an odd mix, the eclectic food, semi-fancy dining room and great beer, but they make it work. A great place to have dinner and a few beers.

04-04-2010 03:24:59 | More by number1bum
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AuRants in Duryea, PA
95 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.