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Barley Island - Broad Ripple

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Taps: 24 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y

12 Ratings
Ratings: 12
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 7.07%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

701 Broad Ripple Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46220
United States
phone: (317) 257-5600
// CLOSED //

closed 2011

(Place added by: emerge077 on 11-15-2009)
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Reviews by kylehayworth:
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4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I have been here three times now, and I must say, it is a great little brew pub. The atmosphere is nice, as well as the layout. The enterance has two pathways, but then they open up to reveal the whole place. There is a small divider in the middle. This acts like a buffer between the people wanting to sit and eat, and the people wanting to stand and chat by the bar. The service is excellent. They never seem to miss a beat, and are knowledgable. The selection was great. They have a lot of local fare to pick from. Factor in taking a growler to-go with good guest taps, as well as great prices, and you have a nice set up.

04-15-2010 13:24:56 | More by kylehayworth
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3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$

In from Texas, first time visit. Was there Thursday for lunch, place was dead. It's nice place, booths around the perimeter and tables closer to the bar. Bartender was our server and fairly attentive. Food selection was pretty good, food was average. Beer selection was pretty good and Dirty Ellen was the best on tap. Went for the sampler and had all 5 beers that are normally on tap. Don't get to Indy very often, but I bet next time I am here this place is gone, I just don't see how they can stay in business with so few patrons.

04-08-2011 17:06:50 | More by schoolcb
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3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Stopped by here after first having lunch at the nearby Broad Ripple Brewpub in the summer of 2010. My friends and I wanted to check out another local beer-friendly watering hole and this turned out to be a good stop for it. It was 3-4:00 in the afternoon so it wasn't too crowded. The bartender was nice and attentive.

As mentioned, we had just eaten, so we didn't try any food here, just beer. There was a really nice selection of their own brews as well as a nice tap guest list. The prices were about what you'd expect. We just stayed for a couple drinks but were glad that we stopped in.

03-14-2011 17:28:31 | More by KYBrewgrass
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4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Went here the day after Winterfest.

A- Nice "little tasting room" and I mean it has room for many people. Actually has a nice feel to the place. Actually has a brewpub feel to it overall and not a resturant first kind of attitude.

Q- The beers that were poured were very well done. Each head had the right glassware and ncie heads on the top of them.

S- The service was nice and prompt for the most part. She was able to answer questions fast and pour samples or full beers right away. The check was given fast along with the rest of the service.

S- Selection I couldn't complain about at all. Not only did they have their beers on tap (seasonals and one-off's as well) but all of the other beers there were Indiana beers as well.

03-13-2011 05:57:43 | More by alleykatking
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3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Nice place on a main corner of Broad Ripple. Very large business, plenty of places to sit and relax with beer and food (although I did not eat). Standard brewpub/restaurant style atmosphere.

Good brews, with a huge selection to try. Not only are there several Barley Island beers on tap, but tons of other, also from Indiana, beers as well.

Service was friendly, although a little slow. Bartender was helpful in describing what there was, but not so quick in getting pints to me, even when he was just chatting the person up that was sitting next to me at the bar.

Still, a nice place to go and try several brews, or even just one.

01-03-2011 20:35:18 | More by JamesS
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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Sitting just off of the main drag in the heart of the Broad Ripple neighborhood, this beer bar anchors the corner and ajoins several other buildings. With parking on street and in the rear, there's no real problem finding a spot. Standard in design, the look and the feel is a bit more rustic than the out-of-the-box Applebee's and with more artistic woodwork and chic elements, it is both warm and inviting.

On this particular dull afternoon, the bartender had a whopping three customers and was more than eager to talk about the beers or anything else that proved enlightening or just entertaining. Though the bar was our domain, the restaurant portion of the place seemed to seat over 100 and was quite accomodating. Though food was not our motive of operation, the menu looked good, if typical of bars/restaurants.

She happily poured beer after beer; starting with the Flat Top Wheat, then Blind Tiger Pale, Dirty Helen, Black Mijic, Barfly IPA, Count Hopula, and Sheet Metal Blonde. She also poured samples of visiting beers from New Albanian and Sun King breweries. All the beers seemed above average to very good- good enough to keep us there through several glasses.

Prices were reasonable and we felt like we had great value in our experience and will be delighted to return on our next visit through Indianapolis.

11-28-2010 00:47:57 | More by BEERchitect
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4.14/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

I went to Barley Island for the first time the Saturday night before the Indy 500 (not that I was there for the race, but anyways). It was surprisingly dead for a big Saturday night, so my girlfriend and I went and sat right at the bar. The bartender was pretty cool and pretty knowledgeable. They were also playing a lot of older, borderline assrock like Queensryche and stuff like that, so that was cool too. They have a little patio out front that's good if people watching is your thing. I'll definitely be back.

06-03-2010 01:00:37 | More by Lukafer
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4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

Barley Island has become one of my "go to" Broad Ripple beer destinations when I am looking for a good draft pint. The house brews (brought down from the brewery in Noblesville) are good solid beers and seldom disappoint. They also keep a good selection of guest beers on tap - including some nice local selections from Sun King, brewed just a few miles down the road in downtown Indy. The selection is comfortably wide to please a variety of tastes, but limited enough to ensure a nice fresh tap.

Staff is outstanding - spread a little thin at times - but friendly and knowledgable. Take out bottles and growler fills are available. Their beer is getting decently stocked these days in local groceries and shops.

05-11-2010 17:21:22 | More by treepaul
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4.18/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

Cozy place with a bar along the back wall and a fire place in the middle that makes the building feel a little bit more like home. They had about 10 of their own beers on tap, and about 10 others (mainly Indiana craft bres, but a few other Midwest selections). The alternate 10 seem to rotate with some regularity as they have had at least one or two different brews each time I visited.

The food is delicious. Most of the food is made from scratch. The fresh salsa is exceptional and the fried mushrooms are very good(huge portion too). I've only had a few of the entrees, but they have all been quite tasty.

The bartenders and servers are friendly and knowledgable. They treat everyone like a regular and are always happy to help with a brew selection. I see myself visiting this establishment quite often for the food and to see what new brews are on tap

02-09-2010 09:37:14 | More by hurricanelars
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Nice little joint--good location, non-smoking, decent decor that's not chintzy but also not so fancy you're worried about breaking stuff, big pretty windows gave us a full view of the Christmasy street.

Staff was overworked. Someone had called off his shift and so it was up to a single waitress and bartender to take care of a full bar and a full restaurant. Still, they were friendly. It didn't take an inordinate amount of time to get served.

Beers were solid, the same as the stuff that's bottled and distributed. Nothing spectacular, but whatever--they had a house beer for every occasion and a couple of barrel-aged selections. The guest taps were also nice and varied.

Not all that much to say. Broad Ripple's a cute little enclave with a solid beer scene.

12-13-2009 18:46:36 | More by mynie
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Barley Island - Broad Ripple in Indianapolis, IN
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