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J. Ryan's

Not Rated.
J. Ryan'sJ. Ryan's

23 Reviews
Reviews: 23
Visits: 38
Avg: 4.22
pDev: n/a
Taps: 69
Bottles: 30
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

253 E Water St
Syracuse, New York, 13202-1121
United States
phone: (315) 399-5533

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Place added by: John on 11-20-2009

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Reviews: 23 | Visits: 38
Reviews by Roguer:
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4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

A - A step above dive bar, a step below a good Irish pub. Relatively small, but friendly service.

Q - The burger I had was good, but not great. The beer was great.

Ser - Very good service, and when the bar gets busy, the bartender keeps up well. Never did table service, so I can't comment on that. No problem getting a beer (or two or three), quick delivery on the food, and an unsolicited offer for beer samples. Kudos.

Sel - 69 beers on tap. Oh, you need more? Plenty of classics, and plenty of beer I simply cannot get back home. Yeah, maybe Flower Power flows like water in your neck of the woods, or Devil Dancer is the new sliced bread, but I was pretty damn thrilled at the selection. Not just a lot of beer; a lot of GOOD beer.

F - Again, decent, and consistently so. Nothing wrong with the food, but it's a step shy of great.

V - Beer prices were reasonable. Sandwiches looked a bit pricey for pub grub, but the burgers were surprisingly priced pretty low.

Being a non-local, I can hit this place up every day and still try a new brew. The price of the burgers means I won't complain about having my dinner there, either. Some very good beers at a reasonable price.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of T-34-85
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Great place for a beer.

Dark old wood interior with hand carvings everywhere. Broad selection of beers on tap (approx. 60 taps), and all are unique or quality craft beers; served in proper glassware. Some flat screen TVs around to give you the option of catching a game while taking in the atmosphere with a beer.

Outdoor seating area is a nice added benefit for sunny days, but being located right downtown, the views aren't bad, but also aren't life altering by any means.

Food is generally of the typical pub type, and is pretty good, but not amazing.

Wait staff are solid; providing good service, including an excellent knowledge of the beers on tap.

All around, this an excellent place for a good beer.

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Photo of -MK-
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Best place in central ny to get a beer, and the food is excellent barfood. Great boom boom shrimp and awesome nachos - the burgers and wings are too bad either. As for the beers, about the best prices you could hope for, and always an awesome selection that is in season.

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4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Great selection. 69 on tap, and always rotating to something new. Lately they have had some very interesting beers. Femme Fatale, Mission Gose, full stack, Bon Bon & other Singlecut's, a Dogfish Head night with 60, 61, 90, & 120. And a huge stone takeover a couple months back. Always keeping the selection interesting, with an excellent staff & bartenders.

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Photo of AMCimpi
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of ilthik
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

The variety of beers available here is incredible. I've never counted them, but there are at least 50 beers on tap at any time. Prices are reasonable. Never tried the food.

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4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of DannyBoyDD
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Klor
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

I really like the atmosphere and the selection that they have on any given day.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Dave_Treat
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Really enjoyed my visit. Excellent section of locals and us favorites. Prices were excellent. Staff was extremely friendly. Food was excellent; tried the nachos and steak sandwich, recommend both. Will definitely try again on my next visit to Syracuse.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Edward19
4.6/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

This bar offer's a great selection for very reasonable prices. I like that the bar offers a smaller portion size than the regular 16oz draft - It saves on price and abv especially if you are driving. The beer is always fresh and I have never been disappointed with the quality of the product. They offer a menu with your typical bar food. I recommend the bam bam shrimp it goes great with a nice ipa. They offer a wide variety of styles of beer. In this era of hop craze their selection of ipa's is the largest which is definitely not a bad thing. Overall, if I am looking to drink craft beer this is the establishment that I will go to - great price for what you are getting. I have never left J Ryan's disappointed.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of brianmandell
4.43/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

I'll keep this short. Good bar with a decent atmosphere. The food is serviceable. The beer selection is outstanding and certainly a highlight in syracuse. The bartender and service were also excellent. The bartender made suggestions and gave me tastes of multiple items I was interested in including founders sweet repute and backwoods bastard. They have some of the national standards as well as harder to find brewers in this area such as Jacks Abby and dark horse. There are also multiple taps each for bells, firestone and Avery. Bottle selection is minimal but with over 60 taps there is something for everyone.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of rhubyrhod
3.51/5  rDev -16.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Decided to check this place out on a trip though the area after reading about it here.

A: It's ok. Not horrible, but if any finished basement from the 80s and a Ruby Tuesdays had a baby, this would be the result. They had a pool table, a TV or 2, and that's it. I didn't come here for the atmosphere, but the people there were very friendly. It's a neighborhood joint with a side of punk.

Q, S, S: all good to very good. The beer selection was good, but after reading the reviews, I expected a little more. People rave about this place. I had a flower power which was tasty, and a Petrus Brown, which was a delight to see here, so kudos for that. Service was very good.

Overall good value, but I don't get what all the fuss is about.

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Photo of MVotter
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

First time at J Ryans, Syracuse. I had heard that the beer menu was excellent and I was NOT disappointed!

We were there with a large party after a Syracuse/Villanova basketball game. We combined some tables, ordered some pitchers of Middle Ages IPA, and others in our group (including yours truly) wanted to sample a variety of brews and ordered pints.

I had a nice fresh Flower Power IPA, to start and a Founders Breakfast Stout arrived a little bit ahead of my sandwich...which, by the way I order with beer battered onion rings, the best I've ever had.

The atmosphere, as mentioned by previous reviewers, is fairly laid back. The music never gets so loud that you can't talk to the people you came to share time with, and when they played a live, circa 1989 version of The Wheel, by the Grateful Dead...I was SOLD!

If you're in Syracuse...don't miss it. 69 beers on tap...excellent food and plenty of space! Actually it reminded me of a 1/2 or 3/4 version of The Sunset Grill and Tap, Boston, MA.


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J. Ryan's in Syracuse, NY
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