The Grill Next Door
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 15
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Durge:
3.85/5 rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
My first visit for dinner and a few beers was generally a happy one. Upon first view the place seems somewhat small and a bit on the divey side. Nothing too classy for sure. The bar is reasonably inviting but the tables and a few booths are fairly pedestrian and there is little or no character to the place, just bare walls and tables and chairs. But it appears to be reasonably clean, very open with a large television for general viewing and another smaller TV at the bar that allows for some constant sports viewing. Service is reasonably prompt and definitely friendly which forgives a lot of the visual shortcomings. However, the staff I saw at my table were all pretty devoid of any real beer knowledge. Clearly beer obsession was not a prerequisite for employment as it can be at some of the best beer bars. The attitude was pretty much standard bar & grill faire though they were generally aware that they sported a pretty cool beer selection. And they did that. The beer list was quite extensive with multiple European oddities along with some American crafts of various varieties. I tried four different brews and all seemed to be reasonably fresh and true to form. Portions and serving vessels were all more than appropriate and the accompanying pub grub was decent at the least. Not a food destination perhaps but a decent beer destination with very acceptable vittles. It appears to me that the beer list has not changed too much as the list on the table was pretty well worn and matched exactly what was posted on the website. But then the list was more than adequate in its variety and quality. A good assortment of stouts, porters and IPA's as well as Belgians of several types. Prices were not off the charts for the most part but it was not a bargain basement either. Nothing I wasn't willing to pay for the most part with the exception of a couple brews. I enjoyed my visit and will definitely drop in again. Hopefully they will rotate the stock eventually. There isn't too much to chose from in this vicinity so it is highly recommended when in this area. I'll be back.
10-08-2010 01:36:23 | More by Durge
More User Reviews:
4.24/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3 | $$
Great Neighborhood type pub. You see families having dinner here most nights. As other reviews have stated there are plenty of big TV screens showing all the games but doesn't really come off as a sports bar destination. I think people are there for the exceptional beer selection and atmosphere and to a lesser extent the food. Not a huge place but not super small either. Decent sized bar in a U shape. Plenty of dinner seating and a number of pub tables along the back window.
Food is more than serviceable for pub type fare. Comparable to chain type pubs, I guess, not great but good usually. I do like their burgers quite a bit.
Great selection of European Import beers and very good domestic craft beers with plenty of choices on tap. I find the bartenders and waitstaff very friendly and knowledgeable about the beers and have gotten good recommendations from them.
12-15-2013 20:01:19 | More by rmatos
The Grill Next Door in Haverhill, MA
93 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.