The Grill Next Door
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 15
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Durge:
3.85/5 rDev -8.6%
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 +0.7%
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
3.99/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Great selection and friendly, knowledgeable barkeeps; quite the family bar; Can't stay away from the La Merle on tap, much less the 35 others. The package store 'next door' also has a great selection (plus dart supplies and dusty, old-looking homebrew supplies)
04-18-2013 20:35:51 | More by MattyInMass
4.45/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
One of my favorite places in the area to go to. 36 beers regularly on tap, about 5-10 new beers every other week. They rarely run out of beers too which is great, and if they do they always have new beers ready to be rotated in. If you go to bars with larger beer selections there is always 10-30 beers which aren't available. They always choose a great selection as well, imports and micro beers only, none of the on tap listings are watered down by macros. Guinness is the only AB beer most of the time. Prices on some of the beers can get a little high, but you can always get a flight to just try some of the more expensive options.
Food here is good, nothing out of this world but everything I've ever gotten from here has been decent at the worst. (I've been a regular for the last 2 years or so) The menu was recently upgraded and now has a few new items, also some of the prices went up which is too bad. Either way it is still very reasonable when it comes to cost of food.
Atmosphere is good, not too big or crowded, a few TV's but it doesn't come off as a huge sports bar. The service is really hit or miss, some of the waitresses that have been at the restaurant since its open are great and rarely miss a beat, but some of the newer people that work here have been lackluster. The bartenders are very much the same way, some of them are great at what they do and can tell you all about the beer and food, others you just shouldn't bother asking, the only way to find out is to be a returning customer.
Overall if you are in the area and enjoy beer then I highly suggest trying the place out, they are expanding now for a reason. I continue to go here for a reason and can only remember one or two bad experiences.
12-29-2012 02:13:48 | More by Skeeter206
The Grill Next Door in Haverhill, MA
93 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.