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Bandwagon Brew Pub

Not Rated.
Bandwagon Brew PubBandwagon Brew Pub
BA SCORE
85
very good

23 Ratings
Ratings: 23
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.84%
Active Beers: 51
Beer Ratings: 130
Beer Avg: 3.36
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

114 North Cayuga Street
Ithaca, New York, 14850
United States
phone: (607) 319-0699

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(Place added by: BeerTruth on 12-18-2009)
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Photo of logicalparadox
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Cool little basement venue, with a hole-in-the-wall vibe.

Not enough seating and a small bar. Lounge area is great when not occupied, but gets really loud and crowded really fast. A little claustrophobic, for some.

Beers are inconsistent for me. Love 'em or hate 'em. Usually about half a dozen or fewer available, with a good rotation of 10 or so outside craft brews on tap as well. Decent selection overall.

Beer menu is less descriptive than it could be, no tasting cards or sheets, and no build your own flights (lame).

Food is inconsistent, sometimes really good, sometimes really not good. They go for comfort food with an eclectic and creative slant and are big on house made condiments, which they deserve credit for. The flmenu always changes with the season and always sounds amazing, but the food served to me rarely lives up to itself on paper. Often go from super excited to let down. Great vision, imperfect execution.

All in all, it's downtown Ithaca, it's craft beer, and it's real food, but I wish the space were a little bigger with a better layout and I wish the food and beer could more consistently deliver on their promises.

logicalparadox, Nov 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Happyhopper, Sep 24, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

irishpride, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of boszormeny
3/5  rDev -17.6%

boszormeny, Jul 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Roguer, Jul 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

NJBeer265, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of BeerTwigs
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%

Stopped in late night on a Saturday while in Ithaca. Their was a private party in the backroom and the place was pretty busy. They have a small bar which was full so I grabbed a table to get a bite to eat. They have a pretty big beer selection which includes at least 8-10 of their own beers. Their food selection was pretty good, I got the fish and chips which definitely didn't disappoint. I had a few of their beers including an IPA, Brown and Belgian IPA. The IPA was well balanced with a nice bitter finish. The Robust Brown ale was really good and wasn't overly malty. The Belgian IPA was also well balanced with nice esters and hop balance.

Overall the place had a nice feel to it, I would definitely like to revisit during the day or a slower time to get a better feel for their beers. Definitely a nice atmosphere though and their beer and good was solid. Definitely check it out. Cheers.

BeerTwigs, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of jpowers315
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

Cool atmosphere, bandwagon is located in the basement of an old building that has been fully restored top to bottom. The beers they brew in house are excellent, "high step weizenbock" recently took a gold medal at the TAP NY competition. The service is good the food is really good and their prices are very reasonable.

jpowers315, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of utopiajane
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%

I went here to pass a friday afternoon and have a couple of flights. I wasn’t disappointed. The place is located down a flight of stone steps in the cellar but it’s a tasteful bistro atmosphere. There are stone walls and white tablecloths, two rooms and a bar in each. The medal they won at the NYS TAP festival 2012 is on the wall. They have their own brewery flight and a flight that includes ithaca beer and southern tier, then they have one that includes great lakes and uinta. They have a bistro style menu that has good choices but I found that I went away without a burger and fries because it’s 1/2 pound of beef. What am I gonna do with a half pound of beef on some bread? Thy have cocktails, and plenty of booze including bourbon, vodka, gin, rum and port. Nice place, nice time and I even met some nice people while I was there. It is not too expensive but the service is a little slow.

utopiajane, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%

Girlfriend and I went to Ithaca for our 4 year anniversary; stopped into the Bandwagon Brew Pub after hiking. It was our second choice, Ithaca Brewing Co. was closed that day. Unassuming, but seemingly purposely so, basement with an awning over the stairs, this small restaurant/bar is heavy on the hipster vibe. Divided room has a small bar and a small dining area; other side is the "lounge" which has a shorter bar and some odd seating. Tall sawhorse-like contraptions serve as seats while a half-size fold out ironing board serves as your drink/appetizer table; if that doesn't suit you there are also a few low stone couches and coffee tables, and a few "booths" which consist of stone wall benches in stalls along the outside wall with a small square of wood sticking out of the wall as a table.

Upon entering, we weren't sure whether to seat ourselves or not, but none of the staff seemed to notice our entrance so we sat down at a table in the dining area. A waitress approached and asked if we were dining, and then directed us to the lounge on the other side upon hearing our plans. The short bar on that side was full so we sat at one of the odd sawhorse + ironing board arrangements; after waiting for about 10 minutes we approached one of the waitresses behind the and ordered a flight of their own beer. The menu was full of very chic, hipstery food...words like "heirloom" and "aiole" were abound. Food also seemed a bit pricey, but we didn't try it. They offered several flights of beer; their own, NY craft, and one or two others. We had the flight of their own beer; all were very good.

Overall, the beer was good, but I could do without the hipster aspect of the place. But I guess craft beer and hipsters go hand in hand, and we were in a brewpub in a double-college town, so it comes with the territory.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of warmstorage
4.41/5  rDev +21.2%

Atmosphere: yes, it's a basement. Small-ish bar/restaurant, with about five stools at the bar, a few bar tables, and aout eight or so restaurant tales. Looked like an adjoining area next to the bar, but I didn't explore. Empty at opening, but table started to populate fast on a Sunday by 12:30.

Hours: I don't know what previous reviewers found, but it opened promptly at noon on a Sunday when the website said it would.

house beers: seven house beers on tap: six standards (look at the handles, don't just trust the printed menu) and one special: the 3rd Anniversary barleywine. I tasted, in nice water glass type tumblers, High Step Weizenbock, Pirate Eye PA (yes, an IPA), Honey Brunette (no bee poo here, the honey is as in honey malt, bartender assured me it was strictly vegan), the Lo-Cal Ale (made with almost entirely locally sourced ingredients, except for some outside sourced hops), the Ezra (red ale), a hoppy hefeweizen style I forget the name of, and the 3rd Anniversary ale, a delicious, thick, sweet, barrel aged English style barleywine.

The lighter styles (Honey Brunette, Ezra) were basic and un-inspiring, but passable. The hoppy hefe was surprisingly tasty: like you don't expect a black IPA to come out and present that way, the hopped hefeweizen was a fun departure from a standard style.

The Weizenock was at the lighter end of that style, but very well done, and very tasty. The Pirate Eye PA was a well done IPA for the east coast.

The 3rd Anniversary was a delicious English barleywine, though the barrel aging was terribly pronounced.

Selection: pthey had these seven house beers, in addition to about another eight or ten guest beers. All quality, with several upstate NY drafts, but I didn't note details. So on balance, a solid selection.

Food: didn't eat or look at, as I'd just eaten.

Value: solid. $8 for five of the house beers, with small samples freely available. Today was their third anniversary, so $3 for all house beer pints, which is hard to beat, especially in downtown Ithaca.

Service: FANTASTIC. A bartender that paid attention when I needed it, but left me alone when I was content. Friendly, competent, knowledgeable about the house beers.

I would absolutely go back.

warmstorage, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%

I stopped by the Bandwagon after the LeBleu release at Ithaca. It is a fairly small joint located in what seems like the basement of the building above. During my visit, the place was empty aside from a few folks seared at the pressed copper top bar. There are 4-person square card tables situated all around where they can fit to host other searing. I forsee this place getting packed in the evenings. More than a dozen draft lines (to which about half are visible as they extend backwards into a wall that becomes their keg cooler.) 5 of the lines are dedicated to the house made brew. On my visit, 4 offerings were flowing; a scotch ale, pale, weizenbock and one I cant recall.

We were here for a couple of pints and some food around 1:30. Unfortunately the place is too small to accomodate lunch so they only serve food after 5. However, the barkeep did offer up some housemade chex mix of sorts to hold us over while finishing our drinks. Bar is also stocked with spirits some of which are local if that is your thing.

Service was excellent but how cant it be when there are 5 people tops sitting 5 feet from you. Our stay was cut short since they were not serving food but the beers we had were solid offerings. If I am in the area again, I will certainly visit to give their food a try as well as test out some more brews.

stakem, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of sliverX
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

Visiting on 7/30/11 while on pilgrimage to Ithaca Beer Co.
Atmosphere was laid back at 6 pm on a Saturday a few table occupied a few at the bar, the only bad part was the obnoxious table behind us. Yes I can see your dress is from 1950, as much as I enjoy some science fiction, I don't want to hear what awful shit movies you people obsess over and the utter and complete shock that no one else at the table thinks its the best thing ever made. It's a college town expect hipsters, and well hippies.
My beer was agreeable enough, oatmeal stout one of 5 house beers. Food was delicious and perfectly cooked. 5 house beers, all pretty safe styles. A bunch of craft (at least 10) taps. House samplers and samplers of all other craft available in flights which is a tickets paradise.
We each had a burger but were playing it safe with a 3 hour ride ahead, menu was very full with vegetarian and vegan options abound. $12.5 for the burger and fries which isn't really that bad but not cheap either.
Would I stop here again? Yea likely school wasn't in session as there's only so many 'cool' people I can tolerate at a time.

sliverX, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

After dinner at the Ithaca Ale House, we headed through Ithaca's downtown to Bandwagon, just a few blocks away. Head downstairs...

Atmosphere: A well-apportioned restaurant, plenty of stone along the walls. Two bars, one immediately on entrance and the other through a brief walkway. Plenty of tables, more than I'd expect. The bar is nicely laid out, with local bourbons and ryes staring at me.

Quality: The beers surprised me and the interior lay-out is very nice. Bartenders were friendly but generally didn't pay much attention to us.

Service: Prompt in directing us to the back (empty bar) and fast to deliver our beers. After that, the attention dwindled off a bit but not terribly so.

Selection: Five house beers and close to 15 guests, including Finger Lakes and New York locals (Roosterfish, Kelso, and others). We went with the Bandwagon flight, Commons Ale, Strawberry, Honey, Pale, and oatmeal stout. I liked, surprisingly, the strawberry beer best, a shortcake-like brew that hit the spot. I wasn't keen on the pale ale, far too caramelly.

Food: We had already eaten and didn't even look at a menu.

akorsak, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

We arrived at the Bandwagon on a hot summer afternoon. It was locked, the store sign reading: "open from 5pm-1am." These were strange hours and a let down for our afternoon plans of a pint and a snack.
So we returned at six for some samplings without the intention of ordering food, a snack if anything.
The bar offered several different "flights" or five beer samplings for $7-8 each. The sample sizes were approximately 5oz each and we were able to mix and match between the house and local flight selections ( we swapped the house pale ale for an Ithaca hop stash).

Halfway through the flight we decided to take a look at the menu, and I'm glad we did. Although I can't remember specific names of the dishes we ordered, we shared four small plates for a effectively filling dinner.
First we ordered the vegan thai coconut curry with assorted summer vegetables and a kale and chard phyllo tart which was quite similar to a spanakopita, but with stronger, bitter greens. The dishes were tremendous and well prepared. Our second order of small plates was a cold potato, leek, and beet bisque and local pork and smoked gouda egg rolls with a marmalade dip. Both of these dishes were in line with the first two and pleased both myself and my company.

As if the delicious cuisine wasn't a huge surprise enough for a "pub," I was blown away by the bartender's hands-on experience with the house beers. I asked a simple question of whether fresh strawberries were used in making their strawberry cream ale <"yes">, but followed up with a more challenging question of whether they were added during the primary or secondary. He replied the secondary and then went above and beyond to describe the challenges of using such a variable "berry."

This was an impressive establishment with a menu selection as varied and creative as their tap selection.

ThePorterSorter, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of bird18
3/5  rDev -17.6%

visited July 17, 2011. had read previous reviews and being in Ithaca to see the gorges and waterfalls and also to get some Ithaca Brewing Flower Power we wanted to try any brew pubs or craft beer bars. went to Bandwagon for dinner. they had about 6 of their own beers on draft but no IPAs my personal favorite. One of their taps was Southern Tier Double IPA. I had had ST IPA so thought the double sounded good and ordered it. the waitress brought a fizzy very pale beer to the table, I tasted it and called her back and said that I thought there had been a mistake as this couldn't be a double IPA. she went to the bar and returned to tell me it "came from the right tap" I said that I couldn't believe this was a double IPA or even any IPA to which she just shrugged. food was decent, lots of organic and local choices. I was so dissapointed with the beer that I didn't order another. (Hubby had a sample of the bandwagon brews and liked their brown) we would have stayed for another brown for him and another for me but since I was sure I paid $7 for a double IPA and got a Moosehead Ale instead we left. We would not return even though we were their another 3 days and it was just around the corner from our hotel. BTW went to Chapter House (awesome beer choices) they had Southern Tier IPA (not the double) I asked for a taste just to be sure I wasn't crazy which confirmed that what I got at Bandwagon wasn't a Southern Tier Beer nor an IPA.

bird18, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.93/5  rDev +8%

10pm-close House beers are Three Dollars a pint. There are 15 guest taps and 5 house taps. There is also a good selection of bottled beers. All of the guests are quality crafts, with the majority coming from PA/NY, but with other breweries from across the country included. The taps rotate constantly (especially the house taps, which are all sixtels). It is also one of the only places I ever see in Ithaca that has Horseheads brewing beers on-tap. If you've ever had anything from Horseheads, you know that their beer is very good. If you haven't, and you see one of their beers, try it.

During my last visit, some of the guest taps included Nugget Nectar, Troegenator, Stone Smoked Porter, Sly Fox Route 113, and a few others. If you like other kinds of booze, there is a lot of local wine and high-end liquors.

The house beers are uneven, and at on point I thought they were getting better, but I think they are destined to be average to poor. Pretty much all of the beer reviews for Bandwagon were written by me, so take a look if you're interested. If you do get a flat beer, SEND IT BACK! Any of the bartenders would be glad to replace it. They are also happy to pour a small sample of any of the 20 beers on tap.

The vibe at Bandwagon is laid-back and very welcoming. All of the owners are friendly when they are out front, and more than happy to grab a beer and have a conversation. The same goes for the bartenders. The whole staff wants this to be a place that people are comfortable hanging out at while getting a good beer and good food at a decent price.
EDIT: The Bandwagon isn't as laid back as it used to be. With the changes at the mahogany grill, It has become the last place on the commons that you can get food and a drink. Although this is a good thing, it attracts a strange crowd. It also seems to be packed on a nightly basis with a crowd that seems to be a little too cool for me.

As for food, it is mostly local and the menu is always changing. The choices are all adventurous and interesting. I've had some things that are good and some that are so-so, but anything that isn't up to par works itself off of the menu. Prices are good, and the kitchen is open until 12:45, so its a great place to get a late night snack.

The actual space of Bandwagon is a basement bar that is somewhat dimly lit. Outside is a yellow banner with a hopleaf logo. Inside all of the walls are made of exposed stone. On the right are low tables for dinner with ome copper brew kettles on display in the back. On the left is a bar area with tall tables and a door to the next room that has an expanded bar area. The expansion has lots of tables, and booths that have their own alcoves, as well as more bar seating. It is the hangout area as opposed to the dinner area. There is also a dart board. Soon, there will be windows that look into a brand-new brewery.

I've edited a few pieces of this review, so it is up-to-date as of January 2012.

Hojaminbag, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of jameswaldo
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

A comfortable cellar space in a good old building downtown. Inviting BandWagon hop-blossom logo on awning over steps down to the pub. I've been there to eat seven or eight times, to drink more often. Their short copper bar has recently been expanded southwards. They've got many draft taps, five for house brew, some for beers made nearby. They stock good bottled beers, including many made in NY and PA. As I'm a locavore, this as well as the Bandwagon drinks-need-food ethic feels real welcoming.

Most of the tables have a SRM (Standard Reference Method) color patch decor. The newer part at south-east side has a fine spot for darts, drinks, chat. There's a long counter at east end under sidewalk gratings to drink standing or in cozy booths. Rock masonry foundation wall is hung with frequently changed new art. Skate boards lately (4/24/12)! West end has a lit display case showing off beers next to be served, with chalk signs listing SRM, ABV and IBU, brew names and recipes. BandWagon Brews (BWB) might be: Common Ale, Underdog Pale Ale, Pirate Eye PA, and more Peanutbutter Chocolate Stout. The restroom is still pretty funky, but not as decrepit as the Chapter House. Last time I was there with wife and kids we played a game of darts after supper. That was the second time I tasted a burger (rare) there, and think that and the duck are their best meals. It's hard to get rare hamburger served truly rare, but BW will do it, without making you sign a waiver about the dangers of raw meat. My son's pork was real good, too. Now that I know, I always ask for Extra CRISPY fries, and they arrive that way and are delicious.

On a busy Friday, years ago (1/29/10), there was confusion about bar tending vs food service, but since then they've been better organized. Talked with Nick Antczak, a brewer and part owner, about the range of BWB, which seemed to me on early visits too gimmicky. One day they had: Chocolate Cherry Porter, which was not bad; Raspberry Jalapeno Ale, which had gone flat; Peanut Butter Chocolate, a treat for Reeces Pieces lovers, but still a circus drink; Scotch Ale that had gone dead flat and stale; and Black Pepper Porter, which tasted good enough to have been my next pint but it ran out while I was sharing pints of the CCP and RJA with my wife. Brewer Nick was fun to talk with, a brewing enthusiast, eager for feedback and convivial sharing. This spirit has brought me back often. I admire their adventuresome experimentation, and expect BWBs will improve as brewers get more experience. On my 3rd visit, the fresh pint of CCP was pretty good, an excellent value at $4. Since my early visits, and especially with the expanded bar space, service is much better, especially if you're there to eat. All the servers who've brought my food have been quick and attentive. Lately they've been real busy, and noisy with big crowds, but still good fast service.

My favorite dish there so far is the duck--a delicious boneless filet; the worst I've had is the catfish--excellent fried batter but the fish is limp, squishy wet pulp inside the crisp exterior. The cook needs to learn how to get the filet much drier before it's fried! Since the french fries are not cooked enough, you must remember to ask for EXTRA CRISPY fries, and you'll be happy.

Even if the beer made there doesn't suit your taste, the other draft beers, bottles and cans are definitely most excellent brands, so if you can't decide on a BWB you like after the (free! friendly!) tasting for a local pint, you'll surely find a pretty well-known gourmet drink there more to your liking.

I noticed a real bad review here at BA regarding a draft beer that wasn't drinkable and have myself several times tasted some brews that just were not worth drinking. But personal tastes and preferences differ; ask for a taste before you commit to a pint of anything, and the Bandwagon will gladly let you try several till you find a fresh draft to your liking. Last time I was there, their own IPA was so good I didn't want to leave, and ended up playing a fun game of darts so I could have another pint for dessert.

The food menu is adventurous, reasonably priced, available on their website. Friends have enjoyed their meals there, and though it took me a while to get around to trying this food, what with all the beer to drink, I have by now enjoyed many good meals there. They opened Dec 15, 2009; they've shown steady improvement and are well worth a visit. I hope they thrive.

My favorite BWB is "Pirate Eye P A" that seems better every time I try it. Wish they'd have it every time I visit! Recently (4/27/12) I drank their Black IPA, which might become my new favorite: a super-delicious hoppy dark-malty local masterpiece of home brewing.

jameswaldo, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of BadamsAdamson
3.93/5  rDev +8%

I am a huge fan of Bandwagon Brew Pub. I've been going there regularly since I turned 21 in november and I haven't had a bad visit yet.

They have recently expanded and opened a lounge section which only makes the atmosphere of the place that much better. There's nice little seating area's that make it a good spot to chill with some of your friends.

The staff is helpful, and for the most part very knowledgeable about the beer. Although, admittedly they aren't always as attentive as they could be.

The food is solid. Some dishes, like the fried catfish, fall flat. But for the most part they offer some tasty, imaginative dishes. My favorite would have to be the cornmeal waffles in a chile sauce with sausage, shrimp, cherry tomatoes, and spinach. I was hesitant to try it but the flavors and textures compliment each other perfectly.

Great burgers too.

They have at least twenty beers on tap at any given time, five of which are made in-house. These are the beers I always go for. They produce a wide range of beers and brew a new recipe each and every week. Their beers also rotate fairly quickly. It's quite common to go back a week after a visit and have five new beers waiting for you.

Not every beer is a hit, but they've gotten most of their recipes down very well, and every beer i've had has been nice and fresh. If you order a beer and the keg runs out they'll give you as much of the glass as they could fill for free too. Their brewer also likes to experiment, and again, while not every beer is a hit, most are, and the variety is excellent.

Overall my favorite place to grab a brew in town.

BadamsAdamson, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of codewarrior
2/5  rDev -45.1%

I've been here 2xs, liked it the first time, hated it the second, and this will mostly focus on how unforgivable the second time was.

The first time I went, it was very new, they had 5 tappers, all Bandwagon, and only did other beers in bottles. The second time they had nearly 20 tappers, great stuff, including their own 5 tappers, but still doesn't touch other local pubs (chapter house), and is not trying to.

The second time I ordered the black pepper porter. What I was served was headless, carbonationless swill. Literally no bubbles, no head, pitch black alcho-juice filled to the brim of a Magic Hat pint glass. I drank a bit. This was not beer. I go to the bar-tender and tell her "are you sure your tap is ok, this beer is dead," she proceeds to pour a sample for herself, drink, and says: "you're right. what do you want to drink." I replaced the drink with their unimpressive Russian Imperial Stout, not bad, not good. All of this would have been fine, excepting 2 things:

1. The beer was obviously off, just from the look. It did not look like beer, period. It did not look tasty, it did not look delicious, it did not look ... beer-y, it looked like blackberry-juice. Yet they still served it. Now at a typical dive, this sort of thing might be ok, even expected. At a brew-pub ... I expect, just the tiniest bit of beer-knowledge from the staff, particularly the bar-tenders. I am admittedly a jaded beer snob, but again ... it's a brew-pub, I am your target market.

2. THEY CONTINUED TO SERVE THE BEER AFTER THEY KNEW IT WAS OFF! I'm not kidding. Not in the slightest. I saw them serving it in flights, in pints, giving out tastings of it. Shit, I saw 4 or 5 people heroically struggle through a quarter-pint of this swill before leaving, ordering something else, or just eating. Jesus Christ people. Your beer alone is not good enough to stand on, even when you haven't mercilessly destroyed the tap.

All that being said, the food was ok, but didn't make much sense, really. We got some of the stranger things on the menu ... Potato Cheddar Wonton (which tasted like a knish mated with a Rangoon), Phyllo pastry stuffed with chard and spinach (would have been good if the pastry hadn't very obviously been sitting around for hours ... wilted Phyllo, didn't realize that was possible ... still pretty good in spite ...) and the Veggie Burger (spicy and damn tasty actually, but a far cry from anything at Moosewood down the street. perhaps an unfair comparison. definitely an unfair comparison).

The waiter was great, and all 1.5 service points this place recoups from the bartender are on those grounds alone.

The first time I was here, it was all ok. The second time was unforgivable for a brew-pub. The 1 thing you can't **** up is the beer ... especially your own beer, you know, the one you brew in the back! And after you mess that up, and a customer points it out to you ... you really really can't keep serving the **** up to unsuspecting customers. Unforgivable.

codewarrior, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of Hoescheg
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

Ive been a patron of this brew pub since it opened, and have liked most everything they have served. They have a rotating menu of food and beer, which is nice because you know the chefs are always working with ingredient that are fresh and improving their recipes.

Their beers are not the best, but like the food, every time I go in there they have made changes to the recipe sometimes better sometimes worse. The Commons Ale, their standard pale ale, has improved significantly since their opening. During Craft Beer week, they released a new beer each day, including an IPA, pale ale, Kolsh, Gruit, and a Peach beer. The Gruit, having not hops, had alot of rosemary flavor, and I am looking forward to trying it again. Their Peach beer, was not like any fruit beer I've had before, because it was quite sour, with some hop aroma, and a peach aftertaste.

This place is trying new things, and while not all of them are successes initially, they have brewed some good beer, cooked some good food, and are always improving.

Hoescheg, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of asabreed
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%

I was interested in checking out this place when my wife and I went to Ithaca last Saturday to walk around, check out the Commons, and to mainly get out of the Binghamton area.

It opened at 4, and we got there about 5. Since Spring Break was still going on for both Ithaca College and Cornell, the place was pretty dead, as I expected.

There are about five seats at the small bar, but I really like their decor. White shelves house all the booze, and it looks like they had some really good scotches and bourbons.

The tables seem plentiful and there's definitely enough room, whether you have a party of 2 or a larger party of 5 or 6, which the booths seem perfect for.

Since it's a basement pub, I wouldn't use the word dingy (especially because the place was extremely clean), but I would say that the lighting was mainly candles and other dim lighting, which I really liked.

My wife and I decided to have one beer a piece, since it was too early to eat. They had 4 or 5 of their own beers, and then 4 or 5 others (Southern Tier IPA and Great Lakes Blackout Stout and a few more).

I figured a place like this would have more taps overall, but it was cool that there was a selection of their own beer in addition to other domestics, to draw both crowds.

Though we didn't try the food, it looked really good and reasonable, and it seems like the paper menus rotate daily, which I really like. Rather than having fancily decorated and heavy menus, they're able to print out those daily for specials and if things run out, or if different beers come in. To me, this was a really nice touch.

Overall, we liked it, though the beers from Bandwagon we weren't exactly thrilled about. But I would definitely go back in the future to try the food, which interested both of us as we glanced at the menus.

asabreed, Mar 22, 2010
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3.28/5  rDev -9.9%

I tried 3 of Bandwagon's own brews: The Private IPA was a cloudy but generally unimpressive brew that had a disconcerting sediment in the glass. The Imperial Stout was OK but a bit on the bitter side for a stout. I tasted the Chocolate Cherry Porter which was not bad actually. They also had a few other excellent brews on tap including an Ommegang and a couple from Southern Tier.

The atmosphere and the food are excellent and the prices are quite reasonable. They need to work a bit more on the beer and they will have a great establishment.

cdithaca, Feb 15, 2010
Bandwagon Brew Pub in Ithaca, NY
85 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.