Bandwagon Brew Pub
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4.13/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
04-14-2014 13:29:46 | More by BeerTwigs
3.98/5 rDev +9%
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.
10-26-2013 02:58:47 | More by jpowers315
3.43/5 rDev -6%
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.
08-17-2013 10:53:53 | More by utopiajane
3.51/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
06-26-2013 23:49:31 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
4.41/5 rDev +20.8%
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.
12-09-2012 20:34:56 | More by warmstorage
3.94/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
04-16-2012 18:29:51 | More by stakem
Bandwagon Brew Pub in Ithaca, NY
85 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.