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Savages Ale House

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Savages Ale HouseSavages Ale House
BA SCORE
95
world-class

15 Ratings
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.03%
Taps: 31
Bottles: 64
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

127 N High St
Muncie, Indiana, 47305-1613
United States
phone: (765) 282-9962

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @savagesalehouse

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(Place added by: pabstpunk on 03-11-2010)
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Reviews by neckbracesub:
Photo of neckbracesub
3.36/5  rDev -24.2%

Another bar/eatery in Muncie that suffers overall from its lack of focus on quality customer service. Like The Heorot, Savages Ale House is insanely up and down when it comes to receiving good service, and they seem to favor certain customers over others.

Also like The Heorot, I have given Savages many different chances before coming to the conclusion that their service is mediocre at best. Again, it all really depends on luck, because there are a couple of different bartenders/servers who are genuinely helpful and nice each and every time, but there are others who bog it all down a bit.

The atmosphere is very trendy and understandably one of the go-to places for Muncie hipsters who are in a contest for the most tats on one individual body. Still, the place is usually quite clean and whatever is on the overhead music playlist is almost always quality (I've heard Kurt Vile several times over the last few months). The quality of the food can vary depending on what you're ordering. Their Patty Melt is outstanding and still the best thing I've had, and I've tried quite a bit to this point. Almost all of the appetizer items seem frozen and nuked and then straight to your table.

The beer selection is quite decent and steadily rotates, and they even have the occasional high ABV rare offering.

I've always wanted to not only like this place, but love it...yet I can't, because the service tends to be a let down.

neckbracesub, Aug 12, 2013
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

indianabeerman, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of Vondy09
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Vondy09, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of zrab11
4.43/5  rDev 0%

Alright! IF you love to Drink craft beer and eat some amazing cheap beer food this is the place to go!

I hope this place stays in buisness and i think it will. A few other pubs were in this building before but didnt last.

I never thought id love beer paired with Buscuits and gravy but DANG its soo good.They have over 30 different items to satisfy your hunger or sober you up alittle bit.

Only have about 5 or 6 taps but have around 100 bottles. And they always have PBR on tap for 1$ ...haha

This is the place to go to get your grub on.. Stop in here before you head home from a night of drinking. You wont be disappointed!

New Review 1-25-14

THEY NEED TO EXPAND.

This place has really taken off. The food is so cheap but so excellent. A lot of great things on the menu and they have food specials EVERYDAY

The beer is great. They have about 40 bottles of beer all the time and always have 3 or 3 FFF taps all the time as well as PBR(for macro drinkers) and 4-6 other Indiana breweries on tap.

As well as they feature 1-3 Special beers on tap each week. Ranging from Special FFF one offs to season favorites like Hopslam.

This is a MUST visit for anyone coming to muncie! Joel savage the owner is also a great guy to chat with and a very knowledgeable beer geek!

zrab11, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of mpcrump
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%

Decent beer selection, very good quality food, and most affordable beer in town.

I believe the number of taps is 16 or higher. I rarely am at a loss for choosing a high quality draft beer. The bottle selection is good as well. Yes, you won't find the most but it's decent with high quality.

The food is excellent. A good sized menu of typical bar food with some variances. Bar food sounds negative but it isn't meant to be. Nothing exotic here but good overall and varied selection to interest most people. The quality of the food is excellent.

Drafts are the most affordable in town. Generally a $1 cheaper than any other place in town.

It can get crowded and on occasion service can suffer. I think it has improved over the last 6 months. There is some excellent and friendly service to be had. Everyone is pretty knowledgeable about beers so if you have a question ask away.

mpcrump, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of tmneyer
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

tmneyer, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of Mcvs1507
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%

This is the best place in Muncie to get a cheap meal with great beer. I have tried several different items on the menu and none of them have disappointed! As far as beer is concerned the selection is fair, but not mind blowing. They do throw in a few rare(ish) bottles out for purchase and every so often they a something special on tap (Zombie Dust, Hop Slam, etc.). If you are in the area going to school, a local, or just passing through it's definitely worth a stop!

Mcvs1507, May 16, 2013
Photo of ChuckFreeze
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%

my favourite place to go, along with the heorot in muncie. the bartenders are always really friendly, its always well maintained in terms of cleanliness. There selection is great and has something for all beer lovers, as well as a good wine selection. they have a sturdy stock of IPA's and the food is fantastic.

ChuckFreeze, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of ChrisMason
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%

Savages Ale House is a gem located in Muncie that draws crowds from all over. This is a beer and wine ale house only. Their revolving door of new craft beer on tap is always a treat and the 1 dollar Pabst Blue Ribbon pints are the staple of the establishment as well as their solid "Irish Fires" consisting of melted cheese, sour cream, chives and bacon.

Monday's there is 50 cent PBR drafts and half off cheese burgers.

A - Small but it is the right size for the unique crowd and the in house artwork is very impressive.

Q - An always changing selection of unique bottles and draft brews. Fantastic bar food.

V - Always kind speedy service and they serve you your food as well.

L - There is a vast variety of beer. Usually 6-8 solid draft and around 125-175 different types of bottled brews.

F - Best bar food I have ever had, wide variety for carnivores and vegetarians.

V - PBR drafts for a buck, and everything else is around three dollars give or take.

ChrisMason, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of jsgreen16
4.43/5  rDev 0%

Savages is probably my favorite bar to go to in downtown Muncie. Although they do not have much on tap they have a bunch of bottles along with some 22 oz bombers as well. The food is one of the main reasons that I LOVE going to Savages. Beer battered chicken cordon blue is absolutely awesome and the sides to go with your meal are great you can get a pretzel with cheese, homemade hummus that is excellent, and my wife is crazy about their beer battered jalapeno slices. The price is what also makes this place great most sandwiches are around 5-6 bucks homemade biscuits and gravy any time in the night for 2 bucks and the beer itself is really cheap all around a excellent place.

jsgreen16, May 13, 2011
Photo of Skye1024
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%

In a sentence, this is a great beer bar with excellent food!

I believe they have 8 taps here, most of which are quality. They always have PBR on tap for $1. They also usually have Woodchuck and Lindeman's Framboise on tap. And they usually have FFF Alpha King and Gumballhead on tap as well. That leaves a few to rotate, which have included Fat Tire, Bigfoot, Brooklyn Black Chocolate, Dreadnaught, and Midas Touch in recent months.

The bottle selection is a solid representation of Indiana distribution. Several selections from Bells, Founders, FFF, Great Divide, Stone, DFH, Abita, and Sierra Nevada.

The space itself is fairly small, but very cozy. That means its fairly crowded often. Frequently there is only 1 waiter/waitress , which is why I only gave it a 3.5 for service. You see people from all different crowds in here which gives the place a friendly, relaxing atmosphere.

They have a great selection of food, all reasonably priced. Everything Ive had has been very tasty.

Living in Muncie, we have 3 excellent beer bars. Savages ranks third in beer selection, but overall ranks right along with the Heorot(hot, cramped) and the Fickle Peach(no food to speak of)due to the food and atmosphere.

Skye1024, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of punkideas
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%

This was my bar of choice while living in Muncie. The staff is knowledgeable about the beers, and service is good. The selection of beers ranges from good budget choices to premium bombers. There are ten taps, several of which rotate, and the bottle list changes frequently. While the menu is limited, everything I've had has been very good. Also, this is the least smoky beer bar in Muncie, which is a plus to non-smokers. Overall, this is one of the best places to hang out with friends in Muncie.

punkideas, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of wobbles
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%

Great bar and great beer. I love that I can walk in and just ask for whats new and they know what styles I like and make great suggestions. Its a great place to be a regular and discuss good beer. The owner and bartenders are very knowledgeable about beer and are always willing to talk about it.

The food is good and priced even better. The menu has a nice selection and they are always adding on. Besides the great beers I really enjoy that the crowd is always very diverse also. You never know who you might see enjoying a cold beverage at Savages.

wobbles, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of WesleyStoller
4.9/5  rDev +10.6%

Best little Ale House in all of Muncie! Ok, that might not be much of compliment, but I've been to bars from Portland to New York and I highly recommend Savages. I love coming to Savages because you get an incredible mix of people and attitudes. Just the other day I was there for a birthday when an older gentleman shared our table, while he quietly ate his food and read his book, the room with the pool table filled up with tattooed-pierced-folks, happily guzzling their beers and mingling with the curious just-turned-21 crowd who randomly wander in to forget what they have recently learned at nearby Ball State University.

If you're the type of person who vows to only drink great beer, Savages has got you covered. If you're the type of person who needs a few pints now and then but can't justify spending more than $5, Savages has got you covered. They offer a nice mix between house favorites, new releases from great breweries, and rock-bottom value beers ($1 Hamms or PBR are my go-to beers for late nights).

As for the food, they're not going to win any culinary awards any time soon. But why should they, they're a bar. If you're looking for fine dining at midnight, you're delusional. It's good, it's cheep, and it all goes down great with beer! Try the hand-breaded pork tenderloin burger on a date, I dare you! Coming from someone who doesn't like their onion rings, they've got amazing onion rings!

What really makes this bar work is the owner and experienced staff. Before Savages opened, I frequented the bar they all worked at simply because they all worked there. Joel (Savage; the owner) knows his stuff and is often willing to sit down and chat about anything and everything. Simply put, he loves beer. Not only does he love beer, he has pride in his beer. One of the first times I talked to him after he opened Savages, he went into extreme detail of everything that goes into an excellent tap, what he has installed, and his plans for the future (in regards to his taps). Another staple at Savages is Andy. He's not the kind of bartender to hide behind a fake smile and actively chit-chat with you in a pathetic attempt for a tip. Andy, along with the rest of the staff, are real people and they wont dick you around.

WesleyStoller, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of denimdemon
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Considering Muncie has no microbrewery, the town has developed quite a little "good beer culture." Savage's is the town's newest entry, and the only of downtown's bars to feature a full menu even into the late night (the kitchen closes at 2 a.m. most nights). It seems poised to be the first business to actually succeed in its location, home of failed enterprises including a BBQ joint, Thai food, and the previous bar Morton's. As a born and raised Munsonian that now calls Indy home but visits the old stomping grounds regularly, it's nice to have another quality place to frequent when home.

Savage's was opened by former Heorot bartenders Joel Savage and Andy Miller in the fall of 2009. The two obviously gained a lot of beer knowledge while there, but had some ideas on improvements to make their ideal bar - and so they did. What you'll find at Savage's is ten taps, approximately a hundred bottles at any given time, and a full menu of comfort food being served practically the entirety of the time they are open. Want biscuits and gravy AND a beer? Savage's provides that service.

The atmosphere there, for me at least, is kind of like "Cheers." I know I'm going to see a friend or acquaintance (if not a half dozen or more of 'em) when I go in - the ambiance is comfortable. The bar staff is friendly and offers table service, which came as a bit of a shock the first time we visited - nice touch. On any given night you'll find Joel, Andy, or Joel and Andy there, both good men to chat up about all things beer or rock'n'roll. There's no juke box, so you're at the mercy of the bar's staff - thankfully, all that work there seem to have impeccable taste. Best feature? The turntable and shelves full of vinyl. The long bar has several stools and there are around a half dozen tables in the main room (and a few more around the pool table). The bathrooms are clean and well kept. Only minor beef is that I'm not the biggest fan of the huge windows that take up the front and side (the establishment sits on a street corner) and allow the passersby to gawk in, but it's alright. When it first opened, the bar seemed a little too well-lit for what it was trying to accomplish - this was quickly rectified.

As far as what you can expect on draft, there always seems to be a standard Three Floyds offering or two (Alpha King and Gumballhead), a stout (Young's Double Chocolate or Guinness), Upland Wheat or Dragonfly, Lindeman's Framboise, Rogue Dead Guy, Newcastle, Pabst Blue Ribbon ($1 a mug, all the time every day, as it should be)...probably a couple I'm forgetting. Sometimes a seasonal. Bottle selection is well-picked and rotates pretty frequently. Prices range from the cheap (High Life, cans of Hamm's for $1) to a well-placed Mikkeller or two. Plenty of range, covers all your stylistic bases. Like I said, Joel and Andy know beer...they keep it fresh and as the bar gets a little longer in the tooth, I wouldn't be too surprised if you could find a few goodies kept in the cellar.

The bar can't compete with the selection of the Heorot and doesn't try - they focus on doing what they do the best they can, and they do an outstanding job - inexpensive, fresh eats and beers. The menu has a wide range of food, but speaking from personal experience, the spicy chicken sandwich is great, the burgers are great, and the tenderloin is beer battered (PBR) and though a little different than the "usual" Indiana tenderloin, is also damn good. Get a soft pretzel on the side, or choose fries or onion rings. Plenty of "appetizer" fair like irish nachos, plenty of "super cheap" options like the 2 hot dogs for $2 or slices of school pizza. If you don't like a bar that serves school pizza for $1.50 a slice (buy three, get one free), go back to North Korea, you communist douchebag you.

The bar does get pretty crowded (and smoky) later in the evenings, and the bike rack fills up quickly during the warm months. The crowd is a pretty good mix, townies alongside hipsters and BSU kids, friends of the owners side by side with older adults that heard the food was good and have become regulars in spite of the "skinny jeans and slanted haircut" set.

There's a lot to love and very little to dislike about Savage's. If you're in Muncie, plan to start your evening there with a nice meal and a couple beers. You'll want to check out the Heorot (you already know this if you're looking up bar reviews in Muncie, duh) and Fickle Peach while you're downtown, too, but you just might find that Savage's is "your" bar like it is mine...it's an easy place to love. Don't be a dickhead and maybe it will become your "Cheers" too.

denimdemon, Mar 22, 2010
Savages Ale House in Muncie, IN
95 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.