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Crystal Beer Parlor

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BA SCORE
87
very good

10 Ratings
Ratings: 10
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 10.03%
Taps: 12
Bottles: 150
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

301 W Jones St
Savannah, Georgia, 31401-4252
United States
phone: (912) 349-1000

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(Place added by: Joe719 on 03-24-2010)
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Reviews by shivtim:
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3.18/5  rDev -13.8%

Stopped in for dinner on a Friday night. It was pretty hopping, and we had to wait a bit before getting a high top. This is in some sort of an old building on the edge of the historic district. Its got a dining room and a large bar area with a few booths and TVs. Pretty loud and relatively dark, as there aren't any big windows.

The beer selection was large but unimpressive. There were a couple good ones, but mostly it was cans of Stroh's, PBR, High Life, Old Milwaukee, etc. Quantity over quality. They did have one local beer from Moon River.

The food was hit and miss. I had a very tasty BBQ sandwich. The accompanying house-made potato chips were way overdone and kind of gross. My friend got gumbo which was average. Our service was at first slow trying to get seated, but then our waitress was very efficient and our food came out surprisingly fast.

Overall it's not a bad stop, but don't go expecting a beer destination. Try the Distillery or Moon River first.

shivtim, May 10, 2010
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3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

A pretty good bar. Good interior, excellent local beer selection (plus a few Belgian imports and old-skool US beers), and an interesting food menu. The service was a bit lacklustre in terms of getting our food order right, but at least we got beers quickly and efficiently - although we were sitting at the bar. They have some special local beers on sometimes that sell out quickly, but I really enjoyed the ones I tried. This is a bar I would visit again next time I'm in town.

LukeMarson, Jun 21, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

Best beer joint in Savannah if you don't want to run into a bunch of drunk assholes, smell hippies, or feel underdressed. Great bar with great food and a great beer selection that rotates. I been a couple of time and keep going back. Last experience wasn't great, got my food a little late, however it was 10 o'clock on a Friday night. They served a Dunkel by Mother Earth Brewing that made up for it.

jakehesting, Mar 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

shadyside, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of mynie
3/5  rDev -18.7%

"Beer Parlor" is a fancy-ish evocation of a pre-prohibition drinking establishment. Accordingly, their website promises that they stock a full selection of "retro" beer. The list was said to include Ballantine, which I covet, but sadly it wasn't available when I arrived. Damn.

They had a pretty decent tap selection, although it wasn't as expansive as even the Mellow Mushroom down the way. The decor was woody and glit in a way seems old, not pretentious. The crowd was almost entirely white and moneyed and the bartenders were nice.

Nothing much to say about this place; it's about as average as it gets for a beer destination. Beer's not the main focus, like it is at The Distillery. But if you're looking for a solid meal the company of an older demographic then this place is worth stopping by.

mynie, Jul 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Apparently this place was closed down for a while and then reopened again? Not sure of the story exactly, but it was open when we were there, which I guess means they're good to go now.

We got there around 1 o'clock, and it was pretty packed. The front, where the bar is, is mostly booths and a few tables.In the back, beyond the bar, there are a lot more tables. The bar is long and decorous and old-looking with a ton of seats, so even though it was crowded, my brother and I managed to find two. The bartenders were pretty quick and diligent, which was great to see. Whether it was a cocktail, a beer, or a soft drink, they were running around for a bit before it died down and managed to tend to everyone very quickly.

I was slightly disappointed with the fact that only about 10 taps were working, and most, for a "Beer Parlor," weren't doing it for me. I did get a Dead Guy and a Southampton Double White (served in its proper glass, which was a nice touch), which are both great on tap, but there weren't a ton of choices I was dying to have that seemed different or far from the norm. Same with the bottle selection. All bottles are lined along the very top of the liquor bottles, so though they're in plain sight, again, I wasn't thrilled with the selection, and I'm not sure there was one bottle up there that I hadn't tasted before. Maybe it's just me, but I was hoping for some cooler and local regional stuff, in addition to the standards, and I really didn't get that.

We were going to eat but decided to eat later. The food did look good, though, and the portion sizes, if that's your thing, looked pretty huge for the prices.

A relaxing spot with decent beer and reasonable prices is something I'm always down for again in the future, and this is one of those places.

asabreed, Apr 04, 2010
Crystal Beer Parlor in Savannah, GA
87 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.