The Barn Restaurant & Bar
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 200
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 4
Reviews by emerge077:
4.26/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $
The Barn has been on my radar for years, and only recently was I able to visit there. It definitely did not disappoint. The idyllic country road location is great for spending an afternoon on the patio overlooking the rolling green hills outside of Devil's Lake State park. Everything about the place is quirky and unique, from the odd yet friendly regulars to the barn structure of the builiding itself. A really cozy vibe here, with panoramic windows behind the bar open to the sprawling countryside view mentioned earlier.
Beer selection was very extensive, and well organized by style. The eight taps were a little random, but something for everyone, the current craft gems were Expedition Stout and Lake Louie Apricot Goddess, in addition to Port Huron Honey Blonde (Mt. Horeb sourced honey), Pyramid Apricot, a cider, Blue Moon Agave Wheat, and a couple others. Bottle list had some cellared gems like Louie's Reserve and Bourbon County. I'm not sure how quick the turnover is here, so be sure to ask what's new.
John was the bartender, and a really interesting guy to talk to. He was a recent Chicago transplant, but had lots of tips on the local scene, including the upcoming Fermentation Fest in Reedsburg, the Farm/Art DTour, and Dr. Evermor's Forevertron. My glass was never empty, and the conversation was great. The Barn also hosts an annual charity homebrew competition and BBQ/beer tasting event, Brew At The Barn.
Cheese curds were good, and came with a very addictive spicy ranch sauce.
Overall a great experience, i'll be back to bring the family in for dinner on the next vacation visit.
07-26-2013 15:51:41 | More by emerge077
More User Reviews:
4.58/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
It always surprises me when I talk to a beer lover in the Baraboo area and learn that they have not explored the magnificent selection of beers available in their backyard at “The Barn” Bar and Restaurant. Since opening a little over five years ago, Amber (Owner, Certified Beer Geek) has never strayed from her mission to offer food people know they want to eat paired with beers that they had no idea they wanted until the tasted them. Maybe this isn’t really her mission, but it sure seems like it, and I am glad she fulfills it consistently. Sitting at the bar looking at the bluffs surrounding Devil’s Lake through old windows that could tell stories from decades past, or relaxing on the deck enjoying sunshine and fresh air, the only real drawback at The Barn is the time you will want to spend there. I have met many a tourist who thought they were stopping in for a quick drink, only to discover that hours later they were still exploring, and enjoying the beer selections.
The taps (I want to say there are 10… 8-12 probably) rotate regularly and have often offered me the opportunity to try (and fall in love with) beers for the first time. Last fall I was introduced to Southern Tier’s Mokah which led to a very pleasant brewery discovery (not sure how I had missed them before but I sure am glad I know about them now). Before their departure from WI last year, many of my favorite Dogfish Head varieties were regularly available, and while I miss DFH in WI, there are many other fine beers I have been introduced to at The Barn in their absence. Between the taps, and a bottle list that Amber tries to keep around 160 varieties (but is often closer to 200), there is something for everyone, and she is more than happy to draw on her knowledge and experience to recommend the perfect beer based on a patron’s preferences or mood. The idea that a little town in Wisconsin would be home to a bar in an old barn with an owner who discusses beer options with the same expertise and passion as a sommelier at a 5 star French restaurant might discuss fine wines, may sound like nothing more than a fantasy, but it is a remarkable reality at The Barn. Whether you prefer domestic micros or Belgian specialty brews, no beer lover will be disappointed at The Barn.
As mentioned in previous reviews, the salad bar, while not huge, is very good. Sandwiches and large and delicious, Friday Fish Fry is hugely popular for good reason, and the variety of the menu offers something for everyone. If you are looking for libations other than beer they have a vast selection of standard and unique liquors as well as fun house infused spirits. If you are visiting Baraboo to enjoy Devil’s Lake, The Circus World Museum or the historic Al Ringling Theatre, or if you are nearby in Wisconsin Dells, you owe it to yourself to set aside a few hours to discover this beer lover’s gem in the most unlikely of places.
04-07-2012 17:15:40 | More by JeffinPHL
4.25/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
We stopped off here after hiking at Devil's head. It is the classic Wisconsin eatery. Little bar in front leads to dinning room in back. This just happens to be a barn build in the 1880's and turned into a restaurant in the 1940's. I was shocked to see so many local craft beer posters hanging on the wall of the little bar.
The food menu is very meat and potatoes with huge portion sizes. I was impressed that the beer menu was a dozen pages photocopied on yellow paper and stapled together. It was arranged loosely by styles of beer, with something like American chuggers and diet beers only taking up the last page.
The bluegill dinner was huge with a trip through the salad bar (its on the front porch by the cattle trough turned koi pond). The owner stopped to chat with us and talk a bit about beer. My wife's steak was very rare (she asked for medium-rare) and it was 2 meals in itself.
This place is a great little spot with a great beer list and worth a stop if you are ever in the area.
02-24-2011 21:29:00 | More by rhoadsrage
4.4/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I found this place while camping at Devils Lake. It's about a two minute drive outside the main entrance. The little lady and I managed to spend an entire evening here.
It has the charm of an old barn for sure but they've given it an alomst "beer cave" vibe to it. With plenty of breweriana. The owner Amber is a certified beer geek. She loves to talk about beer and is super knowledgable.The tap list is about seven beers long with Bitter Woman, Fat Tire and MH #9 being the ones I remember. That's not the shining star of this place though. The bottle list boasts 200! beers. Ranging from everything wisconsin to all the beer geek favorites. KBS, BCS, Bell's Double Cream Stout, SN Torpedo, Victory Hop Wallop the list goes on.
I must have paged through the list 50 times while I was there. So many choices.
Amber holds tastings and has had her fair share of brewery reps stop by to commend her on the place.
The food was above average pub grub. No complaints there. The prices on everything were right in line with most beer bars.
Overall this is my new hangout when I go camping. So glad I found this little jewel.
08-03-2010 15:07:21 | More by beerwolf77
The Barn Restaurant & Bar in Baraboo, WI
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.