Commonwealth Lounge & Grill
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Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by womencantsail:
3.74/5 rDev -2.3%
On Commonwealth and Harbor in downtown Fullerton, this isn't really the kind of place you expect to have a good beer selection, but I tried to keep an open mind.
The draft selection is pretty good. They had some of the usual suspects like Green Flash West Coast IPA and Arrogant Bastard, but also a nice selection of local beers, like Rustic Rye and Old World Hefeweizen from Bootlegger's and a Bruery beer or two on-tap as well. Duvel Green was also on-tap, which isn't necessarily something I get excited about, but you don't always see that.
The atmosphere of the place is kind of strange. It has the nice/upperclass restaurant feel, but at night (at least on the weekends) it definitely has more of a club thing going on. Which isn't really my scene. The idea of sitting in large, low leather chairs seems like a good idea at first, but it can become a bit cumbersome. They were playing some older movies on the TVs above the bar (The Graduate, for instance), but you can't listen to them, so it kind of defeats the purpose.
Service was decent (I'm speaking of my service at the bar only). The prices are definitely on the high side. I expect that from places in Downtown Fullerton, which is why I don't usually go there.
I would really only go here during the day/earlier in the evening, but I guess if you're into the whole club thing, then maybe it wouldn't be a terrible choice for you.
03-13-2011 19:10:29 | More by womencantsail
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3.78/5 rDev -1.3%
They have Pliny often. I repeat they have Pliny often. So now that you know why I went there I can delve into the other details. This place is a club that serves good (great) beer and food. If you go around dinner like we did it's a slightly depressing scene given that you're hanging out in a very empty club, complete with the dank funky smell of stale beer etc. We had the french dip sliders and the chicken skewers which were both good. We didn't talk to the servers too much, but they seemed fine.
My Pliny was served really cold in a pint glass. So that wasn't great, but after letting it warm it tasted great. Draft lines seemed clean. They had knuckle on tap, but given the environment we decided to head over to the bootlegger's brewery itself (which is great!).
I would recommend coming here to drink some great beers, but just know what you're walking into.
03-25-2012 20:39:34 | More by jraras
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
Having been to the Newport Beach chapter a few times, I already had an idea of what to expect. Sitting towards the southern end of downtown Fullerton, Commonwealth Lounge has the look and feel of an upscale lounge. A dark interior, huge, dark leather chairs at the bar, long large seats scattered around, comfortable bathrooms, and lots of room to crawl around. It looked very comfortable, though I was surprised to see the place nearly empty at 9pm. I later learned that the crowd don't start arriving until 11pm.
Friendly and knowlegable service at the bar. A beer menu that lists ABV, IBU's and price for each draft available. Speaking of drafts, there are fewer available taps than at the Newport location, and seeing several lines tapped out was a dissapointment. Despite these pitfalls, the draft menu remains unique in Fullerton, offering beers from The Bruery, Bootleeger's, Ommegang, Liefmans, Avery, Lost Abbey, and Oskar Blues. Bottles are a mix of big guys and small guys, with Snickelfritz and Duvel among the highlights. A few pieces of glassware are available (Palm tulips, Chimay chalices), but in general cheater pints are the most utilized. Drafts are priced between $6-8, but it's still cheaper The Pint House. A very good Happy Hour is offered during certain times, when craft drafts drop to $4.
Good food is available, and I knew exactly what I wanted; baked Brie. Topped with apricot and walnuts, and served with red grapes and crackers, this is a wonderful dish that I love to drink to, though it is pricey at $14.
You can chalk this one up as another option for beer in downtown Fullerton. I'd like to see what a full tap list would look like, but I find myself in Newport more often than Fullerton, so the Newport location is more likely to get more visits.
11-04-2011 18:46:32 | More by DoubleJ
Commonwealth Lounge & Grill in Fullerton, CA
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.