Draughts Restaurant & Bar
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Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by SpdKilz:
4.38/5 rDev +3.3%
Stopped in here early on a Saturday (like 11am) and the place was already pretty hopping. I had heard that Abacus was on tap here so of course I had to stop in, lest I open one of the few bottles I was able to find around my area. I guess they just renamed this place, but the joint itself was pretty classy and quite nice. My waitress, while she may have lacked just a hint of knowledge of beer, knew enough and was extremely helpful. The selection was pretty good - tons of FW beers including DJ on tap (If I had more time I would have for sure gotten that in addition to the Abacus). As stated, they had Abacus on tap and it was sublime. Hot Damn FW is putting out some amazing stuff. While here I had lunch, the chicken sandwich with waffle fries. I am craving that as I type and am half tempted to drive there now. It was very good - I cleaned my place. The prices were also not horrible. I will for sure come back here in the future. A pleasant surprise in my neighborhood (besides Ladyface there are many lacking beer bars/restaurants). Worth a stop hands down.
04-07-2011 03:04:04 | More by SpdKilz
More User Reviews:
4.08/5 rDev -3.8%
A: Sports bar, with fewer T.V.s, sort of like a TGIF's but not as crowded, and the pacing was better.
Q: Clean place, could use a bit more wood molding imo, but that's just me. No issues with tap lines that we noticed.
S: Service was pretty good, though who our actual server was, was not clear (had 3 different ones it seemed) but they all seemed to work as a team, so we always had prompt service.
S: Came for the FW tap takeover, so full lineup of regular FW beers, plus Sucaba, 15, Barrel aged velvet Merkin/merlin, so pretty great. They also have some of their own beers that they seem to contract brew with FW as well, hence the quality tap takeover.
F: My wife had the turkey wrap (generous amounts of turkey too) and I had the cheese ravioli in a tomate vodka sauce (delicious) so I was happy there.
V: Your average prices. We had a 6 taster flight, 2 pints, and dinner (an entree each) and the bill was $46 (pre tip)
Overall, a mid range restaurant, with an above average tap list. Good for lunch, dinner, or happy hour, but not your late night drink destination, imo. Though it is welcome in Thousand Oaks, as there are not yet too many dedicated craft beer bars, so locals should check it out.
02-20-2012 17:11:58 | More by Retsinis
4.35/5 rDev +2.6%
Atmosphere: It's you basic sports bar. There is a friendly group of regulars, and they have nights where well-established groups of people have poker tournaments, and some games I don't even know what they are. They have a fair number of flat screen TVs for watching sports. Most of the bartenders are very good, and quite knowledgeable about the beers.
Quality: They have a great selection of beers on tap. I believe the last count was in the low 20's. Only 2 of which are mass beers (Bud Lite and Stella Artuios). They have a limited selection of bottled beers, but they do have some vintage Firestone anniversaries for sale.
Service: The best service is in the bar area, which has stools and a few tables. The bartenders are awesome and chat about the beer with anyone. The owners are usually in the area and are always willing to give samples and answer any questions.
Selection: The selection is a 6 basic beers brewed for them by Firestone under their own label, 2 or 3 Firestone beers, 2 or 3 Samuel Adams beers, 2 or 3 Stone beers, a couple of New Belgian beers, plus several rotating taps. It's the rotating taps that make this place special. They get some very special beers in, including Firestone Anniversary, Double-Jack, Great Divide Hercules, and various other things. I try to go at least once a week just to see what's new. I'd love to give them a 5 in this area, but with places like Stuft Sandwich and Wade's Wines in the area, I just can't do it.
Food- I'm not a big fan of most of the food. (But then....I'm pretty damn picky. I don't rate any of the local brew-pubs any higher than Draughts). Anyway, I do really like their thin crust pizza, and their southwestern egg-roles are pretty good.
01-07-2012 01:38:02 | More by theopholis
4.47/5 rDev +5.4%
As stated on ther reviews this place is a jewel in a town that really needs a jewel. Added bonus located right next to one of conejo valleys latest arrivals Total Wine. This is plus because you can take the family out for dinner and pop in next door for a great selection.
Food is good. I love the pizza and so do the kids. Chicken sandwich and fries are great.
Rotating selection of guest taps hard to get anywhere else in town. Ladyface does well but that is not quite in town. Get all hard to find Firestone releases on tap. Abacus anniversaries and parabola. There beer is brewed by firestone so the quality of house brew is great. Port mongo on tap now with Alesmith Ipa. This place is great for Thousand Oaks locals that are into craft.
05-16-2011 23:50:21 | More by pumptrick
4.78/5 rDev +12.7%
We just moved here from Denver, which is known for its appreciation of good beer. Draughts had many great choices of IPA's which is not all that common, even in Denver. P
The pizza was good and they had a reasonable selection of good salads, also. The menu also included pasta selections, but we didn't really pay attention to the variety there. Our waiter was friendly and reasonably knowledgeable about the beer selections available. I was very glad to have stumbled upon Draughts tonight...only one review but it was quite accurate. We will be back.
03-26-2011 07:09:08 | More by zapalowski
4.13/5 rDev -2.6%
This place used to be called Stuft Pizza but is now Draughts. It's the exact same place, same food, same owners, but a different name and better beers on tap.
I've been coming here for the past four years and Raj and T.J. keep making it better all the time. A few years ago, the best beers they had were the basic Firestone staples (which is better than most bars). I came here all the time because I could get fresh DBA and Union Jack. Now, the beer list has expanded quite a bit. They always have a nice selection of IPA's. Right now they have Union Jack, Double Jack, Green Flash West Coast IPA, Racer 5, Flying Dog Raging Bitch, Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous (Black IPA). They also have a private Draughts label with six options, all of which are contract brewed by Firestone. They also have a good relationship with Firestone as they have offered Parabola, 14, Double Jack, and now Abacus on tap.
There are tons of flatscreens to watch games on and they will put any game you want on a TV. I have watched some pretty obscure college sports games there on busy nights and they were happy to oblige. There is a college nearby so Friday and Saturday nights tend to have more college kids, but they are pretty chill.
The best service is in the bar area, which has stools and a few tables. The bartenders are awesome and chat about the beer with anyone. The owners are usually in the area and are always willing to give samples and answer any questions. They are always looking for feedback from customers for new beers to get.
The best way to go for food is pizza and wings. The pizza can be a little expensive, but it is well worth the price. The best part about Draughts is that they don't create a ton of hype when they get limited stuff on tap. I remember Parabola and 14 being on tap for a couple weeks. It's nice that they take care of the locals instead of attracting out of towners, jacking up prices and kicking the keg in an hour. If you are in Thousand Oaks, make the trip. Good food, good beer, laid back bar.
03-18-2011 07:17:02 | More by thatsfine
Draughts Restaurant & Bar in Thousand Oaks, CA
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.