Billy Jack's Wing & Draft Shack
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Taps: 12 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
Terrific flight of beers - all four rated above 90 on BA including Jade from Foothills - and a pretty good selection of food including their own housemade donuts. Service was terrific - friendly, helpful. Decor is eclectic and funky. Definitely worth going to and given that there's a limited number of solid beer joints in Harrisonburg this is an excellent choice.
02-21-2014 03:14:19 | More by brockdidntslide
3.79/5 rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$
If you're looking for a quiet spot to try great beer... this isn't the place for you. It's loud and rowdy... and a lot of fun. The draft choices are definitely above average for this little college town, featuring some nice local brews - which this NC boy was happy to try. Their 12 drafts are in constant rotation. I regret not trying the food, everyone in town raves about their wings and the plates that passed us looked really good.
A world class beer bar this is not. But if you're looking for a very cool little college town bar, with far better than average brews... you'll be happy you stopped by.
09-22-2013 13:09:03 | More by Mantooth
4.53/5 rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75 | $
This place is amazing. Everyone else has written really good reviews and pretty much said anything I could say. But I'll still write some stuff.
Only 12 taps but they get boss beer. Food is cheap and totally delicious. Get the 50/50 sliders or the chicken sandwich. Well get pretty much anything, but those are my two favorite things. If I absolutely had to complain about one thing it'd be that the menu is not super veggie friendly, but you can always get fries!
There's pretty much a steal-a-pint once a week (featured brewery, buy a beer, keep the glass sort of thing) and sometimes multiple. The staff is awesome and pretty friendly for the most part. Not into dudes but pretty much every girl they hire is attractive.
No surprise that with this cool of a bar the people who hang out in here regularly are cool too. If you're ever in Harrisonburg you owe it to yourself to stop here.
09-11-2013 01:33:22 | More by VBWharfRat
4.45/5 rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$
I guess I owe this place a review after spending hundreds of hours in this bar in the last several years. This is by far my favorite bar in Harrisonburg.
The atmosphere is fantastic. Billy Jack's sit's right in the heart of downtown Harrisonburg, so it does get packed during certain hours, depending on the night. Aside from the tendency for a large crowd at times, the vibe is very relaxed with relatively dim lighting and unique decor. For example, there are cool chandeliers made out of Mickey's grenade bottles and the suspended lamps over each table are made from old school colanders, which is a neat little touch. Also, the urinals and sink in the bathroom are fashioned out of stainless steel kegs. A gigantic beer can and bomber collection is scattered throughout the bar. There's a good sized, square-shaped bar that wraps around the bar area. There are a few big screen TV's, so it's a great spot to catch a game. My other minor complaint aside from the crowd at times is the fact that there is music playing pretty much all the time. With that being said, it's generally pretty quiet and not an issue.
In terms of quality, I have few complaints. The owners of Billy Jack's and it's sister bar next door, Jack Brown's really know their stuff and have great connections with distributors. There's no doubt in my mind that they get the best beer possible in our distro range. Last night they had the W00T Stout, West Coast IPA, LH Milk Stout on Nitro, and Troegs Perpetual on cask dry-hopped with chinook among several others on tap. The food is also excellent. They specialize in wings, which are fantastic, but also have burgers, a great selection of sliders, and awesome daily specials.
The service is usually very good but can be hit or miss. Some of the bartenders are fantastic and really know their stuff. Some of them don't know much about beer, and will admit that, but what gets me is the one bartender or two that pretends like they know what they're talking about even when they don't. If I ask for an IPA and you recommend something, it better be an IPA, not a tripel. All in all, the service is generally great and I'm honestly nitpicking.
The selection is very good but not great. They have 12 taps and generally a beer on cask. One of the taps is nitro, which rotates, but more often than not has the LH Milk Stout (fine by me). One tap is usually PBR or Lions Head, one is a cider, and the rest are craft beer, so there are really 10-11 taps that interest me. They usually do a great job varying the styles, which I really appreciate, and often have a cool foreign beer on "line 12," which is the last tap. They also have cans of BMC's and seasonals, along with several bombers in bottles. I haven't splurged yet on the $12 bottle of KBS, but boy am I tempted. I feel like I need to split it at that price point though.
The food is always fantastic, and is a pretty good value. The beers are reasonable, with drafts generally ranging from $4-6 during regular hours. The happy hour makes this place for me though. It goes from 2-7 Mon-Fri. $1 off all drafts and a designated beer is only $2 (last night was Founders All-Day). They also have a special, where you can get a half dozen wings and any beer for $6.99. Growler fills are also cheaper, double the price of a pint, during happy hour, which is roughly 2 bucks off per fill.
Great place in a growing craft beer community. I love this bar!
08-01-2013 15:43:24 | More by JMUbrewz
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
As this is about the only place I ever go to here in H'burg, I can't very well give this place a perfect score (but I should). It wouldn't be fair if I never go anywhere else and have no clue what other places are like. I might step foot in a few others in the downtown area, but hardly ever.
With that said, this (and the sister place Jack Brown's) is the best place(s) within 30 miles of Harrisonburg. Capital Ale is but a block away and with 100 taps, but you will never see them as busy as these places. The 12 drafts are in constant rotation. There's usually a Cask beer available as well. There are usually events like Tap Takeovers and Seasonal events like St. Andrew's Day etc several times a month. All with specials, from the food to the beer.
Food, it's mostly chicken, but they have added a burger to the menu that I consider the best in the area. Even against it's sister bar's "voted best burger". The wings are some of the best in town as well and they do Brunch on Sat/Sun. There's always daily specials. $2 drafts Mon-Fri up to 7pm with $1 off the rest.
Atmosphere is usually perfect. Because this place is more about quality and not quantity, the riff raff usually don't frequent here. If you're looking for cheap pitchers of Natty Lite, you have dozens of other places to go. This is for beer appreciators, but you won't find snobby beer types either, just friendly people who feel like they are your neighbors (the ones you like). The wait-staff is always on top of the beer list and helping you decide on what to drink if you need.
12-10-2012 16:23:19 | More by lillitnn92
Billy Jack's Wing & Draft Shack in Harrisonburg, VA
92 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.