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Billy Jack's Wing & Draft Shack

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

19 Ratings
Ratings: 19
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
Taps: 12
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

92 S Main St
Harrisonburg, Virginia, 22801-3734
United States
phone: (540) 433-1793

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(Place added by: SirWalkAbout on 01-13-2012)
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Reviews by NoLeafClover44:
Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Billy Jack's opened last summer (2011) in downtown Harrisonburg. It was opened by the same guy who owns Jack Browns although instead of concentrating on burgers and bottles, Billy Jack's specializes in drafts and wings. There are 12 taps and one cask, all rotated very frequently, with only craft beers. The pint prices range from $4-6, and you can also get a 4 oz. pour of any of their beers for a $1-$2.50. They also have a great selection of canned craft beer. They fill growlers for double the draft price, which can be a pretty sweet deal.

The atmosphere is outstanding with a very western feel. Everything is wood and has a rustic look to it. There are old and random decorations all over the place, although not so many that it becomes tacky. The draft beers are all listed on chalk placards on the wall, which is nice because they can be easily seen without asking for a list. There are a handful of tables, but most of the seating is at the large island bar in the center. A few HD TV's hang above the bar and they always have the big game on. The canned beer is kept in a large, ice filled antique bathtub which sits under the tap station. Even the bathroom is unique with a real sawed off keg toilet. The service is great. I recognize some of the workers as past Jack Browns employees.

If you have been to Jack Brown's then it will be no surprise that the menu is very limited. I suppose it adds to the charm of the place. They have wings and boneless tenders in several flavors, ranging in heat. There are also shoestring fries which are very good with the works (chili, cheese, scallions, jalapenos, sour cream) and some specialty donuts which are a bit pricey, but irresistibly good. I recommend the Psycho Girl Scout with chocolate, peanut butter, and burnt marshmallow. There are also a few other items on the menu such as a chicken sandwich or chicken and waffles (very good!). The food is a bit overpriced, but the atmosphere and beer selection more than make up for it.

There are a lot of restaurants in downtown Harrisonburg specializing in craft beer, but Billy Jack's may be my favorite. It has a very relaxed, rustic, casual, and friendly feel to it (which is more than I can say for some of the trendy/hipster places in the 'Burg with wide craft selections). If you are looking for a few pints and a great atmosphere, then Billy Jack's is the place.

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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.

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3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of VBWharfRat
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of JMUbrewz
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

Photo of lillitnn92
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of claspada
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I enjoyed the seating setup surrounding the bar. Could be a bit more space inbetween in table but it's still nice. Plenty of TV's to watch games and the music isn't so loud that you can't hear so that is always a plus for me.

The tap selection is well above average for the area. They had a great variety as well. Breweries included Bells, Founders, Flying Dog, etc. They also have a cask pour of which I wish I noticed originally because I would have went for that.

Service is what you expect for a college town, especially when the wait staff are students. Food was average for what we got. From what I heard the Doughnuts were good and the Wings were supposed to be good but I found the wings average and didnt sample the doughnuts (not my thing).

Definitely worth checking out over the smaller nexct door establishment and while the selection isnt as varied as Capital Ale House down the street, we wanted to watch the Yanks game and CAH doesnt have televisions.

Photo of mcaulifww
4.6/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Billy Jack's is an extension of Jack Brown's Burger Joint. This place really helps make downtown Harrisonburg a fun small craft beer town.

The atmosphere is great. There is more seating than Jack Brown's, and a big island bar in the middle. Once again, the bathroom is awesome. The draft list is on chalk boards on the wall, but it's in an awkward location.

They run a cask all the time and usually have something on nitro. They do carry macros in bottles so your non craft friends won't feel left out. But the draft/ can list is stellar.

I think service at this place is great. The staff isn't the type to talk to you too much, but they are quick and give proper pours in the right glassware.

The food is good. Small menu with wings and sandwich or two. basic bar food.

Overall this is a great value. Prices are very reasonable. I'd mark this as an easy top five craft bar in Harrisonburg.

Photo of SirWalkAbout
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I was living near Harrisonburg when this place opened up. It is owned/operated by the same folks who run Jack Brown's. Basically, if you like Jack Brown's, you're going to like Billy Jack's.

The feel of the place is that of a bar you might find in the tropics. If you’re a guy, make sure you hit the head because the toilet is actually a Miller Light keg sawed in half, which I thought was a nice touch. The service is also good.

The beer selection is great. There are 12 beers on tap, all craft, all rotating. They have a cask tap, and they also claim to have the largest craft can selection in the state, which is probably true. So, you'll probably find something to drink.

The food is....unique. They have wings, fries, and doughnuts. Yep. Someone told me the wings are fried in duck fat, so that's awesome. The fries come loaded with whatever crazy toppings you want, and the doughnuts are just for fun I guess. Overall, the food is nothing amazing, but it's good bar food.

This place is worth checking out if you're in H-burg, at least for a pint or two.

Billy Jack's Wing & Draft Shack in Harrisonburg, VA
93 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.