Holy Hound Taproom


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Holy Hound TaproomHoly Hound Taproom

Type: Bar, Eatery

57 W Market St
York, Pennsylvania, 17401-1233
United States

(717) 855-2410 | map

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Added by Slatetank on 07-10-2012

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Reviews by Slatetank:
Photo of Slatetank
4.23/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I stopped in at the Holy Hound taproom which was originally supposed to be called the Good Dog, but to avoid confusion with the bar in Philadelphia it was changed. The place is easy to get to -about a block away from the square and on the corner of Beaver which is right on the same block as the White Rose and Central Market.

The atmosphere is pretty cool, just relaxed and open with lots of seats at the bar and scattered tables around the interior they have a cd jukebox and the chalkboard displays the taps in an easy to read format above the tap handles. You can get food which is supplied by local businesses nearby like Busy bee in the market. They had a carolina style pork sandwich on the menu while we were in. The quality is good everything I had was fresh and served in the appropriate glassware at good temperature. The only drawback to me was pricing can be high depending on what you order since they serve higher abv beers in snifters which are 10oz and it could be 7 or 8% as the cut off depending, so you might want to ask first.

Overall the place is a nice alternative on the York scene with good selection of beers that is well run from what I can gather on my first visit. The service is good for a new place and I will return based on the friendliness of the owner who mentioned the free wi-fi to us while we sat at the bar. I hope to come back for food and a beer in the near future.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I haven't eaten here yet so I can't speak for their food. But I have been here for drinks a few times with friends. Good traditional bar atmosphere, with friendly customers and servers. They specialize in beer with some choices of scotch and bourbon, no mixed drinks available. I've had a few different beers here and they're always rotating, a lot of variety represented on their taplist and a lot of brand new beers (I had Pineapple Sculpin not long after I first saw it hit store shelves around here). Nice local bar that I recommend to friends.

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Photo of TimberSwanson
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Photo of JNForsyth
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of mandy_mic700
4.86/5  rDev +20.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of dfhhead25
4.11/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of rld220
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Selection is very good if you are in the York, Pa area. We frequented on a Friday night in the midst of a a live band setting up to perform so it was filled to capacity with a younger crowd. Overall I give them a good score for a solid selection of good brews along with a healthy selection of seasonal rotating beers. I have only heard good reviews from the locals so I will not let my one experience impede me from returning.

This seems to be a good place for those seeking a more interactive night out. The bartenders are knowledgeable and very polite. Not my scene as a hermit but they have done a very good job with diversifying their selection and educating their staff.

Parking is a bit of a pain but once you find your way into the pub you will without a doubt find something to quench your thirst. I was overall very pleased with the selection and courteous staff. Looking forward to the next visit.

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Photo of Ryften
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Rizzy17
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of therealJAYZ
4.11/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Photo of newbeeraday
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of bret717
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of samsbinky
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BeerFreak
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Burtonfree77
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jaltland
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of BMart
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Has a nice cozy, laid back environment. Service is excellent and the staff is knowledgable of what they are serving and at providing suggestions. Very nice and constantly rotating selection. Nice bottle selection of some limited releases and seasonals. Macro is available, but not advertised or displayed. They also serve wine from a couple of local wineries. Food is good, but has a limited menu with most items coming from vendors at the local market a block away. On the plus side, kitchen is always open. Good draft prices, usually being around $5 a pint. Bottle prices are in line with other shops in the area, which in York tends to be a little on the higher side. Overall this place is something this area has been waiting for. A great establishment that can provide something for everyone.

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Photo of GeoffreyM
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of britt27
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

The only place I truly enjoy going to in York, even though I know I will rack up a nice tab before I leave. I work at a beer store in York and I can say that the Hound often charges significantly less for the same singles with a much nicer atmosphere. As a vegetarian the food options aren't stellar but this is central PA and the mac-and-cheese is cheap and delicious. Overall, a wonderful place that I always enjoy.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.99/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Noisy when crowded. Although the owners have tried to suppress the echo, it's hard to hear yourself think (much less talk) when crowded. Live entertainment just exacerbates the acoustics problem.

BUT: The beer selection is outstanding, staff is friendly and knowledgeable, beer is fresh, food is OK (hey, I'm not there for the food), and it's great to have this kind of quality available in a small south-central PA city.

Although it's a bit pricey, you can sample a beer before springing for a full serving. All in all, well worth the price!

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Photo of ericamenouen
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Taproom with 30 taps of consistently rotating beers with a better and more unique draft selection than the majority of places in the Central PA area, even those with more taps. Staff is knowledgeable about tap selection, friendly and generally quick to provide service. Sampling a beer before buying is allowed, except for a few rare exceptions.

Atmosphere is open and inviting, however not the best acoustics when the room is filled with people - it gets very loud, especially when live music is being performed, which makes it hard to hold conversations.

Great place in Central PA to go with a few friends to try some more unique beers than your typical selection. Prices are decent for the quality of beer you are getting but maybe a dollar lower on most drafts would be a little more reasonable.

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Photo of mk66
4.93/5  rDev +22.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Pure, beer! This place is a beer lover's paradise. 30 rotating taps. No liqueur. The service was excellent. They do not have a full menu, because this place is all about beer. However, the food they offer is great, it's fresh and tasty. They had live music the first night I was there, not great, but didn't force me out the door either.

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Photo of bad72amx
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

As a York resident, I am thrilled to see what the small area roughly around the ball field is becoming. Mudhook, Liquid Hero, and the White Rose have all rejuvenated this small area, and I hope more is to come. This summer, more did come, in the form of the Holy Hound Taproom. I have been twice now, and both times I was pleasantly surprised.

The selection of the 30 taps is interesting and widely varied. While many of the taps are more common craft beers, you will never see a macro and not likely to even see more than one Sam Adams and the like. It is nice to see beers from all over the country and the world, even some rare choices. There is always a Founders, Southern Tier, Dogfish, and other well known craft product on tap, as well as something from the locals like Liquid Hero, Troegs, and Victory, so you're sure to find something that pleases.

While there are always many Lager's and Ale's on tap, less common genres like high gravity barleywines and Wee Heavies, and Altbiers are well represented as well. I love the turnover; I was there Saturday, about 4 months after opening, and saw the 500th tap kicked (It was a Belgian Tripel, my mother ordered it.) Once a tap is kicked, it will be replaced by something different, and often something new to HH.

Another positive attribute is the glassware. The menuboard lists both glass type and price, and you can rest assured your beer will be poured properly into an appropriate vessel. Speaking of price, it isn't cheap, but considering there is nothing like HH in the area, it is very reasonable, and attracts a respectable crowd. It was busy during both of my extended stays, and is filled with young and old, usually well dressed, and rarely rambunctious. It is, however, already growing beyond its capacity, and can get very crowded during peak times. The place has a long bar, several tables, and barstools surrounding the perimeter, as well as a roped off area where drinking is allowed outside. A small stage area is set up off to the side for live bands, usually local and very good matches for the place. It is located in a restored former hotel, and is decorated with wood, earthen tones, and beer and music memorabilia.

Long story short, if you are near York and want a craft on tap, this is your place. Food selection is limited, so I suggest dinner at the White Rose up the street first.

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Holy Hound Taproom in York, PA
90 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.