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Taps: 10 / Bottles: 30
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 1 | Show All Ratings:
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I've checked out Barley Vine with friends twice since they opened a little over a month ago, impressed so much by the first visit that we headed back several days later to explore their menu more. The menu is seasonal, and is designed around categories (land/sea/garden, and sweet/salty/savory, for examples). The food is incredibly good--there's not a lot of seasonings or added sauces, so if you don't like your food tasting like what nature intended, this isn't the place for you. Portions are modest for the pricing, as quality over quantity rules here.
The restaurant is divided in half by a large, brick wall that matches the barren brick walls that encompass the interior. One half of the restaurant is the bar, and the other half is the dining area. The walls would fare better if, say, local art jazzed them up, but that's just a nit-picky thought for a restaurant still in its infant stages. As for service, the members of the waitstaff are nice. It's easy to tell that they put more than their best foot forward to exceed customers' standards.
Then there's the draft menu. They have fourteen draft lines flowing and a catalog of roughly 30 bottles. Wine and hard liquor are available as well. There is a chalkboard in both rooms that advises what's on draft for the day, the serving amount, and the cost. When I visited on both occasions the lowest cost for a pint was $6, which was for 16 oz. of Cavalry's Marauder IPA. I feel it's important to note that FBS and BCBS were both on tap when I visited, because I wouldn't expect to find either of these beers at a place that's been open for less than two months. Know your beers, know your customers, and the richness will resonate.
11-15-2012 20:45:12 | More by sailorastro
Barley Vine in Bristol, CT
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.