Barking Dog Ale House
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Taps: 40 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
4.16/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$
The draft selection is great. You never know what will be on tap. 2 weeks ago I had Troegs Mad Elf. Variety is excellent. Light, dark, IPA and even light beers. The price range for the taps is average. Some are a little pricey but pretty nothing to bark at (sorry, I had to). They also give you the right glassware with your style of beer. Well, at least for me so far and I've been there about 4-5 times the past month.
The bottle selection is pretty extensive. Most of them are Belgians and corked bottles. Chimay, Ommegang, Duvel, Westmalle, St. Bernardus, AleSmith, and many others. Some are pricey but not too bad.
The atmosphere is great. The first floor is laid back but still has TVs and surrounding tables for games and groups of people. There are also booths on the one side of the bar. The 3rd floor has large tables for big groups, plenty of seating at the bar and many TVs to watch the Sox beat the Yanks. This seems to be where most people go as it gets quite busy. It makes for a great time. Most people are very friendly and want to have some great craft beer and a good conversation.
The service has been great. Most bartenders have either had the beer you order or know something about it and/or the style.
It should be noted, both floors have the same tap selection without the bartender/wait staff having to go downstairs/upstairs.
The food is delicious. Their flat breads, mac-n-cheese, and burgers are awesome.
I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a great meal with delicious craft beer.
09-25-2013 20:34:24 | More by athomasPSU
4.18/5 rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75 | $$
40 drafts and 1 cask(it was Hoponious Union when I was there). There is 3 floors and I think I prefer the 3rd floor to the first floor. Nice views and TVs on the third floor.
Service was pretty good. My waitress seemed knowledgeable about beer and even talked sours a bit. But I ordered sweet potato fries with my sandwich and was given regular fries instead.
The draft selection is pretty large and varied and had a few interesting selections like Founders Mango Magnifico and Ithaca 15. Bottle selection was big as well, a lot of the big Belgian brewers were represented there.
If I lived in the area I would come here all the time. Combining it with The Tap makes for a good combo. Its only a couple blocks from the commuter rail so it was easy to get back into Boston. The Barking Dog gets 2 paws up...sorry.
08-29-2013 15:36:13 | More by kinopio
3.58/5 rDev -17.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$
They recently updated their menu with new food items. But the food is not the reason to go. They have an 40 craft brew on tap. It is located in an old building known as the vault. They actually have three floors. The first floor has a bar area and a few tables. The second floor has only tables for lunch and dinner. The real gem is the third floor that has another bar and even more tables to eat at. You need to take the elevator to go up to the third floor but it is always less crowded and usually has room at the bar. The food is just OK but reasonably priced with a good selection to choose from. I had the Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and cheese the last time I went and it was actually quite good. The service has is always good and fast especially at the upstairs bar. Pricing is about what you would expect for pub food and the cost of a craft draft is in line with other places I have been to in the area if not slightly cheaper.
08-27-2013 20:17:29 | More by tom_belljr68
4.04/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
I was at Barking Dog Ale House on the night they opened, and have since been back a handful of times. I live just over the border in New Hampshire and since so much more is available in Massachusetts it's nice to have a go-to place nearby that has an extensive, quality taplist. This venue is the sister restaurant to the Ale House in Amesbury.
The Barking Dog is housed in what I believe is an old bank building. The space when you walk in is small but beautiful. The space has a high ceiling with a large U-shaped bar in the center of the room - maybe 20-25 barstools at the bar. Booths on one side and high tops on the other. There is also a balcony with tables that overlooks the first floor. They also recently expanded into the second floor of the building, which has the feeling of a loft space. Big and airy with a second bar and many more tables. Even when I've been here later in the evening, it's a very relaxed vibe with people enjoying a meal and/or a beer.
Service has been good every time I've been here. The servers are well-versed in the beers they have available, know when something's kicked, and won't leave you with an empty glass for long. I was once brought the wrong beer but it was quickly rectified.
Selection, as I said above, is the best in the area. On par with what they're doing in Amesbury except 20 minutes closer to me. I believe they have 40 taps including two nitro lines. I've seen small batches from Rising Tide, regular selections from Slumbrew, Boulevard, Jack's Abby, Riverwalk, imports - stuff we just don't see in NH.
When they opened, they offered essentially the same menu as Amesbury. They've since diversified the menu, adding some interesting salads and sandwiches. It's a reasonably priced upscale pub menu, and everything is very well crafted. Something for everyone.
Beer prices are what you'd expect for craft, with pour sizes you'd expect. Not cheap, but not overpriced. Food is very reasonably priced - there are some entrees in the $20- $25 range but for the most part the menu runs $10-$15 for salads and sandwiches.
05-15-2013 14:55:04 | More by MThiele360
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