Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria

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Barley's Taproom & PizzeriaBarley's Taproom & Pizzeria
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world-class

43 Reviews
Reviews: 43
Visits: 68
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: n/a
Taps: 72
Bottles: 150
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

25 W Washington St
Greenville, South Carolina, 29601-2734
United States
phone: (864) 232-3706

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Reviews: 43 | Visits: 68
Photo of aleckpa
4.19/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Some of the best beer selection downtown. When I stopped in, they had Creature Comforts on draft (and can) and Orpheus cans. That was enough for me. Plenty of SC and NC favorites. The bartenders knew what they were talking about as well. I did not go upstairs on this visit. But, on past visits, the upstairs selection is great. My only complaint is it's pretty dark inside and you get an "old" feeling. But, you go to drink (and eat) so why worry so much about decor, right? I'll definitely continue to go back. (512 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Great beer selection, friendly staff, decent but limited food selection, big wide open spaces and fair prices. The only drawback is it's downtown location and parking limitations. Move this to right off I-85 and add ample parking and it becomes world class. (260 characters)

Photo of ZorroZ
4.19/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I popped into Barley's on a business trip to Greenville, SC which doubled as an intelligence-gathering trip prior to relocation to the city. To say that I was pleasantly surprised would be a major understatement. From the beer selection, to the quality of the food, to the mind-blowing friendliness of the staff and other patrons, Barley's compares favourably to the Philly hangouts I'm going to miss after moving down south. Two thumbs up in Z-formation! (455 characters)

Photo of GABrew
4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Stopped at Barley's on a road trip from Atlanta to Charlotte this afternoon. My only disappointment was their website showed they had Mexican Cake on tap and I was really looking forward to trying it for the first time, but the keg had kicked a while back. Aside from that, the experience was great! I had a cajun chicken sandwich that was very tasty. The beer selections was outstanding. I had a couple good selections in bottles and tried a great local coffee/chocolate stout from a local Greenville brewery, Quest, which is only distributing via keg right now. I picked up a 2009 Backwoods Bastard from their reserve/cellar list to enjoy later. I will definitely be stopping by here again the next time I go through town. (724 characters)

Photo of Buck6196
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Excellent place to go in Greenville for the beer enthusiast. The lower level is the main eating area and has a slightly different tap list than the upstairs. Upstairs is the late night hangout with pool tables. The food is good and the prices are reasonable. Tasting nights are frequent. Take the time to go around the corner to The Greenville Beer Exchange. (358 characters)

Photo of bbristow
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

By far, this is the best beer bar in Upstate South Carolina if not the entire state itself. A wide selection coupled with cheap and delicious eats makes for a wonderful experience that doesn't break the bank. The selection is wonderful, but also incorporates a reserve list in case you're looking for something a bit more vintage. Example: '09 KBS.

If you're in Greenville, this is a must do whether you're a craft beer fan or just someone looking for a cheap slice of pizza. Put Barley's on your agenda. (505 characters)

Photo of dailyminefield
4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

One of the best beer lists I have seen at a restaurant. They won some kind of national award that was presented by Stone. I don't know the details, but it sounds pretty impressive for a restaurant in Greenville, SC. They were named "Most Arrogant Bar" They must be doing something right.
I am assuming this location is a franchise of the Barley's in Asheville, NC. I think Greenville has the better of the two.
While scoping out the joint, I notice some obnoxious amounts of rare beer above the bar. The 20 six-packs of Bell's Batch X,000 , and about 24 bottles of DFH WWS stood out to me.
The server reassured me that they were indeed unopened after I expressed doubt, then she informed me they were not for sale. Apparently the owner is a showboat. I would rather you not display your beer cellar if you do not entertain offers.
I'll be back though, great place. (865 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

After countless trips to Greenville, finally made it a point to stop by here with the family. We went for lunch, so I didn't get as great an opportunity to "explore" their beer choices. My wife and I each got a slice, and what a slice it was! These are monster slices so I was happy about that. I also got their chili, which was highly recommended to me, and it was good. Their tap list was great, a list any restaurant would be proud to have. Good number of bottles as well. They have a "cellar" full of all sorts of vintage ales which is a really nice option. Above the bar was a good number of what they had available. The notable ones that jumped off to me were Batch 9,000, Batch 10,000 and KBS. Not sure the year of the KBS, but does it really matter? I'm sure you pay a premium for those options among others, but it's nice to have the option to snag some highly rated beer. I've been in the upstairs before to play pool, but didn't venture up there this time. All-in-all, this is a great place to stop for some good food, and excellent beer. (1,049 characters)

Photo of msnow34
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

After visiting Greenville for the last ten years or so, finally got to check this place out, it may be in greenvilles beer Mecca block, with gbx behind it and the trappe door next door.
About a 20 minute wait at 7 on a Friday however we chose to sit at the big bar. It was a little cramped as they tried to squeeze a few more tables in than they prob should. Very extensive beer menu in both bottle and on draft. They also have a reserve list of aged beers.
We got two beers a piece an appitzer and the lady got a calzone, and I ordered a slice of pizza. The pizza slice was big enough for a small meal. Total was about 35 bucks.
Had a good conversation with the bar tender, she was fairly new only worked there a few months, but was pretty beer knowledgable and actually suggested I not try a beer because it was meh.
Didn't have a chance to check out the bar upstairs but will on the next trip. (897 characters)

Photo of buckyp
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Really like this place. Lived in Greenville a while before I appreciated good beer. It took coming back to visit on a regular basis for me to realize what I'd been missing. Taps are always primo and at the right temperature for each beer served. Bottle selection is great and includes several vintages for a variety of bottles. Bartenders are knowledgable and quick with a recommendation. Food is decent with great vegetarian and vegan options. Wait staff is efficient and friendly. They also offer a good number of classes or visiting brewer events. Sister restasurant Trappe Door is just a few steps away. (607 characters)

Photo of PJC1979
4.58/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Barley's, what can you say. If you are in G'Vegas you have to stop by. Very cool atmosphere in an old store/warehouse, great exposed brick. Excellent beer selection with different brews on tap both downstairs and up. Beer selection ranges from across the U.S. as well as the world, although I like to focus on the Southern brews. Bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable and offer good recommendations. Upstairs is great at opening time before it gets too busy, darts, pool you name it. One of the many reasons Greenville is great. (532 characters)

Photo of Habib
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Barley's was the first good beer establishment that I visited after moving to Greenville four years ago.

Actually, good is a little of an understatement, the beer selection is fantastic and is every bit as good if not better than the excellent beer establishments that I frequented in the much larger Pittsburgh metro area. When friends from home come to visit I take them here to show them that Greenville is a little more sophisticated (from a beer perspective, anyway) than they may have thought.

The prices for their beers are quite reasonable and the servers are knowledgeable about their products. They can often offer you to a good recommendation if you tell them what type of beer you're in the mood for.

The atmosphere is above average. Lots of exposed old bricks and wooden beams. High ceilings. The building is an old warehouse of some sort with a pretty interesting history. Supposedly, the street that runs between the restaurant and the bus depot across the way used to be notorious for the prostitutes of Greenville in the late 19th and early 20th century.

You can usually get a table with no problem, there is a ton of seating and the place sometimes seems empty during weekdays because of the amount of tables that they have, but it does fill up nicely on Friday and Saturday evenings, and, as others had posted, the place can be pretty loud.

The upstairs houses another bar with its own unique selection of beer that you can only order when you are up there. The upstairs portion also houses a few pool tables. This is where the younger crowd likes to hang and can be pretty packed on the weekends.

The food is quite average. They claim to have great pizza, but it isn't very good. The food prices aren't bad - but I prefer to eat elsewhere and finish an evening on the town here with a couple pints. (1,826 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Right downtown, though they've never seemed overly busy which I don't mind. During the week anyway you can park atop the bus station next door.

Always a quality list of taps that seem to change frequently. Go up and check since the menu's are often outdated and the waitstaff borderline clueless. Bartender knowledge is much better. Older vintage brews, the 12 oz ones are often very reasonably priced. Nemesis 2010 was my choice, seems to be getting better with a year on it now.

Stick with the pizzas/calzone/stromboli for food, the same can be said for pretty much all Barley's Taprooms. (592 characters)

Photo of dbhall
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

this is the place to go for a bar experience in greenville if youre into beer. the restaurant is cool and wooden with exposed brick and soaring ceilings. it can hold a ton of people this causes it to be quite loud around dinner time on a friday. the service is just ok, and is the problem with this place. 3 weeks ago my girlfriend ordered a rogue chocolate stout that was most certainly off, and when i asked about it they waitress told her that was how it's supposed to taste then walked away. despite the service the selection is awesome. ive had CBS and Sexual chocolate there, and this place pretty much put craft beer on my mind. i go here when im thirsty for something good. the upstairs bar is good too, and there are pool tables and other various activities for people to enjoy. (787 characters)

Photo of joshuajantz
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Barley's Taproom has a cult following in the Greater Greenville area for Beer Geeks. With over 70 taps and 150 bottles, the selection is unmatched in the area. The wait staff is well educated and knowledgeable on current offerings.

Barley's offers regular tastings of rare casks, seasons brews, and just plain good beer. These, along with the seasonal Beer Dinners, make Barley's a favorite hangout for anyone remotely interested in good beer.

Check the online beer menu, as it is kept up to date. They go through taps rather quickly, so the paper menus are often out of date. (578 characters)

Photo of morimoto76
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Located in downtown Greenville, SC, this is definitely the place for the beer enthusiast.

Comfortable seating, wood interior and tons of beer-related items hanging from the walls. The place was busy but not too busy for our server to check on us on a regular basis.

The beer selection was awesome. I can only comment on the 30+ available taps in the dining area but there were more than enough to choose from. My only regret was not being able to try more. Also had a number of bottled beers to choose from including a reserve list. (older and barrel aged beers).

The food wasn't that special (Barley's All American Pizza) but I didn't go there for the food. I went for the beer, and they definitely delivered. (714 characters)

Photo of jpm4047
4.94/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place is an absolute must try if you are in Greenville. The downstairs was for dinner, but had a decent sized bar with 30+ taps and a nice atmosphere. The downstairs bar was connected to the outside seating, which was right on a busy street with lots of people-watching. Upstairs had another 30+ taps and all the bar games you would hope for including pool, darts, foosball, and shuffleboard.

I sat upstairs (will be back tomorrow night to check out the beers downstairs) and was blown away by the service. There was only one bartender so he got busy on occasion, but he knew everything about all the beers on tap and had extra info to share with me.

I have only seen a handful of bars that had a better tap selection than Barley's. On tap was: DFH Midas Touch, Punkin and Palo Santo Marron; Great Divide Yeti Espresso Oak Aged Stout and Titan IPA; Bell's Two Hearted; Unibroue Trois Pistoles; Along with multiple selections from Rogue, Southern Teir, Terrapin, and others.

I didn't try the food this time, but will certainly be back tomorrow and the next day and will report back.

If you end up in Greenville, please give this a try. I live in Columbia and have been hoping to get to this city.... now I have a huge reason to visit again. (1,253 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I am a frequent vistor to this taproom. As stated by other reviewers there are a huge number of beers to select from from both upstairs and downstairs. The service at this location is excellent to say the least, as most of the servers/bartenders are extremely knowledgable about all things beer. The food is also EXCELLENT! I suggest trying one of their pizzas/calzones. You will not regret it. The beer AND food are why I go at least once every other week if not more. Definitely the best place to grab some food and brew in Greenville by far. (544 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.58/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

It has a great WOW factor for a beer bar. Two leveled bar with a good bar atomphere. Not overly loud and large selection of draft and bottles. They even have a few one off beer every once in a while. While I was there they were the only place in the carolinas to get Gubna at that time. Atleast the first one. Food was fantastic for a limited menu but they do it well. Even I only ate one piece of pizza. They are huge and the toppings are literaly piled up high. We had stuffed mushrooms and they were fantastic as well. Service was great and the bartenders knew what they were talking about. I could tell this was a place were the local BAs hang out which shows alot. Nice Place! (681 characters)

Photo of branimal9
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

good pizza, great selection of beer...always something new to try either on tap or from the bottle. 2 floors with different taps on each. they host events several times monthly, usually a seasonal beer, beer dinner or cask release. it would be nice if they kept a better updated website with more info on their events though. prices can be a bit high, but for the more expensive, higher ABV brews they usually offer a smaller serving, which is nice. i've found the service can be hit or miss, but they are always pretty knowledgable. best place for beer in greenville, though, without question. (594 characters)

Photo of scottyshades
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Very nice bar right in the middle of beautiful downtown Greenville. Too bad its 30 min away from Clemson.

Incredible tap and bottle selection, way over 100.

What I had/saw: Founder's Imperial Stout, Terrapin Depth Charge, Oaked Yeti/Espresso Oak Yeti, Rochefort 10, BORIS, Storm King, + much much more.

The waitstaff was friendly, pretty knowledgeable about their selections, and the prices were pretty good (most taps $4-6, BORIS/Storm King were very pricey) Rochefort 10 was $10

I will definitely be returning to this bar, and the good thing is that you can go in, buy a bottle, and take it home, so if your on the go, or you spot something rare, take it to go as well. (675 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I would imagine the this is the single best place to find great beer in SC north and west of Columbia. A haven for interesting taps. One hell of a selection and they even have the every now and then cask offering.

A nice, comfy, wood covered interior. Smaller than the Asheville location but none the less welcoming and inviting.

We always had decent service and from what I recall we have only eaten here once, we usually eat at Blue Ridge, but from what I recall it was solid pub grub.

But, this place is first and foremost about the beer and in that arena Barley's-Greenville does a great job. If you are in the area and are looking for a quality spot to have a brew look no further. Honestly, you cannot go wrong! (721 characters)

Photo of czfreeman
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Great place to go check out if ever in upstate SC. I have been here several times now visiting family, and the selection of beer is exceptional. Custom ordered beer flights are only 12, and this consists of a 66 beer tap selection. Service is great, always an event going on. I;ve met the Delerium brewmaster here, and there was a cool pre-Beer wars movie party.Bartenders are extremely helpful, and knowledgeable. I actually got the last glass of Kentucky Breakfast Stout on tap here avaliable!
Pizza is excellent, well made crust(an essential critique) fresh toppings, good sandwiches as well. Price is another standout feature as well, as I have just moved down to SC briefly after living in NY and to see a goblet of Triple Karm for $6.00 is astounding, many pints are only $4.
At times this place can be a bit crowded, too many young kids,(but after enough great beer it's manageable).
Take time to check out the upstairs bar as well (938 characters)

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.45/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

what an unassuming yet absolutely amazing beer destination. the food menu was small but the pizza with jamacain jerk chicken and pineapple was excellent! The bartenders were pleasant and the right level of attentive. The beer selection.... It seemed like a wall of beer taps 40 feet long with 2 coolers of bottled high end singles and the second floor had a separate line of oak aged taps. and they have plans to expand?

From my NH perspective, prices were very reasonable and the beer was spot on tasty. It would take me a few months to get through their lineup after work and that doesn't count the rotating taps. Definitely worth a visit if you're anywhere near the area. (676 characters)

Photo of unionturf
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

We visited Barley's on the way back from Atlanta.

thanks to the reviews I read I knew there was a upstairs. I tried 2 from downstairs then headed upstairs for the others and FREE POOL. My 20 year old son was amazed...he had never been to a place that didn't have Bud or Miller Lite on tap...impressive. ;)

Pizza was very good and BIG! service was good and knowledgeable, my only gripe was not being able to order beers from upstairs while eating downstairs...but I simply walked up and paid for what I wanted and walked back down. (532 characters)

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Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria in Greenville, SC
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