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Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria

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Barley's Taproom & PizzeriaBarley's Taproom & Pizzeria
BA SCORE
95
world-class

55 Ratings
Ratings: 55
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.62%
Taps: 72
Bottles: 150
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @barleysgville

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%

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!

CampusCrew, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of branimal9
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

branimal9, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of scottyshades
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

scottyshades, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of Deuane
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%

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!

Deuane, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of czfreeman
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%

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

czfreeman, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

barleywinebrewer, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of unionturf
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

unionturf, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%

This is the second Barley's I have been to and this location is a slightly smaller version of the one in Asheville, but with the same great beer and pizza. Went on a Monday night so it was not crowded, but the service was excellent, our waitress knew how to pour a beer, which is a plus. Had the Chicken Thai pizza, which was awesome and tried several different beers, some on tap, some in bottles. This is a great place for a beer lover and I will hit this place up several times while in Greenville.

PhillyStyle, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of mbenthall
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

This is the place for beer in Greenville. There are two floors downstairs is open for lunch and dinner with tables outside and a long wall of taps. Upstairs opens in the evening and has a smaller tap wall with billiards and darts. The tap selection upstairs and downstairs does vary so check out your menue or ask your server. The beer selection is the best and they offer just about anything your heart could desire. They also frequently change some of the line up. They also host a lost of events with terrapin and Harpoon. Last but not least the pizza is the best in town.

mbenthall, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of beer2day
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%

Barley's is the place for beer in Greenville. Between upstairs and down, the tap selection is extremely good. The pizza is always excellent as well. Having tried Barley's in Asheville and Greenville on successive weekends, the pizza was quite a bit better in Greenville. The waitstaff in Greenville told us that the water is more consistent there and easier to work with.

Had Terrapin Imperial Rye, Stoudt's ESB, and Rogue Locker Stock Love and Hoppiness IPA - all very good and served in a non-chilled glass. Signs were up for the Weyerbacher release party this week.

Beer-crawling through Greenville with Blue Ridge at one end and Liberty at the other, Barley's is the anchor.

Sothern Tier and Stone now being served!

beer2day, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of saintwarrick
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%

Hit this on a recent trip to Greenville, and left wishing we had one down here. The hype didn't quite live up to the reality (most of the brews they had on tap, I had tried already), but still a more-than-solid selection. My friend had a sampler of beers, and I'll have to hit that next time, it was affordable and included a good amount of brew to sample. We split a pizza which was a good bit better than anything in these parts (plus, try the garlic rolls), so food was not a problem. Waitress seemed knowledgeable, and knew what brew you wanted without having to break it down. Atmosphere was weird, appearance is like a German beer hall, but on this Saturday we went, a lot of families were there. Would have liked to have seen it on a Friday or Saturday night.

A good selection of beer, really good food, this is a must visit in the area.

saintwarrick, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev -11.3%

This place was located only a couple of blocks from Blue Ridge BC and a few steps from Greenville’s Transit (Bus) Center. Their pizza came highly recommended by the locals, but having just had lunch, I was in drinking, not eating, mode.

Entering the wide double doorway, the m.d.s. was a corner just inside and we were invited to seat ourselves. There was a nifty stained-glass window above the doorway that caught the afternoon sun nicely. The first floor was mainly standard restaurant tables and chairs with a few high tables and captain's chairs scattered throughout.

To the left of the doorway, in the front of the building, was a private party room. The long, blonde wood bar was to the extreme left of the space with a wide cooler and a bunch of tap lines as part of the back bar. The back bar also featured a colored-chalk chalkboard listing new selections, flanked by two mirrors and above it all was a collection of glassware as well as a collection of "dead" tap handles. Along the back wall were the kitchen area to the left and the lavatories to the right. Barley's Upstairs was roped off, so I did not get to even take a peek.

Beers: I struck out on my first two selections - Foothills Seeing Double IPA and Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager. I then turned to a couple of old favorites - Terrapin India Brown Ale followed by Terrapin Rye Pale Ale. The IBA was a wee bit old and more malty than I would have liked or remembered. The Rye, however, was fantastic as always. LNCBC, take note, I like rye beers, but you need to amp yours up.

Final thoughts: Great camraderie among the staff, which is a n important component of any customer-service business.

woodychandler, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of tigerpaws
4.72/5  rDev +9%

I can't believe I've never reviewed my favorite hangout, so here goes.

Barleys is set in a old building with a bar and dining downstairs and pool tables, darts and a shuffleboard type game upstairs. No food upstairs but beer of course. If you're like me and like to watch sports while out there aren't but a few TV's but I'll sacrifice that.

I've had almost everything on the menu at one time or another and the food is excellent. I do think they could use some more appetizers on the menu. Pizza is the specialty and they do it well, my fav is the BBQ chicken on wheat dough. But they have a lot of toppings many you wouldn't expect. The Philly cheesesteak is awesome I subistute portabellos for the reg. mushrooms.

The crowd is very diverse and kid freindly which can get a litle loud at times lol. I've only seen unruly people once or twice and they were taken care of very fast. And like other posters have said on Friday and Sat. night they are very busy.

Now for the important part the BEER. No one in the upstate or state for that matter holds a candle to Barleys espcially since the cap was popped. No matter your beer style you'll find something you want and probably several. If it can be had in the state Barleys will have it or be getting it.

The bartenders are very knowledgeable about beer because they are beer lovers also. Most of the wait staff have been there quite awhile so they know thier stuff also. The owner, Josh knows and loves his beer also so that doesn't hurt things at all.

Try this place you'll like it!

Slainte

tigerpaws, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of barefootbrewer
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%

What can I say about Barley’s but AWESOME! I had the privilege of visiting this establishment just after they lifted the alcohol cap in S.C. (two – three weeks afterward). They were ready for it. They had several high gravity beers on tap – micros, Belgians, and other imports. Tons in bottles as well. The atmosphere was bar like and festive, but just shy of rowdy. The bartenders seemed to know the products fairly well, considering that they are still in the learning phase. I was lucky enough to arrive during a Flying Dog promotion. The crowd was in a good mood.

The pizza is delicious here as well – didn’t try anything else on the menu.

I’ve been to several beer bars across the U.S. and this has to be one of the best I’ve seen.

I think that once this place gets established under the new laws, it will attract people from miles around.

barefootbrewer, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of Big78CJ
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%

Until they "pop the cap" on high alcohol beers in S.C., this bar is doing as well as can be expected. They have a large variety of bottle selections and 20+ taps. One thing to consider though is that half of the taps are upstairs and this area if often roped off for lunch, hence no access to these beers unless you get a real nice server.

Right now it is pricey at a Saison Dupont costing over $4 but I imagine this will change when they start having higher alcohol beers on the menu and those take top price billing.

The food is good though I must say that the Aheville, N.C. location beats this one in just about every way that a place can be beaten. That having been said I still think it is likely to be your best bet for a nice brew in Greenville. What did you expect? It's still South Carolina.

Big78CJ, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%

Well its time to review Barley's..This is hands down my favorite place to eat and drink in Greenville. You have to keep in mind the cap in SC. With that in mind they still fill that place with over 120 brews! Great selection downstairs with taps and tons of bottles. My favorites to get in there are locals from Foothills(Hoppyum) and they had Brutal Bitter on tap from rogue last I was there as well. Upsatirs is even better. Smaller amount of taps, but pool, games and a very chill atmosphere. Food is awesome. Pizza all the way, and its not a bad place to bring the kids either, especially with Greenville going smoke free in 07. Now they have no spirits here only food, beer, and wine. Service can sometimes be slow, but they are always busy. Overall I try to go at least once a month if not more, great place!

mikesgroove, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of jabocu
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Great Beer and Good Pizza. Need I say more :).... Seriously with lots of great beers (within the legal SC limits of course) several on tap (64 I believe it was) and even more in bottles. Our waitress was very good, but did have some mean words from another waitress who brought our food apparantly having a bad day. But pizza came out fast, hot, and very tasty. Several well known craft breweries and some local selection. Most likely one of the best tap craft selections in this area. Value was exceptional. Pitcher of a craft IPA for $11 and three slices of pizza for about $8. A little smokey but not too bad. But one bad thing.. you have to yell to hear each other. Not sure if it's bad acoustics or what. But overall, a must go if you are in the area.

jabocu, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of BeerSnob4424
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%

Barleys doesn't brew their own, but they have one of the best beer selections you'll find. At last count they offered over 120 different brews and advertise that they have over 60 taps. With a wide variety of local beers, microbrews from around the country, and favorites from around the world there's plenty to choose from. The menu features a detailed description of the individual beers on tap to make the choice a little easier.
They also have some of the best pizza you'll ever eat, with almost as many toppings as they have taps. The atmosphere is laid back, catering to the "granola" crowd, but you see all ages and demographics represented.
An outside dining area was recently added, although it can get a bit noisy as it's right on the street.
All in all Barleys is a cant miss if you happen to be in Greenville.

BeerSnob4424, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%

Barley's is easy to get to just off Main on Washington. The entrance however is at the end of the street.

Some outside seating was available but most people are inside and at the bar. Upstairs has a portion of the drafts and pool tables and downstairs the remainder. In total they tout 64 drafts and all are pretty good for a state that still has a cap, Saison Dupont was on the only beer that may be skirting the ABV limit.

At first it seemed that downstairs was non-smoking and upstairs was smoking, but a bit later somone decided to light up downstairs so buyer beware. Service was quite good and the food seemed a bit bland by comparison to the Asheville location. Glasses downstairs were chilled which wasn't a problem considering the heat of the day. Noise is the biggest problem with the Greenville Barley's. Speak loud or if you don't want to hear any noise, bring some earplug.

I'd go back, with 64 drafts how could you not?

GCBrewingCo, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%

Barleys is a beer joint located in downtown Greenville, just off of Main St a half block or so. Large open area with wooden floors and generally wood all around. Small bar area. Plenty of table seating. There is also an upstairs bar I didnt check out.

64 beers on tap. Some beers are different upstairs than downstairs but they were all great selections. About 10 Rogue selections, Highland, Cottonwood, Unibroue, and many other drafts. Beers were about $3.50 but they may have specials on certain occasions.

One thing that bothered me was the bartender. Although there were only 4 people at the bar, he was sitting at the bar reading a newspaper. That bothers. Sure he may not be busy but he could atleast act busy in order to earn his money. Other than that, the place was fine.

I had a barbeque chicken sub that was pretty good. Too much bread. Came with tortilla chips from a bag and some really nice salsa. Pizzas and other italian foods were available as well.

SaCkErZ9, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of timtheenchanta
4/5  rDev -7.6%

This place feels like a pizzaria before a bar. It's a friendly setting that's warm and hippie-like. They have lots of breweriana covering the walls, however.

I was in there early afternoon and the service wasn't bad but it could have been better considering there weren't many people in the restaurant away from the bar. Also, right now they are carrying Rogue's Lockerstock Series and when I inquired which was on-tap now, my waiter didn't know. He came back and told me it was the Mogul Madness and when I inquired what style it was (American Strong according to BA) he said it's "a dark one."

Other than that, I had no problems with the beer. As has been already stated, they offer pretty much everything brewed in the immediate region (SC, NC, GA) that is below the 6.25% ABV cap. They have a decent selection from other parts of the country/world considering no one distributes to South Carolina (they do offer Unibroue's weaker beers). They only place I can think of in state with a better selection would be the Flying Saucer in Columbia and I might be wrong about that. The Barley's menu says they offer 64 beers on-tap and 58 in bottles.

The pizza was pretty good but I'll take Mellow Mushroom's over the pizza here. I didn't drive to Greenville for the pizza though. *grins*

This one is worth the visit if you're in the area. I prefer the one in Asheville over this one but that's because they don't have as low of a cap anymore and they have better distribution... for now.

Addition 06.07.06
I was in there a couple of days ago and the owner is really stepping up the selection. Like most other great places for beer in the upstate, they've finally just said to Hell with the cap and started getting in whatever they can. They have some nice abbey ales from Witkap (a dubbel and a tripel, I believe) and are getting in some saisons and other nice Belgians. I got a chance to talk to the owner a little as I was in early in the day and he was working the bar. He seems very enthusiastic to talk beer after he realized I had a little knowledge in the department. It's a great place to go and the bar upstairs is great with around half a dozen pool tables that are in really good shape. Pool was free until 6 too, I believe. Check this place out.

timtheenchanta, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of bobbyc881
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%

Located in downtown Greenville, 1 block of Main St. Two floors, with restaurant downstairs and pool room upstairs. There are bars on both floors, each with more taps than most bars I've visited in SC. Taps upstairs are different from the ones downstairs. I believe there are over 50 taps, in addition to many many bottles of imports and domestics. They make sure to carry many locals, including RJ Rockers, Thomas Creek, Terrapin and Highland.

The pizza is excellent, with some toppings and stylings you don't find at typical pizza places. It can get pretty busy in the evenings on Friday and Saturday, so consequently, service slows down.

Of the places in the upstate to grab a good beer, Barley's is definately at the top of my list.

**EDIT: Barley's has done a simply AMAZING job at keeping up with the influx of new beers into SC. Nearly always the first to get new stuff. They also host release parties for each brewery that begins distribution in the state.***

bobbyc881, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of bennybrew
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%

hi! how y'all are? i done went to this here place and liked it.

there is some beer bar feel to it but mostly it seemed like a restutarant to me. there are pint glasses up on the walls all the way around. i did not get to go upstairs as it was closed during lunch. i was told there are pool tables and such up there.

the beers i had seemed fresh and things were clean. pours were good, with some head but full enough.

service was a bit slow but seemed knowledgable. we didn't ask too many questions though.

lots of local beers from rj rocker and cottonwood as well as brews from away like rogue and many beers in bottles. prices were really good, i thought. pitchers of rogue (and most things) were under $10.

i'll go back every time i'm in greenville.

bennybrew, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of goindownsouth
4.33/5  rDev 0%

A real good place to go. This is one of Greenville's best places to go. The pizzas here are to die for. Period. The beers they have there are not bad, with a very good selection. One of, if not the best when I was there was the Cottonwood Endo IPA. Very nice. The atmosphere is wide open and quite friendly. The staff is good, and even though things get pretty busy on most nights, they maintain their composure. Did I mention the pizzas? The menu is very good from top to bottom. If you are in the area, please seek this one out. This is THE place to hang out with great friends.

Zum wohl!

goindownsouth, Apr 05, 2003
Photo of John
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%

Barley’s Greenville is very similar to the Asheville bar. But hey, when you got a good thing going, no need for unnecessary changes. Nice selection of local and nationally distributed micros. This one’s got 43 better beer taps. Decent menu including some pretty good pizza, and some other comfort food/pub grub type selections. I had better service on my first visit. On the second, I found the bartender very preoccupied with menial tasks, while he past my empty pint glass several times. Oh the humanity! Also, a lot of staff were standing around doing nothing. The second floor bar has billiard room and is a bit quieter. Overall, I would return here next time since the product is good. I dug the Cottonwood Endo IPA…nice. Often, good beer and the southern US don’t mix but it’s getting better and Barley’s is an exception to the rule. Check it out.

John, Dec 18, 2002
Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria in Greenville, SC
95 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.