1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria

Not Rated.
Barley's Taproom & PizzeriaBarley's Taproom & Pizzeria
BA SCORE
96
world-class

58 Ratings
Ratings: 58
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 7.6%
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

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: John)
Place: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 41 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jabocu
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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 Big78CJ
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%

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 msnow34
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

msnow34, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%

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 John
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%

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
Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev -11.5%

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 timtheenchanta
4/5  rDev -7.8%

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 BeerGod27
4/5  rDev -7.8%

BeerGod27, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev -7.8%

ADTaber, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Runningonempty
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Runningonempty, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of garuda
4/5  rDev -7.8%

garuda, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of branimal9
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%

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 Deuane
4.08/5  rDev -6%

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 GCBrewingCo
4.08/5  rDev -6%

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 dbhall
4.08/5  rDev -6%

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.

dbhall, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.08/5  rDev -6%

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 bennybrew
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%

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 Habib
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

Habib, May 13, 2012
Photo of saintwarrick
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%

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 ZorroZ
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%

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!

ZorroZ, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Onenote81
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

Onenote81, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Beersnake1
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Beersnake1, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of Jhansengranger
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Jhansengranger, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Robyn
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Robyn, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Theogre83
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Theogre83, Feb 27, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria in Greenville, SC
96 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.