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Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria

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Barley's Taproom & PizzeriaBarley's Taproom & Pizzeria

42 Reviews
Reviews: 42
Visits: 67
Avg: 4.28
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @barleysgville

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Reviews: 42 | Visits: 67
Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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!

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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?

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Photo of Bung
4.28/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Deuane
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
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!

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of beer2day
4.58/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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!

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Photo of dailyminefield
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.58/5  rDev +7%
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!

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Photo of bennybrew
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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!

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Photo of John
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of buckyp
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.58/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of Big78CJ
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of aleckpa
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.45/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of GABrew
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of unionturf
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of bbristow
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria in Greenville, SC
94 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.