St. James Tavern
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Taps: 13 / Bottles: 40
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
4.8/5 rDev +15.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $
Great selection with great prices and the music is always on point. This is the first place Black Note and Doom hit my lips if that says anything about the quality of beers they are getting here. Lucky to have this place so close to my house, don't come here enough.
05-03-2014 18:47:46 | More by owenbrau
4/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
This place is a gem. Sweet music, great beer for cheap, awesome bartenders and a few pool tables. What else do you need? I was in the other day, Two Hearted, Maharaja, North Coast Anniversary Saison, Lagunitas Pils, all for cheap. Nice and divey, and let's hope it stays that way.
02-27-2014 18:08:22 | More by JimmyT19
4.56/5 rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Long time reader, first time poster. I travel the US every week, from NE to CA to the SE, and the first thing I do is check BeerAdvocate to find out where to find a local brewer, a place with Belgians, or a decent place to eat.
St. James is the kind of bar I would spend every day in, if it were available in the Houston area. A great owner (Michelle) who knows her beer, and knows how to keep an eclectic crowd of mostly college kids, with a few beer affectionados thrown in, happy. Two pool tables, nice music mix... just a nice place.
Tonight, they were serving Bell's Two Hearted, Avery IPA, Chimay White, Founder's Red Rye, Hennepin... some others. They had Chimay Red, a couple of Frambois' (Pomme, Peche') and the standards in bottle. Just enough variety to keep me coming back from Monday, and Tuesday, and Wednesday.
Oh, and most importantly, 3.50 pints for the domestics. Can't beat it in Columbus.
03-22-2012 03:46:59 | More by Texas1959
4.64/5 rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
St. James is the best dive bar for the artsy crowd, period. And yet it is situated just South of Weinland Park (a rather depressed neighborhood). I am consistently surprised how packed it is, mostly by younger folks (think college age). Imagine a small two room bar, wood veneer walls and a couple pool tables with tall tables on one side, a thirty-foot bar and a few tall tables on the other The music choice is top notch.
The bartenders are awesome. They are all very knowledgeable in beer and they are beer nerds themselves. They have several varieties of glasses and they occasionally serve in the correct, brewery-labelled glass.
The selection is a dozen taps, which rotate occasionally. KBS was available here, along with GI Dominique and Chimay White. Right now they list the following: Two Hearted, Oberon, Red's Rye, Rogue's Brutal Bitter, Hennepin, Avery IPA, Maudite, GI Minx, and a few others. Their bottle selection isn't anything too exciting, but it appends the draft selection well.
05-12-2011 19:45:11 | More by ne0m00re
4.06/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
I love this place. The tap beer selection is $3.50 for all pints. Higher ABV drafts run more but these are the best prices around without happy hour discounting. Current drafts include Bell's Oberon and Two Hearted Ale, Ommegang Hennepin, Rogue's Brutal Biter, Avery IPA and other great crafts which they rotate. They are getting ready to add a couple more handles so selection will be even better. Good glass program and pretty knowledgeable staff.
I much prefer this place to Bodega or Surly Girl because service is much quicker, friendlier and you can actually get a drink and a good whiskey without waiting for 20 minutes.
The atmosphere is very laid back. Great, eclectic juke box. Two pool tables. Place is very clean with great woodwork, hardwood floors and friendly, neighboorhood patrons. I don't live around it but I make it a point to stop here on my way home for a pint or two.
Service is fast but only the owner (Michelle) and one other bartender (Ann) seem to really engage non-regulars. The other bartenders are still friendlier and faster than Bodega or Surly Girl. If you have a friend or two and want to really enjoy yourself, try this place over the Short North, self-impressed pubs.
04-15-2010 12:35:05 | More by BaronRVH
4/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This place is fairly hidden in the Itailian Village section of the Short North. A fairly small bar area with a seperate area with tables. They used to have bands play upstairs but ran into problems with that. The beer selection is more focused on bottles than taps, but they try to keep a good selection of the taps they have. A discount at happy hour and staff and owner are both very friendly and helpful for some who may not know what beers to order if they are not an expert on the different styles.
01-31-2009 02:47:48 | More by Wildman
St. James Tavern in Columbus, OH
92 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.