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69 Taps Pub & Eatery

69 Taps Pub & Eatery69 Taps Pub & Eatery

Taps: 69 / Bottles: 15
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
86
very good

21 Ratings
Ratings: 21
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 18.43%
$ - inexpensive


[ Bar, Eatery ]

370 Orleans Ave
Akron, Ohio, 44311-1024
United States
phone: (330) 253-4554

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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +24.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $

As I approach the front entrace, I am greeted by a sloppy drunk laying on the sidewalk, who had been ejected from the bar. Down a short flight of stairs, this rather expansive establishment has billiards/darts/video games to the left, and a long snaking bar with lots of T.V.'s to the right. So suffice to say; an excellent college bar atmosphere.

As far as quality and selection, the name says it all. A few taps were dry, but they rotate offerings quite often and it's rare to be missing more than three. The service is also good, friendly and knowledgeable staff that serve your beer in an unchilled glass and pour it correctly. However, it was pretty dead the monday night I stopped in.

Apparently, it gets busy on weekends and late nights (open until 2 am every night) with college kids and dart teams. But I love their happy hour; where else can you quietly contimplate a pint of Old Rasputin or Arrogant Bastard for two dolllars?

It is located near a lot of other bars that cater to the students of the University of Akron, but they do a good job of making anyone feel welcome. When the outdoor patio opens this summer, I'll be looking forward to making it a regular haunt.

02-14-2006 08:10:06 | More by PBRstreetgang
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bcgeiman

Maryland

2/5  rDev -45.8%

02-21-2014 00:10:27 | More by bcgeiman
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alBeerEinstein

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

01-15-2014 20:36:17 | More by alBeerEinstein
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SudsTerkel

Colorado

2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 2 | $

A grungy college bar that happens to have a very deep and strong tap list. The best of Ohio's micros can be found here: GLBC, Fatheads, Columbus, etc as well as Dogfish, Sierra, Left Hand, Oskar Blues, Stone, etc. You should only go for the beer; the menu is limited and the food is absolutely awful. The service was friendly and efficient but knowledge of what was served was in the customer's court, not the server's. There's better choices to be had in Akron and I will make them upon my return.

06-20-2013 23:57:42 | More by SudsTerkel
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thegodfather1076

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$

I am an Akron native and have visited 69 Taps many times over the years and have always had positive experiences. The crowd is hit or miss as are most bars in Akron.

As you walk through the door and descend the steps you arrive in a cozy little setting with a nice amount of TVs and a jukebox. The room to the left has another small bar, pool tables, darts, and restrooms. There is a very nice patio that can be enjoyed in the warmer months. Lots of tables and booths make for a comfy setting for groups. This is a pretty clean bar if you arrive before 1030 when the college crowd tends to roll in.

The servers are mostly college girls and are very easy on the eyes. This is great but most of them are lacking on the beer knowledge. The will provide you with a beer menu and allow samples of anything you want to try.

Tap selection is great with a very nice selection of beers that change from time to time. They also have the normal college crap beers. Liquor selection is adequate. Bottle selection is limited. I have a 95% success rate at taps but there have been a few times where the beer has seemed a bit flat.

Not a food bar!! I have ate here one time and the food was very mediocre.

While not perfect Taps is a very cozy bar with plenty of eye-candy and the best tap selection you are going to find in downtown Akron. I will continue to stop into Taps and I love the Friday eve "Super Happy Hour" from 4-9!!!

09-22-2012 07:48:11 | More by thegodfather1076
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Johnnybrew1

Ohio

2.73/5  rDev -26%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | food: 1 | $$

OK - so after reading the reviews, and since we were driving through Akron, we decided to throw caution into the wind and give this place a try. We were gravely disappointed and in retrospect, wished we targeted a different destination.

The bartender, a very attractive young woman, was absolutely clueless and couldn't tell you if a beer was a stout even if it had "stout" written on the tap handle.

When we asked for a beer menu we were handed a 5x10 piece of paper and told that it was out of date. Nice. The paper only listed the name of the beer and the brewery. True aficionados want to see stuff like OG, FG, IBU, ABV, SRM, hops used, grains used, description... etc. None of that to be found in a 50 mile radius.

The place was dead. It was us and two other parties on a Saturday night at 7:30PM. Not a big deal for our experience, but an indicator nonetheless.

We ordered food since we were on the road and hadn't had dinner. Honestly... no joke... a Big Mac would have been more pleasing to the eye and palate.

So, back to the beer. The selection was wide, but again, it was hard to make a selection without a proper menu. We tried to read the taps, but that was difficult given our distance from them and the lighting in the bar. One good thing was that she allowed us to sample about three brews in little cups before making a selection and pulling a pint. That was a plus. BUT, when she did pour the pint, her pour produced zero head. I wasn't watching, but saw the result after she handed the pint to us. I guess the cause could also be the keg/tap system/CO2 setting. Hard to tell after the fact.

The prices were also one of the positive points. One pint was $4. The horrible food - two sandwiches - cost $5 total.

Given that they offer such a wide selection, they aren't completely lost. But, I would not go out of my way to darken their bar again. I guess I would go back if I lived in Akron, but only because of the selection and price.

06-07-2011 21:27:29 | More by Johnnybrew1
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dazdave

Ohio

4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $

I haven't reviewed this before but have frequented this bar over many years. I felt that there has been enough of a change in the quality of taps to warrant a new review. The newest review on here is from a year ago and things have definitely improved. 69 Taps is now a legit beer bar in Akron. In this funky underground tavern, a nice collection of beers on tap has been pursued. It certainly has a college bar feel after 11pm. Before 11pm it is just a solid downtown bar that will have a beer style to please any palate. The bartenders are predominately female and are very knowledgeable of beer in addition to being capable of making massive amounts of mixed drinks and shots. There still is an overabundance of BMC handles but a nice strip of 6 Great Lakes handles all together has been added. They also carry local beers from Ohio Brewing and Thirsty Dog. The main thing that has changed in the last few months is the focus on having quality IPAs on tap. Before it was a rarity to have any IPAs. There are now 5 quality IPAs on tap: Avery IPA, Troegs Nugget Nectar, Lagunitas IPA, Ohio Brewing O'hoppy and Dogfish 90 minute. They have nice happy hour specials until 7pm with $2 and $3 drafts and until 9pm on Fridays. Along with some offerings from Goose Island and Sam Adams among a variety of other breweries, I can't imagine a better beer bar in the Akron area with quality service, availability of quality beers, good pricing structure to handle every budget.

02-22-2011 14:57:44 | More by dazdave
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fairdinkum2

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $

So here I am in Akron and itching for a Belgian beer or two from a good selection. How can you go wrong with a place that's got 69 taps, right?

OK. It's Sunday night and you could shoot a cannon down the main street of AKron and not hit a soul. Didn't expect the same of a beer pub.

Walked down the stairs and the place was virtually empty. Two patron and a server doing shots at the end of the bar.

Don't know how long this place has been in business, but it's a safe bet they haven't invested any money in the pub since it opened. Looked pretty down in the mouth.

Server had to ask the two patrons about the beer selection, so knowledge about the product is no barrier to employment here.

Beer selection? Pretty good. Not much in the way of high gravity beers, but most styles represented. Had an Allagash White (good)and a Siberian Night (really good). Could have gone for a chocolate porter or a tripel style.

Will I go back? When it all comes down to it, it's about the beer, so probably.

02-03-2010 01:00:40 | More by fairdinkum2
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drgonzo3705

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

If you live by a 69 taps and have not been there yet you are missing out! Not the best tap selection, but with the amount they have and their diverse number of offerings you cant go wrong. Best part is 4-7 Happy Hour where pints are $2! Go on a Monday night and score a $3 steak too! (I know I know I thought the same thing, but I've picked up more expensive steak at the grocery store and been more disappointed.) The bartenders aren't uber beer geeks but they will BS with you a little about what they like, plus they're pleasant on the eyes so that makes it even better! Well worth the stop. Good selection, great pricing, and a good time are to be had here.

05-04-2009 03:06:16 | More by drgonzo3705
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slaman992003

Ohio

3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $

I really enjoyed my visit to 69 taps in Akron. Although there were flaws, the place definitely had character worth seeking out.

It was 24 degrees (F) outside, so the patio was only for the insane. The interior was a bit dark (which made reading the lengthy beer list tough for me without my glasses), but the music was pretty good and they had several small screens for me to sip my beer and watch my sporting event of choice.

I would say this was a college bar. Meaning that $2 Happy Hour drafts might be nice, but I actually enjoyed the 2-3 hours after Happy Hour where I paid a measly $4/pint and didn't have someone trying to push me out of the way to get to the bar. I recommend going 7-9, watch the Cavs game and tip back a couple. Then you can actually talk to the bartenders or other patrons. Later, and it seemed more like a production pour bar (multiple bartenders filling pints as fast as they could...no food was coming out.) and, yes, you could be sitting at the bar, but people would try to reach over you to get to the bartender.

As to the beer, I thought the selection was outstanding on draft. It seems to be an excellent place to find most Cleveland based breweries on tap (Great Lakes, Burning River, Thirsty Dog, Hopping Frog). I had the TD Siberian Nights (excellent), the Avery IPA (also very good) and the 312 Urban Wheat.

Probably my only complaints with the beer was due to economics. A) the glasses are all angular pints regardless of the beer type -- this really sucks for wheat beers and B) carbonation on the wheat beers was really off. Perhaps for B) this is the downside of having 69 taps -- some beers sit around a bit.

My friend had the Franziskaner Weiss and I had the 312 Urban wheat. Both were carbonated, but at a much lower level than they should have been (more for a Bitter than for a weissbier). There was no head, thus the aroma's were way off. It is great to have lot's of beer on tap, but the quality on all should be good. This was a Saturday night, hence, I would have thought the quality would have been better here.

Despite this, the bartenders were friendly. In all my selections, I gave the bartender two choices and asked her to select for me. She had some trouble, but overall, was pleasant, efficient and did ask me questions back before answering.

I would go here again as I did enjoy myself; and would give them the benefit of the doubt on the wheat carbonation.

12-14-2008 14:11:44 | More by slaman992003
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69 Taps Pub & Eatery in Akron, OH
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