The Leon Pub
Taps: / Bottles: 300
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by FenwaySquid:
4.14/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The Leon Pub is a rather small bar off Monroe St in Tallahassee. From the outside it looks like a hole in the wall dive bar.
Atmosphere: The atmosphere is that of a blue-collar bar with a mix of working people and some college kids. Simply put, this isn't a place to get all dressed up for. There are a few pool tables in the middle and some video games off to the side. There are old beer tap handles and breweriana all over the place.
Quality/service: No complaints here. There was one bartender handling the place and even though it was crowded I never waited too long.
Selection: Excellent. I counted aroud 45 taps, of which only 10% were out. Draft selection varied from Coors Light to Youngs double chocolate stout, and I think some Belgians as well. The bottle menu was broken down by country, then alphabetically. They had well over 100 different bottles, everything from Unibroue to Schlitz in a can. Prices were decent.
Food: I didn't see a kitchen or food menu.
Overall: If you're in Tallahassee for any reason visiting this place is a must. I could do without all the smoke, but that's a small complaint.
10-23-2006 17:46:30 | More by FenwaySquid
More User Reviews:
3.61/5 rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Let me start off by saying please do not order any bottles in this place. This is the place where expired beer comes to live in the coolers.. I would only drink draft beer in this place, because they move through the kegs fairly quickly. This is a dive bar that reeks of smoke that has a pretty decent selection of beer. Do not drink here unless you love secondhand smoke or smoke yourself. Lots of cool beer signs and neons that don't work.
02-19-2013 21:45:06 | More by Florida_SC_Trojan
4.48/5 rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I have been going to The Leon Pub since I was 21, At 30 I still love this place. I rarely wait more than a couple of minutes for service, the selection is large enough that I still haven't been able to try all of the beers, and they fairly often will get new selections. I could see the smoking being a negative for some, though I'm a smoker so it really doesn't bother me. A lot of the reviews on here state that it is cash only, but this is no longer true. They now take credit and debit. The other turn off this place may have is that it's not very big, though they did recently acquire an addition which helps with the place being so crowded. have also never had a parking issue, as their is a bank across the street that doesn't tow after normal banking hours. If you are ever in Tallahassee I highly recommend checking this place out. It's always a good time, and there's always good beer.
05-15-2012 00:17:28 | More by ClintGrice
4.56/5 rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
This place is the definition of a diamond in the rough.
from every appearance its fits the definition of a dive bar from the outside, looking very dreary with only 4 parking spaces in front of it located in a alley off of one of the main streets of Tallahassee.
however, just go inside and it feels like home. their are antiques everywhere as well as old broken Arcade machines and a jukebox. its is a very high quality place to sit down with friends and to enjoy a beer.
and O the beers they have! such a large selection.. when you see the menu your surprised that such a small bar can have so many beers ready to order.
they range in price, with some being more than others, but their is something for everyone at this establishment.
If you love holes in the wall, yet expect some quality to your atmosphere, this is the place to be.
HOWEVER... this place is VERY annoying to find a parking sport for...its only has about 4-6 spaces in front and everywhere around it towes. If it had more accessible parking it would be a truly amazing bar.
If you live in Tallahssee, you owe it to yourself to go to Leon pub at least once.
01-02-2012 06:27:08 | More by jucifer1818
4.3/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Ahhh the good ol' Leon Pub in Tallahassee. This was one of my favorite dive bars in Tallahassee. Like other reviewers have noted, it was a deterrent that smoking is allowed in Leon Pub and there always seemed to be clouds of smoke in the place. This place was referred to by some as the "beer heaven" of Tallahassee.
The atmosphere was definitely that of a dive bar-crowded, loud music from the jukebox blaring, smoke, and always a lot of people gathered there. It always had a large crowd of both FSU students and locals alike with everyone enjoying some of the really good beer selection. It's tough to find good beer in Tallahassee and this place had the best selection in town with both the on-tap and bottle selection. The service was always good and the prices are reasonable.
It's a comfortable laid-back place to relax, hang out, and have some good beers.
I recommend Leon Pub if you are in Tallahassee.
12-05-2010 20:59:34 | More by Chincino
4.06/5 rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
My CS host mentions that his crash pad is nearby to a quality place. A Beer Fly search uncovers this place. "Hey, Woody, where do you want to hang tonight?" "I dunno. Leon's Pub?" "Hell yeah, that's the place, man!" Pizza five blocks away, Leon's two blocks away, no wonder he digs the neighborhood.
It was on East Sixth Avenue, just down from North Monroe Street, next to Payday Loans. As we pulled up, the signage on the corner of the parking lot did not reveal much, but all of the neon was on the front of the building, a dead give-away. Entering, a short pathway with huge Heineken and PBR signage in the overhead led to the long, "U"-shaped, laminated blonde wood bar. Four banks of two-doored coolers full of bottles constituted the back bar. I counted seven (7) towers of taps on the bar, plus another wall of taps against the back left wall. Two blue-green felt pool tables sat in the center of the space with a couple of old pinball games at a button-hook right of the entry. Seating was mostly booths along the right wall, along with a few circular tables with chairs against the front wall. Lots of vintage signage throughout, esp. Stroh's. NO T.V. monitors! Lavs in back right corner. Cash only. Eclectic collection of stuff. Not as busy as at Chiodo's (RIP), not as dark as Delilah's, somewhere in between. A keeper if you are in the area, but a special trip? Probably not.
Mom: Noooo! Too dark, too smoky, too much like a bar and nothing else.
12-18-2009 10:41:10 | More by woodychandler
4.44/5 rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Great beer selection something like 30 drafts, maybe 100 bottles. When I lived in Tallahassee I lived at Leon's. A negative for me is the smoking, especially when you are drinking really god beers. I brought my friends from Canada in and they loved the selection of Unibroue. Now that I live in Asheville I remember how nice it was to get good beer in pitchers. Also great jukebox with nothing past '79. Leon's has a special place in my heart they showed me what good beer is, in a town know for its Bud and Bud Lite drinkers. Don't forget to come with cash, it is cash only.
10-22-2009 16:29:22 | More by jwitzleben
4.45/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Ahh the Leon Pub. Many nights have been spent playing darts over an IPA here.
The only negative is that smoking is allowed. The abundance of smoke in the air impacts the aroma and flavor of the beer in a terrible way.
The beer selection is excellent. The staff know their beer and are always up for giving a recommendation without being arrogant (I'm looking at you Liquor Loft/Proof!)
The new expansion is nice - high tops, a plasma, and some couches make the Leon seem a bit more relaxing when you want to escape the noise of the main room.
Overall, excellent. I try to stop in as much as possible.
04-02-2009 21:31:33 | More by jda007
3.98/5 rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
This is a no thrills down in the dirt bar with smoking. That said I loved it. Our couch surfing hosts brought us there and we had a blast. Knowledgeable bartenders and a great selection of bottles. Lacking in the tap department, but that was ok with me. I think the list was five pages around 300 beers, enough to keep me happy. Parking good luck, room good luck. Tight squeeze with pool going on and several arcade games. All the people were very cool. But in Tallahassee I think this is the only game in town. Also you will not wait long for a refill. Later
02-20-2009 06:15:08 | More by TheChauffeur1
4.88/5 rDev +14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
ahh, the leon pub. the only place in tallahassee to get some craft beer variety. if you don't like smoking or if you want a bud light, this place isn't for you. the bar is relatively small but not too small. there's a pool table (might be 2) and a juke box that plays a few classics. there are some classic pinball and arcade games but i don't think they actually work. with hundred of beers available, you can't go wrong. i go there every few weeks or so and i definitely recommend it to people that want some good beer.
02-07-2009 21:56:14 | More by hmf05
The Leon Pub in Tallahassee, FL
94 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.