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Winking Lizard Tavern

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BA SCORE
88
very good

10 Ratings
Ratings: 10
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 7.39%
Taps: 20
Bottles: 150
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1615 Main St
Peninsula, Ohio, 44264-9754
United States
phone: (330) 657-2770

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @winkinglizard

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Reviews by klewis:
Photo of klewis
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I went here on a Monday night at a bit past 7:00. A small parking lot made parking a bit of a hassle, and for the first time ever at a Winking Lizard (even during peak hours), we had to wait for a table. Perhaps it is because there doesn't seem to be to many other restaurants in the area, perhaps because it seems a bit smaller than the other stores, bit still surprising on a Monday. Another unexpected first for the Winking Lizards that I've been to: frozen glasses. Also, the location wasn't quite as aesthetically pleasing as some of the others. Other than that, the restaurant seemed to be on par with the rest. Friendly service, although our server didn't seem to be around to much, and good food.

More User Reviews:
Photo of FaradayUncaged
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of srletend
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Great selection of draft beer and good service at the bar. Food pretty good too, but really like the vast selection.

Photo of toyfull1
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of IpaRay
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of JNewbs
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I'll start by saying the space is huge. Maybe a bit TOO large, actually. There seems to be a focus on being a restaurant at this Wink more than the others, with tons of tables in many different rooms not even in sight of the bar. That wouldn't be a problem if the servers were quick, but they are only adequate.

For the beer list, similar to all Winking Lizards. ~150 beers in house, with 10-15 rotating taps. The really hard to find beers aren't around, obviously, but their rotating taps are usually pretty solid, and if you're willing to pay for it then you can get some decent stuff in bottles.

All told this is my local haunt, because only North End Market in the area has a decent selecting, and the atmosphere there is kind of dull.

Photo of nrbw23
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped here on the way to Blossom. Seems to follow every other Lizard I've been to. 150 or so beers and right around 20 taps.

This building appears to be a couple joined into one. Fairly large place with a large bar off to the left, a dining room to the right side and a pretty huge outside patio. The biggest problem we had was finding a place to park.

Food is not bad. Typical bar food for the most part. I think their pizzas are pretty solid.

Staff most are super friendly and do actually know something about the beer they have.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A standard Winking Lizard, with decent pub food and a selection upwards of 100 beers to choose from. I used to live in the Akron area, and Peninsula was a good summertime stop near the Towpath bike trail. Winking Lizard is an ideal lunch stop when on the trail. The beer selection is very good, mostly bottles with about 10 on tap, you can see the current selections on the website. The seating is either restaurant or bar-room, with room for maybe 300-400 people. I generally choose the bar side with lots of TVs and some arcade games. The food is OK, nothing to rave about but pretty cheap anyways. The wings are nice though.

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I went to the Winking Lizard due to the great selection of beers they are reported to have. I was in no way disappointed with the variety and quality of the beer. The food was also good and if these were the only two things to consider then I would be planning a trip back there in the near future.

However I would give them a zero for atmosphere if I could. I don’t mind a bar full of loud people who are drinking and having a good time but I draw the line when there are more kids there than in the local preschool. It was Kiddie Hell! Kids were running everywhere and bumping into adult patrons, kids were crying and whining. My wife and I downed our meals as quickly as we could and got the hell out of there.

If the Winking Lizard management has discovered that being a nursery that serves alcohol is the business model that works for them, great. I’ll be spending my money somewhere else.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Winking Lizard in Peninsula does not differ much from the chain's sportsbar platform. An excellent selection makes the trip worthwhile to sample many quality beers, but the environment challenges the possibiliy of fully enjoying a quality brew.

If you live in or near the Cuyahoga National Recreactional area, your choice of bars is narrow. The Lizard and adjacently faced "Fischer's Pub" are the only places in town to get a pint. Both are set in the historical town of Peninsula, and situated next to the bank of the river that runs throughout the Cuyahoga Valley. Abundant foliage and preserved river locks systems create some nice rural scenery, especially on the patio when weather premits, but a bit remote, with the closest convienience or grocery store 10 mins away.

Of course the Lizard always has over one hundred craft beers in stock, those listed on their "World Tour" menu, other sesonal beers, and taps that change monthly. However, don't plan on having a quiet drink on a day when the Browns or OSU is playing. The service is prompt, despite the typically hectic atmosphere due to lack of more bars nearby .Televisions on every wall, including dual-projection screen moniters near the front of the bar make this a great place watch the game, but too loud and distracting to ponder the complexities of craft brew.

To summarize, with respect to getting good food and beer in town, your options are limited to two places. And to find one with a relaxed atmosphere that charges decent prices, you must look elsewhere.

Winking Lizard Tavern in Peninsula, OH
88 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.