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Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery

Not Rated.
Blackstone Restaurant & BreweryBlackstone Restaurant & Brewery
very good

73 Ratings
Ratings: 73
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Active Beers: 23
Beer Ratings: 788
Beer Avg: 3.6
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1918 West End Ave
Nashville, Tennessee, 37203-2309
United States
phone: (615) 327-9969

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @blackstonebrew

Cask offering every Friday at 12 South Taproom. No cask offerings at the brewpub.

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Reviews by mynie:
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3.38/5  rDev -13.3%

The bar bears an uncanny resemblance to Fratello's in Oshgosh, Wisconsin. I realize that maybe that's a stupid observation to begin a review with, but, man, it was freaky. Is there, like, a catalogue from which you can buy prefab brewpubs, like a commercial version of tract housing?

So, anyhow, the insides were upscale looking. Gold track lighting, black and chrome interiors, and comfy bar stools because fancy people got fancy asses and they deserve better than plain old wood. The bar was faux marble, and the waitstaff wore black shirts. It was pretty in a very material and superficial way. Which isn't to say the people there weren't friendly--they were--it's just the atmosphere projected a little bit of stuffiness that's really not my thing. This is a great, welcoming bar for business people.

The beer selection was boilerplate: APA, IPA, porter, and a session for the ladies. The beers were a notch above average for a regularly esteemed brewpub: there was no nodes of offness, no homebrew tang, no mindless or excessive hopping.

Food was tasty pub fare. Staff knew a little bit about every beer on tap. Really, everything was pretty good but nothing was exceptional.

mynie, May 10, 2011
More User Reviews:
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3.4/5  rDev -12.8%

This was across the street fry my hotel. It's okay with approximately six beers made on premises. Bar food offered.

smcolw, Sunday at 08:41 PM
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

SCanthony, Friday at 08:23 PM
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4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

timlyon, Sep 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

FLBEERGUY25, Sep 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Wamba, Sep 17, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev +0.5%

rjm0715, Aug 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

tngolfer, Aug 11, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev +2.3%

I went once on a Sunday night and was happy with it. It feels just like a restaurant, don't get the pub feel. The selection is pretty good, and I found some of their beers above average. It is in a great location, with Broadway Brewhouse just blocks away. I would recommend if you want good food and a decent beer selection.

MOVERTON1284, Aug 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

psmith161, Aug 01, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

vanbeer77, Jul 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

firstlighthiker, Jul 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

NCleland19, Jul 26, 2014
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3.05/5  rDev -21.8%

Day two of my recent trip to Nashville saw us in a bind for what to eat for lunch. Why not try a fourth brewpub?

Blackstone Restaurant and Brewery is one of the few brewpubs in town that also has a kitchen popping out meals. I’ve heard of Blackstones before in other parts of the country, so I’m not sure if it’s a large chain or not. Given the level of décor, brewing expertise and food tastes, however, I would be willing to bet that it is.

I’d call Blackstone the Applebee’s of brewpubs, and that’s not a big compliment. The beer is safe. They have the requisite beers that have different colors and slightly different flavors. But there’s nothing there would scare even the hardiest Bud drinker away. The beers are like different shades of gray – pale comparisons to what their titular namesakes are capable of tasting like.

The food is basically the same. While my wife had a pretty decent steak and blue cheese salad – a monstrous one at that – I had an entirely forgettable buffalo burger. Nothing seemed fresh on the entire sandwich, and there wasn’t much flavor to speak of. And the meat to bread ratio was way off because of the giant bun. The side of sweet potato waffle fries was pretty decent, but again probably something that came in frozen from a Food Systems of America or Sysco truck.

I always think the main judgment of a dish is whether or not you’d order it again. Sometimes there’s a dish where it’s all you crave. Others it’s quite good, but you’d rather explore the menu more. And then there’s the category of never wanting to order it again.

I was on that last category for this burger, and it’d scare me off from the rest of the food too.

bigkingken, Jul 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

tommyguz, Jul 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

JIMMER, Jun 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Boca-X, May 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Schlafly33, Apr 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

aasher, Apr 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

SinHippie, Apr 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

ubenumber2, Apr 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Bluesman2383, Dec 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

creepinjeeper, Nov 01, 2013
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3.33/5  rDev -14.6%

They don't have much on the website, so I don't know much about the place, but I believe that homebrew author Dave Miller is involved somehow. Located in an old brick building, it is fairly unassuming from the outside. As we pulled up a whole busload of Japanese tourists was decamping. Upon entering from the bright southern sun outdoors, it is shockingly dark and almost cave-like. Brewing equipment lies to the left of the entrance, roped off. A bar is straight ahead, with restaurant seating scattered in a few different areas from there. This is a surprisingly large space, and even has what looks like an old library or den area past the bar. There is a large bottle collection up high along the walls of much of the brewpub space, but located almost too high to really see details of.

The beers ranged from a less-than-stellar Octoberfest to a pretty well balanced IPA and a smooth porter. We managed to share the crispy and fresh-made soft pretzels so soak up some of the beer. Overall the place reminded me of one of those late 80's or early 90's brewpubs that mostly went out of business back in the day.

Jackofallbrews, Oct 23, 2013
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3.45/5  rDev -11.5%

Had dinner and a couple beers here. In the end, the food was better than the beer. APA tasted downright soapy and the others were fine. Not bad, and also not very special.

Typical Microbrew location that seemed to be more corporate in nature. To me, if you are in the area and are not into eating local food... go here. Do not go out of your way to visit this location.

Just didn't see a lot of unique character... Could have been a Bennigan's, Chili's or Ruby Tuesday's.

When I set out to write this, my intention wasn't to pan the place. Upon re-reading this, looks like I might have. But this is what I was thinking when I ponder my visit.

Reagan1984, Oct 21, 2013
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Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery in Nashville, TN
88 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.