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Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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3.92/5
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40,359 Ratings
Place Score: 97
Ratings: 444
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

2516 Market Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio, 44113
United States
phone: (216) 771-4404

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Photo of cratez
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

When I visited: May 2012.

What I had: The Wright Pils (draught), Commodore Perry IPA (draught), Holy Moses White Ale (draught), Grilled Bratwurst & Pierogies, Margherita Pub Pizza and white wine for the lady.

What I liked: Beautiful outdoor patio, delicious food, superb beer lineup that covers a wide range of styles, interesting one-offs, tried two GLB brews that I hadn’t sampled before, bartenders provided warm and timely service, cozy ambiance downstairs.

What I disliked: no guest taps or bottles, slow service on the patio, brewery attracts some "Bud Light" types due to central touristy location.

Would I go back? Yes.

Overall Rating: 84

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.73/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

GLBC is the cornerstone of Cleveland's rapidly growing beer community and one of the first places where I started getting really interested in craft beer. Great Lakes has a typical, not too fancy pub and restaurant as well as their beer cellar (during evening hours) for patrons to visit. The atmosphere is what you would expect from a larger craft brewery...decent sized main bar with a steady crowd of people from lunchtime through evening and a handsome dining room that serves guests some tasty options from their kitchen. During the warmer months in CLE, GLBC's patio attracts large crowds especially during Indians home games and during happy hour. Great Lakes beer selection is generally around 8-10 handles. These always include favorites such as Dortmunder Gold, Eliot Ness, Commodore Perry, and Edmund Fitzgerald plus there is a frequent rotation of seasonally made batches to fill in the rest of the tap selection. My recommendation for those who have had GLBC beers in bottles is to try any of the selections you have never seen before, as everything they make are pretty darn good. Service is always excellent. From the moment you arrive on the patio or the front hostess stand, service is always polite and with a smile. The bartenders pay close attention to your glass and ensure that you are always content while under their roof. Food includes standard pub fare including fish and chips, baked pretzels and a sausage and cheese platter. During the local harvest months, GLBC prides itself on using as much locally sourced ingredients as possible and even has a partnership with a nearby farm in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. If you are visiting and are planning on attending a Cleveland Indians or Cavs game, be sure to check out their Fatty Wagon which runs on straight vegetable oil. Roundtrip fare is $1 per person. Overall, Great Lakes continues to produce some of the finest beers around and is a great place to come visit.

Photo of buschbeer
4.03/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I recently made my third visit to Great Lakes. The building has all kinds of history associated with it. As you enter, you are met with a dining area to the left with the gift shop beyond that. The upstairs bars and dining area are ahead of you. I have never dined nor drank upstairs. It is very clean and well lit. I had gone to the basement bar each time.

The basement is more dimly lit. The walls are cobblestone and it is a relatively small area. The bar was full on this occasion, so my date and I grabbed a small booth.

The server did not make us wait long before she attended to us. I was immediately disappointed when I found out that they ran out of Alberta Clipper earlier that day. They were also out of Rackhouse Ale and Tripel Dog Dare. I settled for a Abbey Ave. Dubbel. As with all Great Lakes selections, it was perfect for the style.

The menu isn't extensive but they have pizza and some nice comfort dishes. I settled on a open faced pot roast sandwich which was good but not great. My date chose the chicken pot pie and raved at how good it was.

Ovreall, I have had favorable experiences here. My only disappointment is that on the last two occasions there have been one selection of beer on tap that I cannot purchase in bottles. Don't get me wrong, I love Great Lakes beers. I just want to try some other offerings. I have either had poor timing or the beers are so good that the demand exceeds the supply.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I've wanted to check out GL for some time, and what better excuse then the BA Blackout release?

The bar is simply awesome. You can feel the walls speaking to you, the history seeping out of the ornate woodwork. There's even a bullet hole in the wall from what they say is Elliot Ness' gun.

Quality is top notch. If you haven't had a Great Lakes beer, then you might not know what quality is. Every beer in their year-round line up is at or near the top in-style. And luckily, they were all on tap (and then some). Not a plethora of taps - I think eight or so?

No guest taps, just GL brews.

Service was good, and very good the following day. The female bartender who took care of us in the evening was a bit curt, but the gent the following afternoon was a gem. Apparently he's worked there for years, and it certainly shows.

I've heard the food is top shelf, but the only nibbles I had were at the ticketed BA Blackout release. And calling the snacks bland and half-assed is (believe it or not) a compliment.

Everything seemed to be priced accordingly, other then the gouging they put you through for growler fills. My buddy dropped $15 on a 64oz fill of their Moondog ESB. It's an ESB - and a mere four imperial pints worth. You can sit at the bar and order four pints for less then $15. Hmmm....

All in all, I'd say that Great Lakes is certainly worth hitting. Even if you're just driving through, stop in and check 'er out. I'm certainly glad I did!

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I took a drive down to Cleveland with a few other BAs for the release of this year's Barrel Aged Blackout Stout.

The Great Lakes Brew Pub is a nice little place with a great atmosphere. It has some old-timey charm to the place that I kinda liked. The beer selection was pretty standard (with a sampling of their regularly bottled beers) but there were also a few pub only exclusives on tap.

The menu was also fairly standard for a brew pub. I decided to go with the reuben, which a bit of a disappointment.

The service was great, and everyone in our group seemed pleased with the experience. Maybe I'll head back there next year when BA Blackout is released again.

Photo of goblue3509
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stop in for a few drinks and a quick dinner. When you walk in the place is set up like an old time bar and restuarant. There is a lot of wood and warm lighting. The main restaurant is to the left and there is a bar directly in front of the enterance. We went to the pub downstairs which was dark warm and inviting. It looked like an 18th century pub with flat screens. There is a chalk board with the on tap selections. On tap was five of the glbc regulars and four brewpub exclusives. We ended up going with some of the exclusives and they were fantastic. After the first round we ordered a buffalo chicken pizza which was different than I expected yet very good. The staff was knowledgable and very helpful and attentive. The price was very resonable, in fact we were kinda shocked at how low our bill was. Overall this is a great place, if you are in cleveland this is a must visit.

Photo of MP72
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

A- We ate in the bar area which was very nice ,, with a long Mahoghany bar and old world pub charm it has tons of atmosphere.

Q- The quality of the fresh brews and food was great along with a friendly staff and clean environment I would say quality is very high.

S- The service was excellant.

F- The food was also excellant.

V- A little on the higher side as far as the food in concered but it was all very good and we had no complaints. The beer however I thought was very faily priced and was of top quality and freshness. IPA was $5 and their german ale seasonal was only $4 which is fine in my opinion.

Overall this was my first time at the brewpub but I have been a longtime fan of the beer and their establishment did not disappoint. I would recomend this to any beer/pub lover while in Cleveland.

Photo of minterro
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4.5

A: the patio was great. It looked like someone spent a lot of time and effort making this place look special and that time was well spend. Everyone around seemed to be mostly locals kicking back and having a relaxing beer after work. Everyone was happy and chatty.

Q: Outrageous, is probably the best one word description of the quality of this brewing company. I have tried and rated many of the beer this company has to offer and besides grassroots (which I find semi gross) I don’t think I have given very many of their beer below an A-.

Sel: There is no good was of saying this… it sucked. For being maybe without a doubt the best brewing company in Ohio and only having 9 beers on tap is weak. And not only did they only have 9 beers on tap but, 5 of the 9 were year round beer and 2 of the nine were seasonals. All 7 of those you could find in bottles anyways in Ohio and in most good beer stores in the mid-west. Any other bone I have to pick with them is there abv selection. Why are there no beers above 7.5%? I mean that absurd.

Ser: The patio was pretty packed a service on the food was still great. I waited a while to get my second beer but again it was packed so no complaints.

F: The food was excellent. I ordered this grilled chicken sandwich marinated in Dortmunder Gold on a pretzel bun, and it was the bomb. In the previous day was have some anxiety problems for the first time in my life, and was eating basically anything. And this chicken sandwich was like the only thing I ate for like 2 days before and 2 days after, that how good it was. Anyways I also enjoyed how they have suggested beer pairing with their sandwiches.

V: I really unsure because I wasn’t the one paying but it seemed on pair with most breweries as far as prices of food and beer go.
When I was first getting into drinking good beer this was my favorite brewery, and even though I have to say Founders (which when I find some time I defiantly need to visit) has now one me over there will always be a special place in my beer heart for this brewing company.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.38/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My boyfriend took me here as a birthday surprise last month! I've been wanting to try their brewpub for awhile-but hadn't made the trip out to Cleveland yet.

The place is located in a pretty crowded area of Cleveland just across the Burning River from some of the home of the indians.

The brewery is just across the street from the brewpub and offers a really good free tour. The gift shop is on the corner of the street between the two and offers all the Great Lakes classics and seasonals in addition to The Wright Pils-brewery only bottling.

Atmosphere-There was quite a long wait to get a seat inside or outside-so we opted to go to the pub in the basement-which was an excellent choice and had no wait. So when you go here- SIT IN THE BASEMENT PUB. The pub area is somewhat dark and industrial-but really reminiscent of a late 1800s/early 1900s pub in an industrial region. Really dark wood everywhere with slightly off-white walls. Small and cozy. The upstairs is more of a typical restaurant atmosphere.

The Beer- This is only my second experience at a prewpub affiliated with a big craft brewery with a large distribution radius (the other being Victory in Downingtown). The tap list is their typical year-round offerings (Dortmunder, Edmund Fitz, Elliot Ness, Burning River, Commadore Perry). The current seasonal (at the time O-fest), the Wright Pils (brewery only), and two prewpub only tap offerings (at the time cellar dwellar which is a Kolsch, and BA BLACKOUT STOUT!!). So I was clearly stoked to have the BA Blackout stout on-tap. In conclusion-they have a nice mix of their regular offerings and brewery/brewpub only exclusives.

Food and Service- Our service was timely and the server was able to answer my only question-regarding the cellar dwellar. The food menu was a mix of pub fare and some unique items made with local ingredients-which is always nice to see.

Overall- This is one of the more impressive brewpubs that I have been to. I will be revisiting here again.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I'm finally getting around to a review of GLBC after my third visit over a roughly seven year time span.

The most recent visit was on a very busy Saturday early afternoon when lots of stuff was going on in the surrounding area - charity walk and a street fair directly in front of the brewpub. We had to wait 30 minutes for a table for six and the service was a bit off which I'm not factoring in to my overall experience.

Great, old historic building near the Market so you could make this a half day's visit. For such a large, multi-level building, the bar is rather small.

The beer selection is mostly what they offer in bottles with the exception of maybe one or two. They had a "cellar" Czech pilsner and a smoked ported on the menu. Neither of them had an official logo or artwork so I assumed they were not part of the regular lineup. Both were excellent.

The food has a local, organic, and sustainable emphasis on it. Many of their sources are listed on the back of the menu and I suspect come from the market next door. We all enjoyed our meals and beer and I would continue to return to GLBC when in the Cleveland area.

Photo of Buggies
3.58/5  rDev -18.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Made it there on a Friday. The place was jumpin. The beer was really good, as I am a fan of the brewery. My food was good (fish and chips), nothing really awesome... just good tasting fish and chips. Although I was a little disappointed it only came with one piece of fish. The waitress was awesome. She kept the glasses full and everyone was happy.

Now, they were crowded. But my only real gripe is that the hostesses were crap. Three hostesses. The nice hostess was friendly but mostly clueless. Our hostess was mean and a mega bitch. She was unkind and not real welcoming. We had 9 people in our party that night. We did not all arrive at the same time (just me and the wife initially). Even though the table was ready and set for us, they would not let us take our seats until the entire party showed up.

Fine I guess, but some of our party was running a little late. We had to stand there for an hour before they would let us have our table. If it wasn't for the good food, beer, and awesome waitress, I would of had a miserable experience.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.45/5  rDev -21.2%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Was here for dinner on a recent road trip with the girlfriend.

We stopped in, were brought to our table and immediately there was a distinct but very pungent smell of urine... whoa... not a good sign. The place was nice enough. It was a pretty large area but inconveniently separated into a bunch of different sections that didn't have any rhyme or reason to them. Lighting was also really poor. I understand the dimly light dive bar feel... but this was a bit overboard. I could barely see my hands in front of my face.

Quality of the beer was actually pretty good. Served in the right glassware at the right temperature with a coaster. Not much else to say here.

Service was solid. All parts of our dinner was delivered on time from ordering, to drinks, to the appetizer, main course, desert, and the check at the end. Given how busy it was, our waitress was very quick and friendly.

Selection was decent. They had a couple of guest taps if I recall correctly as well as 8-10 of their regular offerings. Above average due to the guest tap.

The food wasn't memorable but it was good. I got the flat iron steak as well as the sausage sampler. The sausage was really good and the different types of mustard and other condiments were a nice touch. The steak was done as I'd wanted and it was tender and juicy. Pretty good for the price.

Great Lakes isn't an outrageously cheap place but it wasn't by any means expensive either. Worth a visit if you're in the area as its a nice little alcove with a bunch of other brewpubs and bars also. Just hope they get that stench issue resolved.

Photo of sdsurfer217
3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Stopped here on an anniversary weekend up in Cleveland. We enjoyed the free tour and the tastings during the tour. Our tour guide seemed like a little out of it, but was very knowledgeable. We enjoyed dinner after our tour.

Upon arrival there was disconnect between the patio hostess and the pub hostess. Both seemed very clueless and overwhelmed. We waited for 30mins before being seated, even though we had "called ahead". Enjoyed a beer from the bar.

Waitress was great, knowledgeable about the beer and food, humor-able and friendly. Helped us make a decision and offered samples. I settled with a "Rye of the Tiger IPA" and wife had a Holy Moses, both tasty, although, they only had 1 beer on tap that they don't bottle and distribute. Food was delicious, but entree's were over priced for what they were, 11ish bucks for a burger is pricey, but it's all local/ohio food.

I'd go again if in the area for whatever special beer is tap.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.38/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was just here a couple weeks ago and it is one of the top places to go in Cleveland.

A- The atmosphere is great, nice to sit outside or in the garden room on a nice summer day, but the beer cellar has a lot of character too.

Q- The beer is exceptional, having an Edmund Fitzgerald here three summers ago is what got me into beer. The Commodore Perry IPA and Elliott Ness Vienna Lager are great year-round beers, but they also have some great seasonals and rotate some brewery exclusives that are great too. Ohio City Oatmeal Stout is a great brewery exclusive.

Service- The wait staff is very friendly and know their beer. They also offer brewery tours with plenty of samples. It is a great tour and the tour guide has a great sense of humor and is very knowledgeable

Selection- The selection is good, all their year-round beers, seasonal offerings and some brewery exclusives. No guest taps, but when I am at Great Lakes I want to drink their beer so that's not a big deal to me.

F- The food is pretty good, lots of standard pub food, but also some more gourmet style food. I usually stick with the fish and chips or a burger, but they are well-made

Photo of greenmonstah
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

What a cool building! A historic building nestled into a cool little block in an otherwise sorta dumpy part of Cleveland, be sure to ask your server about the history of the building. They'll tell you that there's a bullet hole created by Eliot Ness the legendary prohibition agent and inspiration for one of GLBC's great beers. Furthermore, the efforts made by GLBC towards sustainability are very impressive. Nice focus on local food on the menu, I tried the Local Plate appetizer, a selection of local meats, cheeses, and veggies. The burger was an average brew-pub burger. Had a pint of Edmund Fitz that was brilliant as always and a selection of samplers (I tried every beer they had that wasn't one of their flagship bottled beers, but didn't really care for them, which is disappointing, considering how great their main beers are). So good food, great beer (stick to the proven classics of their main line of beers), and an awesome location combine to make this one of my favorites!

Photo of Sanford
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Stopped in at the bar with my wife and kids before dinner across the street. It was during a spring snow storm (Clevelamders called it a "dusting", but we got 3 inches in a couple of hours). the bar space is inviting and cozy, I actually commented to my wife how I could imagine sitting all afternoon drinking and eating, while watching the snow. Our server was great; friendly yet professional, and very knowledgable regarding the menu and the beer. We had a charcuterie plate that was quite nice, and reasonably priced. I got the beer sampler, which was 10 five ounce pours, for $15...that's 50 ounces of beer. I'v always thought highly of Great Lakes beers. They are like Boulevard and Schlafly, here in Missouri, in that their basic year-rounds and seasonals are very well made, and satisfying, while not flashy. I am looking forward to returning.

cheers, Sanford

Photo of ndolover
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

GLBC is located dowtown across the river in a historic old brick building. They have upgraded the place to be as "green" as possible.

The beer is great! You can also get a few beers that are not available anywhere else.

I was there during St. Patty's day, so I am willing to give them another try. However, the service was below average. My server was checking her face book page will running my tab. I also noted she made 2 other mistake with other patrons. I also noted that other servers were more interested in chatting amoung themsleves then taking care of customers.

Overall, this is THE place to hit if you are a craft beer lover in dowtown Cleveland. Just be prepared for spotty service.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.24/5  rDev -26%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3

Naturally I hit this place while I was in town on a semi-beercentric trip.

We didn't have any food, and our stay here was very short. We entered in the gift shop side. I browsed around here. I've been in the gift shop before when I went to buy my allotment of BA Blackout. It was expensive and over priced then and its expensive and overpriced now. Over $8 for a snifter, over $6 for a taster glass, over $1 for a coaster? $25 tee shirts? I mean c'mon, this ain't Disney Land.

I was told that I had a shot at Rackhouse, and honestly that was the only reason I came here. But alas, Rackhouse was gone. Just my luck.

The place is pretty nice, it seems to look very inspired by Cleveland's industrial history. The decor is distressed but up scale.

The staff seemed to not really care that we were there, wandering and gazing aimlessly. We stood right by the bar, in front of the hostess stand, for a few minutes with no one offering to help or even say hi.

We ate at a near by pub because rumors are that their food isnt worth the price.

I'll probably be back, certainly to buy some BA Blackout, but I wont rush here. I'll take my time at Fat Head's and Buckeye Beer Engine.

Photo of MrDanno96
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I've been to Great Lakes several times since moving to Cleveland for law school and am always impressed. They only have their own beer on tap, which is no problem. I have yet to have a bad beer from them and their taps are constantly rotating. They always have their year round offerings on tap (Ed Fitz, Dortmunder, Com. Perry, Elliot Ness and Burning River), plus their seasonals and several brewery only offerings. The brewery only releases are usually really good - I especially recommend "Quitness" (dry-hopped IPA) and Wolfhead Stout (dry Irish Stout).

Great Lakes brings the same attention to quality to their food as they do their beer. Everything on the menu is tasty - I've enjoyed their pretzels, cheese plates, sweet potato ravioli and burgers. I'm actually writing this review after returning from St. Patrick's Day dinner at the brewpub - it was truly excellent. Really great corned beef and soda bread.

I find the atmosphere here can get a little noisy, especially on weekends. The waits tend to get excessive on weekends too. These are both the result of the brewery's increasing popularity, which you cannot really fault.

Overall, Great Lakes' brewpub is a great place to grab dinner and some great beer. Definitely stop by if you're in Cleveland.

Photo of gabedivision
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Took a trip to Cleveland and all i got was this lousy review... Great Lakes brewery, what more is there to say. It's a bar. A damn fine bar, with all your favorite Great Lakes brews on tap. Got in on a Saturday around 4pm the place was starting to get mobbed, both bars up and downstairs were filling up. The brewery tour happened at 5 so we downed a few fresh Com. Perry's and off we went. A nice guided tour with samples of each beer(though, limited samples) that great lakes had brewing including the Doppelrock, yum. Nice tour that including everything from brewing to bottling, I enjoyed this tour very much. Ah, so dinning, took about a half hour for us to get seated after that. The food came out very well prepared, and very delicious. The prices weren't through the roof, i was surprised at how much it was to fill a growler however. All in all it was a great time with good food and great beer. I encourage anyone out that way to stop in.

Photo of alleykatking
3.23/5  rDev -26.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped by here this past week while visiting the in-laws.

A- This is a nice little place. Good old school feel to this place with a new school twist. We were sitting in the newer outside area.

Q- The beers were good and served in proper glassware. The food plates were alright for the most part. There was food specks on some of the plates and when one of us got coffee there were lipstick marks all over it.

S- Our server was nice but took a little while in getting things for us. At times our beer glasses were empty and we had to wait to find her. She didn't seem to be that busy but overall our service was a little slow all around.

S- Nothing really special as far as beers went. Only 2 beers on the menu that I couldn't get outside of the pub. The actual menu as far as food goes was good with there being no problems with finding multiple things that we all wanted to eat.

F- The food was good but a little pricey. I had the pulled pork which was amazingly good. My wife though split a salad with my mother in-law as we had a couple of appetizers and when it came to us was not only enough to share but wan't enough to fill one person. The price of that salad? Eight bucks!!!

Photo of Auslander
4.38/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Visited in October. Stopped by the gift shop first to purchase BA Blackout Stout. The folks behind the counter were very polite and efficient. Afterward, we went next door to the bar/restaurant. They were busy as hell but the staff was still incredibly freindly and fast. While waiting for our table we visited the bar downstairs and enjoyed a few beers. Two of us ordered BA Blackout. Others in our group enjoyed Wright Pils and Edmund Fitzgerald.

Venturing back upstairs, we were promptly seated and our food orders taken. I had the Bratwurst and pierogis. My meal was excellent. My friends ordered the Olde World Burger and the Walleye.
Our meal was followed by glasses of Quitness.

A good time was had by all. I look forward to visiting Great Lakes again.

Photo of armock
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere - As you walk in the bar is straight ahead with a dining area to your left with the glassed in brew house. Farther left is their gift shop with glasses, shirt, bottled beer, and other brewery schwag. Downstairs is where the restrooms are along with their basement bar that I didn't really check out. The restaurant and bar area is dimly lit with lots of dark wood.

Quality/Selection - Well its Great Lakes so all the beer is of high quality. During my visit they had seven of their beers on tap that ranged from a Dortmunder to their IPA and they were all good.

Service - My waitress during my visit was friendly and seamed to know about the beers that they had available.

Food - The food that I ate was very good I started out with a cup of the beer cheese soup and had the pulled pork quesadilla and they were both outstanding.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Made a point to stop here through Cleveland. Neatest part of the pub is its basement, as it has that old pub feel to it with arched doors. Beers were good, but it was sort of packed and remember waiting for a chance to get a sampler. Was disappointed to not try anything special, but the people were friendly and it had a good neighborly feel to it. If you do stop in for one, beware of the Cleveland parking gestapo if you don't want to go inside the parking lot and pay a fee. The gestopo has weird hours for parking on the street, perhaps because the city is in debt.

Photo of mdunman
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Stopped here not too long ago while I was in town and definitely enjoyed the experience.

First I went with my girlfriend on the free brewery tour (always a plus) to get in the mood for a good Great Lakes brew. Afterwards we went to the pub, almost took a seat at the bar, but decided to go downstairs into the basement cellar for a few beers. The old time cellar feel was great and really made the trip memorable. The beers from Great Lakes are always satisfying, but they were understaffed so it took us a while to get a chance to enjoy our drinks. I would go back again and try the food, but only at an off time when it wouldn't be too packed.

Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
97 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.