Barley's Brewhaus & Restaurant
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Taps: 99 / Bottles: 70
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
4.1/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
I went here on a whim one evening recently, but had been a few times in the past. Barley's is definitely a Kansas City favorite! They have a size-able collection on tap and a casual friendly atmosphere, but a little nicer than something like a traditional sports bar. The food was delicious and a healthy amount for the price. Staff is always friendly and attentive here, which I love. Great place to hang out and enjoy good food and beer.
01-28-2013 23:19:52 | More by Jesi
4.22/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
I made a point of stopping at Barley's Overland Park during our brief visit to the KC area. It's only a mile down the road from the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art we were visiting, and on a cloudy, nippy late-summer day, hanging out at the Brewhaus turned out to be the perfect thing to do.
The place is inconspicuous, tucked away on a generic strip mall. But once inside you'll find a vast space, with a wrap-around bar and several seating areas. Lots of KC people- fake blondes, leather tans, sporty dudes with baseball caps. I guess they drink good beer??
Selection is exceptional indeed- 99 taps, no kidding! Lots of local (Tallgrass, Boulevard, Free State, 75th Street) and focus on certain breweries (7 Oddell's handles, 8 New Belgium).
Great Divide Yeti and Hercules; New Belgium Le Terroir, Super Cru, Grand Cru; Ska Decadent an Modus; Green Flash West Coast and Hop Red; Avery Maharaja and else; ton of Belgians including Chimay, Karmeliet and Delirium...
The wife and I had and/or tried New Belgium Le Terroir (horrible sour), Boulevard Nommo, Avery Maharaja, Odell Myrcenary (amazing!), Boulevard Dark Truth Stout (bottle).
The only thing I missed was barleywines/bourbon-barrel beers, but can't really complain much.
Food is exceptional. You think you'll find burgers and wraps at the strip mall? Wrong! Goat-cheese-and-caramelized-onion tart, smoked salmon "rillette" (house-smoked salmon preserved in butter and served in a canning jar). They do have "average" food too (sandwiches, steaks and stuff) but finding these two cool items in a place like this made my day, hence the "5.0" rating.
Service was fine. Not the best, just good. I'd be coming back often if I lived in KC! Had a great time.
09-17-2011 21:17:25 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.2/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Probably the best selection of beers you can get in Kansas with close to 100 on tap and many other beers in bottles. The environment is always nice, although it does tend to get very busy on the weekends. The bar is always very clean same goes for the eating area and the bathrooms. All the food I've had here was good but nothing to brag about. The service is the only problem. I always find myself going to the bar for drinks because the servers take way too long to refill you beer. There have been a couple occasions I have waited over to 10 minutes to get my first beer and that wasn't during peak hours. Prices can be high at times. If you are the guy to go out and buy rounds of drinks this isn't the place to do it. With a the selection they have it is well worth the money spent.
06-16-2009 18:43:07 | More by Bobbydigi
4.18/5 rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A great experience tonight at Brewhaus.
I had plans with friends canceled on short notice, knowing the area I realized that I needed to make a trip to this Brewhaus location.
One hundred taps are hard to argue with, 75th street, Free State, Avery, Paulaner, Pranqster, Delirium etc...made this a good trip. The tap selection is very good for a bar catering to the more "posh" clientel.
Service was adequate, three bartenders rotated calling on my every whim.
My food was really good (contrary to my review of the Shawnee location, the food is not "boil in bag" stuff) I had duck wings and a strawberry salad, just enough for dinner.
Very reasonable pricing. One thing to note. There were a ton of "regulars" in the bar area. i almost felt as if i were taking someone's assigned seat. Everyone was very nice however. Just an observation.
10-24-2008 03:49:48 | More by hoffman
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
As both a mug club member and a regular, I'm obviously a fan of Barley's. The wall is a little heavy on the "big boys," and a little light on the micros, but there's generally something to appeal to almost any taste, and the selection is updated regularly. Personally, I'd be happy to see the end of PBR and Coors Light, but apparently someone buys them. No one has ever claimed that Johnson County is a great bastion of beer aficionados. It's nice to see local brewers well represented, and they always have several varieties of Boulevard, Free State, and 75th Street (it's probably worth noting the 75th Street Brewery is owned by KCHopps, the company that owns Barley's - but it doesn't get preferential treatment).
The food is a cut above the average "bar food," and the menu includes good steaks, incredible thin-crust pizzas, and wings that will bring tears to your eyes (and the eyes of the person next to you, for that matter). If you're a chocoholic, definitely try the chocolate torte. It's rich enough to send your taste buds into shock, and unless you have a big appetite, you might want to share it with a friend.
The best change lately at this location has been with the bands. Live music on Saturday night, with no cover charge, has been a feature here for years, but they recently moved the band from right inside the door to a raised area on the back wall. It doesn't matter whether you're there for the band or for the beer, it's a big improvement either way. The band has much more room, and the sound is improved with them at one end of the restaurant. The people that have come to have a beer while they watch the band have more room, including room to dance if they're so moved, and can practically sit with the band if they want. And the people that are just listening to the music while they drink their beer have the benefit of a little distance from the speakers and more elbow room at the bar.
There are probably beer bars in the world with better atmosphere, better selection, better food...but you'll be hard-pressed to find one of them in this area.
08-29-2006 00:49:06 | More by angie497
4.72/5 rDev +11.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
UPDATED: See original 2004 review below asterisk line.
This place is in the same location in the same strip mall. It's still easy to miss, and still gives no real clue as to what is inside for beer lovers. It is a bright and lively place inside, not nearly as dark as most bars I frequent. It helps one remember that this is also a family restaurant.
Their beer selection has updated a great deal. It's still macro heavy, but you do have to sell what your customers want, especially when you're a restaurant and not a brewpub. The micros the do carry include things like Goose Island Honkers and seasonal, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Wheat, a few from Flying Dog, O'Dell, a good New Belgium lineup, etc. Imports include Wychwood's Hobgoblin, Black Sheep's Monty Python's Holy Ale, Delerium Tremens, Spaten bock, ur-marzen and Optimator, Haufbrau Haus lager, and old standbys like Smithwick's, Newcastle, Beck's lager, dark, and O-Fest, Heineken, Bass, John Courage (for a bit longer), etc. This is a pretty impressive selection for Kansas, with the weird distribution laws they have here. Bottles include things like the Sam Smith line, Chimay (red, white and blue), some De Dolle brews, and the usual mix of other bottles one can find anywhere.
Service here is almost always top-notch, even when they get busy. Floor servers vary widely in their beer knowledge, but management does make it a point to at least try to educate the bartenders on the products they're serving. Whereas in the past I had heard some blatantly incorrect information given out in reply to customer queries, these days they are accurate far more often than not.
The food, as I said below, is fantastic.
Overall, I see no real reason to change my scoring for this place. I still feel this is the best place on the Kansas side to grab a brew. But I felt it worth the re-review to update readers on the newer beers, the improvement in beer knowledge, and the fact it's still really easy to drive right past the place. Worth checking out, without a doubt.
Where to begin? I guess I should start with the one potential negative I can find for Barley's, and that is that it is in a strip mall. From the outside, it's not all that inspiring. Nothing about it really catches your attention and says "hey, let's go drink/eat there!". That's the biggest negative.
I stumbled across this place by accident one Saturday, looking for lunch after visiting my homebrew shop (which used to be a few doors down in the same strip mall). I was stunned. Ninety-Nine taps on the wall. Yes, 99, and all of them functioning. Not only are they functioning, the bartenders know a good deal about each one. They aren't aficionados by any means, but they aren't clueless when asked, either. Yes, granted, a good number of taps (about 20%) are BudMilCoors products, but they have to cater to the clientele, no? The selection is outstanding, it changes frequently, and they do a fine job of keeping the lines clean on the ones that don't move all that well.
The food here is top notch. They have a chef who is allowed to try new things now and again. How many beer bars with 99 taps also have food specials such as Ahi tuna on a bed of rice with a port wine sauce? A slab of ribs smoked overnight on a wood fire? A cheesecake made by reducing a stout, mixing it with chocolate sauce, and mixing that into the cake itself? Even the appetizers are outstanding. I honestly cannot think of a place with better food at reasonable prices in the enire Kansas City area. The prices for the beers are great too, by the way. All less than $4 a pint, and if you join a Mug Club they have (for, as they say, a nominal fee), there are nights where a 24 ounce pour is only $2.50 all night, anything on the wall. I've more than made up for that fee on my trips there. Can't beat that.
The only drawback to this split personality (is it a bar with great food, or a restaurant with a great beer selection?) is the atmosphere. The bar and restaurant areas are separated by glass panels, but it's still the same room. You can feel a bit out of sorts screaming at the television while watching football and enjoying a Frankenheim Alt knowing that there is a family of five sitting 10 feet behind you enjoying a Sunday brunch. You get used to it, however. Enough beers, you don't notice much around you anyway.
If you're in the Kansas City area and are going to be on the Kansas side, this place is well worth the visit. In my opinion, it's the best beer bar in the metropolitan area, bar none.
05-22-2006 06:05:13 | More by jokelahoma
4.7/5 rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
Quite an interesting place. As another member noted in their review, Barley's is, unfortunately, located in a strip mall. It doesn't jump out at you to draw you in. Never the less, they do seem to have a very large crowd of regulars and other patrons. Many old beer signs decorate the walls (not necessarily old beers, but signs that are obviously not new), including Hamm's, Falstaff and Griesiedicek Bro's (which I've never heard of before). The bar and dining areas are separate, but are open and don't seem segregated. Pools tables and Golden Tee games and the like are in the bar area, as well.
Beer selection is excellent. Advertised as having 99 taps. I counted 95 on the menu, but I think they have a few rotating seasonals on there, as well. About 40 beers in bottles, as well. A number of local breweries and brewpubs (Free State, 75th Street, Boulevard and Pony Express) are represented here, all having four or five beers, if I remember right. I know they had some BMC in there somewhere, but to be honest, I lost them in all the other beers on the menu.
Their pizzas are about 14", very thin crust, and a very different style to them. Very tasty, though, and about five different varieties. I didn't see any option to make your own, but there should be something that will keep everyone happy on there already, plus a nice selection of other foods. The Black & Tan Cheesecake kicked ass, too.
Service was great. My waitress was very nice and sweet, and spent as much time talking with me as her duties would allow. She seemed knowledgable about beer, as did one of the manners, who stopped by to check on me, and stayed a while to chat (I get a bit talkative when I've had a bit to drink). Also, not only my waitress stopped by to check on me, as in many establishment, but the other waitress working the bar area also did.
Two interesting things about Barley's as well... First, the mug club. $45 per year (I think I paid $20, this late in the year) for your own mug, which is around 24 ozs (1.5 pints, if I'm calculating it right) for the price of a standard pint. Mondays and Saturdays are also $2.50 draws for the mug club (as opposed to the standard $3.00 - $5.00, except for the one Lambic they do have, which is still $8.00). I'm assuming you get to keep the mug at the end of the year as well, but I forgot to ask. Also, KC Hops, the parent company of this bar, as well as five others (the Lee's Summit Barley's and O'Dowd's included) has their own 'Guest Rewards' program, which is ten dollars to join, but gives you an immediate $10 gift certificate (for use on your next visit) as well as 20 rewards points to start with. Each dollar you spend in one of their restaurants, including tax (but excluding gratuity) earns another point, and they do round up. With drinks, food, mug club, and guest rewards, my total was fifty-nine and some change, and I got sixty points. Impressed that they didn't play the rounding game. 100 points gets you 10 bucks, 500 points, 50 bucks, and so on, with the amount increasing past 10% of the points. I think the top they had listed, 2500 points, was actually $400, rather than just $250. Seemed like a nice bonus, and I think the ten bucks is well spent, since you get it back in gift certificates right away.
All in all, a very nice place, and definitely worth a visit when you're in the area, so for all the BAs (and others) who keep asking me about this place, there ya go, I finally visited just for you guys, and gave you a review.
10-31-2004 05:51:40 | More by Rio
3.63/5 rDev -14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5
Found a flyer for this place while staying in Overland Park, and couldn't pass it up. Glad I didn't. 90+ beers on tap, with lots of macros and "regional" brew, with 4 local breweries well represented; Boulevard, 75th Street, Pony Express, and Freestate. Nice dining area separated from the bar and smoking area. Typical upscale bar food; pizzas(the best, almost paper thin crust.), burgers, pasta and hand-cut steaks. Attentive, but not obtrusive or neglectful service. Worth a shot if you are in the Overland Park/Olathe area.
Live music on Friday and Saturday nights and Wednesday nights are local beer nights. $2.50 a pint of any local beer.
09-03-2004 22:17:57 | More by winomark
Barley's Brewhaus & Restaurant in Overland Park, KS
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.