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Barley's Brewing Company

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3.94/5
Barley's Brewing CompanyBarley's Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

467 N. High St.
Columbus, Ohio, 43215
United States

(614) 228-ALES | map
barleysbrewing.com

Notes:
AKA - Ale House No. 1

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BEER STATS
Beers:
47
Reviews:
303
Ratings:
618
PLACE STATS
Score:
90
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
133
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
8.44%
 
 
Taps:
12
Bottles/Cans:
20
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 133
Reviews by CapitalGains:
Photo of CapitalGains
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

When I lived in Columbus about two years ago I was at Barley's downtown location at least once per week, usually during the late afternoon or early evening. My friends and I usually sat the bar which seats about 15-20 people. There are a lot of tables (maybe 20?) as well. No outdoor seating if I recall correctly.

Atmosphere was enjoyable especially considering its proximity to the heart of downtown which can garner some less-than-par beer enthusiast environments. The crowd was never too obnoxious and the establishment as a whole was never all that busy when I visited except on a few occasions.

Quality was above-average but not stellar. Barley's puts out solid products across the board but nothing that will blow your mind. We usually had the same bartenders who were attentive and knowledgeable and started to recognize us (in a good way) after awhile. Can't say they did anything spectacular - they did their job.

Selection consists of 7-9 of Barley's taps, of which 4-5 were constants and the others were seasonal rotators. There were usually a couple of guest taps (2-3) that often weren't ordering in lieu of Barley's in-house selections. Apparently there is a bottle selection as well but I never ventured to take a look at it. There always seemed to be at least one beer on cask which is worth checking out. Barley's does a fine job with their cask beer - highly recommended.

I usually ordered food at the Smokehouse but the food at the downtown location was tasty the few times I ordered it.

Prices are about average. I always enjoyed myself at Barley's and I would have to say it was my favorite brewpub in the general Columbus area. My favorite selections were the Alexander Russian Imperial Stout and usually whatever was on cask.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of wroywel
4.03/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of BigMac59
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Brown120
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Visited on 05/10/16.

Cool spot, about 12-14 beers on tap. Beer was decent; had their scotch ale and a brown ale with vanilla, peppers, and cocoa. Worth checking out if you're downtown.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.95/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Preluderl
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of capt93
2.96/5  rDev -26.6%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3

Photo of Bearded_Buckeye
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of BigAlofOrion
3.79/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoy my visit every time I come to Columbus on my trek to Wooster Ohio. Nice old time bar/eatery with a very nice traditional bar with nice wood work and classic bottles from around the world. Food is very good, burgers are solid and fish and chips are quite nice. Service is always good and attentive. Ale selection is as good as you want it to be. Solid dark and strong ale offerings, Belgian and Russian imperials, nice IPA's and an always good hand pull firkin. Old, worn, and comfortable with guests of every walk of life from urban professional to college hipster and general Joe public. No complaints except that I only have 3 growlers to fill on a visit....and they need to bring back the Barley Burger which was awesome. Owner is very nice as well and has a great attention to detail when it comes to his brews.

Try it, you will find something to your liking.

Visited this time around on a Thursday afternoon at lunch time. Get in early, they get crowded fast.

Cheers Barleys------please do not change!

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Photo of blakesell
4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of SDRedDevil
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of wapcap
3.95/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A very good brewery in North Market district. I've been here several times. Beers are consistent and good. Food is not bad, but I'm don't think they support local, which with the market right there they should. A great place to go check out, and its good for the whole family.

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Photo of mikepcarney
4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.08/5  rDev -48.4%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 2.75

This place seemed to be more of a restaurant than a brewery. Much like hanging out at an Applebee's or a big shiny menu type place.

Vibe was slow and pretty boring (see above to understand why).

Quality of beer was mediocre. Actually, calling it mediocre is probably doing it a favor. I first tried the 5-beer flight, and when there was nothing there that impressed me, I knew it was time to move on elsewhere opposed to getting a pint here.

Bartender was painstakingly slow, however he did make an attempt to be friendly near the end of our visit.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Visted on a Tuesday evening after the dinner rush.
A - A good bar scene, booths, some TVs, well lit, clean, more focused on people and conversation. 4
Q - Almost everything is served in a shaker pint, but no other complaints - 3.75
Ser - Bartender was attentive and friendly 3.75
Sel - All of barleys plus a few other locals At least one beer on cask. - 3.75
F - Did not have food during this visit

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Photo of shirtless_mike
4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Eziel
4.11/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of shelt11
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Pretty cool place, good location next to the Cbus convention center. Pretty good food, too

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

This place looks like it has been around since the 90s's. I assume that's the case. It's right next to the convention center and I assume the hockey arena is nearby as well, so it was quite busy when I was there. Lots of Coors Light drinkers. Lots. The one beer I had was very tasty and the food was way above average. (Thanks to my host for the recommendation.) A worthy visit, though seems stuck in the past on decor.

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Photo of Alanca
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Great spot if you're at convention center you can just walk across street and get a good beer and sandwich instead of convention food. They're in entertainment book so cheap price w on line /smart phone coupon

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Photo of misternebbie
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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Barley's Brewing Company in Columbus, OH
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