The Sidelines

3 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

732 9th St.
Arcata, California, 95521
United States

(707) 822-0919 | map

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Photo of 31Sam13
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of dbalsock
3/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

So this is a pretty standard sports bar, with a pretty average (as far as beer-bars go) selection of beer. The notables were some dechutes and bear republic's hot rod rye. The rest was mostly interesting, about 15-20 taps, but nothing spectacular, and nothing that couldn't be found in bottle-form 2 blocks away. The service has always been decent there, but they usually leave about a quarter inch of head on the glass. I have no desire to go in again now that the college sports season is at a low. Probably the second best almost beer-bar in Arcata. Maybe my expectations are too high.

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Photo of RootedFool
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

What at first looks like a drab sports bar amongst a row of other drab bars lined beside the Arcata Plaza (there's an historical factoid that's escaping me right now but, basically, a crazy law established in the 1800's by the city goverment required all of the bars to be clustered together in one row and it has a funky nickname like "liquor lane" or "wino row," I forget) -- it quickly becomes a beer lover's wet dream. There are upwards of 25 (possibly 30, I haven't counted) beers on tap, with only a few macros and the rest devoted to micros.

A pint of any micro is 3.50, 3 bucks (or is it 2.50, I forget, anyway: cheap!) during happy hour, and this even includes otherwise pricey brews like imperial stouts and barleywines. There's a heavy emphasis on local beer. In fact, most of the micros hail from the west coast. A great range of styles.

There are several TV's scattered throughout the bar, two pool tables, and a few old video games that seem to change quite often. The walls are all wood panneling, like your friend's basement, and strewn with tacky sports related posters, objects, blow up promotional balloons, etc.

The clientel consists of many regulars, mostly middle-aged sports fans with loud mouths and bad manners, but a generally friendly crowd. Due to its location -- smack next to The Plaza, where the transients like to hang out -- you might be harassed for change before you walk in and after you walk out. It's worth the hassle for the great beer.

The bartenders are always friendly and knowledgable about the tap selection.

No food is served here, but there is all you can eat popcorn, therefore I'm giving "food" a 2.5. But you're free to bring your own food in from any of the fabulous eateries within walking distance of The Sidelines in beautiful, and occasionally frightening, downtown Arcata, California.

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The Sidelines in Arcata, CA
Place rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 3 ratings
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