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The Raven

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Type: Bar

39 W Bridge St
Oswego, New York, 13126-2024
United States

(315) 343-1968 | map

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Added by twelvsies on 04-20-2005

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 7
Reviews by wailingwench:
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4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Cheers: The Motto: No Crap on Tap (and they mean it). Most beer in Oswego County (which may I add isn't difficult, but still a accomplishment). Worst offering was Blue Moon. Decent election of NY micros, especially Brooklyn and Saranac.$2.75 pint of the week is a steal. Once the special was 3 Floyds Alpha King. A two beer stay turned into hanging out untill 2 AM and staying at the Econo Lodge down the street. Open front lets you check out the busy Oswego scene. Better than Greene's. Nice tiled bar with wooden feel. Foosball is on. Plenty of college patrons living it up on good beer. Blue is overpriced to discourage consumption. Recent expansion enables you to feel like you're bar hopping. A big city English-style vibe, something more Toronto-like. White Xmas lights to create that romantic mood. Restored tin ceiling. Fireplace to roast weenies and marshmallows.

Jeers: Bar needs to be bigger. Lack of tp. Gross bathrooms. Boiling hot in the summer. Annoying acoustical music. Byrne Dairy did not accept military ID as proof for smokes (to compensate, bartender told me where all the cig machines were and sent me to the Sting with quarters). Tea lights on bar add class, but could easily catch arm hair, shirt, flammable breath on fire.

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Photo of RancidAggro
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Gets crazy full of college kids but offers live music and grear beers on tap.

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Photo of Stignacious
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of allisonie
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of MikeLenehan
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Outside of issues maintaining a reasonable temperature during some seasons and an influx of college students at night when college is in-session, this is a fantastic bar. The owner cares about bringing in new beers and keeps prices reasonable. Lots of room at the bar; it's a full circle and can seat dozens.

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Photo of GFSchwab
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

This review is coming from a college kid who desperatley prizes any establishment that supports the serving of REAL beer. It is difficult in college towns to sift your way through all the 50 cent draughts and jagerbombs to find some decent.

However, The Raven makeks this quite easy. With around 15 taps there is a great selection of seasonal beer, APA's, and stand up largers. The pretzels with mustard dip was also a nice touch. The lighting, decor, and fireplaces also helped graciously.

Although there is one catch, it is a college bar, and on b usy nights the bar become crowed with drunk frat guys and sorrority girls. I can't hold it agaisnt them to much, everyone has to pay the bills some way. It is just a little tedious at times to see a good bar with good beers go to waste because of the clientell.

Another drawback was the service, the people pouring the beers had no idea what they were, nor were they good and conversation and although easy on the eyes at some occassions, (sorrority girls) they just did'nt have the right stuff to serve at a beer bar.

Overall its a decent place that at times falls victim to its own environment/location.

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Photo of twelvsies
3.94/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Went to visit a friend in Oswego, not a lot of options there, but this place will do just fine. Lots of wood here - big wooden door, nice wood floors, etc. The bar is big and square, the taps and cooler being in the middle of the square, and there's plenty of room to sit around. I had no trouble getting served quickly, though I was there during spring break when a lot of the students were likely gone. But anyway, they had a good selection, particularly of local stuff, which is good to see. Milddle Ages and Southern Tier, both relatively local, each had a few options. There was about 15 or so taps, no super-rare gems but they did have some solid micros such as Magic Hat and a couple Belgians which I don't remember. They also had a large list of bottles which were very reasonable priced. Aventinus, Celebrator, Anchor, etc... plenty of options. Seemed to have a lot of sale items which was good. All in all not an astonishing menu but if you just want to go grab a few beers you'll have plenty of options and will likely find something you've been wanting to try or haven't had. Check it out.

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The Raven in Oswego, NY
4.02 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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