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Kelly Coles Improper

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Type: Bar, Eatery, Store

253 East Water Street
Syracuse, New York, 13202
United States

(315) 472-8008

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Added by wailingwench on 06-21-2005

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3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Cheers: Long awaited visit after Empire Festival was worth the 3 block stumble/crawl. Easy to find due to brightly colored stucco theme, a beacon for good brew and sweet potato fries. Tons of historic Syracuse and Erie Canal pics to pass the time if you're bored with your entourage, or just want to grab a wink or two while pretending to enjoy history. 20 oz extra sturdy and practically un-dumpable mugs. Nice selection of NY micros, a coupla interesting imports, and a coupla oddities. Kitchen open late.

Jeers: The shitter is absurdly small. We forgot about the patio and ended up hanging outside the sidedoor on the sidewalk, contributing to the loitering establishment. Patio seems oddly placeed, on the end, great views of the Interstate. Ummm, if MacG's died here, why try to imitate them? Get your own ideas, like girls dancing on the bar.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This place has been around for more than two years and time to go out of the way to see it. I immediately liked: its downtown convenient location, you can do a walking tour to all the key places and drink as much craft beer as you want. It was very nice inside and outside. There were at least 48 taps, likely more, and they were organized, i.e. the Belgiums and Germans were together. And I was immediately greeted and made at ease by Kelly Coles. Oh and the name. Oh and people from the food and beverage industry were hanging out there. And its very comfortable inside. They Need more star taps, be more cosmopolitan attraction, also I should not have been given sludge from a slow moving line on one occasion. Overall Recommended.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I used to sometimes come to this bar years ago when it was "MacGregor's" and its most well-known attributes were its short, fat mugs and the nice outdoor area where you could sit, eat and drink. Since it closed and reopened as Kelly Coles Improper, it has done nothing but improve.

Since it's on the outskirts of the "alcohol district" in Han(g)over Square in Syracuse, it doesn't get as much pub -- or as much traffic -- as the other beercentric pubs such as Clark's, The Blue Tusk and now Empire Brewing Company. But Kelly's has a terrific selection of beer, far superior to when it was MacGregor's and second in this town only to the Tusk.

The atmosphere is comfortable and friendly, even when it's busy. It doesn't feel crowded like Dorsey's and it's rarely too loud (something the Tusk has become lately). The bartenders are friendly and helpful; they know their beer and can point you in the right direction.

The menu has also improved by leaps and bounds over the old MacGregor's menu. They offer all sorts of excellent dishes. Also, they urge you to make beer part of the meal itself. Kelly's is going to become a more frequent destination.

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Photo of dlee
4.13/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Kelly Coles is the most underrated beer bar in Syracuse. It is overshadowed by Clarks Ale House and the Blue Tusk, but is almost as good.

Kelly Coles has a nice neighborhood bar feel to it, with several TV's showing the sporting event of the day and with music (usually blues) playing at a reasonable level.

They have 70 or so taps. From New York State, Kelly Coles has most of the Middle Ages beers as well as 3 from Brooklyn, Ubu and Frostbite from Lake Placid, the IPA from Ithaca, Matt and Phins from Souther Tier and War of 1812 from Sackets Harbor.

They only waste 6 or so taps on BMC swill.

Also on tap are offerings from Lagunitas, Stone, Oskar Blues, Magic Hat, Dogfish Head, Victory, and several others.

The food is good, not great.

The bartenders seem to know the beer pretty well and will give you samples of beer that you are not sure of.

Kelly Coles is definately a half a notch below the Tusk and Clarks, but is a great beer bar nonetheless.

UPDATE February 2008: They have been closed down. They were seized by the government for not paying their sales taxes.

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Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

After getting directions from fellow beer enthusiasts, I was able to find Kelly Cole's for a dinner just before the end of happy hour ($3 pints)

Got a great burger and sweet potatoe fries served in a very resonable amount of time. The two pint I originally wanted were out, or not on happy hour, but the waitress was very graceous and helpful.

Ended up with a Allagash White and a Prima Pils, both of which hit the spot with dinner.

Atomsphere was noisy, but very friendly. The tap has about 70 beers and while its not terribly exotic, it has a great local representation of beers with several from the likes of Middle Ages, Allagash, and so on. All in all I have to say it was a better deal than the blue tusk (but they're still great too).

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Kelly Coles Improper in Syracuse, NY
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