Phoenix Bar & Grill

Phoenix Bar & GrillPhoenix Bar & Grill
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Phoenix Bar & GrillPhoenix Bar & Grill

Type: Bar, Eatery

1280 Main St W
Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4K1

(905) 525-9140 | map

Located in the McMaster University Refectory Building.

Phone ext. 24405.

Added by Derek on 07-23-2005

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by cratez:
Photo of cratez
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Seventh stop on a recent trip to Cambridge, Hamilton, and Niagara Falls with mrmanning. The Phoenix is a bustling and lively grad club with a solid lineup of craft beer taps.

On our visit the entire place was jammed with students and faculty, with lots of bright light coming in from outside. A few micro beer posters and decals line the walls. We grabbed a table in the bar area where the draught handles were clearly visible.

I noticed Great Lakes Red Leaf Lager, True North Wunder Weisse, Amsterdam Big Wheel, Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion, Mill Street Lemon Tea, a couple of Wellington brews, a Nickel Brook seasonal, Steam Whistle, and Barking Squirrel Lager, among other taps.

We received fast and friendly service from an attractive Asian girl and I enjoyed some samples of Wunder Weisse (thanks Len!). The food menu is enormous but we were saving our appetites for The Golden Kiwi.

Overall, this place blows Western's Grad Club out of the water, and if I lived in Hamilton I would gladly come here as an alternative to The Judge and Chester's. A great hangout.

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Photo of ludachris
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Have been here a few times this semester since I turned 19 and man am I glad.
Atmosphere is nice. Very clean and nicely laid out. Nothing really fancy about the place but what should you expect from a University pub.
All four times I have been here (two in the day, two in the night) the service was excellent. Wait staff knew off hand what brews they had on tap and even offered us samples when we expressed that we were unsure of what to have.
Selection of beer is outstanding. Over 12 taps I believe, 3 or four in constant rotation. Their staples are Amsterdam Blonde, Wellington's SPA and Stonehammer Dark, all at $12.50 a pitcher. $3.30 tequila shots if anyone is interested. Other brews on tap include St.Ambroise outmeal stout and apricot wheat, wunder weisse, hobgoblins, steam whistle, robert simpsons anti-gravity, red cap, wauloops (a local cider) and the list goes on, all of which are very reasonably priced. The only downside is all are served in pint glasses and all are the same temperature. But at the same time, this is exactly what I would expect from a University pub.
Food is typical bar style; greasy but great portions. When you're pounding back a few in the night, this food will answer your prayers.

Overall, a great place to go to and sample some local brews for cheap prices. Food is decent and atmosphere is nice. The best service is obviously to be had in the day, preferably Monday-Wednesday's, but that hasnt seemed to have taken away from my visits here before. Will definately be going here again, I'm just sad it closes in the summer :(

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Photo of funkengruven
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I visited this place often during my times as a McMaster student. The place gets a little crowded and very loud at times which can make for an irritating night, but if in the right mood this place can be a lot of fun. The establishment is quite clean for a University pub. Service however leaves a lot to be desired, you have to practically beg to be served at your table. Last time I was there i waited about 20 minutes before my drink order was taken. Selection of beer is actually quite impressive for a university pub. A lot of local Ontario micro brews on tap, Including a very good Cider that is locally produced that left me incapacitated at the end of that night (I was in school then). Food is pretty decent, nachos and wings were made well for being a university pub. Prices are to be expected, after all, starving students would be unable to pay exorbitant prices.

Good times were had there.

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Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

It's been a few years since I graduated from McMaster University (I was a regular at the Phoenix). On a recent visit, I was pleased to find that the beer selection has GREATLY improved!

They now have more than a dozen taps, with the majority of them being local micro's. I tried a few new drafts, but mainly drank the Wunder Weisse. This is the perfect summer patio beer!

Food was never their strong point. Variety & quality has improved. Stay away from the greasy nachos.

The wait staff is often overwhelmed, so it's a good idea to grab your first drink at the bar.

In the summer, the patio is the place to be, but the indoor winters aren't so bad either. Big screen TV, pool table, shuffle board & a couple of arcade games as well.

I really meant to scam a menu for posting information (as well as a good example for the local graduate club!). I guess I'll just have to visit again!

Some of their drafts were:
Black Oak - Nut Brown
McAuslan/St. Ambrois - Oatmeal stout, Pale ale & Apricot Wheat
Magnotta - Wunder Wiesse & True North Lager
Steamwhistle - Pilsner
Church Key - Lift Lock Lager

If you want a micro in Hamilton, this seems to be the place to go.

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Phoenix Bar & Grill in Hamilton, ON, Canada
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