Lady Falconburgh's Barley

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13 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

640 Main Ave
Durango, Colorado, 81301
United States

(970) 382-9664 | map

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Added by mgdeth on 08-08-2005

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by karst:
Photo of karst
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Worth looking for when your in Durango. Loved the atmosphere. Some long tap lines - just a warning if your the first pour of the day/week. Beer selection is best in town. We thought the food and drinks worth a little extra and expected the slower service with all the tourist in town durning the summer evenings. I would not hesitate to reccomend this for a nice evening with friends. We were there as a small group of 10 who were attending a Siebel Advanced Homebrewing class at nearby Ft. Lewis College. We had a bus back to the dorms - this town is famous for DUI tickets. Think about it before you get that second Chimay Tripel!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tommy5
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Determined_021
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Arenasjr
4.64/5  rDev +11%

Photo of timlyon
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Juner03
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Falconburg's has something for everyone. Busting out of the seams the basement atmosphere spills out onto the street and you can usually tell when something is hopping in the basement. Trivia and snowdown activities are some of my favorites throughout the year to join in on. The beer selections have turned to reflect the clientele and I quite enjoy a good beer conversation at the bar. The index cards to keep track of what you have drank and what you're planning on trying next is a great service. The pricey-ness is worth the beer library atmosphere.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Summary: An above average beerbar in a small Colorado town with a good selection of local beer on tap and decent food.

Basement level in the busy section of Main Street Durango. Went there for food and beer on a Tuesday night. There were a fair number of patrons given the day of week and that school hadn't started, slightly less than half full. The place has a ratskeller feel with picnic tables and wooden benches. Lots of wood and very dark. Good selection of both local and non-local beers, plenty to choose from the tap. Food service was good, though I would have liked more knowledge about what was available from the local selections. Would I go back? If I wanted food and a beer other than that from one of the local brewpubs, definitely.

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Photo of arizcards
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited here in mid-September.

Atmoshere was very cool, downstairs pub reminded me of a few we visited while in London. Quality of the beer offered was very good. Service was very good as our knowledgable server pointed out a beer to try which turned out to be an excellent recommendation. Selection included around 30 brews - i tried the Ska Merlot Stout which turned out to be an excellent impy! Overall value was reasonable with prices comparable to most brewpubs i have visited. You definitely want to try this place if you are in Durango.

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Photo of russpowell
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Ate twice here during our family trip to Durango

Loved the vibe of this place, beer, beer & more beer. Enough TVs to see the game without this being a quasi-sports bar

All beers were fresh & tasty

Service was damn good & friendly both times

30+ taps of craft including 2 Victory beers, Stone Smoked Porter, 2 Belgians, plus plenty of Colorado choices

The food was tasty & varied

Prices were reasonable. The $16 pitcher & appetizer was a good choice I thought. If ever in Durango, you must check this place out!

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Durango Magazine says this place is voted the best pub in the area, and I agree. As soon as you wallk in, it's clear this place is all about beer. In a town of 15,000, this joint has 100 total beers, 38 of which are on tap. Great value: most pints are $4. I had the tap-sampler. For $5 I got four 5 to 6 ounce (yeah, baby!) samples: one each of Chimay Tripel, Huyghe Delirium Tremens, Deschutes Twilight Ale, and Avery White Rascal.

Wednesday night was "draught beer and an appetizer for $8" night: I had buffalo chicken fingers, and my wife had a half pound of peal and eat shrimp. We went out stuffed and pleased.

Knowledgable staff, great ambience (breweriana everywhere), and lots of good beer. It's THE place for a beer-lover to go in Durango! Highly recommended.

Note #1: this place is downstairs, from street level, so you have to look for it.

Note #2: go ahead and look for it, and avoid like the plague the more visible and well-known Steamworks Brewery, which is a dump with bad beer, rotten ambience, and slow service.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.93/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

On a cautionary note, even with the address, I almost shot past it for the second or third time that afternoon. Once you achieve the address, you then have to enter a mall-like passageway with some bright neon signage along the way. The entry had a long glass window partially looking down on the goings-on below. Descending the carpeted stairs, I lost track of where I was, due to being mesmerized by all of the vintage signage, especially that of Continental B.C. of PHL, which amazingly resembled my early Yards B.C. patch. I mused as to whether they knew of this similarity ...

Having missed the last step as the result of all of these distractions, my arrival was met with no small amount of fanfare and concern for my well-being. Recovering Pee-Wee Herman style ("I meant to do that!"), I quickly gathered my bearings and my marbles, neither of which was an easy feat, and wandered off in the direction of the square, centrally located bar with its back bar as an island in the center. The left wall was a bunch of mid-level brickwork with a mural above it, fronted by picnic tables and benches. Proceeding aft on the left side was where the standard restaurant tables and chairs were located, straight aft from the bar. Labels had been laminated onto the the tabletops. Also back that way were the lavatories on the left side with more labels festooning the interior along with diamond deck and the kitchen tending more towards the right. Along the right wall were a series of booths, curving back around to high tables and chairs just before the m.d.s. Around the bar were vaulted bricks, plus bricks lined most of the interior. This was by design, since after one finished one hundred (100) beers, one could paint their own design on a brick. Think of the possibilities! I would design mine and have a childhood friend paint it on. The staff was friendly enough, but not one of my all-time faves.

Mom Test: Yep.

Breweriana Enthusiast: Most definitely.

Beers: I was given a scorecard so that they could track my progress towards 100. Lots and lots of craft beers available. You'll have to see it for yourself.

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Photo of gmcfarre
3.26/5  rDev -22%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

A kindof cool bar/eatery in the lower level of an indoor mall (its right on Main Avenue though). As you walk down the stairs you first notice the large trellis structure built over the bar to give it a "beer garden" feel. Walls are painted with semi-comicesque murals depicting English courts and knights, etc. My favorite adornment was the wallpaper in the Men's bathroom, which consisted of hundreds of beer labels that had been pasted to the wall. Very cool.

Lady Falconburghs's boasts 38 taps and probably about 50-60 bottled selections. While this sounds impressive, it is really nothing for a beer geek to cream their pants about. All of their taps were fairly standard offerings, with no special brews and hardly any seasonals (ok, they did have Sierra Celebration and New Belgium Springboard and 2 Below). As for Belgians, they had Chimay Tripel and Delirium Tremens on tap. A few more fairly common Belgians were offered in bottle as well. All in all the selection is nice, but really nothing spectacular.

Stopped in on a Friday night and the was pretty full. As we sat, the large groups of college kids left (presumably on their way to do more drinking elsewhere?). Service was good, maybe a little slow at times. Didn't have any food so I can't comment.

Not a bad bar, but I'd check out Carver Brewing before stopping in here for a drink or two.

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Photo of HopJunkie
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

As soon as you walk in you'll swear your in an English pub. If you want the biggest selection of beer in the Four Corners then you MUST stop in.
This place is alittle hard to find if your not familiar with Main St. but just ask anyone and I'm sure they help you. As far as beer I think they have 30 beers on tap and about 150 bottled at one time. With this said I'm sure anyone could walk in and find something they like.
When it comes to the kitchen I've only had lunch a couple times but the Fish and Chips are to die for.

Overall: I recommend all beer nuts to stop by, you will be impressed with the variety of choices, Heck you may even need to get a room for the night.

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Lady Falconburgh's Barley in Durango, CO
Place rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 13 ratings
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