Brewski's Draft Emporium

Bar, Eatery

408 W Dickson Rd
Fayetteville, Arkansas, 72701-5107
United States

(479) 973-6969 | map

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prost2hefeweizen from Oklahoma

4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Apr 23, 2016
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farmhaus from Arkansas

2.73/5  rDev -32.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

Advertised as a beer mecca. Stear clear, Big Tuna.

This place has a lot of potential, but the feel is pretty dingy. Lots of smoke clings to everything. The seating by the street is a little more open and aired-out. The bartenders were pretty helpful--although they didn't seem to know a ton about the local brews. Lots of what-seem-to-be regulars tearing it up. I had some beer that made me really question the sanitation of their tap lines.

Somebody should really step it up cause this place could set the standard. Nice, long bar with plenty of taps and a great front seating area.

May 20, 2015
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SirHopsHoppington from Arkansas

4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Whoever is in charge of the music selection gets the tip from my hat. Well played sir.

Mar 05, 2015
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Bogie1966 from Missouri

4.12/5  rDev +1.5%

Nov 30, 2014
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wisecracka from Arkansas

2.73/5  rDev -32.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4

First off, I have a love/hate relationship with this bar...
I like going with friends, but there is always something that gnaws at me when I go.

Nice, long wooden bar with great view of well arranged taps. There is a front room with retractable doors which makes for a great place to sit and is constantly filled. along the wall parallel to the bar are tall tables and booths for larger groups. It's probably the only bar that tries to accommodate for larger groups. There is a poorly maintained pool table in the back, but it's cheap. There are also very intimate, small tables for couples, etc... fairly standard for what they are trying to project: a "high-class" beer bar.

I'm not sure what to put here... I've never had a ruined, skunked (unless corona), or out of date brew. Objectives which are standard for any beer bar. They let smokers smoke there, this doesn't bother me at all though. The music is usually pretty good too.

This is where the review goes downhill. This is also where the staff continually PISSES ME OFF. I'll be nice first, there are only 2.5 good bartenders. When I mean good, I mean this: they take damn good care of their bar and their customers. One of these bartenders is the owner. The other full one is very nice and almost as knowledgeable as the owner. The half has his moments. The rest of the are complete dicks. I'm not kidding. They will deliberately ignore you, even on slower nights, until they have to serve you. I understand not going for the big tip, but this is ridiculous. Two stories to fully illustrate my point:
1) I saw an old friend of mine I had not seen in years, I did that friendly pat/slap on the back thing and asked him "how the hell have you been". we were then interrupted and I was yelled at by a bartender who said, "if i didn't cut that s--t out, i'd get thrown out" and "if you did that to me, i'd punch you in the face".
2) I was at the bar on a Thursday, enjoying the company of a friend on a rare visit. As we leave, I am verbally assaulted by one of the bartenders (who still works there), he kept calling me a "fa--ot" and told me to come back tomorrow so he could "find me a boyfriend". To this day, I have no idea why it happend, it was like an odd twilight zone.

Best thing about this bar, really! There are a number of brews that I wouldn't know about had I not tried it here first (old rasputin, for instance). I always check the new brew wall for their updates, and they update their beer list constantly. I think it's something like 70 beers on tap and 40 bottled. This may sound small compared to major metropolitan areas, but brewski's has only been around about 5-7 years, so it's still a major development for our area's beer culture.

They don't serve food. Just God's gift to man.

It's definitely overpriced. Although I must mention that Dickson street has a much higher tax rate than the rest of Fayetteville. I still think that the prices are a little to steep: For example: I really enjoy smithwick's it's one of my default beers, it's $5.50 - $6.00 a bottle there. I recently found the crown pub (40 yards up dickson street) that had smithwick's on tap for $3.50. As a poor student, the savings add up. Although there are a few great brews that are hard to find around here that are cheaper, usually $5.25 - $5.50.

Apr 01, 2010
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Got to try this out last week prior to a concert.

There's a nice beery vibe coupled with open seating that is very relaxing. Biggest detractor; all the damn cigarette smoke

The two beers I drank were in good shape

Service was real slow considering how non-crowded they were & how many bar tenders they had. Not a show stopper

70ish taps & at least that many bottles. Highlights: Bigfoot, Rouge IMP Porter, Avery, NB plenty of Belgians, Boulevard, nothing mind-blowing & no Arkansas beers. Still they are easily the best place I can find for 75 miles (unless I go to Tulsa)

A major downer that no food is sold, saw people hauling food in, that probably saves ya $ if you do it smart.

2 Pints for $9 during happy hour if I recall correctly

A must if you're in Fayetteville

Jun 02, 2009
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mgaddy from Arkansas

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This place is awesome. About a 1/4 mile from University of Arkansas campus. Its at the center of Dickson street, the go-to place in fayetteville.
About 70 beers on tap and 200-250 different beers to choose from total. They have an awesome selection, from crap macro-lagers to Rogue specials to Belgian trappist ales to random micro brews.
Although Fayetteville is smoke-free, bars are exempt from that rule, and it is generally pretty smoky.
If you go in the evenings and especially weekends, expect to have standing room only. I enjoy going between 2-5 when its practically empty, plenty of comfy booths/tables to choose from, and more relaxed.
I've never had food there, but i've heard that they do offer appetizer-like stuff.
I love this place. Highly recommended.

Nov 12, 2008
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Yetiman420 from Ohio

3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I stopped in for a pint on a Monday evening after a visit to Hog Haus a couple of doors down.

I was quickly reminded that Arkansas is not a clean indoor air state (Hog Haus is smoke free). They had lots of beers on tap and lots in bottles. It wasn't that crowded and I had a hard time getting the bartender to recognize that I could use a beer menu (I only saw one of these). It's a dimly lit place and the chalk board was hard to read. I settled for a New Belgium Giddyup (ale with espresso) and sat in the front room near the street.

The decor is nice - dark and a bit modern - and they have a pool table in the back. I suppose if I needed a place to take a group of friends for a couple of pints this could be it. I think it boils down to Arkansas having a limit to the good beer they have access to. New Belgium was the only thing that stood out to this Ohio traveler.

Oct 14, 2008
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sevineyes from Arkansas

4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

No doubt that this bar has a big pull from the university down the street. Sure, there are a lot of college students and when it gets crowded and the music gets crakned up it almost makes me feel like I was back in college again. But I prefer now to hang out in the open-front of the bar facing Dickson St. and get away from some of the smoke.

When I was there earlier today they had 71 on tap and 222 beers overall according to the menu, but I think that's a conservative estimate. In fact I know there were a lot not listed on the menu, but some of the taps were dry too.

They bring in a bunch of really nice beer. Tend to have a lot of the special Rogue brews. The bartenders are knowledgable about what they're serving and are more than willing to help find what you're looking for.

The only complaint I've ever had was that service can be slow when it gets busy - but what establishment doesn't get bogged down with there's standing room only? The fact that it consistently can draw those crowds is a testament to the establishment.

Food is mostly restricted to some appetizers and general pub food. Everything I've had has been just fine. Earlier today I had some nice fish and chips and a buddy had some potato wedges covered in cheese, onions and bacon and served with sour cream, tomatoes and jalapeno slices.

Really, this is the best beer bar I've been to in the state and I've been to quite a few. When it comes to beer selection and a knowledgable staff this is the one to check out hands down.

Mar 12, 2006
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vondew45 from Arkansas

4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My favorite bar in Fayetteville. It can get a bit loud at night once the students roll in, but earlier on in the night the atmosphere is pretty calm. Knowledgable bar/wait staff. At the time of this review, there are 71 taps inside, with Stella Artois being the newest beer to the establishment. Probably about 100 more beers in bottles in the cooler.

The food is good, pretty standard fare for a bar. I had a chicken sandwich and fries that were pretty tasty. Fairly quick getting the food out to the tables.

Overall, I feel that this is the best place in town to meet up with friends and have a few pints while out on the town.

Jan 30, 2006
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ARKANSASstate from Tennessee

4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is my favorite place on Dickson street (the entertainment area in Fayetteville). For those who are familiar with Flying Saucer it is almost identical in beer selection. If you want to know what they serve just look up the Little Rock menu for the Saucer.

Atmosphere: Pretty small building, but they utilize the space well, they have a breezeway with a few tables which is perfect on a Spring or Fall night. They are always jamming some pretty cool rock/alt music. There are a few pool tables in back. Only problem is that it gets a bit crowded on weekend nights.

Quality/Service: This really depends on when you are there. Some of the employees are really knowledgable and helpful, but again if you go on a weekend night they will be too busy to help. Had a long conversation one afternoon about homebrewing with on of the bartenders.

Selection: Best that you will find in NW Arkansas. Only reason that i can't give it a 5 is that on a few occations they did not have one of the beers listed. However sometimes they will have some seasonals which aren't on the menu and you just have to ask about?? Again no Stone, etc but I am pretty sure its an Arkansas thing.

Food: Free Food Friday's in the summer is awesome. They make some pretty good chicken quesodellas and BBQ sandwichs, but when you consider that they are FREE it tends to make them even better!

Value: I haven't been to many beer bars, but based on the ones I have been to, they are pretty reasonable.

Aug 21, 2005
Brewski's Draft Emporium in Fayetteville, AR
Place rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 11 ratings