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Type: Bar, Eatery

30 S. Main Street
Oberlin, Ohio, 44074
United States

(440) 774-1978 | map

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4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of washburnkid
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The Feve is THE place to go in Oberlin. Unless you're into college house parties, there is really nowhere else to go.

It's dark and moody. There is a windy (like a road, not like the weather) little bar and some tables set up. I believe there's also a bar upstairs, but I've never been. There is some decent beer at this place. Bell's was the star of the bottle show, but Magic Hat and Great Lakes brews were also on tap. Also on tap were Guinness, SNPA, Oberon, Newcastle, and just a couple others. Bottles included the base line of Samuel Smith's, Magic Hat, and other really basic European imports (Beck's, Heineken, Boddington's, etc). Nothing too spectacular, but decent for someone who has a bit of beer knowledge.

The service was terrible when I went. We sat at the bar and were given menus, only to be asked about 15 minutes later if we'd like a drink. I could understand if this happens when a ton of people are there, but about five other people were at the bar. That's simply inexcusable. We ordered our drinks and got them a few minutes later, and then had to ask if we could please make a dinner order about 15 more minutes after having drinks in our possession. One bartender had a piss poor attitude, and it made me want to smack her. She gave us this expressionless look every time we tried to get her attention...and it really killed the mood. Too bad. They also know absolutely nothing about the beers they have, so don't ask for a recommendation!

The food is pretty good. The tater tots are phenomenally greasy. I loved them! If you're a veggie, the spinach and feta/hummus sandwich is a good one to get. The Boca burger substitutions are also decent, but not something I would reach for personally.

I recommend going on Sunday night-Wednesday night. Any other time is just asking for annoyance caused by students all straggling to the one semi-decent bar in town. I'd rather pick up food and bring it back to my house, where it is quiet and the beer selection is incredible. :-)

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Photo of AltBock
3.14/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

The Feve is located in Oberlin's Historic downtown in between a Hardware store and a printing shop. Whatever shop it is, it had something to do with printing paper. It's also located directly across from Dave's Army Navy store. There is a few free parking spaces on the street, but it can be hard backing out of your space. I would recommend parking in back because it's free and it's easier to get out that way. It's a very narrow dim lit trendy cafe/bar with a few small tables and booths on the right and left side. In the middle to the back of the building is where they keep their curved copper bar seating up to 10-15 people. It's decorated like any other trendy dark cafe/bar. That means it has painted walls with a few pieces of art here and there. The only decoration that stood out was their cool little skeleton head above the hard liquor. I was told that they have an upstairs, but it wasn't open at the time I was there. Going to the bathroom here is like going down to the root cellar for a Tornado warning. You have to go down a small flight of narrow stairs to the bottom where they keep a dusty vintage not in order arcade game and 2 small but clean bathrooms.

The service here was pretty good. The bartender I got seem to know a little bit about the beers they sold. At the time I went, it was packed in there with the brunch crowd, but the service was still fast and courteous. I didn't hear anybody complain. I saw the bartender move from person to person and they still have time to check up on little old me and my one pint of beer.

I didn't order any food, but I was able to get a little bit of their House salad from fellow BA b3playr. That was good, but to be honest, it would be better if I didn't rate their food on her based on just a small sample of salad. One thing that did look good was their blueberry pancakes. Those pancakes were huge. They took up the entire plate. I went during Saturday brunch, so I don't know what they offer for lunch and dinner. Whatever they offer, it's probably going to be on the trendy side.

They don't have the most diverse tap/bottled beer selection in Lorain County, but it is your only place in the Oberlin area to get a few craft beers in tap or bottles. When I went they had 8 taps, but only 7 were working. That day, the tap list consisted of Magic Hat #9, New Castle, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Guinness, Strongbow Cider, Dos Equis, and the usual Great Lakes Dortmunder. Their bottled selection consisted of Anchor Steam and Porter, 3 to 4 500 ml bottled varieties of Samuel Smith, and one or 2 more craft beer bottles that I don't remember right now. The prices for the beers was $3.25 for a 12 oz. draft and $3 for an Anchor. I thought those were decent prices.

Should you go out of your way to visit the Feve? Nope. Is it a good place to go to if you're in Oberlin visiting Johnny's, Wal-Mart, or historic downtown? Oh yeah! If you're in the vicinity of Oberlin and you're in the mood for some kind of craft beer, then this is your only place to stop to grab a pint.

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Photo of cjfrye
3.63/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Oberlin's best watering hole and all-round hangout. The downstairs room is non-smoking, mostly, upstairs is darker, smokier, funkier. There are usually six beers on draft, rather more extensive collection in bottle, wine and liquor besides. Draft choices last I looked included Guiness, Harp, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Newcastle Brown Ale, Stella Artois, and a seasonal from Cleveland's Great Lakes Brewing.

Food choices are eclectic, ranging from good burgers, several seasoning treatments of fries and Tater Tots, wings, several vegetarian plates, and the Shistawouk, grilled chicken in a pita wrap that comes in mild and hot varieties.

Sunday brunch is also an option. Service can range from stellar to surly, and stock might be rather low on Mondays, but it's the sort of personal place where you forgive these little lapses.

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Feve in Oberlin, OH
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