Anthill Pub & Grille

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

4200 Campus Dr
C215 Student Center
Irvine, California, 92697-2050
United States

(949) 824-3050 | map

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of jmerriken
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The UCI campus has a wonderful pub called the Anthill and I don't think their happy hour can be beat anywhere considering the prices and the offerings on tap. I am young and have no money so I can't afford the expensive tastings in San Diego or the rare growler fills around town so I go to the Anthill. M-F 4-7 all the pints (ALL) are $3, and pitchers $8 (48 oz). On Wednesday nights if you buy their logo pint glass for $4, they extend the happy hour until 10. If you haven't been I highly recommend it. If you know of any other great happy hours in OC let me know!

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Photo of Floydster
3.85/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went here before driving back to Redlands tonight with friends for dinner and a beer, across from a billiards spot on the Irvine campus, place was neat inside and looked real modern with brand new wooden tables, typical college atomsphere with a good amount of people in there sharing pitchers, ordered my food on the side, got a turkey burger that came with chips and a pickle, fire ants looked good as well, they were little popcorn chicken pieces dipped in buffalo sauce, mine was pretty tasty I have to admit and a good deal for four dollars, next I ordered a pint of Mammoth Double Nut Brown that was four dollars, they have a nice bottle collection along the backside of the bar including Abyss and Older Viscosity, none of these seemed to be available though, some of the beers I remember seeing on tap were Craftsman 1903 and Heavenly Hefe, Fat Tire, Moose Drowl, Guinness, Stone Old Guardian and Pale Ale, Brother David's Triple from Anderson Valley, Smithwick's, surprised not see any Alesmith here, stronger beers are served in slim glasses, quick service without even considering how busy it was, cheap food and beer, missed happy hour by a few minutes unfortunately, will definitely be going back, would go again tomorrow after the last game of the weekend, but it is not open on Sundays, enjoyable experience overall

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Photo of PhiloPsych
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I visited the recently remodeled, re-opened Anthill Pub for lunch in the middle of the week while school was in session. There were mostly grad students there along with a couple of professors and campus staffers. The atmosphere was laid-back and casual. I ordered the "smothered nachos" which are not smothered with anything, really--just chips with cheese and jalapenos (so this appetizer is definitely overpriced). I also tried their curly fries and "fire ants," which are their boneless hot wings with blue cheese crumble. Especially for such a small place and for the area, they have a solid list of beers. (They list them on the menu from lightest to darkest.) Several AleSmith offerings, Racer X and Red Rocket, some Stone beers, a few from Lagunitas, Allagash, Green Flash, and a few German lagers. Racer X and AleSmith Grand Cru they won't serve as full pints since they are "strong." Unfortunately for me they were out of AleSmith's Nautical Nut brown, Lagunitas' Capuccino Stout, and Black Butte Porter. So the only stout/porter they had available was Guinness. They are still just getting back in the swing of things and were just gearing up for their big Grand Re-opening party, so I'll cut them some slack and definitely go back. The list of beers is easily the best within walking distance for me.

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Photo of Oisin
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Anthill pub got their permit to sell beer and we were there within hours.

Atmosphere smacked of Irvine Corporation construction, but given time, this place might mature into a proper pub.

Pints and pitchers were shockingly cheap--not just cheap for Irvine, but cheap.

Line-up was solid. I expect the good people at Anthill will be pulling in some special treats and goodies over the next couple of months, but as of now they have a very respectable array of handles to occupy all but the most persnickety of beer geeks. Had an Alesmith Grand Cru that was beautiful. I thought the waitress gave it to me at half-price because she dug my smile; turns out that was the going rate. I was both bummed and happy. Bummed that the cute waitress wasn't doing me favors, but happy that I had found a stellar beer bar with great prices.

Word has it that Anthill Pub was a beer bar of the highest order until UCI renovations put them on a three year hiatus. One week back in business and they've already made my short (maybe even elite) list of places to have a beer.

Ample bus service to UCI campus makes me think that Anthill is a good place to session some beers.

Overall, new and welcome addition to OC beer community!

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4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2

This place is a gem and sadly, their days appear to be numbered. The new student union remodel plans exclude The Anthill Pub. The website links to an online petition to save the pub. The website directions will be useful to any first timers before visiting as the location is surrounded by labyrinth, or so it may seem.
I was astounded to find Bear Republic Racer X double IPA on tap. I have not had this beer since the Pizza Port strong ale fest 2 years back. A new beer for me (and BA!), Craftsman Weizenbock was on tap and what a treat! The selection is very impressive here. Check the website for a draft list (scroll down to strong ales). If you're hungry, stop at In-N-Out across the way and bring grub to the pub with you. The pub grub is there, and that is about all it has going for it. We went for the beer anyhow.

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Photo of SwillinBrew
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Wow, I'm greatly impressed with this place. A pub at a university, UCI, that has a better selection than 90% of the bars in Orange County CA, and that is the gospel truth. They had a little over 25 micro/hand crafted/imports on tap. I had the Stone Double Bastard, North Coast Red Seal, Maredsous Trippel and an Alesmith Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, very refreshing. Such a nice selection. Other brews from Boont, Hoptown, Paulaner, Lagunitas, Rouge, Fullers, Lost Coast, Anchor Steam, Bear Republic were tempting me to drink the night away. The have several draughts on rotation and I just missed the Alesmith Speedway Stout. Some Unibroue Maudite seems to be coming soon. That atmosphere was pleasant with about 5 pool tables, a long bar, big screen, 20 tables and a small amount of students. Service was great from the bar, very friendly, courteous and you could taste any beer you wanted. The food was average with hotdogs, chicken tenders, pizza etc, but because it was so inexpensive, I have to give it an above average. Parking and find this place is a little tricky. It's basically across the street from the In n Out, where I parked and also happens to be the same parking lot of the Steelhead Brewery, and on the 3rd floor of the Student Center. Check out their website. If i'm not drinking at Hollingshead, The Abbey or The Goat Hill Tavern, I'll certainly be here!!! (I cant think of another Orange County local place that has a better selection than those i mentioned above - and this is a college pub)

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Photo of jcalabre
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Although this is a slightly hard to find (you have to meander thru the student union) and parking isn't free, Anthill usually has a good selection of West Coast micros on draft. The atmosphere is laid back. The food is low end pub grub. Check their website for what's on tap.

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