Anthill Pub & Grille


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Anthill Pub & GrilleAnthill Pub & Grille

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(949) 824-3050 | map

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Photo of Oisin
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
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 +3.2%
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 +8.2%
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 -5.5%
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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