Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

Jackie O's Pub & BreweryJackie O's Pub & Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

24 W Union St
Athens, Ohio, 45701-2818
United States

(740) 592-9686 | map

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Photo of Zonian1
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

So, I live in Ohio, and I've been drinking Jackie O's beer for a long time, but I'd never been to either of the Jackie O's locations. A hot new release last fall (2016) finally got me to make the 5 hour round trip drive. Yes, it's a great spot. The food is great. The beer is awesome. And the people are fun. I only wish this place was in my backyard, instead of so far away. That said, the drive to Athens through the countryside is a nice one. If you are asking yourself if you should go out of your way to visit Jackie O's, the answer is absolutely yes!

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Photo of slander
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Jackie O’s had been on my radar for years. Heard some real good things and I’d always wanted to visit; it’s just so geographically undesirably in the middle of when am I going to be in southeast Ohio, right? In 2012, my company sent me out to Waverly, Ohio to look at a landfill for sale and all I could think of was how I was going to head back east via Athens. I had had car problems earlier in the day and took a jump start (stupid alternator), and when I rolled into Athens an hour later and parked; shutting off my car, something told me to try to turn it back on, which it did, but barely. I was in Athens, parked on the hill looking at Jackie O’s with the realization that if I stopped and stayed now, I’d be dealing a dead car when I returned; a good few hours, hundreds of miles, & 4 states from home. I was right there, beer within my grasp, but couldn’t stop in, had to move on. And Jackie O’s became my white whale brewpub…

Earlier this year, Witzelface and I hit Cleveland for beer things, and trudged down south for the day. Parked around the corner and trudged through the light unexpected snow, yo. Some talk about how some part of the place burnt, entered in and pushed to the bar to the rear; ‘U’ shaped copper panel topped, dinged & stained, with a wide wood lip, vertical wood base, & piping foot bar. Seating for a dozen on hightop chairs, a pair of which we too easily procured upon arrival.

Barback to the rear, counter space over coolered cans & bottles below. Tulips, snifts, & martini-like do the dangle above, and growls hooked on display. Dead soldier bottles silled atop; some house, some not, along with a flatscreen, a Jackie O’s stained glass piece, and some other bric-a-brac. Kitchen peek-a-boo with more dead soldiers above. Glass wall barback offers slight brew room views. Arched plank wood ceiling, brick walls, & slat wood floors. 4X4 boards of the non-wet erase variety listing beer, descriptions, & ABV on the side wall. 10 tables out across the room, hightop, barrel, & shorty. Spots over the bar seating and on the boards, spinny fans down center, a projection screen and fuck, it’s snowing; People are laughing at us over our soon to be drive to Pittsburgh; mental neck punches abound.

Copper barbell tower with 12 mix & match logo handles and an upright cylinder of 3 to each side, holding a dozen and a half in all but only 17 beers on tap just now. Samples come on an Ohio shaped paddle for 6, but I just took in a few shortys (Mystic Mama, 7%, West Coast IPA, citrus, good bite, solid IPA; Shade Abbey, 4.5%, Belgian Single, easy drinking; Kinda Fuzzy, 5.5%, wheat ale with peach & apricot puree, good fruit beer, not too sweet or cloying; Tongue Thai’d, 6%, IPA w/citrus, lemon verbena, & ginger, also a good bite on this one, wasn’t crazily busy), and didn’t get to this baker’s dozen more (Biere De Crème, 4.4%, Cream Ale; Morning Cloak, 4.5%, Hoppy Pale Ale; Sweet Chocolate Love, 7.2%, Impy Milk Stout; on both CO2 & nitro; Barking Pumpkin, 7.5%, 3rd pumpkin we’ve seen on this February trip; Firefly Amber, 4.5%; Chomolungma, 6.5%, English Nut Brown w/Honey; Liquid Courage, 10.3%, Barleywine, collab w/Fatheads; Hocking Tripel, 9.2%; Double IPA w/Citrus, 9%; Vanilla & Coffee Bean Dark Apparition, 11.5%, BA Impy Stout; O’hooley’s Dry Irish Stout, 4.7%, nitro; Raccoon Dubbel, 7.7%, done w/Maple Syrup).

Food, yes, please. Witz went with the fried curds. They were crispy gooey cheesy good. I gone ‘et the grilled chicken sandwich (L, T, & O), with a side of soup which today is chili, beany she be.

Beers were good, not great, food was good, scene was seen, but the experience was a bit of a letdown for the hype and my level of want to have seen the place, truth be told.


Driving back from The (Shelton) Festival’ in Louisville to Brooklyn a few months later, I gots to be thinking that rolling through Athens on the way might just be the play. Didn’t know what a complete and total shit show Halloween weekend is in Athens but I procured a sweet slander spot nearby and we waded through the sea of costumed kids over to J O’s, which was surprisingly not packed like the streets were.

We grabbed a beer and wandered out the back and upstairs to the rooftop deck (hey, didn’t know that was there). A dozen tables between both sides mix & match, if mem serves. We ordered a pizza, it was the goods. Another beer and back down the other side to the other room (hey, didn’t know that was there). Well, fuck! Big bar and a shit ton of seating.

The Mystic Mama IPA was drinking nice, as was the CSAsion (honey and local stuff). And bottles for the takeaway. Somebody got a little bourbon barrel Oil of Aphrodite out of hand. Not mentioning names, but Alex, it was you. Hot damn! Much better the second time around. I dig!

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Loved the vibe here. Quite small with only a handful of tables. Staff were super nice. Great tap selection. I did not try the food, so I can't comment on that. Overall, highly recommended.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

You know how you walk into a place and know nothing about it and have a great time!! Well this one of those!! Let me say that any brew pub that can carry 30 beers at a clip and have every one on tap to back the menu up is an amazing thing!!!

Somewhat college bar atmosphere but on a mid day Sunday there were families with kids, college kids and older folks all enjoying beers and food. Service decent enough considering the crowd-waiter was very nice and personable.

11 different IPAs, 2 or 3 saisons, 2 RIS and others. The Mandala single hop IPAs I tried in short glasses were just fantastic. The Imperial Stout was extremely complex with a lot going on but in a good way.

I had a great thin crust pizza and the wife had fish nuggets like fish and chip style. She is not a big eater and was allowed to order off the kids menu which is always a plus.

Just a great experience all in. Very reasonably priced too. Most pints were $5. If and when I am back in Athens I will stop here at least once if not more. Well worth the trip.

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Photo of SABERG
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

We enjoyed an evening here on our way through the area, The vibe was local and welcoming. The staff was wonderfully efficient and friendly. The beer offering was extensive and well priced. The food was fresh and quite tatsy.
Flatbread, and a great salad, As for value the four of us with dinner and a few pints was quite affordable. The value was excellent. We will certainly return.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

I wasn't really feeling the vibe here. Feels like a college bar, which makes sense in a college town I guess, but damn, it doesn't have the feel of a place to get good beer. Sitting at the bar, you might think it more appropriate to order a Keystone Light.

Tons of beers on tap though, which is cool but a bit overwhelming. They'll make a flight of about ten for you, but they come in the type of glasses you shoot Jim Beam in at a...wait for it... college bar.

Perhaps because of the vibe, I didn't fall in love with any of the beers, even those I'd long anticipated trying.

I drove out of my way to make a pitstop here on a road trip and to others thinking the same thing, save your time. Not worth it unless you are in the town, which in the summer is pretty much a ghost town.

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Photo of glass_house
4.33/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

The pub is small and cozy, with a decent selection on tap. But the good stuff is down the road at the brewery/taproom. Food at the pub was better than average bar food and the staff at both locations are polite and accomodating. If you get a chance to chat with Brad, you can get a real sense of the passion that goes not only into brewing incredible beer, but serving the great state of Ohio with some of the best f***ing beverages known to man.

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Photo of docoman
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by on way to West Virginia for lunch and to check out the brewpub. Was much smaller than I anticipated it being considering how many beers they distribute. Neat college town atmosphere and I could see myself frequenting here if I lived closer.

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Photo of IMFletcher
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This Union St. location is not where bottles are sold (you have to go to the production facility on Campbell St), this is only a taproom near campus. On a Friday night, the place is packed, so your ability to order and eat food is more difficult, but they carry the more standard brews. When we were there, none of the BBA brews were available on tap, but all were available at the Production Facility/Taproom.

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Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
1.9/5  rDev -56.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 1.75 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2 | food: 1.25

Mediocre service. Mediocre beer. Terrible food. The cheese platter is a cruel joke. I wish I took a picture of it because it even LOOKS laughable. The falafel sandwich was really bad. One should look through my Yelp reviews to see how rarely I call any food item bad, much less really bad. None of the four of us liked their food choices. Their tap selections were unimpressive. There was one porter that was excellent, but everything else was middle-of-the-road. We did however find a BBA barleywine (Brick Kiln) and the non-BA version of it at a local grocery store and those were both fantastic. Wish I could have gotten my hands on more of their BA stuff, but I wish even more that they made a larger variety of high quality beers. The atmosphere in the outdoor area was pretty neat. The neighborhood is also seems pretty cool. Would only come back for some special barrel-aged releases.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Both bars are side by side, and connect through back patios. Each bar features different beers so there is always plenty to choose from. Their beer release events are top notch. I also love the fact that you can order 8 beer flights, so that you can try everything available on any given day. I make it a point to make the 6 hour round trip at least once a year.

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Photo of gopens44
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Really cool little place with a warm feel. Plenty of beers to choose from and form what I saw, lots of great food choices (didn't partake). Reasonably priced, good experience all the way around.

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Photo of Kjbober
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Went to the tap house and production house during my visit. Everyone was very gracious and helpful with my purchases. Good selection of bottles when I visited. Can't wait to go back!

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Photo of TommyBuckeye
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Great beer. selections change weekly. Never had one I didn't like. Always a good crowd on hand. Food used to be really good until there was a fire in the building next door. Now the food & service are just ok. Hope things turn around once they get the real kitchen back up and running

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Photo of Moondoggy68
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

This is not one to miss. I have declared Jackie O's to be my unofficial favorite brewery and restaurant. The beers speak for themselves, just check out their ratings on BA. The food is local and organic. Try the cheese curds! If you are on the Public House side, say hello to Josh, my new BFF!

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Photo of DavMEtt
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 1.5

Was at the taproom so the choice of food was limited, but you don't go there for the food, and the beer didn't disappoint. Great choices on tap and in bottles to go. Staff was incredibly friendly and welcoming.

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Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Pretty cool place, if you're a young bachelor, hipster, or college kid. Otherwise, its loud and uncomfortable dining area is hardly conducive to a family dining experience. It's still a cool place, though. Just don't take your family there.

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Photo of hardysf
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Taproom is small and quaint. Had lunch on a Friday afternoon. Vibe is nice, with beer postings everywhere and a nice horseshoe bar.

Everything we had was really good quality. Beer was fresh and didn't have a single bad beer. Had a flight of eight and tasted samples of a few others.

BB Kiln and Mystic mama were my pints and both were excellent.

Dinged on service, because the bartender was slow and they dont have a wait staff.

Slight ding on selection as there was a small menu. I believe the reason was that their main dining facility had a fire or flood though.

Food was very good. Pizza dough made out of spent grain and tasty fried pickles.

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Photo of Bisco42
3.36/5  rDev -22.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Gotta edit this review.

Went recently and found out they don't actually have any bottles to go. They were only selling their bottles and said it had to be consumed in the store. Apart from that, they only had two of their offerings available via bottle!

I was kind of bummed because I can find a better Jackie O's selection in Columbus than in the brewery itself!

Maybe I just came on an off day, but the fact that they don't have bottles available to be purchased and taken out was a little surprising. Hope they get the proper documents to be able to sell from their brewery! Love their beer.

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Photo of Brewstradamus
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Jackie O's is one of my personal favorite breweries. The brewpub is located on Union Street, which is about a half a block off Athens' main street, Court Street in its quaint downtown area. Athens has a very cool vibe and Jackie O's is its craft beer mecca. The brewpub and a larger bar area called the public house are connected by an outdoor courtyard area. They both offer a large variety of in-house brews as well as some guest beers usually with a few featured guest breweries- often also local. And yes you can take your drinks out into the courtyard- there are tables to sit. The 12 taps listed on this page isn't accurate. I would guess that there are more than twelve in the brewpub alone. They sell growlers and bottles/cans of their stuff when available. Now there is a tasting room at the actual brewery which is about 2 or 3 miles away near the football stadium as well. There you can also get growlers with a limited selection, but they have barrel-aged bottles and limited release bottles you can't find anywhere else. The food is good but the beer is amazing. Huge variety of styles from a milk stout aged in sour barrels to a imperial paw paw wheat, you can find anything and the seasonal options do not disappoint. I've been to a majority of the better craft beer places in the Ohio, Penn, WV, KY area and this place is still my favorite.

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Photo of LeeEvolved
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Went to the new brewery on Campbell St on 10/25/14. Got there right at opening and enjoyed a flight of all the current taps. Almost all were very tasty. Talked with several staff members and they opened some of the barrel aged beers for me to sample prior to purchasing several cases. They even opened a few rare sours from 2013 for me to try because I love sours.

This place is awesome and I will definitely go back sometime in the near future. Great bunch of guys making really good beer. I highly recommend a visit. You will not leave disappointed. Keep it up, guys. Cheers

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Photo of Iparedman
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Didn't make it to the brew pub but stopped at the tasting room. THE BEST BREWERY EXPERIENCE I HAVE EVER HAD! The barrel program here is incredible and stands above any other brewery! Brad, brewmaster, gave a phenomenal personal tour! It was so incredible that I don't even want to say what we did in fear that people will try to force him to do it for them. All I can say, check this place out and hope that he invites you into the barrel room and MAYBE your taste buds will be treated to the same deliciousness that I was. THANK YOU JACKIE O AND THANK YOU BRAD!!! Unbelievable!

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Place was dingy looked ran down and poorly lit inside. Service was average bartender didn't like to be rushed with all four people sitting at the bar. Toilet had a trough urinal in it been a long time since I've seen one of those and this was a newer looking urinal. Had pizza it was exceptionally good I was surprised it was that good. Didn't have that many IPAs on tap which was disappointing had a sip of Matriarch before it kicked no more to replace it. Wasn't over the moon with their pumpkin ale, or flavored Wheats. Their barleywine was good. Just overall slightly disappointed with the place even though Jackie O's does make good beers I wouldn't go back to this place if I wasn't in the immediate area.

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Photo of Cecelia_S
1/5  rDev -76.9%

I was here and saw and heard everything rden said in his review. The man behind the bar was just plain rude I stopped in here on my visit from Fla. and would never consider coming back for their particular brand of customer disservice. I exchanged my # with rden and told him I would add my two cents as well. Over priced beers and average bar food at best. I couldn't even purchase a soda if I wanted to at the brewery. I can't wait to see what the rest of the people that were with him have to say. I joined beer advocate just to voice my discontent with Jackie O's. Avoid this place at all costs.

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Photo of rden4654
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Masters of their own Mayhem here poor comunication within the entire operation which leads to misleading information to the general public you serve!!!! If I could give this place a .01 I would. BA will only allow a 1 as a low score. Jackie O's has some first class beers that is not the problem. The problem is the head of this horse has no clue what the backside is doing and they are rude and arrogant people. People drive several hours to try and buy some of their beers and should not be treated the way I was or other patrons that I saw there were. We called ahead to find out what the limits were and I emailed them as well. We were told 6 per person per day on the BBA Black Maples and 2 per day on the RBA Oil of Aphrodite on 10/3/14 and this is exactly what my email stated as well from JackieO's. A friend of mine was at Jackie O's the previous week on Fri. the 26th of Sept. and purchased exactly that amount 6 BBABM's and 2 RBAOA's. I texted him just to confirm and this was the case. When we got to the brewery that purposely has no operational phone so that you could ask the horse exactly what the limits are in the bar area. So we place our orders for 6 BBBM's and 2 RBAOA's and the jerk behind the bar starts talking at the top of his voice SIR SIR you can not order that much of the BBABM's like I was suposed to know that. I said excuse me we were told that you could and I also showed him the email stating such and he rolls his eye's like I don't care what that say's and states this as well and that this has been the limit for two months now. I know that this is false because I checked with my buddy and he purchased 6 BBABM's the previous week and he texted me the picture as he still has all of them. So I was completely being lied to. And this guy knows that I know he is a Liar he doesn't even hide it well as his face turns beet red. And say's this is what it's going to be and you can have two Black Maples per person Ok fine. Now here get a clue first your web page states that you are out of RBAOA as of 10/3/14 and said you had it on 10/2/14 as per your website and confirme in my email. This is false they would sell us as much as we wanted on 10/4/14 so the people that keep your website status up has no real clue what type of inventory you really do have No Comunication!!!! Why should I be shocked by this put a phone in you Morons it's time to come screaming into the 20th century. And then in another century or so you can get a computer in the brewery so they can keep the inventory updated and accurate as to what you have and what you really don't. You can also network them so that your website will always be up to date on inventory so the person that updates the site will have access to that information right at their fingertips!!!! And secondly put the limits on the website so that there is no confusion between the general public and your third rate operation. The bottom line comunication is the key and quite frankly it is piss poor throughout the entire operation. Is the beer worth all of this aggrivation? NO!!! There are way two many quality beers out today to be willing to make a drive here to get them in PonDunk no place and deal with the arrogance and the nonsense if you can go elsewhere. You can get just as good of quality beer and more of it elsewhere. At $11.99 for a 12.7 ounce beer the price point is way to high when most will give you 22 ounces bottled at that price point and better beers as well. It's just not worth it to be lied to and talked at the way they do!!!

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