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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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Reviews by ColdPoncho:
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I was at Jackie O's yesterday for the first time. I've heard about the place and Brad and the beers (and been lucky enough to try a few) before, but never been until yesterday. Even though I was hungover and pretty miserable on 4 hours of sleep after a 3 hour drive, and that on the way back that night, one of my over-indulgent companions vomited in my car, causing some mess and delay, the day I spent at Jackie O's was nearly perfect. I was in a group of 8 Cincinnati and Columbus BAs and Brad was hanging out with us. We brought some beers for a pretty epic tasting, but that's not the point.
It's a cool room that is an active brewery, with a very visible brewing process which makes you feel like you're involved, even if you aren't. The music was seriously some of the best music I've heard playing in a bar ever. It wasn't mainstream crap. I don't know exactly who or what, but as far as I was taking notice, it was a great mix of instrumental funk and jazz. That's right up my alley. The food was very good (fries were some of the best I've had), and the prices on the food are quite low, especially given the quality. The real kicker though, was Brad's enormous generosity in sharing some of his not-yet-ready barrel-aged beers.
It basically boils down to this: easily some of the best food I've had at a brewpub, easily some of the best beers I've ever had, a very cool place, and a friendly and generous owner. This day made me reconsider where I am going to school. I would go to Jackie O's daily if I could.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Zonian1
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of slander
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Beersnake1
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
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 rcjennings
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of lackenhauser
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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 -8.1%
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 -14.1%
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 meanmutt
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of devilfluff
4.08/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of cadaugherty
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Jkolls
4.76/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of akopczyk
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of johnriley445
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.34/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of glass_house
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
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 Jaszucs
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of DangerDawg
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of docoman
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -6.7%
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 RayOhioFelton
5/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Real chill spot with some of the best beer in the world. The staff is super nice. Dog friendly!

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Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
1.9/5  rDev -56.2%
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 Ohiou84
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Kbtom71
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Treyliff
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
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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