Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

BEER AVG
3.99/5
Jackie O's Pub & BreweryJackie O's Pub & Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(740) 592-9686 | map
jackieos.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
186
Reviews:
2,740
Ratings:
14,692
PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Reviews:
102
Ratings:
230
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
9.68%
 
 
Taps:
12
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews by wagenvolks:
Photo of wagenvolks
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Quick visit to Jackie O's on a Friday afternoon with trep and his lady friend.

Hands down, the house beers made by the staff here are amazing. Got a sampler flight of their Cellar Cuvee 1, Barbarleywine, a 10% stout aged on cherries, a Scotch Ale, and their Ohio Pale Ale. All would have received solid "A" ratings if I had the time (and tolerance) to review them all. Guest tap line-up is equally as impressive, with no wasted space at the bar. The likes of DFH Festina Peche, Stone Levitation Amber, Two Brother's Hop Juice, Saison DuPont, and Southern Tier Jah-vah were all in attendance. Lots of bottled beers too, but I didn't have time to get a good look at the lineup.

Food was above average for a pub, had a "Spent-grain Pizza" made with leftover barely. Other choices included hot & cold sandwiches and some typical pub munchies. Service was prompt and sometimes friendly, and the atmosphere of Jackie O's was great--high wooden ceiling, a few dart boards, pool table, and a long wrap-around bar that left you facing fellow patrons. Great crowd of local Athenians, most were beer nerds like ourselves, and a representative from Stone Brewing Co. even stopped in to say "Hi." Overall, a fantastic brewpub that I'll be frequenting again seeing as it's only an hour from my WV home.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Nat1975
4.6/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of JustinSparks
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Elneenee
5/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Amazing bartenders/personnel, beers, and cheese curds. What more is needed?

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Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Zonian1
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
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 -2.5%
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.

But…

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 +1.2%
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.
Cheers

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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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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery in Athens, OH
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