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O'Bannon's Taphouse

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17 Ratings

Type: Bar

103 Boyett St
College Station, Texas, 77840-1267
United States

(979) 846-9214 | map

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Added by drunkboxer1 on 12-09-2006

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 9
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

On the surface it looks like a typical Irish style pub, but the owners love beer and it shows. The selection (40 on tap plus another 40 in bottles) rotates so there is always something new to try. All their drafts are served in imperial pints pint glasses. It is known in town for their "Beer Tour", in which you drink their whole stock (limited to two pints a day).

If in College Station, I would recomend this place over Fox and the Hound if you're looking for some interesting brews if only for the small town pub atmosphere.

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Photo of DKY
3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Photo of locoformavs
3.39/5  rDev -17.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of srletend
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Best selection in CS, including some pretty hard to find stuff (e.g., Dogfish Head 120 on tap).

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of CraftBeerFTW
3.14/5  rDev -23.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

The place has potential with such an extensive list of beers available, unfortunately I've had too many beers from a dirty tap line to want to return. On specific occasions the bartender agreed that the line was in fact dirty and still refused to replace the beer. The service is subpar, I don't think any of these bartenders know how to smile. Some of the beer is fairly priced, others are outrageous. Be prepared for smaller pours of limited offerings, like 6oz small. Do expect to pay up to $1 per oz or more. The bar itself is dark and uncomfortable, like drinking in someone's basement. Ironically they also own Blackwater Draw, which has much better service , is well lit and clean.

I typically take my service elsewhere unless someone else is paying.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

This was my favorite spot when I attended school at Texas A&M. The selection here is incredible for a college town and I got to try lots of limited stuff and amazings casks while I was at school. Also numerous breweries would have a launch party when they moved into Texas. My most memorable (or least memorable) was when Odell had their launch party at O'Bannons. At one point in the night odell set a company tab for everyone in the bar so that O'Bannons could set a record for pints served in Texas. It was amazing and to say the least I was not in class the next morning. My only complaint would be the staff that works here. I personally don't have a problem since I am an avid craft beer drinker and frequented this place a lot, but they could be rude if you didn't quite "fit in" with the craft beer drinking crowd so many of my casual friends would be turned off by the place and rather go any of the other bars in north gate.

If you somehow find yourself in College Station and don't think there is a great place for craft beer, go here you will find something you'll love.

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Photo of Fantasy_Draught
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of jellibeen
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of IndianaAggie
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of rwf08
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

I am not sure if they have more taps than FnH but they do have more selection. By that I mean no budlight wheat, Ultra, Lime beers, and all the other macros on tap. Just BMC on the front three taps then it goes up from there. Yeah bluemoon is there but lots of college students like it so what ya gonna do?

Have some nice big bottles from time to time that you can't find at Specs in town.

This might not sound strange to some but in this town it is, they serve beer in glasses! Not plastic cups. Amazing! Which is a cost since it is a college town and people enjoy leaving their pint glasses on the ground or dropping them.

Has some knowledgeable people on staff but others are kind of pricks. All in all I go there over FnH because better atmosphere and nicer people. If you're in the area and want good beer go there.

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Photo of AlexMunse
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

O'Bannons, when it first opened, was looking like the Black Sheep of Northgate (The College Station bar district), but when I went in and noticed the selection and the competency of the employees, I knew they would be around for a while.

At O'Bannons, they know how to pour a proper Guinness and the bar staff with teach you how. The waitresses will NEVER let your glass run dry (unlesss it's a busy night and Blaggards are there) and the owners will treat you like their best friends.

The atmosphere is friendly, warm and inviting. This is the kind of place I can go and have a pint at 3 in the afternoon and still have someone to talk to.

The beer selection is at a constant average of 75-80 beers on tap and in bottle/cans and is constantly rotating. I would say they change a couple of on tap beers every few months and bottle/can beers get switched 4 or 5 at a time at about the same rate. I can always try something new and interesting (though not always GOOD) one a month or so.

Overall, a good pub in the worst (read "misunderstood") place in town. Go in, have a beer, make a friend and you won't leave in a bad mood. (see Martini Street - CS)

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Photo of GeoffW
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Oh man do I love this place. It's the only beer bar worth going to in College Station and you can be sure to catch me there 3 days out of the week. The atmosphere is as good as it can be considering the fact that it's stuck in an area filled with college bars. But hey, I'm in college, so that's really nothing for me to complain about.

The bartenders are all competent and usually pretty cool, as are the owners. They take their time in pouring a good beer, my only complaints are that they don't have the proper glassware for Belgian beer and they sometimes sacrifice head in the process of topping the glass off.

The selection is good. 75 total beers that cover a wide range of styles. Sure you're not going to get all of the little wacky brews that some other places might have, but you won't go in there and not be able to find plenty of things you like.

The value is pretty good compared to prices in cities like Dallas and Houston. The best night to go there is on Wednesday where they have pint night. Most every tap is $3 with a few of them (Maredsous) being $4.

Overall it's the best bar in College Station and is a welcome break from the other crappy Northgate bars.

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Photo of champ103
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This is a nice beer bar in College Station. The only one besides the Fox & Hound chain. I found it a great place to go have a beer. The atmosphere is great. It has a nice old British pub feel to it. The service is good and friendly. The selection is not bad at all. Fuller's Porter is my favorite here, but they have some Spaten beers and Real Ale as well. The selection is better that about 90% of the bars around the area, but I have seen better. Though, you can't complain to much when they have Fuller's on tap. Overall, a place I will visit more often when I am in the area.

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Photo of dirtsocks
4.16/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

This place isnt bad and has a old pub feel. They have a wide variety of beers and liquors. Good specials throughout the week and they have a beer tour. I would recommend if visiting college station. well since i need 500 words ill just chat about the place.... it has dart boards that are decent but the darts suck. They get new beers on tap quite regularly so sometimes you have to leave the tour of beers to try something that took the place of an old beer you have tried. This is the best bar for a beer lover on northgate and one of few beer establishments in college station that have a variety away from american macrobreweries

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Photo of BryanEast
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

O'bannon's Taphouse is a great place to go with friends who love to drink a variety of beers. I go there weekly for the BEER TOUR that they do, drinking one of every beer on tap and bottles, don't worry you cannot do it all in one go around because they limit you to only 2 beers a day. There are 40 beers on tap and plus another 35 or more beers in bottles. If you are a true beer lover and are in College Station for a couple of days I would recommend heading to Northgate and sitting down and having a couple of beers.

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O'Bannon's Taphouse in College Station, TX
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