Faegan's Cafe & Pub

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Type: Bar, Eatery

734 S Crouse Ave
Syracuse, New York, 13210-1713
United States

(315) 472-4721 | map

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Added by tempest on 08-04-2007

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by MichaelStoutBeard:
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5/5  rDev +33.3%

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Photo of Sector89
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Soloveitchik
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of SyrAQse
3/5  rDev -20%

Its a "high end" college beer. Don't expect anything out of the ordinary as basically this bar is craft beer's greatest hits. I have had some off beers here.

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Photo of OGShotzy
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of BoSean_Rodriguez
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of MichaelStoudBeard
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of fmccormi
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Faegan's is alright. It's got a nice feel inside, but becomes zooey with very college-y, 1L-type flip-cups nights and junk like that. Still, it's not a bad space, is appealing on the inside, and has a (very) little bit of outdoor seating.

Service is okay. Definitely nothing spectacular, and they can drop the ball sometimes, even in off-peak hours.

The beer they serve is decent. There's generally nothing too, too "special," but they have a solid array of American crafts, standard Euro ales (Bass, Guinness, etc.) and the usual assortment of macros. They do not seem to have any limited runs or rare beers to speak of, and I can't think of any notable bottles they have (aside from macros -- so, nothing notable). They do have a few rotating seasonals and some regional brews you might not find everywhere, like Ommegang and Middle Ages (though in Syracuse, Middle Ages is almost obligatory).

The food, also, is good. They have decent sandwiches and salads and soups and that sort of thing, but nothing that would really be a substantial part of the draw, either. The prices of beer and food there are average, I suppose. Food's a bit on the pricey side, considering what it is, but beer is pretty typical.

What Faegan's is good for is a decent pint when you just want a decent pint, and aren't looking for anything hard to find. Don't go during the usual peak hours though, because it definitely becomes a "college" bar.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
2.59/5  rDev -30.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5

Used to visit this place on and off. Decent selection of beer.
However, one incident has changed my view completely about this place. Me and a few friends were sitting at a table on the outside one fall evening. Out of the blues one of the waitress comes and tells us that we have to "vacate" the tables since it was reserved. Of all the tables, that were occupied, she came and told us. Turns out she had us vacate the table to accommodate her friends so they could have the whole block to themselves. That was it. After that incident, have never stepped foot in that place and neither have my friends, and never will.

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Photo of BeerMaverick
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I went to school here and Faegans was really the only on-campus bar that did anything creative to gather crowds. Their beer selection was pretty good, but they didn't have anything that was hard to get...probably about 20 taps in all includings many NY brews (Ommegang, Brooklyn, Saranac...etc.) and other famous micros (Sam Adams, Dogfish, Magic Hat...etc.)

What I really liked about this bar was its creativeness with events...

Tuesday: Beer Tour - Try all their beers and get a plaque with your name on the wall (not all at once of course!)

Wednesday - FLIP NIGHT - Flip a coin to see if you get a beer for FREE! Awesome, but the downside is the bar gets INSANELY CROWDED by about 10 PM. You literally cannot move. The bar is small and I remember it taking me a good 15 mins to get from one side to the other.

Sunday - Senior Sunday - I loved this when I was a senior: 2$ draft #9 and 3$ Long Island Iced Teas!

Best bar on campus...don't even think about trying to get in if you're not 21 though...

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Photo of dfolmste
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

With 5 bars in the Marshall St. area alone, Faegan's can get lost in the shuffle. Most students are content with $3.50 pitchers of Keystone at other places, but when looking to try a unique beer Faegan's is the place. Not as rowdy as Chuck's or Maggie's, Faegan's is pretty laid back and during weeknights it is easy to get a seat at the bar. Lots of beers on tap (Middle Ages, Magic Hat, Spaten, Smithwick's, etc.) and decent food. $4 a beer is standard. You can still get pretty rowdy at Faegan's...check out their $4 Long Island Ice Teas on Thursday.

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Photo of Jp7010
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Since I've been a grad student at SU, Faegan's has always been a welcome stop after a hard day. Or, in rare cases, during a hard day. The general "get-drunk" college crowd tends to turn the other way on Faegan's. After all, why bother with a $4 pint of a good Northeast craft brew or unique import when the place down the street has $3 pitchers of Miller Lite?

When you enter, you're greeted by a long candy cane-shaped bar on the left side, and the dining area on the right. Everything, floor, walls, tables, chairs, are made of a darker colored hard wood. The atmosphere isn't exceptionally welcoming. Until you notice the chalkboard above the bar with the 40-some brews on tap. Yes, that list includes the standard macrolagers, as well as the expected Irish imports. In fact, it's the only place near campus that I've seen properly poor a pint of Guinness. But, better than that are the craft beers, featuring Middle Ages, Sam Adams, Harpoon, Southern Tier, and a few other nearby breweries. A few german imports also surprise.

The service isn't spectacular. The bartenders often do a good job of ignoring you to talk with their friends, or the waitresses(too bad if you're waiting to order). And if you end up on the far side of the bar, good luck ever getting service. They generally don't want to talk to you, and definitely do not seem knowledgeable about what they have on tap.

The food is fair. Nothing too special to talk about. Their Guinness burger tastes an awful lot like their standard burger, and costs a bit more. It also doesn't help that recently they decreased the portion size you get per burger and sandwich. Faegan's already was a tad overpriced for what you were getting in terms of food, and now that they're giving you less, I can't imagine too many people will be impressed.

In the end, I still stop at Faegan's, because it's nice to walk down for a pint of Southern Tier IPA when the stress of being a grad student is mounting. But I don't go for the friendly service or good food.

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Photo of TheBCrew
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Located in the heart of the university district, Faegan's offers a welcome change of pace from the usual college bars. Great beer selection from around the country along with a few European offerings also on tap, paired with some really solid food make Faegan's a safe bet every time. Went there for lunch last weekend and had their tomato-basil-mozzarella pub-melt along with a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, followed by local favorite Middle Ages Wailing Wench - tasty!

A great place to people watch with a couple of beers in the fall when the school year picks up, or in the spring when the weather gets nice and outdoor seating is available again.

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Faegan's Cafe & Pub in Syracuse, NY
Place rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 13 ratings
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