The Bulldog

14 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

6111 Ridgewood Rd
Jackson, Mississippi, 39211-2020
United States

(601) 978-3502 | map

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Added by usmittymc on 09-12-2007

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of Ealanjones
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of whitebrow
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of JoshH63
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of miguellunarusso
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Ravenclaws
3.88/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I have been to the Bulldog in Jackson several times. Beer selection is outstanding for Mississippi, I believe they have the most taps in the city. They usually have drafts from most if not all the Mississippi breweries, but keep in mind so far we only have something like 6 or 7 statewide.

Every Wednesday is Pint night so for every beer you buy you get a free logo beer glass, the standard shaker kind of course. I know, not the 'ideal' beer glass but they look cool in the cabinet or on one of my glass collection shelf.

The bartenders actually know a lot about the beers. Table service is hit or miss. The atmosphere is great. It was all the books on the shelves that convinced me to have some in my own mini-pub build.

For a small fee (I believe like a dollar or two) you get a key chain which they punch for every beer you try. Once you try fifty you get a free t-shirt or something like that.

The place is very clean and during early evening have taken my wife and 13 year old daughter in to eat. Your glass will display a good beer lace.

If you are a craft beer person and in Jackson for a few days this will fill the bill nicely.

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Photo of ahommell
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of chezhed
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1

Walked in and spouse wanted to walk out. Odor combination disinfectant and spilled beer on a Sunday evening. Had expected a crowd for Sunday night football but the place was empty. I convinced her to at least try and appetizer and see if things got better. We had one beer and some shrooms and left....I was just passing through but won't stop here again I suppose. We found a better place down the road at Burgers and Blues. Selection was good but not enough to overcome the "aroma," and I'm not picky at all.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

OK, I went in around 4:30 on a Friday afternoon to sample a Southern Gentleman (one of the few places that had it), so the Bulldog was pretty empty. But the place is gorgeous. Books on wall shelves like an old library room in a stately mansion. Tables well placed. A long mahogany bar that accomodates well with major taps to gaze at and select from.
The bartender was knowledgeable and friendly. We talked about all the new beer possibilities they'd be getting, now that the law is changed in MS. I feel like the Bulldog will probably be THE go-to Jackson bar for craft beer once things get started in July.
I sat outside on the patio and toasted to the cool breeze. A waitress passed by to make sure I was taken care of.
The Bulldog is a big, beautiful building, brimming with beer possibilities. Weekday specials range from beer discounts to free glassware. Hope to try the food soon, when those bigger ABV beers arrive.

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Photo of cvm4
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Okay, I've lived in Jackson my whole life and this is THE place with the best selection. It's not impressive if you compare it to bars out of state, but it holds it's on in my low ABV state. I always have a good time when I go, the beer can get pricey for the "good" stuff. Service can be very spotty at times, especially when the bar is crowded with patrons waiting for the night club next door to open. But, when it's not crowded I always get excellent service. You can't smoke inside but can have a cigar or cigarette outside on their patio. The food is always good and I haven't had something I didn't like thus far. All in all, if you're traveling to or thru Jackson, then this is the place to go for good beer and great food.

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Photo of yesferro
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

First off, lets review this for what it is, a bar in Mississippi, where the choices in beer are not that great. Therefor, the 62 taps with only a few BMC products on it is impressive. We went there after Top of the Hops in Jackson. Seated ourselves at the bar and were promptly helped out by the bartender. The Yazoo hop project was $6/glass, kinda high imo but the bartender quickly offered a pitcher of it for $17.50, turning it into a pretty good price. Had the buffalo shrimp appetizer which I loved. The service was kinda slow for some people, a lot of people sitting outside came in to order inside because they didn't see their waitress. We never had that problem, but there's clearly some issues there.
I'd go back to this place in a heartbeat if i wasn't for the almost 4h drive.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

This place is about as good as beer selection gets in the state of Mississippi. You can find a decent selection of Samuel Smith's beers (Imperial Stout excluded) and Rogue (who knows how they get Dead Guy in even though it's above the ABV cap).

This is usually a summer hang out for me and my friends. We will head here for a few pints when we want to blow off some steam. I usually go for an abita, rogue, or samuel smiths when I'm here but they do have more. All of the beers are served Way Way Way too cold and with absolutely no head. Don't order a guiness as it will have 4 inches of head and when that subsides you'll have half of a beer in front of you - and no they won't fill it the rest of the way.

As you can guess, like most of Mississippi, service here is nonexistent. I tip on a sliding scale. Everyone starts at 20% and it goes down from there. Usually they end up with around 8% at this place but sometimes it's a big goose egg. Don't go in with high expectations and you might walk away without being angry.

Again, I'll give the advice I give anyone traveling though Mississippi...don't stay longer than you have to because you are in beer hell. I feel like the old man asking for a drop of water to cool his tongue with the fire kissing his body.

Final note: Overpriced average beer peddled by pour service

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Photo of JakeBoundary
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

Atmosphere: The Bulldog is really loud and open and generic, with booths and tables in one big room for the most part. Generic pop-rock plays outside the unremarkable building. Nothing special, and not really my thing. Mounted televisions featured some baseball games.

Service: Not terribly attentive, but that wasn't the problem. Rather, I ordered a Weihenstephaner and I'm pretty sure they brought me Paulaner Hefeweisse. Ice cold. With a chunk of lemon in it. But that's sort of to be expected around here, so I won't be too hard on this category.

Selection: Probably nothing special compared to other venues in other cities, but I rated this in the context of Jackson. The Bulldog has the best selection in Jackson by far, and this is the main reason to visit it (at least for me). They have Lazy Magnolia Jefferson Stout on draft right now, which is fantastic.

Seemed pricey to me, but I imagine it's probably 'reasonable' or aligned with most other places' prices around here. Plus, they give you a free pint on your birthday if you sign up for their online mailing list.

Unless another bar is offering enticing live music in Jackson, there are really two choices for beer, in my book: The Bulldog for the selection, and Fenian's for the pub atmosphere and general merriment. But don't put too much stock in this analysis, because I really haven't been anywhere else.

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Photo of Philby11111
4/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A pleasant surprise. Found this place next door to my hotel while on a business trip to Jackson, MS. Didn't expect to find much quality beer in the Jackson area, but this place was just what the doctor ordered.

Atmosphere is an unusual combination of British pub and sports bar, but it works. Big open room with a long bar, tables and a back room for private parties. Was able to see the out of town game I wanted on their NFL Sunday package.

Beer selection (~50 taps) focuses on some US micros, including locals like Abita and Lazy Magnolia, European macros, and US macros. No real Belgian selection to speak of.

Service was great, bartender was attentive.

Food was good. Pub fare with some entrees available.

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Photo of usmittymc
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Atmosphere- Loud, loud, loud. Pretty much a big open room with a few booths and about twenty tables. Long bar on the north side of the room. Does not do justice to the original Bulldog on Magazine in NOLA.

Quality- This place is not a dive, it's a nice place to go after work or to watch a game. The lines are cleaned regularly, they use a CO2/ Nitro mix on their taps, also use special detergent to clean their glasses

Service- My first visit (opening night) the service was horrible- a friend ordered a Warsteiner Pils draft- got a Weissenstephan (as others at the table were drinking that). Twice I ordered Abita Wheat draft and got Abita Amber. I think that it was a bit overwhelming for the waitstaff that first night.

Subsequent visits have yielded much better service. Waitstaff seems more knowledgeable of their offerings and the styles.

I do have to note, if you want a draft with a head on it- you have to be specific and ask fof it. Even with timely delivery of your order there is often no head unless you specifically ask.

Selection- The best beer selection in metro Jackson period. You will not find a place with more variety on their menu. 50 on draft + 100 bottles.

Food- Can't really say, as I have not tried it. Friends seem to like it well enough.

Value- Happy Hour until 7 pm most nights. Other beer specials throughout the week. All in all, for what you get, it is very reasonable.

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The Bulldog in Jackson, MS
Place rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 14 ratings
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