The Roosevelt Tavern

The Roosevelt TavernThe Roosevelt Tavern
7 Ratings
The Roosevelt TavernThe Roosevelt Tavern

Type: Bar, Eatery

816 N 3rd St
Phoenix, Arizona, 85004-2040
United States

(602) 254-2561

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of grahambo
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

In Phoenix on business thought I would check this place out for a beer or two.

A: This place had an odd vibe that I liked. Quiet, laid back, westerns on the TV but with people who were cool to talk to.

Q: Fantasic, the beer tasted fresh and each tap was solid offering.

Ser: Top notch, the bartenders knew their stuff and it was easy to get their attention even with the place a bit crowded on a Tuesday night.

Sel: Not the biggest but certainly high quality with Lost Abbey, Stone, Lagunitas and some local brews on tap. Ended up drinking a glass of Serpents Stout and a Lagunitas.

V: A glass of Serpent's Stout and a Bomber of Lagunitas WTF for $14!? Maybe its recent exposure to Boston pricing talking here but that's one of the best bar deals I've gotten in long while.

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Photo of mwalcheske
4/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited on a Wednesday night after a late dinner nearby. Many good beers were on tap this night, and I tried the rotating tap, Lagunitas Extra Sometin' Ale, which I liked. Was surprised that the servers, and no knock on women here, but even the ladies, really knew their stuff. Also had a big fat chewy pretzel at the bar, which really hit the spot. The atmosphere was very cool, a laid back, dimly lit old brick home with signage you can easily miss from the street. Strangely though, one room in the place was super bright and stark white, a contrast to the rest of the house. Also was great to pull up and park for free on the street right in front.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The atmosphere is really great - as long as it's not too crowded. I love the front room, and those in the back are nice as well. It's like a relaxed house party with no keg cups.

The beers are uniformly "decent". Maybe a standout or two, but mostly just pleasant, sessionable, not terribly exciting beers. This is not a knock. There's usually at least one tap that jumps out at me. The house beer is a bit of a bore, though.

The wait staff is pretty good, although it would be nice if they came around the bar, since it gets pretty crowded. The food is solid, although as a vegetarian a bit limited.

Again, I've got nothing but the love for this joint...until the limo full of half-sauced wedding party attendees rolls up. It's a bit too hip for its own good in this sense, but during the quieter moments this is a top-3 spot in Phx for relaxed beer-quaffing.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.14/5  rDev -20.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Visited here once during mid March trip to Scottsdale. Visited on a Friday evening and it was starting to get pretty busy. This is one of those places that tried to be the trendy beer bar but they try to hard. They're not fooling anybody by playing Nirvana and PeralJam. What are these owners grunge experts from Seattle too. The beer selection is average at best. Not much craft nor micro. Service is pretty girls with a smile who know nothing of beer other than Four Peaks stuff. The location was nice and kind of rustic, darker inside which threw me off. Not a big fan. Save your time and money, go to Papagos! The beer is overpriced as well. Not to be harsh but if I had to choose between any of the brewpubs in the area and here it would not be this place.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

One of those places I probably would have never found if not for the Beerflys on BA...thanks to those who took the time review. Mapped this place and discovered it was a reasonable walk from my downtown hotel, so I visited twice on a recent two-night stay in Phoenix (27-28 March, 2009).

Neighborhood is an odd mix of derelict buildings, vacant lots and scattered bars/restaurants, a burgeoning arts district in its fledgling stages. The building is a mid-block brick dwelling, ca. 1900, a one-storied structure nicely restored/re-crafted into a fairly chic hangout. Most of the charm of the home is intact: small, gated yard, paved with brick and tastefully landscaped; inside: wood floors, high ceilings, original(?) trim and chandeliers; notable 'new' additions are a small bar (maybe 6 stools) and a blatantly exposed cooler, displaying kegs and bottles beneath glowing fluorescents. The feel at night is cool, rather inviting; candles everywhere exude a casual 'sexiness'. Several rooms don't seem to have been modified much: a comfortable parlor, a cozy entry foyer with fireplace, a more spacious dining room with a larger 'banquet' table (though that room is garishly white, a contrast to the moody darkness everywhere else).

On my first stop, I arrived just after 11pm on a Friday, minutes after the kitchen had closed. I sat at a small counter just inside the front door and sipped a pint (in an unusually tall cylinder) of the very tasty house brew, a Pale Ale(?) from local brewer Four Peaks. Disappointed at missing the food I'd read nice reviews of, I vowed to my server (Amanda) to return the next evening.

Entering at around 7:00 on Saturday, the crowds were just beginning to descend, a mix of young and old, couples and groups, hip and not-so-hip. Music was a mostly acoustic blend of personal favorites: Radiohead, Nirvana, Beck, Tom Waits, White Stripes, with a rock/blues skew. I picked a small table in a side room and was greeted immediately by the same server as the night before. I browsed a beer list of 40+ bottles (an admirable collection of local/West Coast brews and a few imports (Stella, Moretti, Hitachino, Duvel, Chimay, etc) and 12 taps, which included several from local brewers Four Peaks and Nimbus and an unexpected guest tap: Hell's Bock from Vermont's Rock Art. I got a pint of the 4P 8th Street Pale to match a warm, savory housemade pretzel (matched with a pair of mustards). Next, was a second try of the House Beer to go along with the outstanding fontina/gruyere grilled cheese and robust tomato soup. My final picks: the Nimbus Oatmeal Stout with a trio of syrupy-sweet yet savory bacon-wrapped, cheese-stuffed dates.

Food ('Snacks') was all quite good, priced perhaps a little high for the serving size (mostly in the $6-9 range). Draft beers are $4.50 and most bottles are $4, with a handful of imports in the $5-8 range). 'Big Bottles' (mostly Stone and Rogue bombers) are $8, with Stone's 12th Ann'y Stout being the pricier exception at $11.

Service was good, borderline excellent. Amanda may not have been the most beer-savvy server ever (reciting 'the boss's' description of the guest tap and faltering a little when asked about pairing help), but she could not have been friendlier nor more attentive.

The Roosevelt is not a 'beer bar' for everyone, maybe too 'hip', maybe a little pricey, maybe lacking a pure focus on beer. I really enjoyed the place, however; I'd definitely go back on my next trip and would want to go from time to time if I lived in the area.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Interesting place. A lot more "trendy" than I expected it to be. The crowd is mostly young (20s) and trendy looking as well. The place is a converted house but well done. They have a moderate sized tap selection and a single cooler of bottles but the selection is good. Liked the window showing their tap lines and kegs. The place is small and seating is limited when the place is packed. Did not try the food. It's a cool place to go hang out and have a few beers. The bathroom on the back patio listed as "WC" is a nice touch as well. LOL!

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Photo of beeritron
4/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I've been to this establishment several times over the last couple months. Last time was last weekend. This is a really cool tavern located in a historic house in downtown Phoenix. The decor is lots of dark hard woods with natural colors on the walls. There is minimal lighting aside from the candlelight on the table. The candle give it a very intimate and cozy feel which is nice when you're chatting with friends. There is no loud music to distract you and just two tvs to stay current with any games that might be on. It was a little slow for a Friday and we got a table right away. It's a seat yourself kind of place and encourages table sharing with other patrons.

The service is very mediocre-nice people, but not very attentive. However, our food and drinks always come out in a timely manner. It's just the 2nd round that can be a little tough to get.

The Roosevelt has about 10 beers on draft and one that is in constant rotation. They have a very hoppy, very good house pale ale that is contract brewed in Tempe. They also have a nice selection of bottle beers if you can't find anything you like on draft.

The food, or snacks as they call them, is really good comfort foods: sandwiches, soups, chips & dips, etc. The best thing on the menu is the grilled cheese and tomato soup, followed close by the Dagwood sandwich.

This is a great place to go with prices that aren't too steep. Most are in the $5-$10 range.

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The Roosevelt Tavern in Phoenix, AZ
Place rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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