Tap & Mallet

Tap & MalletTap & Mallet
Tap & MalletTap & Mallet
Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

381 Gregory St
Rochester, New York, 14620-1351
United States

(585) 473-0503 | map

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Reviews by Bigmooks03:
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4.56/5  rDev +2.9%

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Photo of seakayak
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of TheGent
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Last night (Monday) three co workers and I went here after dinner at Grappa. My two co workers like beer, but are novice. This place was great because the server did a nice job of explaining the beers, and recommending new beers based on preferences. They were also very generous with providing samples before purchasing full pours. I do think the service was a bit slow at times as the server was frequently talking with people at the bar, or out of sight, but overall the service was good.

As an advanced beer drinker I thought the tap list was awesome. A large number of local offerings that I would not get in NYC or NJ including District 96, Thin Man, Good Nature. Domestic and International options. The list wasn't dominated by exotic styles and included some classics such as Kulmbacher Kellerbier and Reissdorf Kolsch, without an overwhelming number of options.

The ambience was mellow. More of an old
school pub feel than a new school pretentious beer. As.

I would take this beer bar all day long. One of the better beer bars that I've been in my travels. A place that can accommodate advanced and new beer drinkers are great.

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I’ll start off by saying that this is a very classy place with a great ambiance. They have a wide selection of good beer that is mainly local NY beer such as Singlecut, Interboro, K2, Sloop, and many others. A great selection of exceptional beer however, they do not offer flights which is a shame because they have such a great draft list. Other than not offering flights this place was top notch. Their food was superb and offered a good amount of vegan/vegetarian dishes and some exotic dishes that you usually don’t see elsewhere. Overall a great stop to make but they’re a little pricey but the quality of everything there makes it worth the trip.

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Photo of nwhittin
4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

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4.9/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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4.11/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.95/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of eflynn2
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of briancregg101
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

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3.04/5  rDev -31.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of AEC81
3.71/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

When Tap and Mallet first opened, it was one of my favorite beer bars in all of Rochester. Over the past couple of years, it has dropped a few notches. Food is pretty inconsistent and the service can vary as well. They used to have some of the best Bangers and Mash ever! they took them off the menu. Beer selection remains fairly good and they get some select limited releases. Bartenders have either been very knowledgeable or downright condescending.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.43/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Neck and neck with The Old Toad for best beer selection in my city.

About 25-30 taps on at any given time, with one cask that's always on. Great mix of local, US craft, and interesting international selections. I've gotten to try so much good stuff over the year I've been going there that I didn't think I'd be able to try- White Oak, Parabola, Great'r Pumpkin, etc.

The service is OK, not great. Table service is generally better than bar service. The bartenders can sometimes have a "I'm better than you" attitude, and regulars get treated much better than anyone else, but it's not surprising, and railing against something like that is like railing against water being wet. It's life. Sometimes the place is a little too dark.

The food is generally pretty good, although we've ordered a few duds. The food is expensive, however. Nonetheless, Tap and Mallet serves up the best poutine I've ever had (I've never been to Montreal, however). Be sure to order the vegetarian gravy instead of the beef gravy, it's that much better, made with mushrooms I think?

Parking is sometimes a problem- the parking lot they have is small, and a lot of people come here. Not the worst thing in the world.

Definitely recommended. If you want good beer, it's here.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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Photo of Stranger5582
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

What's not to like about a venue that has a long list of many fine beers, including different vintages of the same beer?

Upon entering, there is a long bar on the left that extends to the far wall. In the immediate room there are stools along the bar as well as tables with stools. The number of taps on the bar is always an impressive sight with the beers rotated as the kegs are kicked. The next room over, which is only disappointing for lack of billiards and darts, has more tables and stools.

The selection of beers here is easily the best in the area of Rochester; save, possibly, Beers of the World which is not a pub. You're also able to fill here. Both growlers and a smaller jar-like container whose name escapes me. There is a deposit, but upon return of the container, the deposit is refunded (though usually spent on more beer).

The service is great especially when the bartenders offer suggestions based upon your previous orders. I've yet to order from a table, but I imagine the service is just as robust as from the bar.

The atmosphere is always nice and does get louder toward the weekend and with events; i.e. Beer Week in Rochester.

The food is tasty, but a bit expensive ($9 for a burger).

Overall, if you like beer and like to try new beers when you're out this is the place to go in Rochester, NY.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Tap & Mallet in Rochester, NY
Place rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 62 ratings