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Tap & Mallet

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

39 Reviews
Tap & MalletTap & Mallet
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(585) 473-0503 | map
www.tapandmallet.com

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Added by Rudgers73 on 11-30-2007

PLACE STATS
Place Score:
96
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
59
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
7.32%
 
 
Taps:
31
Bottles/Cans:
165
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 59
Reviews by Rudgers73:
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4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Dark and mellow paint scheme. The lighting is also dim which keeps it looking warm and cozy. Funky artwork on the walls, mostly portraits. The portraits are actually all of criminals. Kinda creepy huh? The food is interesting. A lot of style goes into the dishes they offer, although the portions aren't very big and sometimes it comes out less than hot. I'll just chalk it up to them not quite having their bearings about them yet. The bar has 30 taps, and 28 of the beers rotate as kegs are finished. There is also a decent selection of Belgian bottles, local beers, and imports from the UK, Germany, etc. Dozens of different beer styles, pretty much anything you could come up with asking them for. The servers are doing well also. Some of the bartenders don't know tons about proper serving temps, beer styles, and the like, but they are all open to learning from you and welcome most suggestions. Overall I think this bar will accomplish two things: It will educate people about beer, and it will keep a refined crowd. (at least, I hope)

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4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

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4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

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4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

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3.04/5  rDev -30.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.56/5  rDev +4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of AEC81
3.71/5  rDev -15.1%
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 +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
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 +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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 +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of hungryghost
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went to Rochester for a wedding, drove from the airport directly to Tap & Mallet.

It was early afternoon so there was no crowd, but the place is comfortable. The bartender was knowledgeable of the beer on tap and other local spots to hit for more options. They have a good selection including quite a number of flavors I do not have access to in DC.

The food was decent, a step above the usual pub fare. The staff will happily suggest what brew pairs best with your food order.

If ever I get back to Rochester, this place is on the list for a return visit.

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96 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.
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