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 boulevard2:
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boulevard2 from New York

4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

So happy to finaly see an addition to the beer seen in Rochester. This place was remodeled over this past summer and resurected just in time for those bored cold winter days and night. The atmosphere is warm and inviting . The bar hosts around 20 to 30 taps including a rotating cask beer. There also is a see through glass cooler with 50 different bottle selections. The menu changes from time to time and always features something to pair nicely with one of their many beer selections. The staff is friendly and Joe the owner is always happy to help you if you're not sure what to have . I'll be back many more times and recommend you visit whenever in the area.

Jan 26, 2008
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seakayak from Massachusetts

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

Sep 22, 2019
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TheGent from New Jersey

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.

Jan 31, 2018
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The_Beer_Guru from New York

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.

Jan 17, 2018
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nwhittin from Indiana

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

Jul 04, 2016
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RUN-4-B33R from North Carolina

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

Dec 16, 2015
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SonictheBeerhog from New York

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

Sep 12, 2015
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TheBeerdedCharmer from Pennsylvania

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

Sep 09, 2015
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eflynn2 from New York

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

Apr 05, 2015
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briancregg101 from New York

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

Feb 19, 2015
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Nicks0005 from New York

3.04/5  rDev -31.4%

Nov 13, 2014
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damendelson from New York

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Nov 10, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +2.9%

Oct 13, 2014
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chefduff2 from New York

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Oct 09, 2014
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trxxpaxxs from New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Oct 07, 2014
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rojapa from New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Sep 12, 2014
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d_cook_roc from New York

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Aug 16, 2014
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AEC81 from New York

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.

Jul 31, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Jun 30, 2014
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km000 from New York

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Jun 29, 2014
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GreesyFizeek from New York

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.

Jan 24, 2014
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meepmeep from New York

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Dec 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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Nov 28, 2013
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Evarigan from New York

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Nov 01, 2013
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Stranger5582 from New York

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.

Oct 24, 2013
Tap & Mallet in Rochester, NY
Place rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 62 ratings