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The J. Clyde

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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

1312 Cobb Ln S
Birmingham, Alabama, 35205-4918
United States

(205) 939-1312 | map
jclyde.com

Notes:
Casks are now tapped on Friday at 4pm; call ahead.

3 Beer Engines.

Added by Poser on 12-08-2007

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
69
pDev:
9.48%
 
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Photo of Redrover
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The J Clyde is located on a small one way street, it is easy to spot due to the front patio. I like the black wrought iron encircling the outdoor space.

As you enter, the L shaped bar is to your right and the dining area is off to your left. There are a couple of TVs to catch a game. There is another bar room and another patio in back

The decor is dark and comfortable. Stone on the walls, dark wood bar, tin ceiling, and dark wood plank floors.

Service is friendly and beer savvy. They are easy to discuss options with, are free with recommendations and at least for me, free with samples.

They have an 8 page beer list. It is divided by style (roasty, malty, hops, sour, spice, etc.). I would guess 30 to 40 beers on tap plus a massive bottle list. Note that they seem to have a well-equipped cellar and offer some nice vintage beers.

Not a huge food menu, but my patty melt was top notch, fries were good but a little greasy.

This is a great stop in Birmingham and I can see why it is well beloved by regulars and visitors.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of shivtim
3.98/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped here while visiting Birmingham. It's on a small brick street, in a mixed residential/commercial neighborhood just down the street from UAB. We walked in and it was completely empty in front. Walking around the corner past the bathroom and kitchen we found out there was a back bar area and outside covered seating, with several people eating and drinking. Odd layout, thats for sure. Good selection of brews, with maybe 30 on tap, including several from local-ish breweries and a large Rogue selection. Service was friendly but slow. The food was a limited pub menu. I had a pretty good chicken sandwich, with average sweet potato fries (I could tell they were homemade though). A friend said the pizza had good sauce and toppings, but the crust was not very good.
Seems like a good hangout, and I'd believe it's probably the best beer bar in Alabama. I'd like to try their full menu, and it'd be nice to see a couple more breweries offered on tap.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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

Photo of elkinbrown
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.7/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

From Beer Advocate, I tried J. Clyde's this evening. I met a former colleage their and we had a couple pints and burgers. The place is located on a neat little lane near UAB campus and is in a old building that from the outside does not look like a beer haven. Inside there are walls of stone and ornate ceiling which makes the place feel old and nostalgic. The quality of beer was good...I thought a couple beers from the tap were a little to warm, but all the beeter to taste...right. The service was very slow...mostly due to the crowd that patronizes the place. The beer selection was amazing....20+ on tap, and big bottle menu. The burger was AMAZING....really enjoyed it. Great Sweet potato fries. Over all....had 5 pints, one beer flight, two burgers, all for $50...I thought it was reasonable.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.74/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

A- Only two real complaints here. First, though it was a busy night, it was too loud in some parts of the bar to hear my group very well. Second, you'll be waiting in line for the bathroom, as the men's room is a one person situaiton. Big plus for the nice outdoor seating though.
Q- Beer was served properly and promptly.
Ser- Service was a bit slow at first and at times I had to take a bit more initiative than you should have to in getting the waiter/waitress to come to our table, but they were speedy and helpful.
Sel- Amazing how many taps they had behind that relatively small bar. Tons of bottles too. Always appreciate the multipage bar menu. They also do make your own flights which is pretty cool.
Price was a bit higher than I'm used to but not entirely unreasonable.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

We were able to get in early and found a good seat (and a glass of El Gordo). Our waiter was really attentive; he even found me a great J. Clyde logo glass to purchase. My wife went nuts over her steak and egg. The chicken fingers are terrific. And the beer selection can't be beat. The patio out back was covered and heated since it was winter. I look forward to coming here again and surfing the draft menu. Wish we had a place like this back home.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great spot for rare and hard to find beers in Birmingham. It is very dark and kinda dirty, but their selection is incredible. The major downside for me is that they have a single seat bathroom and there is always a line. They take reservations, so it can sometimes be hard to find a table to eat at. The food is great, I have never had anything bad there. The service usually is lackluster, but from time to time you get a good server/bartender. Must visit if you are coming to Bham!

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4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Just got back from one of my favorite places in the world - Alabama! We had one night away from the conference that we were all at and this was the place that we chose for dinner. We showed up fairly early in the evening (8-ish) but there were 12 of us and they were very accommodating to us, and they eventually got hopping busy.

Atmostphere was a little kitschy - a lot of people walking around with horn-rimmed glasses and sports coats, so kind of the hipster crowd (there was also a 3-piece jazz band playing too to add to that notion), but there was also some college kids and locals in there as well, so kind of something for everybody.

Service: Well, I'd like to say high, but for all that we ordered, the poor girl seemed confused. Perhaps she was new though and will get a little better at what she's doing, or may she was just having an off night - but still, not bad to the point where I'd slam them or anything.

Selection: OMG, you need to see it to believe it. Easily the widest selection I've ever seen in a bar. Great selection of some pretty impressive brews.

Food: Bar food is kind of hard to screw up - but I definitely enjoyed my veggie burger (didn't feel like beef, don't know why) and yam fries. Everybody else seemed to enjoy their food as well.

Value: They were running a half-price special on draft beers, so I got a pint for 2.10 and cannot and WILL not complain about that :) But even if there wasn't the special, I could easily justify paying 4-6 bucks for a pint of decent beer as that's what you're going to pay anywhere else.

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4.85/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I love this place. The selection is fantastic! Mississippi is such a desolate waste-land for beer that I really have to pace myself at The J. Clyde because they have so much I want to try.
The food was o.k. but, to be fair, my group only tried a few things. Atmosphere was good and our server was very knowledgeable and friendly. Glassware was appropriate too. I would recommend going early because we had no trouble getting a table at 6:00 but it was packed when we left. I developed a new love for Eisbock after my visit here. The J. Clyde will definitely be on my list of regular stops when we visit Birmingham.

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4.34/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of Dreizhen
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

This is not the type of place I would expect to find in Birmingham, Alabama.

Met a friend here for a late lunch in route to New Orleans and I was very pleasantly surprised. Very good selection of beer (I say that after coming back from a summer in Brussels) and not terribly expensive (aside from a few things, namely the Belgian beers). I had a flight that was pretty reasonably priced in relation to the selection and a very good burger. Had a recommendation for something from a bartender at the Mellow Mushroom around the corner, but I forgot the name. Regardless, I'd stick with the sandwiches or burgers. And add goat cheese to whatever you get. Pleasant atmosphere, nice waitstaff and bartender, cool interior. Wasn't too packed at 2-4 PM when I was there, but there were a few regulars, all of whom seemed nice enough.

If you're in the area, you definitely have to try it out.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.84/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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

Photo of everetends
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My buddies and I used to make the drive over to J. Clyde's at least monthly because this is the place in Alabama to get good beer. It has the best of the best that this state has to offer and if you go on Tuesday's and Thursdays, it is half off draft (like 2 bucks a glass, glass size depends on the style you are drinking).

The atmosphere can get a bit college heavy with UAB being just around the corner, but it has never been unpleasant. Tables are outside on a porch atmosphere and there is usually a musical act. They can close it off in the winter and warm the porch. Very pleasant.

The beer selection is wonderful. The beer menu has an extensive draft list and they have twice as many beers in the bottle.

The food is great and decently priced. The chef wants the food to be high end and has the presentation. Portions are decent and flavor is excellent. I have enjoyed everything I have eaten there.

If you love beer and are in Birmingham, this is the place for you.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Keene
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of mklinger
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Nice pub atmosphere. Lots of brick & wood. Fairly low ceilings. Very comfortable.

Awesome beer selection. Probably 25-30 beers on draft including cask ale (one of which was just drained before we got there). A lot of beers otherwise unavailable in Alabama because of the container limit (no bombers for sale in state). We had 3 beers in a bit over an hour there -- Avery 17th Anniversary, Old Rasputin on the nitro draft, and Avery Hog Heaven -- all we awesome, served in perfect glassware at just the right temperature.

Both bartenders were extremely knowledgeable beer geeks & homebrewers that I had extensive beer-centric conversations with. Pleasure to interact with both.

Food was good. We got the cheese plate while drinking at the bar. It was nice quality cheese that went very well with the beers. Great place though at 50 minutes from home, kind of hard to make it up there as much as I'd like because of the drive home after beer.

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Photo of Poser
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

THE place to go to in downtown Birmingham. Most of the food is a bit pricey (but reasonable given the quality and style), but they have recently added some "bar food" options so you can enjoy the atmosphere and the quality beer without going broke. If you have the cash, the food is absolutely delicious. It's really the best of both worlds.

The atmosphere is normally perfect if sitting outside. I give it a 4.0 just because it's sometimes too crowded and I'm personally not a big fan of one-man bands that they do occasionally. In the winter, the outside area remains open thanks to several heaters. I was skeptical about the temperature, but I was too warm at one point.

Service is the only area that is lacking, but it's mostly growing pains and has already been improving. It's hard to find good help, I know.

Selection is beyond reproach. I only wish they would quit running out of cask ale.

Really, I can't say enough about the place. If I'm in Birmingham (I live an hour away), t's where I go if I'm taking the wife out, it's where I go with friends, it's where I bring associates. Go to The J. Clyde.

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The J. Clyde in Birmingham, AL
Place rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 69 ratings
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