Knickerbocker Saloon

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7 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

113 N 5th Street
Lafayette, Indiana, 47901
United States

(765) 423-2234 | map

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Added by beveritt on 01-05-2008

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by mynie:
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2.96/5  rDev -16.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2

A cozy bar. On weekends, shitty bands play. There are no taps. The bottle selection is middling, but not awful. The decor is super slick and unprententiously classy and the bartenders are friendly. No one here seems to care all that much about beer, which is why I was frankly amazed to see this listed on beerfly.

Like, honestly, this is a bar that has a handful of good bottles that aren't made by Coors/Miller-Inbev. It's a nice place to grab a drink aftework, but it's only borderline beerfly.

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Photo of mlockman
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Historic bar, not a bad selection of beers, but is better-known as the only bar in the area to allow smoking indoors.

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Photo of Drwpiersonindy
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of aasher
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3

I love that this place has Saloon in the title because that's definitely the vibe you get from it. When you walk in there's a pretty narrow main room with a long bar with another, and much larger room just to the right. I'm a fan of the feel of this place. They don't wow you in the beer department. I'd much rather go for a scotch on the rocks due to their beer selection. It also helps that they have a pretty good selection of liquors. That said, they do have Upland and Bell's bottles aside from some German beers and "macro exports". It's nothing too special. The service is pretty solid but not extraordinary. It's a decent place to see a band but a few times I've been blown away by the acoustics (in a bad way).

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
2.73/5  rDev -23.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5

A good place to get a snack, watch a band, or a maybe even a comedian. It's a bad place to get a meal, find good macro's and 100% bad place to pick up a girl!

They used to be a somewhat good place to get a decent brew but not anymore. Their selection is very poor and for god's sake they don't even have a kitchen! I'm freakin' starvin' over here! Tough luck man. If you are in the area and looking for a good spot to grab some beer. I would probably hit up either black sparrow, chumely's, or maybe even the local brewery Lafayette brew co. I have no idea why this place got an A.

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Photo of spointon
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited on 8/30/2008.

The Knickerbocker Saloon was a regular stop back when I lived in Lafayette (1990s) because it always had a huge bottled beer selsction. On this visit I was disappointed to see that they now only have 20-25 beers. All were quality offerings though, ranging from "good" macros to imported German stuff to Midwest craft brews (Bell's, Upland, etc.)

The Knickerbocker is in an old downtown building and is surrounded by other cool bars and eateries. There is a covered outdoor seating area in front. Just inside you find that they have two main rooms: barroom on the left and stage w/live music on the right. The feel of this place is great and the music acts are solid (the night I visited there was a band covering blues and classic rock).

I found the service to be consistenly good. Food consists of some appetizers and dry snacks (they don't have a real kitchen).

If you are in the area, this is a must see stop on what can be an exceptionally fun pub crawl.

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Photo of beveritt
4.34/5  rDev +22.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

The Knickerbocker Saloon is a local, downtown bar in Lafaytte, Indiana. They claim to be the longest operating bar in the state, and have a license hanging on the wall to prove it. This place originally opened in 1835.

The Knickerbocker is in an old building downtown, and as such, it has tons of character. The bar is on the right as you walk in and is an huge beast of glass, brass, wood, and mirrors. On the left and back wall they have smaller, intimate booths, each with their own little light. Their is also a small patio that is open when the weather permits. There is a larger concert area through a door on the right, but I haven't checked the music scene out too thoroughly.

The beer selection is good, not crazy great, but very good for a college town. It tends to consist of some more flavorful macro beers, such as Blue Moon and Guinness, but also focuses heavily on Indiana breweries.

The service has always been exceptional. Very friendly and willing to answer questions about beer or the history of the bar.

Food is not really a big part of the Knickerbocker. I think they may have some small appetizers, and you can order pizzas from a place down the street. Never actually eaten here.

If you are in the Lafayette/West Lafayette area, come check out downtown Lafayette. A little more laid back than the college bars across the river, but the beer and atmosphere are definitely better. With Chumley's, Lafayette Brewing Company, the Knickerbocker, and Hunters, there are plenty of places to hit.

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Knickerbocker Saloon in Lafayette, IN
Place rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 7 ratings