Roosevelt's at 7


18 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

821 N Main St
McAllen, Texas, 78501-4324
United States

(956) 928-1994 | map

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Added by spithrash on 12-30-2008

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by jasonjlewis:
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

This place is dimly lit inside with some comfortable booths and couches. Outside are some benches so people can smoke. There is some nice light music to build ambience.

THere are a lot of taps here. I see some stick around a little bit long, but it seems like they sell a good amount of beer for the most part and nothing seems too old.

Service is ok at best. I get ignored a lot. It took me 15 minutes to close my tab the other night. It gets to be a pain in the ass sometimes. I sometimes go here with my friends to meet people and the waitstaff will interrupt and essentially cockblock us from time to time. Not to mention, they don't often check up on their tables to ensure everyone has a beer. That being said, the owners are nice and there are some nice people who work here.

Selection is nice. I think there are about 45 taps and maybe 50 bottles here. My gripe is that shit is SUPER FUCKING EXPENSIVE at times. Some taps are 5 bucks a piece, which is a bit high, but last night my celebrator double bock cost me 12 dollars!

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2.6/5  rDev -37.6%

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2.12/5  rDev -49.2%

Photo of Hankshh
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Roosevelt's at 7 is a splendid little bar that specializes in a wide variety of beers, outstanding food, and great service. They have a wide selection of beers, over seventy to choose from, ranging from craft beers to excellent foreign beers like Chimay. They used a wide variety of glassware when serving a variety, which is awesome, especially when drinking Belgian beer. The environment is laid back, the tone of the place is friendly, and the crowd seems jovial. I would recommend this place to anyone.

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Photo of Garcia
4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

A) great. The people who Hang out are nice and chill.
Q) great job matching beer glasses to style of beer. Knowledgable and beer is always fresh.
S) Great service, and the waiters/waitress are always knowledgable about the beers they have on tap. Service is prompt, yet not overwhelming.
Selection) the best selection in the valley. Dogfish 90, chimney, rockefort, etc etc.
F) the food is great, but a tad salty.
V) a tad on the expensive side, but worth it.

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Photo of Kikat2680
4.88/5  rDev +17%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

By far the BEST pub the valley has. The ambience is chill. The best part is that they carry Trappist brew such as Chimay, Orval, Rochefort, Westmalle and La Trappe. Their brew selection is divine along with their food. I highly recommend it to all my peeps. LOVE it!

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Photo of rashley
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Was there on a weekday evening with coworkers. The service was awesome as the waiter explained the various craft beers that they had on tap, (around 40), and the food. He recommended a good beer pairing for the food that we ordered. Our beer glasses never emptied as the waiter was always ready to refill or bring us a new beer to try. The atmosphere reminded me of what I imagine an Irish pub to be. Enjoyed it and plan to return soon. They have a 5 course meal, once a month that includes beers properly paired to the dish. I hope to partake of that one day soon.

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Photo of chezhed
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The beer selection is great. A wide variety of brewers and styles that has varied the few times I have been. ONe of the few places I have been able to compare 4 or 5 IPAs at the same visit. Most seldom have more than 2. Being in Texas it does have some limited distribution that people from either coast would miss. It tends to get more left coast than right or upper Midwest, so no Bells or Victory or Smuttynose, etc. but heavier on Left Coast, Great Divide, Stone. Bartender is happy to discuss his likes/favorites and always provide a taste if you are interested.
The food is really good. The sandwiches are excellent and the Sammy Davis Pasta has great heat (I live in Louisiana...I know :)) and adding shrimp, salmon, etc for only $6 makes it a steal meal for $15. Plenty to eat.
Decor is very "bar" like with a funky feel. Bar is a long vertical slab of sealed wood and curves and twists a bit. About 3 booths offer some private seating and the rest is about 10-12 tables with lots of beer signs, etc around. Check the ceiling. Tap handles of beers they have had on tap almost ring the room on a shelf. There is the patio...haven't been to it yet but you can hear it for sure :)
Definitely worth finding and they just started a beer/food pairing smoked duck or lamb, etc....not just the menu.

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Photo of SudsTerkel
4.63/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I heard about Roosevelt's from a local while sitting at the bar @ BJ's in McAllen. This place is a treasure; they have 30+ taps of carefully selected beer. For me while traveling across Texas on business, finding such a rich array of offerings in the Rio Valley is a personal triumph.

I had Real Ales [Austin] 16th Anniversary Ale - a very tasty doppel; Rogue's Brutal Bitter - a very drinkable ESB I'd not had before; and Left Coast's Hop Juice to satisfy my hops "fix." It was a most enjoyable evening thanks to Roosevelt' s rich, wide and deep range of taps.

Their menu is solid, too - appealing range of offerings; I had the Cobb Salad which was well executed. I was there on a Friday night and it was fairly busy but the service didn't miss a beat. They don't print a beer list to be sure to tell your server your beer preferences and they'll make a recommendation. These guys know their beer...whenever I'm near McAllen, I'll be there.

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Photo of Lujaga
3/5  rDev -28.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Great variety of good beers on tap. You won't find bud light here!! The atmosphere is comfortable and relaxing. I was there on a Wednesday evening and it was very enjoyable...dimly lit...good music and a great club sandwich.
Now the bad: the service sucked. Getting my first beer was easy and then it all went downhill. No one came back to my table for 40 minutes, and the place was not crowded at all. My server knew nothing about beer! They don't have a beer menu so I had to walk up and look at the taps all night. Poor service can ruin an evening, no matter how good the atmosphere.
Luckily for them they are the only place in McAllen to get good beer on tap.

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Photo of sdsmith4u
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great place. I look forward to visiting them every time I am in town. Great selection of beers (for McAllen), nice food menu, great food quality, very friendly service, it's always a pleasure to visit them! I would like to see them tune in the NFL games, and as with too many pubs the noise can get waytoo loud, but it is a great pub, and a very nice addition to McAllen. Their beer garden is great, and if you want really good Mexican food, there is a great Mexican food restaurant just several blocks away.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Well as far as selection goes this place is the best your going to get as far as bar in the RGV. At least 30+ taps and a lot more in bottles. If you get to go in the early hours the service is a lot better. I usually go anywhere from 3pm to 5pm. It gets a little busy towards the evening and service can get pretty bad. The food is pricey but very good. I haven't eaten a meal there that i did not like. Also they seem to get new beers quite often. Every time i go they have at least 5 new beers. If your in town or haven't been here its worth a visit.

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Photo of kgfields73
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

So here's the story. I moved to McAllen from the Pacific Northwest, which is a land of beer enchantment. I knew coming in that McAllen would be an adjustment when it came to beer selection. Granted the scores might be a little skewed to adjust for my NW expectations.

Roosevelt's has been the shining star so far in my south Texas experience. They have a decent selection of taps (30+) though I do wonder about the appeal of some of them. For an area that doesn't seem to be too into beer, there are some very obscure beers here. I do wish there was a better selection of IPAs on tap. I have been there 3 or 4 times now and have only seen one IPA on tap (Widmer Broken Halo). They do have a few IPAs in bottles but all of the other beers they tout as IPAs are really double or imperials. I like those as well, but most of the time I want to enjoy a beer drinking experience and after more than a couple of imperials things get a little dicey.

That being said, Roosevelt's is worth checking out to see what's on tap and have a beer that's worth drinking. I do warn that service can be spotty depending on who you get behind the bar. I've had great service, so-so service and super slow service. If they could get that settled up it would be a perfect place for a beer drinking event. And the atmosphere could get knocked up to a higher rating if they would just dim the lights a little bit at night. Maybe it's just me but bars shouldn't be super bright at night...

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Photo of spithrash
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Dim and cozy is how I would describe the inside of Roosevelts. Several tables, booths, & a couple sofas along with beautiful natural wood bar are available to sit. There is also an outdoor patio that is nicely done with wood tables which is a great for when the weather is nice which is quite often in south Texas.

This place is a true beacon of light in an area where Bud Light is king. You will find no other bar like it in this area. It's a place where you can have a good beer and have a conversation at the same time. No big "scene" to be found here although Fridays & Saturdays it can get quite crowded, but it is still not loud.

Service at the times I have been has been good. The bartenders are familiar with the beers they are serving and are happy to talk about them with you. If you're curious about something they are keen to give a small sample to make sure you are happy with what you are drinking. My glass never sits empty before I'm asked if I'd like another or something else.

The selection is not just "good for the area", but it is good period in my book. There are certainly other beer bars with more in larger cities, but this place would still hold it's own if it were located elsewhere. A sample of offerings are Real Ale, Avery, Shiner, Chimay, Delirium Tremens & Nocturnum, St. Bernardus, Youngs, Maredsous, Lindemans, Stone etc... They also rotate what is on with seasonals, and new beers as they can get them.

I have yet to try the food, but I do know they have been working on a menu.

As for pricing, they are in line with most other establishments. There are several beers available in the $4 - $5 per pint range. Some of the Belgians can get pricey, but that is no different than elsewhere.

This is a definite must visit if you are in the area and looking to get your beer fix.

Quick update: (11/3/10) Food is now available. (has been for quite some time actually) I must say that everything I've tried is excellent. Also, they are hosting a beer dinner once a month which is a must if you able to attend.

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Photo of diamondc
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Finally .. a true beer bar in McAllen.

The outside marquee is very non-descript, I wouldn't know this was a bar from the outside. The inside looks pretty nice, though. Lots of miscellaneous beer posters, comfortable seating, and if things get too crowded (as I've heard during weekends) there's an outside patio.

The service is sometimes great, usually good. Some servers know more about beer than others. They all seem eager to give non-beergeeks suggestions and if theres a new beer on tap, they'll always give you a sample.

The selection is where this place shines. There's no other bar in the Valley that can compared to the tap selection. Chimay, Brooklyn, Ayinger, Stone, Dogfish Head, Great Divide, Lindemans, Maredsous, Real Ale and more are all to be found here. There's an extensive bottle list of beers that I cant even *buy* at the local regular beer/liquor stores. Plus every time I've gone I've seen a new beer on tap.

The only suggestion I can think of is a consistent price list so I don't have to ask how much a beer is before I order.

Updated 7/11: I've never tried the food here til last week when I ordered the prime rib sandwich. *Mindblowingly delicious*. The best times to go are Monday and Tuesday, the most knowledgeable bartender works on those days.

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Roosevelt's at 7 in McAllen, TX
4.17 out of 5 based on 18 ratings.
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