Toby Hill Bar and Grill

7 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

28 N 5th Ave
Clarion, Pennsylvania, 16214-1101
United States

(814) 226-8629 | map

Monday - Saturday: 11am - 2am

Added by Lepley on 01-15-2009

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by mynie:
Photo of mynie
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Located a short walk from campus. A big sign out front advertises $1 pints of Yuengling all day, every day, and the bartender said that their main draw is their inexpensive wings. T-they make the sauce right there, none of that prepackaged stuff.

So, it don't sound promising. But the place is charming, the people are exceedingly friendly, and the bottle selection is pretty damn solid.

There were 6 craft taps, and two of those were varieties of Yuengling. The other four rotate, I aws told, between Magic Hat, Troegs, Voodoo, and occasionally other area brewers.

Bottle selection featured several PA breweries (in addition to the aforementioned, there was Victory, Penn Brewing, Yards, Stoudts, and some others I don't remember). All bottles are kept constantly cold and light-shielded. That's a good thing, because even though a bottle Stoudts pils I purchased was 3 months past its best before date, it didn't taste all that bad...

Overall, this is far and away the best bar in the area, and I always mark places up a little bit if that's the case. It's certainly not a beer destination worth traveling for, but if you should ever find yourself in Clarion it's a must-visit.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JuMa44
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of billbeers
4/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Toby Hill Bar and Grill is a small but very excellent place for beer and food. The craft beer selection is probably the largest from Pittsburgh to Erie. The food is very good and the service is good. This bar is a great place to eat and drink with good music also. A gem in Clarion, PA.

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Photo of Andrewcifer
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

I travel a lot for my job and use Beer Advocate more than any other site in planning my stops for the night. I even check there before finding a hotel for the evening to ensure a tasty beverage or two. I value user input and the site is an incredible resource and a tremendous time saver. I recently went through the nether regions of Pennsylvania and was looking for a place to stop for the night. Clarion didn't have much to offer and I was getting tired, so I was relieved to see Toby's listed as having an expansive bottle selection (albeit lackluster tap selection) as previous reviewers have indicated. True on both counts. As usual, I was in the mood for something I couldn't find just anywhere. It was difficult without the benefit of a beer menu. The young lady behind the bar seemed to have little or no product knowledge. So I had to rely on labels seen from a distance. The coolers were not very well lit due to some burned out lights, so it was difficult to see. I asked if they had any local brews she could recommend. No dice. I mentioned a couple I was aware of. No dice. I asked if she could recommend something dark, maybe a porter, and she replied that they had Guinness. Somewhere between 100-200 bottled beers and she says Guinness? I finally decided on a Java porter. It was OK, not great. I asked for a menu and she brings me a dirty tri-fold 8.5 x 11 amateurish printed "menu" with a very limited selection of burgers, wraps, and sandwiches, none of which seemed particularly appetizing or special. I would have liked to explore their beer selection a little further, but was so disappointed up to that point, I paid for the one and left.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Hands down best place to get craft beer in Clarion, Pa.
The place has 10 taps...all crap but a bottle selection that pushes 200 or so in number.
Have many nice craft beers such as Stone, DFH, Great Lakes,Bells, and many of the PA breweries as well. Victory, Weyerbacher, Troegs, Erie, Voodoo and others as well.
Belgian beer is even represented with approx 6 selections.
Atmosphere is ok, service was good(sat at the bar) and the food was pretty decent as well.
Had wings, quesadilla(sp), and both were pretty good.
Dude tending bar was great and was really trying to work on beer selection and have available all he could.
Price was reasonable as well.

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Photo of nate4g63
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Finally got a chance to check this place out last week during one of our snow storms. I live like a half hour from this place so a buddy and I decided to check it out. The craft bottle selection overall was pretty damn impressive for a bar anywhere near hear. They have 2 coolers total with s sections in each. I'd say 80% was filled with craft brews. Anything from Rogue and Voodoo bombers to I seriously think everything that Sam Adams makes. They had Brooklyns BCS, all of Erie Brewing which isnt a surprise being its only an hour away, a few DFH, Stone, Seirra Nevada, Delirium, Lindeman's, etc. They do have 12 on tap but it was nothing special. The food was really good though. Typical bar food and sandwiches but still very tasty. We were the only one's there for a while due to the weather but everyone was friendly. Definitely my new stop anytime I'm traveling through or too Clarion. As the OP stated, a true craft oasis in a BMC desert.

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Photo of Lepley
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

In Clarion County it's slim pickings. The recently opened Toby Hill has the largest selection of craft beers for miles. On tap they have the usual BMC and Yuengling selection along with Straub, Labat, maybe Stella Artois. Once in a rare while they'll get something from Great Lakes. In this area Toby Hill is the only place with a real selection of bottles you don't have to buy by the case. They usually have a rotating stock of Great Lakes, Voodoo bombers, Flying Dog, Saranac, and Sam Adams. They have a few bottles of Victory, Troeg's, Rogue, Stone, Dogfish Head. Their import selection is small and nothing too special; Delirium Nocturnum and some others. Prices are reasonable. 12oz. bottles at usually around $3.50 and bombers around $8. They try to cater to the college college/ local crowd (having one whole cooler full of BMC brews, BMC specials, pony bottles, etc). The staff's knowledge varies. Some of the bar tenders have no idea about some of the craft brews, but once I heard the bouncer of all people try to explain craft beers to a kid who yelled, "What the hell is Racer 5!?". The bar itself is unremarkable, and is actually poorly designed to hold too many people. It can quickly feel crowded. While compared to other bars in more populated areas, this bar isn't much, but in the town of Clarion this bar is an oasis in a craft beer desert.

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Toby Hill Bar and Grill in Clarion, PA
Place rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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