The Broken Barrel Tavern

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16 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

4700 Babcock St NE
Palm Bay, Florida, 32905-2820
United States

(321) 728-4755 | map

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Added by FLBeerGuy on 05-09-2009

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Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25

Photo of Boone757
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of crispy620
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of drsilverstar
1.25/5  rDev -64.9%

We had the Cigar City Expresso which was very good, but it was $5.50 on the beer menu, and we were charged $6.00 each. We didn't complain. However, it was noted as 11.5 oz. goblet. When it arrived, it clearly wasn't an 11.5 oz glass. We asked, and the bartender measure out 5 "jiggers" into a goblet and said, "yup, 11.5 oz.". Nope - a jigger is 1.5 oz, so it was clearly between 7.5 and 8 oz. Who do they think they are kidding.

Don't go there if you expect to get what you paid for.

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Photo of quantim0
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of jblain
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

This is the place the got me really into craft beer and I used to really like their food. Sadly their beer selection has gotten worse and worse, they still have a decent bottle selection, but not so much on tap. Also the food has gone way down hill, I used to crave their beef brisket, but won't even order it anymore after my last couple times eating it. Such a shame because I once really loved this place.

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Photo of evanstoner
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of chibifozz
5/5  rDev +40.4%

Photo of Lazy_Genius
4.2/5  rDev +18%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

An excellent little spot to visit in Palm Bay, FL. Its quaint atmosphere and great service give a really nice experience overall. They have a large variety of beers on tap and just as many in bottles. The SMOKED wings are amazing. The prices are about $5 a beer and $1/wing. I can't wait to go back.

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Photo of Mr3dPHD
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Wow, not sure what happened with that poor guy who gave BBT a 1/5 rating, but I have to respectfully disagree. For one thing, they have an amazing menu, tap and bottle. I have asked for a draft that they ran out of, sure, but I've had that same thing happen at all the craft bars around town. That's just what happens when you order a new, limited, or really popular brew...sometimes they run out. The fact of the matter is, there is plenty to choose from, so even if they run out, there are hundreds (literally) of other options. No need to stress.

Food is outstanding. Try the sliders...or the wings...or the fries...or pretty much anything on the menu. It's all excellent. Great quality for the price for sure.

Service has always been great for me. I like World of Beer as well, but you can't compare the service. It's so hard to get your next drink at WoB...Broken Barrel servers are much more attentive. They are also very friendly and know their beer.

I used to have trouble with the live music, particularly the volume, but a year or two ago they switched to all lighter styles like acoustic duos, etc and it's been so much nicer. Great place to go for drinks, great place to go for food, and the atmosphere is, you guessed it, great! Highly recommended.

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Photo of BelgianTripple
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I like going to the Broken Barrel Tavern.

They have a very good beer selection that includes a revolving selection of bottles and drafts. You can even visit their website and vote on a beer you would like to see them carry.

The service is quite good. This is the kind of bar that knows how to serve beer in a proper pint, goblet, or tulip glass. The waitresses and bar staff are friendly and know a lot about the beer they carry.

The food is good. They make a great burger, awesome brisket, tender ribs, and a surprisingly good turkey chili. I'm not a wing guy, but I have to admit that the smoked wings are worth trying.

My only complaint is the layout of the place. The Broken Barrel is quite large and while the dining area is comfortable, the pool tables are a little too close together and they crowd the dart boards. Which means when you have people trying to do both they tend to get in each others way.

But if you want a beer and something good to eat I would suggest going out to the Broken Barrel.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

When I found the Broken Barrel about 2 years ago when they first opened, I was excited to have a place near by with so much space and good craft beer. Since then my opinion of the place has changed significantly. My first gripe is the service. Even sitting at the bar it takes a good while to get a beer here, unacceptable. When you get your first beer, order your second, otherwise you'll be sitting there a while. I timed a beer at 20 minutes here.

The biggest issue I have is the way they manage their beer menu. Many times I ask for a beer and it isn't on tap. They need to be updating their beer menus at least twice a week like World Of Beer. Two Sundays ago was their 2 year anniversary. That Friday they released their tap list. It is a week and a half later and half the stuff on that list still is not tapped...

Overall, the food is good, but they need to focus on their beer in service. I really only go here for the proximity to work.

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Photo of PeteThePirate
1/5  rDev -71.9%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1

WOW they have slipped off the chart. Time to send business to World of Beer or elsewhere. The broken barrel is truly BROKEN.

I started frequenting this place soon after opening and loved everything about it. Let me reflect on a more recent visit. Flip through all the pages of beer selection and keep a server nearby. "oh, we had that but are out of it and not drawing anything in it's place" they should make that a song. If i wanted a bottle of something you used to have on tap i would have stopped at the liquor store. selection is POOR, service is TERRIBLE they only had a couple familiar faces staying on, and the bartender actually argued with a poor beer geek on how to draw a half and half. We actually saw him pouring it from a goblet into a pint. Might as well have put it in a blender. the food used to be great. they have some serious problems in the kitchen and the food is worse than sonny's. Have I visited broken barrel for the last time?

I am seriously considering it and hope they are seriously considering selling the place so it will be under new management.


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Photo of realjd
4.65/5  rDev +30.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The Broken Barrel is the best beer bar in town. They have a huge number of tape (about half of them rotating) and they claim to have over 300 bottles available. The owners and the servers all know their beer also. They have a large number of unique, hard-to-find beers available.

The food is great also. They serve primarily BBQ and smoke their own meats. Their smoked wings in particular are amazing.

They offer "beer school" several times each year. The introduction class covers the basic beer styles (lager, ale, and lambic) and the history of beer. The more advanced courses go into more detail. The classes are offered with plenty of samples.

They have a package license and sell anything on the bottle menu to go, although you're still paying bar prices so you can often get bottles cheaper at local stores. They also sell kegs, and this is just about the only place in Melbourne/Palm Bay to go for kegs that aren't AB, Miller, or Coors.

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Photo of Durge
4.44/5  rDev +24.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

A big open establishment located in a large shopping plaza this place offers lots of open seating/tables and a large "L" shaped bar. There's plenty of televisions for your sports pleasure and dart board and pool table areas. About 40 taps flowing with a modest inclusion of macros but a very decent assortment of reputable and occasionally rare micro brews. Delerium, Rasputin, Midas Touch, Bigfoot, Arrogant Bastard, Chimay Triple, 90 minute, and many more including a couple locals. My bartender was Caryn and she was an ultimate beer server. She was very knowledgeable about their brews and anything associated with them. Very friendly and chatty and just made the visit entirely enjoyable beyond a couple top notch brews. I was there when it was after lunch and quiet but I expect this place does a good business as they approach their first anniversary. I didn't try any of the food but it looked like a reasonable place for lunch or a casual pub dinner and I overheard one patron raving about the pork sandwich. Lots of great bottled beers to choose from too and Caryn said they are changing out the taps on a weekly basis. A solid choice for any beer lover, a must when in the greater Melbourne area. Enjoy!

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.38/5  rDev +23%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Open for about a month in a shopping center on Babcock, just south of Palm Bay Road, sits the newest addition to the Melbourne area for quality beer.

They advertise 40 taps and over 300 bottles, but I counted 38 & about 270 respectively from their thick 9 page beer menu. Their taps feature Stone, North Coast, Sierra Nevada, Terrapin, Dog Fish Head, Allagash, Brooklyn, St Bernardus, Hoegaarden, Chimay, Corsendonk & Delirium to name a few.
Beers are 4.5 to $10 for the St Bernardus, which is a little steep. Most pints average about $5. Some of the beers sampled were, Terrapin Rye Ale, Youngs Double Chocolate Stout, Old Rasputan, Sierra Nevada Harvest, Tucher Heffe & Bells Exposition Stout. Got all excited when I saw Dogfish Head World Wide Stout on the draft menu, but they were out.

Service was good and they don't serve their beer in a frosted mug, which wins points in my book. I was there on a Friday & again Saturday night & the crowd was decent, for only being
open a month no advertising.

There specialty is BBQ, our party had the pulled pork, smoked turkey & Cuban BBQ sandwich, all were excellent. The meat was moist & tasty. Only complaint is you only get a very small thimble of BBQ sauce & they charge you for more. Previous night the couple next to me had the burger, which was huge
and very good and the ribs, which were also very good.

A welcome addition to the Melbourne area craft beer scene, give them a try, you won't be disappointed.

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The Broken Barrel Tavern in Palm Bay, FL
Place rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 16 ratings