St. James Infirmary

Bar

445 California Ave
Reno, Nevada, 89509-1519
United States

(775) 657-8484 | map

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
3.83
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
5
pDev:
23.76%
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Reviews by Beerandraiderfan:
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Cool place on California Ave in the business area of downtown Reno, near a lot of the law offices in town. You've got an inside and an outdoor deck. A lot of the mix between grunge and hipster appearance in terms of the crowd there, basically the urban look of 5-10 years ago in bigger cities.

Tap list reveals lots of good, great, rare and expensive beers. Of course, every time I've been here, half of the bottle list requests are met with "aw, sorry man, we just ran out of that." This is one of those places that has an impressive list, but half of those beers they don't have on hand.

Service has been decent, haven't been there when its been really busy though. Pub crawl nights are full of old guys and their much younger women.

A lights out selection place, when they have what they say they do. Talk (or writing) on a menu is cheap. Have the beer if you're gonna say you have the beer. Happens to often to be a coincidence.

Would be a cooler place if it didn't smell like shit (literally) inside the last 4 or 5 times I've been there. Sit on the upper floor with airflow.

Dec 25, 2010
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mjstern70 from California

2.13/5  rDev -44.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1.75 | selection: 2.25

This is a place that's popular among the tragically hip. They do not have as large a beer selection as their reputation suggests.

May 21, 2015
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VegasBill from Nevada

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This pub shares a building with a Deli, pub in the front deli in the back. As I first entered I did a double take, white everywhere, the booths covered in white, also the bar seats and the front of the bar.
I counted 24 tap handles but at least a few were not beer as I saw the bartender pouring soda water from one of them. They dont have the handles from the brewery but the chrome and black ones.As for beer on tap the usual suspects, Sierra Nevada,Stone,Deschutes and a offering from Marin Brewing.The bottle list is huge.Something that struck me as odd is that they dont open until 3pm. This is a glambling town 24/7 bars!! and being connected to the Deli not open for lunch,a sandwich and a beer.
On the way back to Vegas it struck me, this is not a pub or beer bar it is more of a Nightclub!!

Mar 11, 2012
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mikedinius from California

4.66/5  rDev +21.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

i was in Reno visiting a buddy of mine about this time last year. everywhere in Reno seemed to have a clue about serving great crafts, but that could be just my friend knowing the good spots. the first night in town we planned a short crawl...St James is just a few blocks from his house so it was natural we start there. i absolutely loved it. we visited a few other bars, but ended our crawl right back at St James with their friendly ambiance and vibe and generous selection of great norcal as well as other out of state imports. i'm looking forward to returning to Reno in a week and making sure i stop by the Infirmary to cure what ails me!

Aug 18, 2011
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ThreeWiseMen from California

4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Stopped in here on Friday night with a group of friends. It was the second stop on a bar crawl that included Ceol, Imperial, and Ole Bridge Pub; and it was by far my favorite bar of the night!

St. James Infirmary is decorated to the tune of 1950's/60's glitz and glam. Black and white photos cover the walls. A big, shiny photo booth guards the entrance, and neon signs (including a huge "Society") dot the walls. White leather, black trim booths line the dimly-lit downstairs, while strings of incandescent bulbs hang over the wooden tables and chairs on the open-air, rooftop patio (which is a great place to hang out on a warm summer night!). It was a fun and classy environment, and the beer made things even better.

First off, make sure you take a good look through one of the drink menus before you order. I was seriously impressed by St. James' 23 tap handles, but I was blown away once I saw the bottle list! A whole page dedicated to sours, with multiple offerings from Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen, and single bottles from places like Jolly Pumpkin, The Lost Abbey, etc. Barleywines, imperial stouts, and imperial IPAs each had their own sections as well, and each respective list was nicely stacked. There were also a ton of Belgians to choose from - both bottle and draft.

The prices were fair and the service was friendly (though a touch slow). Each of the beers we ordered was served in its proper glassware. Everything was very clean. A high class beer bar all the way!

Sep 06, 2010
St. James Infirmary in Reno, NV
Place rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 5 ratings