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Type: Bar, Eatery

21 N Eutaw St
Baltimore, Maryland, 21201-1718
United States

(410) 545-5112 | map

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Added by broadchillin on 09-20-2010

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4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My favorite place to go to in Baltimore. Before reviewing everything, alot of the negative reviews of this place seem to be attributed to the fact that individuals were seated at a very busy, yet small environment. Service can obviously be lackluster even in slow times when the personnel are prepping for peak hours.

Vibe: A bit chilly, but beautiful. There is definitely a dark and sinister atmosphere to this venue where dim-lighting and close-quarters bring a tight-knit and open-ended resolution to the joint. Nevertheless, a diverse crowd always comes out, be it visitors, tourists or local beer-snobs. Love going there late at night when it's generally packed and everyone is enjoying their time off.

Quality: Exceptional. Be it food, drink or service, this place is top-notch. Their brew selection is phenomenal ranging from international players down to the local one-offs. Fantastic rotating tap with roughly 40 beers always ready for your enjoyment.

Service: Love all the bartenders that I meet here. They are welcoming, appreciative of good conversation.

Selection: Incredible. For such a small venue, I could not be more satisfied. A definite hot spot for anyone in the business center of Bmore. Well-priced and free-flowing.

Food: Phenomenal. Had a few of their artisanal dishes. Was impressed by the presentation, balance and overall flavor. Although the food may be a bit pricey, the quality definitely speaks for itself. Portions are on the short side, but it's not leaning towards greasy big-portion bar food, so much as catering to delicious pairings. Loved the mac n cheese along with a particular fresh scallop dish.

Overall: Will always visit whenever I'm in this great city.

Edit: Not to scare anyone, but this place is haunted for sure. Be wary.

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Photo of atpben
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Went there a week ago on an overnight. Two blocks from my hotel in downtown BWI. It was about 1pm on Saturday afternoon so not very crowded. High ceiling in the main bar area. Got lucky with the table next to the big ass window next to the street. Awesome waitress. She was very good in recommending good beers for my non beer drinker friends. 40 beers on tap and about a 100 bottles. Great selection. Lot of the beers I wanted were understandably gone. But had the Stone Dayman Coffee IPA, Ballast Point Big Eye,and Green Flash West Coast IPA (They had the parabola but for 45$ not worth it for me). Had the fries made in duck fat(awesome and highly recommended). Did not have other food on this trip but had the burger on my last one and it was awesome. This place is on the pricey side but great selection. I will be back in BWI later on this month and I'm definitely gonna start at the alewife.

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Photo of Perrumpo
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Alewife makes great use of their 40 taps. They always have plenty of high class craft beers to choose from. Their Stone event was amazing... all 40 taps were Stone beers. The beers are fairly priced, but the food is more expensive ($15 Smoke Burger w/ fries) but you get what you pay for with the food. It's the best burger I've ever had. Great rosemary duck fat fries, too.

The atmosphere is nice. It's never that crowded, and it has a great vibe to it. One of my favorite places to go in the city.

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Photo of Gavage
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A short walk up Eutaw street from the Inner Harbor area, you can easily see the Alewife sign from a distance. The building looks like an old bank building from the outside, but inside it has more of a dark wood and maroon colored walls. The bar is large and has an impressive lineup of about 40 drafts. There are also some other tables in the area where some people were eating while enjoying beers.

We pulled up some stools at the bar and had a hard time deciding which of the beers to have. The beer list covered numerous styles including some sours which is nice too see. Bear Republic, DFH, Heavy Seas, Allagash, New Belgium, and Weyebacher were a few of the breweries represented. The several pints we had were all very fresh which shows good turnover with the number of taps here.

Service was very good here - friendly and beer knowledgable - any question regarding the beer selections was answered quickly and accurately. We did not try any food here.

Defintely a must stop for any BA in the Inner Harbor area, especially if want a different mellower vibe to enjoy some great beers.

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Photo of 86sportster883
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Pleasant bar staff, good music, casual & comfortable bar atmosphere. A mix of younger grad students (20 somethings)and older business types.

40 Draughts: No beer menu, just a chalkboard listing what's on tap:

Dale's Pale Ale, Kulmbacher Pilsner, Brasserie de la senne Zinnebir, Buttenheim Lager, Monchshoff Fest Bier, Bink Blond, De Rank Guldenberg & Saison, Lagunitas Little Sumpin Wild Ale, Spaten Octoberfest, Victory Prima Pils & Fest Bier, DFH's Burton Baton & 60 min IPA, Wienstephan Weisse, St Bernardis Abt 12, DuPont La Moinette Blond, Allagash White, Stone's Smoked Porter, IPA, & Arrogant Bastard, Boulder's Mojo Risin, Reissdorf Kölsch, Youngs Double Chocolate, Old Rasputin, La Rulles Tripple, Smuttynose's Shoals Pale Ale & Big A IPA, Flying Dog Pale Ale, Bluebird Pilsner, Heavy Seas Golden, Haandbrygerriet Odin's Triple, Schlenkerla Helles Lager, Stoudt's Oktoberfest, Bear Republic's Racer 5, Avery's and Green Flash's West Coast IPAs.

Bottles: An uncommon selection of Belgians, Belgian-style beers, German, English and American beers with a big bias for Stone & DFH offerings.

Crispin Cider

Food: The venison sausage over red cabbage with potatoes was outstanding. I also enjoyed a half dozen oysters for HH ($1 per).

Great place. Decided to extend my stay in Baltimore to attend the "40 Stone Taps" event here on Friday.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Alewife is Baltimore's newest purveyor of craft ales. Proudly situated opposite the Hippodrome Theater in an imposing building that was once the Eutaw Savings Bank (the vault is still here), it offers Charm City beer advocates another opportunity to quaff great brews accompanied by some very eclectic cuisine, one item being Belgian-style fries cooked in duck fat.

The room is beautiful; spacious and airy, it is accented with dark wood, brass, stained glass windows and sleek crimson walls. There is a large, comfortable bar that is opposite a row of hightops that serves to separate this area with the regular dining area. Additionally, there a few tables along the windows, the large ones in the center once being the front entrance of the bank.

As previously noted, Alewife offers their customers about 40 taps to accompany a well chosen bottle list, which represents several of the great Beer Countries (i.e., Belgium and Germany). Several of the bottles are a bit pricey - such as De Ranke Golden Ale for $26.00. (Ouch!) During my visit, on a quiet Saturday afternoon, I had the opportunity to quaff the following: Loose Cannon IPA, Boulder Mojo, Evolution IPA and O'Hara Dry Stout. I could not help but notice that a good portion of Alewife's draft list favored hoppy beers. But, who's complaining? Not I.

Nor can I complain about the service: efficient and friendly; nor the menu, which went above and beyond the ubiquitous "pub grub" that one would find in many a bar, saloon or tavern. And yes! Those duck fat fries; this and a hearty Cuban sandwich sent me home stuffed and happy.

Alewife is a welcome addition to the Baltimore beer scene; and it is a most welcome sight to the thirsty Beer Advocate who wanders into this neglected section of town.

Given its' location well away from the Inner Harbor and Fells Point, this building has not had the best of luck (there have been two Irish pubs in three years); however, Alewife is worth a visit. In fact, the owners are also responsible for several such venues in Massachusetts: Lord Hobo (Cambridge) and Moan and Dove (Amherst). I wish them the same success with Alewife.

While I will always reserve a special love for Max's (See My Review), Alewife will indeed make a wonderful mistress.

Update: Paid another visit during Baltimore Beer Week 2011; this place grew on me even more. I remarked upon the serene atmosphere - as opposed to Max's sportsbar vibe. During Visit Two, they had two Bear Republic Double IPAs!

Update 10/19/13 - Another wonderful visit; this trip provided the chance to tatse Green Flash Surf Up, a Black Bear Racer, a new Belgian Pale Ale (Birdhouse) one from Baltimores Full Tilt and Boulevard Nommo Dubble. Max's is still my favorite but Alewife is catching up. Note: It gets very crowded with theater goers since H=the Hippodrome Theater is across the street.

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4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

In the theatre district, and packed after a show. Huge selection of local and regional beers on tap. Solid bottle list too. Noisy but great energy and good music. Bartender was super on, and the roast beef dip sandwich was delish! Awesome vibe, beers and food.

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4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

An old bank converted to a kick ass bar, amazing atmosphere, feels more like an old church than bank. The draft list was damn good and the bartenders were absolutely on it, amazing service and beer discussion. Layla so hooked us up, my girlfriend couldn't stop talking about everthing Layla did to help us out. Check this place out, it's what I look for in a great pub. The exact opposite experience we had at Max's. Super chill awesome pub.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Not that one but the other one. Yes, Baltimore, for work at drink and now transitioning to at drink for play. Did the blind stumble about town but found my way, some way, anyway. Parked a sweet slander spot, fed the poser muni-meter wannabe, and assessed the shadybag factor (high)...

Old corner bank looking place in a not that great ‘hood. It is a beautiful fucking room though. Mad vaulted ceilings, tin pressed black with crown moldings, with a single center spiny, and squared drop hexagon paneled glass chandeliers. Blood red walls over black lowers with tall arched windows, some stained glass and an arched window forward where the door once was. White tiled floors with black diamond borders along the bar and slat wood floorings beyond. Framed wood balcony to the rear, the rails lined with garland & baby colored holiday lights and wreathes mounted below.

‘L’ dark wood bar with a framed panel base, and my feet left to dangle. Seating for 18 on hightop wood chairs. Row of 16 taps on the barback center and a pair of box towers along the bar with a dozen taps each. Tiered booze to both sides of the tower on the barback fronting horizontal mirrors, and glassware shelved countered and below, and more dangling from a slat rack lined with wrapping white. Large slanted horizontal mirrors above. Long drop baby spots in a row over the bar and fewer on the opposite wall, and lantern things along the bar.

Flats mounted in 3 corners, bright colorful art, and a blackboard listing tap selections on the far wall not even remotely updated or attempted. Neons in the front windows, and a Christmas tree where the door used to be. More art heavily packing the back room, and a baby faux fireplace there; it’s giving off some heat. I do not understander.

A pair of 8 stooled bar counter dividers off the bar and a baker’s dozen mix & match tables; highs and lows, singles and in rows, on the far side. Small back room with 10 tables and another small small small room with a single table there. And a handful of tables up there in the rear clock tower balcony.

40 taps, a mix of everything local (Full Tilt Berger Cookie Chocolate Stout & Baltimore Pale Ale), regional (Flying Dog Pumpkin IPA, DogFishHead Indian Brown Ale, 60 Minute IPA, & Sah’tea, Victory Golden Monkey, Prima Pils, & Headwaters Pale Ale, Yards Pynk, Troegs Perpetual IPA & Dreamweaver Wheat), New England regionals (Smuttynose Old Brown Dog, Allagash White, Black, Dubbel, & Tripel, Oxbow Farmhouse Pale Ale, Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale), Midwest regionals (Oskar Blues Old Chub, Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, New Belgium La Folie, Schlafly Pumpkin Ale), West coast regionals (Rogue Double Dead Guy, Ballast Point Sculpin, Stone Ruination & Double Bastard, Bear Republic Red Rocket, Grand Am, & Racer 5, Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout, Green Flash Double Stout & Green Bullet Triple IPA, 21st Amendment Back In Black), a handful of imports (Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, Monchshof Schwarzbier, Kulmbacher Eisbock, Schlenkerla Rauchbier Oak Smoke Doppelbock), and ciders from near (Millstone Farmgate) and far (Original Sin). I drank the Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, Oxbow Farmhouse Pale Ale, & New Belgium La Folie, You would have too.

And bottles, 64 of ‘em, by the look of things. They do a list, I looked it over. Priciest items are Firestone Walker Parabola, Bruery Tart of Darkness, & Oude Gueuze Tilquin a L’Ancienne, all at $45 a pop. Things look to be reasonably priced overall, although it’s hard to tell without my standardized price gauge (lovely) Orval.

Was looking for some din & done gave the menu a-lookin’ at. Something light me thinks; not too much, but enough. The blue catfish tacos (Potomac River blue cat, chimichurri, blistered corn salsa, chipotle cabbage slaw, sweet potato strings, one of those things makes some heat). They were perfect. I had been on the fence between them tacos and the smoke burger, airliner chicken breast, Maryland crab cake, & wild boar sliders, but I think I chose well.

We have been sucked into trivia night activities and we “guys at the bar” are not faring too well. Round 2, not much better. Caught a great meal, and would like to take in another. And the beer... Boulevard, New Belgium, & Oxford (fuckers!) Yeah, I’d do this again.

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4.43/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited on a Wednesday night (there was an Orioles Game down the street). Sat at the bar for dinner. It was not busy.

A - Good vibe. Clean and friendly. Your standard darkish pub. No real issues but I would probably not bring my kids. Seems more of an adult place. Looks as if lots of folks hit this bar on the way to an O's game, about four blocks straight down Eutaw.

Q - Beer in coolers or some down in the cellar. Served in proper beer glasses. No glass washing machine behind the bar (+).

S - Good attention from the bartender. Gave me tastes and talked beer with me. No compliants about the food timing.

S - Great but not overwhelming selection on tap and in bottle. Perfect. [Not 40 taps as per data above]. Common to rare. No BMC. Berliner weiss to RIS. Had three Catillions.

F - Food Menu is broad. Something for everyone. I had the catfish tacos - excellent, WOW!

V - Standard mark-up on bottles.

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4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

My wife and I (from Boston) were on a sports trip to see Camden Yards and Ravens Stadium. We found Alewife advertised on Beer Advocate and made it a MUST destination. It ended up being 4 blocks from our hotel. We stopped in for lunch and we had a BALL! Great selection of brews and we struck up conversations with three or so employees. I believe our server was named Joe, and he knew about all the beers. Talked hockey with another server (awesome), and someone from the kitchen talked to us about REAL Baltimore crab cakes.
Go to Alewife if you are in Baltimore. Sit at the bar and tell them you came from Beer Advocate. It's a really cool building too. It was originally a bank and some of the vaults are now rooms.

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4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A great stop in the Inner Harbor area, Alewife was about three blocks up the hill from our hotel right outside Camden Yards.

Cool vibe inside, one large room with extrmely high ceilings and a mezzanine with a good amount of seating. We got two seats at the corner of the old school bar.

Beer selection was really excellent, with a heavy emphasis on regional craft beers. We never see Evolution on tap in PA so that was a nice surprise. Also, Weyerbacher, Flying Dog, Heavy Seas, DFH all nicely represented.

Our heavily inked bartender was very friendly, always there when we needed something. Food was good as well.

A new favorite to add to our Ballmer rotation.


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Photo of TedStrosser
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

*A little re-reviewing here*.

After a handful of visits to Alewife Baltimore, there are some points that need to be reconsidered. Once the Stone historic event was over, what we have left is a draught list that is solid good but not exceptional. I've had trouble finding something I wanted here. Not a lot of variety, not many (if any) Imperial Stouts, no Barleywines, few (if any) Imperial IPA's. Lots of quality Euro brews from Belgium and stuff, if you care for that (St Bernardus, La Chouffe). But really, a little more diversity would be nice to appeal to all palates.

Prices are still incredibly out of control. Nasty expensive, both the beer and the food. No correction here.

Service can be hit or miss. At first everyone was super knowledgeable. Now they got at least one new bartender who's got no idea about beer and is also slow. She is willing but inefficient and can't tell a pilsner from an stout.

So I'm knocking down some points, but Alewife is still a very good beer bar with a unique, classy atmosphere and great food.


My wife and I are stationed in Baltimore for two months and have already been exploring the beer options. The new Alewife is a cool addition to downtown Baltimore, in a somewhat strange and desolate area where Broadway-style theaters meet check-cashing joints and the homeless mingle with college students outside a Starbucks.

How well will this expansive and beautiful beer bar do in this sketchy area of a sketchy town? Hopefully well enough to survive!

The atmosphere is very nice, an old Irish-type pub with lots of wood, high ceilings and the works. Gorgeous and airy. Service is very good too, with beautiful bartenders who are extremely helpful and know their beer and food (how rare is that!).

40 beers on tap, and all of them interesting. No fillers here, no Guinness or Stella. When I visited, they had taps leftover from a massive Stone tasting (all 40 taps for them!), and I was lucky to drink Double Bastard '08 and Double Dry Hopped Stone IPA. Vertical Epics from '06 to '10 were available too!

The food is a winner here too. Imaginative, well made, different. I love it when places like these go beyond the nachos-and-fries fare of most bars. Here you can have beef carpaccio, tuna tartare, wild mushroom risotto cake, a meat-and-cheese plate with foie gras, chorizo and different cheeses... WOW!

Beer prices are all over- $5 for Dogfish 90, $6 for an Anderson Valley IPA, $6.5 for all the Stone specialties served on 12-oz glasses... the prices advertised on the board didn't match the prices I was charged, though ($8 for a Double Bastard, but a free Stone, nice but confusing).

Food is incredibly expensive, sadly. Tuna tartare was $12 and it was barely two bites, with no much dressing or garnish.

Three appetizers and two beers: $60, and they charge you for extra bread. SIXTY, that is correct. I can go to Brewer's Art and have the same amount of beer and food for half the price.

We loved the Alewife, but with these outrageous prices, I doubt we'll come often... we'll consider it a "once-a-semester treat".

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Photo of John_M
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The latest addition to the Baltimore beer scene. Stopped by twice over the past week; once for their Stone event and a couple days later on Sunday to see what the place is like on a "normal" day.

Located near Camden yards in the West downtown area, Alewife is an impressively good size restaurant with two downstairs dining area, and then an additional upstairs area (where I have not yet ventured). There is a foyer area just off of Eutaw street, and the downstairs dining area is to the left as you walk in. To the back is a good size bar area with around 15 bar seats. The place has a solid, clubbish kind of atmosphere, with lots of old wood and red giving it something of a warmish vibe. It's a nice looking restaurant/beer bar, and is the sort of place you wouldn't hesitate to bring family or a first date you were trying to impress. On the other hand, there are a couple of flat screen TV's over the bar area, and so the vibe is still very relaxed, and so conducive to hanging out and relaxing with a few beers.

As for selection, Alewife is committed to having 40 beers on draft with no crap on tap. They also plan to have weekly firkins of cask beer, though that policy had not yet been implemented when I stopped by for a visit. No matter, the selection is excellent, all the more so during the incredible Stone event, when they had 40 Stone beers on tap, including some vintage barleywine and imperials stouts, as well as some other barrel aged rareaties. They also have a decent bottle selection (which they're still building), but the draft selection was so good the days I stopped by, I gave the bottle list no more than a passing glance. Service was friendly and prompt, and I got the impression that it had been drilled into the staff that they needed to make an extra effort to remain friendly and accommodating to the restaurant patrons.

Prices were the downtown norm or a bit less, with most beers going for $5 a pint (in a real pint glass; none of this cheater pint/shaker glass nonsense).

There's no doubt this is a quality spot (in some ways it reminds me a bit of ChurchKey in DC), and I hope it does well. There's nothing else quite like it in that part of downtown Baltimore, and time will tell as to how well the place is received by the locals (the bar and dining areas were pratically empty the Sunday afternoon I stopped by). While I'm personally not a huge fan of that part of Baltimore, Alewife is such a great spot that there's no doubt I'll continue to make an effort to drop in from time to time. Best of luck Alewife!

Edit from 3/18/12. It seems as if Alewife has settled into the area and found it's niche. On a Sunday afternoon the place was fairly busy, with the dining room almost full and no seats left at the bar. Tried the catfish tacos recently, and while decent, I didn't find them to be any better than the fish tacos over at Max's (they were visually more attractive, but that's about it). Selection is as excellent as ever, but prices here are decidedly on the high side. Ordered a 12 ounce Dupont Saison and a 12 ounce Green Flash palate wrecker and the price came to $16.90 (nugget nectar pints were going for $7). Will still stop by from time to time, but the high prices will likely keep me from ever coming by on a regular basis.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

I don't know what constitutes a "dodgy" area in Baltimore, where the boarded up buildings and flaming trash cans start appearing less than a quarter mile from the downtown's poshest area. The bartender here advised me not to venture out on foot, for what that's worth.

So Alewife is maybe a gentrification effort? And it does a good job at that. The insides are old and gorgeous, with decently maintained fixtures, high ceilings, and large mirrors hanging weird and silent above the bar.

It's dark and quiet and warm. A good date place.

I visited on a Wednesday evening around 8 PM. There were people, but it was far from busy. The crowd was youngish and they all looked like they had jobs. There were no TVs and if there was any music playing I don't remember it. I sat at the bar and tried to get work done.

The bartender was friendly. The food was good. The selection was wide and reasonably priced.

So everything was good, really. The minimalism provides a great deal of character. If I were in a better mood at the time, or with someone I loved, I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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