Hangar 9

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Hangar 9Hangar 9

Type: Bar

511 South Illinois Avenue
Carbondale, Illinois, 62901
United States

(618) 549-0511 | map

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Added by seedsofchaos on 01-28-2011

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 5
Reviews by champ103:
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3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Oh man, I remember the original Hanger 9. What a dump, but a great venue for live music when I was in college. After the roof collapsed from a snow storm several years ago, it was rebuilt and completely updated. This is my first visit to the new location.

A long bar as you walk in the front, with some pool tables, an upstairs, and tables off to the side. Two TV's turned to sports, and loud music playing. There is a very modern and industrial feel here compared to the old dump.

The service is decent. A few bartenders working for tips, but friendly and on top of things. Not really the most knowledgeable about the beers, but they don't have to be.

There are more than 10 taps, probably less than 15. Some good things, and some typical macro swill. A handful of Schlafly, some Summit, one for Honkers Ale, one for Bells, two New Belgium, one Founders, the rest is macros. Certainly not a bad selection at all. The quality seemed fine when I visited.

I have mixed feelings here. Not the dive I have so many memories from, but a new and updated (almost sterile) feel here. Certainly a good selection. I wish I could have seen a live show, instead of over baring jukebox hits. Though still enjoyable for the most part. I will continue to support Hanger.

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Photo of Saluki-21
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Easily the best craft beer bar in Southern Illinois. They get beer that no one in the area has. Whether you want to listen to some good music or have a few beers with friends Hangar is the place to be in Carbondale, IL.

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Photo of Fatty_Mccracken
4.29/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of seedsofchaos
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Directly from Hangar 9's website: " The Hangar 9 has brought loud live music to Southern Illinois University and the locals of the Carbondale area for nearly 30 years. Originally conceived as a small neighborhood tavern with one, maybe two, TV's, the Hangar 9 quickly evolved into the hub of the live music scene and has held that position for some 30 years. Fueled by the energy of live performers, the Hangar 9 keeps Carbondale's Strip rockin' and rollin' and Southern Illinois University at the top of the charts as a fun place to live, study and party. "

Hangar 9 (known by locals as simply "the Hangar") used to be a fairly small, rock venue. During a snow storm a couple of years back the roof collapsed and everyone thought that it was the end of the Hangar. The building sat for quite some time and then, out of nowhere, work began on tearing down the old building and rebuilding the new.

Hangar 9 reopened with multiple taps and most of them with craft beer. Bell's is always represented and currently Two Hearted and Hopslam both make an appearance. Nothing incredible as far as beer (rare) but definitely decent stuff: Schlafly's Pale, Schlafly's Coffee Stout, Rogue's Shakespeare, Trout Slayer, etc. The Hangar has secured its place in Southern Illinois Craft Beer culture as the first bar in Carbondale (and perhaps all of Southern Illinois south of Hwy 64) to serve craft beer on tap.

Atmosphere after work hours (5pm-7pm) is super mellow and there is no cover. The building itself is very modern with a contemporary art-deco look. The bartenders are friendly and talkative though not beer geeks themselves. Pours are decent and prices are fair. This is definitely a spot that a beer nerd can pull him or herself up a seat and enjoy a few pints after a long day at school or work.

Typically the "party" gets started around 7:30pm or later each night and a cover of about $5.00 gets you in. Bands range the gamut from bluegrass to indie to punk rock. No club hoppers here. The crowd is mostly laid back and here to have a good time.

All in all, this is the spot in Southern Illinois to enjoy a few pints of good American craft beer and enjoy a little bit of music along with it.

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Hangar 9 in Carbondale, IL
3.9 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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