Marley's Brewery And Grille

Marley's Brewery And GrilleMarley's Brewery And Grille

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1323 Columbia Blvd
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, 17815
United States

(570) 784-9600 | map

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 32
Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Formerly a Bennigan's, the place was fairly spacious, with large bar and and dining room separated by glass partition. Z-shaped bar seats 16-20 people. 12 beers on tap, the two I tried were ok. Service was friendly, but with minimal beer knowledge. Had the chicken tenders...ok... reasonable price.

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Photo of MKrauss
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Stopped by Marley's at their new location ... Rte 11 about a mile from downtown Bloomsburg (old location). Great atmosphere and much more "elbow room" than the previous location. Great selection of craft beers including Pack Dog Peanut Butter Ale and a nitro driven Foggy Dog Expresso Porter. Stopped by on our way through for a growler and some appetizers. Lobster bisque, coconut shrimp and potato skins ... all excellent, tasty and well-presented. Service was great ... our waiter was well versed with craft beers. Reasonably priced. Worth a visit if you're in the neighborhood.

Mark - Pine Grove

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Photo of tommyguz
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Finally, the wife and I found ourselves with the chance to stop at Marley's. We had one major concern though, we were traveling with our dog! That could have been a big factor in our ability to stop, because we would never want to leave the dog in the car for an extended period of time. I called up my friend from college, Andrea, and asked her about Marley's and also if she would want to meet us for a drink. She told me they have an outdoor patio that was dog friendly. I was very excited to hear that. We decided we would definitely stop this time around.

Seeing that it was an overcast, cool day, we decided to run inside quick and get a sampler and a quick bite to eat as we were waiting for our friend to Arrive. After our bite to eat, we ventured out to the patio and brought the dog to hang out on the patio with us and enjoyed catching up with Andrea, while sampling some of Marley's brews.

In this dog themed restaurant, the atmosphere was pretty low key but we were there on a random Thursday in the summer. I don't know where they came up with the dog theme, as their is no history on their webpage, but it is a pretty neat theme. I didn't expect it to be crowded and I was right. There were only a handful of people there. Despite having a full range menu, we ordered an appetizer and some salads. The appetizer was one that is always the wife and I's go to when it is on the menu, Coconut Shrimp! The coconut shrimp was good, but the real star of that plate was the Pineapple Coconut Pina Colada dipping sauce. Unreal! The rest of the food was good. We saw they had a brick oven for Pizza's but we decided we just didn't feel like a pizza. I am not sure if they do, but if they don't, they should use the spent grain from brewing for their pizza dough. That combined with a brick oven would be ridiculous!

Anyways, I ordered a sampler of 6 of their beers, as the wife is still pregnant and didn't have anything to drink. I wanted a large variety and went with the Cat Chaser IBA, Tire Chaser IPA, Kong Kolsch, Bitch in Wheat Hefeweizen, Guard Dog Porter and the Maple Irish Red on Nitro as my six samples. The beer that really caught my attention was their Peanut Butter Ale, but I opted for a full glass of that (review to follow). The thing that really put Marley's over the top, in my opinion, was the fact that we could sit out on their patio, eat and drink, all while our dog was out there with us. I really appreciated that, especially since we were traveling with our dog. I mean it is a Dog Themed Brewery after all.

We were very happy with our visit to Marley's and I hope to stop by again to check out some more of their beers as well as try one of their Brick Oven Pizza's. The only complaint I have about Marley's is that they weren't around when I was living in Bloomsburg, but I guess they can't be completely at fault with that.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Visited on a Saturday evening. Place was crowded.

Not a place I will be visiting again, considering the other brewpub options in this part of PA.

A - Your average clean, well lit place, but undistinquishable from any Chi-Chi's or Applebee's. I liked their previous location (downtown) and vide much, much better.

Q - No compliants.

S - Service was great. Our waitress was attentive. When we had an issue with the meal the manager arrived very quickly. Some simple questions about the beers on tap were met with reasaonable answers.

S - House beers were average to slightly above. They do have guest beers from local brewers (Stoudt's and Purple Healer when we visited).

F - Hit or miss. I ordered the prime rib special, which was horrible. I spoke to the manager who admitted that it was the last piece of the day. It was thick cardboard. The manager removed the item from the check, I politely turned down their offer for a replacement entre or a dessert.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

As I was rolling through the area, I popped in for a pint. The place was closing at 5 for some kind of renovations, I think. The bartender seemed to have no problem serving me, even though it was about 4:50, or so. Nice looking place. Clean and mellow. Selection was fairly thorough. The one I had was okay. Not sure I'd go out of my way to stop here again, since it would be out of my being in Bloomsburg and all. But it was nice to check out.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A- Marleys is on Main St in Bloomsburg-so like any restaurant located in any other small town this is a long and narrow place that is part of a much larger strip-when you walk in is the bar area and then there is another strip that is the restaurant area to the right of the bar area divided by a wide passthrough where the host/hostess stand is. It decorated with dark wood and reminds me of so many other brewpubs that I've been too. I went with my fiance on a cold, windy november saturday night-and there weren't many folks out in town that night. This made the atmosphere in the brewpub quaint, warm, and personable.

Q and S- They have 8 or so of their own beers on tap here. I believe they have 4-5 standards and 4-5 seasonal/rotating/experimental taps. We tasted a sampler. When we were there they had their kolsch, irish red, english mild (all 3 of these were good for the style-but none of those are particularly exciting styles), their porter (good), their IPA (good), an Octoberfest (flippin' fantastic-we took a growler home), a Double IPA (I really really enjoyed this one), and a black IPA (good as well). All of their beers are very well made-but I guess 3 of the 5 standard beers are from ho-hum styles-BUT what do you expect from a brewpub in a college town that is trying to get people away from bud light an yuengling.

F- My fiance had a burger and they cooked it right-that is a feat in itself. We also had the pretzel sticks which were very, very good. Overall, their menu is good and has a nice variety of food with salads, wraps, burgers, pasta, steaks and other appetizers, snadwhiches and entrees. I think it would be pretty difficult to find something you didn't like here.

Service- Our server was pleasant, personable and patient. Her beer knowledge was mediocre- but there is a nice explanation of each beer on the table. My fiance and I really enjoyed our evening here and told the manager about it- since this is a new establishment they really appreciated the comments and criticizm.

We stopped here on a whim after visiting Troegs the day before and Selinsgrove earlier that day. My fiance was dissapointed with Selinsgrove and we were bored and found this place in the phonebook at our hotel in Danville. Definately a pleasant surprise.

Overall- a good and worthwhile stop. Its hard to compete with brewpubs like Selinsgrove and Bullfrog not too far away. This is more of a traditional brewpub that does really well at making staple styles- the brewmaster seems to like to experiment so you might be in for an additional pleasant surprise too!

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Photo of orangesol
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Stopped in here yesterday during our beer trip, my first visit to Marley's.

Walking in I instantly realized this place was a little bigger than I thought it would be walking up. Pretty nice space with a decent sized bar with a few TV's scattered around it, pool table in the back of the bar area. Dining room is a good sized room with boothes on both sides and tables down the middle. We where the only people in the dining room so it felt much bigger than it really is, and I hear it gets pretty packed most nights so I can see it being a little tight on some nights.

Quality seemed to be pretty good. Nice stuff on the walls and most of my beers were in the correct glasses. Can't comment on the quality of the food as we already had dinner plans but the menu looked pretty good to me. The service was really hit or miss. Our server was really attentive when we first got there but as our group grew from three to six she never came back around once. Our new arrivals had to go up to the bar and get their own beers and once we where ready to leave they had to locate our server for us so we could get the check.

Selection was pretty good. They had over ten beers on, most of which from different styles. I got a Kong Kolsch and it was decent but nothing to write home about. I tried a few samples from some of the others and they were mostly the same. I did enjoy my sample of porter and I was planning on ordering one for myself but that was about the time our server disappeared.

Overall I would say this place is worth the stop but I wouldn't expect anything earth shattering.

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Photo of slander
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Driving down route 11 from the interstate, I'd come to realize at some point that I had no idea what this place was called or where it was. I just remembered the look of the layout of the land when I mapped it; straight line, turn to the right, turn to the left. I figured I could sniff it out from there, which I did. It’s called Marley’s; located in a strip of town, some town, PA...

This is a double wide; bar side, dining side. I’m not all fancy dininglike so I park bar; long and straight of shiny varnished newness with a wide lip & piping foot rail, and seating for 14 on high leather chairs. The barback is an expansive piecing. Framed 4x6 logo mirror on center, with angled corner mini shelves holding ceramic steins of all sizes and shapes. Vertical mirror back panel pieces to both sides with flatscreens above and glassware hanging from the underside. Shelved glassware and growlers displayed on the ends. Wines countered along the way, glassware & wine shelved below center, and cupboardtry extending to the ends.

Walls are a pale green over panel lowers, with a pressed tinlike bordering trim and a gold drop ceiling to match. New slat wood laminate floor and a front wall of windows. Wall in between rooms holds peekaboo arches, the overhang above with a cool “brewing process” piece. Drop thimble lamps trace the bar and rest over some adjacent seating. Ceiling spots and spinny fans and some baby spots up front and in the bar overhang. To the rear, a single red felt pool table, flatscreens above, a mounted CD juke, and a few more tables along the far wall. Up front, a pair of hightop tables in the window, and 4 adjacent to the bar, split 2 & 2 for the entranceway to the dining side.

10 tap nondescript handle tower on the bar. Samplers are served on a dog bone shaped wood holder. They don’t do an ‘everything sampler’, so to take it all in, I had to do a 6 sampler and a 4 sampler. As they only had 9 beers up, I was to double up on a beer of my choice, player to be named later. I’m pretty sure a few of them are regular full timers (Kong Kolsch, sweetish, pleasant; Dog Runner Red, an Irish Red, deep ruby colored, good maltiness; Tire Chaser IPA, has a bite but I think misses, still, it wasn’t too bad; Guard Dog Porter, a robust porter, good licorice flavors, nice porter), and the rest of them are seasonals (Leg Humper Stout, an English Oatmeal Stout with homemade chocolate syrup added. I swear it’s true, um, just not what I’m looking for, and I hope is not looking for me; Cat Chaser IBA, light roast, full on hop, definitely more assertive than the IPA, does not suck; Guide Dog Gold, a fruit beer with kiwi, a spritzy summer thing; Ankle Biter Amber, good caramel toffee sweetness and a Fuggles bite; Dock Jumper Dunkel, and the banana and the clove), and 2 that had recently kicked (Wagging Tail Wit & Howling Hound Helles). The Dog Runner Red, Cat Chaser IBA, Ankle Biter Amber, and Guard Dog Porter were the best of ‘em.

And dinner, ‘cause it’s gotten on that time. The soup of the day is chicken tortilla, and I’m here today so it seems apt. It showed up about 30 seconds after I ordered it. I put it down nearly as fast. And then the chicken breast dinner, served with 2 sides (slaw & sweet pot fries), and a pre side salad of perfect for what I needed, with French. I opted for the chicken done Cajun dry rub, ‘cause I like the pain. And I did.

Do be aware of the ramp sloping down into the dining room side, lest you fall and I laugh. Yellow painted walls over wood trim lowers. Mounted wall bell lamps, and old timey Bloomsburg black & white prints and panoramic shots. Booths along the walls and tables down center, 2 dozen in all. And I just got a peek at the basement brewery ‘cause I must have looked like I wanted to see it. Which, you know, I did.

So, I caught a good meal and I enjoyed a good couple of the beers. Did I mention that everything was in the 5-6.5% range? Well, it was. Trivia night kicks in soon so I will be heading out; I still have hours to go west yet. Good tunes, friendly bunch of folks. It’s not like I get through this corridor too often but I’d take it in again, sure.

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Photo of mmm55
2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I’m from Bloomsburg, and I’ve been hoping for a brewpub in town for a long time. As much as I enjoy that 30 mile trek downriver to my favorite brewpub, I wouldn’t mind something a bit more local. So when I heard about Marley’s, I got really excited and eagerly anticipated the opening. Well, I’m not so excited anymore.

Before I get into the details, let me state that I have been to Marley’s there three times so far (I don’t think it’s fair to review anything based on a single visit). Each time, I went around dinnertime. Sat in the restaurant area twice, and in the bar area once. In summary, I’d say that although there’s nothing “bad” about Marley’s, there is really nothing exceptional about it either. For example:

The beer – Other than the Wit (which was excellent), every other of the eight beers that I tried could simply be described as “adequate.” Sure, they did a fair job representing the particular style, but they just weren’t very remarkable. It’s so easy these days to find great beer that it makes little sense to drink mediocre beer, and that’s what you get at Marley’s. But beer isn’t the only reason that you go to a brewpub, right. There’s also…

The food – I like good food. My wife is a great cook, and I enjoy pretending to know my way around the kitchen occasionally, too. We both also enjoy dining out, and try to keep in mind the type of restaurant we’re patronizing when expressing an opinion about their food. Some restaurants seem to have a kitchen full of “chefs” while others hire “cooks.” Marley’s is definitely one of the latter. It just doesn’t seem like a lot of effort is put into making the food special. And then there’s...

The staff -- In short, a little training would go a long way! No serious problems, just the basics (that any waiter or waitress should have learned as a teenager during their first gig at Perkin’s). And lastly...

The atmosphere -- It’s weird; absolutely no cohesiveness. I guess the best way to describe it is that I don’t feel very comfortable there. It’s not the kind of place I’d like to linger and chat after dinner and drinks. I just want to move on.

In closing, I’ll be going back occasionally, but only because it’s so convenient. It’s not a destination, nor is it a place I’d travel any great distance to visit.

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Photo of Beerquester
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Marley's Brewery and Grille is the most recent brewpub opening in the Susquehanna region. My first experience was going there the second night and my first beer a porter. After I tried that I was hooked. Here was a robust porter as good as most that I have brewed (I am a homebrewer) and this place is only minutes from my house! I thought to myself I won't have to brew porters anymore but can now concentrate on other styles.

The food is awesome here, I haven't ever heard complaints about it. There are at least 7 or 8 beers on tap all the time. My favorites are Porter, Wit, Kolsch, and Wee Heavy. Thumbs up to the brewer who I thought did an awesome job on these first offerings from a new system/location.

Although the place can get busy just about any night of the week they accept reservations in their dining room. The tables in the bar area are fist come/first served. Weekdays 5-7pm two beers are discounted for Happy Hour and you can't beat 35 cent wings Tuesday nights.

This is a must stop on any Susquehanna Beer Trail tour and will become a favorite for locals as well.

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Photo of krisandajt
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in at Marley's as part of a Saturday afternoon beer trek. The bar is tucked away in a long row of shops, however despite it's appearance on the outside it's very roomy on the inside. Right when you walk in you're greeting by a long, nice looking bar with a large chalkboard listing all of the beers on tap. The selection was good, and their beer was decent enough...though nothing really mind blowing. We started off with a sampler which offered all of their beers with the exception of 3 (we were able to pick the three to skip). It's worth a stop if you are in the area.

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

A friend and I stopped in Marley's to check the place out. We decided to sit at the bar, but we later observed that seating in the back area was only for patrons with reservations. The bar area seemed nice, there were 4 televisions that were mostly turned into sports channels. A pool table was located at the far end of the bar as well. If I had to pick a downside to the bar area, it would be the front door. Every time the door was opened a gust of cold winter air came ripping down the bar.

Our order started with a 6 beer sampler. The glasses came positioned in a wooden holder with numbers that correlated to their beer list. We then ordered our beers based on that tasting.

Their menu looked pretty good with a wide selection of food. I ordered a Mushroom and Swiss burger, and it came out pretty good. My friend got a Buffalo Chicken Wrap, and disliked the house buffalo sauce.

Overall, it is a good establishment with a very attentive staff. I would recommend this to anyone in the Bloomsburg area.

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Photo of CaptinRedBeard
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My wife and I went to check out this newly opened Brewpub for lunch today. I was very impressed by how nice the appearance of Marley's is. A lot of thought and a fair amount of money went into this place before opening it up. They did a lot more than just throw in a few brew tanks and open the doors. The beers were very good and they have a nice variety of six beers for just opening up last week. The service was very nice and the server was prompt and attentive. The food was fantastic, really great well done stuff. I thought that the prices were great as well. I see no reason why anyone would go to the chain restaurants in the area with this place now open. I will certainly be a frequent patron here. It's great to see a place like this open up in Bloomsburg.

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Marley's Brewery And Grille in Bloomsburg, PA
3.57 out of 5 based on 126 ratings.
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