f/Stop Fitzgerald's Public House

Bar, Eatery

335 Grove St. NE
Salem, Oregon, 97301
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Notes: Hours
Tues - Sat: 4:00 pm-1:00 am
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Reidrover from Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Been here a couple of times now. A very small bar ( bills itself as the smallest in Salem). Has room for maybe 24 people..table seating along the walls and a few stools at the bar. Serves only micro brews most local and serves them in official Imperial Dimpled Pint mugs 21-22 oz. Has a few select local wones also and now and agin a local cider on tap. delightful place, reminded me a lot of the small "hole in the wall" pubs in Scotland ( i heard actually this is what the owner was aiming for)..nice clean real wood interior..lots of indie/fetish type movie pics along the wall. They have a huge LCD TV on one wall were only movies are played..they have a selection of DVDs behind the bar. Great service here the bar-maid is perhaps the best i have had the pleasure to deal with in Salem They have a big ole fire pit area outside..which smokers and everyone else that loves drinking beer as God intended can enjoy!

Mar 06, 2011
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guajolote from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5

f/stop Fitzgerald's is a true Public House hidden away on a side street just north of downtown Salem. It bills itself as "Salem's smallest pub," and it's hard to disagree with that. It seats 24 inside: a two-person bar, a few tables/benches in what used to be a living room, and some back/side rooms with couches & chairs. Comfy. There's a nice, partially-covered outside patio area with a fireplace that seems to be popular year-round.

The place has a good rotating tap selection, though it does seem to be aimed more at passive craft drinkers. By that I mean people that aren't seeking "walez, bro" and will be happy with a solid wheat beer or IPA. That's not to say they don't get plenty of heavy hitters rotating in on tap, but you won't find those consistently. I can't gripe too much though, as there's always at least one or two beers I'll enjoy (if not more). And you sure as hell won't find any BMC. The taplist tends to be Oregon/NW-centic, but you'll find stuff from around the US and usually an import or two. They also carry local ciders and wines, mostly from the immediate Salem & Willamette Valley area. Prices are very reasonable, particularly during happy hour from 4-6pm everyday.

Bottom line: this is a nice little low-key joint where you can mingle with friends old & new, enjoy some tasty brews, relax and feel comfy. A recommended stop if you're a Salemite or just passing through.

Originally reviewed 2/26/11. Updated 1/9/13.

Feb 26, 2011
f/Stop Fitzgerald's Public House in Salem, OR
Place rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2 ratings