The Malted Barley


36 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

42 High St
Westerly, Rhode Island, 02891-1854
United States

(401) 315-2184 | map

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Added by sccala on 07-09-2011

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Reviews by Roguer:
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4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Slightly odd looking interior, with a mix of blue-collar warehouse and hipster/preppy coffee-shop. Overall very nice, though; while on the small side, there are plenty of spots to which you can retreat to have your own private conversation.

The beer selection is far and away the best in the area. A large selection of IPAs and DIPAs on tap; seasonals; stouts; et al. Something in excess of 20 taps, and a cask they change out weekly. Small but decent bottle selection. Most offerings are American craft, although they do get some craft imports.

The food is the funny part: they only offer pretzels. But oh, they're good! They have all kinds of pretzels, stuffed pretzels, and pretzel sandwiches. They also have a single soup option that is always fantastic.

Prices are very good: you pay what you'd expect for quality craft beer, and the pretzels are very inexpensive.

Edit: they have a beautiful - but very small - outside area, shaded by trees with a view of the river.

I try to come here every week; by far the best craft beer bar anywhere near.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Kurzman
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Big_Thirsty
4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of tasterschoice62
4.75/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Had stopped here on a Friday for the first time - alone on the way home from work on a wonderful sunny afternoon. Probably like myself and 8 others about 2 in the afternoon. (Most people at the beach) Nicely done clean interior with cask on end of bar. Wonderful tap selection of cool brews. Had a JA IPL cask along with a very tasty pretzel sandwich with smoked turkey, avocado and sharp cheese.
Bartender was knowledgeable and friendly but just a tad distracted. Probably because the place was empty? Anyhow not much wrong with this if you love craft. Cool place. And I believe they are opening one in Providence which is close for me.

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Photo of daisyapplegirl
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is a great place with great beer. The food selection is pretty much just pretzels and pretzel sandwiches, but they are done extremely well. The pretzel sauces are also really good - mmm... Apricot butter. They do one cask a week but not always there :( Still, our regular go to place. Can't go wrong here.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Cool little place in a cool little town. Had quite a few interesting options on tap. About 20-25 tap lines and not sure about the bottles, although they did have a list in the beer menu. Service was exceptional, and for the most part, servers/bartenders knew what they were talking about.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Popped into The Malted Barley today for lunch and a brew. Got great service from the woman behind the bar. She was on top of everything and quite knowledgable, both about the beers on tap and the establishment's menu. The selection of beers was good. Of course, at this point in the game, I've seen better...but the selection wasn't greatly lacking. There was something for everyone and good local representation: Proclamation, Grey Sail. Now, I am not the world's biggest fan of pretzels. I will say, however, that everything I ate was awesome! I had the bratwurst pretzel sandwich for my meal, and that was the tits. If you happen to be in Westerly, do yourself a favor and eat at The Malted Barley.

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Photo of CTFalcon
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Burt
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of cjelden
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I am just getting started with rating here on BA and I am trying to be honest with my ratings...but it's hard not to drop all 5s when rating The Malted Barley. I've been going here for a couple years and it's still my go to place when I want to get friends together for pretzels and beer! The Vibe is really good. Very open space with two floors (unless there's a private party downstairs). There's even an outdoor area when it's not freezing outside. The Quality of the food they offer is also top notch. And speaking of food we are talking pretzels. They go perfect with your beverage of choice. The servers are all awesome and personable.

Oh and the main reason we are all here...the beer. They have a continuously amazing beer selection. I can always find something new and exciting to try. They offer flights and usually have a beer on cask. There's even an amazing root beer for your DDs and non beer drinking friends. You will love this place.

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Photo of gman36
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 5

Beer is to sample a number due to attending with others. Food was amazing...both the bratwurst and especially the dessert. Great selection!

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

The pretzel centered menu was tasty and excellent. Great beer selection, reasonably priced.

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Photo of Laum6
4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of NateF90
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Sara_Boucher
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of George
4.04/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of MMarkMelly
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Beers Good - Pretzels Great - Nice Location

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4.84/5  rDev +10%

Photo of FranzMittelstaedt
4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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The Malted Barley in Westerly, RI
4.4 out of 5 based on 36 ratings.
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