Liquids and Solids at The Handlebar

Bar, Eatery

6115 Sentinel Rd
Lake Placid, New York, 12946-3599
United States

(518) 837-5012 | map

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 12 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by jtw004:
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4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Atmosphere: Excellent atmosphere fousing heavily on a hipster style that utilizes both upscale wood tones and low brow things like clipboards and wood crates

Quality: The mixed drinks are made using only the finest of ingredients and are constantly swapped in favor of greater ones. The basil balsamic vinegar vodka was outstanding in particular

Service: Despite being packed both the food and drinks come at a rate that is phenomenal. Waitstaff actually wishes to know how the food and drink is

Selection: Five pages of various drinks broken up by style. Selection is fantastic ranging from seasonals to large Ommegang.

Food: Some of the best food in the North Country. Portions are very small but the staff uses local food from Fledging Crow and always creates unique dishes such as the black pepper jam with sweetbreads and kale waffles.

Value: A dining and drinking experience. While it is indeed pricey it is well worth the experience.

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Photo of ADKbeerguy
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of bylerteck
4.21/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of TBonez477
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of mtnwesdew
4.91/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Eweimer1
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of spoony
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

A-The place is dark with lower ceilings and a bit of an odd vibe. There is a medium sized bar up front and about eight high top tables scattered on the floor along with some lower tables along the wall. There's some funky art scattered across the wall too. Menus are on 8x11 pieces of recycled paper and tagged onto clipboards. Casual and hip, I guess.

Q-The beer list is full of good beers from the States and abroad (mostly Belgium). Beers are served on the cool side, but the temperature is not a huge issue. Glassware is appropriate for style and the tap beer I tried tasted like it came from a clean line.

Ser-Staff is friendly and the food delivery went as expected. The servers didn't offer any help on the beer list but I didn't ask for any either. Nice but not spectacular.

Sel-The draft list is about eight beers, which isn't huge, but the bottle list was pretty substantial. Both draft and bottle were high quality with some unique offerings. Everything from local craft to California craft staples are represented. Easily the best list in the area.

F-The food is pretty high-brow and eclectic. Lots of vegetarian options and small plates were on the menu. Some of the funky mixtures of ingredients worked and some didn't but the overall experience was very positive.

V-Prices for beer and food were on the high side, but you could drink cheaply if you paid attention to your ordering.

O-Easily the most beer-centric joint in Lake Placid. This place is worth a stop if you want some funky, higher end food and good beer.

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of Hopheadhiker
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

As I live the next town over, I try to come here as often as I can. The lighting is on the darker side and it is a smaller place. But you will be hard pressed to find a better craft beer selection in all of the Adirondacks. The food is on the smaller (portion) side but it is creative, inventive and delicious! Personally, I usually get one of their smaller plates ($10-$15) and a side or two. If I am really hungry after a full day of hiking I will get two of the smaller plates.

The beer selection always has something to enjoy. I have had Crooked Stave Surette, many Stillwater offerings, FW Wookey Jack, Rushing Duck Naysayer, among others. Right now I believe they are offering a couple things from Bell's on tap and bottles of Allagash's Marveilleux. They also have a decent selection of Belgian style ales. The bartender and co-owner Keegan knows her stuff. If mixed drinks are more your thing they have a wide array of tasty treats for you as well. If you are in the North Country for a visit, definitely stop by L&S. My only complaint is that they typically do not allow you to sit at the bar and just drink. As I stated, it is a smaller place so these seats go to people that are there to eat.

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Photo of dougfur
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Kind of dark, but not unpleasant. There is simply nowhere else in upstate NY that has a beer selection better. They will have good stuff on tap and tons of unusual craft beers in bottles as well. Food is extremely good, but different. You need to go in here with a sense of adventure, foodwise, because the menu is very seasonal, eclectic and changes constantly. One thing that does not change: The poutine rocks!

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.08/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Relaxed hipster-type bar/restaurant off of Main in Lake Placid.

Wood tones inside. Nice iron stove on a red brick platform that would be nice in the winter. Long rectangular main room with the bar going slightly less than half the length. Nice collection of unbranded glassware hanging over the bar. Main room probably holds about three dozen, including the bar. Extra space out front and on an upper patio.

About 5 page beer menu broken up by styles. Five quality taps ranging from $5 to $7, including one import when I was their (Saison Dupont). Bottle choices are mostly American, with significant representation of ST, SN, Ommegange, Lagunitas, Stone, Green Flash, Oskar, and others. Nice selection of imports, mostly Belgian and a few good Italian. Prices go from $4 for local Pales to just over $20 for larger, rarer, bottles. Each of the three I ordered was fresh, at the correct temperature, and served in appropriate glassware.

Also offer an interesting range of mixed drinks, including non-alcoholic options.

Great food. I'd suggest getting a few of the small plates at the top, great value (ranging from $1 to $6). Larger plates are also there and look tasty, starting over $10. Style is eccentric. Odd combinations and off-cuts of meat like heart and tongue. All well cooked. Desserts are pricey at $8 but the lemon bar, a bit of a signature I gather, is exceptional.

Service is maybe a tad too relaxed, but friendly and competent.
In the running for best restaurant in Lake Placid and definitely the best beer bar. For two people, with 4 small plates, 2 cocktails, 3 beers, and 2 desserts we paid $70 with tax and tip.

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Liquids and Solids at The Handlebar in Lake Placid, NY
Place rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 12 ratings