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Bar 145Bar 145

Type: Bar, Eatery

5305 Monroe St
Toledo, Ohio, 43623-2804
United States

(419) 593-0073 | map

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Added by Brenden on 11-23-2011

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 4
Photo of Dr_Fox
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Nothing special about the beer here. Food is very overpriced for the Toledo area. Food is good, but just not worth it. Service and vibe are average-about what you'd expect at a nicer bar/gastropub.

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Photo of babyhobbes
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I've been here several times now and keep expecting something different. The place is nice and reasonably clean. In the late evening it has more a club feel with dancing and a band. Otherwise, it tends to be an over 30 crowd and not terribly rowdy or loud.

The beer list is okay, they fail to list both brewer and beer name. Often they'll have something like Founders Ale listed or Bourbon Barrel Stout. Now we all know something from Founder's is probably worth a shot, but that stout could be anything from anyone...it turns out it's a macrobrew, but shhhh, no one in the place realizes that. I'm not sure they've changed their taps lmore than once and like everywhere else in town it's 2 Goose Island options and Stella. If you're looking for variety, try the bottled selections, but good luck getting the beer list or finding someone who knows what's available.

Service can be downright horrible or merely alright. The servers aren't familiar with the food or the drinks (beer or otherwise). This is something that I thought would improve with time, but really hasn't.

I've tried an awful lot of the menu. Some items can be quite good, but others are just shameful. For example, they offer an artichoke gratin served with grilled flatbread. Sounded like a safe item to try; how can you mess up artichoke dip? What you get is greenish soup with a couple of whole artichoke hearts and a handful of crackers. No really, crackers. The other appetizers are similar, just not what you expect or want. An exception is the mac and gouda, and the fried asparagus.

The burgers are decent, a bit over-priced, but decent. You can put whatever you want on them...well, on those occasions they aren't out of what you want. They're about average for this type of bar.

I don't know, it's not a horrible place and the ambiance is a nice change from Nick&Jimmy's and the mall. I want to support them and will continue to occasionally have a drink here. I just want to see something better in Toledo. I know we can do it.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

It seems like someone in Toledo wanted to bring gastropub back. This place opened in the spring or early summer of 2011 and now we have one. The atmosphere is an interesting mix of upper-class and comfortable, with some nice leather seating and modern-posh decor but also sporting some TVs scattered here and there with the volume down for people wanting to watch whatever games are on. It's difficult to describe. While nicer, I never noticed any snobbery whatsoever. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The waitress knew a little about the beers, though not all that much, but she did take notes. She was very quick with refills, etc., and there were others who would check on the table from time to time as well. It can be a different experience at different times, though. A few times I've been, waitresses only came by sporadically.
The food is (usually) phenomenal. This isn't bar food. Even the mac and cheese is gourmet, the burgers are gourmet and you can choose on a card you can just give your server what meat you want, what kind of bun, what cheese, and what toppings. If nothing else, do yourself a favor and eat there.
You'll probabaly find a beer or two to drink, though. Sure, the selection's not huge, but there are bottles along with the 8 taps, and they include Founders, GI (the Belgians), and other craft. This place is all quality, but they do have to offer the cheap stuff as well for those who drink it (most people here). Food is pricey but worth as much as it costs, and drinks seemed to be reasonably priced.
I had a Kentucky Bourbon Barrel and a Dirty Bastard and was perfectly happy drinking them with my mac and gouda and an amazing burger. Do yourself a favor. Go here.

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Bar 145 in Toledo, OH
3.61 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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