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Sparky's Roadhouse Cafe

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2 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

147 E Van Buren St
Eureka Springs, Arkansas, 72632-8801
United States

(479) 253-6001 | map

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Added by DoubleSimcoe on 01-19-2012

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Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Kind of a eclectic diner/bar set up. Some beer memorabilia but mostly diner & nostalgia on display. Wasn't a huge fan of the booth I was in the cushions are worn down & cramped. The back porch was nice, but pretty sweaty when warm I bet, was sticky on a fairly rare, cool August afternoon. Happily this joint was biker/wanna be biker free. Nothing against bikers, but a lot of them around here relish in taking over places

Beer quality was good on the 3 beers purchased

Service was friendly, & fairly attentive

20-ish craft beers, Boulevard, Abita New Belgium& Avery were well represented, nothing too exotic

Food was pretty tasty, nice variety, even some vegetarian selections

10 oz beers for $3 & 20 oz for $5, sandwichs with fries for about $10. Probably your best bet for good beer for miles

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.15/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I was researching our trip to Eureka Springs and was surprised to find that there was not a single entry for bars in town. One of the top tourist destinations in Arkansas! So I added this place to BA and I’m glad I did.

Sparky’s is definitely the best beer destination in Eureka Springs, with 25 taps of mostly quality stuff. They have a bunch of Boulevard brews (Pale Ale, Amber, Stout, Wheat) and New Belgium (Snow Day, 1554, Blue Paddle, Fat Tire, Mothership), plus Avery IPA, North Coast Red Seal, Sam Adams Alpine Spring, Abita Turbodog, a lonely local from Diamond Brewing in Arkansas (Blonde, usually they have the Porter) and a couple of Euros like Guinness and Heineken. You won’t find crazy high-alcohol brews here or rarities, but considering this is the Ozarks, 25 taps is a godsend.

Service is friendly and knowledgeable (our server was excited to see me check out the taps and told me about the new Alpine Spring), food is satisfying and my only complaint would be the prices. Ten bucks for a burger in Arkansas? That’s closer to New York prices, without the high quality… but I guess we’re in a tourist spot so you gotta pay an extra

The place sits outside the downtown area, on Route 62. Not very conspicuous, you could easily miss it if you’re not looking for it. It looks like an old diner, what with the 50’s-style theme and big-band music, and doesn’t have a dedicated drinking area other than a small bar and an outdoor deck (closed during late January when I visited).

So just sit down at a booth or table, order some of the greasy-spoon food (simple burgers, soggy-but-yummy cheese fries), grab a craft beer and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and friendliness of Eureka Springs. You won’t regret it.

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Sparky's Roadhouse Cafe in Eureka Springs, AR
Place rating: 4 out of 5 with 2 ratings
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