The Underground Tap & Grill

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3.57 w/ 8 ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

10004 Jasper Ave NW
Edmonton, Alberta, T5J 1R3

(780) 425-1880 | map

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Added by Nigel_Teabag on 11-19-2012

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by Bryn:
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2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4

I went on a Thursday evening with a friend as MKT was full up due to $4 pint night.

A - Nice basement kinda felt like a subway station. Not cluttered, but had nice beer related antiques. Unfortunately the place was only half full and it was really loud. The acoustics were awful. Lots of Business people spending their travel allowances and a few actual beer lovers.

Q - Pints were pulled well and no dirty draught line taste present.

S- Our Waitress was either high or drunk. She mixed up orders and disappeared for an hour at one point. Staff was not at all knowledgeable about the beers.

Selection - Nice rotating taps and good stock taps. I felt how they sorted their beer selection into tiers was a bit insulting to the beers.

Food - My friend had the porchetta sandwich with sweet potato fries. She ended up having to get up to get hot sauce from the bar for her fries. She wasn't impressed with the food. I tasted a little and the fries were average and the pork on the sandwich was overseasoned.

V- The beer is a bit overpriced. I understand higher overheads for having that much selection, but the specials didn't even seem that good.

I might go back if I'm in that part of town and want a beer, but it's unlikely.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Beervana
3.89/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Howlader
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of wesbray
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of bulldogops
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of 10adp
2.08/5  rDev -41.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 4

Popped in, eager to try their vaunted selection (Brooklyn Blast! and Phillips Amnesiac on tap? Sign me up!) and… They were closing an hour earlier than advertised.
Unfortunately, one of my primary requirements in a good beer pub is that is open when I want a beer. Looked very promising though.

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Photo of drzauis
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

A- The Underground is located in a basement right on Jasper ave beside Central Station, the decor once inside is tasteful, but uninspired. When busy the room has a nice feel to it, but when not full it does feel barren and falls a bit flat.

Q- Beer always tastes fresh and the room is always kept clean and presentable.

S-Service I feel is the biggest missed opportunity for the Underground. The servers are all nice, however all of staff suffer from a general lack of beer education. They know the bare minimum required to serve the beers, but can't hold an indepth discussion about the in's and outs of good craft beer.

SEL- Great selection of beer! Probably the best in YEG. Not a single Macro brew to be found and they have switched over so that pretty much all of their taps are on rotation, meaning always new beer. They have started having 'tap takeover' nights too ( bunch of kegs brought in from one brewery), which are great to see.

F- I have had several items off of the menu, the bison sliders are awesome, as is the Porchetta sandwich ( so much meat!), and the potstickers. I have found the entrees I have tried to be slightly more average, but overall the food here is good!

V- Value can be a bit of a mixed bag here, food is slightly above average, as is the beer. BUT a lot of their beers are 20oz pours, which is a rarity especially in the beer bar scene. So overall i feel the value is about right on par with many other places in the city.

OVR- My go to bar in downtown! The amazing selection and decent food make up for the average service and atmosphere that can sometimes be present.

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Photo of Nigel_Teabag
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

A - The wood decor and the quiet nooks that populate the bar make it a great spot if you are with a group or just having a pint on your own. The music isn't overbearing.

Q - The quality of the staff, service, and selection exceeded my expectations. The bar seems to be continually working working to meet their clients and communities beer needs. Which is more than I can say for places like Beer MKT.

S - The service was comparable to Three Boars and the Sugarbowl, our waitress Lisa knew her beer and even though the place got really busy while we were there, we were still taken care of quickly.

Selection - They have 72 beers on tap. I was told that they are taking out 12 of their year round taps and adding them to their rotation, bringing the total number of rotating taps to 24. Everybody in our group got a beer that worked for them. The bottle selection was good, but I feel it could be as well rounded as their tap selection.

F - I had the buffalo chicken sliders which were really cheap at $6 and very good. My friends got some of the different sandwiches, the portions were really big. I would like to see where this place goes with their menu moving towards pairing a beer with different entrees.

V- Overall we were pleased we went on a Monday night where any 8% ABV or above beer was only $7 a glass. I got food and a beer for $16 (including tip) which I think is just about right.

My friends and I live downtown and are finally pleased there is a good tap house right on an LRT stop (Central station) and in our neighborhood. I understand they have cask nights as well as nights devoted to one brewery where they sample different brews. We will definitely be coming back.

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