Olde Hickory Tap Room


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Olde Hickory Tap RoomOlde Hickory Tap Room

Type: Bar, Eatery

222 Union Sq NW
Hickory, North Carolina, 28601-6100
United States

(828) 322-1965 | map

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Photo of Rifugium
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

Olde Hickory had an old fashioned pub feel to it, with a good selection of the brewery's beers. The service was pretty bad. The staff was unfriendly and ignorant, and the quality of the beers leave little to be desired. Hence I also did not hang around to eat here.

There are many many great breweries and brewpubs in NC. This one is not worth visiting.

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Photo of srletend
2.28/5  rDev -43.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5

Arrived around 10 PM on a Thursday night. Walked in and there was a hostess (for restaurant seating) who didn't look too happy that I was there--they were closing down the restaurant section. I wasn't sure about the difference between "Old Hickory Brewery," "Old Hickory Tap Room," and "Old Hickory Station," so I asked the hostess. She was clueless. Walked in, reviewed the list of taps (and the vibe at the bar) and decided I'd see if the "Old Hickory Station" across the street was any better...

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Photo of IMFletcher
3.95/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

In an otherwise uneventful, solid visit, I had to violate the supposed code of not waving down a bartender because I'd been sitting at the bar for half an hour and neither bartender would ask if I needed anything.

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Photo of LeeEvolved
4.71/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

I stopped in on 3/6/15 just before the brewery Omega Point pre-release party for a flight and a bite.

The vibe is very cool and they are obviously very proud of the heritage of the brewery and the town itself. It kinda felt like a western saloon but with their beers proudly represented all over the place. Town history was evident as well.

Most of the year round beers were available with a select few seasonals still on tap and available in bottles to go. The bartender, Debbie, was very knowledgeable on all the beers and eager to help guide me through the flight while I ate and we chatted about the Omega release even though the place was pretty packed right around dinner time.

I had the jerk chicken sandwich and it was fantastic. I could tell all of the ingredients were fresh and the spices didn't overpower the rest of the sandwich. Very tasty.

Overall, I had a great visit and would gladly encourage anyone to stop by for a pint or two and a bite to eat. Great place where southern hospitality is still very much alive.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

For obvious reasons this is a cool pub, the food is pretty good. The beer is excellent, especially if you like Olde Hickory, but the thing that stood out to me in this oasis in a desert of good liquor bars in the area was the vast spirits selection. They had a huge whiskey selection. I would estimate that they have near or maybe over 100 different bottles of whiskey. They also have a very good selection of other liquor and liqueurs as well. But being a bourbon fan this was heaven. I wish I had more time and a driver because I would have been a happy camper leaving this place. Alas, I had to drive so I stuck to the beer, which is great. I love Olde Hickory's beer anyway.

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Photo of asams10
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

My girlfriend and I love this place. Wonderful beer (as I've come to expect from Olde Hickory) and wonderful food. My only complaint is the size of the bar area which makes it a little cramped on busier nights. Overall, though, definitely a place to go when in Hickory.

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Photo of CM31
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

I enjoy this place any day of the week but especially love the Sunday Brunch they have. I get the Eggs Benedict along with a beer or three. At that time of the day, the atmosphere overall is a bit more relaxed and easygoing. I do miss this place as I have moved to TN but plan on going back to it just for Brunch. I highly recommend this establishment and I look forward to going back myself.

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Photo of JEKrebs
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

The beer selection and choices were outstanding at Olde Hickory Tap Room. I enjoyed a high gravity stout and an IPA. They have a massive restaurant that fills up completely making it loud and uncomfortable. I enjoyed the beer, but I think I'd rather take it to go. I went to Olde Hickory to try out the beer and food, but the food being served around me didn't look especially appetizing. I didn't try any food, so I cannot say that it didn't taste bad. It just looked like the usual pub food that you can get anywhere, nothing special. I'd like to try more of their beer, but am leery about returning on a weekend. This seems to be the main place everyone goes in Hickory.

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Photo of thehooksman
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This was a regular for me during college and it stuck. Anytime I'm in Hickory, I try to make time for the Tap Room. This place has it all: Great food, Excellent beer selection, Pub decor/atmosphere... There really isn't any more that one could ask for.

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Photo of buckyp
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

First time out, and am already contemplating mug club since I may stop in monthly on my travels between Greenville, SC, and Charlotte. Fish and chips were awesome with 2 large, whole filets battered and fried to perfection and pub chips that added the right salty crunch. Board was full of great selections although staff needed a little more knowledge to recommend home-turf brews. Great attention, great attitude, just a little more education on beer styles will take it to a whole other level. Now to the good stuff. Started evening with Orion Saison. Nice fruity, esther-filled effort. Not quite the spiciness I would expect. Moved into an upward spiral of hops starting with Table Rock Pale Ale moving to Black Raven IPA then soaring to Death By Hops (7 big juicy hops!) and ending with a final call to the Redeemer. Introduced a couple of friends to the wonderful world of flavorful beer and enjoyed seeing a sleepy little Southern town appreciating a gem of the Piedmont in Olde Hickory Taproom.

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Photo of jcran83
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

this was one of the coolest places i've been in a long time. i really enjoyed how their bar was laid out. totally taken aback by the amazing liquor selection at this beer centered establishment. got the chicken fried chicken and thought it was the perfect amount of food. actually hung out and go a tour of the brewery from Steven, one of the owners earlier in the day and he met us for dinner. very nice place that had a great friendly vibe, awesome beer selection and good food. would recommend to others.

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Photo of Onenote81
4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

On our way back from the Asheville area last week, this place was a must-stop. Came here for dinner with the family. The establishment sits in a cool little area filled with coffee shops, wine bars, and art studios. Neat little area to walk. The place was pretty dark inside, and the interior didn't flow really well. It was like there were 2 rooms. We were place on the non-bar side. Tap handles completely cover the walls. Service was decent. Waitress was prompt and efficient. The beer selection was really good, as expected. Most all of the OHB brews were available, even some of the special releases. They had a smattering of offerings from other local breweries as well, which was nice. But I was here solely for some fresh OHB. The food was fantastic! I got a burger and my wife got a pizza, and both were excellent. This place will become a regular stop on my way down the 40. Recommend.

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Photo of JdoubleA
5/5  rDev +24.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A- One of the best bars I've ever been to. Admittedly, I've been going there since '98 so it does have a home-y feel that no other place has a chance of replicating. Nice long bar with high tops and booths, mostly 4 person, but up to 8 in the larger ones. The "bar" side is seperated from the "food" side by a wall which keeps the noise down for folks who just want to eat, which is nice. Pretty consistently decent bands play thursdays and saturdays. Jazz on sundays if your down for that.

Q- Great

S- I know all of the managers upstairs and downstairs and most of the servers, so it's pretty great for me. Most people I know don't ever complain.

S2- 20 taps, mostly OHB with a few rotating guest beers. Bombers and mini-kegs available to-go. 600+ bottles of spirits. I've never seen any place close to that. Tons of great scotches in there.

F- Great pub food. I go with the pubburger, fish and chips, brutus caesar salad, BLT, big bird, or rachel.

V- Reasonable as heck.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I finally made it to the Olde Hickory taphouse. I'd been wanting to try more of their beers ever since the first Olde Rabbit's Foot release. They have about 8 house beers on tap, along with another 8-10 other micros. Most of them were easy to find in bottles in NC, like Hickory Stout, Death By Hops, their pilsner, etc etc. They also had a barleywine which was a one-off, I get the feeling they often have special beers.

Tons of seating on both sides (bar side and restaurant side). It was a little noisy on the bar side, mainly from the crowd, but it got quieter as the place emptied a little. Prompt and friendly service (I've never had bad service anywhere in North Carolina, maybe just lucky). I was very happy with the visit, I'll stop here again if in the area.

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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I stopped in to pick up some Olde Hickory while passing through town.

The taproom has a pub feel but with a family friendly atmosphere. It's got dark woods and low lighting with a long bar and plenty of tables. There's a huge collection of metal mugs over the bar which I assume is for a member program.

The beer selection included several from Olde Hickory along with plenty of others from the US and Europe. They also sell bottles of Olde Hickory to take home.

The Olde Hickory Taproom is a nice restaurant pub, in a historic downtown setting with a solid selection of beer. There's not much more I could ask for.

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Photo of hartsoet
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I like this place the food is great. They have a great section of beer & samples of the the local Brewery. One of Hickory's best travern's and there's not many in our area. The wait staff are friendly and know a lot about the local brews. it's between a rock and a hard place to find if your not from the area,but wotrh the trip. so give this place a try if your in our area.They have live music jazz on Sunday nights at 7 pm.Not been on that night but have heard good stuff about it.Have eatten some of there different items like the pub chips & my my favorite is the homemade chicken salad,my wife likes the Black Bean Burger's.

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Photo of SwillBilly
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Made a point to stop in the Olde Hickory Taproom while spending 3 days fishing on Lake Hickory.

A: Located in the Old Town area of Hickory on a block with some trendy looking restaurants. Nice area overall. Entering the Taproom, the restaurant is on the right and the bar is seperated by a wall and is on the left. Nice long bar adorns the left hand side of the room. Booths line the wall with random tables between the bar and the booths. Decor is brewerania. Tap handles, beers signs, etc.. Above the bar hangs pewter mugs for the local mug club members. So far so good.

Q: The quality of the food and drink was pretty good. Granted I only ordered a sandwich, smoked turkey on sourdough with a side salad, but it was fine nothing to write home about. Nice selection of house and guest taps. About 10 house beer and 10 guest taps. The stand outs as far as the house beers are the Table Rock Pale Ale, one of the better pale ales I've had in a while and the Hickory Stick Stout. Both very well done. Also had a pedestrian ESB and something called a Poor Richard, which the bar said, "its stronger than the ESB" when asked what style of beer it is. WTF? Anyway, its seemed like a brown porter with molasses. Interesting beer.

S: Somewhat lacking in the service dept. Bartender seemed disinterested and didn't care about talking about the beers on hand, see comment above. Also seemed annoyed when asked for samples of beers before buying.

F: Decent food for what I ordered. Heard mixed reviews on the food from others.

Overall: Definitely worth a stop if in the Hickory area. Well done house beers with a decent selection of guest taps, though I wish more NC beers were represented.

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Photo of Bung
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited here after the 09 Hickory Hops. We were planning on going here before the festival, but their booth at the festival sinched it for me. The have some excellent creative offerings. Barrel aged Schwarz and Irish red were two I had not seen done before and the barrel aged barlewine was also excellent. They had 18 crafts on tap, with a Guiness and something else larger. I assumed that the Old Hickory Brewery did all these, but maybe I'm mistaken. The food menu looks like it has taken a step up from the previous reviews. Ahi tuna steak and jerk chicken sandwich were very good. Burger was a burger, but fine. Pub chips with the pub cheese was the best however. Would visit again if in Hickory. Not quite sure what to make of Hickory...probably will not return unless I go to the next Hickory Hops or am in need of some furniture.

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Photo of veech
4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I frequented this place a couple of times over the weekend as I was in Hickory for their local beer fest Hickory Hops. It has a nice wood and brass pub feel with a large collection of pewter mugs hanging from the ceiling over the bar for the locals. The size is cozy without being cramped, with snug booths lining the wall opposite the long bar in the tap room proper. The separate dining area is a collection of booths and tables with a good deal of tap handles and breweriana adorning the walls. The beer selection was moderate (approx.25 on draft, didn't see a bottle list), but featured varied styles.They seemed to pay special attention to regional Carolina and Southern breweries with the majority being in house offerings. The bartenders and managers were very friendly and attentive as was the wait staff later that evening for dinner. The menu was mostly pub grub but was very tasty, and served in a timely fashion considering the fact that the place was packed. I would most definitely recommend a stop here if you are in the area. Their other location I hear is equally impressive with a more upscale menu.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Nice place for the area- kind of surprising to find someplace like this in a small Southern town. My wife and I went here for dinner and onee last brew after the Hickory Hops festival this year. The place was absolutely slammed and packed wall to wall. We were miraculously able to find a table in the bar area and we were almost immediately approached by a waitresss. She wasn't very knowledeable, but very pleasant and quick. Our appetizers arrived in about 10 minutes and our burgers quickly thereafter. I was astounded that we were able to get dinner so quickly given the crowd. Burgers were good, shrimp appetizer was good, fried oysters a bit too fried and dry. The beer was a little flat, but not terribly so. Selection was okay- lots of Olde Hickory brews (which are hit and miss- some are quite good) and some not so exciting guest selections. The place isn't bad, standard pub, a little dark in the bar area with lots of pewter mugs hanging up over the bar. I'd definitely go again if in the area, but I wouldn'rt make a special trip.

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Photo of ncvbc
4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Been to this place on many occasions and finally reviewing it on here. Interesting atmosphere. I'm a youngster so when I walk in I basically see half grown men and half people around my age. Definitely quite relaxed surroundings, taps along the walls in the bar and dining areas. The service has definitely lacked before but it's usually up to par. No complaints considering the crowds they draw. Modest amount of beers on-tap, yet a solid selection. They cover many styles and most on-tap beers are brewed by Olde Hickory. I definitely enjoy a few of their beers considerably. Good selection of bottled beers too, mostly displaying the many NC micros. I have only eaten there a couple times but enjoyed the wings and potato skins/chips greatly. I recommend this place to anyone who is curious about trying some local brews and a nice environment. You might feel out of place walking in the door but you'll settle down immediately.

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Photo of nriech
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Nice little place to grab some average run of the mill kinds of food like burgers and pizzas. I had a personal size pizza which was ok but nothing special. Also tried a burger that was ok but they wont cook anything under medium well done.

The beer selection of course included their house taps as well as macros and a few other of the main craft taps.

Service was ok but not great. The girl had no idea which taps were on. She handed me a receipt that showed each of the breweries on tap but some showed just the name like Dogfish but not which one. She didnt know which Dogfish it was and took about 10 min to get back to me that it was the 60 min. I think its a good place for the area but could use some work.

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Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Visited them back home on vacation & I think late july wasn't a good time (or just bad timing) They had some awesome east & sierra nevada offerings 2 Christmases ago, this time not as good, but we'll get to that

Atmosphere's great, lots of wood & brewania, way more uptown than amos howards. Had more of a restaraunt than bar feel the both 3 times I've been there.

Only thing that dragged quality dow was the old hickory (OH)scottish ale I had. Yeech (review pending)

Service was adequate, but had to stare down my waitress a couple of times to get her attention, maybe she waited in germany...

Selection was varied 18 beers & 2 ciders on tap (both were better than the beers for the most part) The most exotic thing on tap besides the OH lineup was sierra nevada wheat & mc caffery irish ale. Where's the brooklyn, highlander & others I enjoyed 1.5 years ago??

Food was tasty, love the wood oven pizzas here & the provonce platter was simple but yummy (soft cheese & apples). I'd reccomend this as an eatery even if they poured BMC

Pretty resonable on the wallet damage & the ony decent place for anything close to exotic beer with the exception of Amos Howards. I just hope some better beers are on offer the next time I'm home

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Photo of daliandragon
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This was a very pleasant surprise as I had no idea what to expect on a trip to NC to check out job prospects and this place showed up every time I googled Hickory and beer. Set in an attractive redbrick building in Hickory's tiny but quaint downtown area and comprising a barroom and larger dining room full of families having dinner on the Saturday night that we visited but pretty empty for late lunch the day before.
Handsome interior with lots of wood. About fifteen or twenty beers on tap with about seven of the house selections. Guest taps included Hopdevil, Rogue, and Dale's Pale Ale. The bottle selection was tiny and limited to macros. Most of the selections were $3.50 a pint. Service was friendly but not always real attentive. I tried three of Olde Hickory's brews, the only excellent one being the pale ale, which was hoppy and very satisfying. The Scottish ale was a bit bland and lacking in character and the summer ale had lots of fruit flavor but was otherwise a watery mess.
The food was a pleasant surprise; crisp, tasty salad and well cooked burgers and entrees. The first visit I had a decent veggie lasagne and my girlfriend had a burger that was good even as overcooked as she orders her beef. The following night we both had sandwiches that were good bordering on great. The menu wasn't terribly extensive but it is a brewpub after all and I think they do a nice job.
At first I was disappointed that growlers or jugs aren't offered but they do offer 1.3 gallon mini kegs for the bargain price of $15 plus tax, which seems like a great deal (14 regulation 12 oz. brews, mind you). I opted for the Piedmont pilsner although I haven't been able to sample it yet. In all, I found the prices quite reasonable; on Saturday night our bill before tip for two sandwiches, three beers, an iced tea, two salads, and the mini keg was only forty three bucks. All in all a good place for food or drink that won't break the bank.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I grew up in H-Town so I was very happy to see this place when it started operation back in about 95 or so (I believe). Stopped by today as a precursor to Amos's on Hwy 70 (you know how those liquid lunches work). I will review based on about 50 different experiences.

I usually find the service to be average. I have been there at times and the waiter knows every beer on draft and bottle and other times the waiter says "Look at the chalkboard".

The food is very good. I recommend the homemade potato chips with the dipping sauces that are served with said chips.

The beer is also very good and they typically have a large selection. They make their own beer so that is what is on draft. Many other offerings in bottle. They also have a nice selection of single malt scotches if that is your thing (it's mine).

Service is the only inconsistent thing here. Obviously the Fri and Sat nights are going to be busy and service can be lacking; I can empathize with that. But sometimes the service sucks anyway. I cant make up my mind whether service is above or below par. Mostly, its good. But when its bad, its really bad. Buyer beware.

Atmosphere is typically college kids, but they arent the rude obnoxious type. Classier and more sophisticated and more "gentlemanly". I like this place and always make a stop here when I am back in town.

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