Raleigh Beer Garden

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13 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

614 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27603-1224
United States

(984) 232-8074 | map

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Added by TomCat11 on 07-19-2015

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of diviante
4.64/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Food is great! Beer selection is massive. There is A LOT of people in the evenings, so the chances of you getting a lot of beer back-to-back are quite slim since they have to serve a lot of other people. Great place to bring out your friends and have fun with.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of RTaylor5
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.72/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This is the infamous Raleigh bar that has a record for the most taps ever- 366. The place is a bit of a shitshow on a Saturday night, with bouncers, lines and twenty-something kids all over. They’re not here for the beer, I don’t think. Two floors and two bars, with about 150 taps in each floor.

The menu is updated is on taphunter, and it is above the bars on bright monitors. The problem is that so many taps makes choosing an overwhelming task. It makes you wonder what the purpose is to have such a sheer amount of beer.

I spotted a lot of North Carolina beers on the menu, and I had a Samichlaus that tasted fresh, but I also didn’t see anything super rare, barrel-aged or wild. Most beers are served in a pint, 10-oz or 5-oz pour.

With all the good beer in Raleigh, I don't think this is a priority.

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Photo of Wolfpackfan
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

This is craft beer heaven. They have over 300 beers on tap. Youthful fun atmosphere that is an easy place to spend many hours at. The food is ok but you dont typically come to the beer garden for food, you go for the unending amounts of beer. You may sit there the entire time scrolling through tap hunter looking for your next beer. Seriously they have a lot of beer.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of shadyside
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of CanConPhilly
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This place is the new high water mark for beer gardens. It's actually not that big. 3 stories, sure, but it doesn't feel overwhelming. There are 3 separate bars. One for NC brews, one for non-NC drafts, and then a rooftop bar with lighter, summer-appropriate pours. Almost 400 drafts total, which is insane, especially when you consider 150 or so of those are NC beers. Definitely a beer-cation destination if anywhere near the Raleigh-Durham area. I got 20 new ticks here alone, thanks to the ability to buy sampler pours of everything they serve...including 4 different Wicked Weed drafts when I was there.

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Photo of Mikemcgrath4
4.18/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Hard place to solidify a grade for b/c there are divergent pros and cons with this place. The food is good, the place and seating, at least on a Monday afternoon, is plentiful and relaxing, the crowd isn't completely hipster/college kids (not to criticize either of those clichéd, ostracized groups) for lack of better phrasing, the beer selection as of now is at 378 taps and the bartenders are willing to shoot the bull about each beer. Plus, the five ounce samples are cheap and let you sample many beers without emptying your wallet and getting tanked. That being said, there are some severe drawbacks. Even on a slow Monday afternoon, the service is slow and the bartender went missing for a few minutes; would hate to be here on a packed Friday night and waiting many minutes for a brew. The setup is awkward in that if you want to have a beer available on the bottom bar and then one on the top bar, you better start two tabs or just pay cash and like to walk up/down the stairs and get it yourself. The selection, while at 378 (plus bottles!) taps, lacks any diversity into the overseas market and quite frankly there are a lot, and I mean a LOT, of solid beers but that 378 number is inflated with a lot of standard, find anywhere beers and beers for your non-craft beer drinking uncle. My main complaint of this, to be blunt, is you won't find any hard to find brews or gems in this place. Definitely worth going to but it's not the mecca of beer nerdom that its setup allows it be.

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Photo of rosmith51
3.29/5  rDev -21.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

They do have a huge selection of stuff on tap... 366 taps obviously. The monitors do a pretty good job of rolling through the selections.

The service is *slow*. Painfully slow.

The bars are chaotic, pretty much a free for all after 5:00 pm.

Food was good, reasonably priced.

The experience wasn't really worth repeating though.

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Photo of walkinginplace
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Raleigh Beer Garden in Raleigh, NC
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