Dead Reckoning Tavern


815 J St
Arcata, California, 95521-6131
United States

(707) 630-5008 | map

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JimyJazz from California

4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

The beer selection was great, with a lot of local and non-local choices to pick from in a good variety of styles. Inside Dead Reckoning is a record store called Missing Link Records that carries a lot of great stuff. The overall atmosphere was pleasant, and had a very relaxed and friendly vibe to it, but the seating was not great for conversation with friends. There was no food served, but I saw several people with outside food so I assume its okay to bring your own. The bartender was very friendly and quick to give recommendations if asked. Most impressive was the wide selection of John Barleycorn vintages they had, ranging from 2011 (I think) to 2016. Swing by if you're in the are, it won't disappoint.

Mar 25, 2016
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MaltyMagic from California

2.48/5  rDev -41.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1 | service: 2 | selection: 4

Their kegs aren't fresh, they buy out of season beers at discount rates and sell them for full price. They also don't clean their tap lines between kegs, this was confirmed to me by a bartender there. Very disappointing knowing you're not getting the best ecample of any beer you find there on tap. Not recommended, despite being one of the only bars in the area with a decent selection.

Oct 03, 2019
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Small bar off of the main bar strip in this little college town. Great vibe with a little record store/pinball game in the back and great beer up front. The staff is all very knowledgeable about their selection and the owner is frequently behind the counter. Great place to try new beers and talk beer with the dedicated patrons. Besides the 40 taps of beers from all over the world that are very well curated and change frequently (excellently following the seasons in my experience) there is a good selection of beer to go and, if you're nice and earnest, a splendid selection of bottles suited to aging stored in a back room. The best beer bar in the area without question and a great place to hang out. Well worth a trip

Jul 02, 2017
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travolta from California

4.94/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is an excellent place to grab a pint of a hard to find or newly released beer. We have many breweries in and around Arcata, but they are all brewing "safe" beer. If you want some world class winners, this is where to find them.
Bottles to go, informed and polite staff, choices to challenge your palate.
I'm usually there at easy-going hours, so cannot speak on the vibe for a Friday night.
There is a cool record and comic book selection available as well.
I cannot recommend it highly enough, actually.....if you are in the area...this is THE place to get great beer.

May 20, 2016
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Christolo71 from California

4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Aug 17, 2015
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flexabull from California

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Excellent new pub in Arcata.

Just a block or two off the square, really open with high ceilings, but still fairly cozy inside. Large board lists the 40 or so beers on tap at the moment.

Quality and selection was fantastic. As mentioned, about 40 beers on tap. Very wide variety of local and non local stuff. Was particularly surprised to see Prairie and Altamont on tap.

The gentleman that served me was quick and quite friendly.

I wish I wasn't in a hurry when I visited, I only had time for one beer, because I would have had another beer or two. This is a great place, I'll be back.

Jul 30, 2015
Dead Reckoning Tavern in Arcata, CA
Place rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 6 ratings