69 Taps Pub & Eatery

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69 Taps Pub & Eatery69 Taps Pub & Eatery

Type: Bar, Eatery

370 Orleans Ave
Akron, Ohio, 44311-1024
United States

(330) 253-4554 | map

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Photo of SteveStoutDrinker
2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

Great Beer, Good Patio, Chill Place to Hang.....but dont expect good service or food. Usually there are hot girls but they are pretty stupid about the type of beers they are selling....I would rather have that then the grumpy dorm mom they have that thinks she knows everything. All in all I would go again and again....best place for beer just need better staff.

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Photo of SudsTerkel
2.86/5  rDev -23.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 2

A grungy college bar that happens to have a very deep and strong tap list. The best of Ohio's micros can be found here: GLBC, Fatheads, Columbus, etc as well as Dogfish, Sierra, Left Hand, Oskar Blues, Stone, etc. You should only go for the beer; the menu is limited and the food is absolutely awful. The service was friendly and efficient but knowledge of what was served was in the customer's court, not the server's. There's better choices to be had in Akron and I will make them upon my return.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

I am an Akron native and have visited 69 Taps many times over the years and have always had positive experiences. The crowd is hit or miss as are most bars in Akron.

As you walk through the door and descend the steps you arrive in a cozy little setting with a nice amount of TVs and a jukebox. The room to the left has another small bar, pool tables, darts, and restrooms. There is a very nice patio that can be enjoyed in the warmer months. Lots of tables and booths make for a comfy setting for groups. This is a pretty clean bar if you arrive before 1030 when the college crowd tends to roll in.

The servers are mostly college girls and are very easy on the eyes. This is great but most of them are lacking on the beer knowledge. The will provide you with a beer menu and allow samples of anything you want to try.

Tap selection is great with a very nice selection of beers that change from time to time. They also have the normal college crap beers. Liquor selection is adequate. Bottle selection is limited. I have a 95% success rate at taps but there have been a few times where the beer has seemed a bit flat.

Not a food bar!! I have ate here one time and the food was very mediocre.

While not perfect Taps is a very cozy bar with plenty of eye-candy and the best tap selection you are going to find in downtown Akron. I will continue to stop into Taps and I love the Friday eve "Super Happy Hour" from 4-9!!!

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Photo of Johnnybrew1
2.73/5  rDev -27%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | food: 1

OK - so after reading the reviews, and since we were driving through Akron, we decided to throw caution into the wind and give this place a try. We were gravely disappointed and in retrospect, wished we targeted a different destination.

The bartender, a very attractive young woman, was absolutely clueless and couldn't tell you if a beer was a stout even if it had "stout" written on the tap handle.

When we asked for a beer menu we were handed a 5x10 piece of paper and told that it was out of date. Nice. The paper only listed the name of the beer and the brewery. True aficionados want to see stuff like OG, FG, IBU, ABV, SRM, hops used, grains used, description... etc. None of that to be found in a 50 mile radius.

The place was dead. It was us and two other parties on a Saturday night at 7:30PM. Not a big deal for our experience, but an indicator nonetheless.

We ordered food since we were on the road and hadn't had dinner. Honestly... no joke... a Big Mac would have been more pleasing to the eye and palate.

So, back to the beer. The selection was wide, but again, it was hard to make a selection without a proper menu. We tried to read the taps, but that was difficult given our distance from them and the lighting in the bar. One good thing was that she allowed us to sample about three brews in little cups before making a selection and pulling a pint. That was a plus. BUT, when she did pour the pint, her pour produced zero head. I wasn't watching, but saw the result after she handed the pint to us. I guess the cause could also be the keg/tap system/CO2 setting. Hard to tell after the fact.

The prices were also one of the positive points. One pint was $4. The horrible food - two sandwiches - cost $5 total.

Given that they offer such a wide selection, they aren't completely lost. But, I would not go out of my way to darken their bar again. I guess I would go back if I lived in Akron, but only because of the selection and price.

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Photo of dazdave
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I haven't reviewed this before but have frequented this bar over many years. I felt that there has been enough of a change in the quality of taps to warrant a new review. The newest review on here is from a year ago and things have definitely improved. 69 Taps is now a legit beer bar in Akron. In this funky underground tavern, a nice collection of beers on tap has been pursued. It certainly has a college bar feel after 11pm. Before 11pm it is just a solid downtown bar that will have a beer style to please any palate. The bartenders are predominately female and are very knowledgeable of beer in addition to being capable of making massive amounts of mixed drinks and shots. There still is an overabundance of BMC handles but a nice strip of 6 Great Lakes handles all together has been added. They also carry local beers from Ohio Brewing and Thirsty Dog. The main thing that has changed in the last few months is the focus on having quality IPAs on tap. Before it was a rarity to have any IPAs. There are now 5 quality IPAs on tap: Avery IPA, Troegs Nugget Nectar, Lagunitas IPA, Ohio Brewing O'hoppy and Dogfish 90 minute. They have nice happy hour specials until 7pm with $2 and $3 drafts and until 9pm on Fridays. Along with some offerings from Goose Island and Sam Adams among a variety of other breweries, I can't imagine a better beer bar in the Akron area with quality service, availability of quality beers, good pricing structure to handle every budget.

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Photo of fairdinkum2
3.48/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

So here I am in Akron and itching for a Belgian beer or two from a good selection. How can you go wrong with a place that's got 69 taps, right?

OK. It's Sunday night and you could shoot a cannon down the main street of AKron and not hit a soul. Didn't expect the same of a beer pub.

Walked down the stairs and the place was virtually empty. Two patron and a server doing shots at the end of the bar.

Don't know how long this place has been in business, but it's a safe bet they haven't invested any money in the pub since it opened. Looked pretty down in the mouth.

Server had to ask the two patrons about the beer selection, so knowledge about the product is no barrier to employment here.

Beer selection? Pretty good. Not much in the way of high gravity beers, but most styles represented. Had an Allagash White (good)and a Siberian Night (really good). Could have gone for a chocolate porter or a tripel style.

Will I go back? When it all comes down to it, it's about the beer, so probably.

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Photo of drgonzo3705
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

If you live by a 69 taps and have not been there yet you are missing out! Not the best tap selection, but with the amount they have and their diverse number of offerings you cant go wrong. Best part is 4-7 Happy Hour where pints are $2! Go on a Monday night and score a $3 steak too! (I know I know I thought the same thing, but I've picked up more expensive steak at the grocery store and been more disappointed.) The bartenders aren't uber beer geeks but they will BS with you a little about what they like, plus they're pleasant on the eyes so that makes it even better! Well worth the stop. Good selection, great pricing, and a good time are to be had here.

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Photo of slaman992003
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I really enjoyed my visit to 69 taps in Akron. Although there were flaws, the place definitely had character worth seeking out.

It was 24 degrees (F) outside, so the patio was only for the insane. The interior was a bit dark (which made reading the lengthy beer list tough for me without my glasses), but the music was pretty good and they had several small screens for me to sip my beer and watch my sporting event of choice.

I would say this was a college bar. Meaning that $2 Happy Hour drafts might be nice, but I actually enjoyed the 2-3 hours after Happy Hour where I paid a measly $4/pint and didn't have someone trying to push me out of the way to get to the bar. I recommend going 7-9, watch the Cavs game and tip back a couple. Then you can actually talk to the bartenders or other patrons. Later, and it seemed more like a production pour bar (multiple bartenders filling pints as fast as they could...no food was coming out.) and, yes, you could be sitting at the bar, but people would try to reach over you to get to the bartender.

As to the beer, I thought the selection was outstanding on draft. It seems to be an excellent place to find most Cleveland based breweries on tap (Great Lakes, Burning River, Thirsty Dog, Hopping Frog). I had the TD Siberian Nights (excellent), the Avery IPA (also very good) and the 312 Urban Wheat.

Probably my only complaints with the beer was due to economics. A) the glasses are all angular pints regardless of the beer type -- this really sucks for wheat beers and B) carbonation on the wheat beers was really off. Perhaps for B) this is the downside of having 69 taps -- some beers sit around a bit.

My friend had the Franziskaner Weiss and I had the 312 Urban wheat. Both were carbonated, but at a much lower level than they should have been (more for a Bitter than for a weissbier). There was no head, thus the aroma's were way off. It is great to have lot's of beer on tap, but the quality on all should be good. This was a Saturday night, hence, I would have thought the quality would have been better here.

Despite this, the bartenders were friendly. In all my selections, I gave the bartender two choices and asked her to select for me. She had some trouble, but overall, was pleasant, efficient and did ask me questions back before answering.

I would go here again as I did enjoy myself; and would give them the benefit of the doubt on the wheat carbonation.

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Photo of GoodKnight1220
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3

69 Taps is a great little place to have a beer. As stated several times earlier the happy hour is what makes this place. Every time I've been the place to be is on the back patio. The inside is dark and not very lively.

The beer selection is nice because of the 69 beers on tap. Only negative is I wish they would carry a better variety of 15-20 bottled imports or micro brews. But the selection of on tap is still great.

Some of the staff has beer knowledge, but most of the bartenders are just a pretty face.

The price as said before is great, and would suggest a visit.

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Photo of blackkristos
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The 69 taps are welcome in a town like Akron. But that is not the real reason to head to this slightly hidden run-of-the-mill bar.

Happy hour.

I have been in a lot of bars for a lot of happy hours and I have yet to find one like 69 Taps. Running 4-7 through the week and 4-9 (!!) on Friday, you have plenty of time to partake of a large portion of those 69. And so will your wallet at a whopping $2 per glass. If there were just one happy hour like this in every town, I'd be a happy man. Another high point is for the warm months, there is a sizable patio to do your drinking.

My only warning is this: Do not get caught drinking after those prices go back to normal, or all the money you saved will be lost. The normal prices are a bit on the high side.

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Photo of SAAZbrewer
4.8/5  rDev +28.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

First I will say that I have been a regular at this establishment for years. The place has seen its ups and downs over the years but currently is a pretty good watering hole with owners that care and are involved with the place. The only negative thing I can say is that they don't have quite the selection of great beers that they used to. You will no longer find Old Rasputin or Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA on tap. I've been told that the cost of these beers have gone up so much that they can no longer afford to have them on tap and available for Happy Hour.

That being said, it still has the best tap beer selection of any bar in the Akron area. The folks that work there are very nice. No, they might not be "beer experts" but during happy hour on any given day you should be able to find a "beer expert" sitting at the bar that would be happy to help you select the right beer for your tastes.

Happy hour prices are great but be aware that you are not getting a full 16 ounce pint. The glasses they use actually hold something between 13 and 14 ounces. So if you are there during happy hour $2 for 13 to 14 ounces is still a great deal. Not so good if you are paying full price after happy hour has ended.

They have specials on various nights of the week. My favorite is the Monday night steak special. A six-ounce butt sirloin, salad and roll for only $3!!! Limit two per customer and no take-outs. Wednesday night is Karaoke so I'm usually out of there before that starts. They have live entertainment from time to time and is especially enjoyable on the patio during the warmer months of the year. They have dart and pool leagues that play there as well.

If you have a big crowd of co-workers or friends that are looking for a nice evening after work ask them about having a party at the Taps. You and your friends can have happy hour from 4 PM until 9:30 PM and they'll even provide you with pizza!

69 Taps has a minimal food selection but what they have is good. You can order takeout and bring it in or have it delivered if you like.

The folks that hang out at the taps are great. There is a great group of regulars that are there for happy hours, lots of home brewers and beer aficionados. There is also your typical after work crowd of downtown office workers that come in for happy hour as well. As the night gets later the college students start to take over the place. I'm long gone by that time.

69 Taps does follow the Ohio Smoke Free law. Smokers have to go outside. This is a good thing, as you don’t leave there smelling like an ashtray any more.

Finally, the taps has a second location in Medina and is opening a location in Wadsworth sometime in 2008.

To sum it up:

The Good:

The best selection of tap beer in Akron.

A great happy hour with $2 pints.

Great people that frequent and work there.

Great patio for the warmer months.

Food is good.

The not so good:

Rather dark and Spartan interior.

Restrooms need some work.

Food selection is not very wide.

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Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Found this place by using BeerFly. I'm glad I tried it. 69 different beers on tap that are all $2 during Happy Hour (normally 4pm - 7pm but 4pm - 9pm on Friday) is a pretty good deal. Food was good. 2 Pool tables are available. A lot of people come here on Friday night but around 4 - 5:30 the place is quiet and laid back so can find the activity level that you want by varying the time you come. The Friday night that I was there the service got a little slow as the place filled up, maybe they could use more help. I would definitly go back on a slow day or just leave before it gets busy.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I like this bar. They have a great selection with a bunch on tap. The bartenders are really nice and very attractive but don't know anything about beer. They new where the taps were for most of the beers which is impresive with over 65 beers on tap that constantly rotates but that was the extent of their knowledge. Every beer I got was poured to the rim not allowing for any head. This also hurt the scent of the beers which I feel effected the flavor. Smelling the beer while you drink it is really important and I didn't get that chance.

The food was good, this visit I had the fried mac and cheese and also the chips and salsa. The fried mac and cheese was good but wasn't crunchy like at some other places and I like it better that way. The salsa is good but the use the round chips that I don't care for. I have also had the spinich and artichoke dip which was good but came with the same chips.

Here's a list of what was on tap for the visit tonight:

Bud, Bud Light, Miller Lite, Strong Bow Dry Cider, Molson Canadian, Amberbock, Michelob Ultra, Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Breckenridge Vanilla Bean Porter, Sam Adams Winter Lager, Brooklyn Brown Ale, TommyKnocker Maple Nut, Blueberry Ale, Hoppin Frog Berry Ale, Honey Brown, Rolling Rock, Lefthand Sawtooth Ale, Ommegang Hennepin, Woodchuck Cider, Harp, Bass, Youngs Dbl. Choc. Stout, Beamish, Guinness, Boddingtons, Siberian Knight, Sam Adams, ThirstyDog Raspberry Ale, Great Lakes Holy Moses, Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold, Avery IPA, 60 Min. IPA, Cherry Wheat, Weinstephaner, Hoegaarden, Pilsner Urquell, Abita Purple Haze, Amstel Lite, Heineken, Coors Light, Great Lakes Eliot Ness, Mad Hatter IPA, Pyramid Apricot Ale, Racer 5 IPA, Hazed and Confused, Widmer Wheat, MGD, Shiner Bock, Sierra Nevada, 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Magic Hat #9, Arrogant Bastard Ale, Great Lakes Burning River, Newcastle Brown Ale, Franziskaner Weiss, Killians, PBR, Bell's Oberon, Abita Turbodog, Moosehead, Stella Artois, Sunset Wheat, Labatt Blue, Blue Moon, Bud Select, Labatt Light.

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Photo of becktone
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 5

From now on every time I'm back in my home town, I'll drive down to Akron to visit 69 Taps. Selection of beer is great. There are so many great beers on tap, and the prices are very cheap...well at least during happy hour. Happy Hour is from 4-7 weekdays and 4-9 on Friday(and Saturday too, I think.) At least that's what the bartender told me. The service was great, and the atmosphere was also great. It wasn't a college bar, at least during happy hours on Friday while I was there, it was much less crowded than I expected. The Quality of the place seemed pretty nice, however when I ordered an Arrogant Bastard, it tasted a little off. Any way this is a great place, be sure to check it out.

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Photo of Rhialistic
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Wow- i wish i had known about this place when i still lived in Ohio. I didn't live up the street from this place or anything, but i would have been there as much as i could have been (like after Akron Aeros games!) because the selection and prices are out of sight! It HAS to have more beers on tap than any bar in or near Akron!

First and foremost is the *very* happy hour special. between 11-7pm, ANY beer on tap is $2. That's right, even an Imperial Stout (I had the Old Rasputin, for $2)! Ridiculous, yes. Friendly on the wallet, absolutely! Let me say it again, $2 pints of CRAFT BEERS! If that doesn't get you to go to a place i don't know what will.

Some of the offerings included beers from Breckenridge, Widmer, Allagash, Great Lakes (a favorite i can no longer get in CO, not that CO doesn't offer tons of choices for me), Stone, Pyramid, Goose Island, Abita, Thirsty Dog, Boulder, and a huge selection of standard American and European lagers, stouts and ales. Their website at www.69taps.com seems to have an accurate reflection of what they have on tap, so you can scout before you go. Just don't wait too long or happy hour will end and you'll miss the $2 pints!

A potential drawback is that there is still smoking in this bar, but the place is huge and it dissipates quickly. It seemed like most of the patrons weren't there for the good beer choices (still were drinking the ol' BMC) but rather for the great prices. Whatever, if that base of college kids help support owners who will tap great kegs, then no matter!

THE place to go for beer in the greater Akron area!!!!

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Photo of bostoneo
4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

69 taps is a great place to hang out for $2 pints of any of the beer they have on tap, and boy do they have a great selection that is absolutly enormous. Happy hour is everday from 11am to 7pm for $2 pints. There is also daily food specials to, I got a gyro and fries (a generous portion) for only $3.50! Not many people hang out there during happy hour hours but it is worth it if you wish to sample a lot of nice beers so you don't have to commit to a 6 pack or more first.

Service was great and with a smile. I believe Jose was my bartender for the two times i've been there and is absolutly great. Met some other friendlys there such as an older gentlemen who visits frequently and has a great knowledge of beer. The atmosphere is friendly during happy hour. I havn't experienced any late night; though I can imagine a lot of college students gather there for the great selection.

Overall, great place to go!!

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Photo of Bones54
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

This place has a great selection of beer. Not sure if 69 is accurate but it is pretty damn close. The best thing about it is the $2 pints for happy hour. Thats any pint for $2!!!!

Everytime I've been there I'm pretty much the only person there since its around 4-5pm. Looks like a pretty popular place at night but I can't attest to it. Definately worth a stop if your in the area for happy hour!

Not sure about food. We actually ordered Pizza from next door and they let us bring it in to eat. Looks like they have a kitchen, but I'm not sure how much they use it.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.58/5  rDev +22.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

As I approach the front entrace, I am greeted by a sloppy drunk laying on the sidewalk, who had been ejected from the bar. Down a short flight of stairs, this rather expansive establishment has billiards/darts/video games to the left, and a long snaking bar with lots of T.V.'s to the right. So suffice to say; an excellent college bar atmosphere.

As far as quality and selection, the name says it all. A few taps were dry, but they rotate offerings quite often and it's rare to be missing more than three. The service is also good, friendly and knowledgeable staff that serve your beer in an unchilled glass and pour it correctly. However, it was pretty dead the monday night I stopped in.

Apparently, it gets busy on weekends and late nights (open until 2 am every night) with college kids and dart teams. But I love their happy hour; where else can you quietly contimplate a pint of Old Rasputin or Arrogant Bastard for two dolllars?

It is located near a lot of other bars that cater to the students of the University of Akron, but they do a good job of making anyone feel welcome. When the outdoor patio opens this summer, I'll be looking forward to making it a regular haunt.

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Photo of klewis
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

EDIT: 7/8/2007
Quality here has become quite awful. Recently had pints of Bear Republic Racer 5 and DFH 60 min. that had significantly diminished hop character. A friend had an Arogant Bastard which was just plain bad. Expect stale, old beer.

Original review 6/10/2005
Great selection of draft beer. It naturally has all of the macro standards but also has a really great selection of craft brews including Stone IPA and Arrogant Bastard, DFH 90 min. IPA, all of the major Great Lakes brews, Old Rasputin, and the list goes on. The best feature of the bar is its happy hour - 5PM-7PM/ 7days a week and all pints are just $2!!! Also has a great patio. The kitchen offers your standard appetizers, which are of the quality that you would expect from your average bar. I would recommend going earlier in the evening to avoid the downtown trendy crowd that usually filters in around 10:00 - nice eye candy (wink, wink, nudge, nudge), but not the typical group of people that I like to enjoy quality beers with.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This pub is located right off of S. Main and Exchange street in downtown Akron. Parking is abundant on all of the surrounding streets and in a couple pay lots.

The outside of the building is pretty suspect, and entering only to immediately go down a dark flight of stairs made me wonder what was in store, but things get immediately better once you enter the bar. The bar itself is in the rear corner of the establishment, and has several TVs. The rest of the space has a lot of wood tables and booths, and there is a patio for warmer months.

Another pleasant surprise was the beer selection. I went in thinking "69 Taps" was just a gimmick but they do indeed have 69 taps (although a couple of them were empty). The best part was the brewers that were represented: Thirsty Dog, Buckeye, Great Lakes, Willoughby Brewing, North Coast, Pyramid and many more. The regional selection alone is worth the visit. The bottled selection is really not close but so what. The draught list is as impressive as the Beer Sellar in Nashville or Fathead's in Pittsburgh, and the beers were all fresh and well-maintained. They also offer a beer club.

The service here is really good, although they were not that busy when I visited. The bartender was giving out free samples of any of the draught beers when people asked.

I didn't try the food on this visit.

This spot is definitely a hidden treasure in the Akron area, I would recommend a visit to anyone who ends up around downtown.

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69 Taps Pub & Eatery in Akron, OH
3.74 out of 5 based on 30 ratings.
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