Hal and Mal's Restaurant

Brewery, Bar, Eatery

200 S Commerce St
Jackson, Mississippi, 39201-4420
United States

(601) 948-0888 | map

Notes: Stopped brewing after Katrina.
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Rated by Hallbrauhaus from Mississippi

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5
Restaurant ONLY. No beer brewed here anymore.
Apr 01, 2015
More User Ratings:
Rated: 4.06 by Squire from Mississippi

Jun 08, 2016
Rated: 3.52 by Summer92 from Mississippi

Oct 06, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by ahommell from Mississippi

Dec 01, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by elkinbrown from Tennessee

Oct 24, 2013
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Reviewed by brewskifan55 from Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
Hal & Mal's may not have a huge selection of beers on tap or by bottle, but the atmosphere is worth spending an hour or so here.

The blue plate lunches are tasty, especially the fried catfish. The red beans and rice are a staple.

Very diverse crowd here; one might find actors, writers, politicians, musicians, Sweet Potato Queens, you name it. That's what makes H&M so much fun.

Service is generally fast and friendly.

Lazy Magnolia and Abita options are featured on tap.

Take time to walk around and look at the pictures on the walls. Many a celebrity has passed through these doors. Don't miss the men's room. Sorta like Elvis' Cheetah Room.

Simply a killer place to hang out and get mellow.

One of the few things I actually like about Jackson, MS.
Sep 02, 2011
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 3
Having just come from the vigorous enthusiasm in Alabama, I was really looking forward to visiting the only extant brewpub in Mississippi. I came directly over in a cab after disembarking from the Greyhound bus that brought me to town, but I was quickly deflated in my hopes. Where this was once a restaurant and brewery (brewpub), dating back to 1999, it is now solely a restaurant, albeit a venerable one. I inquired of my server as to what had transpired and I was told that the combination of a burst pipe courtesy of Hurricane Katrina and the dearth of reliable brewers led to the decision to end brewing on-premises.

As a beer destination, yes, they have three Lazy Magnolia beers on tap, but their bottle selection was totally unworthy. I am going to recommend that this place either be downgraded to "Beer Bar", or purged altogether.
Jan 21, 2008
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Reviewed by muldrot from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
Although they don't brew their own beer anymore, this place has a great atmosphere and offers a good selection of beer including three Lazy Magnolia options that they will serve as a sampler. The service was what sets this place apart, the staff here was friendly and outgoing and really eager to showcase the beer here. It's amazing what a difference great service can make in the impression of a place and the staff here really shined. We were there early in the evening but it looks like it could be a happening spot in Jackson. The food was pretty typical pub grub but it was delicious. Don't let the fact that they don't brew their beer steer you away from Hal and Mal's.
Aug 19, 2007
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Reviewed by MikeFromMarsPA from Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5
To add to the last reviewer, the explanation I got for why they were no longer brewing is that Katrina damaged the electrical system and some other things, and they haven't yet had the money to get the brewery back together and operating.

However, you will find (if you can find it) a funky little place with a nice menu and a decent selection of beer, including the aforementioned three by Lazy Magnolia. The crowd is probably about as diverse as you'll find in Jackson. My shrimp-and-oyster po boy was tasty. Service was great for a late Monday lunch, and if I ever find myself needing lunch in Jackson again, I do believe I'll be heading here.
Aug 03, 2007
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Reviewed by gljenso from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 5
This restaurant is no longer brewing. The waiter said that they lost their brewmaster (but didn't explain why they didn't hire another one). They do, however, have 3 taps from the Lazy Magnolia brewery in Kiln, MS (this is N of the Biloxi area). When I was at Hal and Mal's recently, they had Lazy Magnolia's Pecan Brown Ale, stout, and wheat. I didn't try the stout but the other two were good. I tried the beers here several times when they were brewing and the Lazy Magnolia beers are better than the old Hal and Mal beers. The food here is excellent. There is an emphasis on Southern and Cajun food. The salads are particularly good and you can get them with steak or oysters. They always have some interesting specials. They have a very nice outside seating area.
Apr 26, 2007
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Reviewed by GCBrewingCo from North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4
Man, where do you start?

This place mapped out pretty as a picture but turned out to be in the midst of a bunch of one way streets and looked like an old brick building. You will not happen upon it by chance.

The place is definitely a bar, but not really a bar. The bar has space for 12 taps, but only had 3 beers on tap and no guest beers despite having a guinness tap and a murphys tap. The place allows smoking pretty much everywhere. The bathroom is college chic with the eau de bathroom smell you get from stale beer and bathroom mixed.

The food was actully pretty good. The tamales were spicy for my coworker, but not for me. The crab corn bisque soup was very, very tasty and I should have gotten a huge bowl of it, or maybe a tub. The red beans ann white rice was not spicy at all and you may want to add in some jalepenos to spice things up though they do come with a sausage and with some sausage in the dish.

The drinks, mixed that is, are pricey as heck. Be careful. My coworker had two and I hate to even say what the bill came out to. Menu prices include sales tax. The service was pretty much spectacular. Almost a pure 5, but I put it at 4.5. Best part of the whole experience.

I liked the food at H&M, would not travel back for the beers however and the selection pretty much sucks. If you need to get your MS quotient of beers, this is one of the few places in the state, so stop by, otherwise, don't go out of your way.
Apr 28, 2005
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Reviewed by Vipsanius from Texas

3/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4
I usually come here on Tuesday nights for trivia or when they've got good bands playing. Both are a lot of fun (unless the concerts get really packed). However, the best time to come is around St. Patrick's Day. The parade and festival they do is a lot of fun, but more importantly, it's when they brew their best beer in my opinion, which is their unique Sweet Potato Amber for their Sweet Potato Queen Festival. The beer could still use a little work but it's so unique that it is definitely worth a try.

Speaking of their beer...they normally only have one or two on tap and just about all of them could use some work. Several of them are on the right path with the flavors but you can tell they're not very well constructed. If they stick with it though, they should only get better. Also, some of it may have to do with the 6% ABV content cap for the state. Some of their beers want to be big beers but it seems like they have to neuter them just to keep them legal.

As far as the mainstream beers they carry, it's above average for Mississippi, which, unfortunately, is not saying much (not really their fault though).

The service is adequate and always consistent.

The food is usually pretty good. For whatever reason, they have the best tamales I've ever had, but that's about the only Mexican thing they have on their menu. Kind of odd but hey, I won't complain.
Mar 23, 2005
Hal and Mal's Restaurant in Jackson, MS
Place rating: 0 out of 5 with 12 ratings