The Starry Plough

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3.13 w/ 6 ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

3101 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, California, 94705
United States

(510) 841-2082 | map

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by lhaqq:
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3.55/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5

From the outside didn't initially think this place would be anything more than an average dive bar. But went here last week for a bluegrass show and was proven wrong. They had around 10 beers on tap, as well as root beer. Most were average brews but there were a couple good ones as well. The beer is a bit over average for price, and the food is a bit less. But the burger I had was delicious. Will have to go back another time to see what I think of the atmosphere--not sure if the old time/bluegrass festival added to the feel or not.

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Photo of JamAOL
1/5  rDev -68.1%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1

Bad service, bad attitude, liars and thieves! Stay away from this place, they will rip you off. Took $ from the ATM (which only gives 20's) to pay for my friend to get in, the door person insisted it was a 10 even after I pointed out that I just took the $ from the ATM which only gives 20's and so I spoke with the manger who told me they only check the cameras if I file a police report. After contacting Berkeley PD, called them to try and work it out without wasting public $ and time and the person who answered the phone mocked me and dared me to bring the police . Police report filed, never going back here again, avoid them like the plague!

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Photo of atpca
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of neonbrown82
3.63/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This quaint little Irish Tavern is the home to the Berzerkeley Poetry Slam every Wednesday. Just one block up from the Ashby BART station. This little gem was probably the highlight of my whole West Coast trip, more for the poetry slam than the beer; though I did appreciate that I was able to drink great beer while witnessing the best slam I've ever seen.

The bar is dark and dingy with plenty of old woodwork, as one would expect from an Irish bar. A real cork dartboard adorns the wall near the entrance. The bar is straight in front of you as you walk in, as is the counter where you can order your food. Plenty of seating in front of the stage, but the place fills up pretty quickly, so get here early if you want a seat for whatever event is featured for the night.

The food is really nothing too special... typical greasy pub food, but it's comfort food. Lots of good beer to wash it down with, though, including your typical Irish / UK fare plus some good California beer. I drank Guinness in salute to the atmosphere, but then had a Lagunitas IPA to satisfy my hops craving. Easily could have drank a much wider selection, but I was glued to my seat.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I walked into the Starry Plough and I felt like I had come home. In addition to being one hell of a true Irish bar, this place has the down home neighborhood charm of a Midwestern tavern that’s more of a gathering place than a watering hole. I took a seat at the bar and was kindly greeted by a cute redhead. I had my pick of about 20 taps featuring Guinness, Murphy’s, Fuller’s ESB, Bass, Boont Amber, Widmer Wheat, Death and Taxes, Anchor, Liberty, and several others. The bottle list was mostly BMC. Not too shabby. The food really stands out. For a little dirty Mick joint, they can really serve up a pizza. I was also told by some guy who called the place his “living room” that the garlic fries were the best in the city. They looked and smelled it, but alas I did not have the time to try them. Service was smart, chatty, and on the bounce. Atmosphere rocked. Old school, and I mean real old school Irish freedom crap lined the walls. A small stage was set up in one corner and I got the feeling that shows were a daily thing at the Plough. The back wall was a beautiful mesh of old brick, timber, and steel. I was in at an odd time on a weekday afternoon and the place was really busy. I can’t imagine what it’s like during a show. I also heard that they have square dancing there sometimes for what its worth. Great little tavern to check out. Just a brisk 10 minute hike from Jupiter and the Downtown BART.

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Photo of misterscooter
4.08/5  rDev +30.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

A simple place that looks rundown upon first look but is really full of character. They bring in some great bands and musicians to play there and you can't go wrong on the music if you wander in on a weekend night. Just be sure to bring money for a cover charge.

The beer selection is great and there are plenty of places to sit while enjoying it. Or wander around, talking with others who are there enjoying the place with you. Lots of micros and local beers to choose from. The pizza I had was ok but not great.

Don't let the rough and tumble look fool you. It is a local legend.

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The Starry Plough in Berkeley, CA
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