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Bailey's Smokehouse & Tavern

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Bailey's Smokehouse & TavernBailey's Smokehouse & Tavern
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Bailey's Smokehouse & TavernBailey's Smokehouse & Tavern

Type: Bar, Eatery

4238 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, Virginia, 22203
United States

(703) 465-1300

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4/5  rDev +26.2%

Photo of drabmuh
2.85/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Bailey's is located inside of a mall at the Ballston Metro stop in NOVA. On the weekends (which is when I went) the place is a football bar that houses several different alumni clubs as they cheer for their Alma mater.

I have been to this place on a few different occasions, usually football related. The beer selection is fine. A variety of draft selections, the usual fair BMC + Stone, Bells, some hefe, dunkels, and various others, nothing too exotic but pretty good. The place is huge and filled with big screen TVs and lots of different kinds of chairs and tables. Good luck finding a spot to sit though. The food was nothing special but it was edible.

The last time I was there a really angry drunk kept yelling and ordering two beers at a time from the bar. He would push and shove and then scream his order at the bar tender and she kept serving him. I am unaware of what the laws in VA are about serving drunks but I felt compelled to ask why the hell she was still serving him and she just shrugged. Another time it took me 30 minutes (no shitting no hyperbole) to get my beer and my waitress kept asking me to repeat my order and STILL got it wrong. I was severely annoyed.

I've had enough of this place and am not going back. If you like groups of drunk football fans remembering the good ol' years and some decent craft beer with mediocre service, check it out.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.48/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

We dropped by Bailey's on Thursday afternoon to watch the Uconn men's basketball team demolish Chattanooga in the opening round of the 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. We ended up coming back here again the next night to catch more games. In many respects, Bailey's was an ideal place to take in all of the tourney action. They have a ton of TV's all over the place, solid pub food, some games to pass the time and appears to have the sports bar theme down quite well.

Bailey's is interestingly located in a good-sized mall and is a very spacious place. The place is loaded with TV's to showcase sports and provide entertainment such as pool, darts, video games, etc. Food selections are pretty standard by pub/bar criteria with appetizer options like quesadillas, pretzels, fries, potato skins, chicken fingers and so on. I had both the hot wings and Buffalo chips (boneless wings) during our visits and they were tasty. I also had the Ranch Hand Burger that was really good.

I found the beer selection to be pretty solid overall for the scene with about 50 taps and 30 bottles. Draft highlights included Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Dominion Oak Barrel Stout, Stone Arrogant Bastard, Franziskaner, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Magic Hat #9 and the list goes on. Bottled beers are mainstream, but Delirium Tremens and Lindemans Framboise caught my eye. They also have some attractive specials like $3 Sly Fox Ales on Thursdays.

This bar certainly came in handy when we were looking for a place to watch the tourney games, enjoy some quality brews and munch of some solid pub food. Not a beer destination necessarily, but a sports bar with the right idea. Also worth noting is that we had the same waitress during both visits and she was polite, responsive, attentive and quick when delivering our orders.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.88/5  rDev +22.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I have to admit, I love this place. Its become a favorite of mine since I have been living in Arlington. There are not too many places in the Arlington area quite like Bailey's. It has just about everything you need in a bar, including about 50 different beers to choose from. It has darts, pool, numerous amounts of TV's for Sunday football games. It is definitely also a hot spot for Monday Night Football. It literally has just about everything you need in a quality bar. The service can be a little slow at times, but its still worth the wait.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
2.48/5  rDev -21.8%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 1.5 | food: 3

Atmosphere: Well, it's a bar/restaurant in a mall, but I'll try not to hold that against them since I have far worse things to say. Oak panels and dark green paint on the walls. Very spacious and large bar. Whole lotta tables and booths. Craploads of TVs tuned to various sport channels, some MTV wannabe channel, and I think it was CBS. Regrettably, they have the sound from the MTV wannabe channel providing the music for this place. I had to sit through Nick Lachey. For that I will never forgive them. No breweriana, which doesn't bother me. It's more the lack of soul that bothers me. It's not even whitebread, it's Wonderbread.

Quality: The prices are reasonable and the food was of decent, but not gargantuan, proportions.

Service: Standard attentive service and quite friendly, but not knowledgeable about craft beer and whatnot. My guess is that the waitstaff is hired solely on the basis of eyecandy factor alone since all of them (male and female) weren't hard on the eyes.

Selection: This only scrapes by the Beerfly requirements. 38 taps, of which about half were micro. Worth noting of these were Oak Barrel Stout, New River Pale Ale, Tuppers' Hop Pocket Ale, Belhaven, and Maredsous. Something like 40 bottles, amongst which were some malternatives. They didn't have a beer list handy, so I can't tell you what the highlights of the bottled beer was other than the Young's line that I spotted. The stout was served cold. I also can't say that the kegs move over very well since they _still_ have SN Celebration 2003 as of this writing (mid April 2004).

Food: Ok, nothing wowing, just you're standard American fare with an emphasis on BBQ and comfort food. Nothing for the adventurous palate and a whole lotta grease.

Other: Lord save us all from places like this. A smattering of taps and bottles, yes, but no commitment to craft beer can be discerned here. They make the overtures, but lack on the followthrough. It is nice that they serve Old Dominion (particularly OBS), but the promos they have are all about macros (i.e. "Ladies: Bikini season is coming up... drink Ultra!!). I don't think I'll spend much time here... especially since I have to listen to gawdawful pop pablum... blech. It almost ruined the good buzz I had after just seeing "The Ladykillers."

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Bailey's Smokehouse & Tavern in Arlington, VA
Place rating: 3.17 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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