Winking Lizard Tavern

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Type: Bar, Eatery

25 Ghent Rd.
Fairlawn, Ohio, 44333
United States

(330) 836-6129

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by adamette:
Photo of adamette
3.95/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Returned from my first visit here a few hours ago. I have been to several Winking Lizards so there were many similarities. I will try to emphasize the differences while covering/reviewing the whole place.

A I do not prefer this atmoshphere, exremely common with the Winking Lizards that I have been to, probably 5 of them. There are something like 30 flat screens all around, covering the walls and then some. There are also many, many beer signs and ads, favoring local (although now defunct) breweries. I really appreciate the latter vs. the flatscreens. Overall, though, it is a lot of fun if you are looking for a place to "watch the game" with some interesting beer and good pub food. I give it higher mark for succeeding at what it is even if I don't personally like all of the flatscreens. This particular restaurant (all Winking Lizards are not exactly the same!) is quite small. It still holds 500 or so and there were likely 450 on this "Black Friday" but the other ones can hold 750 to 1000 it seems to me. Also, there was this huuuuge birthday party (or some event with a cake) which accounted for probably 100 people.

Quality. Really pretty good for what this place is, a sports bar/restaurant with a moderate beer enthusiast slant.

Service: Good with readily available waitresses and bar tenders whenver you need one. Sure, at busier times it is slightly tougher to get help but his is understandable. The bartender at this place was VERY busy but he was patient with several questions and some confusion about my group's billing desires. At one point he thought that I wanted to start a tab and we went to the side and explained everything to him and he was patient with us. I appreciated his patience.

Selection: Excellent for this sports bar/restaurant. 15 taps with a "Belgian Handle," a "Hop Handle" and "Great Lakes Handle" and one other and plenty of happy hour deals. Out of the 15 taps there are 10 that I will never order (macro brews, Guinness which I have had enough of) but the remaining 5 are interesting. The Belgian handle tonight was Lucifer and the Hoppy Hoppy handle was Rogue Brutal Bitter. I had and rated both of those hours ago. There is a "beer club" type of program in which you have the whole year to drink 100 designated beers. At the end you get a vest of some sort. That is cool in that it gets you to try beers that you might not otherwise attempt.

Food: Really good. The quality is higher than you might expect.

Value: Good. I had two tap beers for 11.50 before tip (the Rogue and Lucifer).

Overall: I really recommend going to Winking Lizard about once a month to check out their monthly glass special (this month it is Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale) and those 5 taps not macro brews as well as to get dinner which is better than you think.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Ohiovania
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 2.75

Photo of toppoop
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.95/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Big family meal after kids outing to Chuck E Cheese. Typical bar, as opposed to pub setting; flat screens and sports stuff. Nice can collection on the wall as younenter the bar area, though.

Couple of dozen taps, decent variety. But no porter? No Edmund Fitzgerald? Would have paired well with BBQ. Wanted a Founders Centennial IPA, they were out. Ordered a Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere harvest, my wife ordered Ommegang BPA. Server mixed em up: turned out for the better (for my wife anyway)

Food was good but not great. Baby back ribs were good bit a bit overdone. No complaints from the rest of the group.

Will definitely return, decent BBQ for the inlaws and I get to drink decent beer.

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Photo of donteatpoop
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I went there on a Wednesday night. This place was crowded. Someone inside told me it's like this every night. Great for them... I just don't usually like big crowds. And the parking sucked ass. I had to park way the hell in the back near some sign that said "No Winking Lizard Parking Allowed, we'll tow your ass". But there was nowhere else to park.

Anyway, now that my griping is out of the way I can get down to the actual review.

Over 100 beers to choose from. They have the standard bar beers (buds and millers and what-not), but they list it on side of the menu like it's for the kids in the special class. I thought that was a nice touch. Lot of good beers on tap, even more in bottles. I drank like five maybe six beers there that I'd never had before, and two that I'd never heard of before. It wasn't too expensive, but looking at the menu that was because it was happy hour. (so I rated "value" based on actual prices, not what I paid)

I met a couple people I knew there, which was cool seeing as how I was out of town on a training. They were in the training too.

I got a burger there, it had onion rings and bacon and barbeque sauce on it. Their sauce is pretty good and the burger was decent... If not for the sauce it would have been pretty bland.

So yeah... Overall awesome.

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Photo of Bones54
4/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Lizards in the North East Ohio area are always a solid selection if looking for some solid brews and good bar food (though, beware of the Gateway Lizard in Downtown Cleveland, service and food is very spotty).

The Lizard offers a wide selection of brews - 100 bottles plus a decent selection of micros. They always have a solid Belgian, Hoppy, and Seasonal Tap. Not all the bars carry the same beers or specials, so beware. But overall, the price is very reasonable, the atmosphere is comfortable and relaxing, and the food and beer are very much worthy.

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Photo of klewis
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

My favorite bar in Akron. The Lizard offers over 100 craft brews in bottles and many more on draft with very reasonable prices. Features a beer of the month that comes in a featured glass that is yours to keep. This usually runs between $5 and $8 depending on the size of the glass. I would recommend sitting in the restaurant section or outside on the patio, as the music in the bar is a little too loud to have a comfortable conversation. The food is excellent, and I would recommend the wings, pizza, and burgers, especially the Bo-Man's bacon cheeseburger, served on garlic toast. I have been to this location many times, and the service is almost always exceptional and friendly. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Located near Summit Mall in the Fairlawn area of Akron, not too far from I-77. Parking is tricky due to a one-way situation and it looks like there could be shortage issues during peak times.

Inside, the bar is located toward the rear right next to the kitchen and there is restaurant seating situated around it. Lots of sports memorabilia adorns the wall, and they have a really nice selection of tap handles. TVs line the walls so you can watch from just about anywhere.

The beer selection beats just about anybody in the area. There are well over 100 beers available in bottles, and around 16 on draught. The bottles beers run the gamut from Stone, North Coast, GLBC, Ayinger, Victory, Bell's etc etc. There are a couple of gems on draught too such as Arrogant Bastard and GLBC Dortmunder Gold. What's more, they have a monthly featured beer that comes with a glass ($1 additional, it's not really free).

The Winking Lizard chain also has a wonderful beer club. If you try either 50 or 100 (depending on what time of year you start up) beers in their beer tour, you get a nice jacket for your effort. It costs $10 to sign up. The best part of this club is you don't get sacked with a bunch of crappy macros you have to try along the way. Pretty much everything on the list is quality stuff.

The service was good, as I was there for a late lunch. He genuinely wanted to know what I thought of the beers I tried which I thought was nice.

The food here is above average pub fare. The wings are better than BW3 (about the same as Quaker Steak & Lube), and the Patty Melt at this location was pretty good.

This is a great spot to hit, and be sure to check out Mustard Seed Market, Acme, World Market and Thirsty Dog, all of which are in the same area.

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Winking Lizard Tavern in Fairlawn, OH
4.16 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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