Cooper's Ale House

Cooper's Ale HouseCooper's Ale House
8 Ratings
Cooper's Ale HouseCooper's Ale House

Type: Bar, Eatery

415 S Swing Rd
Greensboro, North Carolina, 27409
United States

(336) 294-0575 | map

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Onenote81:
Photo of Onenote81
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped by here for lunch when in town today. Have never been here before, so I wanted to check it out. The bar is at the center of the place with lots of tall tables scattered around it. A few seating areas designated to themselves. I saw a billiard room to the left as well. The bar area definitely errs on the "sport's bar" side of things. Lots of game devices around. And TV's were everywhere. Their beer list was pretty impressive to say the least. Much better than I had expected. Had a couple dozen taps, with the usual Big-3 offerings, but some decent craft offerings as well. Their bottle list is what sets this apart. Around 200 bottles listed, including a good number of bombers, many of which are seasonal. Most all of the big names, as well as locals, in the craft-world were represented with anywhere from 2-5 of their standard offerings, such as: Bell's, Founders, Victory, Stone, Hebrew, Brooklyn, Rogue, Smuttynose, etc. A decent amount of foreign offerings as well. This place won't get the special releases or "rare" beers on tap, but they most likely will have something for even the most discerning of beer-palates. As far as their food, I had their NY strip po'boy with potato salad. Both were above average. I think I'd come back to this place if I ever find myself in the area again.

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Photo of dave317
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of HarryTBaggins
3/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This place has a few decent beers on tap, though too much tap space is dedicated to swill. They have an impressive bottle selection with some impressive price gauging. Ask for prices before ordering because they're all over the map. The food my party ordered ("asian" dumpings and crab dip) was salty, greesy and overpriced for coming straight from the freezer. Service was attentive since they were clearly trying to free a booth before we were done, though once the table beside us got overcrowded and obnoxious, we were able to "relax" somewhat.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped in here for something to eat upon getting back into Greensboro from the Foothills Baltic Porter release. The place is easily spotted with a massive sign right out front. Lots of parking and even an overflow lot just down a small hill. Upon walking in it appeared to be like any other sports bar I have been to. Lots of high top tables, boothes, etc. The bar was in the center of the place and had seating all the way around. Took a seat at the bar and asked to see the beer list. WOW! For a sports bar this beer list was quite impressive. I took the time to count all of their offerings and counted 24 taps and 198 bottles listed. Lots of locals, micros, Belgians, and of course macros represented here. You would be hard pressed to find something you didn't like for sure. Ordered some food as well. The food was okay, but I did like that for their chips they were freshly cut and fried potato slices rather than from a bag. Overall this was a nice location that I am glad I got the opportunity to visit. Would I visit again? Probably, but won't the next time I'm in town.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

To be honest the place makes a better restaurant then it does a beer bar.

But to each is own. Nice atmosphere, really the kind of place I could take the family without a problem. Warm and welcoming. Food was great I thought, Really nice sized dishes and really tasted quite fresh. Beer list was average at best and riddled with macro. Some regional selection and your standard stellas and things of that nature. Not terrible, just not what I was really looking for.

Overall I thought it was a really decent place to eat out at, but I ont think I would really call it a beer destination in any way.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.14/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

I went to Cooper's last night with my wife and some of our friends mainly to see a certain performer. To be a bar, the atmosphere was nothing special. Maybe I would've thought differently if six of us hadn't been crammed around a four person table, but even so the layout seemed bizzare to me. Clientele was respectful and responsible enough, though I doubt many of them were there for the beer selection; I could be wrong.

Quality was OK, after a few drinks we couldn't tell if some of the pitchers and pint glasses were dirty or just damaged. The beer was fresh but unfortunately quite a few of the pint glasses they brought us were very warm; totally fucked up my first glass of Boddingtons.

Service was lacking in a number of respects. I understand the volume these places deal with, especially on a Friday night and the absurd demands places like this put on their staff, but even so we went a whole half hour or more without our waitress even checking on us. I also had a couple of bottles of Hoegaarden served to me with a lemon in the neck (well, the first one had an orange, the second had a lemon, neither of which I requested) and I felt they should've at least asked me.

I was pretty impressed by their selection considering the bars that I've visited. Around 24 beers on draught, and American macros made up maybe 1/3 of that list. They did offer a plethora of mircos and imports in bottles. I was excited to see Paulaner's Hefe on the list, but after a lot of confusion with the waitress I learned they were out.

I didn't have any of the food, but some of the folks with us had some chips and spinach artichoke dip. I didn't hear anyone complain and it was all eaten, so I'm sure it wasn't too bad.

I only say the value is reasonable considering that it's a bar. The shit is already expensive, but it's on par with other places like this. Not cheap, but not over-the-top for a bar of it's standing.

I had a pretty good time here, and by the time I've had five or six drinks the beer list is less impressive and the atmosphere is more where my mind is at. It was nice to have this choice early on, but when I began trying to soak the place up it just wasn't all that it could've been. I'd like to visit again on a slower night where there wasn't live music.

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Photo of lhibbard
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I live right near Coopers, so when I first moved in it was the first place we went. It really wasn't what I was expecting, especially since the name implies that it's an 'Ale House', but after I gave it a chance I left feeling satisfied. The food is pretty good, with the selection ranging from burgers and fries to pasta dishes. You get nice sized portions and I never had a complaint about the food. Now to the important part, the beer. They have quiet a selection of both domestic and import, but only a few macrobrews on tap. They do offer Red Oak on tap which is nice to see a local selection. The bottled selections are very nice, with most of the major contributors to the beer world represented along with a few nice surprises. All in all, a very satisfying restaurant/bar.

Love the brew!

PS - Be sure to ask for a non-chilled glass because it will be served chilled otherwise.

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Photo of oberon
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Well thinking this might be something more than it was I planned a meeting with friends at this place hoping this place might help educate some of my buddies with some decent beer.I walked in and within thirty seconds my hopes faded,wanna be thugs out the ying yang hats turned sideways and starter jerseys everywhere no quiet spots in any corner except in the back near the video games.Besided the annoying patrons the tap selection was quite uninspireing Carolina Blond,Hoegarden,and Redhook nut brown were the best that could be offered the rest were mainly domestic macro,euro pale lagers,and the local Red Oak and Battlefield Black.The wings were decent but Iam sick of getting served ranch dressing with Buffalo wings but thats a different story in its self.It was loud,annoying,and the tap selection was very average dont ever judge a bar by its name nothing special here at all.

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Cooper's Ale House in Greensboro, NC
Place rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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