Flanagan's Ale House

Flanagan's Ale HouseFlanagan's Ale House
Flanagan's Ale HouseFlanagan's Ale House
Bar, Eatery

934 Baxter Ave
Louisville, Kentucky, 40204-2066
United States

(502) 585-3700 | map

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 26
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

This place is huge. Walking in the front, there were two bars and two seating areas, which was pretty big already. Then you walk back to a patio bar that's just as big as the front area. Then there's the "Red Room" further back with yet another bar and lots more space, including a stage near the back for shows, I guess.

This is a great place to watch a game and that's their main draw. I had a fish sandwich and it was pretty good, nothing spectacular, though. Most of their food was traditional pub fare.

They had around 20 taps or so with typical BMC stuff and mainstream craft. Their bottle list was actually very large, but again, it's mostly mainstream craft. You won't find any hard to find sours or sought after imperial stouts, but they have a pretty wide selection that at least sets it apart from a BMC bar. This is the kind of place your non-craft beer friends will want to go to watch a game, and they'll have something to make you happy, too.

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Photo of craftbrew502
4.95/5  rDev +22.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Probably my favorite place in Louisville for great food and even better beer selection. They have a very nice size bottle list with some really good stuff. Lots of founders, Three Floyds, southern Tiers, Rouges, etc. They're always rotating different craft brews on they're taps. Staff is great. Best grilled chicken sandwich in town.

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Photo of cwcolby74
4.15/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I liked this place. It's in a sort of cool area of Louisville that has a lot of restaurants and shoppes and stuff. The bar itself looks like a pretty typical Irish pub. The side tables along the front of the restaurant are cool because the windows open all the way, so when the weather's nice it's a nice addition to have fresh air coming in.

When I went last week, the bar had about a dozen selections on tap and about 100 different things in bottle. A lot of the bottle stuff was expensive belgians, which didn't appeal to me, so I settled for a Southern Tier Pale Ale (which I can't get at home in Indy, so I was happy to have it). I eventually had a Magic Hat #9 on draught as well.

The waitress was very good but overworked, as she was the only person there to wait tables and mind the bar during the day. I liked her a lot though.

The food was good, really good, actually. I had a roast beef sandwich with a nice horseradish sauce on it.

As you can see, it's nothing exotic, but Flanagan's is a good place to have an afternoon lunch. It has a full beer patio as well as sidewalk tables outside, if those are your druthers. I'd recommend this place.

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Photo of Bourbon
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

As you walk in, Flanagan's has a similar feel to many of the Irish-style pubs in Louisville; plenty of wood decor, exposed brick and beers to choose from. I sat at a table next to the huge windows giving a view of the street. My first few minutes were a very good impression.

I ordered my food and beer, and the beer was brought over. Fortunately, it was one of my favorites, because that was the only thing set in front of me for half an hour. My server never came to check on if I'd needed anything until then, and it was another 20 minutes for my food. With six other patrons, there was no reason for my food to take over an hour. That was also the last time I saw my server. When I was finished, I waited before I went up to the bar to pay. The barstaff apparently thought I was less important than the other patrons. Altogether, I was there two-and-a-half hours for two beers and food. I find no reason to go back with so many other bars in town with at least as good of selections and far better service.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

First of all I have to say I was impressed not just with the beer scene in Louisville, KY but the overall city as well. This is a really cool place to visit.
Nice little Irish Pub with more of a local feel to it. It is located in a cool and kitschy section of town. Lots of pub/bars/and kitschy shops in this section of town. We stopped in for a quick beer as the last pub stop in our whirlwind tour of Louisville. Done in the typical UK / Irish style for a pub with lots of little niches but overall has a more open feel than most. Lots of wood and a horseshoe shaped bar that extends into the two primary rooms. The hallway in the back leads to the restrooms and out into a grotto-like patio area. The big draw here is the decent sized beer selection: 20 or so taps and loads of bottles. Good selection of Belgian / Belgian-style beers with some obscure ones as well. Lots of American Micro / Craft offerings. The staff is very attentive and seem moderately beer knowledgeable.

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Photo of beerhobo22
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Attended the Thursday night pint night. Featured beers come in custom pint glasses (provided by the breweries) for you to keep. Prices were reasonable and the beer selection was very good. Ashley, the "beer wench", was really cool and a great hostess. I understand that she is very involved in the selection of the beers at the pub (and other, related, pubs). The pub offers an extensive list of domestic and belgian beers. I had one of the burger specials and a salad for dinner. Food menu consists of traditional pub fare and was reasonably priced. Becca, my bartender, was extremely cheerful. She managed the busy night well and helped me get a souvenir t-shirt; she had to rumage through several to find the right sizes. Very large crowd and a good atmosphere. I will go back again for pint night. Recommend you visit when you're in town.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

After visiting the Louisville area frequently, I finally made it out to Baxter to hit Flanagan's. On this particular Thursday, they hosted a pint night where we bought a pint of the one-off release of the Alltech-Lexington Brewing English IPA and get to keep the specially made glass for the beer. The place was full, but not packed. After sipping on a pint, we found a table when a waitress quickly offered to get us drinks and dinner. The special was a bison burger with shrimp, avacado, and picco de gallo sauce and was a treat for $8. The decor was fairly authentic English-ish with a good amount of rustic woodwork, quaint and comfortable spacing, and dark paint with dim lighting. A host of tv's make the game easy to watch. The NFL network was carying the Thursday night game. The bar hosted about 20 different taps, mostly high end American craft beers including Goose Island Matilda, Bluegrass brewing beers, and a host of 100 bottles or so ranging from European beers to American crafts, mostly Belgians. After sharing a 750 of St. Bernardus Abt. 12, we paid out tab and headed home. Certainly a visit that is worth the while and I'll be sure to return. The bad news is that the beers seemed steep compared to nearby beer prices. Those English IPA's costed us $4.75 per 12oz. pint.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Yet another corner location! Louisville seemed rife with them. The door opened right onto the huge rectangular bar that took up what probably used to be two spaces with part of the wall knocked out. In addition to the bar, the whole place was ringed by booths. Wow!

It was highly popular on the Thursday night in late December 2006 when I visited. I had a look at their beer menu and was delighted to see nary a drop of BMC among around ninety (90) bottles and ten (10) taps. OK, one bottle - Bud Light, but still ... Yow! I was finally starting to feel the effects of my efforts, plus it was crowded as all get-out. I drank a Bell's Two-Hearted on draft, used the washroom located in the rear on the left side, and moved on.

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Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Located in the area known as restaurant row, it is a short drive for those like me staying in a downtown hotel. Street parking may be hard to find on weekend nights around here. Nice sized Irish themed bar and restaurant. Nice old looking wooden bar holds the mugs for locals and sports plenty of taps.The seating area is filled with wooden booths and tables. Everyone here seemed to know each other too - a true locals pub where the same people seem to gather a few nights a week.

Nice variety of beers here as there were 20 on tap and probably 100 in bottles. The taps ranged from local beers like BBC to US beers like Sierra Nevada to Europeans like Stella and Harp. The bottle selection was extremely varied and would please any beer fan. The beers were of good quality and fresh.

Food was good as the fish and chips were crispy but a bit dense, and the other food we had was decent. Typical pub grub and pizza. Service was extremely prompt and knowledgable. Any questions I had about the local Kentucky beers were answered promptly.

If visiting Louisville it is probably worth a stop here to get the local bar vibe while quaffing some local Kentucky beers.

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Photo of cameraman
4.03/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is probably the best beer bar in the city limits of Louisville. When you walk in it has the look of an irish pub, dark and wooden booths. They have decent selection on tap, always something new and different, they do keep some macro's on tap, to not scare away the average joe. The bottle selection is very good and the beer list is on the menu, with new beers being posted on a chalk board. The service is decent, not great, but decent. The food there is pretty good, pizzas and bread sticks(I know italian food, irish name) are awesome, the other items are above average. It has nice atmosphere, though the music can be a tad loud. Overall this the place to find craft beer on the Kentucky side of Louisville area, and is an enjoyable place to find a new or different beer.

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Flanagan's Ale House in Louisville, KY
Place rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 26 ratings