I wish I knew what I want to write about this place.
It's a bar that has the best of what I want and some of the worst of what I don't want at the same time.
In full disclosure, this is one of, if not the closest bar to where I live, and as such, have been there countless times. So, unlike my other reviews which are based on one or two visits to a bat, this will contain my observations of many visits. I would also like to say that not any one visit or experience is the basis of me writing this review now. I've just been thinking about the joys of a great neighborhood bar, and how I wish I had one.
The layout of this bar may be the best I've ever been at.
The bar is housed in a building that looks like a extra-long ranch house. The bar is long and spacious with pleanty of room for two bars, a dining area, seated counter against the glass opposite the main bar and second bar which is opened up on the busier Friday and Saturday nights.
I've never felt cramped at this place and usually never have to worry about saving seats for my friends because even on a busy night, there is plenty of room no matter when they arrive. Above the bar is three HD televisions which can be seen the entire main bar area, there are also another two or three sets scattered around the rest of the bar area.
The bar is always very clean. I've never seen a dirty bathroom or dusty areas. The room doesn't have a funky smell and the floor is always free of sticky spots. For the size of the area, its very pleasant to see that they keep up with the upkeep.
Servers are always friendly. I can honestly say that I've neve been treated poorly at this bar. However, other mentions of staff and service will be found in the Con section as well.
The audio quality for the jukebox is very nice. They can crank it up when needed or have it play as nice background music, and it always sounds good.
Musical selection of some of the patrons, not withstanding.
The prices seem a bit high for being a neighborhood bar.
If there isn't a special or happy hour, I believe a normal pint of domestic beer is running $4.25, thought that may not be exactly right. I do know that my bill is always bigger than what I'm expecting, and that's with me going there a number of times.
The food is below average.
I've never been impressed with anything I've ordered and if it isn't coming out of a deep fryer then it usually is very disappointing.
The wings are scrappy and the sauces are pedestrian. Wait until you've had a few beverages in you before ordering and then you may not mind as much.
Again, the price seems too high, especially when factoring in the quality.
There is a constant turnover of staff. It seems no one lasts more than eight months before they are never seen from again. I have no idea what percent quit compared to getting fired, so I can't speak to the reasons for the frequent turnover. It just makes me a little sad that my buddies have their local bar that has had the same friendly faces waiting for them there forever, then about the time a bartender or server begins to remember me here, they disappear.
I've written this full review without yet placing a number next to it, because it seems to me that on some days it can be a '9' and on other days be a '4'. I believe the most telling sign is that this bar is close to where I live and very rarely do I take friends there.
To be very honest, if I wrote this two years ago, it probably would be a higher score, but this place has been on a slow but steady decline down since then. I wish I knew why.