Hambones has been on Butler for decades, but yours truly had never stopped in before.... So, finally I stopped in to check the place out.
The bar is nice, and there is a sizable dining room as well, the place was clean, the beer selection was decent, and prices were cheap, at least during happy hour they were anyway.
The food was good, though the menu was very limited, I was shocked that a place could have so much space dedicated to a dining room with such a limited menu.
The menu was mostly standard bar fair, with not surprisingly a lot of ham based options.
I went with the grilled ham and cheese and was not disappointed.
Overall the place was a nice neighborhood bar, however,and its a very important however, the service was sadly very sub par. While having 3 people working behind the bar, getting served was a tedious task, the place was not particularly busy, but it was repeatedly like pulling teeth to get their attention, let alone a drink.
More than once, after finally getting someones attention, and giving a drink order, the drink never arrived. Leading to another round of get someones attention.... not good. (And no, I was not the only one to have this issue while I was there)
They say the place is struggling because of the change in neighborhood, my personal experience says this place is struggling for the same reason most service industry places wind up struggling... poor service. I was at the bar the entire time, so I can't speak for the wait staff or the dining room, but the service at the bar definitely needed much improving.
If they get their service issues under control this place could get a much higher rating, but given the issues I had there, I have a hard time giving the place more than a 5.
The bar really has all the right parts to be a nice neighborhood place, but without good service, all the rest is irrelevant.