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By: SueB - May 27 2008 @ 03:22 PM

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Barry's Pub is an ordinary neighborhood bar that has nothing really special about it. The menu was sticky and beers on tap were nothing to brag home about. The thing that struck me most is that the overall atmosphere is not welcoming for anybody over the age of 30. Live music would help but for some odd reason they refuse to bring in bands. When I asked the bartender why he said "because we're too small". I raise my eyebrows to that one because there was a large area in the back that could fit a band nicely. The not so friendly attitude of the bartenders definitely added my not so great time at Barry's. It made me want to finish my drink and get out of there as fast as I could. Barry's ya got a try a little harder to elevate your atmosphere! Live bands, better beer and wine selections and bartenders who can carry on a conversation with someone over the age of 21 would help. I may go back one day to see if they made any changes but my guess is they probably won't.

 

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By: MRMOJO - May 27 2008 @ 11:30 PM

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The best resaon to go to Barry's is for a drink before visiting the little bistro next door.
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By: Asshat - May 28 2008 @ 12:33 PM

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They do a ton of business w/ Duquesne students and recently graduated alumni. They really don't need to "try harder" since they have a built in crowd.

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By: SueB - Jun 12 2008 @ 04:59 PM

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They do a ton of business w/ Duquesne students and recently graduated alumni. They really don't need to "try harder" since they have a built in crowd.

Hello Asshat! Regarding your comments "They do a ton of business w/ Duquesne students and recently graduated alumni. They really don't need to "try harder" since they have a built in crowd". In a way, that is true. They don't NEED to "try harder" but why wouldn't they? If somebody from out of town visits their bar they will experience the same "mediocre" experience I had. If I were a bar owner I would refrain from having that "pick and choose" attitude. It serves some people and not all. It comes down to this. Barry's is not my cup of tea. I found it lacking for certain reasons but not everybody is going to feel the same way I do. I accept that.

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By: MRMOJO - Jun 12 2008 @ 11:02 PM

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Hello Asshat! Regarding your comments "They do a ton of business w/ Duquesne students and recently graduated alumni. They really don't need to "try harder" since they have a built in crowd". In a way, that is true. They don't NEED to "try harder" but why wouldn't they? If somebody from out of town visits their bar they will experience the same "mediocre" experience I had. If I were a bar owner I would refrain from having that "pick and choose" attitude. It serves some people and not all. It comes down to this. Barry's is not my cup of tea. I found it lacking for certain reasons but not everybody is going to feel the same way I do. I accept that.

That's why we "choose"

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By: Asshat - Jun 13 2008 @ 02:50 PM

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Hello Asshat! Regarding your comments "They do a ton of business w/ Duquesne students and recently graduated alumni. They really don't need to "try harder" since they have a built in crowd". In a way, that is true. They don't NEED to "try harder" but why wouldn't they? If somebody from out of town visits their bar they will experience the same "mediocre" experience I had. If I were a bar owner I would refrain from having that "pick and choose" attitude. It serves some people and not all. It comes down to this. Barry's is not my cup of tea. I found it lacking for certain reasons but not everybody is going to feel the same way I do. I accept that.

(First off, I still LOL when someone calls me asshat like it's Joe or Beth or something.)

Why wouldn't they? Because they have a built in clientele. Any college town (or town with colleges - like Pittsburgh) is going to have bars that are primarily for students and "outsiders" won't necessarily feel welcome there. Bands might be something you want to see, but they may have tried them there to the displeasure of their regular clientele.

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By: Hammer - Jun 16 2008 @ 12:11 PM

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Well there are a few points here...

Bands - Bands would never work in that space. Sure you could fit a band in there, but could you make enough money to pay the band off of the space you would have left? I know that if I were the owner I wouldn't even try. Besides that with the Moose and Club Cafe being so close, I'm not sure I'd want to try and compete for their crowds.

Crowd - They do have a decent crowd on weekends but on the weekdays they could be doing a lot better and if you ask me I think that there is always room for improvement. I don't think I have ever had bad service at Barry's but then again I've never tried to make the bartender my new friend either.

Overall I think Barry's is a fine example of "just a bar" and it works. It's kept them in business for years with the same space and layout that failed other people. Granted they could do more on the beers, but I also don't know their cooler space. One big thing to remember with South Side bars - they have very limited working space.

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By: SueB - Jun 17 2008 @ 04:17 PM

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Well there are a few points here...

Bands - Bands would never work in that space. Sure you could fit a band in there, but could you make enough money to pay the band off of the space you would have left? I know that if I were the owner I wouldn't even try. Besides that with the Moose and Club Cafe being so close, I'm not sure I'd want to try and compete for their crowds.

Crowd - They do have a decent crowd on weekends but on the weekdays they could be doing a lot better and if you ask me I think that there is always room for improvement. I don't think I have ever had bad service at Barry's but then again I've never tried to make the bartender my new friend either.

Overall I think Barry's is a fine example of "just a bar" and it works. It's kept them in business for ...

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I have to say, you have a very congenial way of viewing things. The owners may have legitimate reasons or maybe they just don't want to bother with bands, but I am part of a band and we've performed in bars much smaller than Barry's.

My opinion for what it's worth, Bands/Acoustic or Open Mic nights give a bar something extra. Although, if the owners are not interested than that is that.

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By: Ironbird - Jun 17 2008 @ 04:45 PM

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I have to say, you have a very congenial way of viewing things. The owners may have legitimate reasons or maybe they just don't want to bother with bands, but I am part of a band and we've performed in bars much smaller than Barry's.

My opinion for what it's worth, Bands/Acoustic or Open Mic nights give a bar something extra. Although, if the owners are not interested than that is that.

Here's an opinion from a person that that goes to see acoustic acts and full bands all the time (practically every weekend) and has a lot of friends who are musicians. Barry's is way too small for a full band, and even though a 2 or 3 man acoustic act could fit into that space towards the back, I seriously doubt they'd be able to being in enough people to make it worth it unless they'd do it on a consistent basis. If they pop up and say "Hey this friday we're going to have an acoustic act", You'll see the same 10 or 15 people that always show up at Barry's and that's about it. BUT if the owners say "EVERY Friday is going to be "Unplugged at Barry's Night" and get a schedule going of a few different acoustic acts that they can rotate in and out every friday night, once the word gets out (which takes a few weeks) then maybe, just MAYBE, they start to draw some what of a crowd that will come for the music.

 
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