|Barley's Ale House No. 2|
Barley's Smokehouse and Brewpub
Ale House No. 2
1130 Dublin Road
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 485 - 0BBQ (0227)
Mon - Thurs 11:00 AM - close (kitchen closes at 10 PM)
Friday 11:00 AM - close (kitchen closes at 11PM)
Saturday noon - close (kitchen closes at 11PM)
Sunday noon - close (kitchen closes at 8:30PM)
I've been to Barley's any number of times. You'll note by the name that this review covers Ale House Number 2, which implies (correctly) that there's a number 1. Both share the Barley name, both are microbreweries, and both are excellent in their own way, but that's where the similarity ends. The other Barley's is downtown and I'll likely write about it later.
Seriously, the beer selection at Barley's is extensive and both beer and ale tend to be strong flavors as well as high alcohol content. Any guest beers that Barley's serves fit into this category very nicely. Calculate your consumption at about half of what you'd normally drink.
The service at Barley's is solid. I've never seen the place when it wasn't busy, and I've never had to wait an overly long time for food or drink. One thing that impressed me about Barley's is that the serving staff does not waste time making excuses. I abhor a server that whines to me about the place being busy and the kitchen being backed up; isn't that the goal of any business, to get a lot of customers all the time? Why is it that a busy restaurant is often bad for the individual customer? At Barley's they anticipate a packed dining room and plan accordingly. Servers are generally knowledgeable about the beer selection, although very few can rattle off the entire list of available beers. If in doubt, consult the bartender.
As I mentioned, Barley's is a pub. It's noisy, crowded and it can get hot inside. There are HD TVs so you can watch a game as you're inclined to do so. The crowd at the bar will cheer their favorite team. The noise and the heat can be oppressive to me, and after dinner I've well and truly had enough of having to shout to make myself heard by the person sitting next to me. This situation is not due to poor acoustics or bad construction of some sort, nor is it due to a particularly unruly crowd; it happens when you get a lot of people and beer together at once. My caveat here is that you shouldn't expect a quiet place for dinner.
I like Barley's and I expect to eat there again, next time I'm in Columbus. I'm going to try and arrange a Saturday night brisket dinner.
- Ambiance: 7
- Service: 8
- Food: 8 (10 if you have the brisket)