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On Tap Sports Cafe
Overall: Great    Score: 75 / 100
727 29th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35233
United States
(205) 320-1225
Listed Since: January 2004
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Been going here for many years. The one on HWY 280/Valleydale is pathetic now. Food is still decent, bar food, what do you expect, but the servers are terrible. They hardly wait on you, don't make you feel welcomed, and are completely uptight. It's a sports bar, and they don't know or talk about sports, instead, they preach about their religion, and if you disagree or are genuinely curious, they get mad and ask you to leave. Worthless place. This was a wonderful place a year plus ago, but not any longer. Several bad recent trips yield this.

Oh, in addition... they disliked me because I was sober tonight. They thought I was drunk, and all I had was water. Please, do yourselves a favor, and take your money elsewhere.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Josh Du Pre Josh Du Pre, Birmingham, AL

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I have been an On Tap regular at all three locations since 1999. Even through an ownership change, the integrity of the food, service and beer remained unwavering. I have never received anything but the best of service in any of their locations, and plan to happily patronize them for many years to come! Thanks to all past, present & future On Tap employees for the great times!

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Joey Arata Joey Arata, Gulf Shores, AL

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They actually called the police for an eight dollar tab. The food was cold and won't even melt butter. The waitress had poor customer service and not acceptive of customer complaints.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Shameka Shameka, Birmingham, AL

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I travel to Alabama a lot for business and usually stay around the Inverness area and I have to say that On Tap is one of the most laid back places I've been to. The food is pub grub and above average than a chain. I had a wrap and it was average. I could go to some fast food places and pay $6.50 for a sandwich but I would much rather go here and get a beer along with it. If your looking for a 5 star dinner this isn't the place (for teh first guy who posted). However, if you want a beer selection and good service this is your place.

The service was great! Charlie, a very nice young lady bartender, shook my hand introducing herself and was prompt and polite. If your looking for a GREAT beer and a laid back local pub type atmosphere come on in!

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review Franklin, TN

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Poor man's market??? I thought poor men brown baged their lunch. I think your rant about the prices are a bit extreme. When food costs go up it cost more to eat out, that's just the way it is. And by the way have you noticed all the upgrades (new TV's, NTN equipment, remodeled bathrooms, etc..) around there lately? Costly, I'm sure but long overdue.

It's still cheaper to have a good meat and 3 lunch at On Tap than pretty much anywhere else in the area, not to mention YUMMY! One thing I must agree with though is the observation about the recent lapse in servce at Riverchase. Seems to me they may be somewhat understaffed.

Fortunately I'm one of those people who don't get in trouble for taking extra time at lunch but a lot of people are'nt so lucky. I'm going to let someone at On Tap, who might be able to do something about it, know the service issue needs to be addressed. Maybe anyone else who has experienced this problem should too. They have a website.

Still, in my opinion the problem is not nearly bad enough to give up my favorite, beef tips and rice, lunch. Worth that extra 10-15 minutes it takes to get these days (to me anyway). I would order ahead and carry out if I had to. LOVE THAT STUFF!

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review Pelham, AL

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Wow, that other guy is a cheapo. If he's complaining about paying a buck fifty for tea (with free refills), he must not get out of the house much! My friends and I go to On Tap after work about two or three times a week... the food is great, the waitresses and bartenders all know us by now and treat us like family, and the beer selection is unrivaled (in Alabama, at least!). They have $2 draft beers on Thursday nights (it gets a littly busy, but it's worth it for a $2 pint of Guinness!)

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review Birmingham, AL

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I just moved to Birmingham and was looking for a local place where a 30-something could just come after work, hang out with some friends, have a beer, and watch some sports. Well, a co-worker of mine took me to On Tap Sports Cafe at Riverchase (apparently there are three locations in the Birmingham-area). First I loved the beer selection, especially the micro-brew selection. I'm sure like most of you, we can all appreciate a good micro-brewed beer from the tap...and they had something like 62 on tap. That caught my attention pretty quick. Additionally, the screens were really big & they even had screen in the booths we were sitting out. The menu was large, though I'm a simple wing man...they were great. Overall, I enjoyed On Tap Sports Cafe. If you like a real pub atmosphere I think you might too.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review Slidell, LA

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Once upon a time in a shopping center not too far away there was a Sports Bar named On Tap. Being that they weren’t too far from where I worked at the time and they had a variety of items on the menu, including some home cooked meal type daily lunch specials, my co-workers and I started frequenting this establishment quite often. When I say often I mean at least two times sometimes three times a week. We received very good service most of the time because one of the waitresses recognized us and knew what we wanted. At this time I could go in there and get an order of 10 Wings and fries with celery for $5.75 and because the waitress recognized us at regulars she rarely charged us for tea so it was a pretty good deal.

Well one day the price went up to $6.25 which again is not bad for all I got. Ok, here is where the deal starts to go south. The waitress says to us one day, “I have to start charging for tea because they are cracking down on us.” Well when a glass of tea is $1.50 that brings the price of lunch right up to about $10 with tip. That is a little pricey for just 10 Wings and fries. Not too much longer after that the deal changed to celery and if you wanted fries it was an extra dollar. That just about pushed me over the edge because as most of us know, John ain’t about to put a piece of celery in his mouth and I only wanted the fries to start with.

I stopped going there very often and when I did I opted out of the tea and went with water to try and offset the rate of inflation. At some point along the way our waitress moved on to bigger and better things like going to school and getting a real job, no offense to any of you who may have been servers before. When she was gone the good service went with her. It started taking forever to get our order. Sometimes we would sit there 10 minutes before anyone would even take our order and the wings took a while to cook anyway. At this point we rarely went there anymore and only went when we had a severe craving for wings.

During the time we weren’t going very often the price went up to $6.49 for the wings which just made us wonder why we ever came in there at all especially with the service getting slower all the time and the attitude of the servers and even some of the management leaving much to be desired. Along came a break, or so I thought. I received a coupon book with coupons in it for On Tap. The coupon read “Enjoy one complimentary lunch or dinner entrée of your choice with the purchase of another at equal or greater cost. Up to $11.99 value.” Ok so if I buy one thing of wings I can get another free right? Well the first time we go to use this coupon they claim that it was wrong and it’s only good up to $6.00. Well that’s not what it said on the coupon but it wasn’t worth arguing over so $6.00 it is. That means the second wings only cost 49 cents. Twenty wings for $6.99…not too bad. Things are looking good again, only we forgot about the lousy service and you couldn’t even go there and eat them and get back to work in an hour. Ok, plan B. We’ll just call them in for pickup and skip the drink and tip less since they didn’t really serve us and it will be a good deal again. That worked one time.

All of this leads me to today. Maybe if I had called it in and presented the coupon at pickup it would have worked, but when I got there and placed my order to go and showed him the coupon he said we can’t do that on to-go orders. Again, nowhere on the coupon does it state this but all the sudden that’s the way it is. So I said “Whatever make them for here” then and I ended up ordering a tea while I waited 15 minutes to get my order. When I got the ticket it was for 20 wings at $12.95 and a tea. He said he would take the $6 off when I handed him my card. So he goes to fix the bill and gets the manager over there. I hear them talking back and forth and over hear him saying “Yeah, he tried to get two orders of 10 to go and I told him we couldn’t do that.” When I get my check back they had changed it from 20 wings to two orders of 10 at $6.99 each. The price has gone up 50 more cents so for those of you keeping score that’s now almost $7 for 10 wings and no fries. The moral of this story is please don’t give On Tap any of your business. I still think they have awesome wings and I will miss them but I don’t think I will ever go there again and it’s all because of attitude and pricing themselves out of a poor man’s market.

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