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Tap and Mallet
Overall: Awesome!    Score: 85 / 100
381 Gregory Street
Rochester, NY 14620
United States
(585) 473-0503
Listed Since: February 2008
Last Updated: October 2008
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Sun 04:00PM - 02:00AM
Mon 04:00PM - 02:00AM
Tue 04:00PM - 02:00AM
Wed 04:00PM - 02:00AM
Thu 04:00PM - 02:00AM
Fri 04:00PM - 02:00AM
Sat 04:00PM - 02:00AM

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Unfortunately, my experience did not come close to the other reviewers. I arrived on a Saturday at about 5 after noon. There was none setting at the tables and 5 people at the bar--2 bar tenders and one waitress. I sat right in front of the taps. They are angled so I couldn't see all of them. I didn't see any beer menu so when the bar tender pulled himself away from the couple at the end of the bar, I ordered a Kona pale ale. When he delivered the beer he told he how much and I asked if I could start a tab? Only if I gave him a credit card. I truly truly hate that. I understand that there are those that will do a drink and dash--but there were only 6 of us and all at the bar. So our first exchange is that the bartender doesn’t trust me. I hoped to have lunch but before I could ask for a menu he went back to the couple at the end of the bar...and there he stayed. I finally spied some printed beer menus so I got up to get myself one--that didn't faze the bartenders or the waitress. What an impressive list of beers. The taps are only the beginning. Probably 25 taps but I'd say over 100 bottles. As I drank my Kona I kept trying to catch one of the bartender’s eyes to get a menu. Just didn’t happen. I noticed that Sixpoint Brownstone was on tap so I decided to try that and keep trying to get a menu. When I got my pint of Brownstone he was gone again before I could get a menu so I decided to finish my pint and go back to Macgregor’s for lunch. In all my beer travels, this was the first time I ever felt out of place in a beer bar/brew pub. Very cool design and art but this place is tucked away a bit much. If it weren’t so out of the way I might give them another try but coming up from Hornell, Macgregor’s is right there with what seems like hundreds of taps, good service, and you actually get a menu. Every place can have an off day, and I recognize that my experience was very different from others that have written here—but I’ll let them support this place.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Bill Laubert Bill Laubert, Hornell, NY

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Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!
It took over six months to get the Tap & Mallet and my first review of it from 12/7/07 posted on Pubcrawler. That's ridiculous! This site seems to be sliding downhill. Anyway, it's high time I updated my original comments about the service. All the kinks are long gone and the service is consistantly excellent. The Bartenders know the beer and are friendly and attentive. As I said before, this is by far the best beer bar in the region. I haven't been to The Old Toad since the Tap opened and see little reason to go in the future. The beer selection, food, and atmosphere are much better here.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Steve Tuttle Steve Tuttle, Geneseo, NY

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Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Great Awesome!
This is easily one of the most enjoyable beer bars that I've ever been to. Our bartender, Matt, was very knowledgable and was eager to deliver a sample of any ale before ordering a full glass. The taps appear to be rotated very regularly, and they have a great local crowd that seems to frequent the establishment. If you are a beer nut/geek, grab a seat at the bar and chat up your bartender, or talk to the person next to you... chances are they are just as passionate or even MORE passionate than you!

The food here is WAY under priced. Very reasonable and the sausages and mash are some of the best I've ever had! A mix between pork and veal that is made by Skipp's exclusively for the Tap and Mallet. The fish and chips are supposed to be good as well, but don't know from first hand experience.

The beer I enjoyed was Lagunitas Gnarley Wine, Yeti Imperial Stout, and Trappistes Rochefort 10. I can honestly say that Rochefort 10 is one of the smoothest, butteriest Belgian strong ales that I've ever had! Great recommendation by Matt the bartender. If you go, you must go on a wednesday when Matt is working. He works for a distributor and is one of the most knowledgeable bartenders I've ever met.

You CANNOT find a better beer bar in Rochester! Beer nuts need only apply!

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Chip Scott Chip Scott, Wilmington, DE

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Loved this place! Great beer- variety and quality, nice and efficient staff. Liked that it is in a neighborhood versus a mall or other commercial area. If you like bars, esp. new bars that feel welcoming &comfortable like an old bar- this is the place

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Carole Carole, wilson, PA

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Awesome! Awesome! Good Awesome! Awesome!
We stopped here before the Louisville/Rochester game last weekend. What a thrill to find a great beer bar back in the Rochester area. The beer selection is fantastic, rotating selections often. We were glad to see Syracuse's Middle Ages beers there, in addition to many other fine beers - drafts and bottles, some we had never seen or tried before. I can't believe there are actually beers out there that we have never tried! The bartender was very knowledgeable about all the beers, which at times at other places is a rare trait. Our only complaint is that they are not in Syracuse! Why can't they open up another Tap & Mallet at the previous McGregor's/Kelly Cole's location in downtown Syracuse? That would be perfect, then we wouldn't have to drive the 80-90 miles to Rochester to have some terrific beers! We'll just have to find more reasons to come here, especially when baseball season is over. This is really a great, great place.

Write Your Review Reply to this Review Report Review See more reviews from Berta Pettis Berta Pettis, Syracuse, NY

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Joe McBane's long awaited new pub finally opened in early November and instantly set a new standard for Rochester beer bars. Located in the original MacGregors building in the South Wedge, The Tap & Mallet has about 30 taps featuring a variety of interesting and unusual beers that you won't generally find elsewhere in the area. There is one beer engine for real ales, which rotate quickly. An extensive list of domestic and imported bottled beers is also available. Wine is served but there is no liquor. Over the first few weeks a couple taps have been "wasted" on J.W. Dundee's and Yeungling, but the overall slection is outstanding. Prices are very expensive however, with the cheapest draft at $4.50 per 16oz. pint. and some Belgians and others topping $7 for a smaller glass. The prices would be easier to accept if imperial pints were served. MacGregors uses them, charges less, and still, I'm sure, makes a healthy profit. The food is very reasonable though, with many entrees in the $12-$14 range. The menu is eclectic and several notches above typical pub food.The bangers and mash, unlike the fast food version at the Old Toad, is the equal of what I've had in good English pubs. The interior has been totally redesigned and the atmosphere is somewhat upscale but you'll be comfortable wearing jeans. Thankfully, they seem to be looking for a different clientele than the Alexander/East Av. bars. Most people that go here are interested in quality beers and relaxed conversation and hopefully the lack of hard booze, overly loud music, and TV's will keep it that way. I only rated the service "good" because several friends have had problems getting served in the back room on a couple occasions and at times the bartenders aren't paying close enough attention to those in need of drinks. Hopefully this is due to being new and working out the kinks and I'll soon be able to rate the service "awesome" as well. The bottom line is that The Tap & Mallet is by far the best beer pub in the area!

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