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December 19, 2014 @ 10:02 AM EDT
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Establishment: MacGregor's Grill and Tap Room, Syracuse, NY

MacGreggor's has lots of beers on tap, of varying quality, and as long as you stick to beer, you'll be more than fine. Particularly since their daily specials often feature some very fine beverages at outrageously low pitcher-prices.

Venturing into mixed drinks can be sketchy, as not all of their bartenders are particularly fantastic in that area. Sometimes the drinks are fine, sometimes they're underpoured.

The courtesy of the wait staff and bartenders is generally good. Sometimes not. Usually the waitresses are more pleasant than the bartenders.

The food is, as previously mentioned, "bar standard". Nachos, wings, burgers, etc. Not award-winning, but by no means bad.

Clintelle seems to largely be early-to-mid-twenties. College or young adult. LOTS of baseball caps and flannel shirts. You can't turn in any direction without being able to see at least one tv, so it's great for me during the NBA season, when I'm wanting to follow six games at once.

Overall, a nice place and a decent change of pace from my usual spots. Also, in addition to the metered parking mentioned in the review below, there's also a very large and conveniently free parking lot right behind the building.


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Great Good N/A Great Great

Establishment: Coleman's Authentic Irish Pub, Syracuse, NY

Can't comment on the food, as I've never had it, but in a city where you can't trip without falling into an "authentic Irish pub", it says something that Coleman's is widely recognized as being the most "legit" in the area. The Coleman family are friendly and know how to run a bar. Service varies depending on who you get, but swing by a few times and most of the guys behind the bar will remember your face and your drink of choice.

They have a new band every Saturday and Sunday night... all of whom seem to play the same "hits of the 60's-thru-90's" setlist (barring a couple of groups who actually write their own tunes). On Sunday evenings they often have Irish bands come in and play.

For smokers, they also have one of the better smoking patios in the area. It's still freezing during the winter, of course, but at least it's covered.

Coleman's ranks second only behind Awful Al's on my list of bars to spend time at in Syracuse.


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Great Awesome! Great So So Good

Establishment: Blue Tusk, Syracuse, NY

The Blue Tusk just recently addressed one of its major issues -- the complete lack of mixed drinks. I applaud the move as it will bring them a wider customer base. At the same time, it's caused their service to drop a bit as the bartenders scramble to memorize what they have, and how to use it. Give it another six months, and the service should be good-or-better again. In the meantime, the food's still terrific, and the selection of beer is second-to-none, although you won't find many pints under four bucks. It's not my personal favorite (I prefer the darker lighting and more laid-back vibe at Awful Al's), but don't let that stop you from swinging by and checking out one of Syracuse's better bars.


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Awesome! Good N/A Awesome! Awesome!

Establishment: Awful Al's Smoke and Whiskey Bar, Syracuse, NY

Best bar in Syracuse, beyond a shadow of a doubt. The staff is courteous, extremely knowledgeable, and move significantly faster than most bartenders. Good beer and a decent selection, but it's really all about the spirits. Also a nice selection of cigars. Their cigar girls actually know what they're talking about, and can make good suggestions based on your tastes. The atmosphere is like nowhere else I've ever been, and the clientelle (unlike a previous poster seems to think) is diverse but largely a down-to-earth group, particularly on the weekdays.


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