My wife and I came in last night for the grand opening. We actually didn't know this place was even here. We pulled in after seeing the guy on the corner putting up the grand opening sign. I admit I know little about beer, being a Blue Moon and a PBR kinda guy. I was quickly told about the Allagash which I enjoyed very much. The Bartender, Kevin, was very nice and quite helpful.
We came in at the time that they were setting up a little tasting buffet. I really enjoyed the onion rings and the spinach dip, though it was a little runny . The crab cakes weren't as good as most I've had, but my wife loved them so maybe it was a matter of taste.
The menu is okay. Not the best, but not the worse I've seen in a pub. Qasadillas and natchos don't fit on a pub menu in my opinion. I also would have liked to have seen a few stables on the entree menu, Shepard's Pie and the like. I ended up having the fish and chips and my wife had a burger. We both really enjoyed our food, my fish was cooked a little too done, and I did not get the blue cheese slaw the menu said came with it, but the batter was good with lots of pepper which I like, and it was so much I didn't even need the slaw. My wife's burger was perfect to the T and the fries were good. We really liked the peppery ketchup we got with the fries.
I know the place is new and just opening, but I would like to see some more entree type items on the menu, not just fried food and sandwiches. All and all we had a good time and enjoyed our food. We'll be back, I'm sure, but probably not at night again. This seems like a great place to come for a quick in and out lunch.
Clearly the above reviewer had a "beef" with the beer menu! Judging from his review and all of his clearly superior knowledge of the bar industry, he must be in the business, and thus perhaps somewhat biased. Anyone with so much knowledge should not have difficulty selecting a beer with or without an explanation! As far as I am concerned, beer is beer, makes me burp and have to pee!! Give me a Captain Morgan’s on Ice and I am a Happy Camper!! As far as the beer write-ups, fine, I'm sure the owners would be happy to do a revision for those that might need it, they are a new business, in fact they had not even had a Grand Opening as of the time of the above write up.
I have been in the Pub three times since it's "soft" opening, the owners, Craig, Alex and the chef, Gregory all visited my table, introduced themselves and inquired about our meal and overall experience. They all asked what they might do better to improve the experience. We made a few suggestions and I can report that they were all acted upon by our next visit.
As for the strip mall look. Not many bars, pubs or restaurants located in strip malls open on day one looking any different. Dealing with large open spaces with high ceilings is a challenge when trying to depict an "intimate pub" atmosphere. In any of the establishments I have encountered that have accomplished this goal, it was an effort that evolved overtime, an antique in the corner, a "prized" banner for the winning local champs on the wall, a piece of stained glass in the window. But for me, the most important aspect is the "Cheers" aspect. The Cheers aspect occurs when you enter an establishment and "everyone knows your name". As I said, I have been in three times since the soft opening, the last time, last night (3/1) for the Grand Opening". On every occasion, Craig, Alex and Gregory came to our table and checked on our meal. All three remembered our prior visits, our waiter, Rob, remembered our drink orders and the chef prepared my tuna perfectly with extra blackening and extra sauce (some sort of wasabi cucumber stuff that is excellent).
Service, In the interest of "full disclosure", I know one of the servers (a friends daughter), how ever, she was not present on our second two visits, so I have minimal bias at best. On all of our visits, there was a "teamwork" approach, our food was brought out hot by the chef one busy night, I saw the owner busing a table on another, not that she had to, but that it was the right thing to do.
On to the FOOD. This is why I go to an establishment, if I want a beer I can buy it at the Pig. But if I am spending my hard earned money, I want the whole deal, first some good food. I'm not a connoisseur (not even sure I can spell it!) of bar food.But I can vouch for the entrees! The Tuna is excellent. I challenge you to find as large a cut and as fresh a piece of tuna for the $15 bucks! Fair warning, if you are a wimp, ask the chef to tone down the spice!! I like it hot and have had it twice !!!! We have tried the Ribeye and it was tasty and tender and cooked they way my wife likes it, not your average supermarket cut. The stuffed burgers, the pimento and the blue cheese are our favorites!!The onion rings were crisp, hot and tasty. The crab cakes were great! Not much cake, seemed like ALL crab! DON'T miss the stuffed mushrooms! Really, they are great! Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone and try something other than fried cheese!
On all three occasions the pub was full of people. Happy, eating, drinking and talking people! 4 Cheers!
I vote 4/5 stars for this new place, give them a chance to work out a few things, tell them if there is something you don't like or needs more explanation, I know first hand they will be receptive and try harder to earn your satisfaction.
very cool spot, will be back for sure. Outdoor patio looks fun when the weather comes around. Great meals all the way around!
Im with the negative people, this bar sucks. I can't wait for this place to go out of business so another bar can take the prime location. I hope this recession will end this place. If this review causes anyone to avoid this place, mission accomplished. Think about it, I took time out of my day to create an account here just to tell the world how awful The Brick is. Everyone who gave this place glowing reviews must work there or be friends with people who work there. What makes this place suck is the people who work there. Just plain rude.
I have tried them all and as far as a cool, local spot to hang....Its worth the trip! I was really suprised at the food, GREAT! Staff was friendly and the outdoor patio was as good as it gets. Cool crowd too, really diverse.
A place to have a beer with Dad! Great local spot and best Burger I have had in a while! Service was good and manager came over 2x to check on us!
Atmosphere is not exactly pub like, they have a pool table, no dart boards, but the feel is still very “strip mall", a little too open and not at all intimate. We sat in the bar table area which is the majority of the establishment, as there is a little area that has restaurant height tables beyond a half wall that I would assume is made as a standing area. Neither the restaurant area nor the standing area was being utilized at 8pm on a Friday. The pool table was in use and several of the bar tables were occupied along with most of the bar seats. I was excited to see so many taps and we were greeted quickly by a friendly waitress. We were asked if we were familiar with craft beers when we asked for a beer list, and we acknowledged that we were and that was the reason we had come. Later, I wondered what we would be told if we had said we weren’t familiar because as I learned, the establishment wasn’t all too familiar with craft beers either. They would allow a sample of any of the tap beers which I feel is appropriate and appreciated.
The beer list needs several improvements, it is a paper insert in a protective case so it will be easy to change (smart not spending money on printing). First, the font is unreadable and small, in darker light of a pub, a more simple font is required. Second, there are no prices anywhere on the list. I would assume that Allagash Interlude is quite pricey, but an unsuspecting patron could order it on the name. That brings me to my next beef: how about a description of the beers or at least a style? Finally, the errors were too many to ignore and actually affected our evening:
Bells was listed as though it was Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s (what was it really?)
Dogfish Head 90 minute was simply listed as IPA
Laughing Dog had no beer, just the brewery, turned out to be Alpha Dog
Pils was spelled as if you were getting some sort of aspirin: Pills
Fin du Monde was fin de monde
Duvel was spelled Duvell
Also seemed to be errors with the bottle list, which had separate bombers listed, and there were several that I do not think come in small bottles: Allagash Fluxus and Interlude are two.
Now I know some of you are thinking that I am being a little nitpicky, but a few minutes would have caught all of these errors unless there is no one with the knowledge to catch them, which is what I suspect. The other reason I am listing all of these, and this was just upon cursory review of the list, is what I mentioned above about affecting our evening. The last and biggest mistake was that Southern Tier IPA was on the draft list, which is a good beer and a fine start to an evening. My wife ordered one and our friends each ordered one. My wife immediately caught that it wasn’t right and after one of our friends, a hop head, put it aside for something lighter, we guessed that it was likely Unearthly, an 11% beer as opposed to the 6.5% beer we had ordered (later confirmed). Don’t get me wrong, it is a great beer, just not what you want to start the night off with. On the pricing, all of the drafts were the same price - $5.00 for an American pint - which is likely a little less than 14oz. I do not see how they will stay in business charging the same price for Stone Levitation, Victory Donnybrook Stout, Hennepin, and Unearthly when the keg prices of some of these are double the others. Last beer item was the offer of a lime with my Hennepin, have not heard of that one before. Ranger IPA was $4 by the bottle, can’t comment on any other bottled prices.
On to food, we do not expect much from the food side, we ordered several appetizers. Onion rings were overdone, real crispy, but served with a good dipping sauce, mozzarella moons were fine, but probably should source a better marinara, buffalo cheese sticks were a little bland, and the wings were crispy, but lacked flavor and sauce, which I would think could be corrected. Overall, the food needs some improvement.
We were told they were going to hold tastings at the restaurant in the future, after we inquired about samplers, which they may or may not offer in the future.
Hopefully they will get someone who knows beer in here. Just can’t tap a bunch of beers. Just like wine, you need to educate your customers.
Half Price Burger Night!! need I say more?
We have sampled a lot of the food and beers on tap and really have enjoyed most of the selections. The Cobb and steak salads are really good. A few of the apps are kind of small, but everything is very good and interesting. The staff has been very friendly even if we are a bit older than the target crowd. We support the over 21 limit - it is nice to not have to deal with screaming young 'uns once in a while, especially in a bar setting. I don't get the 'take your baby to a bar' deal at all. I'm not sure why the vast list of bottled beer never materialized, but we will keep enjoying the food and beer on tap and if it ever does show up with some of our other faves, it will be the icing on the cake.
Nice ambiance and interior but the food was average and the prices a bit on the high side.
I'll take a pork slap, poutine and a boot of IPA please!!!!! Yum.
The staff is friendly, the food is moderately priced and the beer is cold. Add this to the long list of great restaurants in Charleston and stop hating.
Overpriced drinks, forgettable food, not a diverse liquor bar.
I dont know where these other guys ate.....probably two rivers but the food at the Daniel Island Grille Rocks!!!!!$3 well drinks and $2.50 beers....expensive? I was a customer there first but am part of the DIG family now and every meal I have had there is GREAT!!! Got some haters out there who want to see the top dog go down! Fish Tacos blow away Poes
This is definitely an upscale place in terms of the decor. Gorgeous tile floors, upscale bathrooms and beautiful dark wood on the bar. The live music, availability of TVs and atmosphere could make this one of my favorite places to go. The food IS very good, but not in a "upscale" way, but that is not my complaint.
My complaint is, that after 10pm, men cannot enter without taking off their hat (fine-that's understandable) and TUCKING in their shirts. No matter what kind of shirt is is. Tuck in your "obscene gestured" t-shirt and your fine. Business men, dorks, and men out in a truly upscale locale in downtown Charleston tuck their shirts in. My fiance (a clean-cut federal officer) dresses nice when out wearing appropriate shoes and pants and an untucked button-up collared shirt. When not at work, he prefers his shirt untucked, big deal.
This bar is nice, but not so nice you should be required to tuck your shirt in, especially after 10pm. It is a BAR in N CHARLESTON. (Also, not trashing N Charleston, I own a new home in N Charleston in a good school district). You will see the occasional "riff raff" here or there after 10pm in any bar, shirt tucked in or not.
Wouldn't the simple requirement of a collared shirt make more of a difference in this case? Untucked, it still looks better than a tucked in t-shirt!
Three stars. The pub boasts a decent beer selection, and the bartenders are professional, efficient, and courteous. On the other hand, management is quite the opposite. Home of the infamous "bar stool bandit." You know who you are. Ladies and gentlemen, don't dare leave you seat. If you do, then be prepared to head for the street.
Love the bar, atmosphere and especially the staff!! Every time we are downtown The Brick is where you will find us.
Nice bar with friendly people and a large beer selection, but there are too few pool tables and dart boards. I think that there should be a time limit on games.
(Actualy 3.5 stars, see below about the fish tacos.) We visited your fine Southern city from the frozen North last weekend, were turned away from Hank's on Saturday night (no tables until a quarter of 9pm) and rather than take the hostess's recommendation (go to their Italian place) wandered over to Henry's House for crab cake, foie gras and shrimp and tilapia tacos. Someone in the kitchen is doing something right. The fish in the taco, though tasty, was less than firm, but the sweet pepper and tomato relishes really made the meal. It was a teeny little bit loud, but we enjoyed all the songs on the jukebox too. Thanks!
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