boylanlogoBoylan Bridge Brewpub
201 S Boylan Ave
Raleigh, North Carolina
Visited on June 8, 2013

Wow, what a view.

Boylan Bridge has an amazing panoramic view of downtown Raleigh, which makes it’s outdoor seating extremely popular on warm summer evenings. The place was packed when I visited it as the third brewpub on my birthday Raleigh beer tour. Luckily, we had someone there before our arrival to hold down a table.boylanview

The beers that came out after ordering a sampler weren’t as impressive as the view. Most everything hovers around the five percent range and just tasted a little thin and plain, especially after having visited Lonerider and Raleigh Brewing, which have a lot of rich, imaginative offerings. That’s not to say Boylan’s taste bad; they’re just not outstanding. They seem to concentrate on refreshing styles that go well with drinking a lot while sitting in the sun on their porch.

boylanoutNot a bad business model. I bet it’s doing just fine for them.

My fiancé and I also split a sandwich, which comes out on a pretty cool wooden tray for presentation purposes. We had the Silver Star – a spicy chicken Philly with some veggies and provolone, and I had the waiter add some avocado for good measure. Everything about the sandwich was pretty tasty, and the accompanying onion rings had some great beer batter on them.boylanin

The waiter was a bit slow, and seemed to be a bit preoccupied with making sure his hipsterness was blaring brightly with reckless abandon. But I can’t criticize all that much; I had a pleasant experience.

Not bad Raleigh. Not too bad at all.

Location: 20
Food: 17
Beer: 15
Service: 16
Overall: 17
Total: 87

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