This review is taken from the 2014 edition.
While some bars might just dabble at it, Jake's impeccable craft beer credentials shine through. In an intriguing American-Scottish mash-up, an old school blackboard highlights a healthy list of craft draughts and rotating casks including delicious offerings from Delaware’s Fordham brewery, alongside fridges full of well sourced independently brewed beers from both sides of the pond. Bare brick and corrugated metal wall cladding sit beneath funky copper pipe lighting and lobster pot lampshades in a small but very thoughtfully formed recycled interior. Narrow timber tables fashioned from scaffolding boards support baskets of finger food with man-sized portions of sticky ribs, dinosaur-sized turkey legs and a well-stacked burger. Reclaimed whisky barrels provide shelf space for the city’s finest collection of bourbon and rye whiskey as well as a respectable range of home-grown malts, all coming together in a super wee bar that can’t quite work out why it isn’t a bit busier.
- High point: Proper craft choices and good finger food
- Low point: Narrow tables struggling to support drinks and grub
- Notable dish: Ribs or the burger
- Provides: Children's portions, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: American blues and soul
- Capacity: 40
- Largest group: 10
- Open since: 2013
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 2
- House wine: £16 per bottle