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Gambrinus Libation Emporium

$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, American, Brew Pub
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116 W 2nd St, Owensboro, KY 42303-4111
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Closed now
All hours
Mon 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tue - Fri 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Lexington, Kentucky
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was not expecting such an excellent beer selection. Not fancy. Normal liquor choices. Bartenders were friendly and knowledgeable. A good place to wind down after work or post-dinner.

Thank Rich O
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

This is exactly what Owensboro needed, a relaxing spot to enjoy outstanding beers. I've never had any food here, but I know they have a small menu selection. You can try a wide variety of delicious craft beers, and they have a rotating handle. The servers are knowledgeable and can recommend selections based on your preferences. Highly recommend!

Thank Ben C
Madison, Indiana
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179 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

This is a nice drinking spot, hip and relaxing, but the first three drafts I tried ordering were out. Tried ordering the bottle beer that came with the free glass and of course they were out of those too. Not really a restaurant souf you are looking for food, food I would recommend going elsewhere. If I were in town... More 

Thank Jeep1977
kinggambrinus, Owner at Gambrinus Libation Emporium, responded to this review

We're sorry that you left unsatisfied with your visit. Sadly, TripAdvisor doesn't give us the option to be a "Bar" instead of a restaurant, so it can be misleading in that regard. However, we do happily allow our patrons to order food from any of our neighbors and they will, usually, bring it right to you at your seat in... More 

Owensboro, Kentucky
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

I'm not much for the food at Gambrinus, but I go there for the great beer! Gambrinus carries a wide variety of area beers and beers from around the nation. Owensboro is lucky to have this place!

1 Thank Jacob_Kiper
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221 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2016 via mobile

Cozy bar vibe, and being downtown it is a nice location. Typical drink pricing for the area and some nice outdoor seating. Some light bar fare you can order.

Thank Kermo75
Owensboro, Kentucky
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2016

Owners are very knowledgeable in craft beers and the history of the area. The downtown area of Owensboro has been revitalized to an urban nightlife. This place is ground zero for all things fun in downtown Owensboro, Kentucky.

Thank Steve B
Little Rock, Arkansas
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2016

Very nice pub atmosphere with more ales that I can drink. I will be back!! As the draft ales change frequently, there will be no problem finding good ones!

Thank glenn g
Mount Juliet
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2016 via mobile

I have been coming here for years. Living in Nashville, i don't mind the prices for the drinks. I always have a good time here no matter who I am with. When i cone to visit Owensboro I try to stop off here at least once.

Thank Andrew W
Owensboro, Kentucky
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2016

We love Gambrinus, it is a great place to meet friends after dinner. I love the selection of martinis and different drinks. The beer selection does not include your typical Bud and Miller, but the staff will help you find something you like!

2 Thank Gretchen B
Bozeman, Montana
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49 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2015

After traveling all day you want friendly bartender a drink and a bite to eat. Nice enough visually I guess, the service had no knowledge I was ready to get deep into some great bourbon just arriving in Owensboro.... well trying to get a recommendation was like pulling teeth, I hate when people don't sell me and don't have opinions... More 


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Bar, Pub, American, Brew Pub
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 116 W 2nd St, Owensboro, KY 42303-4111
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Owensboro
  • Phone Number: 12706855464

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?