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Small but cool bar

Have been a couple times to The Brain. It’s so tiny but there’s something appealing about it lol... read more

Reviewed 23 June 2018
Laura J
Toronto, Canada
via mobile
An Original Favourite

One of the first bars to open in the “renaissance” of James Street North in particular, and... read more

Reviewed 24 January 2018
Johnny C
Hamilton, Canada
via mobile
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23 Jun 2018
“Small but cool bar ”
24 Jan 2018
“An Original Favourite ”
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199 James St N, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 2L2, Canada
+1 289-396-8508
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Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

Have been a couple times to The Brain. It’s so tiny but there’s something appealing about it lol Always served fast. Don’t go in with a large group though; not enough seating as it’s just so small.

Thank Laura J
Reviewed 24 January 2018 via mobile

One of the first bars to open in the “renaissance” of James Street North in particular, and Hamilton in general, The Brain is a bar frequented by the city’s “old guard” artists and newer wannabes. Probably the coolest bar in town, it accommodates relatively few...More

2  Thank Johnny C
Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

First visit to a great, eclectic little bar. Priding itself on wild and outrageous craft beers and ciders, it attracts a hipster crowd of characters who know what they want to enjoy Staff were super friendly and the atmosphere was a lot of fun. Definitely...More

Thank Growfbear
Reviewed 29 September 2017

Do not hesitate this place is great. Wonderful people, beers from all over, a really interesting selection, and simple meal. We choose a cheese platter and tuna melt all made fresh. Not expensive and great service. We had a local cider as well as it...More

Thank Catherine D
Reviewed 20 March 2017

An understated hole-in-the-wall kind of pub with gobs of character and a selection of craft beers that any pub would be proud of. Friendly staff, friendly patrons and cozy atmosphere. Not much more to ask for than that!

Thank cpw1952
Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Very nice and lovely place Grate beer choices and welcoming people. Highly recommend for every one. Also they have very good food

Thank Dima P
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

An eclectic comfortable local bar with craft beer on tap and a great selection of bottled imports. Walk up to the bar service adds to the simple welcoming atmosphere.

Thank cws757
Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

The most Fab little place. Had the best French press coffee. They have beautiful home made pastry, sweet and savoury. A must try, they also name many craft beers.

1  Thank Judi B
Reviewed 23 February 2015

Excellent beer list, plenty of microbrews on offer from surrounding regions. Rocking tunes in the evenings, interesting mix of cool kids, hipsters and older timers. Service is friendly. Raw decor - this is not a fancy cocktail bar. Not sure there's food. A definite stop...More

Thank VamosAndando
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