A surprising menu. This is a tavern and one normally doesn't get fresh organic veggies and house smoked meats in a tav. Artery choking, deep fried is available but there are options. The brisket, reuben, and BBQ are all superior.
It is a tav. It has beer. It has loud, rude patrons at certain hours. When crowded, unless you are on the make, it isn't worth the noise. Late at night the classic eau de tav comes out and sort of puts off the more fastidious. It is a tav.
Patrons on certain nights can be rude and inconsiderate. If they get out of hand staff and vigilante patrons run 'em off.
Did I mention, it is a tav......with a surprising menu.
Great place for food, drinks, and friends!. My husband and I have lived in Hillsborough for 5 years. The Nickel is always our favorite place to go for dinner and drinks. The bar tenders are always friendly and helpful. Ted, Drew, & Jessica always know what we want to drink. There are always familiar faces in there and we have made lots of new friends there. It has a great atmosphere since it is a small town bar. The food is always great! Tuesdays are definitely popular with Wing night (Buy 6 get 6 free!) I highly recommend this bar to all of my friends.
I moved back to town about two years ago and had a really hard time finding good friends and getting back into the small town scene. It wasn't until I stepped foot in the Wooden Nickel that I was finally happy to be home.
Within two visits, all the bartenders knew my name, what I drank, and how I like my water (soda with lemon & lime...fancy!) Really, what more could you ask for?
The bar and the people/staff quickly became and continue to be the best part of my week. If you haven't been, put it at the top of your list.....if you have, I'll see you tonight!
Great local bar.
They serve high quality food for bar food, especially local veggies in season! The seating is comfortable and flexible. If you frequent more than twice the staff make an effort to know your name and what you drink.
in response to previous reviews: if you like to go to bars and get wasted and obnoxious don't expect the staff to let you make others miserable. If you get kicked out of the WNP you deserve it!
Since we only have one, I'm glad it's my favorite bar.
Lucky for me my favorite bar is just two miles away. I would be more than willing to drive much further, but I don't have to. I often go to the Nickel with my sister and we always feel safe here. It's nice to know that the bartenders are watching out for the customers.
It's more than just a place to have your favorite drink. I have several friends and a husband who don't drink and they are always willing to join me for a meal or a coke. I think that alone says a lot about the food, staff and atmosphere.
If you haven't been you should go and then form your own opinion. If you are a friendly person, you'll find the nickel to be a friendly place. If you are a rude person....
Excellent Place To Go!. This is the epitome of what a great small town pub should be - bartenders that know your name, enjoy what they do, and provide a great atmosphere to everyone. The food is great too! I appreciate that the barstaff eliminates those customers that are harassing others and causing disruption - they have no place in our town! Thanks!
It USED to be a decent pub...
This once-quaint, small town pub was at one time friendly, welcoming and just a nice place to have a beer and meet friends. No more. After loosing there once- great staff (original owner became paraplegic after car wreck, and had to sell), remaining owner, Matt, hired an angry, inexperienced "gentleman" to man the bar. Enter the notorious "Drew". Hardly a true bartender, this guy not only lacks any appreciation of how to treat tavern customers (ie. respectfully, and with good humor), he seemingly patrols the establishment waiting his opportunity to create conflict. For some reason, he seems to delight in finding reasons to kick people out.
Once inviting an eclectic mix of folks, both locals and travelers, the establishment now seems to cater mainly to the biker and hard-drinking crowd.
Given the often harsh and unprofessional behaviour of the staff, and the general nature of the current clientele, there is little incentive to frequent this place, especially with Tupelo's and the Gulf Rim (both fine dining establishments with sit-down bars and sidewalk tables) on either side.
The worst treatment I've ever had at a restaurant. I agree with the previous two reviewers. The staff, in particular "Drew", was very rude and disrespectful when I last visited. I was told to leave the establishment following some personal threats and false accusations from another person at the bar, which were completely unfounded. Drew never consulted with me or bothered to ask for my view or opinion. The Wooden Nickel serves a needed role as a local watering hole, and can provide a great community atmosphere, but as confirmed below the staff clearly has a lot to learn regarding professional behavior, and needs some lessons to improve their rude manner and understand how to treat all customers with equal respect. If you want a nice place to enjoy good food an drink, without the fear of threats or false accusations, visit one of the neighboring restaurants, Tupelo's or Gulf Rim.
Bad place for family!. Called manager, "Drew" regarding a complaint of a rude patron that he obviously knew once I described her as the blonde sitting outside the door. He defended her rude behavior in saying "She is usually drunk..."He went on to tell us to come back tomorrow. I don't think so! A loyal patron for many years spending time and money there with family and friends...so much for local support! Drunkenness is not an excuse for rude behavior!
Rude owner, poor customer service, bad food. This is the only real bar in Hillsborough but I would never go back. My husband and I went there twice. The first time was shortly after we moved (new to the area) and were wearing our favorite college team shirt after moving all day. Apparently, the owner took issue with the college and basically told us to leave the bar. The bartender apologized, saying the owner was kidding, but the owner continued to be rude until we felt we had to leave. He was also not friendly to other staff or customers. We decided to give it a second chance years later just recently and noticed the same "owner" being rude, argumentative, and arrogant. He was short to his own staff, rude to the other customers, and seemed to be using his bar as a place for his friends to gather rather than run a business. It was almost as if we walked into a party that we were not invited to. I was surprised the bar was busy, as most people were not there for him but were not treated well. We ordered food and it was very greasy and not worth the price. Very slow waitstaff. The fries were greasy and limp, the hamburgers were thin, and the presentation was in a basket with paper--all the grease soaked through and the paper broke up and into the food. Not a welcoming place by any means. We tried to give this place a second try, hoping that the owner had cleaned up his act and started acting in a manner more deserving of his position but we got the same unwelcoming and condescending attitude. I would not recommend this place to anyone and can't believe it's still in business.
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