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Beer Available At 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall (arranged by most recent)
Goldorak (114) Montreal, Quebec | September 29, 2006
60 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
99 bottles looked like a typical resto-bar, we sat in a booth in order to read the limericks from some of patrons who got their name on the wall of Beer. A lot of them were pretty funny, like “I still like Bud the most” or “I only came here for one Beer”. Checking out the menu, they had a lot of brews you can easily find or I’ve had a bunch of times before, especially the bottled selection that was filled with crappy imports, so I stuck to draft pints. Some local rep, nothing that made me go “Wow, I’m glad we came here”. Maybe I happened to be there on a bad week. And they were out of my first two choices. Our waitress was a little slow, but I won’t hold it against her, she was like 8 months pregnant, walking around all wobbly. The worst thing was that my girlfriend’s pint of ace cider had a ton of crap floating around in it, it looked like more like orange juice with extra pulp, so we made her take it back and bring another. I almost did the same with my pint, it tasted pretty stale, and so did my following one. Food was passable at best. From the vibe I got, it felt like a locals’ bar with some effort made to have decent Beer, although from the lack of freshness of my pints, maybe that “I still like Bud the most” inscription seems to sum up the general consensus here. Meh.
Ibrew2or3 (353) Tempe, Arizona | May 21, 2006
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Cool place. First started going here during the summer of ’92. The staff at that time were terrific. Knowledgeable friendly and helpful. The goal of drinking 99 different beers they serve and getting a small personalized placard on the wall was a nice incentive to keep stopping by and keep drinking new beers. I made it on the wall by the end of the summer. Great beer selection then and above average now. They have something like 30 to 40 beers on tap. The food is pretty good pub grub. Location is awesome being right there at Pacific Garden Mall.
ahgibson (3) Sonoma, California | January 5, 2006
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
The bar is quite small, the food is forgetable but I’ve been there two or three times with the sole purpose of drinking beer and trying new beers. It served that purpose well with a decent Draught selection and a nice bottled selection. Its worth checking out but I didn’t fall in love with it.
JFGrind (80) Glenside, Pennsylvania | October 11, 2005| Updated December 6, 2005
64 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
I wish a few things were different about 99 bottles; the service was better, the bar itself was larger (less than 15 stools), and the value of the food was better than a C+. If 99 Bottles could switch locations with Ideal Bar & Grille on Main Beach it would be more of a destination. Like Mullman says just another townie bar with a big beer selection. I also didn’t like that the bar doesn’t open until 11:30 AM on Sundays. We wanted to watch some early NFL games there but had to go elsewhere.
MullMan (29) New York | June 19, 2005
58 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
the selection isnt fantastic, but ok. lots of other cool things to do in santa cruz, and this seems like more of a local/townie bar with a big selection. doesn’t really give you the vibe of santa cruz.
Odeed (15) Bakersfield , California | June 13, 2005
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
as the name says,they have over 99 bottles (and taps) of beer.i had old rasputin on tap while i was there,and a cheeseburger.its your typical pub grub and atmosphere,but the selection of brew is awsome!
Crit (140) Surrey, British Columbia | March 30, 2005| Updated September 18, 2008
50 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
A very good selection. don’t try to go at night, unless you like to wait in line.Ambience wasn’t much. food is average. Daytime service is good, nighttime very poor
Screwface (3) California | October 30, 2004
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
It’s nice to find a place in Northern California that has a ridiculous selection of beers from all over the map (world and tastes). It’s just hard to pick what you want.
nja (6) San Francisco, California | June 7, 2004
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
A large selection of American micros and a few internationals. Nothing especially rare, but plenty of good beers. Everything is served in pint glasses. Food is rather poor pub grub (burgers, salads, fried appetizers).
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