cratez (256) Toronto, Ontario | March 17, 2011| Updated February 25, 2012
Our final stop on a recent trip to Daytona Beach, and the 20 minute drive down the 400 was well worth it. Abbey is a modern, cosmopolitan beer bar with ample seating throughout its lounge, dining area, bar, and patio. On our visit we were greeted by a full house of diverse patrons. A chalkboard informs customers of the current tap offerings while the wine rack lines the wall beside the performance stage.
Upon snagging a table we received knowledgeable and attentive service from a young bald man with a goatee and pronounced southern accent. He helped me navigate the large draught lineup - 18 craft taps - and suggested a 2006 vintage bottle of Dogfish Head Raison DíExtra as an alternative to the J.W. Lees Harvest Ale, which was out of stock. He also assisted the rest of my table with food choices and ensured that everything came to us as quickly as possible. Top-notch waiter.
The beer selection is substantial with a focus on high gravity, Belgian-style brews and expensive dinner bottles from Fantome, Allagash, Dupont, Ommegang and others. I ordered a pint of Stone 10.10.10 Vertical Epic Ale and Victory Yakima Glory and a bottle of Weyerbacher Hops Infusion. The Vertical and Infusion were good while the Yakima was absolute dynamite. The menu could benefit from more 12oz bottles, session beers, and American offerings, and the prices are quite steep, but thereís tons of quality stuff to be had and the existing bottle list is consistent with the barís theme.
For food we had the Carolinian and Portuguese pulled pork, veggie mac and cheese, smoked meatloaf, salmon remoulade, and red velvet cake. All of the dishes were fresh, tasty, and affordable. As we were paying our tab we noticed a band setting up on stage, and Iím sure the live music only enhances the fun and bustling atmosphere.
Overall, Abbey is the standout beer destination in Volusia County and I will undoubtedly return here on future trips to Daytona. Great open and welcoming vibe, unrivalled selection for the area, and superb service to boot. I canít see how anybody wouldnít enjoy themselves here.
Visited over Thanksgiving with my family from Daytona. They arenít big into the beer scene like me but they wanted to give this place a shot. The inside has a great ambiance to it. Art on the wall, comfy couches, live music and great beers on tap and bottles. The only problem is that there arenít any tvís, which was sort of a bummer, but I wasnít complaining. I will most certainly be back.
Visited here in late October í10 while in DeLand for parents weekend at Stetson. Felt right at home - made it by there twice during the weekend. Excellent selection of taps (about 15 or so) and bottles (at least 60 or so). Had some Cigar City, Terrapin, Odell, SKA on tap to name a few. Many hard to find Belgians, a handful of JW Lees, some Colorado micros and they were featuring Dogfish Head - had at least half a dozen from them. Great atmosphere - big garage-type door opens up to the street when it gets busy. Servers are knowledgeable and friendly and always offer a taste before the pour. Food is from the restaurant across the street (Norville Barnes) which just so happens to be owned by the same folks. Had lunch there earlier in the day - excellent. Stop by if in the area and plan on staying a while!
Over the past 2 years I have traveled to DeLand frequently on business.
I have to say that the Abbey is one of my favorite bars that I have ever been in.
They have 18 taps and they are constantly rotating the beers on those taps so every time I go in, I am pleasantly surprised with some fantastic beer that is hard to find elsewhere. These guys KNOW their beer and get their hands on some good stuff.There will always be something on tap to please the beer snob. I promise! Do yourself a favor and pay the Abbey bar a visit!
Ive been there a few times and its always good. Pretty busy on the weekends, but still tables. They had a good draft lineup and bottle list. Prices seems a little high. However there is no other place like this near here. The service was good, but they held my credcard to keep my tab open. Which made me uneasy. I will continue to go here.
In Florida on business and finding this place was a pleasant surprise. Pretty good selection (for Florida) no surprises but again good for Florida. The food was OK. I will definitely come back here when Iím in the area.
SOUTH of Road 92... In the nice part of Deland. Great place, with more choice (surprises await) than on their web site. 16 taps, including CCB Jai-Alai, Stone RIS and other interesting brews. Great service from the guy but a weird, a bit depressed girl came in late, I heard... My girlfriend and I ordered food that came from the restaurant on the other side of the street, with the same owners. Maybe not that "world-class" but worth the 45-minute drive, easily. If I ever go back in central Florida, be sure Iíll go back!
What a great place! The selection is waaaayy better than Iím used to. More beers Iíve never seen than anywhere else. (Although they didnít have double dead guy which is my new love.) The guys there are super-friendly and even told me about ratebeer! These guys know way too much about beer and can answer just about anything you can ask. New to Florida and I already found a new home! Thanks Kevin!
Iíve read about the Abbey for years but never was in the neighborhood. Quite the trek from Orlando, but a great hidden jem. Great tap offerings, great "Stock Exchange" concept. Hope to be back in the neighborhood again to see whatís on tap.
Okay. This was a strange little place. Definitely not what I was expecting. First, its kinda in the middle of nowhere, and was a bit hard to get to. However, once we were there, the interior was very nice and welcoming. We sat in the little couches and I could have taken a nap. The waitress was very knowledgable, very friendly, and took great care of us. The beer list was awesome. And the food was basically paninis and salads. A bit limited for my tastes. I dont think I would go out of my way to go here again, but if I was in the area, I would definitely drop by.