Taste of Tops

4.4/5.0 31 reviews
bar
403 W University Dr
Tempe, Arizona United States 85281

480 967 5643
topsliquors.com
mon-thurs 3pm-12am, fri & sat 3pm-2am, sun 3pm-10p

Mayor: bytemesis (1) | Taps: 24 | Bottles: 450+
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70
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
theisti  (721) Kansas | January 18, 2016
Visited on a Wednesday evening. Attached to the liquor store next door (Tops Liquor). Small narrow space, 12 seats at the bar, a couch and a handful of small tables. The crowd mostly students, pretty laid back. 24 beers on draft, nice selection of beers though I was surprised to see 0 AZ beers. Selection had a bunch of Colorado and Utah beers, which seemed odd. Bottles are available as well. Friendly service. Quirky, no frills place, though if I was a local I would keep an eye on their draft list, certainly a place to feature unique beers and one offs.

70 = ★★½ (Locals should check it out, visitors with extended time)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial  (117) Twin Cities, Minnesota | October 4, 2015
Checked out this place tonight. A bunch of nice taps, not too crazy for a Saturday night. Would certainly recommend stopping in here if in the area. Hooked up to the liquor store next door, which I did not explore because I already spent too much money on beer and mead.
74
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis  (698) Sunnyvale, California | July 28, 2015
Met up with Ibrew2or3 here before heading to the airpoirt. Nice enough taproom hanging off a liquor store. Not a lot of room inside, but it was cozy. Taplist was interesting; oddly stocked with Oskar Blues; not sure if this is normal or not. Lots of coolers of bottles, but I did not really check them out.
80
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Marheb  (370) San Diego, California | April 23, 2015
Si ce n’était que pour la sélection et la possibilité d’avoir n’importe quelle bière avec nitro, on parlerait d’un incontournable. Le service était malheureusement pas très dédié et l’ambiance trop neutre. Quand même une des meilleures sélection en Arizona.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
sturmthis  (85) , Germany | March 19, 2015
One of my favorite bars in the area. The selection is very good and they always have a few non-American craft beers on tap. A really laid back atmosphere where people are usually playing board games at the tables. You can bring your own food, since they don’t have a kitchen. Prices are average for the area. The service has been good each time I have been there. The bartenders are knowledgeable. A really nice little place for drinking some good craft beers.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux  (146) Snohomish, Washington | February 27, 2015
Nice little bar attached to a great bottle shop. You can’t bring anything from one to the other, so they really are separate entities. Very good draught list, including a mix of local, rare, and highly rated options. It’s small and can get crowded, so service isn’t at a premium, but the beer is always at the forefront of the place. Definitely worth a stop if you’re in the area.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu  (513) Cincinnati, Ohio | March 30, 2014
Small bar connected to Tops Liquors in Tempe. It’s a nice, cool place with bartenders that would fit in at Three Floyds. The tap list was very nice, especially for someone like me who doesn’t have regular access to some of these labels. I grabbed a Lost Abbey I’d never seen before. Fair prices, proper glassware, no food. Just a simple, solid beer bar. Definitely worth a visit while you’re in Tempe.
82
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
b727trijet  (448) Isleworth, England | March 18, 2014
An excellent beer establishment where like minded people hang out to appreciate excellent beer and company. Staff very knowledgeable and friendly as indeed are many customers! A must visit.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
orangesol  (159) Pennsylvania | February 7, 2014
Walked next door after checking out the bottle shop. Really nice space, a little small but it is what it is. Decent sized bar on the left, tables and some booths on the right. Coolers and bathrooms in the back. Atmosphere was pretty good. It was about half full when I got there and help steady through till I left. Service was pretty good. I didn’t have to wait for a beer and he offered some tips for other places in the area. They don’t offer food but you can bring your own in and eat it while you have a beer. Selection was solid. They had some really nice beers on draft but I noticed a bottle of Crooked Stave in the cooler I hadn’t had yet so I went with that. Prices were pretty good. One or two seemed a little high but most were right on par with their competitors. Overall a nice bar that benefits from the bottle shop next door. I would definitely return if I was visiting the shop next door.
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
beerbaaron  (163) Arizona | June 25, 2013
When you consider the adjoining liquor store from which you can pick from, the selection is huge. Cool comfortable place although a bit small. Not there at a peak time so there was plenty of space.

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