Taste of Tops

403 W University Dr
Tempe, Arizona United States 85281
bar  4.4/5.0 31 reviews
mon-thurs 3pm-12am, fri & sat 3pm-2am, sun 3pm-10p

Mayor: DesertDevil (1) | Taps: 24 | Bottles: 450+
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72
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Travlr  (2484) Washington, Washington DC | November 7, 2010
Interesting place with 12 taps and a few fridges, plus the bottle shop next door. Four 4 ounce pours were 7 bucks, not bad. No food, but there are a few places in the same strip mall where you can pick up Thai, etc, and eat it here. Worth a stop.
74
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis  (774) 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.
70
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
theisti  (763) 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.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Sammy  (657) Toronto, Ontario | February 5, 2010
small bar, in store fromnt next to regular Tops. A mini-version of Papago. 10 taps, 2- staff, 100 or so bottles. Growlers being contemplated. All good tops, with some spectacular and not on elsewhere, i.e. St. Bernardus X-Mas.Mini-events such as distrubutors giving out their beers. Comfy couches. A must stop.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu  (535) 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  (470) 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.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
daknole  (464) Scottsdale, Arizona | March 23, 2011
Lots of taps and of course its connected to one of the best beer stores in the state.
80
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Marheb  (376) 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.
74
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
nbutler11  (356) Cambridge, England | December 10, 2009
Nice addition to the liquor store with respectable taps and a mellow atmosphere. Very simple and clean. The food situation seems very unclear at this point, as does their art selection, but this place is headed in the right direction.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Terminus  (356) St. Louis, Missouri | June 27, 2011
cool little place next to a great liquor store. some decent beers on tap, especially local AZ ones. dark lit and pretty small. there is a decent pizza place just down the row in the strip mall and its pretty tasty. if your in Tempe, check it out!

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