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: bytemesis (1) | Taps: 24 | Bottles: 450+
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Sparky  (26) Phoenix, Arizona | June 3, 2011
Very chill place attached to one of the best bottle shops in the state. They usually have a nice selection on their 24 taps, and offer a flight of four 4oz beers from their tap selection for $8 which is perfect for tickers or those unsure if they like a certain style. Bottle selection is good too but the corking fee is a bit steep. Bartenders are very cool. Overall, nice little neighborhood bar. Eat first, as there is no kitchen.
70
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
bleeng  (156) Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas | March 23, 2011
Set off the side of Tops Liquor-a must stop if visiting in the Phoenix metro. Good to great selection of beer with little to no ambiance. Itís just a beer drinking joint with a bathroom-what more could you want?
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
BeerKristine  (6) Arizona | March 19, 2011
I love this place. Itís two blocks from the house, the bartenders are awesome, and I always find something Iíve been wanting to try. I even like the simple and non-cluttered decor. Thereís no food there but you are allowed to bring in food from the restaurants in that strip. Thai Basil and Tessioís will even walk the food over to you!
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Savvy1982  (70) Lethbridge, Alberta | March 11, 2011
Cool little place with a nice selection of taps and a groovy atmosphere. Seems to be a very popular place, as we had a bit of trouble getting a table, then again with this sort of selection I can see why. If this were MY local, Iíd pretty much live here.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1  (66) San Diego, California | March 4, 2011
Nice, little, cozy place. Couple couches in addition to the normal table/chair and bar seating options. Somewhat darkly lit and chill, at least on the Thursday night I was there. Lots of lesbians too. Decent beer selection with a good amount of locals...bottle cooler in the back near the bathrooms has a bunch of bottle beers, but surprisingly nothing too special or not distributed to ca. Most pints were $5 or $6, which isnít the cheapest thing in the world but a 4 pack of 4oz samplers of any beer they had on tap for $8 felt like a good deal. Overall, it had a nice chill vibe thatís nice for a little neighborhood beer bar.
76
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
playitbybeer  (2) San Diego, California | March 3, 2011
Nice place, laid back, comfortable couches. Super hipster/college kid scene...or so it seems by observing. Tosh.0 and a Cal vs Stanford NCAAW game on the TV. Nice large selection of beers on tap and a big cooler of bottles. Bathrooms are clean (fourchan /b/ reference on the wall) and some interesting paintings on the interior walls.
74
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Smudge  (13) St. Paul, Minnesota | February 7, 2011
I like this place when I am in Tempe. Very small so go early to get a spot to sit. I like the idea of the self serve coolers. You donít see that in MN where I live. I wish they had more beers on tap though. The server didnít know what beer I was asking for. So, I had to go get it myself to show him. Pretty cool place though. I even asked for the Yeti which they didnít have at the bar so they went next door to the liquor store and got it for me.
72
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Travlr  (2456) 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.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly  (139) scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona | April 25, 2010
neat idea just done half hearted. pricey especially on the bottles considering you could just walk next door and buy something for 25% less. small selection of really nice taps. food situation is odd. nice vibe when it is not full.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Sammy  (645) 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.

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