The Cock and Bull Pub | Sarasota, Florida
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The Cock and Bull Pub
World Class based on 43 ratings
Type: Bar

975 Cattlemen Rd
Sarasota, Florida United States 34232 [ print map ]
941 363 1262

the-cock-n-bull.com

Hours: Mon - Fri 5:00 PM - 2:00 AM; Sat - Sun 8:00 PM -2:00 AM


Mayor: Dogbrick (2) | Affiliated user(s) here SirHoward | Taps: 40 | Bottles: 927+


The Cock and Bull Pub

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Beer Available At The Cock and Bull Pub (arranged by most recent)
Big Top Howie’s Pumpkin Spice , Big Top Howie’s Lightweight Lager , Saint Arnold Spring Bock 55, Capital Jobu Rum Barrel Aged Brown Ale 68, Swamp Head Smoke Signal 90, Three Palms Onix India Style Dark Ale , Cigar City Jai Alai India Pale Ale 99, Southern Tier Harvest Ale 95, Rogue Farms Pumpkin Patch Ale 92, Green Flash East Village Pilsner 73, Van Diest Früli Strawberry Beer 22, Red Brick Sacred Cow Chai Tea Milk Stout 76, Three Palms / JDubs Smoked Cherry Sour Saison
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43 reviews for The Cock and Bull Pub
 Ambiance  87%
 Service  84%
 Selection  90%
 Food  76%
 Value  72%
 Overall  86%
 Rating  96%
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86
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
Beershine  (738) The Sunshine State, Florida | February 20, 2009
This is my kind of bar. Easily one of my world favorites, not just FLA. Atmospheric and dedicated to fun as well beer. Cavernous and dripping with character. More like an old house than a bar, it’s got different rooms, wooden floors, and feels cozy but alive. We pulled up in 35-degree weather and there was a bonfire going in the backyard. Inside there was no heating because this was rare weather for Florida. We shivered in one of the small back rooms that has a sofa and chair, skiing gear, and a hand-written sign saying "No Crack Smoking." We did refrain to be polite. They do allow ciggy smoking in here, tho. Billiards table. The staff loves beer and is knowledgeable. The first thing you see when you walk in is a wall of beer, and tap and bottle lists are more extensive than I expected. You’d be a douchebag not to like this place. I could move in.
84
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes  (649) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 22, 2009
Very nice - probably my #2 beer bar in FL, behind Redlight and not counting Abbey in Deland (never been). They had three new beers on tap for me, which is very unusual for Florida. Great tap list, very extensive bottle list. Great atmosphere - like a cross between a roadhouse and a cottage. This place is well worth a visit - lots of character and a great beer list.
92
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
Tmoney99  (380) Cincinnati, Ohio | November 25, 2005
Been going to Sarasota for years and was aware of downtown location but no reason to use it. Found this location on Ratebeer. Love this part of the service. Great place with great people like Howie, Dawn and Tom. Selection is very good and all three went out of their ways to suggest brews when they knew my level of interest. Had the pretzel with beer cheese. Very good. One of three things on menu. When you have great beer, I don’t need food. I went five nights. A Must Visit!
54
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
MikeF  (204) Cleveland, Ohio | March 22, 2007| Updated July 13, 2008
Re-rating. Behind the bar are now numerous glowing refrigerators packed with hundreds of beers to choose from. The selection is excellent and limited only by distribution to Florida. Bar tenders are friendly and knowledgeable. Prices are a little high. The food is very average and slightly over priced. This is truly a great beer bar, however will never be one of the best in the country as long as they still allow smoking inside. If the owners take the beer aspect of this establishment more seriously they will end smoking. A great beer bar must be smoke free. Ambient smoke drastically impacts beer tasting. It makes no sense for this place not to be smoke free when they have a huge outdoor space for people to smoke in AND it is located in the warm and sunny state of Florida! Many beer bars in the North have been forcing smokers outside in sub zero temperatures for years now...
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey  (124) New York, New York | September 14, 2006| Updated December 5, 2006
So they have some beer so flipping what? What makes this place cool is the delightfully Key West meets a barn in Indiana look and feel. It literally looks like an old Florida Cracker home with the front porch, steepled roof and high cielings to let the heat rise. Decorated with a mash of beer related items, nifty thrift store furniture and manly wood accents.

It’s a dive by the standards of the Applebees-set, but this dive has gobs of character. It looks......enjoyed, enjoyed hard, enjoyed. That enjoyment is evidenced by the note I spied, which was tacked to the wall above the bar written by a patron apologizing for getting drunk and starting a fight.

Ok and the beer selection is cool too. Very eclectic tap lineup and they have beers they have probably even forgotten about. I definitely would like to spend more time at this place. Dawn owner/barmaid is very passionate about her position as a purveyor of fine beer.

86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
DialSquare  (114) Columbus, Ohio | February 16, 2010
Visited on the way down to Sanibel last year. Very cool place. Inside is an old wooden house look with a long bar and tables in various rooms. Out back is a big porch that leads out to a back yard with picnic tables. Dogs were welcome (which is awesome). I don’t remember the specifics on the beers, but there were a lot of bottles and a nice tap list. I remember being a little disappointed that I’d just missed out on some cigar city taps. I think we had food but don’t remember much about it. Overall this is the kind of place I’d live at if it were in my home town.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
matta  (91) Tampa, Florida | November 12, 2004
This place is F-ing Awesome; we all need a C&B in every town. Howie and his staff really know their beer! The locals know their beer! The atmosphere has a very Old Word ambiance that just seems to make each sip of your beer every bit more enjoyable! The beer is fresh and well taken care of. The selection is ridiculously sick…. I think the owner buys stuff that he wants to try and then puts the remainder in the Pub’s immense beer cellar. This place even has a package license, so if you like a bottle of beer… just ask and you can buy a few bottles for the road. A Very Highly Recommended Pub!
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 15/20
tia  (76) Sandston, Virginia | July 6, 2012
Nice casual feel. Dark with lots of wood- even the feel of the woods. Prompt knowledgeable service. Large selection, including macros if you’re looking for a place to go with non-craft friends. We just ate the pretzel, but it could have been better, I think it was the kind you nuke and spray with water to attach the salt. Plus they no longer served what we wanted to eat and hadn’t taken it off the menu yet. Prices seemed average. Definitely a good local place to go for brews.
100
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
dimenhetfield  (56) , Florida | January 16, 2011
Has the perfect feel for a great beer bar. The outside is old and somewhat haggard, but inside is true beauty. Great bottles and great drafts. The back yard makes you feel like your on someones back porch. Prices may be a little high on some beers, but there are some great specials on great beers as well.
96
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 20/20
redlight  (50) Orlando, Florida | September 12, 2005| Updated September 14, 2005
What an awesome place. Very inspiring. Owners Howie and Dawn are 2 of the nicest people you could meet and extremely knowledgable! Can’t wait till me next visit well worth the drive from Orlando. The beer selection is great, cask condition beers, and a special Rogue beer. And proper glass wear. Oh and make sure you get a pretzel with beer cheese dip!

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