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Beer Available At 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall (arranged by most recent)
Kristophe (61) , Sweden | February 7, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
We went there on quiz night and had a blast. Great staff, lots of friendly people, nice selection of beers and good food. Will absolutely go again if I get back to Santa Cruz.
womencantsail (386) Garbage Grove, California | December 27, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Went here as it was just a short walk from Surfrider. Nice looking restaurant with some patio seating and a fairly spacious interior. Decent sized bar area. Nothing that will really blow your mind on tap, but you can certainly get a good beer. Prices were around $6 for a pint. Food looked good, but didn’t eat anything. Service was kind of lax/slow.
t0rin0 (184) La Verne, California | December 27, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Didnt spend much time here, just walked over from Surf Rider Cafe before heading out of town. There were two employees that were visible in the whole place. A bartender and a hostes. There were some people eating so I can only assume that there were servers around as well somewhere. Quiet place at 2pm on a weekday, go figure.
Beer selection was pretty good. Firestone, Green Flash, Port, and a handful of others on tap and 99 bottles listed. They do one of those deals where you get your name on the wall if you finish all 99 bottles on your punch card. My brother and his friends used to do this when they were at UCSC but I didnt bother because that was my first and possibly last time at this bar.
Service was friendly, prices were reasonable, and I didnt eat.
badhack (22) San Jose, California | January 21, 2012
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Nice place, easy parking. Great selection of beer. Very diverse as well as having a "best of California". Food was good but found the service wanting.
HughConway (18) Washington | March 11, 2011
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 9/20
Good selection of tap beers - nothing truly exotic, but some uncommon (Port Anniversary), decent selection of bottles, decent food, reasonable mixture of patrons.
pennywhistle (12) California | March 5, 2010
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
The bartender was a little aloof, but gave me great advice on a new beer to try based on my usual favourites, and his selection was a total hit. The rest of the crowd was a quirky mix, and we had plenty of time to hang out at the bar without feeling rushed.
illidurit (14) Santa Cruz, California | February 15, 2009
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
I’ve been here a million times so I might as well review it.
This is a rather typical gastropub with a largish but unimpressive beer selection. Lots of widely available micros make this a quantity-not-quality place that someone new to craft beer can cut his/her teeth on. Unfortunately, for the experienced beer connoisseur, it gets old fast. The beer list has extremely low turnover, the food is fairly standard pub grub, the service is good but not great, prices are typical. They do have fun events like trivia night on Wednesdays and I think karaoke on another night. Unless you really like trivia or want a plaque on the wall (for sampling all 99 beers), there’s no real reason to pick 99 Bottles over 515 Kitchen and Cocktails or The Red Restaurant and Lounge, which are both less than 3 blocks away and boast wonderfully eclectic beer lists.
dcraft (11) farnham, | January 13, 2009
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
First went here in 1991, went back again in 2000, and again last year. Changed a bit, but always a nice place to have a few beers. Food is good, always seems to be clean and also good bartenders.
SamGamgee (182) down the whirlpool, California | December 22, 2008
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
I used to come here a lot with my parents as a child and I remember the food being good, especially the cheese sticks, but that was long ago and I haven*t eaten anything since returning to drink beer here as an adult. The bottom line is that this is your second choice to drink craft beer in downtown Santa Cruz when the Red is too overrun on a weekend night. Pretty mellow atmosphere, wooden bar, plenty of booths and tables,a couple smaller tvs above the cramped bar area. The selection is large, consisting of mostly mainstream crafts and imports, with a few hidden gems and belgians. Last time I went in though, they were out of half of their taps, literally. Choices for IPAs were Sierra Nevada IPA and Lagunitas IPA. Sorry, but that doesn*t do it at a west coast beer bar. They did have Racer 5 and Indica, but happened to be out of both. If you come in, you are likely to find something decent, but don*t expect much in the way of bigger or more obscure beers. If they have all the beers on the menu
Goldorak (114) Montreal, Quebec | September 29, 2006
60 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
99 bottles looked like a typical resto-bar, we sat in a booth in order to read the limericks from some of patrons who got their name on the wall of Beer. A lot of them were pretty funny, like “I still like Bud the most” or “I only came here for one Beer”. Checking out the menu, they had a lot of brews you can easily find or I’ve had a bunch of times before, especially the bottled selection that was filled with crappy imports, so I stuck to draft pints. Some local rep, nothing that made me go “Wow, I’m glad we came here”. Maybe I happened to be there on a bad week. And they were out of my first two choices. Our waitress was a little slow, but I won’t hold it against her, she was like 8 months pregnant, walking around all wobbly. The worst thing was that my girlfriend’s pint of ace cider had a ton of crap floating around in it, it looked like more like orange juice with extra pulp, so we made her take it back and bring another. I almost did the same with my pint, it tasted pretty stale, and so did my following one. Food was passable at best. From the vibe I got, it felt like a locals’ bar with some effort made to have decent Beer, although from the lack of freshness of my pints, maybe that “I still like Bud the most” inscription seems to sum up the general consensus here. Meh.
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