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.
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.
Pay parking ($0.50/hour) nearby, which helps. This place is a little old fashioned both inside and out. The beer list mixes both bottles and draft, but at least the draft choices are marked. Not a lot to get excited about here; yes they have 100 selections plus or minus but most would be purchasable at a nearby bottle shop. The taplist is decent, with a focus on local breweries. I had a beer by Uncommon that I had not seen elsewhere. Bathrooms are clean, service is solid. Did not try the food, in part thanks to the scores here :). THere is some outdoor seating, as well as a decent sized bar and a more restaurant style area in back on the way to the bathrooms.
Cool place. First started going here during the summer of ’92. The staff at that time were terrific. Knowledgeable friendly and helpful. The goal of drinking 99 different beers they serve and getting a small personalized placard on the wall was a nice incentive to keep stopping by and keep drinking new beers. I made it on the wall by the end of the summer. Great beer selection then and above average now. They have something like 30 to 40 beers on tap. The food is pretty good pub grub. Location is awesome being right there at Pacific Garden Mall.
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
Crit (150) Surrey, British Columbia | March 30, 2005| Updated September 18, 2008
A very good selection. don’t try to go at night, unless you like to wait in line.Ambience wasn’t much. food is average. Daytime service is good, nighttime very poor
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.
JFGrind (82) Glenside, Pennsylvania | October 11, 2005| Updated December 6, 2005
I wish a few things were different about 99 bottles; the service was better, the bar itself was larger (less than 15 stools), and the value of the food was better than a C+. If 99 Bottles could switch locations with Ideal Bar & Grille on Main Beach it would be more of a destination. Like Mullman says just another townie bar with a big beer selection. I also didn’t like that the bar doesn’t open until 11:30 AM on Sundays. We wanted to watch some early NFL games there but had to go elsewhere.