Medium sized place, large bar, tables, plenty of room to spread out. 18 taps, 1 cask, 130+ bottles. Fantastic selection, including some hard to find stuff. Friendly and knowledgeable staff, very generous with samples, and all their recommendations were spot on. Easily the best beer place for many miles, not to be missed.
Shop unit bar in the middle of a row of commercial properties in the city centreís main street. Itís a down-to-earth American bar, very friendly, and welcoming in clientele and design, with the front area including a popular pool table and pinball machines, with the bar against the left hand wall beyond these. The tap selections are excellent and clearly rotate with the current selection chalked up on single boards above the bar, and include a cask pulled option. The fridges behind the bar are stocked full of beers with lots of six packs available for drinking in or takeaway, but thereís also an option to build your own six pack from whatís available. If I lived in Wilmington Iíd imagine I would come here very frequently.
Iím reading the reviews for this place and many of them just donít make sense for the current establishment. Iím guessing things have changed drastically for the better in the past few years because Cape Fear Wine and Beer is nothing short of awesome. This is a full on bar that happens to sell beer to-go. The tap list is ever rotating and featured plenty of beers just not seen anywhere else in the vicinity during our time here e.g. Petrus Dubbel Bruin, Founders Breakfast Stout, Brooklyn Huske Hardware Killaman, to name a few. This is easily the best beer selection anywhere in the Wilmington area, even including bottle shops. They claim 200 beers, and it is easily believable. We visited 6 times throughout the week and always got friendly and knowledgeable service. The vibe is excellent with appropriate lighting, really nice and interesting regulars, eclectic decor and, of course, the aforementioned rad tunes. The beer prices are very good. I just donít see how people claim they are overpriced, unless they built a 6 pack to-go which I did not so I canít comment on that. The beers on tap were all $5-6 for an imperial pint and in the same range for a 10-12 oz. pour for the high alcohol stuff. I paid $5 for a bottle of Vichtenaar and $4 for Two-hearted, $4.5 for Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA: equal to the lowest prices Iíve seen for those particular beers in a bar in NC or GA. If you are in the Wilmington area, GO!
This place was horrible. They are either going out of business soon (and trying to run their inventory dry) or they should be. If theyíre going out of business; Iím sorry, it looks like the place used to be cool. However, I drove all the way to Wilmington from North Topsail Beach (>30 miles) and walked into the place to discover the place has a barbershop aura to it. People just sitting around talking, drinking beer and smoking. The front door was open, but the ventilation was still pretty bad. However, I was there for the beer. What beer? The coolers were lined up along the right wall and had 50 beers... tops. Not 50 different kinds or brands of beer, Iím talking fifty bottles of beer... if that many. I bought a mix n match six pack although there were only four bottles I wanted. If you buy six, you get $6 off your sixer. The total came to $15. Add the six bucks back on and thatís $21 for six beers. Anderson Valley, Duck Rabbit and Cottonwood 12 ozers for $22? At least they did have four beers Iíve never tasted. However, unless things change big time, Iíll never be back!
Was in town this last weekend and this place was on my "must-stop" list. Went down on Friday afternoon and most of the bar area was full already. Maybe it was the sunny day outside, but this place seemed really dark. The large cooler section behind the bar was a little difficult to see. A huge chalkboard greeted us with all of the taps listed though, so that was nice. Service was friendly and helpful. They carried a great number of bottles in addition to their taps, and from what I hear, you can purchase for carry-out. Very cool. We didnít get anything to go this time, but nice to know we can do that. A great bar for sure, one of the best I have been to in NC.
Total hole in the wall place located right on the waterfront in downtown wilmington. Has a smokey bar that takes up most of the room (very small) and then some shelves and coolers behind stools of assorted beers and wine. Didnít have my hopes up when I got there, but what selection they did have (~200 bottles sounds right) was awesome and hard to come by stuff. I found a thomas hardyís in one of the coolers which I had been looking for for ages as well as 3 others on my want list. Prices on the expensive side, but like i said, the rarity alone makes up for it. Also bought a de dolle and some other belgians iíd been wanting to try. Worth a stop.
Great liquor store/bar located directly across the street from the USCG ship and Hilton. Owner and help know what they are slinging and care about quality. Great micros and rarities. Enhanced recently by the legal change.
elmatador00 (22) Raleigh, North Carolina | May 18, 2007| Updated November 9, 2007
Located in a nice downtown district of Wilmington. I would have to agree with hopscotch about the beer prices, but when I was there a couple weeks ago, they had more than fifty beers. I would say they had about 40 different kinds of beers, most are local. They had alot of unique beers that we cant get here in Florida. They also have a little bar set up for tasting. Forrest is a great help and is very knowledgeable about his selection that he has.
Good spot to drink good beer. beers are however pricey as they are in most well established places. the offer mostly draft beer, but do have a small to medium size selection of bottles to take home with ya. overall a good place to drink at! Make sure to sit outside on the back porch overlooking the wilmington harbor!