Really friendly place, owner Matt is always checking to make sure you’re having a good time. Draft list is extensive, bottle list is small but solid. Good food. Nice place.
3fourths (1569) Boulder, Colorado | September 24, 2007| Updated May 13, 2008
Here’s the problem. I gave Matt a bottle of Divine Reserve 5 as a gift during my visit, a single bottle, and then a week later a Philly RBian rates it and says they bought the bottle at Capones. WTF? If the guy took my gift and tried to get $4 out of it, then I’m not coming back, ever. Bad karma.
Here’s my review: Small interior, with a nice, dark and comfortable color scheme but the restaurant side is a little on the small side. The beer shop seems stuck in an awkward space, but the selection is stellar, and that’s really all that matters. Amazing finds that you won’t see elsewhere on the east coast (grey market beers), and of course the tap list was fantastic, though I did visit a few days after an event, so they had Pliny the Elder, Rogue 10,000 and Expedition Stout on draft. They make a lot of fans for bringing in grey/black market bottles, but some of the breweries who have found out about it aren’t exactly pleased with the sneakiness and 400% price markup.
Pretty solid place on a major road with plenty of parking in front and on the side. Bar area as you enter is nicely decored with plenty of seating. Restaurant area behind looked pretty nice as well. I did not check the bottle list, although I should have. Tap list was pretty good, although there was a bit of a focus on west coast stuff. I can see that being attractive to the locals, but being FROM the west coast I didnt really need Knee Deep and Lost Abbey ticks. I ordered a flight of four and my bill was like $15, which seems a bit crazy to me. There is also a bottle shop in the back. Selection is fair, but the prices on the more unusual bottles are kinda crazy expensive. $18 for a World Wide Stout?? Otherwise, nice place.
So, this is the famous Capones? The service was mostly cougars hitting on young guys. I watched one waitress who was battling a foamy keg pour beer into a second glass and then decant from one to the other, using her finger (unwashed after handling money) to hold the foam back. Wow! The food was standard pub food, nothing special. I finished up and walked around back to check out this special beer store, and found a 10 x 10 cramped room with a few bottles, nothing particularly special - maybe I am jaded.
Visited on Black Friday, 29/11/13.
Capones is a moderately sized bar/diner that accomodates perhaps 60 or so folks seated with around a dozen stools at the bar where we managed to squeeze in.
Probably an a-typical visit in terms of it being Black Friday which carries a special beer list and the place was pretty swamped at 12.45 pm.
We stayed for a couple of hours and the place maintained it’s same busy edge but the service held up just fine.
Crowd was local with a few beer geeks evident ticking some of the rareties and one offs, local BA specials plus a HF beer and other interesting stuff from around the US.
The bottle shop is located to the rear and caries a solid selection of singles (not common in many PA liquor stores) from PA and around the US and Europe.
Tasting flight available at the bar which helped us work through the list.
Had a hot sandwich at the bar which was decent.
Solid venue with the bonus of a decent bottle shop adjoining.
As I said, I hit it with a special tap list on offer so I could have dropped a few points on another day so whilst solid - probably not quite the world class tag for me.
Not what I was expecting. They have 30 drafts and a huge bottle list but you wouldn’t know it if you go at 5pm where most of the folks are swigging BMC from the bottle. The decor, at least in the bar area, is a bit shopworn and rough around the edges. Service was perfunctory. They had a really good draft list, no crap on tap here. Still it was a bit disconcerting to see a large ice display full of macro lagers. I might go back if I’m in the area but I won’t make a special trip.
I visited on Sunday, May 25th. I was in town for a wedding, and had precious little time to spend at this place. The building itself is a distinctive house on a stretch of road that is full of strip mall crap. I was able to hit the bottle shop and get some interesting bottles. The bottle shop itself is pretty cramped, but stuffed full of a ton of interesting beers. Good selection of micros from all over, and decent imports, including Belgians. Overall, certainly one of the better selections I have seen. In terms of the bar/restaurant side of the house, I only had time for one beer, but I made it count with a Bear Republic Racer X. Perfectly served by friendly bartenders. The scene in the bar itself is very locally - not at all a haven for beer nerds I was expecting. It seemed like a normal local tavern that also happened to have a crazy good tap selection. I would have loved to have time to try the Ramstein Eisbock, but oh well. Certainly a place to hit if you are in the greater Philly area.
88 = ★★★★ (best in area, a must for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Definite diner vibe, dark. Many taps, but nothing particularly unusual or inviting. Ended up not making any purchase in the restaurant area, as I did not want ticks for ticks sake and I wasn’t hungry. Then stopped by the bottle shop, staffed by a curmudgeonly but friendly shopkeeper. Lots of nooks and crannies, so keep your eyes peeled. Lots of rare and unusual stuff. Prices are staggeringly high. I assume some of this is because of PA law, but still more expensive than any other place I’ve seen in PA. Generally $3.50 or more for any single. Parking was ample.
Visited 04/03/15. Not an easy drive from Philly, even in light afternoon traffic. Capone’s is a tired-looking Italian restaurant with a small bottle shop attached. The bottle selection’s pretty modest, with perhaps 250 beers available (the listed number’s way too high). The selection available in the shop mixes high and low. For instance, I walked out with a local sour and a 40 of Colt 45 Double Malt. It’s a solid spot, but not particularly memorable. Service was bright and cheery. My experience in the restaurant was fine. I sat at the bar and received prompt if somewhat surly service. The 25ish taps offered a decent selection of Belgian-inspired beers (La Trappe, Chimay) alongside a couple of locals (Stoudts, Fegleys). While the beer list was decent, it fell short of what I expected from a place with such a lofty reputation. I walked away not regretting my visit, but feeling that there’s places in the area where I’d rather spend my time.
The restaurant is a friendly engaging place with many tables, many servers. Lots of good taps, including some rare ones, and reasonably priced The best part for me is the bottle shop. A bit pricey, like 25% over the best places I have shopped, but the quality and selection were incredible. Lots of special editions and oaked versons.Maine Beers I have missed. Matt was terrific, bringing up some bottles I have missed last year. A regular e-mail with all the latest deliveries. 18 bottles for $331, yet I even regret not getting more.