This was definitely an interesting place. Don’t let the macro bar with the Miller Lite signs fool you, Sergio’s is next door and is unmarked except for the stree number. Inside is chock full of beer. Very small and mellow crowd on a Sunday night. Staff was fantastic, although Sergio was nowhere to be found. Tap selection was solid, and included things not found elsewhere in the city. The bottle selection was - well - massive. Who needs wallpaper when you have beer coolers? They go on forever. Just when you thought you saw the last cooler, you turn the corner and there are two more. Amazing place.
Its like bizzaro land in this place. Looks tiny from the outside, pretty empty on a Tuesday night. Little bar with maybe 8 seats. I belly up and check out the taplist, which is nice without being extraordinary. Ordered a Zombie Dust and start to check out the coolers. I get done with the 5 or 6 in front and think, nice, but nothing special. Then I realize that what I thought was a hall to the bathroom goes much, mucn further back, past a kitchen to a whole back room, much larger than the first, with beer coolers EVERYWHERE. Whoah. A lot of shit here. I will say that I found no whales in my searches, but a lot of stuff that I would be happy to drink. Not sure on freshness. FWIW, they no longer have Goose Island Imperial IPA :). Oh, its cash only, but they have an ATM inside.
Visited later in the afternoon on a Tuesday. As stated by others, this place is not well marked at all, there was a very small label on the door that says Sergio’s. Upon entering, there is beer pretty much cluttered everywhere, with a bar right as you enter. Beer is in coolers throughout the place, tucked away in every corner, in part of the kitchen, pretty much anywhere they can stick beer they do. The selection is immense, with a few gems (I saw a Bells 9000 and a $35 Bud Light). Draft selection was extensive, featuring a wide variety of styles. The back room has quite a few tables, and the food menu was huge (though I didn’t eat). Service was pretty aloof, though this place is mostly about you digging around on your own beer adventure. Only drawback was that single prices seemed really high ($5 for a Founder’s All Day IPA, for example). Weird place, tons of character, certainly a must hit in Louisville.
88 = ★★★★ (best in area, a must for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
(Visited 05/2012): Sergio’s is located on the east side of Louisville off I-71/I-64 on Story Ave, near the river. Street parking is the best bet, and honestly I should have done my homework because we passed the place a couple times without seeing it, and that was *after* calling for directions when the GPS seemed to be steering us wrong.
The interior is narrow with the bar on the immediate right and some coolers on the left. Tons of beer paraphernalia on the walls, on the bar, on shelves to the point where I would say at best it looks cluttered, and at worst it looks like a beer hoarder’s basement bar. It has a certain charm but I could the dusty untidy collection turning some potential patrons off. Beyond the bar area there is a small section with table seating.
The beer selection at Sergio’s is incredible. 40+ taps with offerings from the likes of Sixpoint, Bluegrass, Three Floyds, Stone and many more. Countless bottles are available too (both domestic and imported), and going through the book will take awhile.
Service is good here but points off for cash only and no ice for water. The bartender was very knowledgeable about the beer, to the point where it reinforces the look of the place and you feel like you are just hanging out in someone’s basement trying a bunch of beers they brought back from somewhere.
We did not try any food on this visit.
All in all I would definitely stop at this spot again on future trips to or through Louisville.
Anyone that considers himself to be a serious beer enthusiast would have a field day in this place. It is difficult to identify from the outside, only marked by a collage of world flags. Once inside it looks like a pretty chill place. There are three beer coolers crammed into a room with a bar that features some very, very high quality taps. I picked up a bomber of FFF Rye Da Tiger and proceeded to the back room when I realized I had only seen not even half the bottle selection. There is a walk in Belgian cellar in a addition to four more stacked coolers with rarities abound. I was weary of the age of some of the stuff, but plenty of it was fresh or intended to mature. The ambiance in here is like sitting in a friend’s house, if your friend is a serious beer geek. Drinking a FFF while combing through the catacombs of bottles was totally awesome in my book.
Easy to find location with parking in the back. Tables in the back for food and beer with the bar in the front. Not a lot of seating due to coolers, taps and kitchen. Very good selection of beers in bottle and taps. Sergio has very good knowledge of beers and beer related topics. Must see location in Louisville.
Dare I say the best beer bar in the US? Great taps, tons of bottles, and the ability to carry out bottles. Over 1500 bottles of various countries and decades. There are gems of gems here. The layout is awesome, totally old school place from the decor and menus but I love it. Its one cool as place. Sergio is super nice, other staff is a bit spaced out but helpful. The prices are perfect. I will be back and soon.
I have to rate this place after visiting, not that it will impact the score that much with all the fake ratings. Anyway, it’s a hole-in-the-wall a little east of downtown Louisville. It doesn’t appear to have been cleaned in years, the glasses (decorations, not ones they use) are dusty, the place smells like a deep fryer, and it has carpets, which is always a bad idea for a bar. The shelves sag in the middle. It’s a dump, and not quite the kind I was expecting, but it has its charms. The bottle selection is ridiculous, in good and surprising and strange ways - lots of unexpected treats, but also things like 2007 Goose Island Imperial IPA for $10. The tap list is excellent, but I wondered about the age of the kegs after one of the things I tried tasted at least a few years old. Prices are high in general, but I guess that’s what happens when you buy things at retail price and have to mark them up again (there are definitely things for sale that don’t get distributed in Louisville). We didn’t eat here, which I’m told was to our benefit. The fryer smell, mustiness, and major hoarding issues were enough to keep my wife from ever coming back, but I will definitely be back here from time to time to try something unexpected. Such a weird place. I don’t know how to rate it, really.
Visited later in the evening on a Friday night. Some street parking is available, but is minimal. Not in a very nice looking part of town, so I would take a taxi or Uber here and just get dropped off. I had a hard time making sure I had the right place. If there is signage on the front of the building, I never did find it. The Chimay sign out front was my clue I was in the right place. Inside, the place is kind of impressive. Lots of taps with mostly international beers on tap. A great selection of sour beers, plus an unblended lambic I had been after for a couple years. After wandering around for a little bit, one of the guys that was working stopped me and let me know how the place worked. I appreciated that. I’m sure I looked lost. I ordered a beer and a gyro. The food was just okay, nothing really special, but I doubt many people actually come here just to eat. The draft list was amazing, as was the bottled selection. Several coolers lined multiple walls, plus there was a walk in cooler that had exclusively Belgian beers. Plenty of lambics in there to choose from. This place is a hidden gem, and even though it gets a lot of love on here, I don’t think the locals really know about it. Our Uber driver had no idea, anyway. This place is rough around the edges, but if I lived in Louisville, I would come here all the time. One last thing, CASH ONLY. Be ready for that if you go.
weihenweizen (429) Charleston Area, West Virginia | September 18, 2015| Updated September 21, 2015
Parking is on the street and the night we went there was a big biker ralley, so parking was somewhat challenging. The place does not have a sign, so you could walk right past it if you have never been. Place is long front to back while slightly narrow width wise providing a cozy atmosphere with the taps up front and bottles in coolers, a refrigerator, and a walk-in beer cooler along the way. Service was good, Sergio was cool. Beer draft selection was good. Bottle selection was enormous and they even had pretty fresh Oracle. Pricing is a little high, but nothing crazy. I hope to go back. You can buy bottles to go which is also a nice option.