Small place with a good selection. Lots of Italian craft, and good imports too, including some rarities. Lots of Belgian stuff. Michelle is a great guy, knowledgeable and friendly. Good place to drink a couple and take some out. Drink in for no extra charge.
Visited May 2016. Nice bottle shop in W part of city. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Good selection of local beers and some international stuff. Prices seemed steep to me but probably quite normal for the local area. Worth visiting if you are desperate for an IPA or want to try something new.
Small bottle shop a bit outside the old town, but still quite centrally located. Quite impressive offering of both, worldclass international beer and very interesting local stuff. They also have a fridge for beer to drink on spot. I went there especially for the local beers, they had lots of it, from Bologna (Bellazzi), from Venezia (something I didn’t find in Venezia itself) and others. Very friendly owner, immediately helped me out and was very knowledgable.
Overall highly recommended, pretty much how a good beer store should be: while having top international beer, not forgetting about the local stuff and all presented in a personal, friendly atmosphere.
Good place, good people, good beers, what more to wish for in life?
Il Pretesto was a top highlight of my visit in Bologna among a few other beerspots in town. A place with a soul, owners; Michele and Giorgio who care a lot about what they do and went for a project they love. Hats off guys!
Beer selection is perfect for me. Coming from Belgium, I found everything I could wish for as far as Italian beers goes. About half of the selection is dedicated to UK, US and Danish brews. Belgians limited but more bottles are on the way. Democratic prices as well and always the choice to crack one open and drink it on the spot. The selection is wide enough that you will find what you want and can go off to another location and still get beers that are not available there. I was there for 5 days in Bologna and went to Il Pretesto every single day, I guess the place lives up to its name. As with everything in life, ambiance is what you make of it when traveling, in my case, I had a good time chatting with them and other customers even if Italian was not my lingua franca.
Great little shop near the old centre. Owner is super friendly and his selection will not disappoint. Good selection of italian micros along with a big selection of european and uk breweries. As seems quite common in italy you can actually have a beer at the shop. Great place worth checkng out if in Bologna
Small bottle shop, just a bit out of the historical center, that you can also enjoy your beer there in a plastic glass. The place is very welcoming and the owner very friendly. More than decent beer selection with very good prices. Must visit if you are in town.
small shop near the historical center of Bologna, with a very wide selection of bottles and cans, homebrewing equipment and a fridge to taste some fresh beers on site. very friendly and prepared staff!