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B & J Pizza

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

12 Ratings
Ratings: 12
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
Taps: --
Bottles: 300
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

6335 S. Padre Island Drive
Corpus Christi, Texas, 78412
United States
phone: (361) 992-6671

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(Place added by: Bonhoeffer on 11-02-2005)
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Reviews by Bonhoeffer:
Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.2/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place can probably be identified as the birth place of Free The Hops. I had been into good beer for less than a year when i was in Corpus visiting my grandparents. The wife and i were looking at the local paper's website to find a good place to go out to eat when noticed this place listed as having "over 300 different beers." Boom. We gotta go there.

We ended up stopping by several times on that trip. No doubt the best selection of beer for many, many miles around. I had my first Arrogant Bastard here. My first Young's Double Chocolate Stout. My first (and up to this point, only) Lagunitas Olde Gnarlywine. Several others. After all that, i just couldn't stomach coming back to ol' Bammy and not having access to all these amazing beers.

Good pizza. Lots of great beer. Singles. Six packs. Consume on premise or take it home. If you are a BA traveling to Corpus for any reason, this is your spot.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Westyn
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of blastoderm55
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of elNopalero
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I haven’t seen much of Corpitos at all but this place definitely felt like a coastal city’s pizzeria. Cool, laid-back, and super-friendly waitstaff, decent pies (on a bit of the costly side, tho) and a beer selection that should make most beer bars in the area step up their game. Most taps are $5, unless you get the special of the month. (For October it was Sierra’s Tumbler.) Split a Stone RIS that ran a few bucks more than I’d pay for the bottle elsewhere, and passed on the Life & Limb at $20. Just to give you some idea of what to expect.

Photo of LacquerHead
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I've gone in here a few times since staying in Corpus for the summer. I was impressed by their set up and beer selection.

The beer coolers will be staring you in the face as you walk in. The selection was pretty good. They carried most of the usual cast of micro brews and imports, along with a good representation of Texas craft beer. They don't have 300 different bottles of beers though. I literally counted 168. There was a lot of empty shelf space.

Here is how the cooler works. You place your food order then simply walk up to the cooler, pick a beer, and enjoy. (Bottle Opener is by the cash register) Save the bottles you drink. After you are done eating and drinking you tell the cashier what beers you had and s/he will ring you up. There is an honor system involved.

For the bottles they offer chilled pint glasses which can be found in the cooler. I had to sift through the glasses looking for a clean one. One glass had lipstick on it and another had greasy fingerprint smudges.

Warning: Don't be surprised if your beer tab is some outrageous price. They don't print the price of the beer on the 12oz bottles, only the larger pints or 750ml. It is almost too easy to keep grabbing bottles from the cooler without giving a thought to the price. Ask the cashier for their pricing guidelines.

At the bar they serve all their beers in chilled glasses. Their tap selection is lacking, but they have revolving beers on tap so the selection can change from month to month. (Bar is in the "Backroom" - entrance is to the right of the beer coolers)

At times the atmosphere can be depressing, but I have seen the place stocked with patrons all having a boisterously good time. When I was last there the place seemed tired and run down. Nonetheless, it has a worn in feel that is very welcoming.

The pizza is excellent. They serve everything on thin crust. Its not thin and crispy, more like thin and elastic, but not rubbery. They also serve up some good subs.

Overall one of the best places in Corpus to get pizza and have an acceptable beer selection at hand. There prices weren't much different from a Chicago bar, but I could see this place being pricey for the people of Corpus. This isn't a place to get wasted drunk, rather it's a place to enjoy good beer and good pizza. Personally I like the B&J's on Staples more than this joint.

Photo of hoplover82
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The atmosphere is calm and sportyish. Like a good college hangout, but it can also redily be a great family pizza place on any day.

The service is pretty friendly, sometimes a little unattentive.

The quality of service is average, to ok. There is a couple of people who really know there stuff about beer.

The selection of beer here is top knotch for Corpus Christi. Can't find more beers anywhere, apart from Liquid Town On Alameda.

And the pizza is great. One of my favorite in town.

The food is very well priced, but they kill me with the prices of beer.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place looks like a run down dump from outside. Go in and it's very strange. I walked in to a small room with a kitchen to my left and a beer cooler full of several bottles in the back. There is an open doorway near the cooler which leads to a dimly light bar with tvs and some additional tables. This room has about ten taps of craft beer I presume.

I was happy to see a focus on craft beer here. There are macros to keep people happy, but they do their best to keep a good selection going.

I thought about sitting at the bar, but decided since I was with people I should sit on the opposite side of the restaurant and grab stuff out of the beer cooler. When I got my beer, I noticed that the pint glasses are in the refrigerator, but they aren't frozen or anything.

The pizza was very very good with plenty of toppings. It was sort of expensive, but it was worth it. They really don't cheap out with the amount of toppings they put on.

If you visit Corpus, you need to stop by.

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.4/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I visited this place on my trip to Corpus. Walking in this place looks like a dump but on the inside is a great beer selection. One part of the building is where you order the pizza and can pick beer out of a cooler. I saw Stone, Real Brewing, Lagunitas, St. Arnolds and many other beers we don't have in Louisiana. In the other side of the building is the bar and tables where you can eat your pizza. I went up to the bar and saw some Lagunitas Gnarly Wine on tap and said I'd like to try some and he poured some for me to taste. Very Cool and unexpected. I then asked for 2 beers of that and ask for them in a non frozen glass and both bartenders were more than happy to help. PLUS all draft beers that night were $2 dollars. Pizza came and was great and you can take bottles from the other side and bring them over to drink and eat. Awesome place to go get some great beer and good pizza!

Photo of bleeng
2.73/5  rDev -31.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5

This is a pizza and family joint first-beer place coming in a close second. Too bad it's on a freeway service road-pretty typical of Texas though. Not in the least pretentious and easy to find from the service road-just drive a bit more slowly than usual.
Beer cooler in the front has the usual suspects-lots of domestics and a good selection of Germans and English. Lacking Belgiums, Canadians, etc. Taps are mostly domestic but includes Real Ale and St. Arnold seasonals.
Big issue with the bartender. I needed to ask for a room temp. glass-they serve all their beers in frosted glasses. I was served a beer without a coaster. I was not asked if I needed a menu. I asked for the same beer again (Real Ale Coffee Porter) and the tender asked me what I was drinking-duh. I was one of only 5 people at the bar.
Unfortunately this is Corpus....I did not eat here

Photo of tbone53
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

my wife said her proffeser told her about this place.when we went i called my daughters to tell them one said ya dad i used to go there all the time in college. the othere said she took a college field trip there for her culinary arts class.(glad to see my money was spent wisely)nice place and is smoke free.what amazes me with all the selections of beers that you wont find
anywhere pepole still drink macros you can buy anywhere. overall the place has a good mix of folks and i wont make another trip to courpus without stopping by.the only draw back for me is i live 25 miles away.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Why haven't more BA found B&J?

I went here based solely on the "only game in town" review. It proved to be just a bit of a challenge to find since I had written down the address incorrectly. After finding the mistake it was a breeze. It was located just off 358 which is Padre Island Drive.

As we walked up we did not hold out much hope. The place seemed to be right beside a dimly lit pool type sports bar. I could smell the smoke already in my mind. As you walk into the restaurant there are a handful of tables with the back wall full off coolers of bottles and the kitchen to the left. There were 5 cold cases of single bottle craft brews that immediately brought saliva to the mouth, especially coupled with the smells of pizza.

We then noticed a side door labeled "Backroom" and had to venture in. Who knew it was the dimly lit pool bar of earlier. What it turns out is that side is the bar and you can order there and get draft, bottles, or food, and the windows are tinted and best of all, it is smoke free. After settling into a few brews and ordering a pizza all was well again with the world.

The salads and pizza arrived fresh and well done and the beer selection was nice with the large bottle selection as well as 20 taps, with only two of them being macro. The food was fairly inexpensive, but the beer was only reasonable, but the lines were clean and the beer was fresh.

The place could get noisy on the night of a big game, but I liked it. No smoke, good food, good beer, how can you go wrong?

B & J Pizza in Corpus Christi, TX
90 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.