Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom

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Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & TaproomHopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom
BA SCORE
96
world-class

30 Ratings
Ratings: 30
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: n/a
Taps: 111
Bottles: 115
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

10 Palafox Pl
Pensacola, Florida, 32502-5628
United States
phone: (850) 497-6073

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(Place added by: jettjon on 05-03-2008)
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Photo of VTR
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

After moving to Pensacola from Jacksonville I was thrilled to find a place such as this. They had three locations at one time but the filling station has closed in the last month. Their selection is awesome and you can always count on finding good solid seasonal beers and they even had BCBS on tap!

The waitstaff are very friendly and willing to bring samples of the draft beers to the table for you to make up your mind and are very prompt. The food is outstanding. I am picky about pizza and they have some of the best pies I have ever had. They have fries fried in duck fat which are awesome.

The atmosphere is nice. It can be loud on trivia night or when they have a band playing but on a normal night it is just regular ambient noise. It is on the dark side which I like for a bar. If you come to Pensacola to visit make sure you find your way to one of their locations. Downtown has 112 taps and their other location is slightly less but has just of a good selection.

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Lagerheaded
4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

The selection is almost as good as World of Beers but the place is much cozier and much less "corporate" feeling. Sit at the bar and talk to the very knowledgable bartenders if you need help narrowing your choices. They will happily provide small samples of a few drafts to help. They are even half price on Sundays so you can try them all! I recommend the fries too... They're cooked in duck fat... Tastey!

Photo of hairylikeapeman
4.75/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of BeerZack
4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

We visited here on a Saturday night and luckily got a seat at the bar right before the band setup and they started putting wristbands on people who came in. It quickly transformed from a pub/restaurant into a pub/nightclub. People were soon crowding the isles and leaning into us to get the bartenders attention. Despite the nightclub lightswitch they threw on us we were still able to get good service from our bartender and even order food. The food was pretty good. We had some beef, duck and chicken skewers, the duckfat fries and a chicken ceasar salad. Maybe would pass on the chicken in the chicken ceaser next time, kinda chewy. The beer selection was enormous and actually included some good stuff (Bells Hopslam!). No reason for a beer nerd not to go here if in town. Reminded me of the Taproom in San Marcos (TX) or a grungier Flying Saucer on a busy night.

Photo of rodney4130
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

About twice a year, I find myself near Pensacola, and I always HAVE to go to this place. On Sundays they have what is referred to as "Sucker Free Sunday". Every tap in the place...all 112 of them...half off. It's unbelievable. And the prices aren't bad anyway. So twice a year, I get to drink things like $2 pints of Victory Hop Wallop, $2 snifters of Southern Tier Backburner...they even had 4oz pours of Dogfish Head 120 Minute.... You will probably never, ever find a better selection of draft beers. Nevermind the crazy low prices. They have a bunch of bottles too, but who cares when the draft offerings are so plentiful and affordable?

Food ranges from average to excellent. The pizzas are good. The Belgian fries and Black & Bleu salad are simply great.

It's not a fancy place, but it's nice enough. You could bring the family earlier in the night if you felt so inclined.

Service is a little hit or miss, but always better than adequate. You might wait a little bit for your beer if you're at a table, but the staff is always really friendly.

A crazy good beer bar.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.83/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

First time in Pensacola so I looked up a few places to visit. Hopjack's seemed a good start. I rode 300 miles to get here so a good beer selection was required as was food.
Beer selection is great. 112 on draft and about 100 more in bottles. A very well rounded selection from Abita to Warsteiner. Barleywines to ciders to schwarzbiers. Oh yeah.
Outside seating is covered and open on the brick sidewalk, indoors is huge and open. Very inviting. The block of old buildings gives a nice vibe and plenty of shade.
I gave service a knock because I parked the motorcycle right in front and took a seat literally 5' away. 10 minutes later, having not been served yet, and after moving inside to try to rectify this, another party sat outside and was waited on quickly. So, having not been spoken to yet, I moved back outside and snagged the server. From then on the service was great. All this on a Monday mid afternoon.
Pizza choices are amazing looking (the jerk chicken looks especially awesome) and come in 6", 10" & 16". But I'm going with a blackened shrimp & pepper pita fold sandwich with a side of Belgian fries (pomme frites ) fried in duck fat! The roasted duck caeser salad sounds extremely good, as well. Food s delicious, the fries are not greasy and have a great flavor.
Draft beers are well priced, running from $2.50 for Yuengling to $7.75 for St. Bernardus Prior 8.

Alright, round two, two days later. Came back after work on a Wednesday about 7:15 pm.
The herb roasted duck pizza was really, really good. But...

Service officially sucks! Spent 20 minutes outside, after my companion ordered a beer at the bar, and not a single server checked on us. The waitresses hadn't cleared the empty glasses or asked about the still non-drinking person and finally took a beer order after I waved her down. Apparently the bartender doesn't play well with others and wouldn't fill the order. So we moved inside, cashed out the tab from the bar and started a new one at a table. WTF! From this point on, things were good but I had been here nearly half an hour at this point.

Photo of steverosemier
4.95/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Simply outstanding. Great beer selection along with world class service. We tried several different beers - most at the recommendation of Nathan our server or the bartender. They never steered us wrong.

We had the Belgian Fries for an appetizer and they were fan-friggin-tastic. The made to order supreme pizza was tremendous. Although, highly recommend you bring your appetite if you order the large.

Only reason I dinged the atmosphere was due to the A/C not working - it was brutally hot in the place. Nathan reassured us they are working hard to fix. We are DEFINITELY planning a return trip. I've been drinking beer for 41 years and this rates as one of the finest watering holes I've set foot in.

Photo of JWrangler
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Happened upon the establishment while on business and was giddy over their wall of taps. And such a wonderful, creative variety; stouts, IPAs, local favorites and brews from PA and NY. Kid in a candy shop. I had my first run-ins with favorites Hop Wallop and Creme Brulee stout here and they immediately got my respect when I spotted Old Rasputin on tap. The staff was very in-touch with their product and generous with samples. They shared stories about getting taps mixed up from time to time. A couple of the regulars were a little pushy toward a yankee outsider like myself, but I had a drunken blast here.

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

What can I possibly say that hasn't already been said about this place? It was awesome!

The wife and I went here for lunch while visiting Pensacola.

Beer selection was amazing and the waitress(Melissa) even brought me a bunch of samples to try. She knew her product and her recommendation was amazing also.

Food was great! My wife and I had their pita sandwich things and they were solid. The belgian fries in duck fat were great!

Overall experience was kick ass. When you are in Pensacola this place is a MUST go to!

Photo of cvm4
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Hopjacks definitely delivered for me. I loved the atmosphere in this place. We sat back, drank beer and watched college football. From the start, upon entering we were greeted by an awesome hostess/waitress (forgive me I forgot her name). She was very energetic and attentive to what we needed throughout our stay. The pizza we had was pretty delicious. But, lets be honest, I came for the 110 beers on tap. There is plenty of beer to suit everyone in your group from the piss drinker to the craft brew connoisseur.

Photo of abeerlovr
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

110 beer taps, now come on, what is there to complain about?! As far as the beer selection there is absolutely nothing to complain about and I am amazed I have yet to have a stale beer with that many taps. Perhaps sucker free Sundays is why, all taps are 50% off on Sundays, all day! They also have a huge selection of bottled beers.

The food is okay, nothing special about their pizzas or sandwiches. The Belgian fries are delish though, french fries fried in duck fat, yummy.

It is a hip place and has done wonders in revitalizing the Downtown night scene. If you go on a Tuesday, Friday or Saturday expect huge crowds. They have live bands on the weekends and loud music all other times. Tuesday is $3 hollar night, most taps (not all) and most bottled beers (again not all) are only $3.

Great place to get a craft beer on draft but beware when it gets crowded, you may be "accidentally" overcharged and they seem to run out of glasses and you may get a world class beer in a plastic cup. BTW, one reason they run out of glasses is folks steal them :-( bad patrons...glasses cost only $2 if you want one.

Service depends on who is serving you, sometimes it's great, other times I wonder why I spend my hard earned money there because the attitude of the staff just stinks.

Again, go for the beer, not the food, and don't expect the bartenders to know a thing about the beers...not to stereotype since I am a woman, but most of the female bartenders know nothing about beer so don't bother to ask them.

Photo of ABVfreak
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Deep south's best option for quality craft beer selection! Plenty of hopslam on hand and a brand new keg of world wide stout tapped when we arrived! Great pub food and awesome wait staff that obviously takes pride in beer and service. Also have SA Infinium and The Bruery Coton on hand for you big spenders! Do not confuse Pensacola, FL location for the one in Mobile, AL. Although same owners, completely different selections and vibes. Pensacola: awesome. Mobile: blows goat. Hit it up next time you are in the area and make sure you have plenty of time on your hands.

Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Happy to find this high rated (BA) venue for a visit. Pensacola, like most of Florida, has not been influenced as much by the craft beer craze that has hit much of the country. Hence, this bar does stick out by virtue of having a good number of beers on tap, and a well-chosen selection at that. Still, my experience indicates that this is certainly not an 'A' level destination.

The interior is OK, at best, with a passable bar and seating elsewhere that remind me of a typical college town bar. The guy next to me returned his Magic Hat because it was flat; something I could tell by appearance. This made me think they had made 2 errors: improperly storing/tapping their beer, and serving a beer that should not have been served. I'm sure the folks at Magic Hat would not have been pleased. One of the beers I ordered also seemed too flat, but it was an unfamiliar brew and the blame my lie with the brewer.

Service was mixed. My bartender got my beer order wrong, and fixed it, but not without displaying a bit of attitude and telling me I had ordered something different. A second bartender who served us was notably more pleasant. Food service was rather slow, given that the bar was not very busy.

On the plus side: there's a very good selection of beers on tap, an electronic display making it easy to see what was on tap, and 1/2 price pints (Sundays). Without the special discount, prices were moderate to high (almost $9 for a bottle of Bells Hopslam).

For out-of-town visitors seeking food and drink, I think McGuires is a better choice. For beer connoisseurs seeking something exotic, Hopjacks is definitely worth a visit on a Sunday or other nights with beer specials (Tuesday and Thursday?).

Photo of BoilerUpNavy
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

If you like beer and pizza, this is one of the best places to eat and drink in Pensacola.

The selection of 50 beers on tap will please most. More in bottles.

The pizzas are unique and delicious. They've never disappointed. The Belgium fries fried in duck fat are worth ordering as well.

Besides the selection of beer, one of the things that makes Hopjacks stand out is their specials. Two days in particular have amazing specials. Come on Tuesday and pay $3 for anything from the bar (all but a few high end beers). On Sundays, taps are 1/2 price. Awesome deals.

Photo of Adonis
4.53/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Upon entering Hopjacks you see many things some being their bar, free video games in the back, tables and chairs, and lastly a wall with around 100 taps. once you sit and look at the menu you are overwhelmed with all of the beers you probably have not tried. The friendly bartenders helped me through my decision (i love Stouts and Porters.) I love their finger foods, Duck Fries, Brie dip etc. On the weekend they have live music and it gets pretty crowded but on the week days Hopjacks is decently mellow for having 30 people in the room at most times. In the end the reason to travel here is their amazing selection of beers draft and bottled alike.

Photo of dwarvenspirits
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This place is a little gem located in downtown Pensacola right on Palofax st. My wife found this place while I was doing rehearsal for a wedding I was in. We went back later and I was amazed to see over 60+ beers on tap and they said that they're going to increase it to over 100 by the end of the year.

Not only is the selection great, but the food is delicious. If anything, try the french fries that are deep fried in duck fat. Wow are those great. The pizza is awesome too. I have nothing bad to say about this place.

Another great thing was that they had a couple old-school arcade games in the back that you could play for free!

If you're in Pensacola then this is the best place for selection, at least that's what I think. Definitely check it out.

Photo of k3punk
4.35/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This was our first outing after moving to Pensacola and I was relieved to find a resturant with so many selections of beer on tap. The resturant is a typical pizza parlor with t.v.s and a small stage. The servers were very friendly and weren't afraid to make suggestions, even if I didn't fully agree with the opinions. the food was served quickly and was absolutly fantastic. I wouldn't reccomend the "bombs" the two we tried were subpar and really just ruined the beer. They are expanding the beer selection so I can't wait to go back and see what they added.

Photo of psdonnelly
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I love the atmosphere of Hopjacks reminds me of the landing in St, Louis, bricks beams and low light. By far the best draft selection of craft brews anywhere. Stone Chimay and Dogfish my three favorites. Staff knew beer and made some good suggestions and gave us shot glass size samples if we were unsure. Ordered a pizza and it was excellent also the duck fat dries are to die for. My wife and I are going to make it to Hopjacks as often as possible we just love it. HOPJACKS PLEASE MAKE A NEW LOCATION IN THE FOLEY GULF SHORES AREA. Bottom line I love beer and so does Hopjacks a match made in heaven.

Photo of sudsellier
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I've read the other reviews here and have to update the readers of this site a bit. As a resident of Pensacola, I know first-hand from an almost-daily visit to the establishment what to expect.

To answer a few items of note I can't agree with from past reviewers: general staff knowledge has grown immensely, tap selection continues to bring in rarities no one else on the entire panhandle is privy to, and the "garlic-pesto" for the Belgian fries is really a garlic-herb aioli.

Let's talk about the place itself. Big, open room with dark-wood panelling and exposed brick. The restaurant used to be two separate businesses; the owners knocked out the dividing wall and left the central supports intact. A long wood-n-tile bar stretches down the right side of most of the room. Depending on what day anyone may visit, there's various stages of wear and tear due to the bar's popularity at night (some people seem to forget it's a restaurant with a bar, not the other way around). Don't let that deter anyone too much... this is about the food and beer.

As I understand it, the menu is about to expand. Chef/co-owner Joe Abston is bringing us at least two more sauces for the MASSIVE chicken wings to be finished in (as if a Jamaican Jerk/Blackstrap molasses sauce wasn't enough to halt anyone in their tracks?), more specialty pizzas and toppings (yes, even the snivelling vegans will have more choices including TVP), and has been currently mad-scientisting all over his kitchen toying with various hand-made flavored marshmallow (on a recent visit I got to try the peppermint... nice).

Here's a guy who gets it. Pizza is a no-brainer. It's round, it's hot, there's cheese, there's toppings. Slice. Serve. Right? To set his menu apart, he insists on freshfreshfresh. Different, too. Steak. Duck. Crawfish. Shrimp. The mushroom mix is portobello/crimini/shiitake/oyster. I mentioned duck... when you roast whole ducks, it renders out fat. The fat is reserved to fry hand-cut potatoes in a twice-fry fashion which eliminates any excess moisture leaving behind only fluffy potato goodness. Toss in cracked seasalt and cracked pepper, serve in butcher paper cone in a pint glass with the afore-mentioned garlic-herb aioli.

Beer. The guys in charge of their beer show their love in the choices. The tap selection is at an already-hefty 36 but expanding soon to 101! Can't wait to see what shows up. To date, Hopjacks is the only place in hundreds of miles to get certain one-off projects on tap: talkin' Stone Vertical Epic 09; Terrapin's collaberative Midnight Brewing Project, the Depth Charge; (sadly) recently ran out of Sweetwater's Dank Tank Wet Dream Ale (as I understand it, the ONLY place outside of Atlanta to pull that off... no pun intended in regards to pouring beer/the history of Sweetwater beers in general... I'm rambling...). It's as if they're being rewarded for their willingness to provide great craft ales and imports to the small but growing Pensacola beer market. Hell, the taps in the new Mobile, Alabama location are even better due to distribution in the newly-hop-friendly state!

The bottles are just as diverse as the taps. Got a little legless the other night on Northcoast's Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout. Their Unibroue selection can't stay in stock; sells too fast. When was the last time you had a Saison DuPont within view of the Gulf of Mexico?

How's about a drink special to convince you to stop in & try something new? They've got an almost-insane Tuesday policy after 7pm: everything behind the bar is $3 or less (minus a few expensive brews... they're either $4 or no discount. Hey, you try losing the profit margin on a $11 bottle of Westmalle ((remember, we're talking restaurant prices, not retail))). Glass of good, not plonk, wine? $3. Top-shelf coctail? $3. Bell's 2-hearted Ale on tap? You know where I'm going with this... Thursdays give you what they call "pint-night". A different brewery is featured every Thurs. after 7pm in where you pay full price for your first, get a glass from that brewery which you can keep, re-fills are a dollar off for each one after. A great offer especially when it's Stone Brewing being featured with 4 of theirs on tap.

Okay... I'll quit writing my novel, here. If you're in Pensacola and love beer, you'd better be here @ hopjacks. Cheers!

Photo of theghost3
4.13/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Hopjacks is located in downtown Pensacola near several other restaurants. I went there twice while I was in Pensacola because my wife loved the pizza.

The inside is very dark, and the recorded music was a little loud. They have bands play here some, but none were playing when I was there. There are a few tables outside in front on the sidewalk as well. They also have a few video games and a fooseball table in the back. Not real crowded but I left before 8:30 both times I was there.

The service is OK. I never sat at the bar, but the table waitstaff was not very knowledgeable of beer. I ordered a Belgian strong dark in the bottle, and had to ask for a glass. I was given a frosted pint glass. Another time I ordered a Pilsner & when I asked for a pils glass or anything thin-shaped, the waitress gave me a look like I was crazy & just brought me a pint glass. They really need to be at least a little more knowledgeable about proper glassware. However, another waitress wrote directions to a Target down for us after we asked for the nearest one, so plus points for that.

The quality and selection of beer are great. They have over 30 beers on tap and well over 100 in bottles. Most of what they have are American crafts such as Sweetwater, Dogfish Head, Lagunitas, and Tommyknocker. They have some Belgians & UK beers as well. They have pretty good specials like $3 Sweetwater pints.

The food is great. Besides the outstanding pizza, I really thought the Belgian fries were excellent. Price was relatively inexpensive for both beer & food.

Photo of J4SNGS
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I'm not a beer snob, not even a beer geek, I just try everything and either try it again or not. This place has all types of beer. I am here a lot, Its my favorite bar. The food is great too. I've had the Belgian fries, spinach artichoke dip, massive hot wings, and the butcher block pizza (every time I get the butcher block its the best pizza I've ever had) they have 35 beers and 1 root beer on tap and well over a hundred bottled beers. It's a good hangout when there is not a band, it gets hard to take my beer drinking seriously when there is an amateur band yelling in the corner. the staff is knowledgeable. the best bar in Pensacola!

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Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom in Pensacola, FL
96 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.