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Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom

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Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & TaproomHopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom
BA SCORE
95
world-class

27 Reviews
Reviews: 27
Visits: 34
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: n/a
Taps: 111
Bottles: 115
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews by charlzm:
Photo of charlzm
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I visited on March 26th, 2008, arriving about 7:00pm.

The physical place is long and narrower than wide. High ceilings painted black. Lots of rough-hewn wood, brick walls and Tiffany lamps give a bit of a retro theme, reflecting the era the building was constructed.

A well-stocked long bar sits against one wall. Four flatscreens hover above. Only two were showing sports during my visit. Mirrors on this wall help give the illusion that the place is wider than it is.

Parallel to the bar, a row of high tables and chairs divides the room where there was once a wall that divided this space into two seperate establishments.

Step down into the other half of the room for more traditional tables and chairs, or head to the back for an awesome "smokers patio" and a loungy, bean-bag chair kinda space tucked away by the restrooms.

Attractive waitresses complement the attractive, mostly young crowd. Some surfer types, a few military guys, some cougars. A good mixed crowd with a good vibe. Unfortunately, most of the folks here don't seem to have caught on yet to what an amazing beer place this is. I saw lots of water, wine, iced tea, soda, mixed drinks and bottled Pacifico Clara and Corona. Only a few patrons had beers that looked craft-y.

The music was turned up a little loud, but the joint was undeniably happening even on this weeknight.

The menu features mainly pizzas and salads with a few appetizers thrown in. I split an order of the twice-fried Belgian fries (second dip in hot oil is actually duck fat!) and they were super crispy and flavorful. The accompanying kethcup is tart and there's a sort of garlic pesto sauce as well. Yum!

The pizza wasn't quite as good, but I think they will get the hang of it soon. The crust was a bit overcooked and the whole pizza was a bit bland. They're still new, so give it some time.

The beer list is the best in Pensacola without a doubt. Draft highlights include Bell's Oberon, DFH 60 Minute, five different Sweetwater brews, Rogue Dead Guy, Oskar Blues Old Chub, Brooklyn Brown, Young's Double Chocolate Stout and Chimay. Bottles include many beers from Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada, Bells and many different Belgians brews.

If I lived in Pensacola, I'd live at Hopjacks. I might visit Brews Brothers and O'Zone Pizza for some variety, too, but this would be my home base.

And shout out to Melissa, the awesome manager who was doing her best to get free samples of craft beers to everyone who ordered a macro. (2,472 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Zach136
2.79/5  rDev -35.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

How this place manages to have this many ratings and this level score is an absolute mystery to me.

Walked into a dirty low light but still packed bar. Figured we'd have trouble getting service. Much to my pleasant surprise the staff was attentive, my particular waitress was not particularly knowledgeable, but helpful enough. Draught list was expansive and had some great stuff on it. I ordered an off the wall saison. It came in a draught pour that was DEAD flat.
Eh no biggie I think, a slow moving keg and a slightly improperly balanced draught system... It can happen. I'm on vacation I'll let it slide. My wife ordered a very new seasonal that couldn't have been on tap for more than two weeks. Also pretty damn flat.

Well shit... That's a bit of bad luck that we got two of their faulty regulators... There's plenty of great beer to select here. Maybe we'll try something else for the next round. Then I glance over to watch the bar staff and see which beers are actually pouring correctly.

Next thing I know a bartender is on his tippy toes pouring a beer on a tap well above his head... It has a solid level of head... Like most pours from $15 chrome plated, front closing faucets, it foams... Cool. Maybe some of their beers are properly carbonated... Oh shit, that's foaming over all the taps below it... Check please.

service was awesome and I felt for the wait staff but I refuse to give my money to ownership who doesn't know the basics of draught quality. (1,477 characters)

Photo of HardyA
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of jbarker7070
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I totally love Hopjacks! Great beer, awesome food (Belgian Fries FTW), and it's a fun place to hang out pretty much any day of the week. Only knock is service can be spotty sometimes, so don't expect to get in and out in a hurry. If you're lucky, you can catch some pretty awesome special release beers. You'll find Hopjacks isn't a place you begin your night - it quickly ends up as the place you STAY. Hard to beat. Love it! (426 characters)

Photo of stumac
4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Spent New Years 2015 here! Huuuuge beer selection! (50 characters)

Photo of VTR
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (989 characters)

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Lagerheaded
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
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! (407 characters)

Photo of hairylikeapeman
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of BeerZack
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of rodney4130
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (1,077 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.83/5  rDev -12%
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. (2,078 characters)

Photo of steverosemier
4.95/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of JWrangler
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
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! (521 characters)

Photo of cvm4
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of abeerlovr
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (1,511 characters)

Photo of ABVfreak
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
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?). (1,714 characters)

Photo of BoilerUpNavy
4.7/5  rDev +8%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of Adonis
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (652 characters)

Photo of dwarvenspirits
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (761 characters)

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Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom in Pensacola, FL
95 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.