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Willard's Tap House


20 Reviews
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Willard's Tap HouseWillard's Tap House

Type: Bar, Eatery

12500 Starkey Rd
Largo, Florida, 33773-2615
United States

(727) 581-8600 | map

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Added by Blitzstyle on 12-13-2009

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 36
Reviews by Deadheadbill:
Photo of Deadheadbill
4.28/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Willards is awesome, with a great beer selection, knowledgeable friendly staff and a warm inviting decor. The forty taps range from wheat beers to Belgian Sours with everything in between. Friendly, knowledgeable owners and staff make it a pleasure to sit and enjoy a few craft beers in this place. There is no food to speak of (crackers and chips and dip are about it), however they invite you to bring in food from one of the surrounding restaurants and even have started having food trucks occasionally. The only issue is at times the music can be loud which is less than conducive to conversation. Still overall one of the best beer bars around.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerDeputy
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Blitzstyle
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of indurTheB
4.14/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 2

Photo of BigJace21
4.9/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Employees are very helpful. Cool place to hang out close to home. No food but you can order from the pizza place next door and they'll bring it to you.

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Photo of misternebbie
4.73/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of howiebear
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of metalbassist1993
5/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of phordee
5/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of spointon
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of miragetheautobot
4/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Bier4all
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of dbl_delta
5/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of badboy7113
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is the best craft beer bar I have been to. Bartenders pour a really good beer and are very good at matching people with beers they are interested in. Fun environment, event nights are very fun. Prices are very good comparable to other bars. People also frequently bring bottles for bar and staff to try out.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.28/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Willard's is a small place located in a strip mall off a main drag. It was a bit on the grungy and dark side, even on a sunny afternoon. There was a U-shaped bar that seated 16-18 people, 10 high top tables, and a couple regular tables. Two TVs. The decor consisted of collections of bottles and coasters.
My wife and I arrived on a Wednesday afternoon, shortly after they had opened. They were cleaning lines, so the selection was limited, at least initially. More beers quickly became available. There were 40 beers on tap. Ten of these were called the Local 10, and these included local beers such as 7th Sun, Cigar City, Swamp Head, Cycle, Barley Mow, and Dunedin. A nice touch. The blackboard with the beer listings included the ABV and was color-coded, also a nice touch. We had a couple Jai Alai IPAs, one of my favorites.
We spent a pleasant time there. Excellent beer selection. Service was adequate. It looked like you needed to be a local to get the better service.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.34/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by Willard's after a real nice meal at the Cajun on the Bayou. They have 40 taps, clearly listed on a large chalk board with a color coding system by style. Nice touch.
It has a pretty simple decor, which is nice, not too busy. A couple TV's but no one, not one person was even the least bit interested. They had a nice selection of local Florida brews, and some great American craft, with some Belgian's mixed in there too. A very impressive bottle selection as well, although I attempted to order a Cascade that was out of stock, oh well. A real friendly, neighborhood style craft bar. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Let's start with the important stuff: 40 taps and a beer engine.
Decor is nothing special, almost an old style, 70's bar vibe inside.
Lots of beers from Cigar City, Dunedin, Tampa Bay Brewing, Florida Ave/Cold Storage and other home state breweries to go with Lagunitas, Bell's, DFH and Highlands.
Two rows of shelves ringing the place hold hundreds of 'dead soldiers' from way too many breweries for me to count.
Knowledgeable staff and friendly, too.
They've a mug club for serious regulars.
If I ever get in this area again, I'll stop in for sure.

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Photo of GuttaMane138
4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Willard's is everything you would want in a Tap House. Very little food served (Fish Spread is really good), but I go there for the beer so no complaints here. Friendly, knowledgeable employees who make the experience very enjoyable. The regulars are really great people and I felt very welcome. Beer selection never disappoints, and the different styles are well represented. The location is not too bad, off Starkey Rd between Ulmerton and Bryan Diary (102 Ave). I highly recommend Willard's, definitely the best place to get beer in Pinellas County.

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Photo of Drizd
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Willard's Tap House is one of the best places to drink in the Tampa Bay area. I came here for my first drink when I turned 21, tried some other bars over the following few months, then came right back to Willard's and have been going ever since.

With 40 taps and a variable beer selection this is the place to get your craft beer fix. I like to walk in and ask them "What's good?" and the extremely knowledgeable staff will direct me to a delicious beer every time. The food selection is slim (they don't have a kitchen), but they do offer a variety of snack foods that are enough to keep you going through the night. The atmosphere is fantastic. The regulars are extremely friendly and music selection never disappoints. Don't expect the sports bar feel. The people that come here are here to share good beer and good times.

If you are in the area I definitely recommend visiting Willard's Tap House. You'll be glad you did.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.64/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Nice little simple, but perfectly exected craft beer pub. Of course, not crap on tap, knowledgable bar staff, over 20 on tap and always rotating. They even used correct glassware in most cases. Loved the menu above the tap handles. Large chalk board, color coded, easy to read because of how large it is. Plus, they even had a section where they show what's coming up on draft. I really like the simple set up of the bar too. Tons of ordering access. if I owned a beer bar i would do alot of things similar. I took some mentel notes.

I didn't have food there but I think they only had small snacks and appetizers. Not sure....

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Willard's Tap House in Largo, FL
97 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.