La Taberna Lúpulo
Taps: 50 / Bottles: 120
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Redrover:
4.2/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I visited twice during my recent visit to Puerto Rico and would have gone more if it was closer to where I was staying. Located in a corner building fairly close to the old fort. It is tiny but welcoming. There is a small L shaped bar on your left that seats maybe 10. There are maybe another 5 or 6 small tables to share. They had great tunes on the sound system and a TV by the bar.
I like the décor and really appreciated the friendly service. The bartenders were great and the owners were very glad to talk beer with their customers. They told me they are looking for a bigger space & I hope they get it as they are doing a great job!
Lots of good beer to choose from. Good selections from Belgium & the US. Everything I had was in topnotch shape and served in the correct glassware. All bottles and no taps at the current location.
If you ever find yourself in San Juan, you have to search out and enjoy this gem!
04-18-2011 17:04:42 | More by Redrover
More User Reviews:
3.78/5 rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Just updating BA on the status of this bar. On 1/8/14 went to visit them, on a stop on a cruise ship. Had a hard time getting directions from locals. They have changed their name to Cafe San Sebastion, and unfortunately, they were closed when I was there, due to a blackout. One of the owners was hanging out outside the building to explain and apologize, and sent me on my way to a recommended pizzaria that had a few nice choices of Belgians and craft beers.
01-20-2014 15:58:07 | More by chopolds
4.01/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
Beer Advocate reviews steered me here but at first I resisted and went to Old Harbor Brewery. That was mediocre so I came here. I will be back. The atmosphere fits with Old Town very well. They've a great selection! Also like their empanadas. Definitely the place to go in San Juan.
05-22-2013 22:31:28 | More by PhilSiewert
4.45/5 rDev +7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
First, note that all scores are relative to what a beer enthusiast might expect to find in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Even then, this is as fine a selection of beers that one may find anywhere on the globe. Truly an amazing selection of mostly California brews and a great deal of German beers that I can't get in Minnesota. A real treat to find in a nation/territory where light beer is otherwise king (Medalla Light is the main beer in PR, and it's not great).
I only had time for a quick one, so I went with the Ballast Point IPA (unavailable in MN, so I was thrilled to try it). More qualified opinions on that particular IPA are widely available, so I'll just say that I thought it was excellent.
Service was fine. The hours were disappointing, however, as they don't open until 6:00 p.m. (at least during weekdays), but that's pretty standard for bars/restaurants in Old San Juan. But they don't post the hours, and when I poked my head in the open door to enquire about hours at approx 5:00 p.m. one afternoon, the response was very rude and unwelcoming. But everyone has a bad day, so I'll just chalk it up.
Bottom line, one will not find a better beer bar in San Juan as of January 2013. I recommend this place very highly.
01-17-2013 13:56:11 | More by deanlambrecht
4.45/5 rDev +7.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
They have moved recently to Calle San Sebastian so don't get confused by an old address.
Fantastic tap selection ... Well over 20 available when we visited. The folks could not have been nicer and displayed good beer knowledge across the board. They even offered suggestions of other places on the Island to check out.
You really can't believe you are not in the contiguous 48 when you see the selection! A must visit.
The menu is limited but contains a good handful of local flavors. During our second visit of the week we had the chicken wrap which was good as well as the burger which was a patty of beef, bacon and chorizo. The burger was awesome!
03-24-2012 21:58:41 | More by EDNOSE
La Taberna Lúpulo in San Juan, Puerto Rico
92 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.