Tall Paul's Brewhouse
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Active Beers: 6
Beer Ratings: 10
Beer Avg: 3.68
Taps: 24 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 8 | Show All Ratings:
3.73/5 rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3 | $$
Craft beer bar/nanobrewery/college bar. If you're going on a Friday or Saturday night, expect blaring music and a packed room. You can get your drinks easily enough because their bartenders are great, but this isn't a place to sit and enjoy a craft beer (unless you go during the day/early evening).
Their selection is 20 taps, ~8-10 are usually Alligator Brewing (inhouse nanobrewery) for $5 (pint or snifter if higher ABV). The rest are a hodgepodge of craft beers, sometimes good, rarely great taps. They have a cider tap and usually a PBR or Naragansett for $3, which is nice. They have a limited but quality bottle selection and a full liquor bar.
I like that I can get relatively cheap beers ($5/pint is somewhat standard) if I want, and get something a little more pricey if I want as well. 3 TVs make this a decent place to watch the game. They also have table shuffleboard, ring toss, foosball and a giant connect 4.
01-05-2014 16:11:17 | More by GatorBeer
3.36/5 rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Only stopped in for a quick pint after work. Seems like it could be a fun atmosphere at night. Bartender was not knowledgable, telling me they had CCB Patio Pils, when it was actually Pario Tools (pils vs. stout should be a pretty easy differentiation). Didn't really know their own beers they had on tap. Decent tap selection with CCB and Ballast Point, among others. OK I guess.
11-22-2013 02:39:17 | More by BMMillsy
3.8/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The atmosphere score would have been higher for me back when they first opened. Over time it has become a bit more of a college (especially graduate students) bar. The facility itself is set-up really great. Lots of games for entertainment, plenty of sitting and standing room and the open air set-up is great during the cool fall months. On Fri/Sat nights it can get busy and loud. They host live music on weekends and still haven't figured out how to make it sound good. Each time I've been there and they've had live music it just comes off loud and abrasive, and it's not like their hosting metal bands, it's usually a stereotypical college jam style band.
The house brewery (Alligator) has some good selections, and they usually offer a bunch of other craft beer choices, as well as a full liquor bar.
If you're in town for a weekend (for a football game or otherwise) this is a great spot downtown to check out before or after dinner. It has the "College Town Bar" vibe without much of the "College Town Bar" patrons, though over time it has become a little more "Salt Life centric." By "Salt Life centric", I mean if you have a Salt Life sticker on your car then you'll probably love the crowd here, if not, probably not so much. I wouldn't compare it to The Swamp or any of the mid-town (near campus) bars, but it's probably the closest thing to one of those located downtown.
They allow you to bring/order food into the bar, as long as you're polite and clean up after yourself.
09-12-2013 18:34:45 | More by TomB
4.04/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $
Great place. Gets a little too crowded for my taste on the weekends with non craft drinkers as they also havea full bar. Their deep horizon stout is delicious and order it everytime. The place has a great vibe with skee ball and a jumbo connect 4 along with many other games for people to enjoy as they sip on booze. I really enjoy going here.
03-26-2013 15:43:25 | More by cubanbeerguy
4.5/5 rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I've been to Tall Paul's several times to catch some Champions League games. You can have a pint or two and kick back with other soccer fans. It's a great atmosphere because the place is huge, has adjustable seating, has plenty of seating at the actual bar, and has several different games to entertain yourself with too. The service here is also great, and I've never had to wait to get a beer. The selection is one of the best in town because it's a great variety of craft brews on draft from several respectable breweries. They also have an extensive bottling list also. They don't have food, but they do let you bring in food from outside eateries. In fact, they actually encourage it. The beers are reasonably priced, on par with the prices you would pay anywhere else for a good beer on tap.
11-01-2011 10:05:28 | More by nmbr0ne
3.94/5 rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This is kind of a strange place, it is big and for the most part kind of empty. I imagine that, based on its location, it fills up pretty well on busy nights though. I understand that they will be brewing their own beer some time soon and I get the impression that there are a lot of aspects of the whole place that are still kind of coming together. I was disappointed that I couldn't try any house beer but they had a pretty decent selection of other stuff on tap. Most of it was pretty average stuff, but there were a couple of standouts. Most of the beers were served in standard pint glasses, but they did offer half pours of most, which was a nice touch. If I am down in Gainesville again and have a chance I would definitely try to stop by and try some of the house beer.
08-09-2011 02:01:05 | More by nickfl
4.64/5 rDev +18.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
A work in progress with a solid foundation. Ballsy high ABV beer choices. Many local brews. Suits the 25-40 crowd well. Neat restored space from the 1800s. Staff was very helpful in selection and provided ample tastings. Drove 1.5 hours to be here and would gladly do It again.
29 quality taps and a fridge of bottles are your choices. Good range of lagers and ales with a solid selection of IPAs. Part-owner Jeff was very friendly and made us feel welcome. Brewery is just starting up, so no house brews to offer when we visited.
Definitely a growing establishment. Owners are still learning/adapting, but the overall mood is that they care deeply about beer.
07-22-2011 21:13:58 | More by fission451
4.3/5 rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stumbled across this new place last night on the way home and went in to check it out - wow, do they have a sweet establishment!
Although they aren't brewing their own beer yet, it looks like they have two dozen or more beers on tap (that's what's important to me) and some I had never seen before - Swamp Ape (IPA that weighs in at 10% ABV), Double Thumper (imperial ESB at 11.2% ABV), five different Swamp Head taps, and lots more.
There's lots of room at the spacious bar, plenty of low tables along the wall (each with an electrical outlet), and even some seats near the large windows. Tall Paul says they have free wi-fi but I can't personally verify that (yet).
I will definitely go back soon to complete my research.
02-25-2011 01:08:58 | More by MisterE
Tall Paul's Brewhouse in Gainesville, FL
89 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.