Tap 42 Bar & Kitchen
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Taps: 42 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mhaugo:
3.6/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Tap 42 is a well designed craft beer bar that’s about a fifteen minute drive off the beach in Fort Lauderdale. It has indoor seating (that I didn’t see much of), and a spacious outdoor area with bar and dinner tables. There were apparently forty two beers on tap, and the menu laid out my options nicely. During my visit they offered a handful of local beers from Cigar City, Florida Beer Company, and Funky Buddha. There were other east coast options from Dogfish Head, Ommegang, Yuengling, Brooklyn, Magic Hat, Harpoon, Sweetwater, Angry Orchard, Victory, and Terrapin. Bell’s seemed to be the only mid-west representation, and Left Hand, Oskar Blues, and Breckenridge were there for the Rockies. Abita wrapped up the south. Everything else, like Lagunitas, Stone, Sierra Nevada, Coronado, Ballast Point, Rouge, and Anderson Valley was from the west coast.
We dropped by on a Wednesday night and there was an hour and a half wait for a table on a Wednesday (apparently Wednesday is “Lady's Night”). I was impressed that it wasn’t terrible hard to get my hands on a pint while we waited despite the crowd. My only complaint is the noise. The four hundred simultaneous, alcohol fueled conversations resulted in a constant roar so loud that I had to scream at my friends to maintain a conversation. I’m not sure Tap 42 can do much to manage that, or if they would even care, but after two hours yelling got pretty old.
I had an amazing veggie burger that was clearly made in-house, with roasted brussel sprouts. My friends enjoyed their meals as well. When we were done we asked them to call a cab and it arrived quickly.
I would have absolutely loved this place if I didn't have to scream for two and a half hours to maintain a conversation. I guess it’s a sign of my age that I complain about the noise at “Lady’s Night”, but this is where I’m at. Maybe next time I’ll try Tuesday…
08-14-2013 06:54:07 | More by mhaugo
More User Reviews:
4.08/5 rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75 | $
All 42 taps are craft beer. Need I say more? Well, you may not find some one time release keg, or some very rare beer, but most of the time there is a very solid selection. They will carry stuff like Enjoy By, Lagunitas Sucks, things that are released one time, just to give an example. Very affordable, and also serve from a bottle menu, which is pretty good as well.
06-29-2014 05:25:02 | More by JulioH
4.01/5 rDev +9.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$$
Decided to take a walk and check this place out on a visit to the Fort Lauderdale area for vacation. Its about 15 minutes from the Beach on a nice little strip.
I arrived shortly after they opened and notice a nice outdoor seating area and a wrap around bar with seating both inside and out. The place seemed pretty big and was well kept. I sat at the long bar with about 40 or more seats. They have all the beers listed on the wall and a few TV's spread out. The bar/restaurant was very nice overall.
The beer selection was pretty good and apparently really good for Florida. I found a few local beers I wanted to check out as well as some beers from NY that I hadn't had a chance to try yet. Surprisingly they had 5 Harpoon beers on draft and a lot more from the North East which was disappointing for me because I want to find beers I don't usually have access to. Overall their selection was varied and solid. The bartender and staff definitely were up to speed on the beers and made some good recommendations.
I had the ma-hi ma-hi burger which was delicious and they had some pretty appealing options on their menu.
Overall the service was good, the good was good and the beer selection was great for the area. I would definitely recommend checking this place out whether for dinner or just a few beers. Cheers!
06-20-2014 20:16:54 | More by BeerTwigs
4.14/5 rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$$
Really nice bar with a great selection of craft beer as well as cocktails and a great whisky selection. 42 taps with a handful of rotating taps that has breweries such as Cigar City, Terrapin, Brooklyn, Tequesta, Green Flash, a really good Miami Coconut Blonde ale and other widely distrubted craft.
Young professional crowd that was very present on a saturday afternoon for bottomless mimosas and bloody marys. Food was great, had a delicious goat cheese burger and fries.
Interesting bottle selection with some rarer stuff like Mikkeler Beer Geek Breakfast, Bruery Bois, Brux, Cascade Apricot, etc. Some of the bottles were overpriced but I had a Sierra Nevada Ovila w/ Plums that was priced ok. Overall, great bar and a must do if your in the area.
07-27-2013 22:18:34 | More by hoptualBrew
4.01/5 rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
A nice tap selection. Great bar with inside/outside seating. The food was good, but a little lukewarm by the time i got it. Biggest problem is pricing. Too expensive - all the beers i was interested in order were $8. For some beers, like the 25th Anniversary Brooklyn Brewery Dopplebock i had, I can understand the price. But I can't see paying 7 or 8 bucks for a Cigar City Jai Alai or Bells Two Hearted.
05-27-2013 04:45:08 | More by AndrewScottPentland
3.83/5 rDev +4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Tap 42 has had 50 beer taps for some time now (they converted 8 in-bar iced liquor taps), and 1 cask. There is usually one beer on Nitro (for a long time Left Hand Milk Stout), and sometimes also Guiness on nitro, though currently back to 1 tap and rotating again. Pints cost as much as $10-12, some rare or high alcohol beers served in only 10 oz. pours. Drafts are $3 off during M-F happy hour, 4-7 PM.
I shy away from places with this many taps, because most just can't keep that many kegs fresh (not enough turnover). But Tap 42 is a popular & busy place, and keeps their kegs moving. Tap lines are intentionally as short as possible, and for the most part, the beer is fresh (a South Florida rarity).
The beer selection is definitely interesting, but if you watch it over time, the changes just might make you dizzy. They've made 36 of their taps "permanent" (to try to provide some consistency, perhaps?), but those tap choices are unfortunately too "safe." Excellent beer is in high demand (rare) and difficult to get (poor distribution) in South Florida, but that doesn't explain it all. To their credit, Tap 42 has produced virtually every excellent beer I have ever suggested (quite a little feat in itself...who does that!?!?), just not for very long. (Two Brothers Red Rye IPA, Lagunitas Hop Stoopid, and Goose Island IPA among others.) But the rest is a whirlwind of new beers, and even coming in once a week to taste won't keep you up with them all. The result is that sometimes you have to pass on excellent (yet sadly, temporary) beers because there are better (still temporary) beers tapping, but the next week you may be hard pressed to find a single excellent beer on their copper penny backed tap wall.
Described another way, their set-up is excellent, but the execution is flawed. Due, perhaps in part, by the dichotomy of their own vision: the Director of Operations is quite outspoken "I don't even like beer," while the Beer Director (quite literally) never stops moving, and the beers never stop changing. (You almost want to give a Moonstruck-esque slap and say, "snap out of it!") And still more dichotomy: the 2 large beer chalk boards are kept impossibly, pedantically clean, but dirty feet are always standing on the bar counters while the boards are being written on (really?)! Sadly, beer IBU's are never listed, either on the chalk boards or on printed (sometimes more than daily because of frequent changes) beer menus.
Bartenders don't know these hidden, important beer details, either. The majority don't know what "on nitro" is, or why someone would drink it (though I've found 2 who are very knowledgeable.) But with 51 taps & a changing selection, patrons rely on barkeeps for info...and it's just not there. (Perhaps another reason to slow beer rotations.) Bartenders stand around and talk to each other some days, while other days, you might be asked too many times to have your glass topped off; the service is oddly inconsistent. Beer samples are too frequently...the wrong beer!
And some terrible examples: a table server once handed a beer across our table, leaving an 18" trail of splashed beer, then simply walked away (it took every napkin at the table to clean it up...so we ate with none). Another brought food to the table, made a shaky hand-off of a wooden platter, and walked away while the ketchup ramikin fell to the floor and splattered everywhere, even on several patrons (we had to go for help ourselves). Another bartender spilled on the bar, then took a cocktail napkin and wiped it up, and (quite astonishingly) placed that same dirty, wet napkin right in front of me with a smile. (These experiences after many visits).
The food is always very good, I've never had anything here that wasn't. They have a policy of sourcing food from fresh, local and sustainable sources (awesome, rare). It's the best food I've had anywhere that serves excellent beer on tap (and I have traveled extensively). This is a chef's menu, and it shows. The $13 Prohibition burgers (only $5 on Mondays) are awesome.
The atmosphere is very good, with nice, original steampunk and deconstructionist elements. Big, custom sturdy, indoor real wood tables (that sometimes rock) and also outside seating means you can pick your experience based on the weather. The bar inside can get very loud and very packed.
But alas, this is not Portland, OR, it's South Florida, and still about the best beer gets down here. And this is a beer blog, but beer is not their focus (though the place may make you think otherwise). The Tap 42 business is brisk, and beer policies are not likely to change. And that's probably okay. People with smartphones can easily access the info bartenders and boards fail to provide...and judging by the number of people who sit in front of all those taps drinking bottled Bud Light, the lack of direction from the staff isn't hurting business.
03-16-2013 23:21:15 | More by Airspeed400
2.7/5 rDev -26%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$$$
Visited the establishment back in December 2012, must have been a Wednesday evening. Anyway, it was warm enough to we sat outside. We arrived around 7pm or so and there was already a good crowd. We were promptly seated and the waitress arrived with beer menus. At first glance, it was a pretty good selection, although once you really start to dig into it, you will quickly notice that the offerings are kind of the run of the mill, you can pretty much get that stuff anywhere. The only CCB that I saw was the Jai Alai IPA. I was hoping for a better selection of CCB, but to no avail. Went with a staple Bell's Two Hearted Ale and I was certain that they brought me the Pale Ale, when questioned the waitress was fairly certain that it was Two Hearted, but she was wrong and didn't even offer to go get another for me. So, after that, the rest of the evening, I drank water. We ordered food, which was OK at best; you can certainly find better food in the Ft. Lauderdale area, which I have on many occasions. The service got a little slow as the night wore on, I think that we left around 9:30 or so and the place was packed as hell. Overall, I doubt that I would go back.
02-05-2013 18:06:13 | More by PhillyStyle
3.65/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$$
I travel a lot! I first turn to BA to find out where im eating/drinking for the night wherever I am...Florida is a weird place. Nothing too amazing here. I came upon this place, saw it got good reviews for food, good for beer, bad for atmosphere. Well...my food (veg burger) was ok, not amazing as many people claim. Im a vegetarian and its usually my dinner of choice, so Ive had a lot...this one was weird??? bbq sauce, and some kind of red veg - i guess they were trying to make it look like a rare burger? I dont know...it was huge, fries were old, and it was just edible.
Beer selection was big...but its all stuff I ve had. Harpoon IPA, Lagunitas IPA, some CCB stuff, but mostly meh offerings. Some nice rare rotating taps, but their bottles were great - but SO EXPENSIVE! I really wanted a bottle of Bruery Ode Tart but it was $36!! seriously....?? Thats insane. I ended up with a GF Rayon Vert, folowed by a Two Brothers Biere de Garde, then a CCB Oktoberest...nothing blew me away. Service was great. Very attentive, even during crazy happy hour ($3 off everything)...pretty girls, yes...but they were nice. Although they serve their beer in COLD glasses! when will they learn...so I asked for a wine glass when drinking my bottle of GF.
The atmosphere was a bunch of D-bags pounding purple haze with their wine drinking sluts...nothing wrong with either, but its not my scene. Next time im in Ft Lauderdale, im checking out Riverside Market...
After my review I saw that after I didnt give this rave reviews, im still like +15% rDev!!
I guess Im not the only one who didnt really like this place huh...
12-07-2012 02:56:28 | More by DrinkSlurm
Tap 42 Bar & Kitchen in Fort Lauderdale, FL
86 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.