33 Wine Shop & Bar
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
4.93/5 rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
2 sommeliers work here including the owner
James was very knowledgable and very engaged with us as it was not very crowded.
We ordered plenty of wine and got to pour some rare beers.
They brought me back into their beer cellar and let me pick
Brought my father into the wine cellar and did the same
Very friendly and well-versed on both beer and wine
Definitely will be going back
03-11-2014 14:53:23 | More by drmcleod10
4.8/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Before there was iTap, or the plethora of budding brewpubs in town, there was 33.
My first visit to 33 was in 2005. While I've been a craft/import beer drinker since the mid-90s, 33 probably exposed me to more beer styles and world-class brands than anywhere else. Schneider Aventinus, Aecht Schlenkerna, Bell's Two Hearted, Bitburger Pils, Reissdorf Kolsch, La Fin du Monde, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Cantillon Kriek, and Berliner Weiss (don't remember the brand) to name a few.
33 has an unassuming storefront (not even a sign). Most customers probably would never have even walked-in had they not learned about the place through word of mouth, or when meeting a friend there. The main tasting room is deep with a high ceiling. Numerous clear globes hang from the ceiling, giving the appearance of bubbles floating in the air. The long bar is off to the right, behind which sits special glass-doored coolers that house various wines, by-the-glass offerings, and, of course beer! The draught selection is pretty limited (only ~8 taps), but all are high-quality, and are more difficult to find brews. At the very back of the room is a beautiful cellar, in which beer and wine is stored at a constant temperature of 55F. During warmer months, the back patio is a fantastic place to relax and enjoy a brew (and a smoke for those who are so inclined).
Quality is unbelievable. I mentioned the cellaring conditions of the beer above. The beer is as fresh (or well-cellared) as one could hope for. The owner and servers take great care to polish the glassware, so when it arrives at your table, it's sparkling. Also--33 does a better job than any bar I've ever visited when it comes to serving beer in the appropriate glassware for the style. Often, the glassware is even branded with the name of the brewer who made the beer you've ordered.
Staff is highly-knowledgeable about beer, how to pour it, and can make recommendations if needed. On one of my earlier visits, when I inquired about why my Berliner Weisse was sour (I thought it was infected), the server patiently explained the brewing process of this specific style, and that this was the way the beer was supposed to taste. At times, the place becomes so busy, that it can be a little difficult to get one's server's attention, but it comes with the territory with a popular place like this.
33 has one of the best on-premise beer selections in town. The menu is updated regularly, and there are so many beers offered that it takes a while to get through. The menu's also pretty entertaining to read. (Jokes/witty quips from the current and prior owners.)
I'm not sure about current food offerings at 33, as I've only focused on the beer during recent visits. You're not going to find typical bar food here, though. Generally meat and cheese trays, nuts, hard pretzels, etc.
One last note--33 also sells beer and wine to go. If you're looking for a harder-to-find beer, and other retailers are sold-out, this is one place to look!
I can't recommend this place enough!
01-15-2012 22:46:33 | More by mdvatab
33 Wine Shop & Bar in Saint Louis, MO
100 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.