33 Wine Shop & Bar
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Reviews by nogoodreason:
4.8/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Some how, some way a wine bar manages to be a better beer place than any other in the city... how do they do that?
Well, there's the selection, each beer picked by the people selling it because they like it. Since I first wrote this review, Jake has brought on a beergeek as a full time employee who has taken an already tight list and made it tighter. No crap. Just yummy beer.
We're not talking hundreds of beers. Probably only 50 or 60 individual selections. Currently only two beers on draft but they're apparently adding another kegerator bringing it up to four. Four taps isn't a lot, but when the taps are focused on craft beers that you don't see all around town, well you can't exactly complain. At the time of this review, drafts consist of something beligian I can't remember and North Coast's Old Rasputin (IMO, a much better beer on tap than bottled).
The service is nothing short of excellent. Frankly, I think you'd be hard pressed to find better service anywhere. They're prompt, friendly, get to know their customers and know their products.
As far as quality, unlike any other place I've ever been too, every beverage in the place is stored either in a 55 degree cellar or a fridge. Nothing sits warm, nothing sits in the light, that means if a beer got to 33 in reasonable condition, it'll be in reasonable condition when you drink it. Over the years, I've bought and drank a lot of beer from thirty three. NEVER have I had a problem with freshness.
Atmosphere-wise it's a clean, dimly lit and upscale environment. Small places so there's not a lot of seating and on weekends it can get quite crowded and loud. When it's crowded indoors, the patio out back is very nice, great for spring and summer evening and with a small group I can normally find seating as long as I don't show up too late.
Jake and his employees (Dillan and Mike) are really personable and really excited about good beer. They're all familiar with the products, so if you're looking for something, just ask.
The upscale interior of the place might turn off some individuals who prefer to drink in pubs, but the place is, given a chance, really welcoming and resultingly it's become a favorite haunt of mine.
Also worth mentioning is that Jake's wine list is hovering well above 500 wines, primarily from small producers. If you go out with wine drinkers, this is the place. They can get their fix and you can get yours.
01-04-2008 16:50:01 | More by nogoodreason
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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
33 Wine Shop & Bar in Saint Louis, MO
100 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.