Cape Fear Wine & Beer
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Taps: 20 / Bottles: 300
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 48 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by VaterRoss:
4.7/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is quite simply my favorite place to drink in Wilmington.
The atmosphere is great: punk music from the jukebox, wood everywhere (cedar bar!), variety of beer related signage. Brings in a nice mixed crowd that tends to be in late 20s range. Appropriate amount of lighting dim, but not seedy. There is a nice, but somewhat limited section of seating that includes bar-style outdoor seating on the entrance patio and booth-like table for larger groups. Only during peak hours in the summer will you find yourself standing.
Bartenders know what is on tap and in bottles and can make recommendations based on first hand knowledge. They are also friendly, never have I gotten the vibe of beer snobbery. In the summer it can get a bit busy but I've never had problems getting to bar or waiting longer than a few minutes to be served.
There are usually 19 beers on tap and hundreds of bottles in the coolers, did I mention that you can also buy beer to take-away? Selection of draft beer is highly seasonal and always rotating, often daily. Rarely will you see the same beer on draft twice, and I have yet to encounter a stinker. This is not a mega-bar with hundreds on tap and thousands of bottles: the difference is that Cape Fear only has good stuff.
Only negatives I can think of is that the price is a bit more (dollar or two) than other bars in town. I find that the selection, quality bartenders, and awesome atmosphere more than make up for the extra dollar or two you pay per pint. There are no other bars of this caliber in SE NC.
12-19-2011 04:54:56 | More by VaterRoss
More User Reviews:
4.22/5 rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
A truly authentic and impressive beer bar. They offer quite a few on tap and lots more in the bottle. They had a sour promo going on and we got to sample several from Cascade. I also putchased a couple of bottles to take home. Technically it's a bottle shop too but everything's behind the bar so it's not really set up for that. This is a fantastic place and a must stop in historic Wilmington!
05-24-2014 10:55:44 | More by GJ40
4.44/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Hands down - the best place to grab a beer in Wilmington. It's got that great dive bar vibe that I love, especially when you get to the back and see a stellar lineup of drafts. The bartender was a blast to talk to - every bit the beer geek I am. Killer beer. Killer service. Killer vibe.
05-07-2014 22:14:18 | More by Mantooth
4.69/5 rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
This was the place where I really cut my teeth on craft beer. Originally located on Water St. (1 block behind their current location) in a place that could best be described as a walk-in closet full of awesome beer and awesome people, since their move to Front St. they've only grown by leaps and bounds. More awesome beers, more awesome people (Yeah, Low Lifes!), more awesome music... if you're anywhere near Wilmington you should definitely stop by and have a few beers.
01-21-2014 04:38:53 | More by Ainjyll
Cape Fear Wine & Beer in Wilmington, NC
99 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.