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Cape Fear Wine & Beer

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50 Reviews
Reviews: 50
Visits: 64
Avg: 4.49
pDev: n/a
Taps: 20
Bottles: 300
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Store ]

139 N Front St
Wilmington, North Carolina, 28401-3944
United States
phone: (910) 763-3377

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Reviews: 50 | Visits: 64
Reviews by seagoat:
Photo of seagoat
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%

While on a recent trip through Wilmington, I saw an ad for this place in a small local paper. I couldn't remember the address but remembered the street. Asked around at some of the other businesses in the area and if they had heard of it they were not sure where it was even though it ended up only being a few blocks away.

We found the place and expected it to be just a beer/wine store and we were just curious as to what they carried even though we wouldn't be able to buy much since we were flying out the next day.

We were surprised upon walking in to see a tasting bar and table on the left side of the store. The wine and beer selection lined the right side of the store. There were probably about 8 bar stools along the bar and a small table at the end with 3 more stools. And some Dead Kennedy's playing on the stereo.

They had a great selection of beer and one of the guys there, that I think was one of the owners, was giving me a hard time for taking so long to browse the selection. There were so many beers that I don't remember what all they carried but they had a lot from the local breweries such as Duck Rabbit, I think some Azalea, as well as Flying Dog, Steelhead, Green Flash, Bells, Rogue, etc. They also had different beers from Norway, Belgium, Ireland, and Germany.

The three of us picked different things to try, handed them to the bartender who poured them into pint glasses for us and said to speak up if we had any questions. After a few minutes he came over to check on us and see what we thought of our picks. Him, the other owner, and the other customers that we talked to were very friendly.

My only drawback on the place was the smoking inside. Being from California where it is not allowed, I'm pretty used to everything being smoke free. We were there early afternoon so I could imagine it getting very smoky in there on any given night.

We grabbed 7-8 more bottles on our way out so we could go back and have a bit of a tasting before flying out the next day.

Cape Fear is a great little place with great beer and atmosphere. A must go for any trip to Wilmington.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DCgolfpro
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Vibe - Clean and comfortable with an extremely friendly staff. Felt like it was transplanted from Portland, Oregon

Quality - If it hits distribution, they're going to get it. Prices were good as well

Service - Couldn't ask for anything more

Selection - They do as well as they can. Compared to my home town and surrounding areas, the abv content they're allowed to carry prevents them from getting some stuff, but that's certainly not their fault.

Overall, the only thing that could make this better is if you could see the bottle selection itself instead of a menu. For me personally it feels easier to miss things they have in stock when I'm looking at a menu instead of being able to actually see the selection. I'm not sure that's legal for a beer bar in NC but it would have made me happier.

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Photo of kowala0351
4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Hellmanc
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of zimm421
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of xehtfodrol
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Brewstradamus
4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Great bar with amazing tap/bottle list. I made it on their "beer class" night where you get a draft of their featured beer style and you get to keep the glass. Had some cool bar games- darts, arcade, pool. Despite what it says here you can get beer to-go. I stocked up on some local beers to take home while I was in. The bartender was helpful and nice.

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Photo of karleymilburn
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of EverettHervey
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A Wilmington staple, don't come for a visit without stopping by. It's not by accident that they get such high ratings.

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Photo of Devil_Doc
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Highbury09
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Ohiovania
3.5/5  rDev -22%

Photo of GJ40
4.22/5  rDev -6%
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!

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Photo of Mantooth
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of kristougher
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of kvnklingler
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of sonnydeezy
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Ainjyll
4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of flipdog0
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of chippo33
1.25/5  rDev -72.2%

Photo of northbayrugger
4.31/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Brilliant visited over the Fourth of July holiday ... Everything I wanted that week! Great beer selection, top notch stuff there. Got to finally pull the trigger on some stuff I'd been looking to have. Loads of local stuff and loads of international choosings. Overall brilliant

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Photo of hellhammermario
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

What can I say about CFW&B that hasn't already been said? If it were possible, I would just move my things into the bar and live out of there, haha. They ALWAYS have multiple taps worth trying. I have literally never walked into the bar and said "Eh, nothing that cool today." However, when I am not feeling a tap offering, I can choose another new classic from their bottle selection.

I could go on about the righteous tunes they play, or that Godzilla or Cool Hand Luke might be on when I go in, but the bartenders... They're just top damn notch. Megan has been recognized multiple times as THE best bartender in Wilmington, and there's certainly a reason for it! Not to knock Kris, Kelsie, or anyone else working the bar, because they are equally as great at their jobs. When they're not geeking out on beers, they'll make you laugh and just feel among friends.

I will always give my money to Cape Fear whenever I can, and so should you.

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Photo of obiwantedj
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I wandered into CFW&B in late 2009 looking for a German beer I had while traveling in Baveria. It was a life changer. Their 19 rotating taps are constantly changing and always interesting.
It's the people that work there that makes the place so enjoyable. They laid-back, friendly and often hilariously funny. But they are all walking encyclopedias of beer knowledge as the cicerone certs on the wall attests. They are not only smart but they love to talk about beer. Most are home brewers. I guess you could say they are passionate about and enjoy sharing that with others. If you add some of my favorite quirky movies and a range of punk music, it's just a cool place to be. In fact I feel beer-thirty time coming on. I'm headed down there now!

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Photo of BeahDrinkah
4.04/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

An afternoon visit, a couple of pours while perusing the beer availability list and tourist info rags. We're listening to punk tunes and hanging out in front of the entrance - a great perch to people-watch from. It's a bit dark inside, but take your time, let your eyes adjust and zero in on your brew of choice - they likely have it!

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Photo of KitesBeer
4/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Good spot to drink good beer. beers are however pricey as they are in most well established places. the offer mostly draft beer, but do have a small to medium size selection of bottles to take home with ya. overall a good place to drink at! Make sure to sit outside on the back porch overlooking the wilmington harbor!

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Cape Fear Wine & Beer in Wilmington, NC
98 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.