The Twisted Vine

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The Twisted VineThe Twisted Vine
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The Twisted VineThe Twisted Vine

Type: Bar, Eatery

127 W Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton, California, 92832
United States

(714) 871-1200 | map

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Added by OCbrewfish on 12-31-2006

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3.61/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of IceAce
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of fthegiants
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

When I was in high school, I envisioned myself becoming a connoisseur of some alcoholic beverage, but I thought that it would be wine. If it had happened, The Twisted Vine would have been my hangout in downtown Fullerton during my latter college years. Ironically, I've had my eye on this place for awhile because I was curious to check out their beer selection.

As you walk in, on the right side is a long section of craft beers (I'd say about 150 labels) sitting out on the sales floor, none of which are refrigerated, but shows that there's some appreciation for beer here. Comfy furniture adorns the floor of this dark lit wine bar. The brick walls add another dimension to the vibe of the place. As I expected, wine sippers all around and not a beer drinker in sight.

I started with a flight of wine and received lots of help from my server for what to select and expect. Later on, she poured me a complimentary splash of another wine. I was constantly checked on by the staff, seeing if I needed anything.

On to the beer now. Despite the largish selection of "to go" beers, which includes breweries like Mikkeller, Moylan's, Bootlegger's, Port Brewing, and Fantome, only 20-some lables are readily available to drink there, and it's all bottles, no taps. Aventinus, Tripel Karmeliet, Chimay Blue, Stone IPA, Lost Coast Great White, Hinano, Allagash Dubbel, and Weihenstephaner Hefeeweissbier are among the brands ready to drink. I ordered a Stone IPA and got it poured into a shaker. I do wonder what kind of glass they use for a fancy Belgian beer, but I can find out the truth another time. The beers "for here" are priced from $6-9, so it can be a little expensive in comparison to other bars.

The Twisted Wine doesn't conjure images of a place for a beer drinker in downtown Fullerton, but it's the only place downtown to quench any sudden desire of Belgian-styled beer. Pub crawl worthy, I'd say so.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited the Twisted Vine on the recommendation of the bartender at Heroes. It is located on Commonwealth which is right off the main street. Parking is plentiful on the street in the area.

The name of this place is a little misleading but upon walking in the place does not put beer in the back seat too much. There are shelves full of brews on the immediate right of the entrance, the majority of which are craft brews from the region. The interior is brick with a tiled ceiling, and there is a small bar further back.

The beer selection is not huge and is bottle only. Some of the brewers include Bootleggers, Lost Abbey, and Stone. A flight of 5oz pours is $10, and any beer can be purchased and drunk onsite for a corkage fee once chilled quickly in ice water.

Our server was very friendly to the visitors from the Midwest, and even waived our corkage fee plus let us have a coupe tastes of beers he had opened for other samplers.

We had a cheese tray with our beer and it was very tasty.

Overall this place was pretty much the opposite of Heroes as it was smaller, quieter and had a tighter beer selection, and despite being a "wine place" I could easily spend an evening here on a future visit.

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Photo of pnkRed
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Each bottle was $2 over market price so it wasn't too bad. The atmosphere is very nice and it is a good place to bring a date because of the nice selection of wine and beer, and there are some comfy chairs and sofas. Overall the selection is mediocre. Nothing really out of the ordinary. Pretty much everything there I can find at BevMo. The Twisted Vine is a Wine Bar that serves beer. Don't expect much. The servers bring you chilled glasses, but you have your choice of a Chimay goblet or an american pint.

So far this has been the best place in downtown Fullerton to get a beer. If you love wine this is a great place if not then I'd keep searching for a place to find a good beer,

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Photo of OCbrewfish
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3

The GF was getting cabin fever so she suggested we take a walk somewhere. Knowing downtown Fullerton has some good eats and a fair beer selection, I quickly mentioned we check it out. We parked in one of the back lots and began our tour.

As I walked by this place I quickly noticed the "fine wines, gourmet goods and specialty beers" art work on the window so I had to investigate further.

We entered from the street entrance but as soon as I walked in, I noticed they had another entrance from the back as well. The back entrance is from the back parking lot from where we parked. Upon entering, I quikcly noticed the beer selection as it is on your immediate right as you walk in. It's a few shelves with a fair selection of micros. The more noticable beers being Oaked AB, Lost Abbey and Lost Coast. Other than that they didn't have anyting rare or hard to find. On the other walls they had a decent wine selection in wooden crates stacked upon each other. I couldn't tell you about the quality because I'm not into wine.

Just past the beer and wine selection, you'll come to the L-shaped bar, on the right, which goes pretty deep. On the left side are tables and booths to sit and enjoy some food and drinks. I didn't stay long but I did talk to the bar tender and he said this place is 2 months old and they get a nice crowd at night.

Anyway, this place is definitely a wine bar that serves beer. I'll have to do a follow up review and try their food along with some beers.

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The Twisted Vine in Fullerton, CA
Place rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 8 ratings