The Nook

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The NookThe Nook

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

3305 Bob Wallace Ave SW
Huntsville, Alabama, 35805-4007
United States

(256) 489-0911 | map

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Added by brianallen on 10-07-2007

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Photo of rooster1970
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 2

Photo of WoodBrew
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I went to the Nook with my Texas based colleague. The outside is very unassuming and I would never have gone had it not been listed on BA....almost scary looking. Inside however is really cool and they have a great patio. The quality of beer is based on their suppliers and the quality of the food was very good. I believe our server was the owner and she was really cool in a no nonsense sort of way. Lots of fun banter. They have over 500 beers available....its pretty impressive. I had the Chicago hot dog and my colleague had the prime rib sandwich....both rated very high.

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Photo of Budlum
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

The Nook is a must-visit in Huntsville. The exterior is unassuming, almost bland, but the interior and patio are fantastic. There are literally taps in every corner of the Nook, inside and out. There is a dedicated whiskey bar with an extensive selection at very reasonable prices. Staff are plentiful and excellent. Tuesday nights offer a German food special prepared by the manager Monica and the German food alone is reason enough to visit.

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Photo of Beer12345
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of nrmanzanares
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of jmv0009
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

This is a craft beer lover's dream. Atmosphere is very chill and almost has an upscale feel. No loud music, everyone is dressed nice and seemingly well-educated.

The beer selection is absolutely fantastic! Hundreds of bottled beers and over 100 on tap. Lots of local stuff too. They seem to focus more on darker beers.

The service is great and the staff is very knowledgeable. If you are lucky there is a middle aged German lady that works there and she is very helpful. The owner comes in often to hoot and holler. He is the loudest person in there on any given night and he will sit at the bar with you and drink.

It is pricey, there is no smoking allowed, and the patio is awesome. Not a place to go get rowdy, this is for people who want good beer and a knowledgeable staff. If I made more money I would be here every weekend.

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Photo of Boone757
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Blackhawk58
4.93/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Always an enjoyable and refreshing destination.

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Photo of Hendrick24
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of MaDeuce
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

My favorite craft bar, the guys here really know there stuff, great vibe

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Photo of thomasarose
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of zookerman182
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Great atmosphere.
Lots to choose from and solid food choices as well.
They have rare beers on tap and in bottle for at.
Prices are also reasonable.
Awesome outdoor patio area to relax and drink with friends.

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Photo of Apicius
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of Justinbshelton
4.85/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of Dothacker4492
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of relynnjr
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of jfehrenb
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Mowgli87
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of docnose
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Hundreds of bottled beers. Many beers on tap. Supportive of local breweries by hosting release parties.

Food selection is not your average bar food. Personal favorite is the Chicago Dog. Also enjoy the red-beans-n-rice and jambalaya.

Many of the staff are able to discuss your beer selection with you to find something you'll enjoy. They will provide samples of beers on tap. I've personally gone through two or three samples in a row on several occasions without getting any negative attitude from the bartender.

It was a tough choice choosing between $$ - reasonable and $$$ - a bit pricey... One doesn't go here to drink cheap beer!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

A: Home sweet home. Stopped in here a while back after visiting some family in Madison. My second visit here and things have drastically changed since "Free the Hops". Kudos to the owner of The Nook and those BA's who have this.

Q: Never had a dirty beer here.

S: Good, no major issues but the lack of beer knowledge is troubling

S: The selection is great. Actually better than many beer bars. For the location it has a GREAT selection.

It was nice to here chatter about craft beer. Talked beer with a fellow BA. They have really come along way over the years and my wife and I enjoyed this place alot..coming from California this was a great experience. I will be back next time I am in there area and will def recommend this place.
A: Not much has changed since the previous visit on the atmosphere side. It seems like people want to "outbeer each other" and it's rather beer newb talk more than anything.

Q: Very good. The beers are tasty, no qulity issues

S: Not bad, sometimes slow but never rude to me

S: Excellent and getting better with every visit
A: Really no change.

Q: I had a feeling my Founders Old Curmudgeon went to the distribution warehouse, sat there, then someone decided...lets send this to Bama. It was of poor quailty. Oxidized and thin. They seem to have alot of IPAs in the coolers which makes me question the freshness on all of their bottles.

S: Not to bad, friendly and prompt

S: Great, I can not complain

The cost on bombers is absolutely ridiculous!

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Photo of RRRRRT
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by the Nook while visiting our daughter and son-in-law. Easy to miss because it sits back off the road but has large sign. Visited
twice during our time in Hunstville and the owner and wait staff were all friendly and courteous.

Excellent selection of beers (48 on draught ? in bottle) served at the right temperature. Tried Aventinus Weizendopplebock, Belgian Style Yeti, Rogue John John Dead Guy, Rogue Imperial Stout all on draught(it was my birthday after all).

The capper on the evening of my birthday was that one of the Rogue Brewery Reps happened to be there. He was a great guy, was very knowledgeable, didn't badmouth any other breweries, and a good time was had by all.

I would highly reccomend to any traveling near Huntsville.

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Photo of bramsdell
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I recently moved to Huntsville from New England and, to say the least, beer culture has changed. The limited distribution, high prices, and lack of bombers has been a bit of shock.

With all of that in mind, The Nook was a wonderful find. It looks pretty low-rent from the outside, but inside is very pleasant. The outdoor patio behind is really a great place to enjoy a brew. I didn't dine there, but I hear the food is generally quite good.

The selection is pretty damn good. I had a Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti on tap and it was fantastic. The tap selection is very good, both in terms of number and variety. I highly recommend the Nook to anyone who is in the Huntsville area.

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Photo of lexzicat
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The Nook's sign says they have 250+ beers, but their coasters claim 150+ and their menus say 350+, so I'm not sure how big the selection really is. The point is that The Nook has the largest selection of brews of any bar in North Alabama.

Because The Nook's aesthetics are pretty sterile, I was initially concerned about the experience. Everything's white or grey and well lit, which is nothing like most of my favorite bars. The bartender was nice enough and offered a few helpful suggestions, but he didn't stick around to make conversation despite it being a pretty low-crowd time.

The large bottled selection was relatively diverse, although a little weighted toward Belgians. A companion noticed that there were a few older seasonals that he'd seen on tap for a while, so I steered clear of those. I enjoyed a Bacchus, but I felt that it was colder than it should have been. I was also disappointed that (from what I saw) they only had two types of glasses, so there were certainly some customers that weren't fully enjoying the bouquet of their beers.

All in all, it's the best beer bar in the area and I will definitely be back, if only to try some of the draft-only Huntsville brews.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

I stopped here for a few brews on the recommendation of my brother-in-law. I'm glad I did.

We sat outside on a nice deck underneath some beautiful trees. I ordered a J.W Lees Harvest Ale 2001 and a draft of St. Bernardus Abt 12. Frankly, these beers far exceeded what I expected from a bar in Alabama.

Beverly, our initial server, was extremely knowledgable, friendly, and entertaining. While we enjoyed her company, our other server was pretty crabby and kept us waiting too long between rounds.

The Nook offers a few hundred different craft brews, with a nice selection of German and Belgian offerings.

This is definitely worth a stop if you are in the area.

The Nook

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Photo of sommersb
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Visited the Nook this week with my 2 brothers and a friend while on vacation in Huntsville.

I thought the atmosphere was good. The main sitting area was well lit and we had plenty of room. I didn't notice if there was any music in the background. Noise was minimal so conversation was easy to hear, even with a good crowd there. I appreciated the no smoking rule inside.

The list of beers available on tap and in bottles was very impressive. I had a couple of local brews that are draft only. This is the only way to get many of Alabama's new craft beers. They have a nice listing on the tables that lists beers by style and includes ABV and some sort of ranking scale, from B (the lowest) to AAA. They also indicate which beers are served at warmer temps per the styles. Their website lists a lot of beers you can purchase to take home in bottles, but I didn't seek any out on this visit.

Our server was readily available and friendly. We were given a taste of a beer before ordering it. I didn't get any food but one of the guys at our table did and he said it was very good (some German fare of stuffed cabbage).

Prices seemed reasonable.

I look forward to going again soon!

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The Nook in Huntsville, AL
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