Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom

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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

10 Palafox Pl
Pensacola, Florida, 32502-5628
United States

(850) 497-6073 | map
hopjacks.com

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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
40
pDev:
10.14%
 
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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 40
Photo of tatterdash
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

(Speaking as a Canadian, I have never seen selection or prices like this... very happy)

Kinda dark, but certainly comfortable and there was a relatively big patio. Arrived on Tuesday night, when all draft was $3, score!

Had a few local brews (Sweetwater, Abita) and Stone, which I was trying for the first time... unbeliveable!

Didn't have any food, heard the is was average, but don't quote me on that.

The service was good, staff were relatively helpful (they were experimenting with a new menu that was really hard to read). I'll be back whenever I am in Pensacola...

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Photo of beveritt
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Hopjacks is a local pizza and beer parlor in downtown Pensacola. I stopped by on a recent business trip to grab a snack and some beer. They have a limited number of seats outdoors, and I was able to sit out and enjoy the nice weather.

The atmosphere outside is great, a relatively slow street for autos, but plenty of people walking by to make things interesting. I only popped inside for a bit, but the inside looks like a large, open bar/slash dining room. The kitchen is on the left and the bar is on the right.

The quality of the beer seems fine. I had two different beers on tap and both were fresh and tasted fine.

The service was prompt and friendly, although I am unable to comment on beer knowledge. They were out of one of the beers listed on their menu, but with plenty to choose from, it was not that big of a deal.

The selection of beer is top notch, probably the best in the area. Many of the local southern brews that I am unable to find in Ohio.

Food wise, I just had an order of the Belgian fries. They come wrapped in a paper cone with a side of garlic mayonnaise and were absolutely awesome. It has been awhile since I have had these and they were as good as anywhere else.

All in all, a great little place to stop and get some fresh beer on tap.

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Photo of everetends
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This place is a great beerbar and pizza kitchen in Pensacola. Loved it from the moment we walked in. It looks like it was an old pool hall that was converted into a restaurant with the almost concession stand looking kitchen area on one side and a bar on the other. Wonderful exposed brick walls really add to the feel.

The quality of this place is exceptional. Probably has a good 30-40 beers on tap, most of which being micros. Well over 150 bottle beers line the cooler windows. The food is amazing. It seems a bit pricey but when you realize you ordered a $24 pizza that has hickory bacon, filet mignon, and fresh pepperoni that feed four it is a pretty good value. Awesome apps of hummus and belgian fries cooked in duck fat are amazing. Everything I had here was good. I had a Bell's Oberon on tap and my lady had a Lindeman's Framboise.

Overall, great place to drink, eat and hangout. The only downfall was the service but there was only 2 servers and they had a bit of an unexpected rush when we showed. Will definitely go back next time I am in P'cola.

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Photo of charlzm
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I visited on March 26th, 2008, arriving about 7:00pm.

The physical place is long and narrower than wide. High ceilings painted black. Lots of rough-hewn wood, brick walls and Tiffany lamps give a bit of a retro theme, reflecting the era the building was constructed.

A well-stocked long bar sits against one wall. Four flatscreens hover above. Only two were showing sports during my visit. Mirrors on this wall help give the illusion that the place is wider than it is.

Parallel to the bar, a row of high tables and chairs divides the room where there was once a wall that divided this space into two seperate establishments.

Step down into the other half of the room for more traditional tables and chairs, or head to the back for an awesome "smokers patio" and a loungy, bean-bag chair kinda space tucked away by the restrooms.

Attractive waitresses complement the attractive, mostly young crowd. Some surfer types, a few military guys, some cougars. A good mixed crowd with a good vibe. Unfortunately, most of the folks here don't seem to have caught on yet to what an amazing beer place this is. I saw lots of water, wine, iced tea, soda, mixed drinks and bottled Pacifico Clara and Corona. Only a few patrons had beers that looked craft-y.

The music was turned up a little loud, but the joint was undeniably happening even on this weeknight.

The menu features mainly pizzas and salads with a few appetizers thrown in. I split an order of the twice-fried Belgian fries (second dip in hot oil is actually duck fat!) and they were super crispy and flavorful. The accompanying kethcup is tart and there's a sort of garlic pesto sauce as well. Yum!

The pizza wasn't quite as good, but I think they will get the hang of it soon. The crust was a bit overcooked and the whole pizza was a bit bland. They're still new, so give it some time.

The beer list is the best in Pensacola without a doubt. Draft highlights include Bell's Oberon, DFH 60 Minute, five different Sweetwater brews, Rogue Dead Guy, Oskar Blues Old Chub, Brooklyn Brown, Young's Double Chocolate Stout and Chimay. Bottles include many beers from Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada, Bells and many different Belgians brews.

If I lived in Pensacola, I'd live at Hopjacks. I might visit Brews Brothers and O'Zone Pizza for some variety, too, but this would be my home base.

And shout out to Melissa, the awesome manager who was doing her best to get free samples of craft beers to everyone who ordered a macro.

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Photo of jettjon
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

With 36 taps and about 40 bottled beers, Hopjack's is Pensacola's only true beer bar. Hopjack's has a specific focus on craft and import beers ("import beers" meaning Boddington's and Leffe, not Corona and Labatt). Hopjack's is what Brews Brothers on the west side might be if they had better beer and MUCH better food.

Where to begin... there is so much that is great about this place. First, the location is excellent, right downtown on the main drag. Parking is decent, though it may require a couple trips around the block or possibly pay parking in the nearby garage during weekdays. The owners completely gutted the old restaurant that once occupied the location and it shows--everything is new and fresh from the ground up. Signage, seating, and lighting are just right, and partners Joe and Corey both exude that kind of new-restaurant exuberance that's simply infectious. They're completely open to suggestions and both of them have a can-do attitude.

On to the beers, then! Hopjack's features a handsome long bar that fits right in with old-time downtown Pensacola d├ęcor. Behind the bar is a good selection of premium liquors and a large beer fridge with a solid selection. The taps are rotated regularly and I was most pleased to find only two American macros on tap--the ubiquitous Bud Light and Miller Light. Surprisingly to me, even in the Redneck Rivera Hopjack's has found a clientele that doesn't want macro swill and is apparently quite accepting of all the "weird beers" on tap, ranging from Dogfish Head 90 to regional favorites from Sweetwater. (Patrons wishing for more pedestrian fare are welcome to walk across the street to New York Nick's.) Pricing is very reasonable with most common imports priced at $3-4 per pint or bottle, and some of the higher-end brews such as Chimay White (on tap) about 6 bucks. They also offer a couple "niche" brews such as Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA and Deus Champaign ale.

The food menu is complementary to the selection of fine beers and liquors. It's a bit bourgeois French and smattering of everything else, with items such as Belgian French fries prepared in duck fat, wonton, hummus, skewers, a wide variety of well-put-together salads, and at least one other duck dish. Their signature, however, is their stone-oven pizza, which comes in either 10" or 16" varieties. Food prices range from a few bucks for the least expensive appetizers to around 20 bucks for a fully-loaded pizza. A $100 pizza is also listed on the menu (no, it's not a joke). Everything I've tried has been above average, and the signature Belgian Fries were delicious and were a meal in themselves--thankfully, I was sharing them with my wife.

Staff members are friendly though their inexperience sometimes shows through. Co-owners Joe and Corey are knowledgeable and extremely friendly, but many of the wait staff are still learning. For example, one of the waitresses came from a beer bar and knows her beer but not liquors. I've heard from other patrons that the staff is not as knowledgeable as they'd like, though they more than make up for it in friendliness. During the slow period when I visited, staff was very engaging. I've also visited during high-volume hours, where service is acceptable though not stellar.

Overall, Hopjack's is an outstanding beer bar and a good restaurant in its own right. The beer selection is bar none the best in the Pensacola area, and there are at least a few employees who know what they're serving. The food is quite different than one might expect in a bar-type atmosphere, and is very good and reasonably priced. Hopjack's is no doubt an establishment to watch, and currently is THE premiere beer destination in the Pensacola area.

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Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom in Pensacola, FL
Place rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 40 ratings