Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom

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6 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

251 Dauphin St
Mobile, Alabama, 36602-2719
United States

(251) 445-6000

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Added by tuck261 on 08-30-2009

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Reviews by wagenvolks:
Photo of wagenvolks
4.3/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

HopJacks, an oasis in the macro desert that is Mobile, Alabama. It was also my saving grace during a 45-day seismic cruise in the Gulf of Mexico that found my group with a two day port call in nearby Theodore. We hit up Mobile that evening for a little dinner and debauchery.

I arrived at HopJack's already slightly inebriated. College crowd is okay with me. Long tap list makes me happy, and I ordered a Terrapin Wake'N'Bake Imperial Oatmeal Stout, followed by a pint of Bell's Two Hearted. Prices were on the more expensive side of things, but no matter. Servers were quick to help and friendly, allowing me to sample a few local breweries (Magnolia, for one).

Hands down, this is a craft beer destination if you're ever stuck in Mobile or its neighboring cities.

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Photo of bamadog
3.1/5  rDev -22.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I had read and heard quite a bit about this place, so I was pretty excited to finally get to check it out. I went one night prior to actually hanging out there to see if they sold any beer to go or could do growler fills -- both of the questions were rudely answered by a waitress with awful eye make up, then she proceeded to tell me "Google" another place that would meet my needs. Fair enough. I walked out, but not after seeing approximately 40 taps on the wall, so I made it a point to go back with others.

The atmosphere was pretty chill and laid back -- some students, but definitely a lot of locals chilling out there, and I feel that those that go there know what they're there for as the food is pricey, but you can eat it while sipping on a St. Bernardus from the tap while watching the Alabama basketball game, so it's interesting to say the least. Space is limited and tight, but the people were laid back and seemed pretty open and personable.

Quality: They have a lot of beers that are "listed" as available, but that list is not kept up very well -- they had quite a few blown kegs and no intentions tapping things in their stead (for instance, the Big Daddy Vladdy was kicked, the Back Forty honey brown kicked, the Maduro Brown, you guessed it, kicked). Good list of offerings: Cigar City, Great Divide, Terrapin, Abita, but just not necessarily accurate based upon the action of the tap lines.

Service: Service is poor at best -- see the intro, as well as this nugget -- it took forever to get my beer after being told that the first two that I requested were from kegs that blew but apparently nobody knew about this; after that, he brought us the wrong pizza that we ordered and started to argue with us, but backed off quick and offered to fix it but we didn't feel like waiting another 30 minutes for a pizza that may be screwed up again.

Selection: They've got about 40 taps on rotation, just not a good system of recognizing when one's down and replacing it with something else. Also a good set of bottles in the coolers. Offerings range from St. Bernardus to Rogue to Abita to Terrapin to Back Forty and so on. A lot of potential, I just feel that the execution could be improved.

Food: Pizza is slamming, even if they don't get your order right. I heard the fries are great, and are actually prepared in rendered duck fat, but I didn't try those.

Value: Definitely pricey for all you get in the end. I feel that pizza is a staple at so many places because it's pretty easy to make pretty well; they made it well, but just charged a bit more than I would expect. However, the beer prices were just about spot on -- most were around $5, but a few climbed up to the $7-$7.50, but again, quality is key and I feel worth it in this environment.

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Photo of Anthony88
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I enjoy Hopjacks everytime I make it downtown. This place always has a great selection of draft beers and draft beer concoctions. The biggest downfall is related to state laws and not the establishment (barring ABV of over 13.5%). When a group of us go downtown, we always start of with some pizza and a couple flavorful brews here. However, there has been a couple nights where this is the place we end up spending all night. I would have to say this is the best beer bar in Mobile, Al.

likes- large number of drafts, quick pizza, kareoke nights, different beer drinks

dislikes- establishment is rundown, terrible bathrooms, bums hang out outside religiously

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Photo of poonamibaxter
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Went here last night while in Mobile for a few days for work.
They have a decent selection of draft beers but no IIPAs or RIS, which made me sad. It took a little while to get served but the staff was very friendly and was I got served the service was good.
They serve all their beers in cold glasses which I don't like but they served mine in room temps glasses once I asked.
I tried the pizza and was unimpressed. It wasn't bad but was nothing special either. I may try the fries next time I go.
Bottom line, nice laid back place to grab a pint or two with decent bar grub.

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Photo of wjstewart
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is an outstanding establishment located in the old Pickle Fish next to Hurricane Brewery on Dauphin Street. As good as their sister location in Pensacola, FL except for the ABV law differences. (AL max 13.9% vs. FL 24%) Also Mobile location sports a few different beers due to use of different distributors.

They have a great selection of beer on tap (Old Crustacean Barley wine by Rouge, one of my favorites) and an even better selection of bottles. The decent prices for craft beer, good pizza and duck fat fried French fries (a must try) keep my wife and I coming back.

Great service and most importantly knowledgeable servers make this my new favorite destination in downtown Mobile.

Definitely check this place out if you're in the Mobile area.

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Photo of sletts
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This is a great little bar next to Hurricane Brewing in downtown Mobile and is easily one of the best places in Lower Alabama to find good beer.

They have over 50 beer on tap and more on bottle ranging from Lazy Magnolia and Sweetwater, to Bell's and Brooklyn. They also have a good selection of imports like Chimay and Lindemans. The prices were also pretty reasonable for craft beer in Mobile.

As for the bar itself, the staff was friendly and pretty knowledgable on the beers and the food is pretty amazing. The music isnt too loud and it is just a cool place to hang out. They even have live music on weekends. Highly reccomended.

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Hopjacks Pizza Kitchen & Taproom in Mobile, AL
Place rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 6 ratings