Winslow's Deli, Tavern, and Market

11 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

120 W 5th St
Greenville, North Carolina, 27858-1822
United States

(252) 364-8921 | map

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Added by katherine1111 on 11-13-2009

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by jeff57:
Photo of jeff57
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Winslow's has the best selection of taps in Greenville, which isn't really that difficult to pull off.I'd say they have twenty or so, and there isn't a BMC in the bunch. Last time I was there I had 3 pints, and my daughter had 3 martinis. The bill with tip was $31.00 (20%). Beers are purposely kept at a higher temp than your typical college bar...maybe just south of cellar. Every beer I've had at Winslows (12 or so) have tasted fresh and good. They are also trying to use "appropriate" glassware for the brews, but fall short of their goal. The food is okay; I would say a little beyond pub grub, but the two times I ate there, the sandwiches had a semi-sweet kind of sauce that hit me as odd. The bartenders seem motivated about the beers, but have made some outlandish comments in regards to beer knowledge. They're trying. My daughter and I hit the place every monday night before we go elsewhere for chow...Then it's off to film class at ECU.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of kwakwhore
2.8/5  rDev -26.3%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Overrated, pretentiousness abounds here. Overpriced beer and food. Forget trying to get things like Hopslam or KBS here. They get them but the manager's friends get first crack at anything out of the ordinary. When Sucks first came out they sold it for 4.99 a 12oz bottle. Food is ok, service not so much, and tap line quality is inconsistent. To have as much beer as they do on their menu, they sure don't have many good beers. Avoid whenever possible.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Winslow's is a bar/restaurant/bottleshop in downtown Greenville, near the university. I stopped by here midweek with 5 co-workers for a late lunch (about 1:30). The floorplan is open and spacious, with multiple seating areas that include a mezzanine and outdoor seating; decor features lots of wood, brick and boatloads of bottles, as the focus is clearly on the beer here. The overall effect is attractive; abundant natural lighting combines with the spaciousness to create a relaxed, very comfortable environment.

The menu is largely tavernesque, with some surprises among the usual suspects (guacamole and hummus appetizers, for example). The appetizer menu is varied and sizable enough to include something for everyone. The main menu is sandwich-heavy, with eight burgers to choose from, and three times as many non-burger options. Again, the sandwich menu is quite varied and should provide a few options for everyone. Four "gourmet" hot dog selections and seven salads round out the menu, and there is a "build your own sandwich" option for that one person out of a hundred that can't find something to enjoy on the regular menu. The menu is a bit pricey, but not too unreasonable considering what downtown rent usually costs.

Beer selection is top-notch, with 46 taps to choose from. I have no idea how many bottled beers they have, but there is a full-fledged bottle shop in the back that has an amazing selection, including a couple of coolers full of singles, so I imagine there's plenty to choose from. IPAs were served in room-temp tulip glasses, so proper beer service gets more than the usual level of attention here.

Service was pleasant enough, but a bit lackadaisical, especially considering that it wasn't very busy when we were in there (less than 25% capacity) but it was still early enough that they should have been staffed at "lunch push" levels. Food took a bit longer to get than it should have, and we definitely sat waiting for the check longer than we should have. On the plus side, drinks and food both were delivered to the correct persons without any questions on the server's part ("auctioning food" is unprofessional in my book) and everything else was spot-on. The food was top-notch; everyone enjoyed what they got. The standard side item was house chips, and they were excellent; they were cut a bit thicker than normal and were cooked to crispy perfection.

The vibe here was definitely relaxed; there were probably as many people chatting quietly over a beer as there were eating. Between the beer selection and the quality of the food, I'd come here all the time if I lived in downtown Greenville.

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Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of kristougher
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of jeffy_two_times
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

this is a great little bar and eatery with a fantastic location in downtown greenville. the selection of beer is always impressive and the menu is always changing. although the prices are a little steep, the personable service and wide variety of craft beer make the cost quite reasonable indeed.

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Photo of OldhouseRecs
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

Market: There's not much for beer selection in this part of the state and this is the only place in Greenville with a decent selection of beer. They get a lot of bombers, harder to find four and six packs and one off releases that no other store in town will carry. The prices are expensive. But, unless you want to drive to raleigh to find these beers cheaper, you will have to deal with it because again, they are the only place in a 90 mile radius that sees these beers. There is a great selection of singles and you can craft a six pack.

The people in the market are super helpful and will work to get a certain beer ordered for you. A+ there.

Restaurant/Bar: To be honest, the lunch and dinner menu is decent and overpriced for what you get. Ive never tried the breakfast or coffee, which I hear is great. The place has tons of seating both indoor and out and is a great place to relax and have a beer. Theres something like 40+ tap beers with a good selection. I mostly buy beer from the market though. Service for eating here has always been poor for me.

Service: Very bad. No other way to put it. On several occasions, I've come at dead business times and received horrible service. Waitresses seem to talk to each other more than actually serving table. In the market, a recent trend is to have no one working back there or having anyone to check you out. I've tried to buy beer a couple times from there recently, but no one seemed to care, so I placed the beer back and left. The exception is when Jericha (spelling?) is working - she's great.

Overall: Definitely come check out the market, grab a beer and enjoy the outdoor patio. There are better options downtown Greenville to eat, though.

Update july 2014: make sure to check bottle dates before purchasing. Issues of old and spoiled (their fault, not brewery) beer lately. If you're going to get beer here, buy recent releases from the market, or just get a beer on tap.

Update October 2014: Serious price gouging lately. Expect to pay ~$14+ for a year round Mother Earth or Big Boss six pack

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Photo of jcran83
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

went to this spot on super busy Saturday. the staff was swamped but did a pretty good job of handling the crowd. the beer selection was much better than expected and i liked how they give you an actual binder with descriptions, that was helpful especially when i didnt have time to go though the list with the bartender. the outside seating in two different sections were perfect for that night. food was, ok, just ok. the bottle market in back part of the building might be my favorite part. i would go back again, thought it was interesting,l maybe not on a busy Saturday night.

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Photo of redsox3g2
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

After reading the mixed reviews, I wasn't sure what to expect from this place, but I'm new to the town and so far it looks like this is about the only place to get a good beer on tap in Greenville so I went. The selection was great, especially compared to everywhere else I've been in town, but they know it and price accordingly. I was worried about the quality of the beers, especially with that many taps and the previous reviews about quality. I ordered an IPA ($6) for the first one and it was great so I stuck with it. They are lacking as far as the glassware goes. The first one came in a regular Pint glass, the second came in a frosted smaller glass, and the third came in a frosted pint glass. I took the points off of service for that, other than that though it was a pleasant experience. I'll go back again and sample some of the different offerings, but I was so excited to have a decent craft beer on tap I just stuck with it the first time.

I also checked out the store they had in the back. They've got a nice selection of singles, so I created a 6-pack. That didn't turn out too cheap either, costing about 18 bucks, and I didn't purchase anything that should have been high priced.

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Photo of dickroop
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Visiting in Greenville because of the medical center, we stopped in for dinner Saturday night at just about peak time (~7:45 pm). All the tables were in use so we found 3 seats at the bar. It took a little while before we got any beer, despite a seeming abundance of servers.

The array of taps behind the bar is indeed impressive, as is the variety of brews offered. D went for the Abita Purple Haze, and I went for the Hoppyum (Foothills Brewing out of Winston Salem). C had Becks from the bottle, for which they provided her the requested frosted mug. Our draft beers were served in an appropriate nonic. None of us had any complaints about off-tastes or freshness. Given the wide variety of beers on tap, my next visit is going to be for sampling a flight. The beer list is a ponderous production that extends of 6-8 pages, but it does at least provide some description of the brews offered. Pricing was more like what you'd expect in DC or Philly - $6 for my Hoppyum, $8+ for the high-test Belgian-style beers, and $3.50 for PBR - Puh-leeze!. But there was a good crowd and plenty of opportunity for people to expand their palates.

Our food arrived in more timely fashion than our beer. Waitstaff became more suitably attentive. The food was quite good. My custom veggie sandwich as served on sourdough and loaded with fresh stuff including yummy avacado. The fried potato chips were tasty and good, reflecting something good with the freshness and choice of oil if not the excess of calories delivered - but then you don't have to eat them all. We all enjoyed our sandwiches, and the prices were not too out of line

I got a perspective on how and why this deli/tavern might have gotten here and how it may survive. Operations may be smoothing out. One needs to remember that they don't call themselves a full-service restaurant, rather a deli. Hams, the local watering hole that used to brew in-house, closed July 9, 2010. The parent company of the chain had gone into bankruptcy a year or so ago, and their Greenville brewmaster moved on to greener pastures, apparently triggering a precipitous close. After reading the prior reviews, I was worried that Winslow's Tavern might be short-lived, but I was encouraged to see the crowd here. My guess is that the local medical facilities and university may have planted the necessary seed in this town to get some craft beer culture going in Pitt County and surrounding very rural Eastern NC. Also, there was an extensive wine bar and additional seating in the rear. Beer lovers need to give this place a chance.

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Photo of linusv
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2

The number (30+) of good beers on tap got me to this place. I question the freshness and taste of their taps though. Had two beers and both were a little suspect. Menu was confusing, ordered hot chips and pasta both served cold and unappetizing.

This place has a lot of potential, will see if they deliver. I really hope they do as this can be a great hangout for the beer crowd.

Loved the deco and bar area is fantastic. Chris the bartender was great, knowledgeable and friendly. Parking was not a problem, facilities were clean.

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Winslow's Deli, Tavern, and Market in Greenville, NC
Place rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 11 ratings
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