Post No Bills

very good

12 Ratings

Type: Bar, Beer-to-go

600 Ortiz Ave
Sand City, California, 93955-3513
United States

(831) 324-4667 | map

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Added by bradybeer on 07-03-2011

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by ChipChaight:
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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Photo of Cubro
4.17/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.29/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Great surprise near Monterey. Solid selection on tap, but an even better bottle selection. Far and away the place to go on this stretch of the coast. The best thing about Post No Bills are the bartenders. Cool folks who seem to love what they do.

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Photo of terryt88
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Nice atmosphere and good selection. Taps change pretty regularly and they have great selection of bottles.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

They had 16 beers and one cider on tap. Another 250+ beers and ciders in the wall coolers. A pretty good variety with a couple of harder to find brews. Bring your own food. It's not a beer destination by any means but if you're near Monterey Bay, this is probably your best bet for beer selection.

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Photo of hayesjw
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of BeerisUber
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Situated in an industrial area of Sand City (well, are there really any other areas in Sand City), Post No Bills is a perfect example of what to do with a newly constructed building that was intended as a design center but didn't rent out. Result - a space perfectly suited for a "bring your own food" craft beer bar where parking is never a problem. With approximately 20 taps and a wall of refrigerated bottle selections, you should be able to find something to satisfy you thirst. The vibe is laid back and relaxed. Drop by to enjoy a brew with other serious beer aficionados.

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Photo of Jettpower
2.73/5  rDev -31.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3

Considering the lack of solid beer offerings we have on the Monterey Peninsula, I really want to like this place, I really do. But after several visits, Post No Bills continues to leave me cold.

My latest visit was on a Sunday evening. Fewer than 10 people total were in the bar at any given time. A rasta-like bartender was manning the taps. The tap list was mediocre at best, but certainly had a couple of decent offerings (Green Flash Double Stout, New Belgium Wet Hop). And here's my first big gripe about PNB - it is impossible to find an updated tap list for them online. They occasionally send out a FB post with the current tap list, but I've found that to be inconsistent. They also utilize, however, even that was out-of-date on this particular evening. It isn't too terribly difficult to keep a very up-to-date tap list presence online somewhere and I wish PNB would do better in this regard.

Service this evening was essentially non-existent. The bartender had very little work to do and yet didn't approach our table once over the course of three hours. Each time we wanted a new beer, we had to get up and go to the bar. On a busy evening I could understand this, but on this particular night the bartender spent most of the time on his smart phone behind the bar and did a better job of tending his personal reggae tunes than tending his patrons. This is really inexcusable in a place that pretends to be a focused craft beer establishment.

The fact that PNB serves no food is also a big drag. Granted, it is kind of fun to bring in your own food from time to time, but having to do that during each visit is a pain. And the location provides nothing nearby in the way of eateries. So patron beware. If you plan on being hungry, pack in your own.

Again, I really wish PNB was more than it is shaking out to be, I really do. But for now, I doubt I'll be returning anytime soon.

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Photo of BenHesk12
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Post No Bills has a modest tap list of maybe 10-15 beers, some wide available (sierra nevada, boddingtons), and some rotating selections of good microbrews. Post No Bills also has a larger selection of bottles which takes up a full wall of the bar. They only charge $1 on top of the regular value of the beer, which are all decently priced, for you to be able to drink the beer there in a glass. The atmosphere is something like "new retro" which includes neon graffiti and concert posters on all the walls, in addition to cement floors and bright lighting. This was a bit of a turnoff but dont let that distract you from the beer. PNB may be the only decent beer cafe in the Monterey area and is a good place to pick out a bottle and enjoy.

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Photo of hippk9
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Great selection on tap...dfh palo santo, hop henge, hops on rye, highwater ipa, black prince porter... Constantly rotates though. Bottle selection is improving but heavy on some the same ones, but they definitely take customer feedback seriously. Servers are knowledgable and friendly. The tap pressure seems a little inconsistent at times but it's only been open a month, hopefully kinks get worked out and this place makes it!
Also, they allow food delivered or brought in from other places, a cuban food truck or brat truck usually sets up outside, and a local cafe has wraps and cheese plates in the cooler. They also have a lot of craft sodas. overall, I like it a lot!

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Photo of bradybeer
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Located close to downtown Monterey and in an industrial park. This appears to be a new building with PNB on the ground floor. Walking in the bar is straight ahead with bottle coolers to the right.

There were 12-15 brews on tap. Lagunitas WTF and Undercover Ale, DFH Midas Touch, a IPA from Highwater Brewing, plus a few from nearby English Ales. I can't recall the others. Pints were about $6 and Ramon, who is the bomb when it comes to customer service and beer knowledge, provided tasters of brews we couldn't decide to have a pint of.

The bottle selection is weak, again the first weekend they were open. The bottle selection was heavy on Hermitage and Tied House brews from San Jose. There were a few gems in the cases such as Highwater IPA and Double IPA. I know this will improve over time.

There is no food available but there are option nearby if you like mexican ore asian.

All in all we wil make this a go to place since the service was great as were the beers.

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Post No Bills in Sand City, CA
4.01 out of 5 based on 12 ratings.
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