ØL Beercafe & Bottle Shop

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Type: Bar, Eatery

1541 Giammona Dr
Walnut Creek, California, 94596-4130
United States

(925) 210-1147 | map

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Added by rehearse on 07-09-2011

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Reviews by BenHesk12:
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4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Ol's Beercafe has only been open for a few months so this is somewhat of a preliminary review.

Beer - Ol's has 18 taps and an interesting bottle room that you can browse while drinking. The taplist generally includes some interesting Californian microbrews as well as plenty of Belgian and French imports. You can tell that the selection is hand picked, there's rarely a beer on tap that ranks lower than a B on beer advocate. Experienced beer drinkers will enjoy the variety of styles and breweries. The price is the one thing that keeps me from coming on a regular basis. Beers are typically from 6-10 dollars for small glasses (25-33 centiliters usually). You can have the bartender open a cold bottle from their selection for you, however the price to drink a bottle at the shop is usually ~40% more than what they would charge if you want to take home a warm bottle.

Food - Ol's offers olives, crackers, and a cheese plate, which are all a little more expensive than you would expect. You can bring in a pizza from the place next door if you want.

The seating area is limited and a little awkward. The bottle room is unnecessarily large and takes up valuable seating room. Nice wooden tables, but no TV's or music (a downside if you ask me).

Edit: 2/16/12: The city of Walnut Creek cracks down on alcohol serving establishments. My party was forced to chug our beers at 10:59 SHARP while there were police officers waiting outside. The crowd here also seems to be taken over by rowdy Walnut Creek townsfolk. Either way, I'll never come here at night again.

Overall a great place for beer lovers to come try a thing or two, but definitely a bit pricey.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerbom
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.45/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Laid back little spot, small bar with a nice tap list and a little bottle shop with cans and bottles on shelves and in fridges.

Pretty great selection of local, national, and international beers both new and popular.

Bar guy was very polite and welcoming, prices all were very reasonable. I picked up a couple of cans to-go. They were local and canned two days ago - saw quite a few beers canned/bottled within the past week so they obviously get regular deliveries of fresh product.

I was in kind of a hurry so I didn't think to check out anything related to food. But I'll definitely be back.

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Photo of Cabindan
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Jj333
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Good selection of beer in bottles to buy. Great service. They really need to get some lights in there.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Mista_Carta
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of frasergrove
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Little bottle shop and tap room in downtown Walnut Creek. Bar seating is very limited, but decent amount of small to large wood tables. Beer fridges and shelves are stocked with an ever rotating selection of killer stuff, mainly focusing towards European style or European origination ales. Tap list is a bit pricey, but always has a few gems.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Part bar and part beer store this place blends the two seamlessly. Had about 12 beers on tap with a wide selection of beer styles and sources including a small brewer from MD, a Belgian style brewer from the Netherlands and craft beers from CA and OR. Both cold and shelved bottles offer additional options as well. Did not have any food but will definitely be going back soon

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Photo of Topskee
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.25

If I were to really want to write an in-depth review right now, I could go on a rant but im gonna keep it short. I have a personal preferance of beer cafes over bars, and this place reminds me of an old tavern, dark inside with lots of older style wooden benches tables and chairs. now, dont get me wrong, i like the tavern feel but it gets load in there and the low light makes it impossible to read a damn thing. i think its the fact that there is nary a window in the front of the place that contributes to both of my negative comments. their selection is great and it branches far outside the local which is cool (since there are a lot of local brew favoring cafes in the area). The food is blatantly over priced and is really just brought over from the pizzeria nextdoor at a hiked up price. their service is great so i cant give an bad review of the place.

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Photo of TruePerception
4/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of beernbiology
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Giving them a 4 for lack of parking, 4.5 otherwise. Great bottle shop, upscale bar (and prices, unfortunately) but with a relaxed feel.

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Photo of Hophazzard
3.5/5  rDev -19%

Okay location with a pretty good selection of bottles. The downside is it's so dark inside you can't even see what a lot of the beers are. Makes no snese to me. Anyone in retail knows you never make it hard for a customer to buy something from you. I like to browse a bottle shop and look around for a while. This place you need to bring a flashlight to see what you're buying.

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Photo of Linda629
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of jtladner
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of judkinst
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of atpca
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Marco_Gtz
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of BeerisUber
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of GregoryMo
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MrDave
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Arkay
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Mark
3.44/5  rDev -20.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2

Thisa place will appeal very highly to the Belgian Beer lover, I am not of that group. They have a couple or three styles that appeal to me. That is not enough for me to frequent this place very often. Yesterday we took my mom there for a quiet beer and I was hoping there would be something on the list that would match our tastes. Mom and my girlfriend had a Pils which they liked I had a IPA which was good. Pour sizes are small, I paid $5.50 for the IPA in a tulip style glass, the Pilsners were 6 bucks each and were bigger in volume than mine. They don't serve food per say but have snacks. Olives, nuts, cheese plates, etc. We got the crackers for 2 bucks. it was a joke. Four small crackers, my girlfriend wa so upset she went back to bar and said "do we get refills" I shouldn't be surprised in Walnut Creek. If your preference is IPA,'s Pales, Ambers, etc then I can't tout the place. If you're a Belgian lover and like rarish beers then go for it. Atmosphere is good and bar staff are fairly friendly and seem to know their stuff. Overall the place is not for me on a regular basis, only when I feel like over paying will I drop in.

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Photo of ek_ek
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

This place is a great place to go with a friend to get a dose of quality craft beers not available at any other establishments in the immediate area. The staff is extremely knowledgeable, it is fun to have a beer and chat about hops, malt, barley and all things beer...

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ØL Beercafe & Bottle Shop in Walnut Creek, CA
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