Gainesville House of Beer

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Gainesville House of BeerGainesville House of Beer

Type: Bar, Beer-to-go

19 W University Ave
Gainesville, Florida, 32601-5313
United States

(352) 376-1100 | map

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Added by dunedindawn on 11-18-2011

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Photo of Kis4Korey
5/5  rDev +20.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The bathrooms just got remodeled and are very nice! Great beer on tap and in package. Nothing beats a great pub/sports bar to be able to drink a beer at and talk to random strangers about literally anything for endless hours at a time. The prices are great too, sale tax included!

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Photo of Vandelay1863
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Jason_cs
4/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of StevenMilligan
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of IckyT2012
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This is one of my favorite bars in town. Its small, but a great location downtown. The outdoor area faces the sidewalk and is ideal for people watching. Lots of TVs and a big soccer crowd here. But the most remarkable part is the quality of service. Absolutely outstanding every time I visit, which is something I can't say for the big chain competitors.

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Photo of gatorlove
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Cool place with pretty cool bartenders that give you lots of samples. Most things are $6, which can be a little high, such as for a 250 ml snifter of Anderson valley blood orange gose. There is usually a few cool things on tap but too many beers are from the year long selections of breweries.

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Photo of freyyja
3.08/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of WynnO
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Gig2828
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of BMMillsy
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

40 rotating taps and lots of bottles. gHood selection, with pof bombers. The bartender was great and talked to me the whole time there because it was empty (just me). No food, but you can order delivery to the place, which is kind of fun. Not sure how both this and Stubbies will survive right next to each other, but I hope they do.

This place has gone downhill for me. Stale IPA. Barely existing bottle selection. Meh.

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Photo of cambabeer
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of TomB
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

A solid craft beer (chain) bar. 40 taps (4 Nitro) with stuff from all over. They allow food to be ordered or brought in which is cool. It is located about 2 doors down from Stubbies which is direct competition and probably dilutes their crowds on most days/nights. I hear it can get pretty busy on "tap take-over" nights and service industry night. I've never experienced a crowd of more than 10-15 in any of my visits.

Service is good, no attitudes or pretentious lectures about beer that you might receive down the way.

5-6 TVs for Sports viewing.

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Photo of GatorBeer
3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

The Gainesville location of the franchised House of Beer comapny, there isn't much difference between this and their other locations. A little cookie-cutter feeling inside there are stools at the bar, high tops and a few lower tables. Smallish inside, but it doesn't get insanely packed so it is actually a good size.

40 taps (4 nitro) of a seemingly random selection of beer as well as 2 coolers of cans/bottles. Honestly, most of the time when I go in, I have a hard time forking over $6+ for a snifter/pint/12 oz of something I'm not overly fond of. I'd be there much more often if they had some lower priced taps (nothing crazy, 'Gansett, Drifter, SNPA etc) or some great standard beers (Two Hearted, Jai Alai, Best Brown etc) always on tap. Instead I go and can find 2 or 3 of their 40 taps that I really want to over pay for and leave somewhat let down.

They like to do tap takeovers and these tend to linger so oftentimes a few breweries dominate their taps, which is great if you like them, not so much if you dont. Friendly bartenders although they can sometimes be a little inattentive.

**Note: I tend to dislike chain beer bars, so my review may be skewed due to this.

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Photo of AndrewScottPentland
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

The House of beer always has something any craft beer lover can enjoy. With 40 taps, they generally have 38-40 in service and 3-4 beers on nitro as well. I've even had some unusual beers on nitro there, like a citrusy IPA and a scotch ale.

The bar tenders are very knowledgable. They are not craft beer novices. All the bartenders I have spoken to are home brewers or and/or are intimately connected with the brewing process and craft beer industry.

If you love craft beer then this is the place to be in Gainesville. It's not cheap, but compared to close competitors its the best deal for delicious beer in town.

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Photo of cubanbeerguy
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75

each beer will set you back about $6 roughly. Not many happy hour specials but neither do most of the craft bars in town. I used to enjoy this place wuite a bit, but as my palate has become more refined I look at their selection and im like ehh. They always have pretty common stuff I wouldnt want to pay $6 for. Their tap takeover nights on the other hand they get great stuff. Like tonight is Bells and their getting Expedition stout and Hopslam. Staff is very helpful and they know their beers.

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Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

"40 taps" with a nice mix of local; US and international.
5 were empty
4 from Highland
2 ciders
1 Belgiam (St. Louise) framboise
4 were nitro taps and included a CCB Patio Tools stout, Murphys Stout, Boddingtons and Youngs Dbl Choc. Stout (it was near St. Patty’s Day).
Also have a limited number of cans and bottles, including a few bombers. Prices seem a little steep. Excellent posting of info. for all taps on 2 flatscreens. Reasonably proper glassware used.
3 flatscreens with sports on.

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Gainesville House of Beer in Gainesville, FL
Place rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 18 ratings