World of Beer

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Bar, Beer-to-go

200 S Palafox St
Pensacola, Florida, 32502-5842
United States

(850) 332-7952 | map
wobusa.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.1
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
12
pDev:
12.68%
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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 12
Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Its a nice place with a decent selection but it is also fairly overpriced. Just check out Perfect Plain right down the street or Idyll Hounds over in Santa Rosa instead, you will save some cash and get better and more interesting beer.

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Photo of Gatch
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Selection is "meh" because there are only a few truly remarkable and hard to find beers available. Everything else is common and found in many other bars. Also had to deal with some thugs who claimed they paid to get prime seats at the bar and the bartender sided with them, even when they got feisty and rude. I don't buy it, so F all of em and F this place.

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Photo of VTR
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I usually avoid this place in the winter because I do not want to drink beer listening to loud people watching sports, it is too bad it is a sports bar. In the summer time though you can sit outside. I will go here though to get my favorite beers that they bring in or unusual hard beers to find. The selection is fantastic. The food menu is limited which is fine because I am usually there for the beer. I have always found something on the menu which is new to me or something I have been after. Go there they have something for everyone!

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Photo of hairylikeapeman
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Visited on a beautiful afternoon and enjoyed a bit of March Madness while sipping on a Sixpoint Resin which I could not find anywhere else. Bartender seemed to know her stuff. 6 packs to go were pricey but I wanted to bring some Resin home. I enjoyed our visits to Hopjacks as well and they were much more reasonable but the atmosphere was more relaxed but could have been the time of the visit.

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Photo of TonyJ815
3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Prices are kind of jacked up. Hopjacks is two blocks down the road, with 100+ taps and significantly lower prices. You can score some gems here that you can't score there, however it is almost a club-like atmosphere and the decibel levels of the pop tunes are almost unbearable at points. Not exactly my cup of tea, but the brew selection is decent if you have the extra dollar to spend.

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Photo of jettjon
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

And now for a real review, as opposed to the first review which is obviously by someone associated with the company. Oddly, though, my review will be more favorable than theirs....

Stopped by here with the wife on a balmy Pensacola December Saturday where it was sunny and 70 degrees (yes, go ahead and hate). For some reason I have not visited this place even though it had been open for many months at the time of this visit. My first impression was of an open, roomy atmosphere where primary aim was enjoying good beer. Unlike WOB's primary competition, Hopjacks (located just down the street), WOB focuses solely on beer and doesn't fool with food. Also they obviously aim for a more upscale, polished experience. The menu is beautifully printed in a laminated binder and includes a useful primer on beer styles as well as a thoughtful history of beer, followed by an exhaustive list of beers on tap and in bottles. Contrast this with Hopjacks' grungy, Xeroxed menus.

Seating is expansive and copious, with both covered an uncovered outside patios and sprawling seating throughout the open-air feel inside bar area, where a long, clean bar provides plenty of seating supplemented by numerous tables scattered throughout. An elevated bandstand and numerous large screen TV's complete the vibe.

At my first glimpse at the tap menu I was frankly blown away. The first thing that jumped out at me was St. Bernardus Abt. 12, actually on tap and for a very reasonable price, comparable to what other area beer bars charge for big beers from Dogfish Head, Rogue, etc. Later I noticed mead, which was currently tapped out but still surprising to see, and a first for the area. There were plenty of other selections on bottle and draft to slake the thirst of the most discriminating Beer Advocate.

Our server was very friendly and seemed knowledgeable about beer styles. The Abt 12 came out freezing cold, though I’ve yet to find any area beer bar that serves beer any other way. As I let it warm I wandered about the establishment and was highly impressed by the clean, modern look and layout. The bar is tidy, well organized, and well staffed. Coolers of brushed stainless steel showcase bottled beers in easy view. The entire vibe was of an open, airy, casual place to enjoy great beer. Noticeably absent were any of the big Macros… in fact, I did not notice any at all though I wasn’t really looking for them.

The obvious contrast here is with Hopjacks, the Pensacola area’s original “serious” beer bar. Brews Brothers on the west side actually predated Hopjacks by many years but it wasn’t until Hopjacks came on the scene downtown that beer culture truly arrived in Pensacola. Hopjacks was built on and continues to rely on a homey, grungy, anti-establishment vibe and there are plenty of young, tattooed patrons to be found there enjoying the latest in craft as well as the standby PBR. WOB however seems more geared toward the craft-conscious sports bar crowd, perhaps more in completion with nearby pseudo-beer sports bar New York Nick’s than Hopjacks. Ironically, Hopjacks no doubt paved the way for more upscale bars such as WOB. Any way you look at it, though, I count the addition of WOB as a win for Pensacola Beer culture, and a definite stop on any BA’s visit to downtown Pensacola. Cheers!

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Photo of TheTramp
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Only the second corporate-owned location for World of Beer, the Palafox location represents the highest standard in beer in an already beer-loving area in Downtown Pensacola.

World of Beer only has 50 draft beers on tap on any given night. The sole reason that was qualified with "only" is because a short walk up the road, friendly competitor Hopjacks has over 100. What they don't have, nor does anybody else in the area, is a selection of 450 bottled beers.

Located on the busy downtown Palafox strip, World of Beer gets busy, especially on weekend evenings, which can make service not as quick or easy as you may hope for. Waitresses frequently get overloaded on tables during busy times and the mass at the bar on a Friday or Saturday night can get 2 or 3 people thick, making ordering there an ordeal.

These problems stand as a testament, however, to World of Beer's popularity, which is well-deserved. The bartenders and waitresses are extremely knowledgeable about beer. All have had significant education in beer and most seem to have a legitimate love for it. If you ask for a recommendation, you'll get one based in personal knowledge, not management's push for a certain beer. You really liked that IPA and wanted something similar? You'll get an answer.

Why order something similar and not the same thing again? Like many bars, World of Beer runs a Loyalty Club program. For $15 you can join the program, which comes with a free t-shirt upon signing up. Rewards are granted after ordering 50, 100, 250, and 500 unique beers and discounts are given on bottles every Tuesday for members.

The discount is important, however, as the beers are not cheap. World of Beer does not serve big-name domestic beers. You will not find Pabst Blue Ribbon or Natural Ice on the menu(though domestics and liquor are available at sister bar, Blend, in the same building). Most drafts are at least $5. Bottles typically range from $4 to $19 with most seeming to fall between $5 and $7.

In the first two months or so that World of Beer has been open, they've run a number of promotions, from giveaways during Downtown Pensacola's Gallery Night to Rogue Pint Night(keep your glass when you order a Rogue draft) to a special Brewery night highlighting local Pensacola Bay Brewery. A representative from the brewery was on hand while customers were treated to giveaways, a larger number of taps dedicated to brews from the company, and an exclusive one-night-only Jalapeno brew.

World of Beer stands as a testament to the love for beer held by Pensacolans. In an area that is already flush with excellent bars, WoB entered and staked it's claim as the best place in Pensacola to get a beer.

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World of Beer in Pensacola, FL
Place rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 12 ratings