Cape Fear Wine & Beer

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BA SCORE
4.56/5
World-Class
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Beer-to-go

139 N Front St
Wilmington, North Carolina, 28401-3944
United States

(910) 763-3377 | map
capefearwineandbeer.net

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None provided.

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
69
pDev:
12.06%
 
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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 69
Reviews by Burnsy22:
Photo of Burnsy22
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I've been to Cape Fear Wine and Beer around a half-dozen times since moving to NC. I wish I lived a lot closer to Wilmington so that I could go a lot more.

The first few times my wife and I went to Wilmington, we walked right by the place. The crowd looked a little younger than us, and generally resembled a punk rock rabble. I'm so glad we actually decided to go in. We have been in love with the place ever since.

The bar is beautiful and the beer selection is enough to simultaneously bring on anxiety and joy to most beer lovers and dabblers alike. The selection rotates often, but generally a sampling of most beer types is available even if it isn't your current favorite. On most occasions I walk in looking for my “old standby” and leave with several new favorites.

The vintage looking posters on the walls and dim (yet not too dim) lighting also bring some wonderful atmosphere to the interior. I especially like the poster referencing prohibition in NC as tyranny. This place oozes character with the décor, the staff, and the local crowd.

The best part of the bar is the staff. The bartenders know their beer. Every one of them takes their job seriously and knows the products they sell. At the same time, they are very fun and friendly people. Even though they are extremely knowledgeable, they never come off as beer elitists or talk down to the less knowledgeable. I always feel like I am learning when I go there and am introduced to a new beer. But, it is far more like a good friend suggesting a great beer than a math professor force feeding you advanced calculus while staring down at you over his spectacles.

Even if Wilmington was a backwater ghost town, I would still paddle on down the Cape Fear just to come drink a few rounds at Cape Fear Beer and Wine. I give it my highest recommendation and suggest you stop in for a pint if your in the Wilmington, NC area.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Captain69
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of George1005
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Ryan15237
4.88/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Gyranthir
4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Tons of beer on tap, some growler service available. It's setup like a bar but it is also a bottle shop. The bartender was super nice and asked us where we were from and what we were after. He had 1 can left that he gladly sold us. We asked if he had any special things and he told us not a lot, but was able to provide us with a treat that we hadn't had before. He let us sample anything we were interested in that was on tap, and made suggestions on what we liked and what we were interested in, he also made suggestions on other places to visit and try.

We will be back when we are in the area again.

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Photo of MasterRigger
4.07/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of DCgolfpro
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Vibe - Clean and comfortable with an extremely friendly staff. Felt like it was transplanted from Portland, Oregon

Quality - If it hits distribution, they're going to get it. Prices were good as well

Service - Couldn't ask for anything more

Selection - They do as well as they can. Compared to my home town and surrounding areas, the abv content they're allowed to carry prevents them from getting some stuff, but that's certainly not their fault.


Overall, the only thing that could make this better is if you could see the bottle selection itself instead of a menu. For me personally it feels easier to miss things they have in stock when I'm looking at a menu instead of being able to actually see the selection. I'm not sure that's legal for a beer bar in NC but it would have made me happier.

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Photo of kowala0351
4.23/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of zimm421
4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of xehtfodrol
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Brewstradamus
4.86/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Great bar with amazing tap/bottle list. I made it on their "beer class" night where you get a draft of their featured beer style and you get to keep the glass. Had some cool bar games- darts, arcade, pool. Despite what it says here you can get beer to-go. I stocked up on some local beers to take home while I was in. The bartender was helpful and nice.

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

Photo of EverettHervey
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A Wilmington staple, don't come for a visit without stopping by. It's not by accident that they get such high ratings.

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Photo of Devil_Doc
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Highbury09
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Ohiovania
3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of GJ40
4.22/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A truly authentic and impressive beer bar. They offer quite a few on tap and lots more in the bottle. They had a sour promo going on and we got to sample several from Cascade. I also putchased a couple of bottles to take home. Technically it's a bottle shop too but everything's behind the bar so it's not really set up for that. This is a fantastic place and a must stop in historic Wilmington!

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Photo of Mantooth
4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Hands down - the best place to grab a beer in Wilmington. It's got that great dive bar vibe that I love, especially when you get to the back and see a stellar lineup of drafts. The bartender was a blast to talk to - every bit the beer geek I am. Killer beer. Killer service. Killer vibe.

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Photo of kristougher
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kvnklingler
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of sonnydeezy
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Ainjyll
4.69/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

This was the place where I really cut my teeth on craft beer. Originally located on Water St. (1 block behind their current location) in a place that could best be described as a walk-in closet full of awesome beer and awesome people, since their move to Front St. they've only grown by leaps and bounds. More awesome beers, more awesome people (Yeah, Low Lifes!), more awesome music... if you're anywhere near Wilmington you should definitely stop by and have a few beers.

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Photo of flipdog0
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of chippo33
1.25/5  rDev -72.6%

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Cape Fear Wine & Beer in Wilmington, NC
Place rating: 4.56 out of 5 with 69 ratings