Cape Fear Wine & Beer

Bar, Beer-to-go

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

(910) 763-3377 | map

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Reviews by SactownChad:
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SactownChad from California

4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

My wife and I made it a point to stay near Cape Fear Wine and Beer on our recent summer Vacation to North Carolina. Being within stumbling distance we were free to sample the beers and the atmosphere at this wonderful establishment.

The first thing I noticed about CFW&B when compared to our local (Sacramento, CA) tap houses is how dark it is. This I like! I don't want to drink beer in a coffee house or a cafe, I want to drink beer in a bar with punk rock and ska on the jukebox! This is just what you get at CFW&B!

The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and are generous with the tastings. The beer selection is fantastic and always changing. I was introduced to a few beers here that I can't get back in California. They even had more Stone brews than we can get back home, and they are a California brewery!

Favorite beers we tried: Duck Rabbit Milk Stout, Flying Dog "Horn Dog" and Bell's "Two Hearted" which we can't get at all back home.

I can't recommend this place enough. I only wish there were something similar near me!

Sep 19, 2011
More User Reviews:
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Bad_Attitude_Brews from South Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

May 24, 2019
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Captain69 from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Jul 11, 2018
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Beerbuddha from Florida

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Dec 29, 2017
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George1005 from Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Aug 06, 2016
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Ryan15237 from Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Aug 03, 2016
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Gyranthir from Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Jul 25, 2016
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MasterRigger from North Carolina

4.07/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Jul 13, 2016
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DCgolfpro from Maryland

4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Sep 19, 2015
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kowala0351 from New York

4.23/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Aug 22, 2015
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zimm421 from Ohio

4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Apr 05, 2015
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5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Feb 09, 2015
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Brewstradamus from West Virginia

4.86/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Feb 06, 2015
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karleymilburn from North Carolina

4.79/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Jan 18, 2015
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EverettHervey from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Dec 30, 2014
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Devil_Doc from Texas

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Oct 05, 2014
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Highbury09 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -7%

Aug 13, 2014
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Ohiovania from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -23.4%

Jun 03, 2014
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GJ40 from North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -7.7%
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!

May 24, 2014
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Mantooth from North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

May 07, 2014
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kristougher from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Mar 27, 2014
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kvnklingler from Ohio

5/5  rDev +9.4%

Feb 10, 2014
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sonnydeezy from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.4%

Feb 02, 2014
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Ainjyll from South Carolina

4.69/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Jan 21, 2014
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flipdog0 from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.4%

Dec 18, 2013
Cape Fear Wine & Beer in Wilmington, NC
Place rating: 4.57 out of 5 with 70 ratings