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Cape Fear Wine & Beer

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

51 Reviews
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Store

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

(910) 763-3377 | map
capefearwineandbeer.net

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PLACE STATS
Score:
98
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
68
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
7.35%
 
 
Taps:
20
Bottles/Cans:
300
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 68
Reviews by VaterRoss:
Photo of VaterRoss
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This is quite simply my favorite place to drink in Wilmington.

The atmosphere is great: punk music from the jukebox, wood everywhere (cedar bar!), variety of beer related signage. Brings in a nice mixed crowd that tends to be in late 20s range. Appropriate amount of lighting dim, but not seedy. There is a nice, but somewhat limited section of seating that includes bar-style outdoor seating on the entrance patio and booth-like table for larger groups. Only during peak hours in the summer will you find yourself standing.

Bartenders know what is on tap and in bottles and can make recommendations based on first hand knowledge. They are also friendly, never have I gotten the vibe of beer snobbery. In the summer it can get a bit busy but I've never had problems getting to bar or waiting longer than a few minutes to be served.

There are usually 19 beers on tap and hundreds of bottles in the coolers, did I mention that you can also buy beer to take-away? Selection of draft beer is highly seasonal and always rotating, often daily. Rarely will you see the same beer on draft twice, and I have yet to encounter a stinker. This is not a mega-bar with hundreds on tap and thousands of bottles: the difference is that Cape Fear only has good stuff.

Only negatives I can think of is that the price is a bit more (dollar or two) than other bars in town. I find that the selection, quality bartenders, and awesome atmosphere more than make up for the extra dollar or two you pay per pint. There are no other bars of this caliber in SE NC.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of George1005
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Ryan15237
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Gyranthir
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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 -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of DCgolfpro
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
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 -5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Hellmanc
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of zimm421
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of xehtfodrol
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Brewstradamus
4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
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 +6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of EverettHervey
5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Devil_Doc
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Highbury09
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Ohiovania
3.5/5  rDev -22%

Photo of GJ40
4.22/5  rDev -6%
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 -1.1%
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 +5.8%

Photo of kvnklingler
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of sonnydeezy
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Ainjyll
4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
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 +11.4%

Photo of chippo33
1.25/5  rDev -72.2%

Photo of northbayrugger
4.31/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Brilliant visited over the Fourth of July holiday ... Everything I wanted that week! Great beer selection, top notch stuff there. Got to finally pull the trigger on some stuff I'd been looking to have. Loads of local stuff and loads of international choosings. Overall brilliant

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Cape Fear Wine & Beer in Wilmington, NC
4.49 out of 5 based on 68 ratings.
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