Cape Fear Wine & Beer

Bar, Beer-to-go

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

(910) 763-3377 | map
capefearwineandbeer.net

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.57
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
70
pDev:
11.82%
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Reviews by mayorQuimby:
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mayorQuimby from Tennessee

4.94/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I visited Cape Fear Wine and Beer on July 24th, 2010. Make a yearly trip to Myrtle Beach, SC, and flew in and out of Wilmington. Since I was catching the red eye on Sunday morning stayed in Wilmington on a Saturday evening, checked out BA upon arrival and found Cape Fear on the site and was there within a few minutes. This was an AWESOME place.

First of all, we arrived there mid afternoon so it wasn't too busy and struck up conversation with one of the owners, Lector. He was an awesome dude, really knew is stuff, was willing to discuss everything and as I was there with my dad who doesn't drink craft at all, he took a lot of time to help my dad find things he liked and offered him samples of different things that were on tap.

To begin, I had some stuff from Duck Rabbit, which we don't get in the midwest, which was awesome, and my dad had a Bell's Poolside on draft, which was really cool considering the only time I'd seen it was at a beerfest in Indy. We tried several beers over the course of our visit including a Mead they had on draft, some Saison Dupont, Duck Rabbit RIS, etc. My recollection is a bit fuzzy as we were there for hours and had several different beers. My non-craft drinking father was thrilled about this place and a month later still raves about how awesome it was, and honestly I cannot disagree. It was a great time, cool atmosphere, awesome hospitality, exceptional beers.

This place is really more of a bar with a carry out option on all their bottles, thus the possible slightly higher prices. That said, it was substantially cheaper than a bar and maybe only a little more expensive than a store. We were thrilled with the cost, thought it was very fair, and I bought some local stuff to bring back to Indiana with me before we left.

Lector, if you remember the golfers that came in one night about a month ago, the father and son, we really appreciate the great experience, wish your business well, and are 100% certain to visit again next summer when we come back. Thanks a lot!

Aug 20, 2010
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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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xehtfodrol

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