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
www.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 seagoat:
Photo of seagoat
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%

While on a recent trip through Wilmington, I saw an ad for this place in a small local paper. I couldn't remember the address but remembered the street. Asked around at some of the other businesses in the area and if they had heard of it they were not sure where it was even though it ended up only being a few blocks away.

We found the place and expected it to be just a beer/wine store and we were just curious as to what they carried even though we wouldn't be able to buy much since we were flying out the next day.

We were surprised upon walking in to see a tasting bar and table on the left side of the store. The wine and beer selection lined the right side of the store. There were probably about 8 bar stools along the bar and a small table at the end with 3 more stools. And some Dead Kennedy's playing on the stereo.

They had a great selection of beer and one of the guys there, that I think was one of the owners, was giving me a hard time for taking so long to browse the selection. There were so many beers that I don't remember what all they carried but they had a lot from the local breweries such as Duck Rabbit, I think some Azalea, as well as Flying Dog, Steelhead, Green Flash, Bells, Rogue, etc. They also had different beers from Norway, Belgium, Ireland, and Germany.

The three of us picked different things to try, handed them to the bartender who poured them into pint glasses for us and said to speak up if we had any questions. After a few minutes he came over to check on us and see what we thought of our picks. Him, the other owner, and the other customers that we talked to were very friendly.

My only drawback on the place was the smoking inside. Being from California where it is not allowed, I'm pretty used to everything being smoke free. We were there early afternoon so I could imagine it getting very smoky in there on any given night.

We grabbed 7-8 more bottles on our way out so we could go back and have a bit of a tasting before flying out the next day.

Cape Fear is a great little place with great beer and atmosphere. A must go for any trip to Wilmington.

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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
98 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.
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