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Stubbies & Steins
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 400
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
9 W University Ave
phone: (352) 384-1261
(Place added by: gabe)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 36
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went to Stubbie's tonight, have been there a few times but this is the first since becoming a member on BA and the first since they opened the "Steins" side of the bar.
It's a little dark inside but there is no smoking so the air is clear, lots of people in there talking or playing one of the board games they have available for the tables.
Everyone there was friendly and helpful in choosing beers when they were out of something. They offer over 400 beers on the menu as well as traditional German food (they stop serving at 10pm Tuesday through Thursday so I didn't get to try it.) They serve in proper glasswear when they have it and branded glasswear when they have that as well.
This is a must visit place in Gainesville, bottles are available to go at regular menu prices but they do offer a few things that you can't get anywhere else in town. If it is something that you can get somewhere else however Gator Beverage up the road, Ward's, Dorn's, or Sai's will have better prices.
I've had their food and it is good traditional German food. The potato pancakes are very good and the currywurst was pleasurable.
09-11-2008 05:05:22 |
More by mullenite
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
Stubbie's is of course best because of its selection. I'd love to work at a place like this; I applied a few weeks ago and no reply though...bummer. Anyway, its a fun little place with a helpful staff and the largest selection in town amongst all the bars. If you are on a mission to try as many different beers as possible (as I am) and want to save money (because it is a little pricey at Stubbie's) make sure to just frequent Dorn's, Ward's, Gator Bev, the ABC on archer, and the multiple little liqour stores scattered around town (for example the publix on 13th has one next to it that has an acceptable selection), and I've yet to try the Wine & Cheese place downtown. Cheers
05-24-2008 01:04:38 |
More by joshwlt
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Stubbies is the best place to try craft beers in Gainesville.
Berkeley is usually around to help with selection ideas, and when shes not the staff is quite knowledgeable about their massive selection. Also everyone is really nice about dealing with people who have no idea what to order.
Expanded the bar and installed more beer into the system. They have the appropriate glassware for all your drinking needs. More beers are on the way.
The beer garden area is really very fun. I've been over there for a tasting or two and the food is super delish. I'd recommend the cabbage.
Right now the only thing that doesn't quite work for me are the t-shirts on the wall. But for this kind of selection and staff I will be more than glad to ignore whats on the wall and focus on whats in my glass.
01-22-2008 23:43:41 |
More by Zeckster
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
What can I say about this place that hasnt already been said...
Atmosphere: it is a very small bar that has about 15 high tables but it is very narrow and a little tight. Most people who frequent here have a good knowledge of beer for the most part, so that makes for very good conversation and comparisons with others
Service: All of the servers that I have come across have been more than helpful and they all have a good knowledge of what beers they carry and are able to navigate through their beer menu with precision. They are also very patient if you have a tough time deciding on which beer to have (it will happen)
Selection: This is their beer menu from their website...(PDF file)
Food: They have told me that they are adding a German food menu soon but I have not been back in a long time (school work) so when I try the food Ill re-rate this
Value: Most beers are in the $5/6/7+ range, but others such as the Sierra Nevadas, the Warsteiners, and any others on tap are closer to $3.xx
This is the best beer bar in Gainesville, and to be honest one of the best that I have been to in Florida. Overall I highly, highly recommend this place
11-13-2007 22:52:01 |
More by scottyshades
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
The atmosphere for this place was pretty good. A lot of people in the tiny bar, all their seemigly to drink quality beer. A little bright for a bar, but that allowed you to view all of T-Shirts lining the walls. There was no smoke haze, which was excellent.
They serve their beers in the appopriate glassware when they have them. They dont have every glass for every beer, but they do have a lot.
This bar, however, has the most pretentious, arrogant waitstaff that I have ever encountered, ever. I asked if they had any Weizenbocks, to which I received the reply that there is no such thing. Not only was I told that they dont exist, the waiter said that the name of the style doesnt make sense because "bocks have wheat in them, so to say WeizenBock would be redundant".
Their selection was solid (despite not having any Weizenbocks), however they could offer a few more beers on tap (only about 5-6). They have a nice selction of Belgians from which I had an Orval and Boon Gueze. However the were a bit pricey as they set me back almost $20 for the pair.
I had to knock their selcetion because as their name says, they are a "Shirt Pub". So I asked about buying a few T-Shirts that they were selling. I first asked about a Duvel shirt, but htey didnt have any left. The I enquired about 4-5 other shirts, which were all sold out as well.
Overall I would have a nice time at this bar, but the waitstaff was extremely obnoxious. I will not be returning to Stubbies and I dont recommend you frequent the place either.
07-16-2007 02:35:01 |
More by IPAcraig
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is literally a tiny hole in the wall bar in the heart of downtown Gainesville. The atmosphere is very nice. On the walls are all the t-shirts that Stubbie's sells. They offer shirts with official beer logos as well as very humorous cartoons and saying. Their selection of real imported beers is awesome including ones I've never heard of from all over the world with at least 150 different varieties. How they fit it in that little place I do not know. There is a little bar to sit at or a few high top tables. TV's play sports in the corners. The bartenders are really bubbly and friendly which adds to the pleasant atmosphere. If you're ever in the area be sure to stop and enjoy a frosty brew.
09-10-2006 21:44:08 |
More by Portertime
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
for mature beer drinkers, this is gainesville's one and only haven. one needs only to go in and talk to any one of the bartenders to realize that Stubbies' goal is to bring a quality selection chosen by the pub owners to the barren landscape of meat markets that pepper the city of Gainesville.
sure, you can spend a lot less at Gator Beverage, Dorn's, or any other place in G'ville on the same beer -- but, part of going to a pub is to interact with the people who go there. If you want to meet smart, selective, astutue folks, this is the place to go. The owner Berkeley is one of the most brilliant, tasteful, and beautiful people i've ever met. You can't help but fall in love at Stubbie's.
08-22-2006 07:16:06 |
More by teletype1
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I found stubbies to be a rather odd place. Inside it is decorated with T-shirt designs, and has an Australian theme to its decorating. It is a very small bar, located downtown, so it gets claustrophobicaly full on the weekend. I found it had an excelent selection, with a great selection of Belgain beers which I am partial to. The bartenders were friendly, knowledgable and helpfull in picking beers, but they were also being run ragged by the crowd. I liked most everything about the place except for the extreme crowdedness, if I can go back on a less busy night I probably will.
05-09-2006 20:25:53 |
More by geetlord
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Overall, this is a great place to get some rare beers (unlike anything else in North Florida, that i know of). The beer selection is quite good and exceedingly broad. The only weakness, imo, is there tap selection. Very limited for a beer pub. The owner and servers are very well-informed and very helpful when looking for that special beer you're craving but can't pinpoint. As noted already, they typically serve the beers in their appropriate glasswear (its a rare experience in Florida to get an obscure Belgium beer served in a glass from that same obscure brewery).
The atmosphere is good - not great. I enjoyed hanging out in the cozy joint (it is a bit too small), but the whole T-shirt theme is just lame (and the shirts themselves even more so), and the Australian/Aboriginal decor is a bit odd, almost trippy. It all seems a bit out of sync, incoherent as a 'theme'.
Another relative weakness is the lack of food. I don't hold this against them, as they are relatively new, and I was told that you are allowed to bring in your own food! As I said, overall, this is a unique place for unique beers, and worth checking out.
12-15-2005 03:57:03 |
More by kingjames1
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
By far and away the best place to drink beer in Gainesville. I found out about this place only this past summer, and I now frequent it at least 2-3 times a week. With 200+ beers to choose from, in no way can you go wrong. The owner of Stubbies might possibly be the nicest person ever, and boy does she know her stuff. The rest of the staff is also great. Although the bar is small and it gets cramped on some of the busier nights, in no way should that turn you away. Beyond just the beer, they have a plethora of beer t-shirts that range from clever to borderline insanely hilarious. If you are ever are in the area DO NOT hesitate to stop in and experience Stubbies. Oh and if you do, bring a sharpie and use the restroom.... youll see!!!
11-02-2005 19:45:24 |
More by dmbgator
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