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Stubbies & Steins
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 400
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
9 W University Ave
phone: (352) 384-1261
(Place added by: gabe)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 36
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I love Stubbie's. It is an oasis of a beer bar in an otherwise beerless desert. I especially love the expansion. The Australian themed half was nice, but that small room, with the lack of textiles to absorb sound, got loud and crowded. The new Germany themed expansion is amazing. It looks like a beer hall. I've been to Bavaria and it has an authenic feel to it. The selection also improved with the expansion and more importantly the draught selection improved. My only complaint about Stubbies for a long time was the lack of rotating drafts. Rogue Yellow Snow was on draught for about a year. Up until that feat, I thought Yellow Snow was a seasonal beer. Now there are several German and Belgium as well as classical and craft American beers on draught. I hope the new selection continues to rotate frequently.
I guess if I have to be critical of Stubbie's now I'd have to address the music. Sometimes the music being softly piped into German or Australia is ignorable or provides appropriate ambient noise but other times it seems repetitive or too stuck in the 80's. Not a substantial complaint I guess. But worth mentioning.
09-17-2008 16:30:40 |
More by drabmuh
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
What a most amazing place! Not enough good things I can say about it, but I'll try. First off.. the beer. Close to 200 different selections (mostly bottle/some draft) and counting. Quite a nice bit of belgians. They had the Avery Beast there and many other "big beers". There is a menu to peruse to help with your selection that is divided into countries and then the new selections are on the back.
The service is impeccable. Very attentive and knowledgable staff. They can recommend many great beers and describe them to a tee. Plus they are extremely friendly, especially the owner. Proper glassware is used for all beers.
As for the extras... It can get a little crowded at times (plus only 1 unisex bathroom) but still well worth it. You can purchase all the glassware that they use in the bar. They also sell t-shirts... most of them beer related... that they make in the upstairs portion of the bar. As with other bars of this nature, there is an "Offenders" club where you can try and take down 100 of the beers they offer in a year. If accomplised you get a free t-shirt and your name on the wall. Speaking of the walls... the atmosphere is great. Very cool/neat paintings on the walls and ceiling. Just a great vibe all throughout.
If you are ever in the area I highly recommend a vist to Stubbies!
10-20-2004 15:57:55 |
More by gabe
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is one of the many reasons I hated to move away from Gainesville...no more stubbie's. Stubbies has the firiendliest, most insteresting, and interested proprietor I have met in a long while. Berkley, the proprietor, is a lovely human and will gladly share her knowledge of beer, and will also listen if you know something that she does not. The bartenders are not beer snobs, and the patrons range from homebrew geeks, to those interested in trying something other than the usual college town beer-swill. They are always interested in bringing in new and interesting beers, and enlightening Gainesville about real beer.
08-08-2005 20:17:42 |
More by ridedammit
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$
Neat litt spot here in Gainesville. Lots of rotating taps and something like 500 bottles. Huge selection of Belgian brews. Service was okay, and the food was decent. Plan on going back here again soon.
Definitely come here and check out the chicken sausage with cheese in it. Yum! Some nice special brews on tap like Hoppin Frog Cafe Silk Porter, Bell's stuff, more. Definitely worth a stop.
11-22-2013 03:01:17 |
More by BMMillsy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
What can I say about this place that hasnt already been said...
Atmosphere: it is a very small bar that has about 15 high tables but it is very narrow and a little tight. Most people who frequent here have a good knowledge of beer for the most part, so that makes for very good conversation and comparisons with others
Service: All of the servers that I have come across have been more than helpful and they all have a good knowledge of what beers they carry and are able to navigate through their beer menu with precision. They are also very patient if you have a tough time deciding on which beer to have (it will happen)
Selection: This is their beer menu from their website...(PDF file)
Food: They have told me that they are adding a German food menu soon but I have not been back in a long time (school work) so when I try the food Ill re-rate this
Value: Most beers are in the $5/6/7+ range, but others such as the Sierra Nevadas, the Warsteiners, and any others on tap are closer to $3.xx
This is the best beer bar in Gainesville, and to be honest one of the best that I have been to in Florida. Overall I highly, highly recommend this place
11-13-2007 22:52:01 |
More by scottyshades
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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: 4 | $$
Of all the places to go for a beer in Gainesville, this is really the only place that I bother with.
With some 200 or so beers on tap and in bottles, Stubbies easily has the best selection in town. The best part is they usually serve it in the correct glasswear.
Prices are good considering the selection.
Service is polite and everyone who works there seems to know something about the beer that they serve.
My only complaint about this place is that it is very small. At most about 75 people can fit inside, and only about 50 or so comfortably. When I was there last, there were only 6 hightop tables and maybe 4 or 5 seats at the bar.
Even with it's small size, it's still the best place to drink in Gainesville.
03-24-2005 03:42:38 |
More by LuckySevens82
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
As Stubbies & Steins had the highest rating of any restaurant in Gainesville as per Beer Advocate, I just had to visit while in town.
Pretty good German themed atmosphere with a restaurant on one side and what appeared to be a take-out place on the other side. A lot of interesting beer and German related pieces.
The service was fair, but confusing. You never had the same waiter/waitress twice and too many "bar backs" were circling who could not take your order.
The beers we had were very good and served very well. Zero complaints about selection (quite a bit) or handling/glassware.
The food was pseudo-German and tasty, but *far* from authentic (you will never see 2.5 cm thick Schnitzel), the waitstaff did not know what spaetzle was, and the kartoffelpuffer were obviously from McCain or Tyson.
Overall enjoyed Stubbies & Steins and I'd surely go back if I were in Gainesville again, but this place does not deserve the "A+ World Class" rating that it currently has on BeerAdvocate.
10-05-2010 14:26:02 |
More by MarcGetty
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
The atmosphere for this place was pretty good. A lot of people in the tiny bar, all their seemigly to drink quality beer. A little bright for a bar, but that allowed you to view all of T-Shirts lining the walls. There was no smoke haze, which was excellent.
They serve their beers in the appopriate glassware when they have them. They dont have every glass for every beer, but they do have a lot.
This bar, however, has the most pretentious, arrogant waitstaff that I have ever encountered, ever. I asked if they had any Weizenbocks, to which I received the reply that there is no such thing. Not only was I told that they dont exist, the waiter said that the name of the style doesnt make sense because "bocks have wheat in them, so to say WeizenBock would be redundant".
Their selection was solid (despite not having any Weizenbocks), however they could offer a few more beers on tap (only about 5-6). They have a nice selction of Belgians from which I had an Orval and Boon Gueze. However the were a bit pricey as they set me back almost $20 for the pair.
I had to knock their selcetion because as their name says, they are a "Shirt Pub". So I asked about buying a few T-Shirts that they were selling. I first asked about a Duvel shirt, but htey didnt have any left. The I enquired about 4-5 other shirts, which were all sold out as well.
Overall I would have a nice time at this bar, but the waitstaff was extremely obnoxious. I will not be returning to Stubbies and I dont recommend you frequent the place either.
07-16-2007 02:35:01 |
More by IPAcraig
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
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
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