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Active Beers: 20
Beer Ratings: 65
Beer Avg: 3.86
Taps: 16 / Bottles: 12
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
923 W 7th St
phone: (501) 375-8466
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Drove in from Memphis looking over the flood devastation along the way. I’m dumbfounded, I’ve never seen anything like this before. Mostly lakes that aren’t lakes but rather fields under water with partially submerged houses dotting the landscape as far as the eye can see, and roads running alongside the highway that just disappear to nowhere into the water. Shocking disbelief. Made for a crappy ride down to Little Rock, but it’s done and we’re here. Lunch at Vino’s, a quick drop at the hotel, and then we’ll deal out this not-a-wedding thing...
Funny little building on the corner that’s been a bunch of things since Muswick 1909. Clearly, some of the vintage accents still exist. Brewing equipment in the front window, and you enter the other side. So we did. Good open space with large front windows done in house signage & neons, and ornate windows above. Gray walls with black trim, ancient floorings and an old pressed tin ceiling painted black, exposed ductwork, drop spinny fans & glass suction cup lamps alternating. Wood placards of house beer label logos or whatever, plus local art for sale, and 3 shelves of brewerania cans, growlers & pint glasses. TV’s in the corners for the looking at.
And of course, pizza counter action front row center. You belly up, tell ‘em what you want for eat and drinks, and they deliver to you tableside. Pretty straight forward. Hightop pizza counters in alternating gray & black, behind which where the pizza oven & kitchen prep be. Bundles of taps affixed in 2, 2, 4, 2, 2, 3, 2 (How many is that? A little help please) of let’s punch a few more through this wall off the cold room alongside the counter. Pitchers above the taps, pint glasses just below and growlers tucked down underneath.
It may be that the New Belgium tap handle pieces lining it are just a distraction, but to me, the tap board up front is kind of vague. It’s kind of hard to tell what’s on (and it would be nice to have pint & pitcher pricing).I also find the bottle side of the board to be a bit of a marvel; crap domestics for $2.90 (Bud & Bud Light, Miller Lite, Rolling Rock, Shiner Bock, Killian’s Red), premium domestics for $4.25 (Anchor Steam, Boulevard Pilsner, Sam Adams Noble Pils, + these ciders three; Hornsby’s, Woodchuck & Hardcore), imports for $4.50 (Becks, Corona, Heineken, Amstel Light, Red Stripe), and super premium imports for $5.25 (Chimay x3, Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout, Nut Brown & Pale Ale).
On tap, 5 house beers served sampler in small plastic cups. Firehouse Pale Ale, deep amber color, finishes with a lingering hoppiness; Six Bridges Cream Ale, a light hop presence, but not too much of that; Pinnacle IPA, the nose knows, piney, with a big hop bitterness; Scotch Ale, dark, malty, and thankfully not band-aidy; Lazy Boy Stout, roasty, oaty, silky, a bit think but still pretty tasty. None of them were mind blowing amazing but the Scotch Ale was solid (or I wouldn’t have moved to a pint of it), and the Pinnacle IPA was pretty good, too.
And currently 10 guest taps, a mix of American craft (Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat, New Belgium Fat Tire, Blue Paddle & Mighty Arrow Spring Ale, Goose Island Summer Ale), a few meh imports (Warsteiner Pils, Bass, Guinness), and fan favorite macros (PBR & Miller Lite) Marin opted for the New Belgium Mighty Arrow of doesn’t suck, after sampling from my sampler.
And now, there will be pizza. I mean, their calzones are all the talk, but they boast NY style pizza, so I figged’ I’d quality control their asses (representing, yes). Marin had a slice of vegetarian, sans olives, as they are a known ‘disgustagin’ (that which is disgusting and makes anything it touches disgusting, too). She liked that the vegetables, specifically the onions & peppers, were sliced thin for the ease of eating. I had 2 slices; one plain & the other margherita (thick cut tomatoes, a whole lot of garlic, mozzarella & parmesan, crushed basil, olive oil and no sauce). The plain was solid but the margherita was total WIN.
14 tables running from up front in the windows down adjacent to the pizza counters to the rear. Through to the side room, 7 tables and some bar counter seating ‘L’ing the brew room. And to the rear, a music venue area, long and narrow. Small L bar up front with a few raised roundies, and 2 rows of table lows running back to a stage area that has seen some action, to be sure. Yes, they have the essential pinball & Galaga for play.
Good crowd here this Saturday afternoon. A comfortable, indie, off divey, chill place, and they’ve been playing Stones tunes the whole time we’ve been here, so that doesn’t suck. I’ve gotten some good stuff but I’m holding out for ‘Time Waits For No One’. And I witnessed the filling of an 8.5 litre party pig, which is like a growler on crackle, so that’s something. Pizza jammed, and the beer was pretty good, some better than others but no total shite. We were hoping to get back here but I don’t think it’s going to happen.
11-08-2011 15:59:23 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
This was stop number 240 on my quest to visit all brewpubs in North America.
Vino's is located off the beaten path in a under commercialized area of downtown Little Rock. I was expecting something a bit more homestyle based on the name but was pleased with what I found. My trip also included stops at Bosco's and Flying Saucer. Vino's is the polar oppisite of both those places. It felt more like a grimy college bar. It was a Thursday evening and it appeared a band was tuning up to play as I finised up. Lots of younger punky kids were hanging out.
I had the scotch ale, IPA, and stout. All were good beers. Nothing exceptional but very nice for a local neighborhood joint that aspires to make its own beer. The two slices of pizza I got were good as well.
Overall a cozy locals joint that should be included in your limited selection of places in Little Rock. I used the bathroom at the very end and it was in very bad shape.
04-18-2008 20:32:13 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
Vino's is located at the corner of 7th and Chester in downtown Little Rock due East of the Capital. The exterior is unassuming and the establishment is catycorner from the Fire Station.
Once inside you notice the wooden floors and the tin celing. The place is really more like two businesses comingled into one. On one side is the taps and kitchen and some seating and on the other is the brewery and more seating. The decor is pure ecclectic with paintings and drawings and the necessary bathroom graffitti for a joint. The atomosphere is quite loud with conversation and alternative music and the place is fairly smoky. Despite the smoke the place has character and charm.
The service was attentive and apologetic when needed. One of my beers came out wrong and when noticed I was introduced to the brewer and allowed to tour the facility and taste a cask conditioned beer that was not currently on tap. Top notch service with my salad and calzone coming out timely and nicely done. The food was good and tasty.
The selection was 6 house beers and 16 total drafts with 2 of the guest drafts being kicked the night of my visit. The 6 house beers were very good and solid, and the 7th beer given to me was a cask conditioned imperial stout that was about 8% abv. It was accompanied by the brewer, Bill Riffle. Bill gave me a tour of the facility which is basically a 3 1/2 bbl DME system and three fermenters. They keg directly off the fermenters. The DME system is similar to the Sophisticated Otter in TN and has no HLT so double batches take two days. Despite the limitations Bill puts out about 325 bbl per year and since he lives about 100 miles away he stays in a hotel when he works consecutive days at the brewery.
Bill likes hops in his beers and is not afraid to show the kettle the hops. He has been brewing at Vino's about 4 years with yearly capacity increasing each year. If things increase he might need more fermenters or would have to stop doing lagers. The house yeast is 1056 and he does get special yeasts for some of the seasonals. A great guy who started out as a homebrewer and then moved on to working at Vino's.
Vino's is not the most glamorous place around, but it certainly is a place I will take the time to visit again. Highly recommended!
05-12-2005 01:20:10 |
More by GCBrewingCo
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I stopped in this place with some friends during my visit to Little Rock. Dingy and unkempt atmosphere, but kinda in a good way. A small bar in the front room, with several tables, and more tables in the back, with another room for live music. For a small place, it was pretty busy, and our waitress was a little slow, but understandably so, considering the crowd. The beers I sampled were pretty decent, and the pizza was good. It's a nice little corner bar, and I definitely got a good vibe from it. Fun times.
05-08-2011 22:01:38 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
This place definitely had a brewpub vibe... evident when I had to find the bathroom which was called wankers. I did a sampler and all were ok but not great with one exception. I really liked the Oatmeal Brown, a combination I'm unsure I've experienced before. The oatmeal flavors were present, but not with the thicker characteristics of a stout. I didn't try the food, although normally I would have because it smelled very good (intended to stick to southern BBQ the whole trip). Service and selection were both ok, and if you're in the area and looking for something craft it could be worth a stop. However despite that it is in the middle of a region lacking in craft, it would not measure up for me in other areas of the country... but I do see effort and promise here.
01-16-2012 19:33:55 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is what a brewpub should be, to me. Fancy decor is nice and might impress me, sure. Crazy interesting beers; also make me happy. But what makes me most happy is a bunch of people coming together to just do their thing.
A beat the hell up location with creaking floors that have a bounce to them that makes me wonder when one of the employees is going to tear by and fall through. Pizza was good; especially considering where we're at. Beer was good too. Service was a little distant at first, but I left a whopping $4 tip which seemed to impress someone, so they were my new friend. Note to Little Rockers - an extra $1 can go a very long way. A very long way.
I was happy to be able to hit this place up when I did. I would return in the future, and it'd be cool if I could bring a bunch of friends instead of the huge truck I was driving.
01-03-2013 17:05:54 |
More by RblWthACoz
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
This is a very interesting and unique place. As you first walk in there is a stand up front that you order at. The tap wall is behind the stand, and all the beers are on a chalkboard. Then you find a seat. There are two sections. Up front is divided in half, then there is a bar area in the back. At first I thought it was great, but there was a horribly loud heavy metal band playing in the back bar area. That really put me off for the feel of the place. Maybe I just came at the wrong time? I am sure if I came back at a different time it would be better.
The food and service was really good. Because you have to go to the front to order it can get slow, but the waitresses know their stuff and do the best they can. I had a callzone, and it hit the spot. Lots of pizzas and other sandwiches to chose from as well.
The quality can't be beat. The beer is as fresh as can be. The selection is really good as well. They have plenty of house beers. When I visited they had a Pale Ale, ESB, Scotch Ale, Porter, Stout, and some others I can't remember. They also have a lot of other high quality craft and imports. New Belgium to Sam Smith and Chimay.
I was surprised at how cheap it was. The house beers where $3.50 a pint. I had the ESB and Porter. Combined with my meal it was only $14.
Overall, this is a nice little local spot with great beer and food. Next time I come through town, I need to make sure there is not a loud band playing. Other than that, highly recommended.
12-28-2009 04:53:15 |
More by champ103
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited 22 Mar 2008.
Doesn't look like much from the outside (or the inside for that matter). Our party tried the pepperoni pizza and several different calzones. All were quite good, the pepperoni pizza was the best I've had in a long while.
Only tried two of the beers, the IPA and the Oktoberfest (!). Both were dark and slightly cloudy with some diacetyl. The IPA was not as hoppy as I would have liked but it was better than the Oktoberfest. If I had known they had a sampler I would have gotten that. We also tried the root beer (we were told they make it there), it was the best of the three, slightly spicy and not too sweet.
Overall the food and prices are better than Bosco's but the beer is not quite as good as Bosco's. I would go back for the pizza alone.
03-26-2008 06:20:47 |
More by htomsirveaux
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Blew in on a Thursday night with friends and family. Was a bit loud but nothing serious. A lot of hard wood, utilitarian décor, grunge type place, comfortable. Outstanding pizza and calzones took a while to get out, but were very worth the wait. My picky kids scarfed the food and were happy to hang out. I got a beer sampler and was happier as the beers got darker. There was a consistent Diacetyl note which my daughter picked up on as tasting like popcorn *sniff*, so proud.
As the beers got darker, the buttery note was overwhelmed by serious beer. The Stout was fantastic, the black beer solid, the Double IPA outrageous, and the spiced Christmas beer heavy handed, but worth the growler. Service was basic but up to par.
If youre in town, you have to decide if youre more upscale (Boscos) or earthy, hopefully you have time for both, with Vinos getting the nod if youre hungry.
01-01-2007 23:07:39 |
More by HardTarget
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5
This was my only visit to a brewpub in the state of Arkansas. Vino's sits on a street corner not far from the capital building. It took me awhile to find this place, as it was raining and many of the streets are one way. But it was a dandy. Upon entering I was immediately in the bar area and in the waiting line to order pizza. This place had no frills: old looking tables and chairs. This place looks as if it has been doing business awhile. I ordered a sampler, took my number and sat down at a table in the adjacent eating room to wait on my pizza. I was hungry so I ordered a medium. It took quite a long time for the pizza (about 45 mintes). They were busy, but I didn't think they were that busy. Boy was ordering a medium a mistake. The pizza was absolutely delicious, but they give you so much you can't eat it all. Meanwhile, the Pinnacle IPA was excellent. The Firehouse pale ale was also very good, as well as the Lazy Boy stout. I thoroughly enjoyed my short stay In Little Rock and strongly recommend Vino's.
01-02-2004 05:52:32 |
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