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Sergio's World Beers
Taps: 40 / Bottles: 1200
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1605 Story Ave
phone: (502) 618-2337
This Sergio's World Beers location features the same establishment, ownership, and senior management team as the location that recently closed in Shelbyville, KY.
(Place added by: EricSWB on 08-11-2009)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 25 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped on the way from Chicago to Asheville NC. On the top 25 places on that other site, in Louisville KY???
My wife and I drove by the place 3 times, no signs and from the reviews on said other site, I figured there'd be some flashing neon sign I could see 5 miles away. Interesting older looking neighborhood, but then pretty much everything we drove through looked that way. Flags cover the windows, as others have said, is what you're looking for.
One of the strangest places I've ever walked in to. Chaos of bottles and glassware on a wood bar with ornate backing. Glassware covering the walls behind and beside the bar. Like some uber beer geek just turned his entire house into his cellar and drinking area. The building is long and there is seating in the back, follow the stream of coolers.
Counted 43 on draft. Prices were marked on a menu, semi up do date but had hand written updates on it. Bottle shop selection of bottles, almost all coolered. Huge selection, prices were a bit high otherwise would have brought some home. I would seriously wonder if he has some stuff he probably shouldn't, but certainly was not complaining. Sergio is a true beer lover, seemed to love talking beer and travel. Apparent he didn't want every idiot in the city in there, really catered to those who appreciate the craft.
People were eating, but we tried none. Eclectic, eccentric, if you find you way you owe it to yourself to stop here, if not just to say you've been and tell others about your experience.
09-03-2011 01:20:04 |
More by Bung
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
One of the most eclectic and best beer bars I have ever been to. It is seriously more like a beer library and study hall than a pub or bar.
The atmosphere is like no other. First off, it's in a building with no signs or a logo on the awning. The windows are covered with flags and tapestries, and the door doesn't even have the name on it. It's seriously like a speak easy for beer nerds. An absurd amount of breweriana all over the place. Tons of beer coolers throughout the establishment filled with beers you simply pick out yourself. A smaller bar up front, as well as all the taps and about 5 or so beer coolers. A hallway that leads to seating for guests who are wanting to sit or eat at a table rather than the bar. More coolers there, and plenty of booths. Rare beer bottles, both unopened and consumed strayed about. As well as magnums, jeroboams, and other strange bottle formats on display. Truly a unique beer bar atmosphere, and almost like drinking at an old friend's house who really loves beer rather than an established business.
The bartenders are knowledgeable and more than willing to make a suggestion for you, or talk beer. But the wait staff in the back wasn't too great the last time I was there. I had to get my own beer a couple of times, and he wouldn't even bring me a water. But as a whole, their employees are good. Also, the owner Sergio is basically the ultimate beer geek. He loves to talk beer, and drink with customers. He's always there either working or drinking with friends or customers (one in the same for him, I'm sure).
The selection is out of this world. Tons of fresh beer on tap, with kegs being constantly rotated. Also, I've seen some vintage kegs and rare beers on tap before while there. They don't even have a beer menu simply because I'm sure a dozen times a week, a keg will be kicked and they'll rotate the tap to something new. There are some regular beers that always seem to be on tap there though, like Rodenbach Classic and Bell's Two Hearted. Also, their bottle selection is unbelievable. Tons of vintage beers, imports you've never heard of and American craft and micro you can't get anywhere else. Hell, Sergio will even serve you something a bit rarer from his personal stash if he is in the mood. I've had sour ales from Belgium that were almost a decade old or older, and vintage barleywines and stouts by American brewers from years ago from the coolers. It seems like they have a deep cellar and just put out beer at random. I've also seen some pretty rare things there that I didn't even think an American beer bar could have. Sergio goes out of his way, and travels to get these beers to serve at his bar and it really shows.
Overall, an outstanding beer bar. One of the best, if not the best I have ever been to. Tons of beer (vintage bottles, in season and current bottles, and like 40 taps that are constantly rotating), a vibe unlike any other, an owner that loves beer and wants to talk beer with you as well as drink with you, and plenty of things for customers to look at and discuss while they drink their beer. Like I said, it's seriously almost like a beer library rather than a pub or restaurant. Once I try their food, I will add that to the review and score. My only complaint is I wish they would develop a chalkboard system like most beer bars have so you could know what was on draft without looking for an up to date beer menu or having a bartender list off forty or so beers. But the selection process they allow the customer to do with bottles they have more than make up for the absent minded waiter I had once and the lack of a proper beer menu. The prices can vary from cheap to expensive too. Vintage beers will cost you a bit more, as well as some things on tap. But the prices seem justified.
08-01-2011 05:40:26 |
More by auroracrisis
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Sergio's features over 1,400 bottles (yes 1,400), and over 40 taps. Sergio, the proprietor is a beer lover and a snob, in a good way. Be sure you talk to him when you visit, he's full of good beer stories that usually involves his travels to Belgium.
You will not find anything that resembles a Budweiser, Miller or Coors unless you go to the men's restroom, because frankly, that's where these beers belong anyway. Ask for a water, and Sergio may jokingly offer you a Coors.
The selection is quite amazing. If you're lost, just ask Sergio. Tell him what you like, and the price range and he'll lead you to one of the many refrigerators and pull out the winner. This place even stocks rarities like Beer Geek Weasel, and some hard to find Belgians, which are near and dear to Sergio's heart.
If you want a mind-numbingly huge choice of Craft Beers, Imports and rarities ,this is the place for you. Remember, no credit cards are accepted here, kids, though there is an ATM on site.
03-15-2011 17:26:03 |
More by scrizo
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
Stopped by this place back in January. It is rather difficult to find as there are no signs outside, but I suppose maybe they want it that way? Once inside, there is a small seating area and bar with loads of taps. This is what I came for! The tap selection was off the charts. Very good (and some rare) choices there. The vibe was kind of odd, and the service questionable (when my party moved to the back room we didn't see a server for probably 20 minutes), but I got the impression this place was simply all about the brew. We didn't have any food, so I can't comment on that. The prices seemed reasonable for the selection. It's not the most fun place in the world, but if you're looking to try some great (and possibly tough-to-find) draft beer then it's worth a shot.
03-11-2011 20:48:39 |
More by KYBrewgrass
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Finding this place, not an easy job. My friend and I passed it up a couple of times before finally using the GPS, and stopping nearby to ask a guy smoking a cigarette outside a nearby bar who pointed us in the right direction. And I'm local! No signage for this, but there is an old sign out front that says the "Fusion Bar". CASH ONLY TOO!!!!
After talking with the owner, I understand why. He isn't in this business to make a ton of cash. That why there is no signage and it is cash only. He wants REAL beer lovers to search this place out. Not a bunch of frat boys searching for a Bud Lite and a pool table. Therefore there is no signage and it is cash only, (although there is an ATM on premise, but it will cost you a $3.00 service charge).
The beer selection is unrivaled at any bar in Louisville, and I'd bet most of North America. If you're a beer lover, you're going to need to bring at least a hundred in cash to try everything you'd want to try. Seriously, you could spend a whole paycheck here.
This place is apparently an old shotgun house that has been renovated into a bar. Not a bar atmosphere here at all. But beer coolers line the walls all the way back to the end of the place. It will take you 15 to 20 minutes just to quick-glace over every beer here. And do yourself a favor and strike up a conversation with the owner Sergio. He can tell you about every beer he has there, and others than he doesn't. And quite possibly he will have other beers behind the counter, not even out for sell to the general public! So do yourself a favor and be friendly.
Didn't try the food, but for a small place like this, the menu is extensive. Like the beer selection, there are a whole lot of choices! Well more than your typical bar fare.
Seriously, if you're a real beer fan visiting Louisville, you CANNOT pass up visiting this place! This should be your first destination!
01-06-2011 05:10:28 |
More by jhp40219
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Well, if you want to find Sergio's, the method is simple: ask someone behind a bar who has the best selection in town. Everyone who has a serious interest in beer around here knows how to get to Sergio's. Getting directions is likely your best bet anyway.
The beer selection is numbing. It's easy to forget that you're trying to pick a beer as you see row after row of amazing, unusual or unheard-of beers. The phrase "kid in a candy shop" is spot-on. A thousand-plus selections on bottle alone. Their website has the current draft list. Go look now. My jaw drops every time.
The food is good Largely unamazing, but quite tasty. Usually, this'd warrant a 4, but Sergio's hosts beer dinners in which the food warranted a 4.5.
The service and atmosphere seem to go hand-in-hand. It's not like a "bar", but almost like a "beer library." The people there reflect this idea. Wander around and make your selection, or ask them if you need help. Once you get one of them on the case, you will wind up with a beer you love. If price is an issue, mention that to them beforehand or they'll simply point you to the most exceptional (and often priciest) rendition of your request. Not to say they ignore you, because if you've made a selection or gotten food, they make sure that everything is up to your expectations.
With so much going for them, it's easy to see that they get busy. Their hands might be full when you get there, but it's completely worth the wait.
09-22-2010 23:10:06 |
More by Bourbon
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
There is no sign outside to help you navigate, and being located on a one-way street makes Sergio's a difficult bar to find but once you are in you will be glad you are here. The dark interior is spacious and the wooden bar to your right is massive and cluttered with bottles. Behind the bar is an impressive glassware collection.
When you enter Sergio's World Beers, you definitely enter Sergio's world and Sergio's rules. Don't expect fawning service, you must order at the bar, probably pick up your own food, and bring your empty glasses back to the bar when you either order your next beer or pay your bill. Except you will have no bill, you keep track of the beers consumed and Sergio will tally your total when you are ready to settle up. You will not know ahead of time what the bill will be because there are no prices listed. Bring cash, no credit cards are accepted here, however, there is an ATM near the front door. Free Wi-Fi offered.
The beer is served in the proper, branded glass and it is not over-chilled. Several coolers are filled with singles as well as the 43 taps. Sergio's claims over 1000 beers, I do not doubt it.
The front room/bar is decorated with tap handles and beer signs. Throughout the bar you will find random detritus - empty boxes, menus, old cardboard promotional displays, random bottles or maybe a Chimay umbrella fully open but stored leaning over some kegs. The back room/dining room has many wooden booths and several long tables, an old large screen TV, and beer storage. The air is bit stale and stuffy. A beer cooler leaking on the carpet probably doesn't help the air quality of the place. This is a chaotic and lived in kind of place.
Sergio welcomed us on a recent visit, handing us a thick list of beers on tap - a brief description of every beer on tap simply printed on white paper. No prices are listed. There are many world class beers to choose from. As a hophead I wish there were a few more West Coast or Belgian IPAs. However, there is nothing to complain about when you can choose from beers like: Haandbryggeriet Norwegian Wood, Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Charlie, Fred & Kens Bock, Great Lakes Independence Ale, Goose Island Matilda, and many more.
There is a full kitchen with many Mexican, Italian, and American entrees, some vegetarian options too. They also host occasional beer dinners with more upscale food. I've had the fried mushrooms, there were only okay.
This is an eccentric, eclectic, and rewarding place for a beer geek. If you go there for a beer and maybe something to eat I think you will be more pleased than if you go there for dinner and maybe a beer. Do you follow me?
You have to know what to expect when you enter Sergio's. This is not a typical American restaurant/bar. You will not receive the type of service you are accustomed to (unless you have travelled outside the country a great deal). You will have to work but experiencing great beer will be your reward.
08-24-2010 15:11:55 |
More by Cresant
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
Sergio's is truly an amazing place! This review could go on forever, but you need to experience Sergio's yourself. If you need help finding the place go to mapquest if you don't have GPS. It's a little difficult to find the first few times but you'll get used to it. They also had (they may still have) great beer specials on some of their nearly 50 taps. The food there is OK. It's not the best but it has improved since we have started visiting. The only time the food is really "good" is during the beer dinners. I believe they have stopped doing those however. It was a really good deal for $50 something. I encourage you to check this place out! You need to experience this yourself. It is well worth it!
06-14-2010 02:29:32 |
More by KingBaby32
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
You are reading this review at beeradvocate.com, so I'd be willing to wager that you like beer. As such, I will address the type of "exbeerience" you can expect at Sergio's World Beers. (Yeah, that was corny. I know.)
The first thing you might experience is a feeling of awe as you gaze upon the seemingly endless offerings. There are over one-thousand, and more than forty of them are on tap. That's right. Over 1000 different beers! More than 40 different beers on tap!
The next feeling you may have might be one of indecision. Be not afraid. To say that Sergio is a capable guide to the beers of the world vastly understates his body of knowledge and amicable way of conversing about beer. A few friendly words of conversation about what you like about beer and he'll soon be leading you to your next favorite discovery.
Sergio's World Beers is a great beer bar to visit anytime, but attending a beer dinner offered by Sergio is one of the best ways to experience everything that is outstanding about Sergio's. Not only are the pairings of foods and beers masterfully chosen by Sergio himself, he is also heavily involved with the food preparation. It is truly a treat for anyone who can appreciate a variety of fine food and drink.
I hope you have a chance to visit. You may find that he has that special bottle you've been unable to find for years tucked away, waiting for you.
04-25-2010 18:45:58 |
More by atroycecil
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
This isn't some uberchic cocktail lounge where the self-important crowd goes to be seen. With that being said...
Imagine having a great friend with a Man Cave...but not just any Man Cave. This is Beer Shangri-la...devoted entirely to amazing beers from all over the world!
Overwhelmed? Sergio, your host, will gladly recommend something from his incredible tap selection. If you require a beer list...ask for the Beer Bible, it's floating about somewhere. You can even reserve your beer selection online...just give 24 hour notice. You want that beer at proper temperature, don't you?
If you're in a hurry...wait until you've ample time to enjoy great beers, great food (try his world famous ceviche for starters), and intelligent conversation. to visit Sergio's.
01-25-2010 00:38:05 |
More by KamaZootra
Sergio's World Beers in Louisville, KY
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