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Sergio's World Beers
Taps: 40 / Bottles: 1200
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1605 Story Ave
phone: (502) 618-2337
This Sergio's World Beers location features the same establishment, ownership, and senior management team as the location that recently closed in Shelbyville, KY.
(Place added by: EricSWB on 08-11-2009)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 1 | $$$
I've been to this place a handful of times and finally have enough time to write a review.
There is a good selection of beer, but no beer menu or listing of what is on draft - so they may have a lot of beer, but how can you tell?
The building isn't marked so its a little hard to find.
The service was almost non-existent.
The food was cold and bland and they don't list the prices to their beer anywhere???
Also, because of the lack of pricing you may pay different prices for the same beers on different nights.
Overall, i thought it was completely disorganized and unprofessional and a bad representation for good beer bars.
There are many places in Louisville that offer great selections of beers and also have great service and good food, this is not one of them.
12-29-2009 13:47:16 |
More by WHOLEBEER
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 2.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.25 | $$$
Sergio's is a unique Louisville pub that reminds me of a dive bar serving excellent beer. But it seems to me that the place needs someone to help keep it cleaner. There are many different glasses displayed high above the bar that are hazy with dust and grime. However, the list of beers offered is indeed amazing, there must be 30 plus taps including many Belgians and other quality beers plus hundreds of bottles from all over the world. He does have some descriptions of the beers on his list, but there are many others not listed. He has probably 6 or more coolers that are full of exotic beers which you can open and help yourself. I don't know how he prices those beers; I suggest you ask before opening the bottle. I visit Sergio's about 3 or more times a year and it is both great and disappointing. This last time it was a bust. Sergio wasn't there and his minion behind the bar was very unwelcoming. This is a serious beer bar with little extraneous talk with the bartender other than about beer and this guy didn’t want to talk. The beers that we had were priced between $7.50-$9.00 for a small pour of I guess about 8 oz in a small tulip glass, and the bartender went to great effort to keep the beer level in the glass to more than an inch below the rim while trying to get a nice head which either didn’t work or didn’t last long. And the beers weren't even served in appropriate glassware, which was surprising as I saw so many different glasses all over the place. I was tempted to request another round but with these pricy beers that are cash only (there is an ATM inside, but no checks or credit cards), I had to pass. Regrettably, the beer I came for, Klokke Roeland, tasted off to me and I mentioned this to the bartender who ignored my critique. I don’t believe samples are offered and once the beer is poured, it’s yours. I have enjoyed Klokke on two separate occasions while in San Francisco at La Trappe, (a wonderful Belgian pub), and was very impressed with this beer, not so at Sergio’s. Perhaps the line wasn’t cleaned well from the last keg or two. I will be back but my taste for the place has been soured
04-04-2013 23:59:04 |
More by excalibur
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: 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: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
Sergio's has moved to Louisville, finally. Same guy, same menu, new location. While he still has lots of stuff to unpack, and it definitely shows, the doors are open for business. Many of his 1000-or-so beers are still in boxes. He just doesn't know which boxes. That said, the selection is a bit of a mystery. Compared to the old place, it looks a bit smaller, but very clean (boxes notwithstanding) and has some great woodwork behind the bar. Soon enough, it'll begin to take on a personality reflective of it's new digs. Check it out, but whatever you do, don't drink anything you've already had before. You'd just be missing the point.
08-23-2009 19:30:58 |
More by compass40204
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 1.5 | $$$
Okay. This place has me in a love/hate situation. I LOVE the fact that they have so many beers to choose from. I LOVE the beer signs, tap handles and other beer "eye candy" that is EVERYWHERE. (think back to your teenage years and how your bedroom looked).
Now, the food sucks. Honestly. Its horrible, so eat somewhere else and then come here. Or drink here and order the food to sober up. The only good thing is the pretzel. Then we have the actual prices on the beer. The tap prices are fair, but the bottles are STUPID! Why would I pay $20 for a bottle that I can get for $7.99 at any other liquor store in Louisville? (Read Hoptimus by NABC). Oh and lets not forget that this place is cash only. Really? For what reason?
04-05-2013 08:00:55 |
More by HopsMatt
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
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: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.25 | $$
I located this place thanks to beer advocate and wanted to add my two cents. Iv never seen a selection this vast and Corey was a great bartender. Sergio helped me pick out one of my beers, although truth be told I appreciated Corey's advice more. If you're withibg twenty miles you have little to no excuse for missing this place.
And the food is fine. Not great, but who goes to Hooters for the wings. Also, the patrons here love talking beer.
06-18-2013 01:31:16 |
More by Andrew041180
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
First this place is hard to find, hidden away on the street and no sign. My suggestion look for the flags in the windows. Now to the important stuff, the place is small in the front, there is more seating in the rear. The front reminds me of someones basement, making it cozy and prime for conversations. Sergio is usually there for service and is very helpful if you have a question. Beer is served in the proper glasswear. There around twenty taps with range of beers, from American craft beer, Belgians, to German brews. The bottle menu is massive and impressive, you can not go wrong with a choice from either tap or a bottle. Did not try the food, but there were some interesting things to try with craft beer. The prices are in line with what one would expect, I did not ask how much for PBR on tap was. Plus, they do not take credit/debit cards, so, BRING CASH. Overall this is great place to have in the city limits of Louisville that has a great beer menu.
09-28-2009 12:30:09 |
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