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Sergio's World Beers
Taps: 40 / Bottles: 1200
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1605 Story Ave
phone: (502) 618-2337
This Sergio's World Beers location features the same establishment, ownership, and senior management team as the location that recently closed in Shelbyville, KY.
(Place added by: EricSWB on 08-11-2009)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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: 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: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Sergio's is a really modest, super casual, down to earth establishment. When I stopped in, a couple of employees who were off that day were hanging out drinking. When employees spend their days off at work, you know that's a good sign. They love talking beer and even shared some of their own with me, pretty cool. Sergio himself is a pretty low key guy who likes talking beer as well.
The selection is huge and really sprawled out, arranged by region. The American beer takes up two or three window coolers up front where the bar is. Walking towards the back you'll find the dining area and a small walk-in cooler for Belgians. More window coolers towards the back house many of the other regional beers and there are a couple of refrigerators with more beer. Like, actual refrigerators, the kind in your kitchen, pretty random. Sergio is a glass collector and he has some really nice pieces up at the bar. Some are for sale, some are not, you just kind of have to ask. Like I said, super casual.
They had around 20 or 30 taps and the draft selection was incredible, lots of sours. I was able to get Cuvee Freddy aged in Belgian Owl Whisky barrels, and also a BFM 2012 Saint Bon-Chien. They had more modest offerings, too, like Kilkenny nitro ale and Pumking.
I didn't get to try any of the food, the staff raved about it, though.
I love the vibe here, you could spend all day trying new stuff and just chatting about beer. The emphasis on sours and other international beers should be noted; it is called Sergio's "World Beers" after all. With craft taking off in the US, I would have liked to see a stronger American contingent, but regardless, they have something for everyone. My only real gripe is the pricing. They are understandably higher than most places you'll go to, but considering the amount of inventory they have, you can see why. If they competed in price while having that amount of stock, they'd go under. If you've never been, this is a must visit for any beer geek, at least just so you can say you've been to Sergio's.
09-15-2013 16:53:04 |
More by TheBeerAlmanac
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Went with a group to see a Drive-By Truckers show at Headliners Music Hall. We made sure to arrive into Louisville several hours early to make a stop at Sergio's World Beers. The acclaim was impossible to ignore and I was curious to see how the place stacked up against other craft bars I love.
When it comes to quality and selection, this place remains one of the absolute best I've ever been to. We visited on a cold afternoon in February 2012, and were lucky enough to get 6 oz. pours of BrewDog's Tokyo. This was before any of us had ever heard of this amazing stout. We were fortunate enough to have a friendly and knowledgeable bartender that was more than happy to give us a crash-course on some of the offerings they currently had on tap. He highly recommended Tokyo, which we all had and loved. It's been one of our favorites ever since. I will always associate Sergio's with BrewDog Tokyo for that reason.
The only negative mark I can give Sergio's is the atmosphere. For the time of year we went it was uncomfortably cold inside. The temperature outside was almost exactly as it was inside, which was around 35 degrees. We never took our coats off and were shivering almost the entire time. It was a bit odd to not have heat for your customers, but the high ABV of the beers we were consuming did a sufficient job warming us up a bit.
08-12-2013 18:16:09 |
More by neckbracesub
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
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: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
First this place is hard to find, hidden away on the street and no sign. My suggestion look for the flags in the windows. Now to the important stuff, the place is small in the front, there is more seating in the rear. The front reminds me of someones basement, making it cozy and prime for conversations. Sergio is usually there for service and is very helpful if you have a question. Beer is served in the proper glasswear. There around twenty taps with range of beers, from American craft beer, Belgians, to German brews. The bottle menu is massive and impressive, you can not go wrong with a choice from either tap or a bottle. Did not try the food, but there were some interesting things to try with craft beer. The prices are in line with what one would expect, I did not ask how much for PBR on tap was. Plus, they do not take credit/debit cards, so, BRING CASH. Overall this is great place to have in the city limits of Louisville that has a great beer menu.
09-28-2009 12:30:09 |
More by cameraman
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 2.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.25 | $$$
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: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Well, if you want to find Sergio's, the method is simple: ask someone behind a bar who has the best selection in town. Everyone who has a serious interest in beer around here knows how to get to Sergio's. Getting directions is likely your best bet anyway.
The beer selection is numbing. It's easy to forget that you're trying to pick a beer as you see row after row of amazing, unusual or unheard-of beers. The phrase "kid in a candy shop" is spot-on. A thousand-plus selections on bottle alone. Their website has the current draft list. Go look now. My jaw drops every time.
The food is good Largely unamazing, but quite tasty. Usually, this'd warrant a 4, but Sergio's hosts beer dinners in which the food warranted a 4.5.
The service and atmosphere seem to go hand-in-hand. It's not like a "bar", but almost like a "beer library." The people there reflect this idea. Wander around and make your selection, or ask them if you need help. Once you get one of them on the case, you will wind up with a beer you love. If price is an issue, mention that to them beforehand or they'll simply point you to the most exceptional (and often priciest) rendition of your request. Not to say they ignore you, because if you've made a selection or gotten food, they make sure that everything is up to your expectations.
With so much going for them, it's easy to see that they get busy. Their hands might be full when you get there, but it's completely worth the wait.
09-22-2010 23:10:06 |
More by Bourbon
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I hope you know someone who has been here before, or you're fucked!! It's not like there is a sign that says "Sergios"!, but once inside the atmosphere is messy with a lot of bottles on the bar with coolers full of great beer and a shitload of taps that are not the norm.
The bartender is full of knowledge that will lead you in the right direction. They have like 40 taps of unreal craft beer that no matter your style, they have something for you.
Prices are reasonable considering what they have. The bottle selection is f'n unreal if you can find what you want-you may need to look hard to find a gem-but don't worry, it's probably there.
The best place to drink in Louisville, and maybe the Mid-West! I hear Sergio is there a lot and will converse with you about beer until you go home.
11-19-2011 03:39:19 |
More by JDizzle
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
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