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$$ - reasonable
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2809 Gulf to Bay Blvd
phone: (727) 797-6905
(Place added by: StevieW)
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| Reviews: 27 | Show All Ratings:
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in on a recent trip to Florida. After reading good reviews on the BA website, I made a special trip from Brandon to check this place out. I found the selection decent, but not overly impressive. I was able to pick up some items I have not yet found in my home state of New Jersey, including selections from Abita, Terrapin, and local Florida brews. There were beers from all corners of the globe.
The employee was friendly and asked if I needed help locating anything partiulcar. I was able to fill a mixed 6 pack for about $20.00.
I was disappointd that a majority of there beer was refrigerated. While it would be good for locals or someone buying beer they are drinking in the near future, I couldn't stock up with stuff for the trip home.
Overall I would say I had a good experience with World of Beer and would return If I were in the area, but not sure I'd make another special trip to get there.
11-14-2007 22:45:43 |
More by Jerzdevil1116
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Not to be confused with the chain beer place "WOB". This is a small store that specializes in selling beer. It's located right across the original Hooters on Gulf to Bay in Clearwater.
The place doesn't really have a great atmosphere, it pretty much looks like a regular liquor store.
The guy that works there (could be the owner, I'm not sure, but he's always there) is very knowledgeable and can give recommendations and discuss beer at any time. You can request beers that are not available in the store and they'll do the effort of ordering them which is a good thing because the selection is not great, at least compared to the bigger stores like Total Wine.
08-20-2011 00:29:23 |
More by olimpia84
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
(Visited 06/2011): World of Beer in Clearwater is located on Gulf To Bay (Rte 60) not too far from where the bridge begins. The plaza has plentiful parking.
Not much to look at from the outside. The interior is small with the beer selection primarily on the right side in coolers.
Pretty fair selection including Florida breweries like Ybor City and Dunedin. Other domestic craft breweries like Rogue, Dogfish Head, and Ommegang are present too. As for imports there are options from Belgium, Germany, the UK etc. Customers can also purchase singles.
Service was knowledgeable and friendly on my quick visit. There were a couple gents behind the counter and they were both clearly beer fans.
Overall this is a good spot to check out not too far from the airport.
12-06-2011 02:04:23 |
More by Dogbrick
quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This was the first real "beer" store I discovered in the Tampa Bay area years ago and had what I thought of as a world class selection. This place has reduced the exotic nature of there beer inventory as of late but they have fresher stock now so it's really a good thing. It's not that they have fewer beers they just don't have the off the wall never seen it before stuff like they used to have. If your traveling in the area I suggest you make a trip here to fond some good stuff as it's still one of the best beer selections around. The pries range from very reasonable to pushing pricey.
11-26-2008 07:08:52 |
More by nick76
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $
Okay selection of beer at good prices. Not worth my trip compared to what I could find at Total Wine and Beverage Castle. I did not see anything that I haven't seen before. There are a lot of regular beers right up front. They probably keep them there to keep the bus station visitors from walking all the way to the back of the store. Nice selection of glassware available for purchase. They do know their beers and are willing to talk beer. I'm hunting vintage stuff and they either keep if for themselves, which is not a bad thing or don't stock it. I'll stick with Total Wine at this point.
01-18-2008 21:50:16 |
More by DrummerDan
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Flew in from NY to visit home for a while, and thought I'd check this place out while I was there. It's a lovely hidden gem in an otherwise beer-lacking area.
The store itself is small, but they pack hundreds of beer goodies- that is, big bottles, small bottles, 6 packs, and an impressive selection of glassware. While the selection is vast and I was in complete awe and it took me a long while to feel finished perusing... there were several things that annoyed me and frustrated me.
First, lack of organization. I was searching for a 4 pack of an Ommegang Brewery beer, and it was way up on a high shelf. However, another Ommegang 4 pack was on the bottom shelf. What's going on here?! When things are not grouped properly, they are difficult to find. This was frustrating. And while we're on that note, some beers are soooo high up it's impossible to reach. I know there's a lack of space in here, but come on- expand, or stick all the extra stuff on top, so people can get to what they need without a ladder.
Second, no prices. Anywhere. Now, I wish this weren't a factor in my beer buying decision, because I want to try everything, but it is. I'm not made of money. And I feel really silly continually asking the owner how much something is. LABEL PRICES.
Overall, I enjoyed the place. Tons of stuff to choose from, many things already nice and cold. A bit on the pricey side- compared to NY, at least- but not horrible. And the owner suggested a few things I really liked. A good place.
07-28-2005 04:18:48 |
More by scooter231
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Ok they have a fantastic selection and I visit often, but they tend to not carry some of the more expensive oddities that I know become availible from time to time and they never special order some things they could if they wanted to. I understand they have a fine line to walk with inventory/profit, but I'd like to see more new stuff when I visit. As big as the selection is there is precious little they stock, except crappy import lagers, I haven't had.
That is why I sometimes prefer Beer World of Largo and Beverage Castle because while you might get a skunky bottle you also might find some hidden gem rarity!
Still WoB is the gold standard of beer stores in the Bay Area and worth a trip.
01-18-2006 11:45:44 |
More by Jredner
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
A solid selection for the Tampa Bay area, but you pay for what you get. Local FL brews well represented and a nice array of imports. Service is good, but they do not sem *too* well versed in what they are selling and new releases, etc. It's a pretty solid spot for shopping in the Tampa Bay Area, but watch outbecause the church of scientologys' headquarters looms over you as you shop, which is certainly harrowing for many people including myself! I wonder if L. ron hubbard liked imperial stouts or witbeers. The world may never now.
04-03-2008 21:06:13 |
More by francisweizen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$
As noted by several others this place is TINY. Small room filled with a lot of tasty beer. Friendly and knowledgable guy behind the counter. Beer everywhere, on shelves to the right and in coolers towards the rear. You will find Bells, Cigar City, Terrapin (this is what interested me anyway, being from NY state) as well as a healthy helping of the available craft beer in the area. Decent spot thats worth a visit. But I was a bit underwhelmed by the selection
04-06-2013 02:27:23 |
More by Billolick
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in this place on my road trip vation to Clearwater. I wish I would of taken a picture of this place for the profile! Found this place thanks to BA. Actually passed it up the first time I drove pass it. Very nice little bottle shop with plenty of selections. A lot of FL. locals including CCB. With some CCB beers that have come and gone. When I stopped in the owner was behind the counter and was very helpful and knowledgeable. Tons of bottles to pick from in this clean enviroment. The best bottle shop in Clearwater!
01-26-2012 18:50:25 |
More by RTrain12
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