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Taps: 38 / Bottles: 600
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
975 Cattlemen Rd
phone: (941) 363-1262
(Place added by: dpend)
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| Reviews: 40
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Character, athmosphere, friendly and well informed service and an exceptional (especially for the area) range of beers made this funky, beat up, no frills, no pretension, dark, multi-roomed, down to earth, swamp boogie, fun place, well worth visiting. The wifey and I also especially enjoyed the outdoor deck, the picnic and fire pit in the run down additional outdoor area. Dont expect anything fancy or what you would expect..go have fun and enjoy some down home Florida hospitatility and many fine beer selections...differant and worthy place for a visit, I'd surely be a regular if I was local...Bring your own food in...
02-25-2007 17:36:41 |
More by Billolick
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Almost forgot that I've passed through this hidden gem, or should I say wayward pagoda of goodness in the swelter of Sarasota. As a non-native, the location was strange, on a road full of industrial sorts of shops, like tractor salesmen and pool supply stores, and youll pass it by if you dont know what to look for (the raggedy brown house with the beer signs on it). Anyways, a bit dark on the inside but with a spectacular array of choices on draught and, even more so, in bottles. They have a book with hundreds of beers to choose from, so I can't begin to name them. Let's just say that you can get some really rare and amazing beers here (from Westvleteren to Hair of the Dog). Better yet, you can grab those bottles from all over to go, strangely enough making it a better beer store than most actual beer stores in the area. Staff was very friendly and the layout was interesting, with plenty of space to spread out in or outside, reminding me of an old pirate/frat house turned bar. Truly great selection and great people running the place.
10-14-2003 20:11:04 |
More by nomad
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a neat place.
We were staying out in a hotel on the water on a Friday, and drove over to the Cock & Bull at 6pm looking to get a couple beers. We got there and discovered a handwritten sign saying they weren't open until 8pm. They're missing the Friday after work crowd? Interesting. Their website said that they usually open at 5 on Fridays. Oh well.
So we came back. It's definitely a unique place on the inside -- lots of antique beer paraphanalia, worn down tables, lots of little nooks and crannies, and a cool outside area. There were about a dozen taps on the wall. I had an Old Chub and my wife went for a Stoudt's Oatmeal Stout. Prices were pretty reasonable. There was also 2 cooler's worth of beer behind the bar, but I had trouble peeking over all the shoulders lined up at the bar. I asked for a bottle list and was told that they didn't have one. Bummer.
It is the place to go when you're in Sarasota, but #6 beer bar in the country? Um, ok.
08-06-2007 14:10:06 |
More by DaveFL1976
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$$
Atmosphere: the inside is very large with a large outside yard with a lot of seating. It is not however particularly nice. It is basically a dive bar based on atmosphere alone.
One problem I've noticed with this place is that they have concerts on the weekends. I find this quite undesirable as the concerts bring in rather large crowds full of some sketchy types of people (of the BMC type if you know what I mean). On these nights, there is a cover charge to enter, tho not too expensive. Two positive things are that the concerts are not too loud and even though they bring in a lot of people, it is rarely too crowded to fill up all the tables.
**However, the most undesirable thing about these concerts is that the concerts force the staff to pour all beers into....PLASTIC cups...I find this absolutely inappropriate..I had to drink a Bell's Hop Slam and a Dogfish Head Chicory Stout out of plastic cups.
The service is great. The people there will get to know you and help you out with selections and other deals.
The selection is just about perfect. The large tap list is impressive and the cooler is filled with amazing and rare brews.
It is however way overpriced in my opinion. Dogfish Head Bitches Brew is $37.50. Any of their rare beers are just way overpriced. They're taking advantage of the rich Sarasota people, which makes it hard for someone like me to enjoy the beers that would other be expensive...but not completely overpriced by threefold.
12-23-2010 00:15:50 |
More by AdamBear
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Compared to the other bars in this area, the Cock & Bull is a godsend. You can either go to the frat bars on Siesta Key and slug down daquiris, or chug a Bud Light at the downtown sports bars, or you can venture across town into this old, house-like structure and peruse the list of hundreds of bottled beers. A good number of taps, too, maybe 15 or 20, although when I visited it seemed more than half were off. It didn't matter since what they had was excellent. Not just good choices but well-kept, fresh, and very tasty. Highlights were Frankenheim Alt, Redhook Hoptoberfest, Konig Ludwig Weiss, and a really great Augustijn that got me pretty darn drunk. I didn't even touch the bottles. I was in the area for three days (visiting family) and came here twice. I will certainly be returning to the area - family ain't going anywhere - and it is nice to have this pub to look forward to. It's really the atmosphere that is most appealing. A dark main room with balcony and a couple smaller rooms give it a homey feel and it looks as though the place has never been swept or cleared of cobwebs. Sounds gross but actually charming. A big back yard makes for an inviting beer garden, and amusingly outdated Trivial Pursuit cards are on all the tables. Also darts and other board games. Bar service only, but very friendly and helpful and almost encourages you to take your time to make the right beer choice, no matter how long the line behind you is getting. A must-visit if you're in the Sarasota area, and probably even worth a trip down from Tampa.
01-07-2004 06:54:29 |
More by Thrasher
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
In what used to be part of an old celery packing operation, this 2-story, 2-tone building is an oasis in a beer desert! I am so glad this place exists and is within 2 miles of my home! I would live here if my wife would let me. The atmosphere is so relaxing and welcoming that you feel right at home immediately.
The owners (Howie & Dawn) and bartenders are extremely friendly and will answer any question about any beer without reservation. If you want to bring your dog, please do. They sometimes have live music in the HUGE beirgarten.
The selection is un-freaking-believeable! Over 500 different beers, 19 on tap (with more taps coming), from more countries than most people know exist. Porters, Marzens and Lambics, (oh my), Imperial stouts, flemish reds, micros from here to there and back again. I could keep going, but I'll just make myself thirsty again. And its always served in the correct glassware.This is what makes this place truly stand out from all those cheesy sports bars and hole-in-the-wall places we all know about but hate to go to. Join the Alchemists' Club and keep track of all the beers you've tried.
And now that the bar area has been remodeled, EVERY beer in the place is visible in a 7' tall glass fronted cooler. No more wondering what is in the back cooler that few could enter. Additionally, the new bar looks very cool, is lower, but sadly is missing the brass footrail.
FOOD IS BACK! Sandwiches, grinders, pizza, seriously good pizza. Still got the brats and pretzels too. Yummy beer cheese dip for those big, chewy pretzels. Or mustard if you prefer.
Now sporting 40 taps and claiming 901+ bottles. I think the number of bottles is a bit high, but math was never my strong suit.
Live, original music on Mondays. No cover bands. And Rythm & Brews is coming back. Beer tasting and live tunes. Good stuff, y'all.
BTW: As of July 1, no smoking is allowed inside. (Thank you.)
11-26-2003 15:23:29 |
More by PorterLambic
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
July 2010 update: The Cock & Bull has gone smoke-free indoors, a fantastic development!
I've been a patron of owner Howie for several years, dating back to his old location on Sarasota's Main Street.
Freed from the shackles of renting space and the pressures of the Downtown Association, Howie and his wife, Dawn, opened the new Cock & Bull in late 2002 near Interstate 75.
This pub is easily the best place to have a beer in Sarasota, bar none. They've got a vast selection of bottles, which are available to-go at a reduced price.
But I go there for the drafts. The number varies, but usually they have at least ten on traditional taps and a couple on hand-pulled beer engines. It seems each week they've got something different. My advice is: If they've got something you like, drink it, because it may be gone forever tomorrow!
Howie and Dawn are very friendly and know a lot about what they serve.
If you're a beer fan visiting lovely Southwest Florida, or a resident just looking for a different watering hole, you must go to the Cock & Bull Pub.
09-03-2003 00:06:46 |
More by Shaw
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
I have had plans to stop by this place for years now and finally had the chance. The atmosphere is where this is at, The place just oozes beer from the cool tin to the awesome lights in the window it just screams craft. The door going into this place was awesome it was on a pully type system with maybe a weight attached to it, very cool. The bottle refrig's were some of the nicest around and displayed well over 300 different beers, well lit and art like. The outside was pretty nice with a bond fire going, it had that college feel to it. Now getting on to the drafts, what a dissapointment they had litterly weak drafts, I was expecting a selection like Redlight Redlight but it was not like that, wrong tap handles, wrong glassware, horrible service, the bartender had no clue. Overall I don't want to bash this place to much the amazing bottle selection, was a plus. I think this place could be one of the coolest beer bars if they bring in rarer drafts. I was a bit letdown for hearing such good things about this place.
02-28-2010 13:42:21 |
More by gunnerman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
The atmosphere of this place is great. Lots of wood, cool decor, and a outdoor fireplace. I myself like quite places and even with all the great reviews it is never packed when I go, again to me that is a good thing. There really is not anything more I could look for in a place. If I lived close by this would be my home away from home. The guys I have met behind the bar have been great. Thanks Howie and Frank. They really go out of there way to make you feel at home. The selection is massive. I would like to see some of the more rare Belgiums but that is my personal taste. On my last visit the had the following on tap TenFidy, Storm King Stout, Shiner Black, Delirium Noel, Lindemans Framboise, Brooklyn Cookie Jar Porter, Bells Cherry Stout and many more. I have only had the Pizza and I believe it may be all they offer but it was actually pretty dam good. Now I am not saying this is the place to go if food is your focus but the pie I had kicked ass. All in all I really enjoy this place. I would tell any lover of beer to be sure to visit this place if your anywhere in the area.
Upon my most recent visit to Fl the service here has taken a step back. Frank is no longer there and he was a key component. I actually was served a DFH Shatea in a plastic cup. They said that they were waiting clean cups. C'mon, it's that hard to have clean cups? I would get it if the place was packed, but it was quite the opposite. The attitude of the place has move more to arrogant which I did not like either. This is no longer my favorite Sarasota bar. Sorry Howie! I will still visit as the beer is awesome but the other elements are failing.
04-05-2010 21:02:06 |
More by nopucophop
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Cock & Bull is an oasis of beer advocacy in the Southeast.
I learned of the C&B based on reading reviews on BA, and made a point of spending a night there during my trip to Sarasota last week. I stayed at a Hampton Inn which is only about a mile south of the C&B. The C&B is located just off of I75 in Sarasota, and is a must stop when you are anywhere between Tampa and Ft. Myers on the west coast of Florida.
Howie and Dawn, the owners, are pioneers, in my humble opinion, of bringing good beer to Florida...I imagine that it is not easy in this land of Bud Light. They both were very personable and obliged me in discussing beer and breweries...great service
The C&B has a roadhouse feel. Dark lighting, dark wood. Pool table in the back and beer garden in the way back. It was a little intimidating at first.
The C&B has 20 or so beers on Draught, 3 engines for casks (though none were on during my visit) and roughly 400 bottles...and NO B/M/C!!
I think they carry every beer that they can get their hands on...which is difficult in FL....nothing from the Midwest and not much from the Northeast.
They had tons of European beers including many Belgians. They also carry pretty much the entire lines from Rogue, Dogfish Head and Avery. I would give the selection a 4.5 if they were in the Northeast, but for FL it is a solid 5+
I had a SN Celebration on Tap and in bottles I had several Christmas/Winter beers including Anchor Christmas, Great Divide Hibernation and Avery Old Jubilation. The Anchor Christmas was my favorite...it was a perfectly aged 2005 edition.
I tried the pretzel which was great.
I will be back!
12-22-2006 03:33:05 |
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