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33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1913 Park Ave
phone: (314) 231-9463
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Reviews by CMW:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Headed here last weekend with a couple of friends. We arrived around 9 pm after eating and drinks at the Chocolate bar to find one open table. The place has roughly 10 tables and eight stools at the bar and fills up fast. Bottle selection was excellent with a good selection of Belgians and American Micros. Only saw four taps and all were American craft at the time. They were quality though with Bell's Double Cream and Anderson Valley Hop Ottin. Service was prompt and extremely knowledgable. Just heard that this place is changing ownership, hopefully not much changes.
01-29-2009 01:12:45 |
More by CMW
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Before there was iTap, or the plethora of budding brewpubs in town, there was 33.
My first visit to 33 was in 2005. While I've been a craft/import beer drinker since the mid-90s, 33 probably exposed me to more beer styles and world-class brands than anywhere else. Schneider Aventinus, Aecht Schlenkerna, Bell's Two Hearted, Bitburger Pils, Reissdorf Kolsch, La Fin du Monde, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Cantillon Kriek, and Berliner Weiss (don't remember the brand) to name a few.
33 has an unassuming storefront (not even a sign). Most customers probably would never have even walked-in had they not learned about the place through word of mouth, or when meeting a friend there. The main tasting room is deep with a high ceiling. Numerous clear globes hang from the ceiling, giving the appearance of bubbles floating in the air. The long bar is off to the right, behind which sits special glass-doored coolers that house various wines, by-the-glass offerings, and, of course beer! The draught selection is pretty limited (only ~8 taps), but all are high-quality, and are more difficult to find brews. At the very back of the room is a beautiful cellar, in which beer and wine is stored at a constant temperature of 55F. During warmer months, the back patio is a fantastic place to relax and enjoy a brew (and a smoke for those who are so inclined).
Quality is unbelievable. I mentioned the cellaring conditions of the beer above. The beer is as fresh (or well-cellared) as one could hope for. The owner and servers take great care to polish the glassware, so when it arrives at your table, it's sparkling. Also--33 does a better job than any bar I've ever visited when it comes to serving beer in the appropriate glassware for the style. Often, the glassware is even branded with the name of the brewer who made the beer you've ordered.
Staff is highly-knowledgeable about beer, how to pour it, and can make recommendations if needed. On one of my earlier visits, when I inquired about why my Berliner Weisse was sour (I thought it was infected), the server patiently explained the brewing process of this specific style, and that this was the way the beer was supposed to taste. At times, the place becomes so busy, that it can be a little difficult to get one's server's attention, but it comes with the territory with a popular place like this.
33 has one of the best on-premise beer selections in town. The menu is updated regularly, and there are so many beers offered that it takes a while to get through. The menu's also pretty entertaining to read. (Jokes/witty quips from the current and prior owners.)
I'm not sure about current food offerings at 33, as I've only focused on the beer during recent visits. You're not going to find typical bar food here, though. Generally meat and cheese trays, nuts, hard pretzels, etc.
One last note--33 also sells beer and wine to go. If you're looking for a harder-to-find beer, and other retailers are sold-out, this is one place to look!
I can't recommend this place enough!
01-15-2012 22:46:33 |
More by mdvatab
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
While becoming a regular here, this whole review will show how come I went from not even knowing about this place to driving over 30 minutes to come specifically to this outstanding beer bar.
Being located right next to the Baileys Chocolate Bar, it is very similar to this place in the sense that it is not labeled and has limited signage. Not a problem for me! Ill spread the word! Walked into the place, its immediately a fancy, yet urban feel bar with hanging glass blown lights that make the lighting and vibe just right. All times I've came in, there are either couples or even single people enjoying wine. Not once have I seen people with Tulip/snifter glasses filled with one of God's greatest gifts! I'm one of those that breaks this pattern. Both inside and the outside patio are comfortable and always smoke free! Perfect environment to enjoy great brews.
No frosted glasses here! Almost every brew is served with its corresponding style or brewery. Also, if buying the beer by the bottle, they give you the option of having it presented from the cooler or cellar temperature. Very cool!
Service is impeccable! Each employee is here to make sure your experience is always what you expected. Both inside and out, you are greeted and served promptly. Don't need to worry about where you sit.
Both on-tap, fridge, and cellared brews are constantly rotating and the rare ones are first come, first serve. I've taken brew to go many times as well (can't always enjoying everything @ 33!). If not into beer, their wine list will throw you off your seat as well.
09-02-2011 12:39:35 |
More by DCon
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
I don't contribute often, however I felt I had to chime in on this bar's already shining reviews.
The Atmosphere upon walking in is quite sparse but in a classy, laid back way. While the bar itself may seem barren without any TVs or eye-catching (eyesore?) decorations it adds together to give this place a unique and extremely pleasant feel. The music selection is done by the staff and has always been to my tastes (classic rock, jazz and '90s alt) and the volume is always appropriate for conversation purposes.
The main bar area consists of high back chairs and tables and a simple bar. There is a nice patio area out back and a second room containing couches and more tables surrounded by walls of wine.
The setup behind the bar is very professional, I've never seen any confusion about where a beer is or where the appropriate glass for it may be. As with the rest of the venue, it doesn't LOOK organized but it is as it needs to be to run smoothly. The glassware selection is excellent as well.
The service has been second to none on every occasion that I've been there. The speed, knowledge, attitude and patience are always spot on and the staff seems to treat newcomers with the same level of respect and expertise as the regulars which is refreshing when compared to many other craft beer bars in the area. This place is one of the few that I feel I can trust fully about blindly selecting me a new beer to try based on a vague description of taste and nail it every time. Nearly all interactions with the staff have been jovial, these guys are all very friendly connoisseurs themselves and it comes through in a way that is friendly yet professional in a very good way.
The selection is hand picked and the menus are edited and updated often to reflect availability. Many beers available are not to be found anywhere else in the city (Founders KBS unannounced on more than one occasion and similarly rare Boulevard one time runs). The only weakness with the selection is the absence of many of the tamer more mediocre beers but for a beer geek this is ideal.
The value is the cheapest I've seen in a bar period. Prices are exact and often not rounded at all which leads me to believe that they are set as an exact % markup of cost. There is an even cheaper set of prices for beer "to go" as it is common (especially in the summer) for customers to purchase growlers or bottles to take out to the park across the street.
08-30-2011 05:30:58 |
More by deserteagle99uzi
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is fantastic! You wouldn't even know it was there, unless someone told you or you just stumbled upon it. No signage from the outside. Very nice neighborhood, nice building, and great vibe inside.
I believe there is a total of 6-8 taps, not many but what they do have is always great quality. Their bottle list is where it is at! Cantillon on the menu many times that I have been in, served at cellar temp. Besides Cantillon, there is just a ton of other great stuff.
Prices are great, around the price you would pay at a low priced liquor store. And they allow for carryout of any bottles you may want.
Staff is great, very knowledgeable. The owner is awesome. Tons of passion for what he does and the industry he is in.
08-22-2011 15:39:53 |
More by JRorie
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is the perfect place when you want to go grab a drink while on a date. They have 5-6 very solid rotating drafts and they have a great bottle list that also includes cheaper "to-go" prices if you want to take a few bottles home. I went last weekend and had a bottle of Cantillon Kriek and I went the weekend before and had a draft Mikkeller Breakfast Geek and a bottle of 3F Sharbeeske Kriek. I mention it's great for a date location because they have an extensive wine list which is perfect for the ladies who don't love craft beer. The staff is great and extremely knowledgeable. Very quaint calm bar in a cool part of the city.
08-12-2011 02:28:48 |
More by bsuedekum
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here on a Friday night and had a few beers on the patio out back. One note: if you sit on the patio there is no table service, you have to go to the bar to get your beer. Inside is fairly minimalist in terms of decor, but it works. The beers were good quality. Taps were clean and they served them in the proper glassware, even with the brewery's logo on it. Service was fine. No problems but nothing great either. The selection was good. 6 taps with two local brewpub beers on tap. The paper menu listing the bottles is what confused me. They have 100s of beers but not that many listed on the menu. As I left I stopped by the bathroom and saw into the wine cellar. There was a ton of awesome beer sitting in there that was not on the list. They were not chilled but could there have been others that were chilled and ready to go? A little disappointing to see that on my way out the door. I didn't try the food. It certainly is a nice beer destination especially since it is next door to Bailey's and a couple blocks from Square One Brewery.
07-18-2011 16:19:27 |
More by zeff80
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar doesn’t even have a sign outside, which led to my confusion as I initially looked for this place on my rides home from work a few months back. You pretty much have to know the address and look for the ’1913’ on the door. I came in one day last week after work to try a Cantillon on tap and wound up having a few things. There are 7 taps, but they’re all fantastic at any given time; when I visited, they had Mikkeller, 2 Founders (including Nemesis 2010!), Southern Tier, Harviestoun Old Dubh 18, and Pilsner Urquell in addition to the Cantillon St. Gilloise. There were also some great bottles available, including the just-released Mikkeller/BrewDog I Hardcore You and other stuff I haven’t seen at other bars in the area. They don’t have a kitchen but serve some bread, meat, and cheese plates. Prices are fair, and the atmosphere is a sort of minimalist wine bar. The service is unbelievably friendly, knowledgable, and helpful. It’s cool to go into a wine bar and get world-class beer treatment.
05-18-2011 19:52:25 |
More by phaleslu
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar on my way back to the STL airport. It is located on Park Ave in the Lafayette Square area on the south side of town, just a stone's throw from Square One. Parking is fairly plentiful between street and lots nearby. I have visited Square One a few times and never noticed this place and clearly I was missing out.
The inside has a very modern look and feel with sleek decor and functional-looking furniture. The bar is on the right side and there are high tables on the left. A huge wine collection is displayed on the split level in the rear. White brick and art dominate the walls. A large chalkboard is behind the bar with the draft beers listed, and the entire beer list is available in their menu, categorized by style.
33's beer selection obviously takes a back seat to wine but what they do have is well thought-out and served with care (and more often than not in appropriate glassware). There are 5 taps, including Dieu du Ciel Aphrodisiaque (kicked), Mikkeller Texas Ranger (tapped), Founders, Bear Republic, Boulevard, and Hitachino. In addition there are around 50 bottled beers from regional brewers like Schlafly, O'Fallon, Boulevard, and Tallgrass. Other micros like Lagunitas and Ska are represented, as are many imports like Uerige Sticke and Rochefort.
Service was very good on a late weekday afternoon. Again this place clearly favors wine (it is in the name after all) but there is clearly an emphasis on quality and presentation no matter what they are pouring.
I tried the cheese plate on my visit and it was enjoyable.
Overall this place is well worth a stop to anyone in the area.
08-10-2010 22:14:11 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
A narrow space dominated by high tables and chairs, but not the standard. Instead, these were more modern structures, adding to the ambiance. Blonde hardwood floors, a short, blonde wood bar with a frosted glass strip running down the bar's centerline and illuminated from underneath. Low-key lighting, art along the left wall, and an owner plus his head bartender continually polishing glassware.
Hey, wait a minute! The exchange rate with the Euro sucks right now and suddenly I'm in Paris? Brussels? Je ne sais quois. Listen, baby, if you're looking for a great place to take your vino-drinking date, this would be the place! It's like Spuytin Duyvil without the spendiness, to invoke my MN friends. They offer meat and cheese traps, to boot. Just two taps, but Val-Dieu and Old Rasputin on my visit, plus a well-selected list of about two dozen BTs.
5's across the board.
11-25-2009 01:13:11 |
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