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33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1913 Park Ave
phone: (314) 231-9463
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 29
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
My wife found 33 out on BeerFly as the place we would take her dad out for his birthday. This definitely was a great place . . . for wine. It worked out real well that everyone in our party drank wine. Not to harp on anyone's comments, but it is a GOOD beer bar, but not a great one. Sign says no bachelor or bachelorette parties allowed, so you can tell that the atmosphere is tame.
Jake does have a passion for wine and beer, and told me about his support for Beer Advocate, but the selections were a bit above average. I chose the Bell's Two Hearted Ale, which I like, but I wasn't crazy about anything else in particular, except for the Gumbalhead bottle that was there for decoration. Very nice touch that it was served in a Bell's glass. Enjoyable . . . but not outstanding.
07-30-2006 23:01:36 |
More by Backer2004
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here on a Friday night and had a few beers on the patio out back. One note: if you sit on the patio there is no table service, you have to go to the bar to get your beer. Inside is fairly minimalist in terms of decor, but it works. The beers were good quality. Taps were clean and they served them in the proper glassware, even with the brewery's logo on it. Service was fine. No problems but nothing great either. The selection was good. 6 taps with two local brewpub beers on tap. The paper menu listing the bottles is what confused me. They have 100s of beers but not that many listed on the menu. As I left I stopped by the bathroom and saw into the wine cellar. There was a ton of awesome beer sitting in there that was not on the list. They were not chilled but could there have been others that were chilled and ready to go? A little disappointing to see that on my way out the door. I didn't try the food. It certainly is a nice beer destination especially since it is next door to Bailey's and a couple blocks from Square One Brewery.
07-18-2011 16:19:27 |
More by zeff80
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
First off, the place had no big sign outside so it took a couple times driving by to find it. But I am glad I did find it.
I loved the atmosphere of the place on a friday night. It wasn't too loud at all. The nonsmoking feature of the place was an extra plus. The first thing that stuck out to me was the little glass ornaments hanging from the ceiling. They reminded me of bubbles. They weren't very obvious, but once you knew they were there, it had a mini ambiance.
It was a smaller place then I imagined. The service was prompt giving me a wine and beer menu and greeting me when I walked in. They were pretty cheerful for working on a friday night when the crowd had died down.
The one feature that surprised me the most was that when I ordered the beer I had decided on, I got the proper glassware. I was not surprised by the proper glassware, as I had expected it from reading this site, but that the beer name was on the glass. I had never drank a beer before with the name of the beer right on the glass. I asked about that and they said that they tried to do it when ever possible.
The care to the menu was also nicely received. He had nice little stories to read about each beer. This was very well liked as I like to hear about where one first tried the beer.
The selection was not gigantic, but the diversity of the beer was very high though. Nice Job. I could suggest including a few more Rogue beers. I am always partial to Rogue and a nice 22 oz bomber is always well received with me.
Over all I am very glad I tried this place. I will happily go there again when I get the chance.
01-29-2005 07:09:31 |
More by Axelbay
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Checked this place out in February of 2006, meeting up with fellow BA drewseslu. A caveat to this review: apparently this place is not as packed as it is when we showed up, so take my minor grumbles about the crowds with a grain of Saturday night on Mardi Gras salt.
So for the first time in my life I can say that I wished this place allowed cigarette smoking. You read right...normally i'm an unabashed proponent of smoke-free establishments, but in this case I would have taken cigar smoke in favor of a bunch of drunk-on-wine onion smelling yuppies. The place reeked like barfed-up-vino.
Anyways, the place was crowded and filled with wine-o-philes. We grabbed a beer (schwartzbier, rauchbier, and IPA respectively), presented lovely in proper glassware and assumed our wallflower position against the back part of the bar. Eventually the crowds would settle down, but we were still stuck next to some college girls who could talk, and LOUDLY at that.
The atmosphere of 33 (once it tamed down and we could actually look around) is minimal chic; exposed brick, well-kept servers, hanging globe lights. Its clearly a nice place to 'be' when you've got a few tasty beers swimming around in you.
Another great feature of this place: stratified pricing. Prices are fairly relative to high when compared to other beer bars, but you get a huge break carrying bottles out of the place! How sweet. According to drewseslu, the Two-Hearted works out to be like $8 a sixer, comparable with anywhere in the city.
I really appreciated the owner's rapport with us beer geeks (the rest of the place was obviously wine-leaning). All in all we had a good night. I'm sure we'd of had a phenomenal night when more beer afficianados were abuzz and the crowds were thinner.
A must when in St. Louis either way.
03-13-2006 22:18:40 |
More by GreenWBush
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
A - Quite tame, got a little loud here and there but overall very enjoyable. Really quite relaxed and a touch of class as well.
Q - Beers were served in proper glassware for the most part. Seemed as though the beers were taken care of as well. Couldnt really ask for more than what I got, it was really a nice little joint.
S - Great. The guy I was talking to was named Joe and could hold a conversation about beer, though he did mention he wasnt a beer geek persay, he did have a good hold on what the hell was going on. At one point he actually pulled out a Westvleteren Blue cap which was the only one in the entire bar and I believe was reserved for the owner unfortunately. We also got on the subject of Bell's and talked about Batch 7000, of which they had two in the chiller. This is a classy little joint right next to Bailey's Chocolate Bar and is definitely worth the stop.
S - They have a pretty above average list. I remember seeing St. Berny Tripel, St. Berny Wit, Bells Oberon, Two Hearted Ale, Third Coast Ale, Duvel, Del. Tremens, Rogue Mocha Porter (which I had), Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel (also which I had), Bells PA, Lindemans Peche Framboise and Pomme, Northcoast Red Seal, and about 20 or so more. Really a neat little spot in lafayette square.
The prices were decent as well, not to mention if you get beer to go its even cheaper. I would say that this place is a must if you are in St. Louis and are looking for a place with a good atmosphere, good staff, and good selection.
10-29-2006 07:44:06 |
More by rsyberg01
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a great place to stop by in St. Louis and I probably would have never found it without BeerFly. An unassuming place with blue doors and no real specific signage from the street so check for the address. Upon entering there is a bar on the right hand side along with various tables scattered throughout. It's a nice and cozy place with white brick walls, cool artwork and glass globes hanging from the ceiling. The back room houses a huge wine cellar and there's an outdoor patio too!
After getting there before they opened, we waiting and Jake opened the doors for us and invited us in. They have a huge wine menu alongside a very nice beer menu as well. Bottles are held in a temp controlled cooler and range from Bell's to Schlafly along with lots of Belgian's as well. What I found really cool was the two draft selections: St. Bernardus Pater 6 and La Chouffe. I chose a St. Bernardus Pater 6 and it was even served in the proper St. Bernardus chalice. My girlfriend got an Aventinus also served in the proper glass! The selection may not be huge but it's well thought out and the beers are extremely well cared for.
Jake chatted with me for quite awhile about beer and I couldn't have had a better time. One of the best beer bar experiences I've had in a long time. He even took the time to write down directions to Corral Liquors for me since it was on my way home. If you're in the St. Louis area this is a great little place to check out. It seems like it could get quite crowded when busy, but in the late afternoon it was really chill and relaxing. A place that really cares about both beer and wine and the customer as well. Don't take my word for it...go check it out for yourself.
06-19-2007 01:20:20 |
More by orbitalr0x
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Feb 26th 2001 Jake opened 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar. A one man operation he puts in 80 hr weeks. The clients are warmly greeted and cared for as only an owner who truely values his customers can. Hightly revered by St. Louis BA's I spent the afternoon from 3:30 pm opening til it started clearing out around 8:30. A true labor of love Jake adds a lot of value to his well cared for beer ( kept in wine cellar at 55°F with an outstanding stock of wines).
For extra value you may purchase bottles of beer at retail prices that are truely competitive. Visited mid week and the place was full. We enjoyed the beer garden in the back. Although food is limited to crackers, cheese, and sausage they too are carefully selected and very fresh and well presented.
The Lafayette Park store front is kept traditional outside. I enjoyed talking with local artist who displayed her paintings. I could tell that Jake is a good neighbor and a smart businessman who understandings providing a valuable service and quality products.
04-28-2005 04:05:44 |
More by karst
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My husband and I recently visited with some friends last Friday night. We arrived around 9:30 and the place was pretty crowded. Luckily, we found an open table and were immediately overwhelmed by the menus. The atmosphere is relaxed yet a bit more upscale than a regular pub or bar. It is very easy to separate the wine crowd from the beer crowd. Actually, we were the only group drinking beer while we were in the bar.
Based on the fact that it is a wine bar, the wine list is impressive as well as extensive. To my surprise, the beer list was pretty impressive as well. I was sad to learn that they no longer had the Bernardis Witte on tap... I was looking forward to trying that as I am a fan of witbiers. However, I did enjoy my Blanche De Chambly. I didn't have time to try everything I wanted, but I did eye up a Sammiclaus and a Bells Double Cream for our next visit.
Another perk to this place is the fact that they offer separate pricing for order-ins and to-go beer. Our host was very helpful and definitely knew his stuff when it came to beer.
Definitely deserves a second visit!
01-29-2009 03:39:35 |
More by BelgianBrewFan
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
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