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33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1913 Park Ave
phone: (314) 231-9463
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 29
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
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 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar on my way back to the STL airport. It is located on Park Ave in the Lafayette Square area on the south side of town, just a stone's throw from Square One. Parking is fairly plentiful between street and lots nearby. I have visited Square One a few times and never noticed this place and clearly I was missing out.
The inside has a very modern look and feel with sleek decor and functional-looking furniture. The bar is on the right side and there are high tables on the left. A huge wine collection is displayed on the split level in the rear. White brick and art dominate the walls. A large chalkboard is behind the bar with the draft beers listed, and the entire beer list is available in their menu, categorized by style.
33's beer selection obviously takes a back seat to wine but what they do have is well thought-out and served with care (and more often than not in appropriate glassware). There are 5 taps, including Dieu du Ciel Aphrodisiaque (kicked), Mikkeller Texas Ranger (tapped), Founders, Bear Republic, Boulevard, and Hitachino. In addition there are around 50 bottled beers from regional brewers like Schlafly, O'Fallon, Boulevard, and Tallgrass. Other micros like Lagunitas and Ska are represented, as are many imports like Uerige Sticke and Rochefort.
Service was very good on a late weekday afternoon. Again this place clearly favors wine (it is in the name after all) but there is clearly an emphasis on quality and presentation no matter what they are pouring.
I tried the cheese plate on my visit and it was enjoyable.
Overall this place is well worth a stop to anyone in the area.
08-10-2010 22:14:11 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
While becoming a regular here, this whole review will show how come I went from not even knowing about this place to driving over 30 minutes to come specifically to this outstanding beer bar.
Being located right next to the Baileys Chocolate Bar, it is very similar to this place in the sense that it is not labeled and has limited signage. Not a problem for me! Ill spread the word! Walked into the place, its immediately a fancy, yet urban feel bar with hanging glass blown lights that make the lighting and vibe just right. All times I've came in, there are either couples or even single people enjoying wine. Not once have I seen people with Tulip/snifter glasses filled with one of God's greatest gifts! I'm one of those that breaks this pattern. Both inside and the outside patio are comfortable and always smoke free! Perfect environment to enjoy great brews.
No frosted glasses here! Almost every brew is served with its corresponding style or brewery. Also, if buying the beer by the bottle, they give you the option of having it presented from the cooler or cellar temperature. Very cool!
Service is impeccable! Each employee is here to make sure your experience is always what you expected. Both inside and out, you are greeted and served promptly. Don't need to worry about where you sit.
Both on-tap, fridge, and cellared brews are constantly rotating and the rare ones are first come, first serve. I've taken brew to go many times as well (can't always enjoying everything @ 33!). If not into beer, their wine list will throw you off your seat as well.
09-02-2011 12:39:35 |
More by DCon
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
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: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Checked this place out in February of 2006, meeting up with fellow BA drewseslu. A caveat to this review: apparently this place is not as packed as it is when we showed up, so take my minor grumbles about the crowds with a grain of Saturday night on Mardi Gras salt.
So for the first time in my life I can say that I wished this place allowed cigarette smoking. You read right...normally i'm an unabashed proponent of smoke-free establishments, but in this case I would have taken cigar smoke in favor of a bunch of drunk-on-wine onion smelling yuppies. The place reeked like barfed-up-vino.
Anyways, the place was crowded and filled with wine-o-philes. We grabbed a beer (schwartzbier, rauchbier, and IPA respectively), presented lovely in proper glassware and assumed our wallflower position against the back part of the bar. Eventually the crowds would settle down, but we were still stuck next to some college girls who could talk, and LOUDLY at that.
The atmosphere of 33 (once it tamed down and we could actually look around) is minimal chic; exposed brick, well-kept servers, hanging globe lights. Its clearly a nice place to 'be' when you've got a few tasty beers swimming around in you.
Another great feature of this place: stratified pricing. Prices are fairly relative to high when compared to other beer bars, but you get a huge break carrying bottles out of the place! How sweet. According to drewseslu, the Two-Hearted works out to be like $8 a sixer, comparable with anywhere in the city.
I really appreciated the owner's rapport with us beer geeks (the rest of the place was obviously wine-leaning). All in all we had a good night. I'm sure we'd of had a phenomenal night when more beer afficianados were abuzz and the crowds were thinner.
A must when in St. Louis either way.
03-13-2006 22:18:40 |
More by GreenWBush
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Outstanding wine and beer bar in the Lafayette Square neighborhood. Quite a modern look to it, and quite a hip crowd on a Saturday night. If you intend to have a conversation, try a less busy time, or the patio out back. As I've visited more, I've really settled in here, and find it a wonderfully relaxing, convivial place. Completely non-smoking which was a big plus in my book. Food is an increasingly interesting selection of cheeses, crackers and cured meats.
Closed Sunday and Monday.
Beer is available for both on-premises consumption and take-away. The take-away prices are very fair, and the drink-in prices reasonable as well, though the mark-ups on wine are even more reasonable. Beer has become a co-primary focus with wine over the years, and the owner, Jake, is quite passionate about beer. Jake has recently turned the reigns of the beer selection over to Dylan, who is an excellent homebrewer, and very much a beer guy.
The beer list has grown to about 100 selections, versus several hundred wine selections, but there is not a dud on the list, and the selection rotates. Plenty of Belgians, Bell's, British, and German, with a focus on frequent rotation with the seasons. All beer kept in dark, temperature-controlled storage so it's condition is impeccable. In addition, 33 now sports 6 taps, which rotate frequently through a selection of really interesting craft selections, and B.United and Shelton imports.
Lots of folks drink beer here, and Jake and his staff are as happy to pontificate on a $4 bottle of beer as they are on a $40 bottle of wine. Definitely a place that recognizes that taking care of customers with personal, thoughtful service is a key to long-term success. My highest recommendation.
03-31-2008 16:20:39 |
More by Realale
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
My wife found 33 out on BeerFly as the place we would take her dad out for his birthday. This definitely was a great place . . . for wine. It worked out real well that everyone in our party drank wine. Not to harp on anyone's comments, but it is a GOOD beer bar, but not a great one. Sign says no bachelor or bachelorette parties allowed, so you can tell that the atmosphere is tame.
Jake does have a passion for wine and beer, and told me about his support for Beer Advocate, but the selections were a bit above average. I chose the Bell's Two Hearted Ale, which I like, but I wasn't crazy about anything else in particular, except for the Gumbalhead bottle that was there for decoration. Very nice touch that it was served in a Bell's glass. Enjoyable . . . but not outstanding.
07-30-2006 23:01:36 |
More by Backer2004
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I visited here in October 2005.
This is a hidden gem in St Louis and a must visit experience. It as if it was transplanted from Greenwich Village or Soho of New York City. There is an extensive wine list as well as a great beer list. Very authentic with use of specific glasses for each serving of drinks (both wine and beer).
The food is a mini tapas menu; a lot of small appetizers for you to share with a table.
The service was exceptional. The owner / employee knew his wines really well, as well as his food and beer. Very open to answering any questions. Also, recommended dinner across the street.
12-12-2005 00:50:31 |
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