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“World of drunks” 2 of 5 stars
Review of World of Beer

World of Beer
511 Greene St, Key West, FL 33040
+1 305-517-6260
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Ranked #182 of 366 Restaurants in Key West
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Late Night
Description: World of Beer offers more than 500 beers from more than 40 different countries. Combining a friendly environment and a knowledgeable staff, World of Beer creates an atmosphere where patrons feel at home. Now serving Craft Spirits & Liquor and Full Kitchen Menu!!
Tampa, Florida
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“World of drunks”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

I walked into World of Beer knowing the guys who started it a few years back in Tampa, I was excited to see this location as I have been coming to Key West for the last 25 years. My first impression was "WOW!!!" The location had been a half dozen places in the last decade and there was something always lacking about it, until now. World of Beer finally got it right for this huge spot on greene street, just make it two really nice bars. There was even a stage with its own PA and monitors!!! Unfortunately no one was playing but it still looked great.

Then the reality of the place started to sink in, our bartender spent most of her time pouring small glasses of beer and drinking them with a few select patrons. Nearly every time we wanted to ask her something she was filling up another round for her and what must have been her friends. There was another bar in the back so we chose to sit back there. The service improved quite a bit as the younger bartender came right to us and asked if we wanted to try anything.

Thank god for this second bar, it was a little more crowded but the service was 10,000 times nicer, direct and professional. At one point my wife even joked with the bartender and asked why she wasn't getting hammered for free with her friends like the first bartender. Even the barback was attentive to our needs as he kept chatting with us about the different events coming up like brewery tastings.

We paid our tab and left a generous tip and on our way out the doorman walked after us saying that the bartender said we walked out on our bill. My wife almost lost it, she told the doorman that we had paid our bill and that the drunk bartender upfront was out of line and unprofessional. I was a little embarrassed and wanted to assure the first bartender that we did in fact pay our bill and tipped for the service we got at the other bar. When I went to talk to her she walked away into the far back and disappeared. after a moment or two I realized she wasn't coming back and we left.

We have been coming to Key West for over two and a half decades, we've been to every dive bar and overrated pub on the island, we've seen good bartenders and bad bartenders and World of Beer had both. I have read a few other reviews and it appears that some of the staff are more concerned with their select clientele or friends than with the random tourist or frequent visitor.

This experience hit home so much that we decided to actually join tripadvisor to review World of Beer. Great concept, the Tampa location is one of our local hangouts, great beer, combined my wife and I are at 300 odd beers, great service, Key West should pay a little more attention to the customer and not so much on themselves. It's a tough town and we've seen hundreds of businesses come and go. We hope World of Beer is not one of them.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Methuen, Massachusetts
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38 reviews 38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Amazing Selection & Service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Great staff that helped us navigate through the insane amount of offerings. Each had a flight on more than one occasion and brought pizza from Duetto over to enjoy as well. Great concept and you can't beat the location. 1 block over from Duval.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tampa, Florida
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Unbelievable Selection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

What a beer lovers gem! Only 1 block off Duval Street, this beautiful beer bar features a dizzying array of draft and bottled beers from all over the world. If you are not familiar with the WOB concept, check out their website. The bartenders know their stuff and just tell them what you like or want to try and they will match you up with something. The samplers are a great place to start. Don't look for Bud Lite here, this is for connoisseurs and beer explorers. Expect to pay premium prices for premium product, but they offer something in every price range. They also feature live music on many nights.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Myers, Florida
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“If you beer selection this is the place to go.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013 via mobile

Stop in for my first visit. They live up to their name, World of Beer!! They have a complete menu just for the beer sections. They have both draft and bottle options to choose from. We did not have any food just beers. Worth checking out if you like beer!!

Visited August 2013
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Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Awesome selection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

We visited World of Beer while on our trip to Key West and liked it so much we went a total of three time throughout the trip. The selection of beer is overwhelming. 500+ bottles and 50+ drafts is alot to choose from. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. No complaints about any of our visits there.

Visited August 2013
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