World of Beer is worlds away from typical college bars
Published: Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 16:02
If you consider yourself a connoisseur of beer or just want to unwind with a beer or wine World of Beer is the place for you.
Located less than 2 miles from UCF, World of Beer offers 507 different bottles of beer and 40 beers on tap.
WOB opened in late October and stands out from other UCF area bars.
"What separates us from other bars is that we cater to everyone," said WOB Product Manager Paul Mahoney. "We cater to everyone from students to industry workers to young professionals. We're not a typical college bar."
One thing that sets it apart is the free cover. WOB also offers $1 off of the bottled beer of the month.
Another difference is the environment. You don't have to worry about losing your sandal from stepping on a sticky floor. You can actually rest your arms on the bar or tables without having them drenched in a sickening mixture of cheap beer and Long Islands.
WOB has 15 TVs — 12 inside and three outside — that play sports and FUEL TV. There is also a diverse array of music that ranges from Kings of Leon to James Brown to OutKast.
You can either order a drink at the bar or be waited on if you can grab a table.
"This is my favorite place to come," said senior civil engineering major Billy Zanzola. "It's chill and a lot quieter and less crowded than Library or FUBAR."
Obnoxious drunks and underage drinkers are not a concern, as all guests must be 21 or older to get in. No one is there to mess around or cause trouble because everyone is there for the same reason — to have the option of a variety of quality beers and to enjoy themselves.
WOB also has wine and cigars for sale. It doesn't serve food but does have a list of locations nearby that will deliver you food on the back of the menu.
"I don't get to travel a lot and I feel like I'm traveling the world with my beverages," said Candice Perrier, a graduate student majoring in mental health counseling. "I like the awesome glasses that I get served in. I usually come for [college night] and my appreciation for beer. You can't get this stuff anywhere else. There's a wide variety and a lot more choices."
The service is quick and friendly, usually taking less than two minutes to receive a beer. If you're attending WOB University night, you should get there early if you want to have a seat because they fill up quick.
WOB-U Night is every Wednesday after 9 p.m. and offers half-off draft beers for students. Although it does get crowded and most are resorted to standing, the bar does not feel crammed and you have your own sense of personal space. The beer is also decently priced. For an example, a pint of Shipyard Brown Ale cost $2.50.
"It feels like an adventure every time I come here," said marketing graduate Aubree Rider. "I like that you can be outside or inside. I enjoy the ambiance created from the year round Christmas lights. They're not colorful so it doesn't feel redneck."
WOB has happy hour every Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with half-off draft beer.
WOB also has various specials throughout the week.
Monday is Service Industry Night, where people who work in the service industry get half-off draft beer after 9 p.m.
Tuesday is Loyalty Night. Customers are able to purchase a loyalty card and receive half-off bottles from open to close. One of the perks of a loyalty card is a gift for every milestone purchase. At 250 purchases, the cardholder will receive a quality hoodie and a name plate that's posted in the bar. At 500, the cardholder receives a catered party.
Thursday is Ladies Night and serves half-off select drafts and wine from open to close for ladies.
There is also live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
According to Mahoney, Wednesday is the busiest night for college students and Friday is the busiest night of the week.
World of Beer is located off of University Boulevard at 3402 Technological Ave. in the same plaza as FirstWatch. For more information, go to www.ucf.wobusa.com.