Nation's largest self-serve bar, for now, opening in St. Petersburg

With 85 taps, Pour Taproom in St. Petersburg will have the largest self-serve tap system in the country when it opens.
Published August 25 2017
Updated August 28 2017

Pour Taproom, a craft beer bar with 85 taps where customers serve themselves, is coming to downtown St. Petersburg.

It's the first Florida location for the Pour Taproom concept, which allows customers to use phones or bracelets electronically linked to their taps to pour and pay for beer by the ounce.

The nearly 2,300-square-foot bar at 225 Second Ave. N is expected to house the largest self-serve tap system in the country by far when it opens this fall, though that title may be short-lived. Pour My Beer and iPourit, two companies that build the tap systems, say they have setups of more than 100 taps in the works for bars in California and Alabama.

Tanner Moody, 26, a St. Petersburg resident and co-owner of the new location, said that as much as half the beer on tap could come from Tampa Bay area breweries and the rest will be "national craft beers, things you can't typically find at the grocery store."

He also noted that although there are five other Pour Taproom locations in the United States, including the original in Asheville, N.C., the St. Petersburg bar has licensed the concept with different ownership, and is not a franchise beholden to corporate rules.

"That's nice because we can put our own local flair on things without being constrained," Moody said.

Although customers can serve themselves, there will be a full staff on hand to answer questions and recommend beers. The layout itself will also provide guidance, with the line of taps arranged from light beer to increasingly dark beer going from left to right. Varying per-ounce prices will be displayed at each tap.

Moody said the system also has a feature to prevent customers from being over-served. Once they pour a certain amount of beer, their bracelet will lock and they'll have to touch base with a human who will decide if they can continue using the taps.

For food, the bar has partnered with its neighbor, the soon-to-open 2nd & Second 24-hour diner, which will deliver an abbreviated version of its own menu to Pour Taproom.

Sushi restaurant Omakase is also set to open in the same strip of storefronts undergoing a remodel at Second Avenue N and Second Street, across the street from the Sundial shopping center.

Pour Taproom plans to build an outdoor space for bocce ball courts, cornhole and pingpong tables.