South Lamar’s World of Beer outpost closes today

Contributed by Alyssa Ahern. The World of Beer franchise is bringing a location here after opening its first tavern in 2007 in Tampa, Florida. The Austin World of Beer will open next month.

Contributed by Alyssa Ahern. The World of Beer franchise in Austin is closing after less than a year in business.

After less than a year opened on South Lamar Boulevard near the Broken Spoke, Austin’s outpost of the World of Beer is closing today.

The pub, which straddled a tightrope between sports bar and craft beer bar, struggled to find a following in Austin, although employee Kelsey Brown said, “We may try to look for another location. That’s a silver lining.”

In the meantime, World of Beer — which opened during South by Southwest last year with more than 500 bottles and 50 rotating taps — might have one last day to serve Austinites a beer, depending upon whether the sale of the space goes through today. If it does open around 3 or 4 p.m. this afternoon, the entire inventory of alcohol is 50 percent off.

“We aren’t serving food, but absolutely everything else is half off until close,” Brown said.

South Lamar’s World of Beer location is one of nearly 70 other locations around the country. The tavern originated in Tampa, Florida, in 2007, growing quickly from a neighborhood bar to the nationwide franchise it is today. While it chose a tricky spot in Austin to try and set up shop, the World of Beer company might have better luck in a different part of town.

It’s located at 3121 S. Lamar Blvd.

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