Bottom of the Well is a monthly t-shirt and swag subscription service that handpicks America’s most authentic bars and creates a t-shirt celebrating a different bar each month. There is also a virtual reality tour of the bar included each month!
This box was sent to us at no cost to review. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
About Bottom of the Well
The Subscription Box: Bottom of the Well
The Cost: $29.95 every month with discounts available for longer subscription commitments
The Products: A different t-shirt each month, virtual reality goggles, bar swag and virtual reality content
Ships to: U.S. (for free) and International (for an additional charge)
Bottom of the Well January 2018 Review
This is our first review of Bottom of the Well!
We get an info card showing off the features of the bar Bottom of the Well is presenting this month - Hemingway’s in Beaufort, SC! When boxes are shipped each month, subscribers will be sent a link to a VR video tour of the bar, and will be directed to a public blog post on Bottom of the Well’s site featuring tons of photos and info about the bar!
They also include a coupon to get 25% off a future subscription for one of your friends!
Hemingway’s Custom Design T-Shirt - Estimated Value $20
First up this month is the star of the show - a custom designed t-shirt featuring Hemingway’s bar in Beaufort, SC! The shirt is an American Apparel unisex 50/50 ultra soft heather blue tee with white printing. The design on the front of the shirt is a fun cartoon representation of the bar, and the sleeves feature the box logo and bar information. It’s super soft and lightweight!
Blowfish for Hangovers - Buy 20 tablets for $15
Included this month is a couple of Blowfish tabs - perfect for curing hangovers for those post-dive-bar mornings. It’s got some aspirin and caffeine for your headache, and it will give a tall glass of water a pleasant lemon flavor and a bit of carbonation. It’s been a while since I’ve had a hangover, but having a couple of these around just in case seems like a no-brainer.
V8 Spicy Hot 5.5oz Can - Buy 6 cans for $3.83
Up next we get this little can of spicy hot V8! I have loved V8 since I was a kid and the spicy hot variety is really delicious. This little can would be great for a solo Bloody Mary or pair it with eggs for breakfast to get a full serving of vegetables in.
Cellphone Virtual Reality Goggles - Retail Value $10.99
Finally this month we get this set of VR goggles that you can pop a smartphone into. The goggles are only included in introductory boxes. These are made of a compact-able silicone and fit my iPhone 8+ perfectly. I was able to load the Hemingway’s bar tour video (a link will be sent to subscribers) but for some reason, it would only play about 10 seconds before displaying an error message - I assume this is entirely a YouTube issue. The video I was able to watch was pretty cool though!
Verdict: Bottom of the Well is a thoughtfully curated box for dive bar lovers who may not be able to travel to every dive bar out there, or want to discover new dive bars to plan a road trip to. The shirt is obviously the hero of the box, and the extra items feel like nice additions. I’m definitely interested to see what future boxes include when we don’t have to factor in the cost of the VR goggles! I’m calculating an estimated value of about $37, which is over the cost of the box so I’m glad I’ll be getting use out of all the items.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will start with the March box. From Bottom of the Well:
We ship orders at the beginning of every month. All orders placed by the 20th day of the month by 11:59 PM Pacific Time will start you with the new month’s box. We use USPS first class mail, and all orders should arrive within 3-5 days of shipping.
Coupon – Use code BARLOVE to save 50% off your first box!
Value Breakdown: This box cost me $29.95 + free US shipping, which means that each of the 4 items in the box has an average cost of $7.49.
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