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Commercial Taphouse & Grill
Taps: 14 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
111 N Robinson St
phone: (804) 359-6544
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 24 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The Taphouse (it's the real one, too, IMHO) is a wonderfully ecclectic place to meet with friends and enjoy a diverse selection of beers.
I am fond of it for many a reason: (most importantly) it almost always has an exceptional selection of draught beers, it's incredibly cozy, warm and relaxed (there's something in those wood walls, eh?), it's an experience every time (I once went there and it was flooded with singing British football fanatics) and the waitstaff care about beer.
Though it does not have the same enormous selection that a larger venue such as Capital Ale House has, it has a great draught and bottle list and an ecclectic uniqueness that is unmatched by any such place I have happened upon. Highly recommended.
12-01-2006 01:37:35 |
More by 3toed
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Taphouse is a small local bar in Richmond that caters to beer lovers. This is definitly a beeradvocate bar and don't expect to find any macro-brews here. A slogan on the wall reads, "No Crap on Tap."
Atmosphere: The atmosphere at Taphouse is very friendly and lively. The bar is definitly on the small side, so that could cause a seating issue. However, the people there are good beer people (usually) and anyone ordering a Bud Bottle tends to get the stink eye. The only drawback sometimes is that the music can be way too loud, but overall I find the place to be very accomidating.
Quality: The quality of the beer at Taphouse is great. I haven't had an issue with skunked beer or out of date bottles.
Service: The service at the Taphouse is excellent. The bartender is very knowledgable about beer and can offer recommendations to anyone looking for a certain style of beer. The Taphouse also makes beer-cider mixes, which the bartender is extremely skilled at making.
Selection: The beer menu at Taphouse is two pages long, the front featuring roughly 15 taps and the back featuring roughly 20 bottles. The Taphouse also makes beer-cider mixes that I've previously mentioned. I found the selection to be very good, with a great mix of local beer, good craft brews, and selected imports. Whatever your beer style of choice is, you should be able to find something you like on their menu.
Food: The food is pretty good at Taphouse. Fairly typical pub grub, burgers sandwiches and pizzas. I enjoyed my southwestern pizza and the next time I'm there I will definitly sample one of the burgers. The kitchen is a little small, so be patient when waiting for your food. The food prices are reasonable and the quality is good.
Value: The value is very reasonably priced. The beers range from $3-7 depending on the beer. There is one beer listed at $17, but that is definitly out of the ordinary. Overall though, the prices are on par with any other pub/craft brew haven.
Overall: Overall Taphouse is a great place to go and enjoy a good craft beer. The space is small but accomidating. The real seller of the Taphouse is its selection. The Taphouse doesnt have macro-brews on tap, and the 15 taps they have are all quality craft brew or import selections. This place is definitly a diamond in the rough for any beeradvocates out there. So definitly check out the Taphouse, you will not be disappointed.
03-08-2011 15:06:30 |
More by bgildea
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
It doesn't have the selection of Capital Alehouse, nor the quirkiness of Mekong, but, as far as I'm concerned, this is the quintessential neighborhood beer pub. Yes it is small, but that lends an ambience that the bigger places can't match. The historic architectural details (original pressed-tin ceiling since before those came back in style, etc) coupled with the tacky string lights and Elvis kitsch, all located in the heart of one of Richmond's great neighborhoods, make this place a personal favorite. It isn't perfect, and I can't dispute comments about the size or the table service when things are busy, but what it lacks for in these areas it more than makes up for in bar service, vibe, and beer. In a sense, having a limited number of taps to work with is a blessing. For lack of a better phrase, the beer offerings are well-curated. I will concur with a previous review that Victory and Bells do seem to have a perennial presence among the draft offerings, but I've never found this to be a problem. And, for the money, they've got the best burgers in town.
If you're looking for a massive selection or amazing food, go somewhere else. But, if you are looking for a low-key, neighborhood beer pub experience, I think you'll be hard pressed to find a better spot south of Philadelphia.
08-10-2012 00:54:34 |
More by Oakwoodhopdevil
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Went for drinks last week and loved it.
A neat bar with an outstanding selection for a reasonable price. The service leaves some to be desired (it almost seemed like the servers wanted to be elsewhere). The bartender was very knowledgeable and we had a great conversation about upcoming releases and his philosophy on what to put on tap.
I would highly recommend and I plan on going back.
05-26-2013 19:50:14 |
More by CRV334
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I always make a point to stop here when passing through Richmond. A small dimly lit bar, this little palce has a great selection of beer, a friendly staff and excellent food. Eclectic atmosphere, wood-paneled walls.
Each time I've been there, only a few patrons are present, so the service has been fast and the barstaff has been helpful; even eager to let you taste a brew you're not sure about. They offer different sized beers, based on how much you feel like drinking, how many different kinds of beer you want to try, etc. I've had the club and some kind of wild chicken sandwich with pineapple and gorgonzola(I think) cheeze....sounds awful but is superb. Match that with a Dogfish head or Imperial Stout and you've got yourself a good time in a fun bar/restruant. Make a point to go here if ever in the neighborhood.
11-03-2005 18:59:41 |
More by sinistrsam
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Back before we moved to Boston in 2001, this bar was about 4 blocks from our place in the Fan and we were in here at least 3 times a week. OK, bull$#!+, more like 5...I remember getting my Diners' Club bill one month and realizing what a large percentage of the total the Tap House made up. I walked in and saw Jim the owner and said, "Geez, Jim, I got my Diners Club bill today. It was about $450 and probably $350 was from the Tap House." Being a gracious and generous host, he said, "Well, I'll buy you guys a couple of pints - it's the least I can do. It's probably ALL I'll do, but it's the least I can do."
We get back here a few times a year when visiting family in RIC and C-Ville. I enjoy the vibe of the old metal bar with all of the funky fixtures and kitsch up top, including a Sinatra poster, an Elvis statue and a Sit & Spin (maybe a Homer poster too). They always have good stuff on tap - locals are featured as well as a nice selection of rotating taps to match the season. Not a huge selection but definitely one that can keep you busy for the evening - there used to almost always be at least one thing on cask as well. A lot of the staff is actually still there from when we lived there (and so are the regulars), so there's nice continuity. The owners recognize us from several years ago and are always friendly and helpful with the list. James seems to be the owner we see most now - he and the staff know their malt & hops. He still gives us $#!+ about our intermittent habit of ordering Purple Haze as the last pint of the night when we were ready to pack it in after a particularly long evening at the bar.
We don't usually eat there but the food is a decent notch above standard pub grub; the Baja chicken was always one of our favorites. Service at the tables during prime time can be a little spotty as with anyplace else. Pricing on our most recent visit (update 3/21/2008) seems to have increased - $5.95 for most on tap if memory serves me right. Craft beer prices tend to be a bit inelastic from region to region in comparison to overall cost of living and the Tap House is no exception; looks like the hop shortage isn't helping either. Tunes are solid and eclectic. It's my favorite bar in Richmond and a necessary stop for us when we're back in town.
02-11-2008 15:34:00 |
More by IBUnit63
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
Chill, neighborhood beer bar that had a very comfortable feel.
The physical bar is small which forces you to interact w/the people next to you which I found refreshing b/c I got to learn about the local beer scene.
The bartender was friendly, knowledgeable, & quick w/a sample if you were undecided on what to get. They had 15 rotating taps of both craft and high-end imports plus a more substantial bottle list, all at very wallet-friendly prices (at least compared to NYC).
I was a big fan of this place & the only drawback I found was that it closes at 1am.
If I'm ever back in RVA, I will make it a point to stop here again.
10-24-2011 07:02:40 |
More by TmoNyc
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
One thing I hate about bars in the south these days is the overwhelming and prolific smokiness of every restaurant bar that serves alcohol. I cannot detract points per se, but, it is really a nuisance. However, in the south, this is standard operations so I cant complain too much. Small and cozy bar with about 10 bar seats and about 10 tables along the right hand wall.
Beer seemed fresh. Service was pretty good. It took awhile for the initial interaction but once the server and I became acquainted, things went smoothly and the beers and food were sent expeditiously and with a smile.
One thing I did like was the variety of beer sizes: They had either a 12oz pour, a 16oz pint, or a 20oz imperial pint, all priced on the menu. Most of the Imps were around $6 and the american pints were about $5. However, on Monday (when I visited), everything is $1 off between 4:30 and 8.
Pretty good selection. At the time they had about 15 drafts and about 15 bottle. I really love cask beers and they had an IPA on cask which was okay (the lines seemed to be a bit unclean, if you ask me).
Food was great. I had a chicken salad that was really good. I cant say I would come back here solely due to the smokiness but if that doesnt bother you, this is a sweet bar.
01-27-2009 01:07:18 |
More by SaCkErZ9
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Nice little place recommended to me by DrewS (who met me and Artied2 there for some brew). A bit dark, rustic-looking.... Long from front to back, with a decent bar along the left-hand side of the place. Fairly crowded, with loud rock music playing. Very nice bier menu (though unsure of the draft to bottle ratio). Hey, they had Spaten Maibock and HopDevil on tap, so there you go! A great time was had...thanks, Drew!
atmosphere: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: n/a | $$
07-06-2002 18:14:04 |
More by Bierman9
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Pretty small but cozy. It has the look of a dive bar but their selection was great. Not a whole lot but what they did have was some excellent craft beers. The night I went they had on tap: DFH Punkin, Blue Mountain The Big DIPA, Sierra Nevada Wet Hop, Wild Goose Snow Goose, BBC Bourbon Barrel Stout, Bells 2 Hearted, and a handful of others that I can't recall but nothing that I wouldn't be happy to drink. Also a nice selection of stuff in bottles. The bartender was very friendly and offered us small samples of stuff we hadn't tried before and spent time talking about some of them. Went on a Monday and all pints were $1 off which was pretty cool. The bill was 20 for a Big DIPA, Wet Hop, and 2 Snow Gooses for my wife and I which seems very reasonable to me. Overall it was a nice relaxed hangout kinda place to chat with friends though I wonder if it could get a little crowded on weekends as it's pretty small. At any rate, I'll be going back again soon and I highly recommend checking this place out.
11-03-2009 21:22:28 |
More by apbarwood
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