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Commercial Taphouse & Grill
Taps: 14 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
111 N Robinson St
phone: (804) 359-6544
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 24 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I'll be honest... I loved this place the first couple of times I went there. They have some absolutely amazing brews on tap you will literally not find anywhere else (e.g. '02 Bigfoot for $6, '96 Gales Prize Old Ale in bottle for $10). These brews are served in the proper glassware at the proper temperature... and the 12 or so taps rotate fairly frequently. You can tell that the owner is a beer lover.
That said, the last time I went opened my eyes a bit. Perhaps it was because for once, they didnt have anything spectacular on the beer list, and so I took some time to examine other aspects of this establishment. First, it's tiny, which would typically not bother me. But being tiny + everyone around you smoking + poor ventilation = painful experience. Coming from an ex-smoker, when I say it is smoky, I mean it is pea soup fogginess in there.
Second, unless you're at the bar, the service is ATROCIOUS. The bartenders / waitresses might come around once every 45 minutes or so, and you better know exactly what you want when they get to your table. Also, while not exactly rude, they are certainly not friendly.
A positive note: I have never had the food here, but I have heard it is good, for bar food.
In summation, go here and pray to whichever god you please that there is something interesting on tap, because that is truly the only reason to frequent this establishment.
06-08-2007 15:06:22 |
More by nickss
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I love commercial tap house. It's about a block from my house, and always has a good selction of beer that rotates constantly. The service is quite slow, despite the fact that the place is tiny. I'd recommend ordering 2 beers at once, because you'll probably finish the first by the time the second arrives. The owner is very knowledgable and quite nice, and also likes to buy things specifically to cellar. This past winter, he had a keg of 2002 Bigfoot on cask, and was selling it for only $5.95 a glass. Truly amazing. The food here is also pretty good, and usually has a beer on the menu that pairs well with it.
While the place is loud and dark at night, I find it very cozy, and the back booth is a great place to hang out with friends. The only problem with this bar, is that last call is at midnight. Some wierd ancient law about being across the street from a hospital.
06-05-2006 04:04:44 |
More by phisig137
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3
Small place with about 12 taps. Generally, their taps are pretty good, no swill beer taking up room. Neighborhood tavern. Good wings. Overall, a place I would recommend on a pub tour. Right across the street from Retreat Hospital. I wish they would get a little more adventuresome with their tap selection, including having a few more stouts (Guniess is generally the only stout they pour from my experience).
03-13-2003 10:35:39 |
More by EricP
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3
The "Taphouse" is a very nice place to go and have a few beers with some friends after a long day of doing whatever. Food isn't all that great, but they have a good beer selection.
The upstairs room is the place to take a first date. The room is secluded and cozy. Stay downstairs for the mingling and loudness.
Overall, it is a great neighborhood tavern.
12-07-2002 13:20:01 |
More by keifffff
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
I do like this place overall, but it's not really consistant. They do have a decent draft and bottled beer list. The food is so so but on par for your typical barfood style eats. The seating is limited and the place can get crowded fairly quickly on a Friday or Saturday night. I have found the staff to be either very attentive or barely noticing your existence. The latter seems to be happening more frequently so I've been going there less and less. On the plus side, their prices are quite reasonable. Check it out when in town but my suggestion is to not stay there all night.
12-29-2002 12:12:15 |
More by DrewS
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
Used to live within walking distance, but moved and hadn't been back for a long time until last night. Went for a burger deal that was going on and had 2 cellar Aventinus and a local brown on tap. Great seasonal beer selection as usual; packed as usual, but got a table within 20 mins; spotty service, but doesn't matter...they are always short-staffed and the servers do the best they can.
Love the atmosphere...small, dark, sticky menus.
More of a local hangout, which is great.
Punk rock vibe...always great tunes playing from someone's ipod.
Superior location...within walking distance of oh so many bars.
06-28-2013 15:00:16 |
More by tabascosigned
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Finally made it to the Taphouse today. A snow-shortened day seemed like the perfect subtle suggestion to stop for a pint.
The physical layout is quite small. About 12 x 4-seat tables line the wall on the right. A 12-ish seat tin-covered bar on the left. 2 restrooms and a small kitchen and that's it. Very cozy. Very dark. Very "pubbish". Music is on the soft side in terms of volume (which is a big plus for me). 14 taps here plus a beer engine, no macro. About 20 bottles beers listed, including Westmalle Double, some Gale's Old from 1996 and 1998 jumped out at me. An interesting mix on the taps, with locals like Legend and Starr Hill plus some other notables like Fuller's ESB, Sierra Nevada, Snow Goose, and Guinness. Patrons were very friendly...struck up a conversation with 4 others around me who appreciated a good beer. BA.com was recognized as a place they've all visited at one time or another (gotta spread the love). A different group that what you'd see at Capital Ale House.
Staff was extremely friendly and attentive. I sat at the bar and ended up chatting with James (owner?) who spent many minutes with me discussing his operation and what was soon to be put on as well as what I'd sampled. James also is cellaring some bottles as well and will offer them up at various times once they've had a chance to age. Bottle prices are very fair.
I think they open around 4 each day.
Pints run $4.25. Mondays are half-price pints, which was a nice surprise. Live music is also on some nights.
Of note are several "mixes" they sell:
Shandy - 1/2 Legend Lager + 1/2 lemon-lime
1/2 & 1/2 - 1/2 Legend and 1/2 Guinness
Overall, a friendly and nice place I'll visit again. Great service, good selection, and good prices. What more can you really ask for?
01-27-2004 02:16:13 |
More by OldFrothingSlosh
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is a nice place to go for a few drinks before or after eating in the area. There are some pretty good places around, including Konstas right around the corner. They do have live music occasionaly. Theres also an upstairs hangout with some couches and tables.
The beer selection gives you about 12 taps. They have a hand pump that changes out frequently. They also had a Bigfoot barleywine vintage 2002 on tap which was excellent. The server took her time pouring and served in the correct glassware. She was also knowledgeable about lots of craft beers.
We grabbed the wings which were excellent. The quesadillas looked like they were pretty good and the best deal for your money.
Overall I would come back here if in the area but wouldnt make special trips here unless there was something special on tap. With its vacinity to Capital Ale House and Legend, this would be a pick only if you wanted a quiet night out or eating in the area already.
As a side note parking is a pain. Street only and smack in the middle of a residental area.
03-01-2006 14:03:44 |
More by nriech
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in last night for a couple pints, as it's a decent walk from my place. Had yet to check it out, but on the recommendation of a friend decided to go. Enjoyed a cask-conditioned Victory Hop Wallop, as well as some of the Taphouse brew specials, which were okay. The place is not very spacious, but the lighting and atmosphere make for a comfortable, rather than closed-in, experience. The waitress was somewhat attentive, as there were about six of us, some of whom ordered food that came quickly, and the glasses (beers, anyway) consistently stayed full. Okay in this department. The draught and bottle selections were pretty good, not a whole lot of variety in comparison with other beer bars, but at least a solid 10 choices in either form. Overall, I was impressed for a neighborhood hangout/bar, and will likely return as new beers come in and the weather warms up. Definitely worth checking out.
03-01-2007 22:44:01 |
More by CharlieMopps
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Nice, comfortable neighborhood bar, very small, about 8 tables, plus about 12 seats at the bar. The food is above average bar food, with a few interesting menu items. Staff is friendly.
They do not serve the common MPB; so you will have to drink real beer here.
For a small place they have an amazing selection. They have about 6 taps and usually one cask. They do serve a lot of Bells and Victory, but mix in regional and national small brewers and local Richmond beers.
They also have an extensive list of bottled beer. Their prices are very reasonable, especially considering how small the place is, no economy of scale to get lower prices.
Good place to sit and have a decent beer and bite to eat.
05-16-2012 13:19:04 |
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