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1504 S Church St
phone: (757) 365-0932
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quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
As others have noted, this place doesn't exactly jump out at you. It is very small. That, however, is the only bad thing I can say about the place. Like another reviewer I drove past the place when I made my first trip and had to make a U-turn. The sign isn't exactly eye catching.
The room where the beer is right on the left as soon as you walk in the door and is slighly larger than my bathroom. The selection, however, is amazing. If you're looking for macro swill you will be extremely disappionted. However, if you're looking for Belgian beers and the like this is the place! (They were out of the big Duvel bottles, though.) It's also the only beer store in the area where I've been able to find Thomas Hardy's Ale. The first time I went out there I started my beer cellar when I got home. The owner is very knowedgeable in craft beer and offered a few recommendations when he saw what I had already selected.
It gets no better than here.
04-06-2006 03:50:48 |
More by FenwaySquid
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I'm continually impressed by this place. It's not huge, but has a great selection of singles and bombers, and usually has a nice quantity of each beer in stock; only a couple of times have I gone there looking for smething without finding it, and each time they had it in stock shortly thereafter. The owners KNOW their beer and have always been friendly and helpful. They have a large wine selection as well as coffee and other good-tasting stuff. Bon Vivant is by far the farthest-away of the local beer shops I frequent, but it has been worth the trip every time.
First-timers can have a hard time finding this place because it's so small; just look for the big brick funeral home on S. Church St., Bon Vivant is directly across from it.
Edited: I keep coming here every few weeks, and it seems like each time I come Mike has something new in stock that I've never seen or heard of before. Both locations are great; I prefer the cozyness of the Smithfield store, but that's just me.
05-16-2006 01:27:34 |
More by Havinapretzel
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The Bon Vivant has a very good selection of Belgians and American microbrews. I did also check out his stock on the website and it seems to be accurate. He has some things that are hard-to-find currently such as De Dolle Export Stout, The Duchess in big bottles, her siblings Echte Kriekenbier and Vichtennar, Boon Gueuze, de Regenboog BBBourgundier (pardon my spelling), Dogfish Head Old School Barleywine, Rocheforts....it is a quality selection and I was torn between 4.5 and 5.0.
His prices are fair in my opinion, and Bon Vivant is owner-operated by Belgian beer-o-phile Mike Adams.
From the outside you'd never know this place was here, it is in a very small town, on the side of a highway, but inside it is beer heaven.
05-23-2005 23:32:42 |
More by catwoman
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Wow, talk about a diamond in the rough. Located in the heart of macro-field is one of the finest establishments you'll find. First off, every beer here is good-- not a macro in sight and a fantastic selection from rare imports to elite domestic microbreweries. Everything here is sold in individual bottles, so you never feel the need to purchase in high quantities. I have been here twice and found 2 completely different yet equally pleasing, fantastic selections of choices. If there is a beer that you have heard about here and have been dying to try, as long as it is available in VA-- it's here. The service here is also fantastic with a very knowledgable and friendly staff that is appreciative of your business and of course, great beer.
12-27-2007 02:46:48 |
More by Neehan
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Stopped in around noon on a Tuesday (had the day off from work). Tiny little place, but fantastic selection. Only one employee there at the time, more than happy to answer any questions I had. Large selection of wines that I will investigate next time I stop in, and I saw a sign saying they now stocked cigars. The beer room was tiny but WELL stocked - very difficult to limit myself to a 6 pack with so many beers I want to try. Good selection of domestic microbrews as well as imports. Seems the owner has a liking for the belgians - larger than average selection. Reasonable prices. Will definitely be returning.
11-11-2008 18:06:07 |
More by repeal06
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
This place is a house so dont pass by looking for a regular storefront like I almost did.
The beer room is first on the left, the rest of the store is wine and a few snack items. Would have liked to have a few stinky cheeses but all that was available was pretty tame.
The beer area was pretty small but well organized by style. All singles. VERY good selection. Some things I havent seen even in Richmond.
The guy on hand there, I assume the owner, was very pleasant and had good reccomendations. We got 10% off 12 beers or more. Price seemed a little high but again theres a premium for rarities.
06-15-2009 16:39:54 |
More by nriech
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Bon Vivant is a tiny little store out in what seems like the middle of nowhere. About a 45min.-1hr. drive from my house in Va. Beach. You have to pass it and make a u-turn to get to it. Little brick cottage-like building. Inside, there's tonsa wine, spices, etc. and beer in the room on the left. Once in this room, you are staring at a wall fulla one of the best beer selections I've ever seen. No Miller Lite here. Only the best, hard to find beers. Micros and quite a selection of Belgians and other Europeans. Mike, the owner, is awesome. Very nice and more knowledgable about beer than I'll ever be. He was very helpful and made a suggestion that's now become one of my top 5 favorite beers. He runs a little beer lovers club that meets on the last Fri. of the month at 7pm. Haven't been to a meeting yet, but I'll get there soon. He put me on a list in his computer and has sent me updates on his stock and has held beer for me before. Just an all-around great guy. The prices are reasonable/average, but in many cases, his selection outweighs what you're gonna pay. Some gems are a little pricey, but who cares. Overall, one of the absolute best places to go for beer. I haven't found a better place in the area.
07-16-2005 01:56:42 |
More by Px2GrafX
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
What a candy store for the beer lover. Where I live there are no places to buy good beer. This place is wonderful. Great beer selection and the owner is a mighty fine fellow. I even called in a list and Mike (the owner) put together my case of beer and had it waiting for me. He also will always offer to load the beer into your vehicle. His service is outstanding in a time where you rarely find that kind of smalltown service. Only drawback to the place is it is very small and I feel like a bull in the china closet when I'm in the beer section. I also wish the beer was already cool, but that is just being picky and it's problably better so I'm not tempted to drink and drive.
12-16-2006 16:39:02 |
More by Minkybut
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Hit this place up just an hour or so ago. Down in VA for vacation, and never thought that I would find a place like this!
I had driven past it twice over the past few days and thought it was a house but low and behold it's a little hidden gem.
As you walk, the "store" is sectioned with craft beers to the left. The way this store runs is single bottles only. That's the one downfall - single bottles and higher prices. However, that being said, for the area, the selection and quality is outstanding. Beers are broken out by style as opposed to brewery. Since you mix six packs, I think this setup is far more appropriate. Easy to follow set up and great amount of stock. A good deal of local, regional, and elsewhere is available. The breweries that I can recall Du Claw, St. George, Tall Grass, Bluegrass Brewing, Terrapin, Bell's, Schlafly, Founders, Clown Shoes, Cisco, Stone, Southern Tier, and so much more.
We happened to catch and talk to the owner for some time. He's very knowledgeable about beers and absolutely has a passion for good craft brews.
The rest of the store offers a very nice wine selection, and more gourmet snacks and cheeses (which we pruchased some and enjoyed thoroughly!).
When you walk in, you may get a bit of a surprise by the owners dog - big ol Doberman. But he's an utter sweetheart and a rescue dog.
I will absolutely give my business to this place whenever I am in town.
10-10-2011 21:29:26 |
More by Jayli
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4
The Bon Vivant Market is a TINY little store that specializes in Beer, Wine, Coffee, and Spices. They have a wine specialist as their official wine taster, and the owner, Mike Adams, is the beer guru. He's a very nice guy, very helpful, and quite excited about beer. He really wanted to chat with me about all the brews that I was purchasing, but the store had gotten quite crowded while I was checking out and other customers were also in need of his attention. They stock roughly 125 to 150 beers at any given time. Its not the largest selection, but they've cut out most of the fluff and, what they do have is pretty much all worth while. They cover a wide range a styles and have a couple good representatives of all the various styles that they carry. I found the tagged prices to be about average with what Ive seen around the area, but if you buy over 10 bottles (I think thats the right number, but I may be wrong) then you get 10% off your purchase which makes their prices quite good. Everything is sold by the single, and only a couple things are refrigerated in a small apartment size Pepsi fridge (I think these items are dictated by floor space). While at the store, I also asked Mike Adams if he'll special order beer and if there's a minimum order. He said that theres no minimum order and that he's always looking for great new and unique brews to stock (within his space limitations of course). So, if there was ever anything that I wanted him to see if he could get to just let him know.
The beer portion of their web site is pretty thorough and lists all of the current stock. I've seen it change a few times, so it seems to be kept current. They also have a Beer Lovers Club that hosts beer tastings once a month at the store after hours. Theres an email list that can be signed up for at the store that Bon Vivant uses to inform beer lovers about all the monthly tastings and some of the specialties that they receive from time to time.
All in all, a great little store with a very nice personal touch. Not being much of a wine drinker myself, Id just assume they cut the wine inventory in half and expand the beer selection. Then the store would be almost unbeatable.
10-31-2003 16:20:51 |
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