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Village Draft House
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
428 Daniels Street
phone: (919) 833-1373
(Place added by: GCBrewingCo)
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| Reviews: 20
Reviews by slowbie:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
My review score may end up looking a little harsh, but I am comparing this place to other places that have a large number of taps.
The atmosphere in this place pretty good. The decor is generic sports bar (not what you'd expect given where it is) but the crowd always has a few families and is pretty quiet, which is nice. There are a few huge TVs on the wall that always have the sound off, so if you want to watch a game you could do it here.
My biggest disappointment in this place is that it has the smallest tap list I've ever seen from a bar with over 50 taps. 99 taps sounds like a lot, but then you subtract out 4 BMCs, 5 Euro pale lagers or other near BMCs, and 4 golden ales. And that's not even mentioning the beers like Guinness Draught, Murphy's, Blue Moon, Pyramid Haywire Hefeweizen, and Magic Hat #9. I'm not saying that all of the above are bad beers, it just seems that their 99 taps are dominated by widely distributed beers that are easy to find on tap other places.
You just have to look at the menu to know not to expect much from the wait staff's beer knowledge. For example, the section labeled "Pilsners and Lagers" currently includes a kolsch-style. They have one category just called "Ales" which apparently means that they don't know what those beers are because it includes everything from scotch ales to IPAs, even though they have a separate "IPAs and ESBs" category (which is a strange combination in and of itself if you ask me, especially since Fullers ESB is the only ESB I've seen in there).
And my experience with the waitstaff has only encouraged my view that they're not that great with beer knowledge. When asked for recommendations about this vs. that they usually get pretty confused. I also once had to order three different beers because they were out of my first two choices.
And for my final complaint, the food is decent but not that good. Most of what I have gotten has been a bit too dry and bland. Also, I hate char-grilled burgers but that's what they do, so that's part of the problem.
I'm not all negative about this place, I just feel like a place with 99 taps should be much better. If you're looking for the best options, go to the Flying Saucer. However, it's not like I struggle to find a beer I even like when I'm at the Village Draft, I just have gone in there hoping for a nice ___ and have been unable to find a good beer in the style they offer. The prices are good though.
01-12-2011 15:43:25 |
More by slowbie
More User Reviews:
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.25 | $$
A - Solid atmosphere. A little old fashioned, but nice.
Q - Overall, pretty decent quality.
S - Pretty good service. The waitress was able to get a little bit of Creme Brulee out of the tap even though they were sold out. She knew I was dying to try it, so she got two sample glasses full of it and brought them out. Otherwise, it took a little while for her to come back around.
Se - Awesome selection. Plenty of beers to choose from.
F - Food is great for a bar. Not much of a selection though.
V - Reasonable prices.
01-11-2013 15:15:50 |
More by RWLawman
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 1.5 | food: 4 | $$
The food here is pretty good, especially compared to what a typical bar would offer. However, in terms of beer, this place is disappointing. They offer a "99 Tap Challenge" in which they challenge customers to find a place with more taps than them, but they often are out of the taps they promise to have. The last time I went, I ended up settling for my third choice, something I had already had several times, when I was hoping to try something new. I didn't even try to order a second beer for this reason. If you want a good place to go for food that offers a decent selection of beer, I recommend coming at a time that is not normal meal hours (to beat the crowd). If you expect a good beer selection, you will be disappointed though.
11-27-2011 09:36:55 |
More by BeerNoobNC
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
My friends and I go here often on Wednesday nights for pint night when most of their drafts are around $3.50. The atmosphere is light but noisy, and it gets pretty busy during meal times and into the evening. The bar area is rather large with booth, table, and bar seating. The dining room is in a separate room. The tap list is extensive. They have a very good selection of craft beer and local offerings though about 20% of their taps are taken up by Macrobreweries and ciders. The last time I was in I had a Skull Coast Maelstrom IPA, Stone Arrogant Bastard, Founders Dirty Bastard, and a Fuller's ESB. The food is also pretty good. They have a decent selection of pub grub and decent meal selections. My wife and I often get the deep fried artichokes with homemade aioli, and I'll usually get a burger and fries while she likes the shrimp quesadillas. My wife and I and our friends often have a great time here.
There are only three drawbacks. First, with such a large draft list I'm not sure how often the lines are cleaned. Second, the draft list is hardly ever up to date so seasonals and new offerings on draft have to be sought out. I've sometimes had to go to my third or fourth choice on the menu before I found a beer that was actually available. Finally, when the bar area gets busy, you may find yourself waiting a little longer for service.
Overall, a great place with good beer, good food, and at a good price.
10-02-2011 15:07:45 |
More by tdm168
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A- The atmosphere is really nothing special. There isn't anything that is particularly inviting about the place, but I suppose the decor and such is nice enough.
Q- Beer came full and cold. Food was warm. All in all a quality experience consumer-wise.
Ser- Service is generally slow but friendly and helpful.
Sel- Plenty of taps and I must give extra credit for the number of local/North Carolina beers they have on tap.
F- Food was tasty enough, though nothing memorable necessarily.
All in all a decent place to get a beer and have a bite to eat.
05-27-2011 07:33:29 |
More by jsprain1
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
If your wife drags you to this shopping boutique purgatory (Cameron Village), this is your salvation. Otherwise, you would do better somewhere else. They boast many taps, nothing exceptional. Price is right, atmosphere sucks.
I was a bit hopeful when I'd heard of the sheer number of taps, and there are certainly plenty of beers to suit your tastes. Nothing to honk your horn about though. Wouldn't bank on freshness either.
The main drawback was definitely the location/atmosphere. If you ask me, that is almost as important as the beer.
02-10-2011 02:14:10 |
More by terrorzord
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Set in the middle of an older, but revitalized, shopping district on the outskirts of the downtown area of Raleigh. Very close to NC State campus.
Two large rooms, one with the bar and one for dining. Nice outdoor seating area, covered, but with a lot of foot traffic passing through.
100 taps with very few clunkers. There is a beer list in the food menu, but it's best to scrap that and check the tap handles for availability. There is also a large chalkboard with new arrivals listed. Stone, Aviator, Triangle, Front Street, and Huske Hardware entries were all availble. Prices are pretty decent on pints.
Menu is very good. There are several "draft house" establishments around the Raleigh area and Village's menu is one of the better ones around. Very nice selection of bar apps, sandwiches, and down-home style plates. Prices for food are very reasonable.
Lots of TV's in the bar area, though some are older HD sets.
03-22-2010 15:57:13 |
More by beer2day
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This place is great. Tons of beer on tap in basically every variety. A good mix of seasonal releases also. The vibe was relaxed and comfortable, definitely sports-oriented. Staff was friendly/quick/helpful pretty much everything they really need to be. The food was great, but then again I only ordered one thing. Some stuff looked average but I came here for the beer anyway. Prices were reasonable I felt. I got a pint of Arrogant Bastard for under about 4 bucks which seemed decent or at least on par with other places in in the area. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area, they're guaranteed to have something you've never tried and plenty of solid favorites. I went late lunch on a week day, but I could see this place being packed on a weekend (and I've been told it is) so maybe hit it up for lunch or during the week.
02-18-2010 19:02:02 |
More by apbarwood
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
7/10 update, same 99 beer taps with rotating seasonals and what not. Some of these beers get skunky because they are getting old. Send it back if it attacks. Not enough good IPA's. Still serving high SG beers in a small glass and charging $5-$6. Place does a hell of a business all the time though. Homemade potato chips now. Send them back if they come out cold. Mostly college kids work in this place and the patrons are young as well. Service is usually very good, especially at the bar where the pourers are very friendly.
Hit the Cameroon Village Draft Haus at least once a week these days unfortunately I don't always get to try one or more of their 100 beers on tap and unfortunately they usually don't have 100 beers but usually do have around 90. They insist on serving the Triangle Seeing Double in a small glass and charging full price when their sister locations and the FS serve a full pint for the same price. CVDH needs to lower their prices for pint night. $3.75 is a discount???
One of my local faves and we usually go once a week. Beer selection keeps getting better with lots of local and NC beers. Aviator beers are a welcome addition. Service is usually very good but went in with a large group (20+) recently on a Tuesday night. We took over the upper table area adjacent the bar and asked the mgr for 2 wait staff to keep cirulating our group to take and deliver beer and food orders. They never complied even tough they were over staffed that night. It never ceases to amaze me the lack of motivation some folks have. They just would not breath if they did not have to. Anyway some of our crew left early as it was just taking too long to get orders filled. Dumb on the mgmt part. They lost business that night and our group meets once a month and rotates which dives we hang out at. I will go back here regardless.
One of the best bars and burgers in town no matter what.
05-27-2009 19:46:02 |
More by jimmyjames8
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in with a friend for a few beers and a snack, and was quite impressed from the get-go when I saw the rows upon rows of craft taps with a few scattered macros. In addition to the big boys you'd expect to see in such a setting, The Village Draft House also stocks a wide range of North Carolina-produced brews. Duck-Rabbit, Highland, Foothills, Big Boss, Aviator, Red Oak, Carolina Beer Co. and the Carolina Brewery are all well-represented, and look just fine sitting alongside the titans from Stone, Founders, Ommegang, etc.
It wasn't perfect, though. The beer menu didn't include all the tap handles in my line of sight, and fully half of the beers we ordered were not available at the time of our visit. Two major deductions in my evaluation stem from what I consider pretty damned unacceptable in such a setting-- the bar serves those magnificent brews in chilled shaker pint glasses adorned with enemy logos (umm, Ruination in an icy Fat Tire glass?!?!?! HELL NO!!!) , and the joint allows smoking, too. Gross.
The service was just fine, especially so given that our afternoon visit occurred between the lunch and dinner shifts, and it subsequently appeared that the friendly, helpful bartender was covering the whole place by himself. The food was okay, but nothing to make a point of stopping by for. Given all that, I'd say the best part of my vist to VDH was the cute Miller Lite-drinking gal I took with me. She had a Hennepin, even though her fave was right there on-tap.... Yay, converts!
03-25-2009 11:01:03 |
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