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The Taphouse Grill
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 50
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
931 W 21st St
phone: (757) 627-9172
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 23
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I went here with my boyfriend on a whim, he's the beer geek not me. I was intrigued to find that I found 2 beers that I liked. Granted they were "girly" beers, but the waiter smiled when I said that and told me he drank them as well. I had 2 of the Woodchuck ciders and a raspberry framboise that I can't recall the name of. My boyfriend almost wept at the beer list, and the ambiance is amazing. A lot of beers on tap, including a new favorite Strongbow, and a ton of taps hanging from the ceiling. Very cool place to sit down and have a beer.
The food is also excellent, but stay away from the Mussel's...bad experience
Only downside is that there is LOTS of smoke and the servers are scarce. Go up to the bar a order and the go outside in order to really enjoy
09-11-2007 04:37:10 |
More by IDateTheFormula
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in whilst in town over the weekend to visit family and friends. A buddy of mine I hadn't seen in a long time has started working there, so I hung out with him before his shift started, then went inside to see what all the fuss was about.
Overall, an eclectic mix of young and old, the tragically hip and the nonchalantly un-hip. This is perfect, because it seems like you can never really feel out of place, whether you order a Bud Light or a Westmalle. I opted for some of the more premium selections, of course.
The place had that hole-in-the-wall kind of feel to it, but I didn't mind that too much when I saw the beer menu. Good selections on tap, supposedly the largest tap selection in Southeastern Virginia, according to the header. Had some good German lagers on draft, so I ended up starting with a Hacker-Pschorr Edel Hell. After being informed that a few selections were unavailable, I ordered a Czech pilsener that wasn't poured. Seemed like one bartender knew what he was doing, while the other didn't. Still, friendly and respectable service.
08-20-2007 15:55:21 |
More by CharlieMopps
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
I have been here couple times and stopped by tonight just in case they had something new on tap. I am an IPA fan and tried the Racer and a "Clipper City Loose Cannon IPA" that I really liked. As for the food it is very average. We sent back a pizza "Margharite" which had hummus on it (?) on a very thick doughy crust! Taste was horrible. Sorry, but for someone who has lived in Italy and was hoping for the real thing it was terrible. Rename it. As for the beer selection it was pretty good for this part of the country with a number of beers on tap, both foreign and domestic but there are better beer pubs in the Tidewater area; e.g., Portsmouth. The food is better there too!
06-08-2007 00:15:06 |
More by ottobon100
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Was visiting my sister (who recently turned 21) and we wanted to visit a quality beer bar, which we found less than two miles from her house. It has a cozy atmosphere, with the non-smoking bar staring at you when you walk in and breweriana hanging from the walls. Turn the corner to enter the smoking section, and you will find 30+ taps and a bottle menu comprised of more than 50. It also lives up to its namesake, with over 100 tap handles hanging over the bar, giving you an idea of what they have offered in the past. The present selection is quite nice, with an impressive collection of craft and imports, including about 10 Trappists in-bottle and Chimay White on-tap. I sampled several beers I had been wanting to try, including Victory Hop Harvest, La Chouffe, and Rodenbach Grand Cru, along with many more I could not have tried without getting totally wasted (St. Bernardus Abt. 12, Midas Touch, [both on-tap] Oskar Blues Gordon, and Westy 8 just to name a few). The only thing we ate was chips and fresh salsa, so not much of a judge for the food category, although it was good enough. The service could have been better and I feel the bartenders would benefit from a refresher-course in serving craft beer. However, despite my few complaints, I would gladly trade three Harrisonburg bars for one with this type of focus on craft beer.
12-27-2006 06:19:17 |
More by mmmbeer
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I've been to the Tap House many times, and have been nothing but satisfied after every visit, even if I'm left with an empty wallet by the end of the night. A great place to go for an early evening, as they have some of the best happy hour specials you can hope to find with beer of this quality ($2 off Belgians until the end of happy hour).
The atmosphere is kind of dark, hip, gothic, urban, all at the same time. A really good place relax and enjoy a great variety of beers. There are other bars in the area with a nice selection, but the variety at Tap House is unparalleled. With 30+ beers on tap being rotated on a consistent basis and well over 50 bottles (primarily imports, crafts, and micros), it's a good place to go if you don't want the same thing week in and week out. After all, 80 beers are nice and all, but eventually anything can get a bit stale. Nice to keep it fresh.
The staff is knowledgeable, and more importantly, passionate about beer. Even the waitstaff has an opinion on each beer in stock. That can be rare. Never had to wait an exceptionally long time for anything. Normal bar wait really.
The food is actually a hidden gem of sorts. Some of the food is surprisingly good. The mozzarella stack and the hummus are great with the beer. Kind of cleanses the palate in between beverages. They also have half off pizzas during happy hour, yet another reason to go in the early evening.
Seriously, this is the best bar in Norfolk if you are looking for an alternative to some of the meat markets in the area. Laid back. Great beer. Good food. Good times.
12-08-2006 04:56:16 |
More by Coasters
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here after a great beer festival in Waterside in Norfolk, to unwind , eat some grub, and of course drink some more beer. The atmosphere is breezy and casual...the service was quick and polite. The selection was really good lots of taps both local and domestic. I had a racer 5 on tap and it was served in the appropriate glassware...non-chilled. The servers were knowledgeable enough. Very nice bottle selection as well. I was quite surprised to see a rare Belgian beer that cost me a pretty penny to try. Didn't know if I'd ever get the chance again so I did and was not dissapointed. The food was very tasty and reasonable. Pretty typical burger and fries type menu. I would not hesitate to visit again especially since a Peninsula location is now in the works in Hampton.
09-03-2006 18:45:22 |
More by Bleedingshrimp
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
stopped in here for my birthday for some beers and a good time. overall, i was very impressed with the beers, selection, and the overall knowledge of the bartenders and servers. however, i think we came on a wierd night causing my reviews of the service and food to be low. we were obviously there during a bad time because they seemed to be understaffed as there was only one server in our section of the bar. as more people came in, he got overwhelmed. he did his best, but it's frustrating when you sit with an empty glass for long periods of time. also, the fryer was down. so a large portion of the menu was off limits. a lot of us weren't able to get what we wanted to eat, but everything everyone had got good reviews. we'll go back and i'll rereview the service and food at a later date. back to the beers- excellent selection with tons of taps and bottles from all over the world. lots of things i hadn't tried before and the menu changes often. everything was poured in proper glasses and the prices were reasonable except for some price gouging on one very special belgian abbey quad. again, we'll be back, and i'm sure things will be better. just based on the beers, i can highly recommend this spot.
06-29-2006 16:00:43 |
More by Px2GrafX
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I visited the Tap House with friends yesterday after the Va. Beer Festival. We sat outside on a very nice day, and were quite impressed with the beer list, which included several good belgians and Oskar Blues' Gordon, which I've been looking for for a while. They had a great tap selection, including Chimay Tripel, Loose Cannon, Racer 5, and a whole lot more. After our waitress confirmed that it was in stock, I ordered an excellent quad that I didn't think I'd find in this country ;-) The rest of our group started with Racer 5 and Loose Cannon; both were fresh but the Racer 5 was served warmer than the people drinking it would have liked. The food was very good and pretty reasonably priced, and our waitress was friendly, did a good job, and even took $1 off each of our drinks! I'll be going back here the next chance I get.
05-14-2006 10:01:30 |
More by Havinapretzel
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Aside from the bier garden in Portsmouth, this is easily my favorite place in Hamton Roads to grab a beer.
First off, the selection is excellent. Everything from Virginia brews like St George's porter, Ledgend brown, and Tupper's hop pocket to Belgian lambics (two of them, a peach and a raspberry) are on tap. PBR is the only swill tap I saw, but you have to pay the bills somehow, right? They also have an extensive amount of bottled beer on the premises as well. And they have updated their beer menu some. While the tap list appears to have no order to it (the flags are a nice touch though) the bottled beers are now grouped in styles, which makes figuring out if they do or do not have something a little easier.
Now, while I havent' sampled every item on the menu, what I have tried is good stuff. in Particular their wings are probably the best I've had in the area, and they're pretty big, although six of them for $5.95 (or 12 for $9.95) is a little pricey.
The only knocks I have against the place is the parking lot is very small, and poorly marked. I already mentioned the tap list. And the service at the bar can be spotty, but the regular waitress does a pretty good job. And everyone that has served me was knowledgeable on the different beer styles and what they had available.
Overall, this place is an oasis for a beer lover such as myself stuck in Hampton Roads. Around here it seems most places consider Guinness and Harp to be exotic stuff.
08-21-2005 22:32:25 |
More by FenwaySquid
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Finally stopped here before going to Cogans for some pizza. From the outside you wouldnt guess that there is a magnificent beer bar waiting for you within. When I first walked in there were several pool tables that I walked around before seeing the small dining area that was decorated with hanging bookshelves full of books. There is also an outside dining area that is relatively small. They looked like they were setting up on end of the dining room for live music at the time we were there. Pretty much a laidback-relaxing atmosphere that I enjoyed drinking in. Their beer menus is definitely one of the better ones I have seen with a good selection of bottled beers a little over 30 taps. PBR was the only crap I saw on the menu with there being several Virginia Beers, Belgians, Lambics and a variety of other brews. The ones that caught my eye were the Hop Rod Rye, which was excellent on tap, and Robert the Bruce from three Floyds. I wont comment on the food since I only had a bite of the 2 appetizers friends ordered but they were good. Service was good, as I didnt have to wait for refills. I will be returning here next time I am in the area for sure.
09-08-2004 16:03:21 |
More by meathookjones
The Taphouse Grill in Norfolk, VA
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