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The Taphouse Grill
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 50
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
931 W 21st St
phone: (757) 627-9172
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 23
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
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: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
This is a great place to go get a beer. The atmosphere is laid back. It's nice & dark, just how I like it, and there are decent bands playing here & there. Selection is great, with tons of taps of all types of brews, many hard to find gems. Had an Old Crusty here the other night, which I have NEVER seen in the area. All beer is served in appropriate glassware. There is also a good selection of high tier liqours such as aged scotch - not really my thing but it grabbed my curiosity. To be honest I can't remember eating here so I won't rate the food. Good service with a knowledgeable bartender on duty nearly all the time. One of the best in the area. If you visit hampton roads, this place and the Bier Garden are as good as it gets for beer.
12-10-2003 02:43:29 |
More by avylover
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Aside from the bier garden in Portsmouth, this is easily my favorite place in Hamton Roads to grab a beer.
First off, the selection is excellent. Everything from Virginia brews like St George's porter, Ledgend brown, and Tupper's hop pocket to Belgian lambics (two of them, a peach and a raspberry) are on tap. PBR is the only swill tap I saw, but you have to pay the bills somehow, right? They also have an extensive amount of bottled beer on the premises as well. And they have updated their beer menu some. While the tap list appears to have no order to it (the flags are a nice touch though) the bottled beers are now grouped in styles, which makes figuring out if they do or do not have something a little easier.
Now, while I havent' sampled every item on the menu, what I have tried is good stuff. in Particular their wings are probably the best I've had in the area, and they're pretty big, although six of them for $5.95 (or 12 for $9.95) is a little pricey.
The only knocks I have against the place is the parking lot is very small, and poorly marked. I already mentioned the tap list. And the service at the bar can be spotty, but the regular waitress does a pretty good job. And everyone that has served me was knowledgeable on the different beer styles and what they had available.
Overall, this place is an oasis for a beer lover such as myself stuck in Hampton Roads. Around here it seems most places consider Guinness and Harp to be exotic stuff.
08-21-2005 22:32:25 |
More by FenwaySquid
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Was visiting my sister (who recently turned 21) and we wanted to visit a quality beer bar, which we found less than two miles from her house. It has a cozy atmosphere, with the non-smoking bar staring at you when you walk in and breweriana hanging from the walls. Turn the corner to enter the smoking section, and you will find 30+ taps and a bottle menu comprised of more than 50. It also lives up to its namesake, with over 100 tap handles hanging over the bar, giving you an idea of what they have offered in the past. The present selection is quite nice, with an impressive collection of craft and imports, including about 10 Trappists in-bottle and Chimay White on-tap. I sampled several beers I had been wanting to try, including Victory Hop Harvest, La Chouffe, and Rodenbach Grand Cru, along with many more I could not have tried without getting totally wasted (St. Bernardus Abt. 12, Midas Touch, [both on-tap] Oskar Blues Gordon, and Westy 8 just to name a few). The only thing we ate was chips and fresh salsa, so not much of a judge for the food category, although it was good enough. The service could have been better and I feel the bartenders would benefit from a refresher-course in serving craft beer. However, despite my few complaints, I would gladly trade three Harrisonburg bars for one with this type of focus on craft beer.
12-27-2006 06:19:17 |
More by mmmbeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
The wife and I went to the Outer Banks this past weekend and flew into Norfolk before driving down. We visited Taphouse Grill at Ghent last night as we were in town for the evening only to get a hotel room before flying out this morning. We read reviews here on Beer Advocate prior to our visit so we knew what we were up for.
I must say, we were not disappointed. The food was much better than your traditional bar fare, especially for a place that is such a "hole in the wall". The service was very good at the bar. It looked like the service was a bit slow at the tables so I would recommend sitting at the bar.
The beer selection was very solid with some stuff that's usually not available in bars. Between the two of us we drank the following on draft: Hop Rod Rye, Duchesse, Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack and Ken's Ale, St. Bernardus Pater 6, New Belgium Trippel and Trois Pistoles. Not too shabby. Most definitely not a selection you'd find here in Southwest Florida. They probably have about 20 beers on tap as well as an extensive selection of bottles. I had read elsewhere online that they used to carry Westvleteren 12 from time to time but no luck last night. My wallet will probably thank me for that anyway.
I would highly recommend checking out the Taphouse Grill at Ghent if you are ever in the Norfolk area. We will definitely return if we ever happen to visit the area again.
10-03-2010 21:20:53 |
More by adam42381
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The fine woman's review below is nearly dead-on.
A great "hole in the wall" establishment to just sit down and enjoy a cider, macro, micro, German, Belgian or whatever you're into as the selection is pretty impressive with a whole lotta rotating taps and great bottled selection.
Food is good for the style, great flavor and variety.
Atmosphere is nice, but get there early in the evening if you don't want lung cancer or a very loud band hammering your ear drums.
Service can be lacking at times, but it's decent. Just go up to the bar to order a beer and sit down, you'll be waited on soon enough.
The main bartender is knowledgeable and knows his stuff (his name eludes me...he has blond hair). I usually start off w/ a German or micro on tap (Hacker Pschorr Edel Helle, BR Racer 5 IPA) and like last night ended up drinking the St. Berny 12 ON TAP as well. Oh, and during my meal a Weihenstephaner Weissbier Dunkel.
Good enough service, a big and varied beer list and eclectic mix of locals and non-locals, young and old. A favorite regular haunt of mine.
09-16-2007 15:21:50 |
More by theformula
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
This was the first place I went to when I moved to Virginia Beach. This is a beer lover's haven. First off, it is somewhat off the beaten path so you're not surrounded by average beer drinkers; the people here are here to drink. And what a selection! I asked the server for a suggestion and she had no idea, but the bartender had a few. The food is pretty damn good too. Now, on some nights they do live music which is not the greatest idea since this place has this nice, quant ambiance and then a band plugs in over in a corner and there is no place for the sound to go at all. It get really loud. Worse, they charge a cover for these bands around 9, so get there before then and you're in the clear. Other than that little complaint I would go here immediately if you haven't been here yet.
01-05-2008 02:50:11 |
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