Capital Ale House - Downtown | Richmond, Virginia
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Capital Ale House - Downtown
Excellent based on 82 ratings
Type: Bar

623 East Main Street
Richmond, Virginia United States 23219 [ print map ]
804 643 2537

Hours: M-Th 11am-12am, F-Sa 11am-1:30am, Su 10am-12am

Taps: 40 | Bottles: 200+

Capital Ale House - Downtown

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82 reviews for Capital Ale House - Downtown
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  74%
 Selection  87%
 Food  73%
 Value  69%
 Overall  83%
 Rating  93%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr  (2125) Washington, Washington DC | April 7, 2012
Large place with a ton of beers, some if which are not found anywhere else. Selection of special stuff is heavy on locals and regionals. Live music was playing when I was there. The cooling strip running the length of the bar is an interesting gimmick I only tried the fries, but they didnít taste like potatos. Hmmmm...
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
HopTsing  (27) Sandston, Virginia | February 26, 2012
I love this place. Itís a beer drinkers destination. If you enjoy talking the finer points of beer, the staff is mostly very knowledgeable.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 15/20
smegworm  (10) Alabama | February 4, 2012
pretty good
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
downender  (343) Bristol, England | December 17, 2011
Visited November 2011. One-off visits obviously only offer a snapshot of a place, but I was reasonably impressed during mine. The beer selection was wide and the cask ale on offer was served in good condition. The waitress was friendly and served up a burger and fries of decent quality. Prices werenít bad with as I took advantage of the midweek deal on Virginian beers. Worth a visit.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
miguelblanco  (5) Virginia | November 23, 2011
Simply put there is no greater selection of beer in the city. Additionally they have an on/off license, so you can get any of those lovely bottles to go. Or...if you have a growler (or want to purchase one) you can get taps to go as well. Theyíre great about letting you try it first (on tap), and the bar staff are all trained to know the difference between an ale and lager and know what is rare. (Speaking of rare - ask about the back stock to see if they have anything hanging out in the íway backí of the fridge that you can buy.) Overall the food is a fair stretch better than bar food - but typically not gourmet (except for the mussels).
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
nbublick  (11) , | October 1, 2011
Has a big bar feel. Lacks the personal craft beer touch of a presentation of the beers.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
lopezlopezlope  (11) , | October 1, 2011
been disappointed with this place for years...overrated, very average
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
ben4321  (364) Hoboken, New Jersey | August 29, 2011
I actually prefer the West End location (but that may be a personal bias since Iíve spent a lot more time at that one). This one still gets the same level of quality beers, but it just isnít quite as well set-up or as much fun to visit. Still, a really solid place though.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
JPSHop07  (11) Virginia | July 30, 2011
Strong beer selection, the menu is an encyclopedia. Interesting spot since downtown Richmond is pretty quiet after 6pm, but a good place to grab a pint glass and drink a unique beer.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 16/20
tia  (128) Sandston, Virginia | June 2, 2011| Updated June 27, 2011
Usually very good although itís showing its age. A little irked that on recent visits they have had virtually no IPA selection on tap. Actually havenít been back recently because of this. Used to go at least once a week. Food always decent. Seasoned servers and bartenders knowledgeable but not newbies (have it on authority that they have to go to classes to improve knowledge, though).

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