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Beer Available At Mekong Restaurant (arranged by most recent)
Schlafly Tasmanian IPA 99, Lickinghole Creek Virginia Black Bear 89, Uinta Trader Session IPA 43, Sierra Nevada / Victory Beer Camp Alt Route 91, BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2013 99, Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout - Oatmeal 99, Smartmouth Notch 9 Double IPA 90, Strangeways Wake Me Up Before You Gose , Bockor Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge 99, Flying Dog Dead Rise 73, Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail 97, Allagash Confluence Ale 98, Center of the Universe Pocahoptas 88, Boulevard Smokestack Series - Saison-Brett 100, Potterís Craft Oak Barrel Reserve , Allagash James Bean 96, Evil Twin Lilí B 99, Smuttynose Frankenlager 72, Victory White Monkey 95, Goose Island Sofie Paradisi 98
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RABinCO (87) Colorado Springs, Colorado | April 20, 2014
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Went back to Mekong for one last time before moving away from VA, because friends love it. Service is still bad, too many taps still dedicated to crappy local breweries just in the name of supporting the local, food still cheap. New renovated bar area seating is some of the most uncomfortable stuff Iíve ever sat on. Not a place Iíll miss.
I went to Mekong to eat awhile back before I was 21 while still living in Richmond. Since I moved all of my friends now spend a ton of time there always raving about the beer. And of course it was just rated #1 on CraftBeer.com. And well, I went back and itís still good, but the mythos of the Mekong beer experience has been a bit overblown I think. They have some interesting stuff, but as others have mentioned itís very unorganized. Service was slow (and we had a big party, and the rest of the place was empty).
The food is above average, and itís good portions for a pretty good price.
the owners enthusiasm for beer outweighs the barís actual selection.
Dogbrick (744) Columbus, Ohio | April 11, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
(Visited 03/2014): Mekong Restaurant is located on West Broad Street not too far off I-64 north of Richmond. There is a private lot both in front and in back of the building.
The interior looks like a typical Asian restaurant, except there are bottles, signs and other breweriana throughout. Restaurant seating is in the front, and the bar area is in the rear. Behind the bar is a row of tap handles, as well as a giant sign with "BFM Loves Megong" in reverse lettering.
Mekong has around 50 taps with many nearby breweries represented like Strangeways, Hardywood, and Lickinghole. Other domestic and import craft breweries as well. There are a couple hundred bottled beers on the menu as well.
Service on an early weekday afternoon at the bar was good. The clientele was pretty much all locals and the bartender had a good rapport with them as well as a tourist like myself. He knew the beer list well and was attentive throughout my visit.
Food at Mekong is good. I am a novice with Pho but I definitely enjoyed my order.
Overall this is a good beer spot to visit in the Richmond area (they claim to be the #1 bar, not sure of the source) whether you want to participate in the Vietnamese restaurant part or not.
SmashinSaxon (20) Virginia | April 8, 2014
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
LeeS (1) Glen Allen, Virginia | February 1, 2014
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Foxbush (80) Richmond, Virginia | January 26, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
This is a popular Vietamese Restaurant and bar on Broad Street, The beers are more focused on Belgain style. This style of beer does not appeal to me. They do keep at the bar the Firestone Walker beers. They are planing on a brewery called The Answer. The food is excellent. We were there on a Friday night and they honored our reservattion. The place was packed. The bar is a great place to taste some of the best beers made on their 50 rotating taps.This is a must stop if visiting Richmond.
devman171 (140) Annapolis , Maryland | December 7, 2013| Updated December 11, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
More of a restaurant with a small bar in house, awesome local taps, hardywood gingerbread, BCBS, la folie, great selection. An gave me a bunch of fresh tapped beer! Andall beers on tap were fun, he house infuses beer.
Beergeek23322 (105) Chesapeake, Virginia | October 26, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
I finally managed to visit this place for lunch and a couple of beers. Strip mall location and really easy to miss. As mentioned in other reviews, this is a restaurant (primarily) which a large bar in the back. Around 35 taps or so with weight on Belgian style beers and sours. I did try the Andall Mango Tango which seem to be Strangewayís Word! with added mango, peach and habanero. Very interesting. Food is great, the place was fairly busy and I would definitely come back next time Iím in the area.
jackl (446) Charlottesville, Virginia | October 4, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
The word Iíd use to describe this place is "schizophrenic". Itís a Vietnamese restaurant that happens to have a huge bar. To be honest, the ambiance isnít great. It channels a tired, color-by-numbers strip mall asian restaurant vibe. Thereís loads of staff, all of whom were friendly with sample pours. As for the beer, thereís probably 70 taps offering Belgian-oriented selections. While the sheer volume of options is impressive, I didnít find too many beers on tap to be that exciting. The Citra Ass Down was pretty damn tasty though. The foodís frankly subpar. The portions are huge, sure, but the food was sort of bland and uninspiring. My noodle dish had what seemed like a whole head of celery in it as filler. Overall, I can see the charm of this place, and Iíd recommend a visit, but thereís definitely room for improvement. Best bar in America? Come on Mekong, letís not get ahead of ourselves...
bytemesis (409) Sunnyvale, California | July 22, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Finally got a chance to check this place out for dinner. Very unassuming from the outside; basically in a strip mall. Inside there is a lot of space devoted to the Vietnamese restaurant, with a sizable bar in the back. When I was there the bar was crowded and the restaurant was pretty empty. Tap list was pretty good, with a mix of Belgians, US craft, and a ton of locals. Not all that well balanced by style tho - there were no stouts or porters on tap at all when I was there, for example. Staff knew their stuff, and did a pretty good job of keeping up to demand. Didnít try the food. This is definitely a good place but best beer bar in America? They have some pretty stiff competition right down I64 80 miles or so for that honor.
babymaddy (1) richmond, Virginia | December 19, 2012
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
I have meant to write a review of Mekong since I first got on this site but kept forgetting to do so. First, the food is delicious and inexpensive. The beer selection, the comraderie and Anís events make this the go to bar in Richmond. If you are there on your birthday there is a good chance you will end up "konged" as An likes to serve up a goldfish bowl of beer to celebrate. There are often beers available at Mekong that otherwise would not make it into Virginia and it is the site of the monthly James River Homebrewers club meetings. When Mekong was voted best craft bar in the US, they celebrated by selling all of their drafts for a dollar. If you are within 100 miles of this place, you need to make a stop here! Mekong is for beer lovers.
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