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Beer Available At Mekong Restaurant (arranged by most recent)
Flying Dog Dead Rise 68, Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail 97, Allagash Confluence Ale 98, Center of the Universe Pocahoptas 88, BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2013 98, Boulevard Smokestack Series - Saison-Brett 100, Potterís Craft Oak Barrel Reserve , Allagash James Bean 96, Evil Twin Lilí B 99, Smuttynose Frankenlager 69, Victory White Monkey 95, Goose Island Sofie Paradisi 98, Firestone Walker Double Jack IPA 100, Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine 100, Firestone Walker 17 (XVII Seventeenth Anniversary Ale) 100, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 100, Firestone Walker Parabola 100, Gueuze Tilquin (Draft Version) 99, St. Bernardus Prior 8 99, Bockor Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge 99
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Dogbrick (701) 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 (77) 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 (121) 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 (87) 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 (403) 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 (367) 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.
GT2 (598) San Diego County , California | December 3, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
I was very disappointed with our visit here. A quick side trip off I-95 in a suburban strip mall, decent parking available, we came for beer and dinner. Service was slow even though the restaurant was only 10% full, beer list large, but unorganized. No one knew what beer was on tap right in front of me and multiple beer tap lists were flying around some with kegs that had kicked days ago. The beer I had no one knew what it was. They did allow samples which was nice and Iím not sure if they were charged or not. Tap list is large, nothing really caught my eye though. Some bizzare beers on tap were actually mixtures of unknown beers combined into a seemingly real beer that had a brewery name and beer name. I asked about those and was told, "You know Ommegang Hennepin? Well we can just make that here by blending other beers." What? Bottle list enormous, but nothing of interest either. Food was just not up to par. Peanut curry sauce was not good. The food was bland or greasy. Rice paper spring rolls very poor. Fried baby squid was very good, but so much was on the plate this one needed to be shared in a big group like calamari. They did not have soft tendon Pho which is a common staple. That just blew my mind. The menu probably has 300 different dishes you can order, which is a pet peev of mine. Can reduce the menu down to 20 items. Decor is drab 1990s Asian restaurant. Didnít really "flow" for me: the theme, the food, the beer. Disjointed and needing an overhaul.
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