United States > Maryland > Bethesda
tomciccateri (115) Albuquerque, New Mexico | July 17, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Easy four block walk from Bethesda METRO stop. Comfortable patios on city street corner. 12-place two-tone natural wood bar (no rail). Large open room with dark wood floor, dark wood tall tables and stools that support meetin a d talking to people. DJ-less music at conversation-friendly levels. Lighting bright enoun to read the menus. Silent flatscreen TVs on first and swcond floor, with one projection TV abovenopen kitchen. Thre pooltables on second level with view into brewhouse and dining areas. 24-foot ceiling of brown beams and ducting. Two cask handles. 20-something crowd 50/50 men/women.
Full liquor license. 8 unlabeled veneric tap handles behind bar. Wheelchair lift available at front entrance and for second floor restrooms.
A bery comfortanle spot with above average food and drinks.
pras (38) Maryland | November 22, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Good beer. Average food. Has pool tables upstairs.
Cheosky (6) Bethesda, Maryland | April 14, 2012
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Few very ggod beers
Travlr (999) Washington, Washington DC | January 9, 2012
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 11/20
The entire visit was courtesy of Brad, thank you sir! Huge interior, "serving vessels" were visible everywhere, although Iím not sure if they brew here also. Service was slow, and there were only 3 customers and 5 visible staff. Beers were pretty uninspiring. Food was generic pub fare. Good student hangout I guess.
GT2 (346) Riverslime, California | August 25, 2011
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
Rock Bottom...itís actually a pretty fun place if you know when to go. Later on Wednesday nights is trivia night and itís a blast. Drafts are all generous English pint pours of their in house beer which is a blend of corporate recipes and in house recipes. Drafts are $3 a piece, which is insane value. Unfortunately, their isnít too much variety. They keep 4-5 static drafts of their witbier (meh), kolsch (meh), IPA (decent), red ale (not bad). And they have a rotating dark beer, which you need to ask about or look on the chalkboard next to the bar to see exactly what they have. Iíve had a porter there and a Scottish export. Some of the beers are on cask and tend to be pretty good- better than their keg counterparts. Food is really not a strong suit- more like Applebeeís type food. Semi gourmet but mostly pre-made corporate dishes like youíd find at Olive Garden or Outback. So...its definitely worth coming in for trivia night and just playing around, but I donít know if Iíd recommend someone go here for a nice meal expecting some great house beers. It is certainly no Brewerís Art.
Drake (392) Ivy, Virginia | June 10, 2011
46 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 10/20
Typical chain restaurant decor, though this seems a little older than the other location Iíve been to. I didnít eat. I ordered a sampler which was dirt cheap ($3.50) though I was probably there during happy hour. The beers were of OK quality, some pretty good. The staff ranged from mediocre to downright unprofessional. Looks like parking could be tricky.
BeerandBlues2 (458) Hanover, Maryland | April 3, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
Overall, another Rock Bottom. They had 6 beers available with two also available on cask. I did not eat, but it is the standard RB menu with this one adding a Brunch menu on the weekend. The beers were solid but not special. My server was timely and knowledgeable without being invasive.
gsmitty80 (169) Washington DC | February 12, 2011
44 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 10/20
This place is a joke. The beers are terrible except for the two you can get on cask. The service was timely, but anyone could work there, there is no beer or brewing knowledge. The only thing that saves it is the food is pretty good.
Braudog (655) Hampton, Virginia | October 24, 2010
34 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 7/20
Big surprise ... this place is exactly like other Rock Bottoms. Standard American brewpub fare in the middle of Bethesda. Couple beers on the hand-pump, standard few styles on tap, regular pub menu. Decent enough. (Brewery #520)
nickd717 (80) San Francisco, California | February 19, 2010
56 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 10/20
So, now that my nomadic parents have relocated to Bethesda, this was a pretty easy spot to hit when I was in town last Thanksgiving. I had some good beers from Rock Bottom Chicago at GABF, so I though maybe this place would be decent. It ended up being pretty...well...meh. Only 4 of their beers on tap (pretty sure they had BMC too, which is blasphemy for a "brewpub"). I believe the beers were a light lager, amber ale, pale ale, and stout. Great, guys, way to fit the exact stereotypical beer lineup for a mediocre brewpub. I had the sampler. The beers were all right around average in quality. Food was pretty solid, mostly typical pub food. The scene was all right. Definitely a younger crowd, which I enjoy since I donít consider myself a geezer quite yet. Prices are about what I expected. This is not a bad place overall. Itís just not really much of a beer destination.
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