We walked here, and easy reach from the mall, but there is also a bit of street parking and some pay lots. The place is large, with a long bar that runs the length. We did flights, reasonably priced. The beer was OK, but nothing to write home about. Friendly staff. Didnít try the food.
This is a modernly renovated restaurant/bar/brewery pouring twelve of the South Street brews on tap. The beers are not the most exciting by any means but brewed OK. Stock standard brewpub fare like burgers, sandwiches and salads etc. Staff were fine.
This place was rocking on a Friday night before a home game, though we managed two seats at the bar. The interior is nicely done and seems to be a renovated old building, retaining some of its old charm. The bar service was very good and efficient. There were 7 or so house beers on, and the 3 I had were solid. I ate no food, but intend to stop in again and will try out the menu.
New review after the renovation. Old review follows below. Just purchased by Blue Mountain, this place was closed for a few months and re-opened with a new line of beers and a new atmosphere. I visited opening night and it was crowded, despite that I got good service. The layout is the same, and some major features were preserved including the large central fire-place and the bar back. New long bar identical to the old one in shape, atmosphere widened and booths have all been converted to tables. All in all, the combination of old and new feels comfortable. Parking is obviously the same. The lot across the street is free after 6 or so, but it can get tricky as it serves for parking for all of downtown. I usually have no problem. 12 taps now, serving new recipes as well as old. Old recipes might be tweaked or changed significantly. Beers were old solid and the two old recipes I tried were improvements over the old recipes. Full pours are 4.50 to 5 and six beer flights are 5. The flights are set but I was able to substitute two beers with no problem. The hours are much better than the old place, 11AM-1AM. Good, cheap beer in a good atmosphere, I will be here a lot.
Nice atmosphere though it can get really crowded at times. It doesnít open until 4 or 5, which sucks when a bunch of us get off of work at 3:30 and want a pint or two. On site brews range from bland and boring to excellent. Iíve only had the tostada, but it was excellent. Sampler for $6. Parking gets crowded, but there is a pay lot directly across the street that is 50 cents an hour or free after 6PM. 4/7/12/7/7/14/74
UPDATE: 12/16/14. South Street was recently purchased by Blue Mountain and completely refurbished. Ratings entered before the fall of 2014 arenít really relevant anymore. Anyway, this place has received a facelift. The place is still cavernous and feels more like a restaurant than a bar. The food menu looks tasty if pricy. Swag and merchandise is tackily available at a booth right when you enter the brewpub.The beer recipes have also been tweaked. Unfortunately, I canít say that the beerís really improved. On my most recent visit I tried a flight of all 12 house beers. About half were obviously flawed. The lager styles all had problems with DMS. Other beers were strangely astringent. Only one beer was better than mediocre (JP Pale). Overall, come to check out the refurb, but donít hang around for drinks. Honestly, Iím surprised that a solid brewery like Blue Mountain havenít sorted out the house beers. Shame.
09/05/13 Bizarrely empty during my 11pm visit on a Friday night. Maybe the townies went into hiding? Anyway, the layoutís pretty cavernous. Plenty of places to sit and relax. The barís probably 50 feet long. On the plus side, South Street offered plenty of their house beers. Unfortunately, none of them were particularly impressive. Prices were acceptable, though certainly not cheap. The service was friendly, kind. This is the kind of place to accumulate ticks at then visit sporadically.
chriso (533) London, England | May 26, 2007| Updated March 19, 2008
I like this place. Iíve dropped in three times when passing through Charlottesville and had a good time on each occasion. It is in a downtown location in a nice old building. There are booths to sit at if you prefer that but Iíve always hung out at the bar and quickly been pulled into conversation with friendly locals. Twice I ended up not doing the more thorough survey of Charlottesville I had intended because of the convivial company in here. On one occasion service was a little slow because there was only one person serving who, as it is a very long bar, didnít always spot customers that needed a refiil if they were some distance away. Decent enough brewpub food. Six or seven of their own beers on tap, often with one on cask, and a guest or two. There are printed sheets telling you something about the beers. Beer quality is solid, if unspectacular. Sometimes has low key live music but Iím not sure of the schedule.
Okay brewpub, parking in the open lots across the street and a parking garage nearby. Pretty standard brewpub atmosphere. Friendly service, slowed a bit towards the end of our visit. 11 house beers on draft and one from Blue Mountain. They have a shandy available year-round, who knows why. Didnít try the food but it sounded like average pub fare. Okay beers, nothing really stood out to me. Okay stop if youíre place ticking nearby but I wouldnít go out of my way just for this.
South Street Brewery is a bit of an enigma. While none of the beers are extraordinary they also sell them during Happy Hours for prices that make even average beers a great option. Even the flights are worthwhile with the four ounce pours manageable as you work your way through the entire tap list.
When I visited the place was bustling because all taps under 7% ABV were $2.00. If Iíd had more time I may have tried the food. As it was the price for a six beer flight enabled me to try a number of their beers for about $1.50 each. Two will let you cover most of the available beers at any given time.
Donít expect anything too amazing. However as a local place to hangout I can imagine worse options. If this was my local I might swing by to get a few rates or just drink some fresh local beers every week or two. Make it a fourth or fifth option on a tour of the Charlottesville area.
Got there at 5 on a Thursday, was pretty dead (a few people at the bar). Got seated and treated by nice staff.
Ambiance and atmosphere is about right, very good looking inside. Along with the bar and a bunch of booths/tables, there are a few lounge areas that look like theyíd be great places to lounge and chill with some friends. Small pay lot (before 6) is across the street, but also what appears to be a huge parking garage a block away.