United States > Virginia > Charlottesville
radagast83 (169) Fairfax, Virginia | January 5, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Food was better than I expected, very tasty.
mandzirm (5) anchorage, Alaska | November 5, 2011
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
Deafeningly loud on a Friday night, which I guess you need to expect from a pretty decent brewpub.
BeerandBlues2 (650) Hanover, Maryland | September 6, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
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.
brigg (11) Washington DC | April 28, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
If I had to choose a "bar" (more on that later) in town, this is the one I would go to. It can get really crowded sometimes, but it is a huge space with plenty of room to spread out as long as your not near the bar area. It has comfy chairs in one part, and intimate, high-backed booths that are good for talking with friends. Not sure how to rate the selection, since they just serve their own brews, but they are good. I only ate there once and didnít expect anything from their food, but it was actually really good, and Iíve been meaning to go back. I think of it as more of a "bar" than a "restaurant that serves beer" and in that case it has better food than any "bar" in town, but I suppose that is not a fair characterization. Prices are pretty reasonable, and they have a great happy hour. These are good, strong beers (for the most part), not some cheap house brew, and I think the prices are better than average in terms of the quality. Getting a beer at the bar annoys me at any place, but if youíre sitting somewhere, a server will walk by occasionally and you can order that way.
Vir4030 (21) Chicago, Illinois | September 18, 2010
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Great atmosphere. Service was friendly, yet slow. Understaffed, I think is the correct word. The beers are all original, but they could be higher quality. They served me a "cask porter" which the server did not know the name of. The food was delicious.
Velkyal (74) Gordonsville, Virginia | September 7, 2010
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful bar, great proper boozer feeling to it, but there is just something that stops it being a truly great place to go for a beer - although their beer is generally good (a little too much reliance on Cascade for my tastes having said that). It is definitely a better place later on in the evening when the "family friendly" crowd have taken their screaming precious darlings home.
italianjohn (162) Penndel, Pennsylvania | May 5, 2010
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Located near the downtown mall and just in front of train tracks .... parked in a pay lot across the street ..... nice ambiance old brick building with wooden ceilings ... old basement tavern feel ... bar filled with young working adults .... nice seating area and the food was good ..... brews were average not a bad place to stop in
bigbobdog (4) | July 16, 2009
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
For the town it is in and location it is a great value. After one time easily a new favorite. A couple nice beers. THe food is also excellent from the appetizer the the flank steak dinner. The boot was huge i was able to enjoy sitting there with my food and drink.
phukktifano (12) Baltimore, Maryland | May 27, 2009
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Crowded and parking can be tricky. The beer ranges widely and can be quite interesting. The food is good when you can catch a server and are willing to wait on a slow kitchen. The sampler makes it worth it.
Elwood (104) Leesburg, Virginia | May 9, 2009
54 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 7/20
Good atmosphere, but doesnít open till 4:30 p.m. on a Saturday? Pretty empty when I was there at 6:00 on a Saturday evening. Sat down to have a sampler of beers and was pleased to find they had seven diverse beers on tap. The staff was friendly and semi knowledgeable. The beer was pretty dreadful. Watery and lacking any kind of depth or flavor all the way down the line. As I got toward the end, the bartender noticed that I was taking notes. She recommended that I check out Blue Ridge Brewery and noted that their former brewer moved over there taking some of the best recipes with him. Canít say I was impressed in the least.
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