Blue 5 Restaurant

312 Second St
Roanoke, Virginia United States 24011
bar  4.15/5.0 8 reviews
Mon-Tues 11:30am-11pm; Wed-Thur 11:30am-12am; Fri 11:30am-1am; Sat 4pm-1am

beer menu
Mayor: Braudog (1) | Taps: 46 | Bottles: 12
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Braudog  (901) Yorktown, Virginia | May 20, 2017
After making the rounds of a couple local brewery taprooms, we followed the Ratebeer guide to come here for dinner. We were way underdressed, as this place is trying to be a semi-upscale gastro pup. But the place was nearly empty (early dinner), so we could hide in the bar area without being too noteworthy). The beer list was very sturdy, although I was disappointed at the lack of local/regional options. Instead, they go for solid national options. At first, the food menu is daunting (a $14 burger!?). But opted to share three appetizers, and they were all outstanding! Bring a nice shirt, and go visit.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan  (400) Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia | July 16, 2015
Stopped in around 8 PM on a Thursday in July -- very quiet. Nice atmosphere, excellent food and a very good beer list. Definitely worth stopping in.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Travlr  (2973) Charlotte , North Carolina | November 14, 2014
Nice old building re-made in modern industrial chic. Long bar, few high bar tables, and the rest is restaurant seating, including an upstairs section. About two thirds of the people were here just for drinks, or apps, but I had dinner at the bar, and food was very tasty and creative. They advertise 46 taps, but six were marked as out. Bar staff came by to point out an additional six that were also out. Still, they had enough of a selection for me to try beers from at least three local breweries that weren’t open when I passed through. The list had nothing whatsoever to do with the beer list they post online. I can see why places like this don’t re-print their beer lists that often, but I can’t imagine why they can’t update their website. Anyway, still a good place for a flight, pint or meal.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
nearbeer  (248) Knoxville, Tennessee | June 5, 2014
Nice restaurant/bar in downtown with several seating levels and live music most nights. Good selection of craft brews on tap with regionals well represented. Service was good when we stopped in for lunch. Food is pub fare with some flair and was excellent. Value is nice for the quality of both brews and food.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen  (449) Charleston Area, West Virginia | May 29, 2014
Parking lot in the same block, $3 after 4pm. Atmosphere is bluesy upscale restaurant. Bar is on your right as you come. Quite a few drafts, and a fair amount of locals, prices for beer is reasonable. I had the ribs and they were cooked well, but yet sauce wasn’t that good (too tomato pasty). Peanut butter pie was good, but the bread pudding was not that good. Some of the food was over priced.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2  (1056) Escondido, California | August 18, 2013
Downtown Roanoke is an apt setting for Blue 5 and its bluesy vibe. The restaurant is large and open with blues decor all around. The beer selection is locally focused with fresh kegs tapped often and an ever-changing rotation. Our burgers were well-prepared and very good. This was about a 10-minute side trip off our I-81 travels, and certainly worth the deviation. This will likely be our standard meal stop on any travels along I-81.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
DogfishFred  (2) , | August 16, 2012
Destination spot in Downtown Roanoke. Featuring 46 draft beers, with more on the way...shhhh. Great Blues bar with live entertainment at least Wed-Sat every week. Food is good, but look for the daily special where you can really find some unique items.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
BeerDrummer  (10) , | March 21, 2012
My favorite place to eat and drink when I’m in Roanoke for work. This is the only real tap house in town. It’s a beautiful place!

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