Capitol City Brewing - Shirlington

4001 Campbell Ave.
Arlington, Virginia United States 22206
brewpub (Capitol City)  3.7/5.0 23 reviews
Monday-Wednesday: 11am-12am; Thursday-Friday: 11am-1am; Saturday: 10am-1am; Sunday: 10am-10 pm

Mayor: OnTheTrail (4) | Taps: 10 |
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 4/10
  • SELECTION 5/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH  (90) GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania | July 3, 2017
Big place in a nice shopping area with good outdoor seating. Had a brew pub chain kind of feel to it. Dark atmosphere. Service was questionable and knowledge limited. Food was decent. Beer was on the lower end of ok. Prices about what I would expect. Nothing special but I am glad I checked it out.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg  (24) Las Vegas, Nevada | July 1, 2017
Didn’t eat. The beer was well priced, especially the sampler. The core beers were all well made, the seasonal definitely hit or miss. Great value
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
OnTheTrail  (26) Virginia | September 17, 2016
Have often visited for bicyclist happy hours, our big groups always get great service. Food is decent pub food. Beer is never bad, though usually not exciting or the best of the style. Prices at Happy hour are good. Atmosphere is good, especially outdoors. Update: Have recently had service issues, and also re evaluated rating relative to other places.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis  (1118) Sunnyvale, California | March 22, 2016
Second stop of the evening. Fairly empty on a Tuesday night. Easily accessible bar seating. Place itself sits on a corner, with lots of glass highlighting the eating area and brewing equipment. Four 15 bbl fermenters on display behind the bar. Service was friendly and helpful, perhaps a bit slow. They offer flights of five which ar mandated as their "core four" plus one other of your choice. Four ounce pours, like $7, which is pretty cheap for DC, IMO. Beers, unfortunately, are pretty mediocre, but not outright bad. Decent enough destination, like the displayed brewing equipment, wish the beer was better.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138  (386) Falls Church, Virginia | April 9, 2015| Updated June 13, 2016
Decent brewpub in the Shirlington area of Arlington. Street parking and some parking lots/garages nearby. Pretty spacious dining area. Solid selection of house drafts, nothing too out of the ordinary style-wise. Food was tasty, enjoyed the hummus appetizer. Wouldn’t go out of my way but not a bad stop if you’re in this part of Arlington.

Re-visited on a Sunday afternoon with DCLawyer on 6/12/2016. Bar service was very friendly, it helped that it wasn’t too busy. Bartender actually let us get tasters of everything on draft instead of doing the usual core 4 + 1 flight, that was nice. Had the breakfast burrito with potatoes on the brunch menu, a bit smaller portions than I expected but all tasty. Worth a stop if nearby or passing through the area, especially if you need to cleanse your palate after New District.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 9/20
DCLawyer  (212) Falls Church, Virginia | March 22, 2015
Tale of two halves, which is appropriate given that I came midafternoon during March Madness. Though there were only a few people at the huge bar, so bartenders were not remotely busy. First half: totally ignored by bartender for interminable periods. finally ordered a sampler, which was the "four core" beers plus one seasonal of the seven listed. Bluntly and absolutely refused to serve anything but a full pint of the other six seasonals. No offer of food menu, water, anything. Fail. Second half: different bartender comes around after I finished initial sampler flight. After brief discussion, given sampler of remaining five seasonals (one was out), as well as the complimentary hot pretzel basket. Very nice and attentive. The place is nice, but the huge oval bar has several 15 barrel brewing tanks in the middle, making it impossible for the bartenders to notice the needs of patrons on the other side of where they may be standing at any given time. Beers were ok, with the seasonal coffee stout a standout. Sampler flights are very cheap. Lesson: ask for the pretzels, and avoid the barkeep with the nosering. Which is probably a good general lesson for life. Review is an average of the halves in terms of service and overall.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
JPoor007  (4) , | March 4, 2015
It’s a little on the chain brewery side, but probably a step up from Rock Bottom or Gordon Biersch. They have tried to offer a couple of IPAs, but it appears to be a work in progress. The food is decent. The other taps are passable. It’s not close to a Metro, so if you’re going to imbibe and you’re visiting the area, might want to break out that Uber app. There are also a few other bars with interesting selections nearby, so it makes the trip worthwhile.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Travlr  (3057) Charlotte , North Carolina | November 17, 2013
This location seemed to have more seasonal offerings (5) than the others, and the quality of the seasonals seemed to be higher as well. Server let me do a flight of only seasonals, rather than just the year-round beers as the menu calls for. Food was the same as the other location. Overall, enjoyable.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
BVery  (697) Plymouth, Minnesota | November 29, 2012
Cool spot in Arlington. Flights of beers for a very reasonable price, free warm pretzels, decent food, and great service. Bustling atmosphere at 7 pm on a workday.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2  (1056) Escondido, California | December 18, 2010
An open layout with the brew tanks in the center of the restaurant. The is a free parking garage directly behind the brew pub. The service is attentive and understood the beers well enough. There were 7 beers available during my visit. I did not have food on this visit, but the menu is typical of the other locations. Their prices indicate they are rather proud of their beer, but this is par for the area.

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