I had never been to Richmond before. I was in town for a Photoshop seminar and did my research beforehand on Ratebeer. Myself and a few friends went to the Capital Alehouse (downtown) the night before and were not impressed, so we decided to give this place a try. We were all glad we did! It’s a pretty small joint in a funky little neighborhood that feels very collegiate. The beer was good and so was the food. The biggest chicken quesadilla I’ve seen in a while...and that was just an appetizer. They had some local stuff on tap from Blue Ridge and Star Hill and some Terrapin too. We can’t get Terrapin in Maryland....ironically, so I tried the Hopsecutioner. It was delicious! The tap handle said Big Hoppy Monster, but the chalk board said Hopsecutioner. I called the next day to confirm, and they said Hopsecutioner. It tasted like the Big Hoppy Monster to me though. it was big and DELICIOUS! One of the few beers that I’ve had that I actually preferred on tap instead of bottled. Anyways, cool spot that’s worth checking out. P.S.: They had Victory Hop Devil on cask! That’s one of my favorites, and it was delicious.
This place is great, small, dark and friendly. The selection is small but every time I’ve been they’ve had great drafts, Hopslam, Cask Hop Devil are two that come to mind. While I like places like Capital Ale House as well and there huge selection, this would be my regular choice if I lived in the area.
Original review 2/11/2008...with a few edits thereafter...
Back before we moved to Boston in 2001, this bar was about 4 blocks from our place in the Fan and we were in here at least 3 times a week. OK, bull$#!+, more like 5...I remember I got my Diners’ Club bill one month, walked in and saw Jim the owner and said, "Geez, Jim, I got my Diners Club bill today. It was about $450 and probably $350 was from the Tap House." Being a gracious and generous host, he said, "Well, I’ll buy you guys a couple of pints - it’s the least I can do. It’s probably ALL I’ll do, but it’s the least I can do."
We get back here a few times a year when visiting family in RIC and C-Ville. I enjoy the vibe of the old metal bar with all of the funky fixtures and kitsch up top, including a Sinatra poster, an Elvis statue and a Sit & Spin (maybe a Homer poster too). They always have good stuff on tap - locals are featured as well as a nice selection of rotating taps to match the season. Not a huge selection but definitely one that can keep you busy for the evening - there used to almost always be at least one thing on cask as well. A lot of the staff is actually still there from when we lived there (and so are the regulars), so there’s nice continuity. The owners recognize us from several years ago and are always friendly and helpful with the list. James seems to be the owner we see most now - he and the staff know their malt & hops. He still gives us $#!+ about our intermittent habit of ordering Purple Haze as the last pint of the night when we were ready to pack it in after a particularly long evening at the bar.
We don’t usually eat there but the food is a decent notch above standard pub grub; the Baja chicken was always one of our favorites. Service at the tables during prime time can be a little spotty as with anyplace else. Pricing on our most recent visit (update 3/21/2008) seems to have increased - $5.95 for most on tap if memory serves me right. Craft beer prices tend to be a bit inelastic from region to region in comparison to overall cost of living and the Tap House is no exception. Tunes are solid and eclectic. It’s my favorite bar in Richmond and a necessary stop for us when we’re back in town.
This place is NOT bad, it just wasn’t for me. It was REALLY small and cramped. Our service was really slow. And the food wasn’t anything to write home about. I think if I lived a few blocks away, I could make it my home base bar, but I definitely am not gonna go out of my way to visit again.
I love this place. Small, quiet, cozy. You can sit at a table with your best friends and actually have a conversation while drinking some of the best beer you can find on tap in the city. People remember your name, they remember your drink. This is my ideal bar environment. The cheese fries are to die for.
A very nice pub on Floyd. The ambience is excellent for peaceful drinking and the place carries a decent selection of good beers. I did not try the food hear. While the prices were decent for a pub, they were still higher than at a restaurant.
Went here on 12-31-03. Celebrated the New Year here. Aubrey is correct, very small place. Has an upstairs but you want to be next to the bar, lest you wait "forever" for beer. I have not been hit with the "tainted line" syndrome, as Aubrey has, and I've been there several times within the last few years. They usually have some stuff on hand pump from Dominion along with Legend and others. They have a rotating stock of draft and bottles but almost alwys have the "hometown" brews. The few times I've had the food, it's been damn good, although it's been a awhile since I have had it. Worth the time to go here.
Small place. Get there early if you want a seat. Nice selection of beer ... and on most occasions the staff was friendly -- especially the owner, who's really cool. Sadly, I have had some beers that tasted like they passed through tainted lines. This was over a year ago though, so maybe they've "cleaned" up their act since then. Oh, and it can get really smoky in there, especially on weekend evenings. Occasionally they'll have some real winners on tap (i.e., Alpha King). Be sure to check out the pic of the owner sitting next to Michael Jackson on your way out.