This place was like a block from where I was working today, so I stopped in. Standard brewbpub chain atmosphere. Large seating area with a front room and bar and a back room and another bar. Fronts the mall on the back side. Pretty empty when I arrived at 5:30, but starting to fill up by 6:30. They do taster flights for like $6, which is reasonable. I had the buffalo wings post tasting - pretty standard bar fare, but certainly edible. Beers were surprisingly solid. I guess for whatever reason I was not expecting a lot, and I was pleasantly surprised. The brewmaster was handing out tasters of his pumpkin beer, which was solid as well - not overspiced and actual pumpkin flavor was present.
t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 12, 2013
Visited July 2011.
Stopped in late on the first night in town. They were closing early for whatever reason, possibly because it was a Sunday night, but there were plenty of people in there. Some of the stools were already up on the bar but they served me anyway. I tried some of their beers and left about 30 minutes later since it was obvious they didn’t really want any more business. House beers were about average for a Rock Bottom (this is pre buy out) and there were one or two decent ones. I could see this place being packed during happy hour being in a mall but while I was there it would have been comfortable if the bartender actually wanted to serve me.
Went on a Saturday and sat at the bar. I had three different beers there (the dry stout, chocolate stout, and Fallen Angel). The beers were generally good. The bartenders were very attentive and generous with the pours (getting tripels in 20oz pint glasses is pretty cool). I also had a bunch of bombs and specialty shots and those were well-prepared as well. Nice smoking section patio. Yes, this is in a mall, but once you get inside of the place, it ceases to matter. The band playing that night could have use a few extra music lessons and a little bit of lowering the volume. Beer selection was pretty good. There were probably ten taps or so and two casks. I enjoyed my time there and was ultimately pleasantly surprised by the place. Only had the artichoke dip from the food menu, and that was fine, but nothing special obviously.
Pretty typical American-standard restaurant. Prices are pretty decent considering location in towards the city. Waiters and bartenders have been attentive the last times I’ve been there, and the food has always been good when I’ve ordered. The beers I’ve tried have ranged from adequate to exceptional.
A good local feeling bar with it’s own brew. Good valvue on the beer price quality ratio with a decent selection of food. Every time I have went, I had good service regardless of the size of the group. A good place to unwind with decent refreshments.
This is the first Rock Bottom I have visited that is located in a mall. The place is small and, did I say, located in a mall. The staff is as attentive as is necessary, but nothing special. They did have a few special taps available, which was nice. The menu is exactly the same as all other Rock Bottom locations. Ho hum.
Stopped in here when I was in DC on vacation. Wanted to check this one out as it is the former home of the newest brewer at RB Chicago, Chris Rafferty. Odd setting in a mall, but it works. Standard Rock Bottom feel of a chain restaurant, though with local influences. Food is decent and the brewing is quite technically sound. Definitely worth stopping in as they ad about 10-12 beers on tap.
Second brewpub bartender in Arlington who advised against a sampler. Got one anyway. At $7 for 10 generous pours, I’d guess the tips are better with full pours, so I fixed that. If there were more than 2 good beers there, $7 for 10 pours would have been a steal. Still a good value though. Atmosphere was interesting. Big college football Saturday, but the place is so large and in a mall, that it probably doesn’t get packed, so there were just small pockets of shouting and a nice relaxed vibe. Beers ranged from really good to gag inducing...so the general brewpub experience really. Didn’t get food, but it looked like the generic brewpub menu with nachos, pizzas, burgers, at the average sort of prices.