The wife and I went to the Outer Banks this past weekend and flew into Norfolk before driving down. We visited Taphouse Grill at Ghent last night as we were in town for the evening only to get a hotel room before flying out this morning. We read reviews here on Beer Advocate prior to our visit so we knew what we were up for.
I must say, we were not disappointed. The food was much better than your traditional bar fare, especially for a place that is such a "hole in the wall". The service was very good at the bar. It looked like the service was a bit slow at the tables so I would recommend sitting at the bar.
The beer selection was very solid with some stuff that’s usually not available in bars. Between the two of us we drank the following on draft: Hop Rod Rye, Duchesse De Bourgogne
, Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Jack and Ken’s Ale, St. Bernardus Pater 6, New Belgium Trippel and Trois Pistoles. Not too shabby. Most definitely not a selection you’d find here in Southwest Florida. They probably have about 20 beers on tap as well as an extensive selection of bottles. I had read elsewhere online that they used to carry Westvleteren 12 from time to time but no luck last night. My wallet will probably thank me for that anyway.
I would highly recommend checking out the Taphouse Grill at Ghent if you are ever in the Norfolk area. We will definitely return if we ever happen to visit the area again.
Stopped here while i was in town on business. It was a great joint with lots of young folks in it. I think i was the only person in the bar that didn’t have a tattoo or dyed hair...very hipster. Met a few nice folks though. The beer was good, they had alot of local beers on tap and changed a tap for me so i could have a beer that i wanted listed on their menu. The food looked good and i shared some crab dip. I will defiantly go back here next time i am in town, but if the hipster crowd bothers you stay out once the sun goes down.
From the street you would never know this place is a bar. I know the first time I went to visit, I passed it right up. Parking is minimal and can be a real pain sometimes. Number of beers on draft is nice and varied but whenever I order from the beer list there is at least 3 or 4 beers they don’t have. They don’t keep it updated to well. Food is pretty good. Service can be slacking sometimes. They don’t come around for long periods of time to check if you need something. They also don’t split up checks. So bring money.or be prepared to fork over for the whole table if you have some people with you.
Not much in the way of anything going on the few times I’ve been there. The food was decent, but the place is obviously there for the beer. A somewhat decent selection, but the staff/manager didn’t seem as knowledgeable about beers outside of what they strictly carried unfortunately. The waiter we had on two of the nights was somewhat rude and (for some reason) a bit hurried with very few patrons. I was pretty disappointed with my visits and am still searching for a great beer bar in the Hampton Roads region.
Travlr (2988) Charlotte , North Carolina | January 16, 2010| Updated November 7, 2010
Great neighborhood place. Friendly staff and clientele. Good selection, though the list is a bit outdated. Beers are nicely kept and well served. Staff is generous with the samples. Food is creative bar fare. Live music is excellent when its on. Pool tables in the back. Best place in Ghent, and probably in Norfolk.
my favorite bar in town. always have a great selection of new beers from around the country on tap. bottle selection is great as well. one of the bartenders can always recommend the best new IPA they have on tap. first tasted racer 5, hopslam, and hopfest here. food is great too and the patio is amazing in the summer.
The Tap House is the only place to go in norfolk for beer snobs. Great selections from all over the world. For you hop heads they have the bells ipa right now if you havent had it go before its gone. say hi to gordon
This place had a great atmosphere during the day, though I think it turns into more of an ODU hangout at night.
The staff was friendly and not too obtrusive.
The total number of beers available was pretty good, but they had an excellent and varied selection both in bottle and on tap.
The food was typical pub fare, along with some healthier offerings.
Overall, a great place to go and get a couple beers and a small bite to eat.
A place I wish I had known about earlier. This place was great! They had some unique beers, and a lot of beers I love on draft. Bottle selection was fantastic as well, and only had a few beers out of stock (all were from the same company). They actually had a straightworward beer menu, so we knew exactly what we were getting before we got it. Nice staff, and only had to wait a few extra minutes than I would have wanted to for them to get us another round and the check, but hey, it was packed. Food smelled great, but we were already full before ariving, so we didn’t get any. Left before a band started to play. Compared to my horrid Bier Garden experience an hour prior to this, the place was Heaven.