Commercial Taphouse & Grill
Taps: 14 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
3.98/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
Used to live within walking distance, but moved and hadn't been back for a long time until last night. Went for a burger deal that was going on and had 2 cellar Aventinus and a local brown on tap. Great seasonal beer selection as usual; packed as usual, but got a table within 20 mins; spotty service, but doesn't matter...they are always short-staffed and the servers do the best they can.
Love the atmosphere...small, dark, sticky menus.
More of a local hangout, which is great.
Punk rock vibe...always great tunes playing from someone's ipod.
Superior location...within walking distance of oh so many bars.
06-28-2013 15:00:16 | More by tabascosigned
4.34/5 rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Went for drinks last week and loved it.
A neat bar with an outstanding selection for a reasonable price. The service leaves some to be desired (it almost seemed like the servers wanted to be elsewhere). The bartender was very knowledgeable and we had a great conversation about upcoming releases and his philosophy on what to put on tap.
I would highly recommend and I plan on going back.
05-26-2013 19:50:14 | More by CRV334
4.38/5 rDev +7.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
It doesn't have the selection of Capital Alehouse, nor the quirkiness of Mekong, but, as far as I'm concerned, this is the quintessential neighborhood beer pub. Yes it is small, but that lends an ambience that the bigger places can't match. The historic architectural details (original pressed-tin ceiling since before those came back in style, etc) coupled with the tacky string lights and Elvis kitsch, all located in the heart of one of Richmond's great neighborhoods, make this place a personal favorite. It isn't perfect, and I can't dispute comments about the size or the table service when things are busy, but what it lacks for in these areas it more than makes up for in bar service, vibe, and beer. In a sense, having a limited number of taps to work with is a blessing. For lack of a better phrase, the beer offerings are well-curated. I will concur with a previous review that Victory and Bells do seem to have a perennial presence among the draft offerings, but I've never found this to be a problem. And, for the money, they've got the best burgers in town.
If you're looking for a massive selection or amazing food, go somewhere else. But, if you are looking for a low-key, neighborhood beer pub experience, I think you'll be hard pressed to find a better spot south of Philadelphia.
08-10-2012 00:54:34 | More by Oakwoodhopdevil
4/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Nice, comfortable neighborhood bar, very small, about 8 tables, plus about 12 seats at the bar. The food is above average bar food, with a few interesting menu items. Staff is friendly.
They do not serve the common MPB; so you will have to drink real beer here.
For a small place they have an amazing selection. They have about 6 taps and usually one cask. They do serve a lot of Bells and Victory, but mix in regional and national small brewers and local Richmond beers.
They also have an extensive list of bottled beer. Their prices are very reasonable, especially considering how small the place is, no economy of scale to get lower prices.
Good place to sit and have a decent beer and bite to eat.
05-16-2012 13:19:04 | More by AleYes
4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
Chill, neighborhood beer bar that had a very comfortable feel.
The physical bar is small which forces you to interact w/the people next to you which I found refreshing b/c I got to learn about the local beer scene.
The bartender was friendly, knowledgeable, & quick w/a sample if you were undecided on what to get. They had 15 rotating taps of both craft and high-end imports plus a more substantial bottle list, all at very wallet-friendly prices (at least compared to NYC).
I was a big fan of this place & the only drawback I found was that it closes at 1am.
If I'm ever back in RVA, I will make it a point to stop here again.
10-24-2011 07:02:40 | More by TmoNyc
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
I stopped in with a co-worker while in Richmond on business. The place is a local hangout in the downtown area. It has a laid back and easy going feel to it. The bartender did a very nice job of greeting us as soon as we hit the stools. He offered food and beer menus for us to peruse as he finished pouring a few more beverages. They offered an IPA on cask, which I found to be rather unique. I sampled it and it was smooth as silk. I also enjoyed a Oak Aged Yeti on draft, and it was perfect. My co-worker ordered a pizza with shrimp and andouille sausage. He gave me a peice, and I gotta say the wheel was great. As for the prices, this place being near the VCU campus I anticipated the prices being in the near expensive to expensive range. However, the prices were just right. If you get the chance, you should take a visit to this place and be sure to get the pizza.
03-16-2011 23:52:11 | More by cdkrenz
Commercial Taphouse & Grill in Richmond, VA
91 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.