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Taphouse

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

21 Ratings
Ratings: 21
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.94%
Taps: 37
Bottles: 125
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

17 E Queens Way
Hampton, Virginia, 23669-4001
United States
phone: (757) 224-5829

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(Place added by: Braudog on 07-07-2007)
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Reviews by Zraly:
Photo of Zraly
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The Taphouse on Queensway is our typical beer haunt. I'm not sure I how many times I have been there but it is safe to say they've made some $$ off of me and my lady.

Overall, the beer list rotates quite well. There is often a solid line-up of Belgians and Belgian-style ales (e.g., Chimay, Duchesse, Allagash) and plenty of pales, stouts, lagers, etc. to please. For example, tonight my girlfriend had a Heavy Seas Winter Storm ESB and I had an Anubis Coffee Porter and a Palo Santo Marron. Usually a couple of "tried and true" imports such as Aventinus and Paulaner on tap as well. Plus, there are at least 100 bottles and cans available. For Hampton, Virginia, this is the best tap and bottle selection.

Food-wise, this is consistently good pub food and beyond. I've had everything from a salmon wrap to a veal chop to sweet and sour rabbit. Prices are quite reasonable. Even the burgers are good (and quite big -- you'll get your money's worth). The food is tasty and solid and has been for years now.

Service is always with a smile and most of the wait staff have a rudimentary understanding of beer and what to recommend. My girlfriend is a big fan of hops and they always update her when serving us as to anything new or special in the way of hops on tap.

My only gripe is on occasion I will get a beer that tastes a bit stale or old. Typically the taps rotate but not all the time. If you are not sure, ask how long the beer has been there and how popular it is. Some of this could also be an issue of tap lines not being maintained. So I do have to deduct for quality as some of this is controllable. But most of what I have had has been served fresh and in the appropriate glass.

If you are in Hampton and want beer, come here.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Curtis23666
4.96/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of Missilegorilla
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Love the food BEER selection is good nice selection

Photo of kcrosson492
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

I decided to go there after a friend of my girlfriends suggested it. I was quite impressed with the beer menu the first four or five times there but the last time a lot of the beers were crossed out. The food is pretty good but I usually stick to the same thing. . .burgers. I now only eat veggies burgers and must say they are fantastic there (if that is your kind of thing). The waitresses are always really friendly and knowledgeable about the beer and food. I really enjoy the atmosphere and frequent the place quite often.

Photo of avisong
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of CpnYates
2.78/5  rDev -30.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Stopped in last Wed after spotting this place while eating lunch next door at Marker 20. Anyhow grabbed a seat at the bar and waited for a few minutes. Was never given a beer menu, and asked for a food menu. The bartender that evening (Mid 40's guy, short grey hair) seemed to be upset I was breathing the air in his establishment, but then again he semed to have the same attitude with the other folks at the bar as well. Picked a tap I knew. Had one other beer, a Dale's in a can.

Recived a stone porter in good condition. Ordered the fish tacos. The tacos themselves were okay, but the salsa was straight from the jar and the chips right out of a bag. Total for two tacos and two beers $28.

Photo of SuperSpy
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The wife and I stopped in here for a late lunch on a Wednesday so it was not crowded at all. The atmosphere had a very local feel to it. The bar is dark, solid wood, and fits in with the rest of the decor. There are about 40 taps on the wall, guitars hanging from the ceilings, and we saw lots of ads for live music. But once again, at lunch time it was pretty chill.

I think this place deserves an "A" overall, but sadly I'm going to have to mark it down here. The food was excellent and so was the first round of beers. My complaint is that my second beer (a Doppel Bock from some East Coast brewery I was unfamiliar with) arrived smelling like old stagnant dish water. I decided to brave a quick sip and the flavor was just as bad. You could tell there was a big malty delicious brew somewhere underneath but for the most part it was like lapping up something from a sewage drain. I don't know if the lines were dirty or if the keg was infected but I can't believe they would serve something that terrible. You could even smell the dish water aroma from across the table. The waitress quickly changed it out for something more palatable. All of the other beers were great and so was the food.

Service was prompt and our waitress was knowledgeable. She was quick to change out that terrible Doppel Bock and she immediately suggested other bocks that were on hand. She even pointed out which were Bocks, Weizen Bocks, Doppel Bocks, etc.

The selection was about 40 beers on tap and over 125 in bottles. The selection spanned the entire spectrum of what's available in the area. I was very impressed with the selection.

The food was mostly standard pub fare. We had crab cakes and knew we had made the right choice the moment it was placed in front of us. I can't speak for the rest of the menu, but the people around seemed pretty satisfied with their meals.

We definitely got our money's worth. Everything on tap was between $4.50 and $8.00. Some great Belgians and plenty of American micros. We were in the area for 3 days and from what I saw the beer and food prices were very reasonable for the area.

Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Atmosphere: Seems like your standard bar fare, not a huge place, was mostly empty when we got there, but filled up quick.

Quality: Good food, good beer, they know what they are doing, what else can I say for quality?

Service: Started out great and prompt, a knowledgeable waitress, very pleased to serve us. After a bit of time it got pretty crowded, and there was still only one waitress and a busboy or two who helped keep things under control. Wait time for anything started short, but got long at the end of our stay. Still, good for what it was.

Selection: 37 beers on tap, quite a few more bottles. What more could you ask for?

Food: Not a very big menu, but what they had was delicious. Much better than standard bar fare, but still had some bar feel to it.

Value: Reasonable to me, coming from NJ. A large portion of the beers (tap and bottle) were $4.50 to $6, with the most expensive taps being $8 (Belgians that I had no idea came on tap!) and the cheapest being PBR at $2.50. For food, sandwhiches, burgers, and wraps were generally about $9, and entrees were mostly $13-$14, which isn't bad at all considering how great it was.

I would gladly stop by again next time I'm in town.

Photo of ebby82
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Until a few days ago, it's been a while since I've been here.

On a Friday night, it was surprisingly not crowded. However, I believe this was the whole area, not just the Taphouse.

The tap selections was pretty good, including several different Belgians, some local selections, and such things as DFH Palo Santo. The bottle selection is even more impressive, and it includes such things as Fin du Monde, and a couple Trappistes. I ordered something on the beer menu that they didn't have, but the waitress was quick to recommend a Lagunitas IPA as a suitable replacement.

The waitress was a young woman, yet she still clearly had at least some knowledge of beer.

I've had the meals before, and they were pretty good, but the chips and salsa were unimpressive. However, I would come here for the nice beer selection and the ability to hear one another speak on a Friday night.

Photo of ExMachina1
3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This is the kind of place that I SHOULD love. Good food and an respectable selection of beer. However, the whole concept is killed when the beer--great selection aside--is shot to hell by poor cellering. I have been to the Taphouse now on three successive nights (cuz the food really *is* good--seriously, the meatloaf is **amazing**) and I have sampled multiple draft beers there and ended up drinking only beer from bottlesr. Why? Well the beer was too warm (pilsners) and they do not take good care of their tap lines--one beer I tried was absurdly sour.

I'll give them one possible "out" in that there's been a silly hot heat wave here (daytime temps above 105) and maybe something happened to their cooling system. But in that case, they should simply refuse to serve beer which was in such poor condition.

As it is, I regrettably cannot recommend this place for their draft beers.

Photo of Perkuno44
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I hit Taphouse on Queensway tonight for a couple of beers and dinner. Very good selection of taps and bottles, with friendly bartenders and good food. Not too crowded on a weeknight and I was able to try a couple of brews that were new to me. I would have liked to see a few more local taps, but that is nitpicking.

There appeared to be a couple of bottles behind the bar that were not on the list, but since I was driving I didn't get the chance to inquire about the JW Lee's I saw.

I will definitely hit it again when I'm back in town.

Photo of whtguitarguy
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went out on a Thursday night that wasn't too busy. The service was excellent. A minimum of 37 Taps each day, and at least 120 beers available in the bottle. I got the Texas Burger with Fries. It came about 15 minutes after we ordered, so it wasn't too long of a wait. Had a Unibroue Trois Pistoles to drink at first and given a tulip glass to enjoy it with, then switched to a Legend Brown Ale on Tap, served in a typical bar glass. Let me just say, the Texas burger was huge, I could barely wrap my mouth around it, and I am a pretty big guy. And it was only $8.00. This is my favorite place in downtown.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I went in here for lunch on a Wednesday afternoon and wasnt too happy with the visit.

Nothing was necessarily wrong with this place, I just wasnt happy with my visit. I arrived at about 1215, placed an order for a club sandwich, and it took OVER 30 minutes for me to get my sandwich. There were five other tables and three people at the bar; thats it! I was alone and the tables were atleast three tops. I am assuming the kitchen works under the "First in, first out" mantra, because I have never had a restaurant take so long to make a silly club sandwich with potato chips. I used to work in a restaurant and multi-tasking and cooking for more than one table at once is imperative. This place obvisously doesnt subscribe to that mantra. I dont know what category "kitchen" goes under so I chose the atmoshpere category.

The sandwich was okay but certainly wasnt worth a 30 minute wait. About 40 drafts but nothing was really notworthy. All drafts were about $5 with some under that mark.

I wouldnt come back for food. The wait was entirely too long. The beer would be the ONLY reason I would come back.

Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This TapHouse seemed better than the other one I frequent in Ghent - something about it seemed livelier and the beer selection is as varied but it seemed there were more "diamonds in the rough" at this one. Unfortunately, that's why it earned four $ in my opinion - $16 for ST Heavy Weizen or Stone Russian Imp Stout? I know it's a bar but those aren't $16 beers. My only other gripe is the food - I paid $9 for a Cuban sandwich and fries and had a measley small handful of the fries on the side as the sandwich itself was bland. As for the beer and the drinking atmosphere (which is why you're coming here) it is a cozy local place with a mix of people and well-lit (I can't emphasize the lighting enough to people who have been to the other TH in Ghent and it's lit like a prison cell). On this night the server busted her ass as her section was packed and the place had a lively feel with people talking to each other and partying, not little tables of people keeping to themselves. The beer selection of bottles and taps is a mix of local, micro and imports - there are beers here you won't find anywhere else but like stated before, some of them are priced out the ying-yang. I will come here again but I forewarn anyone that this place is a little pricey, even just sticking to the basics.

Photo of soupermirl
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The Taphouse beer menu there was great. Andrea, server # 242 was excellent. She was not only pleasent to look at, but she took very good care of us with beer, food, and free samples. Just a few on tap were: Lagunitas Censored Ale (the kronic), Chimay Triple, Adventinus, St. George Porter, Brooklyn Brewing Company Black Chocolate Stout, Dogfish Head Indian Brown, Starr Hill The Gift, Penn Brewing Dark Lager , Southern Tier IPA, and many, many others. They had at a minimun of 37 beers on tap. They had several Belgian Ales on tap. They also had about 120 beers in the bottles. The food was great. Highly Recommended when in the Hampton / Newport News area.

Photo of BgThang
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Yeah what blackie said below!
I will not mention the problem with the food I had because it was a simple mistake and I do not want to detract from this place. I came down on business from austin and found this place from the beerfly section. The queensway area was really nice with tree lined drives and little shops here and there.
The selection on tap seemed to be the best in town.
35+ and the bottle selection was vast. I had the vert 07 which was a nice surprise. I also tried the weyebacher blithering idiot and the heresy both were dam good. Had a mad river jamacian red also damn good. they had ten fidy but for 7.50 a can was a little steep. i also had heavy seas loose cannon. The only bell's they had on tap was the oberon. THey had cherry stout in a bottle. by this time I was felling very tipsy and had to call it a night. Work lasted the next day till midnight so I am unable to return to this place this late evening. Overall the atmosphere was very chilled. The bartender knew most of the beers and some of the history behind them as well. She was very quick to offer suggestions and samples. Was lucky enough by random chance to run in to a fellow BA'r there and offered up some intelligent beer conversation. Well back to austin in the moring, I know I will be drueling for some bells and other beers they had but I was unable to sample

Worth a visit if your in the area

Photo of blackie
4.14/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

visited while in town for work

atmosphere: Located on a quiet stone side-street off the main drag of downtown Hampton, the Taphouse is very laid back with what seems to be a mix of local regulars and out-of-town visitors. As I arrive, most people are finishing their meals here and at a couple adjacent restaurants, and the place empties pretty quickly. Dimly lit with a few booths, a couple tables, and a ~10 seat bar towards the back, it's a nice little spot to have a beer.

quality: Various specialty glassware is available for use when appropriate, though my beers were all served in standard pints. No problems with quality.

service: The bartender was very helpful, talkative, and quick to offer samples when the decision making process stalled. Problems a bar neighbor had with food were promptly and happily rectified.

selection: There were about 30 taps, only two of them macro, a PBR and Yuengling. Everything else was quality with a nice local, regional, national, and international tap representation: Stone IPA, St. George Porter, Cape Ann Fisherman's Brew, Brooklyn Brown, Aventinus, Ballast Point Calico, Harpoon IPA, Allagash White and Mad Hatter to name a few. There was also an impressive bottle selection with a range of Bear Republic, a couple oak aged Weyerbacher, a Victory or two, and so on...probably numbering around 100 or so. I opted for taps of Starr Hill The Love, Legend Brown, and Green Flash Hop Head Red...and had the pleasure of sharing a bottle of Stone 070707 (?!) with another out-of-town BA from Austin seated next to me at the bar. A very nice selection anywhere, and certainly the best in this town...if weighted by proximity to any other acceptable beer bar, it'd be a 5.

food: I was offered a piece of fried chicken and hungrily accepted...it was good, but I can't really put forth a number based only on that.

value: Seemed pretty reasonable, taps were average ($4.5 - $5 for almost all), and the Stone 070707 was a relatively cheap $12.

Photo of MikeMalty
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in while visiting family in Hampton. Loved it! Lot's of beers to choose from. Friendly waitress who can recommend different beers for the family members who normally only drink bud. Food was very good. We only had an appetizer, but it was excellent. Prices are what you would expect to pay for good Belgian beers in a bar. I will stop by the place every time I'm back in town. I think it's one of the only good spots with such a wide variety of beers in Hampton. I don't think there is another one with Chimay on tap. They have something like over 200 to choose from. It's a must go.

Photo of apfactor
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Walking into a large bar on the left with a few booths and stools lacing the window. The bar was pretty good sized but it looked like some limited seating otherwise. There was an upstairs but it appeared to be closed at the time.

37 beers on tap; which included some taps from the local craft scene as well as familiars like stone, abita, harpoon. Also had a solid bottle selection behind the bar. I had world beer cup gold medal winning Green Flash hop head red and a salmon dill wrap which was very tasty. The bartender said they got fish delivered 4 times a week. Service was very good. The bartender was sincere in her conversation and was prompt and very helpful. I liked this place and will return next time I am in the area. They respect beer here : )

Photo of RobbieB5555
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was pleasantly surprise when I went into the Taphouse. I have been searching, for over a year for a place, close to home, where I can enjoy a good beer, and and the playful bantering amongst friends. The Tap House has a large and varied selection of beers, both on and off tap.

I was especially impressed by the service. The bartenders are knowledgable and friendly. The bartenders are engages and enjoying themselves. food is good. However, but there servings are small (and they don't give seconds).

Seriously, I would recommend the Tap House to anyone who was travelling in the Hampton/Newport News area.

Photo of PhageLab
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I decided to visit this place several times before writing a review for it. This establishment is fairly new, before it was an indian cuisine with only 3 brews on tap - Budweiser, Redhook ESB, and Heineken. Whoever purchased this place put a lot of work into it. The atmosphere is great, it is quite small, with the bar taking up most of the space, and only a few booths covering the rest. There is an upstairs, but it appears as though they either are not using it, or are still renovating. Posters of many different craft breweries litter the walls, and I counted at least 5 different Lagunitas ones. They have well over 20 different brews on tap, and though they switch them up, at the time of this review they included Bell's Two Hearted Ale, Stone IPA, Victory Festbier, and Lagunitas IPA. I couldn't even guess at the number of bottled brews, but I'll assume it's close to 100. The staff were not only very personable, but they also knew their brews. Unfortunately I still haven't had a bite to eat there, but their brews can be a bit pricey ($12 for a bottle of Ruination and $4.50 for a pint of Bell's) but that didn't bother me much, since it boasts the best selection Hampton has to offer. If you're in the area, I highly suggest paying a visit, and you just might see me there.

Taphouse in Hampton, VA
91 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.