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Chappys Tap Room and Grille

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Chappys Tap Room and GrilleChappys Tap Room and Grille
BA SCORE
95
world-class

36 Ratings
Ratings: 36
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: n/a
Taps: 27
Bottles: 70
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2733 W Alex Bell Rd
Dayton, Ohio, 45459-1123
United States
phone: (937) 299-7427

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @chappystaproom

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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 25
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Photo of speedvagen
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

OK...so, compare to Tanks Bar and Grill (the other fav beer haunt in Dayton), Chappys wins...

but they're different enough that they almost serve two different audiences. Chappys has the better beer selection, and better food, but it comes at a cost, literally.

you go to these two places for two different reasons: Chappys for a special occasion, and Tanks for a flat-out-great neighborhood experience.

Just TRY Chappys loaded chips or their po-boys. bar none in the Dayton area.

if only their beer club was less constricting, limiting you to such standard fare as sam adams, i'd be there every week. as is, the buds and i make it once or twice a month...

highly recommended. you don't get much better than this in Dayton, really....

More User Reviews:
Photo of chaddreed74
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Great place with multiple styles of beers to choose from.

Photo of Momos8
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Neat little place close to home. A little broken up between bar area and dining areas. Also a bit too dark, especially for reading menu's.

We were there for a reserved birthday party. The staff set up more than enough seating for our number of guests. That was nice.

I had an apple martini and a sangria. The sangria was wonderful! So if your wife doesn't like beer, there are other options available by the glass.

My husband asked for Sam Adams, but was surprised when they didn't have it at least by bottle. He settled for both a Clown Shoes Space Cake and the Luchador En Fuego. He said the Space Cake was very good, but the Luchador En Fuego was too much. Could hardly tell it was a beer. Could be better as a cocktail mixer.

The server was knowledgeable about the beers my husband talked about and quick to return to the table to check on us. They were very busy too as it was a Saturday night.

Food was excellent but a bit pricy, although all the portions of what everyone ordered were huge! Almost everyone took home a to-go box. I had the Garlic Shrimp linguini. It was a special for the night and awesome! My husband had the full rack of ribs, and said they were very, very good.

All in all, very good place to eat and so many different beers, (except for Sam Adams), that it makes it fun to go there.

Photo of reynoldsmc
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Chappys is an interesting place in a stip mall in South Dayton. I go there a couple times a month to see what's on tap (30+ taps). Lot of Belgians if that's your style. Staff are friendly. Always set at in the bar area as opposed to the restaurant seating section. It may be this dichotomy that makes it kinda strange. Not sure if they want to be a restaurant or a bar or brewpub or what. It's OK but the vibe is odd. Food is good but the menu never changes so that can get old quick. Parking is generally available but being in a strip mall it can be hit or miss at times with the other businesses.

Photo of MuchoCerveza
4.91/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Incredible selection of beer that is in constant rotation, so it's easy to find new beers every time you go. The food is fantastic, definitely try the white BBQ sauce. Love going here and being part of their beer club makes things fun. Definitely worth checking out if you are in the area.

Photo of screamking
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

First time at Chappy's and I must say I came away impressed. Wait was on the low end of a half hour which was less than one would think for 7 on a Saturday. Lots of room at the bar to sit while we waited. Tap selection was good to great, there wasn't a lot that I haven't tried but I was able to find some gems that were just imported.

Service was good too. I don't rely on other people to tell me about beer so I can't comment on if they were beer savy. Food prices were a little higher than some other places but it was still reasonable. One of the better beer restaurants I've been to.

Photo of barrett61
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Chappy's is my favorite bar in Dayton hands down. The servers and bar staff are extremely knowledgeable about every beer and can recommend certain beers based on what you like. The selection and rotation is the best I have ever experienced. I have finished the first Beer Club and am currently working on the 2nd version of 100 draft beers.

The food here is always amazing but can be a little pricey. The buffalo chicken sandwich is my favorite and is always a huge portion. Its nice they do have a kids menu as we take our kids on occasion.

Also there are almost always special events with different breweries, for special tappings as people finish the extreme beer club, musicians on weekends or trivia on Mondays.

Overall I can definitely recommend Chappy's to anyone looking to try new beers, have some good food, and be surrounded by quality staff who know what they are talking about but aren't on a beer-snob level.

Photo of goldennectar
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I have been going to Chappy's since it opened.

A great place with great atmosphere, great food and a always changing selection of great beers.

Staff is friendly and knowledgeable about their beer selection.

They have a beer menu with a list of all current offerings and information about each. They list on the beer menu whats coming ion new so you can anticipate the next trip.

Check out their website. Their menu is posted for food and current beer offerings.

Their ribs are really good and I recommend the cajun shrimp appetizer.

Photo of OsuJohn
4.58/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I found this place thanks to beer advocate. I went for dinner tonight. They have some tvs, so you can watch the game, but based on the layout of the restaurant and the menus it is clear this isn't your average sports pub. The atmosphere was more upscale than I expected- however the restaurant was darker than I though it should have been.

They have an extensive beer selection and lists to explain the choices. Take a look at the website if you're looking for something specific.

The food was very good and reasonably priced considering the portion. I ordered the ribs with macaroni and cheese and cheesy potatoes.

The service was excellent, I will be back.

Photo of raninator84
4.95/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Although a little out of the way from downtown Dayton, this place is a worthy detour! I've been going since they opened and lets just say the patronage has tripled since then.

Atmosphere is very nice, they have a sit down/dine room, party room, great bar space with high top tables and a patio that is a little on the small size.

Just grab the "Beer Bible" and go nuts, multiple taps and a huge bottle list. Taps are constantly rotated as this place acquires some of the harder to get kegs in Ohio. Had Goose Island Dominique last time I was there!

The Food = Amazing! Best fried chicken in the area! Home made loaded potato chips are a must as well as the hand cut fries. You won't be disappointed by the cuisine just maybe the prices, which aren't out of this world but a little pricey.

Service is great. Staff seems to be very knowledgeable and trained on new tap selections. Some are more beer geeks than others.

All the brews come with glassware suited for the style as long as there are some left (sometimes it gets busy).

Make it a point to stop by and enjoy a great dinner with a few great beers!

Cheers.

Photo of projectflam86
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Sat on the backpatio area for a friends b-day party.

Great selection of brews. They have a very extensive bottle and tap list and the servers seem pretty knowledgeable about the stuff on tap. The rotate everything pretty regularly and have a rewards club card that gives you a discount. I didn't order food but a few in our party did and they seemed to enjoy everything.

I had bottles of Hoppin Frog B.O.R.I.S. and SN Bigfoot. Both were reasonably priced.

They do have a cool atmosphere with live music on the weekends and plenty of tvs to watch sports.

Overall a pretty cool place that I would visit again.

Photo of bert13tj
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is a great beer bar and it's nice to finally see one south of town. Probably the best fried chicken I've had around Dayton hands down. I would like to see the menu change a little bit. It has always been the same every time I go in and the specials are always the same as well. My girlfriend actually won't go anymore, because she wants to see something else on the menu.

The service is great. All the bartenders know their beer and surprisingly so do most of the wait staff.

They have 30 taps and 100+ bottles.

The only thing I wish they did a little better at, the selections on tap. With 30 taps they should have almost every popular style represented. And they should rotate more of their taps more often. And please can we get some sour beers in there.

All and all I would recommend this place to anyone in town.

Photo of PinkyUpYo
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

As a member of the 100 beers club, I would say Chappys is one of my favorite bars in Dayton. The amount of enjoyment is highly based on who your server is but overall this place is great. The beer selection is great and their weekly turnover on seasonals always gives you new things to try. The food is also a highlight. It may not be the best for for you to eat but it is really good. Their appetizers are filling and the dinners are made for two. Their cheesy potatoes are to die for. I would definitely recommend Chappys to anyone, oh and ask for Larry if you go

Photo of chaz01
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

The first thing that stands out about Chappy's is the incredible beer selection. By my count, they have approximately 14 craft brews that are always on draught, including some great selections such as Dogfish Head 90 IPA, St Bernardus 12, Hoeggarden, Chimay White, Southern Tier Unearthly, Oak aged Arrogant Bastard and more. In addition, they also have at least another 5-10 rotating drafts of seasonals and other beers, not to mention around 100 or so bottled selections. Many of the beers are served with the glassware from the brewery. Staff is friendly and cordial -- there are many TV's in the bar and restaurant area, but they are typically placed in corners and high on the wall -- I wouldn't necessarily classify it as a sports bar. They often have special events going featuring a particular brewery or special -- check their website and mailing list for these! In the past year, they've added a frequent beer club promotion -- you get a card and they check off beers from a list of 100 as you drink them. This definitely helps move their bottled beers and keep them fresh. My only critique, is although the food is good, it would be nice if they had a little more variety with some healthy and/or a vegetarian option.

Photo of jdflyer06
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Tried this place for the first time for dinner last night. I've been meaning to get here for ages but there's just no easy way to get there for me but my first stop was an enjoyable one. Started out with St. Bernardus Abt 12 on tap. I actually think I prefer it from a bottle, but it was fresh, at a perfect temperature and served in its appropriate glass. Sucked down several perfect two hearted's with dinner, again in their own Bell's glass. Finished the night off with a Poet stout. Had the artichoke dip, homemade BBQ Chips + Dip (Awesome!) and the cajun jumbo shrimp. A fantastic meal overall and my bill was under 40 dollars for all of it! Not bad considering the number of good craft beers that I sucked down. Definitely coming back!

Photo of ironarrow42
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This is my local beer bar, and has the best draught beer selection of any place I know of in southwest Ohio.

The atmosphere is basically nice sports bar; food is very good overall, with some excellent appetizers (the biggest Buffalo wings I've ever had and awesome beer battered shrimp), tasty BBQ ribs and excellent fried fish, as well as burgers and Po'boys; but for me the draw is the beer.

They have around 20 beers on tap, with only one of those being a mainstream lager. During a recent visit, they had Goose Island Imperial IPA and Matilda, Unibroue Trois Pistoles, Loose Cannon Hop3 Ale, a heffie, aome Belgians, Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard, and several craft porters & stouts, including Hoppin' Frog BORIS the Crusher (crush me, baby!), among others. Selections change often.

They offer several samplers, which also change through the year (the current "Bitter Beer Face" is nice!), although you can't substitute. Sample tastes can be had of some of the beers, but generally not the high end selections. Happy hour pricing (including daytime on Saturdays and all day Sunday) is a plus!

Chappy's has become my default place to catch a Packer game when they're not being aired locally, and I've met several fellow Packer fans who are also regulars. They do show other teams' games during football season as well.

Definitely worth checking out! They also have a tent at Ale Fest Dayton in August (food only), where they hand out coupons good for a free appetizer.

Photo of LegW
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The best selection of beer in the Dayton area, without a doubt. The volume on the tvs in the main dining room is kept low, so you can have a pleasant conversation and still be able to keep up with the sports action. It's a little louder in the bar area, but the lively background noise just adds to the environment.

The food menu is solid and allows for great pairings with all the fantastic beers, and the staff is always quick with good suggestions. My wife and I were always treated to great service and a tasty meal, and have introduced many of our friends and former co-workers to Chappys.

We moved to MD two weeks ago, and were given two Chappys pint glasses as a send off - Of all the thing I will miss about Ohio, Chappys is at the very top of the list! It will be my first stop every time we go back :-)

Photo of doppleb
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I have been to Chappy's many times now and I have never been disappointed with any aspect of the place. The beer selection is by far the best in the area. The owner takes great pride in offering a wide variety of brews. The wait staff has also been quick and very pleasant, as well as quite knowledgable about their beers. The food, although a little pricey, is very good. I have not ordered anyting I didn't like. I disagree a little with some of the previous reviewers in that I really haven't gotten the feel that it is a dimly-lit sports bar. If you're looking for a place to go watch football and drink $2.00 Bud Lights, this probably isn't the place for you; however, for those that will pay a little extra for some fantastic draught beers, go to Chappy's!

Photo of rhinos00
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I am so glad I finally found out about this place (after passing it several times and having no clue what it was).

To me the atmosphere was a little off. I sat in the general seating area with some friends, and it just seemed like a sit down restaurant that was striving for a relaxed mood (i.e. big booths, very dim lighting, etc.) mixed with a sports bar (flat screen tvs in the dining area) in the seating area.

The quality and selection of beers available here is by far the best in the Dayton area. Dogfish Head 90 Minute, St. Bernardus 12 abt, Big Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye, Bell's Two Hearted Ale, Great Lakes Nosferatu were all on tap, plus several more. Not to mention Rochefort 8, Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock, Unibroue La Fin Du Monde, Chimay and at least 20 others were available in bottles.

The waiter that served us did a very nice job of giving recommendations. Not to mention he seemed pretty knowledgeable of the beers that Chappy's had to offer.

The food was pretty good, but I think the beer here is definitely a lot better.

This place can be pricey depending on what you get, food or drink. However, I'm more than willing to pay some extra $$$ for quality beers on tap. By far one of the best places to drink a beer in this area. I will definitely be frequenting here often.

Photo of pwoods
4.1/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by with some friends after the Dayton Alefest. Pretty good selection of brews and the taps were clean. Some interesting brews on tap: Rogue Double Dead Guy(well before most places even saw bottles), St. Bernardus ABT 12, Unibroue Maudite, and 3 or 4 others that I regrettably didn't have time to drink. Atmosphere feels like a typical sports bar chain but it was pretty packed with Alefesters so it wasn't too bad. The waitress was very reasonable quick despite the place basically overflowing. Didn't order food but I hear it's pretty good. Pretty good place that I'll definitely drop into again.

Photo of kirok1999
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Went with 3 friends on a rainy Wed. night about 7:00pm.
Pretty hard to find the place as the sign is black on a gray background. Kinda weird, wondering if they're trying to hide the place. Good parking with easy access in and out.
I guess it was seat yourself night as there was no host at the door. Took about 5 minutes for someone to notice I was sitting there waiting for my friends. The waitress was training another server and she seemed friendly and got me an Unearthly pretty quickly.
There was no beer menu on any table and I had to ask for one. Kinda strange too, seems to me there should be a beer menu on every table in a beer bar.
Modest selection of food, ribs, chicken, salads and some nice appetizers. Considering how new the place is I think this is a good thing. It's best not to overextend a new restaurant.
Everyone loved their food, generous portions at reasonable prices. Nothing over $20.
The beer was a bit pricey though. 10oz of Hog Heaven for $5.50. Pint of Unearthly for $6. Not outrageous but there are cheaper places out there.
All in all a good place to drink with friends. No blasting music to drown out conversation is a real plus.
Edit 12/5/12. Editing my review as this place has improved by leaps and bounds. Food is still great and the beer selection is constantly changing. The owner seems to always be there and is really interested in service. Many more menu selections as well. Highly recommended.

Photo of srobertson59
4.58/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped into Chappys this afternoon (Sunday) for a bite to eat and a few brews. Arrived about 1:00 and pretty much had the place to ourselves. Staff was very friendly and attentive without hovering.

I started out with a pint of Dogfish Head 90 Minute on tap for an appetizer. Had the Blackened Chicken Sandwich (which was the best I've had in a long time) and some fries for the main course. Followed the DFH with a pint of Founder's Dirty Bastard on tap to finish off the sandwich. Desert was a Lindeman's Framboise.

Excellent food and great beer (which was always served in the proper glass wear complete with the correct logo and near proper serving temperature). Prices are moderate overall although some of the bottled beer seems a bit pricey.

Plenty on tap, huge amount in bottles. There wasn't any "hard to get" or "hard to find" brews, but there were plenty to try that I've never had on tap before. A very broad range of styles was nice to see as well.

I'll definitely return...I hear the fried chicken is awesome.

Photo of Pecorasc
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Recently went to Chappy's three times. Twice during the day (friday and saturday) and once at night (friday). The bar area was pretty crowded on the friday night, but the service did not slow down. My visits during the day were more enjoyable because I was able to sit back, relax and read through their beer menu. The set-up of the beer menu is very user friendly, with lists of all current draft and bottle selections in the front and descriptions in the back (10 pages or so). During my three visits I tried the following (not a complete list):

Tap: Stone Old Guardian, Hibernation Ale, Hog Heaven, Southern Tier Unearthly IPA, etc.

Bottle: A Rauchbier, a Trappiste, and a Bigfoot Barleywine, etc.

My girlfriend had a Leffe and a Lambic, both on tap.

Almost every beer we had ws served in its correct glassware, and most even had their respective labels.

The food was decent; if there was no beer I would never drive the 15 minutes to eat there. A friend had a burger and said it was outstanding, but he also had not eaten in quite a while.

A bit-pricey and not very consistently priced. Some bottled selections were marked up much much more than others.

Overall the best beer selection within an hour, that I know of. I will keep going back every month or so.

Edit: try the tortilla soup. Outstanding.

Photo of pacothrash
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This was my first time at Chappy's and it was just for a beer. I was impressed with the selection of on tap and had the Southern Tier Unearthly IPA. They do have 30 on tap including US beers from Great Lakes, Dogfish Head, Bells, Left Hand, New Holland, Stone and Southern Tier.

The staff seemed very nice. I thanked them for the nice selection of beers on tap. They told me that the owner owns Sloopy's in the Oregon District.

People around me were raving about the chicken. Also they serve steak on the weekends. I have to get the wife to Chappy's for a meal so I can enjoy a few pints.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Chappy's has been open for a few months, and I have now been there a handful of times. In particular, they have a lot of tvs, and the Big 10 Network, so I watched a few games there. Chappy's has a bar area, that is sort of enclosed, with several tables. There are also two dining areas. The atmosphere is more of an upscale sports bar, without being overly swanky.

Chappy's has a good tap selection, and a pretty good bottle selection. There are around 30 taps, but only a handful seem to rotate. Selection includes Bell's 2 Hearted, Buckeye Hippie IPA, DFH 90 min., Chimay White, Erdinger Hefe, and Hennepin. Season handles do change, most recent including Bell's Winter White, GLBC Xmas, and New Holland Dragon's Milk. Bottle selection is probably around 40 or 50, and run across styles just at the tap list. Good variety of glassware.

Each time, service has been good, and very friendly. Food includes some good BBQ ribs, fried chicken, fish, a few salads and appitizers. When I have been there, most people seem very pleased with the sides, such as cole slaw, green beans, etc. Prices seem a bit high for food, but for draft beer it is reasonable. Bottles can be pricy depending on the particular beer.

Chappy's is a good place to grab a bite, and wash it down with a couple great brews. You could watch a game there, or just simply enjoy conversation. This was well needed in this area.

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Chappys Tap Room and Grille in Dayton, OH
95 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.