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Westover Market

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

38 Reviews
Reviews: 38
Visits: 52
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: n/a
Taps: 16
Bottles: --
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

5863 N Washington Blvd
Arlington, Virginia, 22205-2923
United States
phone: (703) 536-5040

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @westoverbeer

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Place added by: HopHeed2113 on 06-29-2008

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Reviews: 38 | Visits: 52
Reviews by Jimmys:
Photo of Jimmys
3.31/5  rDev -18.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

been to westover a handful of times over the past year. just recently looked at the overall rating of 94 and was shocked. felt obliged to put in my 2 cents.

when you first walk into westover it simply appears as a dirty grocery store. small rows of goods, some produce, and then to your right a big wall of beer. single bottles (bombers, 750's, etc.) of some of the hard to finds on top produce cooler which hold 4 & 6-packs as well as a selection of mix and match 12oz bottles. the mix and match selection is something i always enjoy doing, but this place is really not the place to do it. very overpriced single servings of brews that are really not that rare (starr hill, SN, kona, etc.). the bottles on top are where you should keep your eyes focused as there are some gems. however, dont plan on walking out of this store with any steals. they know what they have and have marked up accordingly. i find it deterring when i see beautiful bottles of beer directly under florescent lighting covered in dust and then i am asked to shell out a buck or two higher than the average market price. buying beer in this area is a little more expensive than most, however this place is on my avoid list when it comes to doing some bottle hunting.

one cool aspect of westover is it does now have a beer garden that utilizes the side patio for some outdoor seating. they have about 10 drafts and the selection gives a nice range of diversity. the prices are a bit high, but if you have been reading my review this far that should not be unexpected.

i think way to many users are quick to give a high rating to a store if they see a large selection of beer. i understand because i was similar when i first began visiting different bottle shops and exploring new brews. however, the review should really focus on all the aspects that makes up a rating as i find atmosphere and price just as important as selection, seeing as atmosphere and price are the two areas where westover really doesnt cut the cheese. (2,001 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Barracudas
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Great selection of beers and they have various events with different breweries (Sierra Nevada, Southern Tier, Stone, Lagunitas, Devil's Backbone, etc.) on tap. (159 characters)

Photo of HookemHoos
3.24/5  rDev -20%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.25

High prices. Should be cautious but they tend to have limited releases stick around longer. (91 characters)

Photo of dsmclellan
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of almostjay
4.09/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

My rating is going to be inflated because there is no option for "Prices" or "Overall". Everything about this place is great, except for the prices. It's more expensive than bars in hip NYC neighborhoods, which just doesn't make sense to me. Really cool vibe though. Great food, good selection, just too damned expensive. (321 characters)

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of mjsampson2
2/5  rDev -50.6%

Definitely the biggest selection in the area, but prepare for your six-pack to be (a) warm (even if it's sitting in the "cooler") and (b) at least $2 more than you'd pay elsewhere. (180 characters)

Photo of hophead_87
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Great selection but price point is significantly higher than other places in NOVA. (82 characters)

Photo of kellyej
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Westover is a great little neighborhood bar/restaurant. They do a really great job tweeting what they have on tap (which changes quite regularly). The market has an outstanding selection of craftbeer all along the back wall. There's something for everyone at Westover! (272 characters)

Photo of Chaseeager
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of TaiPan
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Holy balls! This initially rundown looking grocery store has an enviable selection. Fresh Maine Beer Co beers, a decent mead selection, excellent variety of cold sixers, a lot of stuff I had never had/knew nothing about. I even found some cellar worthy stuff I thought I wouldn't see again. Very pleased. Pricing is decent for a DC area store, but (warning) a few things were way overpriced. Check those prices on unlabeled items before you get to the register. (461 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of fritzparker
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of shadyside
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of pmarlowe
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Badger6
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Okay, so I've only been once, and I gave it $$$ because the pricing on the board was $$$...but if you go from 11 to 3 on a weekday, big pours are half price, and the lunch specials are very reasonably priced for Arlington.

The service is excellent, and the three different employees I interacted with were all knowledgable, friendly, and helpful. The tap selection is definitely nifty, even if small, and the selection is continually changing (two taps changed while I was there)...you are sure to always find something new and interesting. Food was tasty, and the right amount...not too much, and not too little. The food offerings are eclectic, but not weird, and old standbys are available too.

Will definitely be another visit in the near future. (752 characters)

Photo of HuntDaddy540
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of DubCo21
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of razorsdescent
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of sonnydeezy
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of chiva
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Great stop
Massive improvements, with nice remodel of the bar and outdoor areas, as well as an exceptional focus on beer. Nice outdoor area for warmer weather, and neighborhood bar feel. Thoughtful beer selections. Have not tried food, will update review when it do. (266 characters)

Photo of seanchai
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of vahughes
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

I have not purchased beer inside the market but I do enjoy their outdoor patio and the indoor bar. The staff is really friendly. The place is very hit or miss. It's either packed with no where to sit or a ghost tone. Overall I like it and I have discovered some great beers in this place. (288 characters)

Photo of MattWes
5/5  rDev +23.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Always a great time at The Garden, from the laid back neighborhood vibe to the variety of great beers and outstanding food, Westover Market/Beer Garden is a must see if you're in the Westover side of Arlington. I've taken out of town guests here and they rave over the friendly staff, family atmosphere, mouth watering food and of course, the beer.
Definitely go see about The Garden - you'll thank me later. (409 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Westover Market is both a beer store and a Beer Haus & Garden. To be fair, each should be evaluated separately. I will my best to discuss both in this review.

A
Store - I personally like the atmosphere. Laid back. A big focus on the beer. Others may say the store messy. I don't.
Beer Haus - Small and quaint. Once again focused on the beer.

Q
Store - I am always weary of a beers age in the store, especially with the singles. If the beer does not have a "bottled on date" I am typically hesitant to buy. Some of the coolers aren't so cold, but not much worry there. The beer is not hot and then I go back to the bottle on date.
Beer Haus - No worries here. They typically serve in an appropriate glass inside. Outside will be a plastic cup.
I give the place an average rating because of the age and potential storage issues. Just remember, buyer beware in the store.

S
Store - Almost non-existant at the Wall of Beer. I guess because the guys that know the beer are working in the Haus.
Beer Haus - Good. No complaints. David, Drew and others are very friendly. Remember that you can sit inside and still go outside to get a beer and they charge it direct to your tab inside. Easy accomodation, but somewhat unexpected.
Once again, the store pulls down the overall rating here.

S
Store - Excellent selection. A huge variety of six packs. Singles pulled from sixers. And large format bottles. Greater focus on domestic beers, but there are plenty of Belgian and English available.
Beer Haus - Six to eight on tap inside. Five to six on tap outside. Always varying. Regular tap takeovers. I always find two or three beers I want to drink when I visit.

F - Food is hit or miss. There are some great items on the menu (some specials, the burgers, the bolgogi), but other stuff like the pulled pork and the chili have been extremely disapointing.

V
Store - The store can be more expensive than other nearby establishments such as Lost Dog or Arrow Wine. I recognize that and never buy too much of a special item. Only enough to satisfy. But you can typically save $2/$3 on a bomber (e.g. Bruery) if you go someplace else.
Beer Haus - Standard bar prices for craft beer. Food is not expensive but you must weight that against the quality. (2,241 characters)

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Westover Market in Arlington, VA
91 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.