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Taps: 30 / Bottles: 24
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
95
world-class

14 Ratings
Ratings: 14
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 7.87%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

54 East Washington
Petaluma, California, 94952
United States
phone: (707) 763-6700

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @petalumataps

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(Place added by: mjl21 on 09-26-2009)
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heytomcat

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Went here while attending a wedding in NoCal. Cool little place in a very groovy downtown section of Petaluma. Luckily, wasn't very crowded when I was there so I found a spot at the bar. I basically gave this place 4's all around because I just had a couple of beers then I left. The selection of tap beers was outstanding. It looked like the kind of place that probably gets real crowded on the weekends.

08-28-2013 03:11:49 | More by heytomcat
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Offa

California

4.36/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

This is an excellent beer place, one of the best in Sonoma County.

I like the atmosphere but this is in large part due to the actual location and building. It's in the downstairs of the historic 1920s Hotel Petaluma in a portion that at one points was an Elks lodge or something like that, but has gone through various uses, including some restaurants, over the decades. It has a bar area in front and in back a fairly cavernous dining hall area that would be rather stark were it not for the ornate original ceiling and the lovely windows (they offer no view, since they are high up and look onto the opposite wall of the building, but they are themselves lovely windows fitting the pseudo Mission-Revival decor of the place). The front is more closed in and low, the back open and tall, giving a nice range. Since the place is often fairly busy, this gives a fairly good feel and experience, but it does have drbacks of making the front cramped and the back part is somewhat cavernous. It is located on the edge of downtown Petaluma, a great location. The crowd has gotten louder, roughy, and ruder as time has gone on. With the cramped front part and the cavernous back part, this has greatly reduced the vibe.

The beer quality and selection are overall excellent. There is a great range of micro brews, especially, quite varied and with some great quality amongst them. They also have a rotating cask selection. It's a great place for local, especially Petaluma, nano-brews as well. The main weak point beer-wise is the relative lack of any good imports.

Service generally seems very good, sometimes excellent.

Food is excellent, with a nice range and great quality.

05-09-2013 20:24:11 | More by Offa
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Dakotah

California

4.66/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5 | $$

I'll start by saying I've been a fan of this place since they opened, and now and am even more frequent because it's within stumbling distance of my new place..

A- The place is basically a dungeon, but for this type of establishment, it totally works.. part sports bar, part gastro-pub, all good. A little busy ALL of the time, but everyone from the staff to patrons seem friendly. Cozy bar with plenty of TVs, and tables or family style tables to sit and eat with groups.

Q- A freaking Plus. as others mentioned I have never seen Russian River on tap, but the brewery itself is 30mins north, take a drive.

S- this is where is can be slightly lacking, but hey, the place is always packed.. only gripe on the S is the fact that the Sunday brunch can sell out well before noon..

S- ever-rotating "Towers" of beer, always a great selection with a lot of variety, and a lot of random one-off local kegs run through.

F- food here is terrific. If you can catch the Sunday brunch, do it. they have great, creative hot dogs, and what I would call the best burgers in the Petaluma.

V- great beer, knowledgeable staff, plenty of good beer to choose from, for a beer lover, can't beat the value.

05-06-2013 06:17:27 | More by Dakotah
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avaldivia

California

4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

This is the place I go to on my way home from work. I first heard about this place at work but never went because I thought driving for half an hour to a bar may be a bit much. Then I went and realized it was totally worth it.Thankfully I now live 10 minutes away and this place is on my way home from work.

It is fairly small with a few tables and a bar that sits about a 20 people, maybe a few less. Go here on a busy Saturday night, you will easily be waiting for a table for 20 minutes or more.

I have never had an issue with dirty tap lines which is something I worry about in bars that have a large selection of taps.

The selection is awesome. They have brewery nights where they have a bunch of taps dedicated to a particular brewery. This is how I got The Abyss on tap just last week. Some of the taps rotate frequently but a lot stay the same. The only problem with this place is that I have never seen any Russian River brews here.

Food is good, typical bar fair. Good hot dogs and burgers. Great fries. Everything is kind of heavy. I do wish at times they had lighter options. Come in on Thursday night and they have a cool special menu.

Definitely a place to check out if in the North Bay.

07-27-2011 16:45:16 | More by avaldivia
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100floods

California

4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

As mentioned before the worst part about this place is seating. You walk in to the averaged sized room to see all the tables full and the bar stools claimed for. In the back is another, larger room that could easily be filled with every growing crowd of waiting guests, but I think they reserve that for private parties. Sometimes a waiter/ess will approach you and tell you waiting for a seat won't be too long, which is usually true. They certainly don't hesitate to take your beer order. The tap menu is pretty good. Lots of California breweries and a good handful of Belgians. Like any good bar, the tap list rotates often, which the occasional staples. I was surprised to see no Russian River on tap, but they seem to be everywhere in Northern California, and it's not like I couldn't get another good beer.
This is great place to watch sports. 6 screens, usually mostly Giants games (and recently lots of hockey, huge Sharks following up in Sonoma). The crowd up there loves their sports.
The wait staff is hit and miss, mostly miss. No one there is rude, just lacking in personality, but the nice wait staff totally make up for it.
The menu would appear at first to be your typical bar menu, but everything has a little twist. Burgers with goat cheese, capers and arugala? Yes please! In stead of fries on the side, they have a section of the menu devoted to several types of fries, yum!
Overall this place is pretty awesome and one of the highlights during my visits to see my girlfriend. A dinner for two can easily run you $50, with tip, but it's totally worth it.

06-22-2011 00:14:50 | More by 100floods
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BigB415

California

5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $

The only complaint I have about TAPS is the sitting. It is a small room with just a long bar and tv's so when it gets packed you have to wait for a seat(went there on a wednesday night last week and had to stand for a half hour to get a table). Other than that everything else is perfect. The drinks are inexpensive($5 dollars for a pint of 2009 Bigfoot) food is great(speciality hotdogs, sandwiches, great fries, etc) and great beer line up. Over 15 on tap out front, more in the back I believe(I could be wrong) and a bunch in bottles(all craft beer, I didn't see any BMC). Waiters and waitresses are very friendly and so are the bartenders. The restaurant is in the old petaluma hotel so when you go to the bathroom you walk out of the restaurant into a grand ballroom and follow it to the end for the bathrooms/kitchen. The sitting situation the way it is I wonder why they don't expand the sitting out into the ballroom. Maybe they use that area for parties I'm not sure. This place is a must for beer lover and food lover a like. It is located right in downtown and parking is easy to find and free. They also have speciality nights like wing it wednesday(50 cents a wing) and pitcher night(discounts on pitchers)

02-01-2011 01:05:03 | More by BigB415
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plaid75

New York

4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Located on a street perpendicular to the main drag of Petaluma.

Upon entering there is a step down into a large open floor plan. There were about fifteen tables all pointed toward a row of televisions above the bar. I liked this concept as it felt very unifying especially as Giants fans watched their team advance to the NLCS.

The bar was rather long with seating for approximately fifteen. There were approximately 20 or so draft selection all conveniently docketed on a large chalkboard. The selection featured a wide range of regional selections as well as east coast favorites and specialty imports.

The food menu was concise and featured a few delicious hit dig selections. The wait staffwas extremely friendly as well.

The building that houses the bar is huge and on your way to the bathrooms you are directed through a cavernous bingo style hall.

01-22-2011 02:44:27 | More by plaid75
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IRONRakkasan

California

4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Ever since this place opened up, its been hopping (pun also intended). Most nights I walk by its nearly standing room only.

The selection is great, with a mix of house, imported, and local brews, that are rotated often. The staff know their beer too.

I can't speak for the food as I haven't tried it. That said, whatever food they do have seems an after thought as beer is definitely the focus.

Petaluma has some fun places to drink beer, but this one takes the cake. Glad to see something other then typical pub beers and American mass produced swill.

Glad to see this place open and successfull. If they stay on track, they'll be around for a long time.

Check it out!

12-06-2010 06:55:48 | More by IRONRakkasan
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willjschmidt

California

4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

A craft beer oriented bar located in downtown Petaluma. They have about 30 beers on tap, all craft and imports. They have a long bar with about 15 seats at it. There are also about a dozen tables. The quality and selection if very good. I had a Deschutes Hop Trip and a Blind Pig. Prices are reasonable, $5.50 for those two beers. The pours were excellent, for those two beers they used imperial pint glasses. Prices go up and pour size goes down for higher alcohol beers and "rare" beers. One warning, they are not currently updating their website beer list on a regular basis. The list currently on their website looks nothing like their actual beer list. However, they do seem to rotate their beers quite a bit. Service was fine but not anything outstanding. I did not sample the food but it the menu consisted of hot dogs, sandwiches, and wings.

11-15-2010 19:27:52 | More by willjschmidt
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juhl31

California

3.85/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

whatever the review grade, so glad this place opened and will continue to go here and hope it keeps getting better!

-atmosphere is decent, but i feel they missed on some really crucial spots...the lighting could be dimmer, the tv placement could be better, the chalkboards could be bigger (at least they got away from the paper menus though), could not have reggae on tuesday nights. not horrible, but plenty of room for improvements

-service is pretty solid, but sometimes are a bit understafffed whcih is a bummer

-the selection is starting to get pretty darn good. has continued to improve and improve and has gotten all the need to get stuff like abyss and black xantus and life and limb.

-food is pretty good for what it is, hopefully the menu will keep getting bigger

-totally reasonable prices, i pay pretty much the right price that i should on all beers. the food is a touch pricey though for what it is

12-23-2009 01:00:19 | More by juhl31
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Taps in Petaluma, CA
95 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.