Taps: 10 / Bottles: 80
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Huhzubendah:
District of Columbia
3.98/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
Located in wonderful Old Town, Alexandria. Next door to one of our favorite local sushi restaurants, we occasionally stop in Bilbo Baggins for a pint, and even had dinner there once or twice.
The bar has ten taps, including German and Belgian (often Chimay and Aventinus) offerings, as well as American craft brews (often Bell's and Rogue, among others). The bar area is quaint, and the vibe is very relaxed. The staff is friendly and service is prompt. The bar also has a fireplace, which is especially inviting during the winter months. The drafts don't rotate too much, as over the years I repeatedly see the same brews on draft.
My biggest complaint about Bilgo Baggins is the ridiculous price one has to pay to get a pint of beer. Considering that most, possibly all, of their beers are available at a store in the very same town for a fraction of the price, it's hard to justify spending that much money just so I can grab a beer and relax for a while.
Overall, a cozy place, and worth visiting if you're in the area. Just be prepared to shell out a few more dollars than you may be accustomed to.
04-02-2011 02:27:05 | More by Huhzubendah
More User Reviews:
4.89/5 rDev +21.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Ok, so I'm a new guy. I found this place because of BA and found it to be just what I was looking for. The family was tired from touring DC so I went for a walk. I had speckled hen and PranOster Golden Ale from North Coast Brewing. The onion soup gratin was a great compliment.
07-07-2013 01:51:21 | More by Smeth
4.54/5 rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$$
One of my favorites, I especially like the brunch on Sunday.
The good: The draft selection, while small, is always quality and diverse and it is rarely the same stuff. While I usually go for the food, the one time I went to the bar, the bartender quickly offered tasters of beers I was interested in but not sure about committing to a full pint. The food has always been very good, both the brunch items and the regular menu. I've never been disappointed by any of the food I or anyone I've eaten with has been served. They also seem to pay attention to which menu items sell and are liked and tweak accordingly.
The bad: It is a bit expensive. I wouldn't mind this but sometimes the service is a bit slow, both in taking orders and delivery of ordered items. Never terribly absent, but more along the lines of beginning to wonder if they're coming back. At which point they do and all is well. And these are really minor quibbles in the overall feeling of enjoyment from the great food and beer.
04-19-2013 08:17:14 | More by delta490
3.56/5 rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 1.25 | $$$
The bar area is very cramped, but there are eating areas that are much bigger than it appears from the outside. The place looks ramshackle, but in a very classy way. Everything is new or nicely redone, from the bar to the tables. It feels like something that would be in the Lord of the Rings, but nice.
The staff is very knowledge and attentive.
The draft menu is small, but very high quality. They also have a nice sample option. The bottle menu is large and quality. The prices are on the higher end for both.
The bar drinks are expensive but high quality, and include invented LOTR themed drinks which are fun.
The food is high quality, even the burgers and fries are great.
You will end up spending $50 to 60 per person, but you will feel like you had great food and drink in a nice place with great service.
Updated August 2013. Alexandria had their week, $35 for a three course meal. Terrible food. Dried, ill spiced, nasty. Worst food I have had since moving to Northern Virgina. Yuck. Do not eat here. The burgers a year ago were good, this was terrible.
01-20-2013 18:56:00 | More by TheFunGuy
4/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Bilbo Baggins is kind of aptly named. The bar that I sat in was tucked away a little bit from everything else. Nice quiet, fairly secluded vibe in this place. You almost forget you're in Washington DC until you step back outside. The quality of brews has been pretty good the couple of times I've been there. They usually have a decent selection- including a couple Belgian brews on draft. Service has been decent. The bartenders haven't really known much about craft beer, and any questions I've asked have been answered w/ blank stares. Still, the service has been good. The food is definitely better than the standard bar food you would run into. The times I've been there, it's been a cut above. The main complaint I have about Bilbo Baggins is that the beer is too expensive for what you get. Knock a couple bucks off, and it would be more in line with what I would expect in the DC metro area.
07-22-2011 00:46:10 | More by jayhawk73
4.13/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I was born and raised in Alexandria. I had been to this place a few times growing up before I could drink and don't remember a whole lot about it other than the food was ok. A friend of mine used to work here so we went here a handful of times for drinks and it was a very good time. The bar is small but it fits the personality of the place well. The atmosphere is good and the bartenders are great. Incredibly friendly and great service. Honestly to me that's half the reason to go to this place, but that could also be because I went with people that knew them. The selection is fairly good and they keep some local stuff on tap regularly. Things are priced reasonable for the area. It's expensive but for Old Town it's pretty good, especially since you're getting craft beer not typical stuff. I went back here for dinner after being at the bar a few times and the food was good, nothing amazing but good. One of the better bars in my opinion in Old Town, especially if you're looking for a low key night.
07-20-2011 13:50:43 | More by whrice
Bilbo Baggins in Alexandria, VA
90 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.