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Village Draft House

Not Rated.
Village Draft HouseVillage Draft House
BA SCORE
88
very good

25 Ratings
Ratings: 25
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.23%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask:
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

428 Daniels Street
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27605
United States
phone: (919) 833-1373

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Reviews by slowbie:
Photo of slowbie
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%

My review score may end up looking a little harsh, but I am comparing this place to other places that have a large number of taps.

The atmosphere in this place pretty good. The decor is generic sports bar (not what you'd expect given where it is) but the crowd always has a few families and is pretty quiet, which is nice. There are a few huge TVs on the wall that always have the sound off, so if you want to watch a game you could do it here.

My biggest disappointment in this place is that it has the smallest tap list I've ever seen from a bar with over 50 taps. 99 taps sounds like a lot, but then you subtract out 4 BMCs, 5 Euro pale lagers or other near BMCs, and 4 golden ales. And that's not even mentioning the beers like Guinness Draught, Murphy's, Blue Moon, Pyramid Haywire Hefeweizen, and Magic Hat #9. I'm not saying that all of the above are bad beers, it just seems that their 99 taps are dominated by widely distributed beers that are easy to find on tap other places.

You just have to look at the menu to know not to expect much from the wait staff's beer knowledge. For example, the section labeled "Pilsners and Lagers" currently includes a kolsch-style. They have one category just called "Ales" which apparently means that they don't know what those beers are because it includes everything from scotch ales to IPAs, even though they have a separate "IPAs and ESBs" category (which is a strange combination in and of itself if you ask me, especially since Fullers ESB is the only ESB I've seen in there).

And my experience with the waitstaff has only encouraged my view that they're not that great with beer knowledge. When asked for recommendations about this vs. that they usually get pretty confused. I also once had to order three different beers because they were out of my first two choices.

And for my final complaint, the food is decent but not that good. Most of what I have gotten has been a bit too dry and bland. Also, I hate char-grilled burgers but that's what they do, so that's part of the problem.

I'm not all negative about this place, I just feel like a place with 99 taps should be much better. If you're looking for the best options, go to the Flying Saucer. However, it's not like I struggle to find a beer I even like when I'm at the Village Draft, I just have gone in there hoping for a nice ___ and have been unable to find a good beer in the style they offer. The prices are good though.

slowbie, Jan 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

dmwcpa, Jul 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

woodchip, Jun 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

dbrauneis, Jun 17, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

RyanAU, Jun 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Packlifenc, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of RWLawman
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%

A - Solid atmosphere. A little old fashioned, but nice.

Q - Overall, pretty decent quality.

S - Pretty good service. The waitress was able to get a little bit of Creme Brulee out of the tap even though they were sold out. She knew I was dying to try it, so she got two sample glasses full of it and brought them out. Otherwise, it took a little while for her to come back around.

Se - Awesome selection. Plenty of beers to choose from.

F - Food is great for a bar. Not much of a selection though.

V - Reasonable prices.

RWLawman, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of BeerNoobNC
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%

The food here is pretty good, especially compared to what a typical bar would offer. However, in terms of beer, this place is disappointing. They offer a "99 Tap Challenge" in which they challenge customers to find a place with more taps than them, but they often are out of the taps they promise to have. The last time I went, I ended up settling for my third choice, something I had already had several times, when I was hoping to try something new. I didn't even try to order a second beer for this reason. If you want a good place to go for food that offers a decent selection of beer, I recommend coming at a time that is not normal meal hours (to beat the crowd). If you expect a good beer selection, you will be disappointed though.

BeerNoobNC, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%

My friends and I go here often on Wednesday nights for pint night when most of their drafts are around $3.50. The atmosphere is light but noisy, and it gets pretty busy during meal times and into the evening. The bar area is rather large with booth, table, and bar seating. The dining room is in a separate room. The tap list is extensive. They have a very good selection of craft beer and local offerings though about 20% of their taps are taken up by Macrobreweries and ciders. The last time I was in I had a Skull Coast Maelstrom IPA, Stone Arrogant Bastard, Founders Dirty Bastard, and a Fuller's ESB. The food is also pretty good. They have a decent selection of pub grub and decent meal selections. My wife and I often get the deep fried artichokes with homemade aioli, and I'll usually get a burger and fries while she likes the shrimp quesadillas. My wife and I and our friends often have a great time here.

There are only three drawbacks. First, with such a large draft list I'm not sure how often the lines are cleaned. Second, the draft list is hardly ever up to date so seasonals and new offerings on draft have to be sought out. I've sometimes had to go to my third or fourth choice on the menu before I found a beer that was actually available. Finally, when the bar area gets busy, you may find yourself waiting a little longer for service.

Overall, a great place with good beer, good food, and at a good price.

tdm168, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

A- The atmosphere is really nothing special. There isn't anything that is particularly inviting about the place, but I suppose the decor and such is nice enough.
Q- Beer came full and cold. Food was warm. All in all a quality experience consumer-wise.
Ser- Service is generally slow but friendly and helpful.
Sel- Plenty of taps and I must give extra credit for the number of local/North Carolina beers they have on tap.
F- Food was tasty enough, though nothing memorable necessarily.
All in all a decent place to get a beer and have a bite to eat.

jsprain1, May 27, 2011
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Village Draft House in Raleigh, NC
88 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.