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Rivermill Map Company

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Rivermill Map CompanyRivermill Map Company
BA SCORE
88
very good

19 Ratings
Ratings: 19
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: n/a
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[ Bar, Eatery ]

212 Draper Rd.
Blacksburg, Virginia, 24060
United States
phone: (540) 951-2483

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vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Rivermill has some great beers in bottles and on taps. It is the only place I've found Newcastle Werewolf on tap. The price is a little high for the most part, like paying 6 dollars for a pint of Guinness is a bit much for the area but overall it is nice. Everyone who works there is nice and friendly, they have a good selection and some nice rotating taps and good stuff coming in year round. Only been here a few times and have enjoyed it for the most part. Depending on the time of day and the day of the week changes the atmosphere a lot, some days its more of a towny/professor crowd but on the weekends it fills up with students. Overall its a good place to stop and have a beer.

Edit: Monday-Wednesday is their beer nights, almost everything on tap is 3 bucks, and with their great selection thats quite a deal.

Photo of kels
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is the first place I had a good beer when I moved to Blacksburg (outside of my apartment, of course).

Atmosphere: Depends when you go. This place is on a side street that literally borders VT's campus. In the afternoon or in the summer it isn't too bad, but any weekend night or game day it is crazy full of college students. It just depends on what is comfortable for you. I think I'd rate the atmosphere higher if it weren't for all the smoke, too. They've got darts and pool and TVs and the whole place has this great worn-in feeling with rough wooden floors, dim lighting and a well-worn bar.

Quality: Eh, it's pretty straightforward. I give it average because at least they give you a pint with your bottled beers without making a face.

Service: I've always had friendly service at Rivermill, but I can't say a whole lot more. You place all your orders at the bar (no biggie), so that can sometimes mean a wait to get to the front of the line. The bartenders don't seem terribly knowledgeable about the beers, but that's okay for me.

Selection: For a metropolis, this selection would be average. For Blacksburg, it's up there with the best you can get. They always have Stone IPA on tap, and last time I was in they also had Rogue Dead Guy, BBC Jefferson Reserve, SNPA and Shooting Creek (local) Rebel Ale. They have tons more taps, but many of them are unfortunately devoted to macros and what I consider middle-of-the road beers like Smithwicks, Blue Moon and the like. The bottle selection is really solid, too. I've had everything from Old Rasputin to Smuttynose IPA to Unibroue La Fin du Monde here.

Food: If you are a fan of greasy bar food, this is the place for you. They have tons of different burgers, including veggie and turkey, and they recommend a side of tater tots to go with.

Value: Excellent - Wednesday (I think) is pint night, and beers are something like $2, even the good ones. Food isn't pricey either for all you get.

Overall, this can be a really chill place to have a good beer and good, greasy food with friends. It just depends on the night. IMO, if you get there and it's packed, sit at the bar for the best service and least intrusions from the crowd.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This is a great spot for anybody seeking a wide variety of beers both on tap and in bottles. It is the only place in Blacksburg I have seen Roxy Rolles, Allagash White, and several other micros/imports on tap. The beer prices are very reasonable as well...it'll be hard to find a beer over $5 there. If I had to guess I would say there was about 20 taps and over 50 different beers in bottle. I never waited for more than 20 seconds for a beer when I walked up to the bar and the atmosphere is very nice. I just wish it was a little bit bigger so it could accommodate more people. I would definitely recommend it to everybody.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

On a trip to Blacksburg (for Vintage Cellar, of course!) we stopped here for a drink after lunch elsewhere. The guys at Vintage Cellar told us this was a good spot. And it was. Not incredible, but certainly something for every beer taste. Next to the usual Miller and Bud offerings they had taps of Smuttynose IPA, Lindemans Pomme, Magic Hat #9, Rogue Dead Guy Ale, and a few others. Lots of common stuff, but just a notch above the typical. We went for the Smutty IPA and Pomme, and didn't regret it. Bottle selection is quite good, with various offerings from Dogfish Head, Magic Hat, Rogue, Smuttynose, Pinkus (German organic) and even Hop-ocalypse, which isn't as great as the name, but it's rarely spotted, so that's cool.

Service was good, lively and quick. Atmosphere...well, it's dark and dingy. The wood and bar have that sticky soaked-in-decades-of-smoke sort of thing going on. We were glad we went in the afternoon, when the smoke was almost nil. But, having a preference for dark spots over overlit ones, this was cool.

Didn't try the food. But again, the Smutty IPA on tap was phenomenal, and the Lindemans Pomme nicely offset that. Check it out if you're in the area.

Photo of AndIWantYou
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Ahh, the Rivermill. You can't beat Wednesday nights: $1 and $2 Pint Night. Everything worth drinking (except Corsendonk) is $2, and we're talking New River Pale Ale, a couple of Flying Dogs, the occasional Abita, Blue Moon, and other mid- to high-level beers. $4/$8 pitchers if you want to include your friends in the revelry. Within 45 minutes of Pint Night's beginning at 7:00, they'll be serving from plastic cups--get there early if that bothers you. Darts and pool can be hard to access if you wait too late, but get there by about 9:00 even on weekends and they're yours for the taking.

Service pretty much sucks, but that's the case in all the bars in Blacksburg save The Underground. You stand in line at the register like a good little table-sitter and the damn bartenders get the guy who just showed up 10 feet down the bar first! I guess I should get smart and be that guy, but when there's a line almost back to the bouncer, I feel like I should do the right thing (and that the bartenders should too...)

The food's decent as well. Try some buffalo chili, nachos, or cheese fries; vegetarians might like the bean burgers or veggie burgers. The decor is really awesome (well, I'm a bit of a map nerd in some ways), and the crowd is generally friendly to all comers: geeks, fratties, older/non-students, townies, and more seem to mingle freely here.

There are better Friday and Saturday night bars, but definitely hit Pint Night from 7-9pm on Wednesday. You can afford it =)

Photo of MSchae1017
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Rivermill was situated at the corner of College Avenue and Draper St. rigth off of Virginia Tech's Campus. I entered around 5-5:30 on Thursday Evening before the Clemson - Virginia Tech game. The bar was fairly crowded as it was gameday, but I got the impression that It was one of the least crowded bars in the area. It was seat yourself so we waited for a booth and grabed it, a waitress came by shortly to clean the table. There were a few booths along the front window with a few table around the front room with some pools tables in the back. There were also a couple of TVs around and it is clear that this serves as a sports bar. The place was also decorated for halloween which was 5 days away. Food and drinks had to be ordered at the bar. They would give you your drink right away and you would just point to where your seat was so they could bring you the food. They had about 25 taps with your typical BMC, bass, yuengling, guinness, etc. Some of the better selections were SNPA, Magic Hat #9, Brooklyn Lager, some micro pale that I didnt get to find out what it was, and Flying Dog Road Dog. The bottle selections was decent as well with about another 30 beers. I had a 60 minute IPA and a '06.-'07 Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. My biggest complaint about the staff was that I asked the bartender what type of beer the Magic Hat #9 was (we dont have magic hat in SC and without BA I couldn't for the life of me remember what it was) and she told me, "its and Ale." Some guys at the bar (one who seemed to know about beer and the other who seemed like he was being taught about it) told me "its not an ale but its like...uh..like a step up from that." Well as you all know it is a blueberry beer and well I had to get a friend to help me put that down. As far as food goes, they have an array of sandwiches and burgers as well as apetizers and some tex-mex food. I opted for the blue sandwich which was a blue cheese roast beef sandwich which I enjoyed. The sandwhich ran about $5 while the 4 beers I had (BBC Stout bottle, 60 minute bottle, 20 oz Road Dog on Tap and 20 oz Magic Hat on Tap) cost about 14 total, so not too bad. Anyways the guys over at Vintage Cellar said that this place was the best beer selection in town so if you head up there for a game or something, It wouldn't be a bad option to stop by.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.86/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

The Rivermill Map Company is just a block from The Cellar in Blacksburg and not on the main drag. I walked in and while the place was clean, it seemed dingy to me.

Anyway, there are many taps, some crap, some good selections, nothing to go crazy about. The only higher alcohol beer I saw was in the cold case and that was a Paulaner Salvator. The selections in the cold case were all well laid out and I did not see any old seasonals hanging around.

The selection on tap could be better. All the beers were served in nonics that I saw coming off the tap. You got a regular pint glass if you were getting a pitcher of beer. The price was right too, $2.25 for a nonic of Tupper's Pils is a steal. It kinda breaks your heart to see the BMCs rolling out in the nonics however.

I did not try the food, so I cannot comment there, but if I was in search of a place to wet my whistle I would certainly go back. The service was quick and attentive.

Photo of JISurfer
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

The first bar I went into in B'Burg. Now, it's my waterin' hole. Very nice selection, especially with the local brews. Had something like 20+ beers on tap, and most of them were good ones too, not the usual crap, ie Bud, Bud Light, etc... Also had a wide variety of good imports in the bottles. Cool place to go sit and people watch, hang with your "crew", pick up some VT chicks, or play some pool. It's my shining light in a otherwise dull, depressing town. Thank God I ventured to try it out!

Photo of TinusTime
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 1.5

Finally got to go to this place for the first time when i went down to visit people in Blacksburg. The inside is kinda well not kinda it is a dive. Booths along the side and some stools at the bar other than that its fairly open in the middle. There are a couple of pool tables and dart boards and 4 or 5 televisions with various sporting events on. The beer selection on tap is quite nice. A couple of Macros, but they also have a nice selection of micros and imports. I saw they had SNPA, two Blacksburg Brewing Company beers, Weeping Radish Fest, New River Pale, Tuppers, and a few others that i cant remember at this time. The atmosphere is very very laid backwith a bit of bohiemian crunchyness. The food i didnt try but it didnt look like much of a selection and i was warned off it by my friend. Before during and after football games the place gets packed.
Overall if it had better food it would give the Cellar a run for its money as the place to drink in Blacksburg.

Photo of kevinl6
2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2

We left The Cellar (see my review) to try out this place, which is within easy walking distance. Rolled in at about 3:00 on a Saturday and sat at the bar. A fairly large place, with a nice atmosphere....my hopes were high. I don't know if we came at a bad time, but they had a very minimal selection on tap, and an even poorer bottle selection. We received average service at best, considering there wasn't many people in there. I had a Sierra Nevada Pale ale which was easily the best choice given what they had to offer. I thought The Cellar was a much better place to belly up and enjoy a fine brew.

Photo of dmarch
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Believe it or not, I came here to study with my classmates during weeknights. On Friday and Saturday nights it gets a little too crowded for me though.It's not been taken over by the fraternity crowd like most other bars in town, which is why I think I was attracted to it. Good beer selection, Sierra Nevada or Rogue Dead Guy on tap for me and PBR for everyone else. They also have an extensive bottled selection which unfortunately does not have any Unibroue products. I was misled by the Unibroue advertisements on the walls in back. Pool tables, darts, good music. It's what a bar should be.

Photo of Murph
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This is one of my favorite bars. They have about 15-20 drafts. Everything from macros to Franziskaner Hefe. Plus they have about 45 or so different bottles. Macros, micros, craft, and imports. The only place I know of that serves Harpoon in Southwest Virginia. The bartenders are always very friendly and helpful. What they have for food (limited to burgers, sandwiches, tacos, etc.) they do very well. Would get a higher rating here but the selection is somewhat small. Darts, pool, lots of TV's and plenty of tables for whatever you prefer to do while in the bar. An all around great place to drink.

Edit: The selection has dwindled a bit from what it once was, but is still pretty decent for southwest Virginia and the bartending isn't what it used to be.

Rivermill Map Company in Blacksburg, VA
88 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.