Westover Market

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Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

5863 N Washington Blvd
Arlington, Virginia, 22205-2923
United States

(703) 536-5040 | map
westovermarket.com

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Added by HopHeed2113 on 06-29-2008

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
57
pDev:
17.44%
 
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Photo of MattWes
5/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

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Photo of alevaza
5/5  rDev +22.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is one of the few places in the Arlington area with some actual character, its eclectic and unique; I find it a refreshing alternative to the Ballston/Clarendon scene and appreciate its laid-back, unpretentious vibe. It has become my favorite hang out in Northern VA since I discovered it two years ago. On summer nights, I love to sit on the patio under lighted trees sipping a beer. In winter, I’ve roasted marshmallows and made smores by the fire. They support local music, you can watch sports on the outdoor TVs, they actually have really good food! the friendliest crowd I’ve ever come across…and an awesome beer selection both at the beer garden/haus and the market. I’m a fan.

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Photo of nonagon
5/5  rDev +22.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I'm pretty sure Westover Market offers Arlington's largest beer selection. The back wall of the grocery store and much of the two adjacent walls are devoted to beer. Besides the store, there is the Beer Garden outside and the new Beer Haus restaurant/bar inside the store. Both are great places to hang out with friends. The outside has a rolling bar with five rotating taps and the bar inside has ten taps (I think). There are TVs for watching sports both in and outside. Devin, the manager, is a hophead and maintains an exceptional and unique selection. The friendly staff are also beer lovers and know their stuff. Even if you aren't local it's worth checking out. I live in the neighborhood and appreciate that I can walk there.

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Photo of moondogzane
5/5  rDev +22.9%

One of my go-tos when I want to just browse as I know I am going to come away with something I haven't had before. They have upped the ante in the last two years and claim to have over 850 beers - I haven't counted but they certainly have a fairly enormous selection. Biergarten outside is very relaxed and there are 5-6 taps that seem to rotate with some frequency. Live music used to go on here as well (smaller acts to keep with the relaxed vibe) but some in the neighborhood complained (they have a petition to get it reinstated). I know there are tastings (haven't made it to one yet) but based on the list of previous tastings and the fact they occur in the produce/beer section of the grocery store, how can you go wrong? Family-owned, and both sons are really involved with expanding and rotating the selection.

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Photo of sonnydeezy
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of ChrisB
5/5  rDev +22.9%

The Westover Market (and Beer Garden) is easily the best place to go in the Washington DC are for craft beer. Westover has 3 things going for it: great selection of bottled beer, a very diverse selection of beer on tap (after 5pm) and a friendly/neighborhood feel to the place. If you know of a beer that they don't have, Devon will get it for you. They have over 700 varieties including most of the best American craft beers in bottles so chances are that they have what you are looking for. I go there to try the different beers on tap in their outdoor beer garden. We all know that drinking beer outside is the best way to enjoy a beverage and Westover is the place to do just that. With the nice shade of the trees in the summer while enjoying the friendly vibe of the neighborhood or the roaring fire pits to ward off the chill of the late Fall/Winter evenings, you can not beat the atmosphere. The mix of local live music is the cherry on top. In addition to the amazing selection of beer and atmosphere, the staff lead by Devon (who is brains behind the beer selection) is friendly and makes you feel at home. This is truly like the TV bar Cheers where everyone knows your name. Check out the Westover Market and Beer Garden and you will walk away with the beer you want and a desire to come back soon.

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Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
4.81/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of razorsdescent
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of Applesauce1
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%

I just moved to Arlington in April 2008. After spending about a month buying beers from Harris Teeter and Whole Foods, I discovered this gem. The Westover Market is small grocery store with a great selection of beer. The entire back wall is filled with beer. Some breweries include: Stone, Rogue, Troegs, Ballast Point, Sam Adams, Victory, Bell's, New Holland, Kona, Speakeasy....and the list goes on and on. I'm really impressed with the selection of West Coast beers here. You can also make your own six pack from a few select beers. Bombers are available from a variety of breweries too. Service is great...people here are nice and knowledgable, but not pushy. Overall, I'd say the best place in Northern Virginia for good beer.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%

I moved into the Westover Apartments in fall of 2009 and immediately fell in love with this place. The beer selection, which has been increasing since I moved in, is now (I believe) touted as 750+

The selection is impressive, everything from the standard American beers to upper scale beers. Devin, who is in charge of the beer, is always friendly and helpful and often willing to order beers that they don't generally stock.

The beer garden which has been constantly expanded over the past year is, I believe, finally in it's final form is fantastic. Food is available from the deli, as well as from the Eco-friendly butcher which is also located in the market. They have six rotating beers on tap, so every night you go it's likely to be different. They always offer seasonal beers on tap: pumpkin ales in the fall, Delirium Noel last Christmas. It's family and kid friendly. They have free tastings a couple of times a month, live music regularly and good beer all the time.

If and when I leave the Arlington area this will be one of the spots that it'll break my heart to leave.

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Photo of guild337
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%

This great little community grocery store isn't the kind of place I would expect to find a huge selection of microbrews, imports, and rarities...but that is exactly what you get from The Westover Market. It was initially recomended to me by a co-worker who lives down the street on Washington. I took their advice and was pleasantly suprised to see the famous "Wall of Beer" as I walked in.

The prices of items here range from the normal retail price, to the extreme for rarities. Such as the Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest I saw for $40.00. Just be wary, and you can find some real jems in here for a resonable price. The owners can be found in there most of the time, and are happy to answer any questions you may have. A great little local store. I am always happy to help support a local buisness, especially when that local business has a fantastic beer selection! Oh, and they have lots of kegs too.

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Photo of mrobe000
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%

Any beer geek walking into this unassuming store should become giddy at the first sight of the massive beer wall. Incredible selection. Best in the area, hands down. They also have beer tastings regularly and a nice beer garden outside for the warmer weather. The service was friendly, and my friend and I happened to meet their distributor while we were there. It was nice to be able to get some view as to what Westover will be getting in the near future.

Biggest gripe - they are one of the only games in town, and they know it. Expect to pay for the more rare beers.

Overall, though, I wouldn't let slightly above average prices scare you away from this place.

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Photo of TaiPan
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

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Photo of eljefe21
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

A small neighborhood grocery store with a nice beer selection. Bombers to the right as you head towards the Wall of Beer from the entrance. Domestic/English 6'ers in the middle and Belgium/German/foreign 4/6 packs to the left.

Prices are reasonable (maybe a little high) with the exception of some rare items which are a bit out of whack. Buy 2 4/6 packs and get a $1 off. Also you can make your own 6-pack with some selected beers. They seem to have a decent selection of kegs available, though I've never gotten one and don't know how well they're priced.

First Friday of every month is a free beer/wine tasting. I've been to tastings featuring Dogfish Head, Bells, Troegs, St George, and a bunch of others. From time-to-time they'll have a Belgium distributor at the tastings and he'll crack open some Rochefort, Unibroue, and other good stuff. There's also music at the tastings, and in warm weather, the bands play outdoors in a tree lined walkway. After a tasting, there are 4 decent restaurants across the street that you can grab dinner at if you like.

If you want to talk beer with the staff, you want to talk to Devin. He's the guy running the show. If you don't see something you want, ask him if he can get it.

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Photo of Rootdog316
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

This one of the few places in the Arlington area that will let you make your own six pack. On top of that, they are not very expensive either. The staff is courteous and professional, also very helpful. They have a great selection of beers there. When I llast went I picked up some Flying Dog, Abita Pecan, Circus Boy, etc. They have a heckuva lot there. By far the best place in North Arlington beer selection wise. Although it can be hard to get to because they are at the edge of the county, it is certainly worth the drive. Recommended to anybody who lives in the North Arlington area.

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Photo of fritzparker
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Christieson
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Badger6
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of jrarthur
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

My overall impression of this place that it boasts a very good atmosphere, sporting a small beer garden in the back and a traditional bar inside, with simple decor and good seating options. The draft selection was not very numerous, but of high quality and wide variety. The beverages were delicious and well-priced. The bartenders were friendly and knowledgeable, as well as the other patrons from what I could tell. I have only been once to the beer garden/bar, but am a frequent shopper of the associated marketplace (amazing selection of well-priced beers), and plan on returning to both as often as possible.

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Photo of HuntDaddy540
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

Great beer store, and the beer garden is enjoyable as well. They have a nice selection of beer, both singles and 6ers. They have a good bit of bombers, with a few vintage offerings (i noticed 2009 dfh world wide stout and grabbed two of them.) For most of the big name breweries that are hard to come by in the area (i.e. deschutes, lost abbey, rr, ballast point, etc.) this won't help out, but they still have a great selection of brews. It is a bit pricey, and I would definitely recommend heading across the street to the Lost Dog Cafe, as their prices are a bit better.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of dsmclellan
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of chiva
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Westover Market in Arlington, VA
Place rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 57 ratings
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