Capital Ale House

Capital Ale HouseCapital Ale House
Capital Ale HouseCapital Ale House
Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

623 E Main St
Richmond, Virginia, 23219-2405
United States

(804) 780-2537 | map

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slander from New York

4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Rollin’ ‘round Richmond with the unusual suspects as we do. This, a return to the scene of a place I was at once before; being last year when we Ops folks came down for a 2 day VA work conference. Yes, the meet and greet was in that game room down and out back. A long day getting into town and the evening here a bit of a blur, but I recall heading out into the night for hot dogs at some point. Midway up or down the hill some, depends where you’ve coming from…

Long narrow place which narrows further to the rear. Angled wood laminate bar with a wide lip, panel base, & copper foot rail to the left starting halfway back; seating 15 on backed dark wooden chairs. Black subway tile barback wall with 76 taps on double high barbell rows and a standup trio off the bar over there (me, pointing). Growlers, wine, & glassware stacked or in rows on the counter tucked behind the taps, and more glassware shelved below. A flatscreen trio spaced along the bar overhang for the looking at. And a pair of triple door bottle & can coolers tucked just behind the front end of the bar (There are nearly 100 offerings there) with booze tiered alongside.

Black ceiling with ducts of the same up front, and a lower white drop ceiling to the rear and over the bar. Dark wood plank floors, and white walls with old Richmond beer prints & tins over wood panel framed lowers. Track lighting up front and in rows running to the rear up high over the bar & adjacent booths, and giant twisty drop filament bulb singles sitting lower over the booths.

7 mix & match tables in a raised space up front, 7 booths running the adjacent to the bar, and a ½ dozen more to the rear, plus a strange trapezoid table forward the bar where it awkwardly fits. The attached ‘Richmond Music Hall’ side room holds a stage area to the rear (didn’t know that was there) and 9 tables up front easily removed when performers perform. My notes indicate that there’s also a rear room that holds 10 tables banquet room style, but I just can’t see it in my head. Display cases of area brewerania, too? And down the rabbit hole (that which are stairs) to the game room. I went and saw the sights. It’s a smaller quieter bar; I suppose because you have to know it’s there. Damn, there’s another 2 dozen taps down here. A couple of guys chatting up the bartender, a few dart boards and a pool table. And through to some outside space, roughly a dozen and a half small tables amidst the giant tree and fountain. Almost makes you forget you’re in the middle of a city. But it’s humid as shit out there right now, so, back to the bar.

So, there are what, 79 taps up here and another 24 downstairs. Now I’m no mathsman but they’ve got about 100 taps. 53 of them were state of Virginia offerings spanning upwards of 3 dozen breweries and cideries, which is pretty badass. The tap list is carved out by, I was going to say ‘style descriptors’ but I think now it’s more ‘flavor profiles’ (malty & sweet, sour & funky, crisp & smooth, sharp & hoppy, bold & roasty), if that makes any sense. Brewery, beer, origin, ABV, style, serving size, & price by glass and growler are listed. I sampled a few things and settled on the Evolution DelMarVa Pure Pils, which was just lovely, so I had another.

Oh, and food for the win! Lots of stuff on the menu, could’ve gone this way or that, but went with the Sesame Ahi Tuna Salad. Witz had the giant pretzel, Davo the pierogis & mussels (no, not together), and Ben the Capital Club. Salad was okay, seemed a little lacking someway somehow, but I still housed it.

It’s a chain, better than most of this ilk. Really impressive state of Virginia representation here. When in Richmond…

Jan 03, 2020
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Dadboneau from Texas

3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Went on a Monday Burger Night. Service at bar was nothing exceptional as was the burger. Large draft selection but the person next to me knew more about the selections than those behind the bar. Overall down right mediocre

Jun 25, 2019
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Trailboss76 from Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Ok - I had their black n blue bacon burger paired with a Port City Porter (Alexandria, Va.) at about 9pm on a Saturday night. Thought I died and went to Heaven...!! Both the beer and the burger were off the hook - nothing short of fabulous!!

Mar 13, 2018
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aleckpa from North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I really enjoyed this place. The draft list is excellent. You can get crowlers/growlers to go. You can even buy bottles to go or consume on site. I sat at the bar with a good view of the TVs/bowl games. The service at the bar was excellent. The bartender provided some suggestions on food. The food was really good too, especially for bar food. Like I said, the draft list was so good. As a visitor to Richmond, they had a good choice of local VA breweries. I recommend giving this place a shot next time you are in Richmond. I know I'll be going back!

Jan 01, 2017
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Trambo from Virginia

4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Fantastic place for dinner & a few beers. We hosted a company Christmas party here and it was a huge hit.
The place has a nice vibe, inviting and friendly atmosphere, tastefully decorated bar area and facilities. The servers are very knowledgeable and friendly, and actually give good recommendations. Our service was very good, given that this was on a Friday night with a large group! No complaints there. Beer selection in my opinion is incredible, I mean I don't get the nit-picky reviewers complaining about lack of selection, with over 150 to pick from, how many MORE beers do you need to have to be impressed?? Geez. It's Richmond, not New York. The food was very good, I was pleasantly surprised at how good it actually was. Being an Ale House I half expected the quality to be mediocre at best, but was very happy with how good it really was.
Our entire group thoroughly enjoyed the evening. They do a superb job with corporate parties, I recommend this if you have the chance.

Jan 22, 2016
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Kubishark from Maryland

4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The vibe is pretty typical of many other places you'd find in any east coast city, but it's nice. Seems like a pretty chill place to have a drink and a bite to eat. Great quality, excellent service, and fantastic selection of beers on tap and bottled. The food is good too, it's not everywhere you can enjoy pierogi with your beer. I'd definitely come back here the next time I found myself in downtown Richmond.

Jan 02, 2016
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Cobratrooper from Virginia

3.61/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

I use to love this place a few years ago. Now that Richmond has many many craft bar options this place has failed to evolve. The music hall part is nice, just not a lot of bands you really want to see come. Lots of taps but normally the same beers on tap that every other bar in Richmond has. Turn over on the beers also seems hit or miss. Price on the beer has typical bar mark up, you get a discount for buying bottles to go however. Food is ok. Service is hit or miss.

Aug 23, 2015
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oldn00b from Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.25

10 years ago I'd probably have given this place 5/5 but plenty of spots like this exist now.

Beer selection wins out over everything else here. The bottle list is beyond extensive and there are plenty of fantastic options on tap. They have high end favorites, great local/regional options and they put plenty of the less than easy to come by items on the menu, stuff like 120 pops up regularly. Prices are fair.

It feels like a typical bar - no frills in a good way, but nothing to write home about.

Food to me is a bit of a drawback - it's fine but the quality could step up just a touch. Sandwiches fries and all are fine but nothing special.

It is a great local chain and one to hit up if you're looking for a place to kill some time before walking to The National or something.

Updated: They must not turn over draft quickly or have exceedingly long draft lines. I had 2 pours and both were flat, and I mean dead flat. Tasted fine otherwise but that's disappointing. If you can't get around long lines, that's fine, but bleed the tap for a minute on the first pour if it's been a while. Most everything else is the same as before.

Aug 04, 2015
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arizcards from Arizona

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Just visited earlier today with Da Boss.

Vibe was good, fairly empty on a late Thursday afternoon. Good tunes being played, zydeco, blues provided a nice atmosphere.

Quality of the beer and food was good. There were a lot of top notch world classics here to go with solid regional beers.

Service was solid, not too tough with a small crowd to deal with.

Selection was pretty top notch as there were 40-60 draft brews to pick from and mayb 100 bottle selections.

Food was very good, I had the gyro burger which was unique but very good and Da Boss had the fish tacos that were solid.

Overall somewhat expensive beer wise but the "mid-major" dishes were reasonably priced. Definitely would go back again.

May 14, 2015
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uvachief from Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Capital Ale has a great selection and variety of beers at most places. The food is very good as well. The atmosphere can be great and some places even have live music. Sounds perfect right? Well..not so fast. My biggest gripe with this chain has always been service. I use to work across the street from the one in downtown Richmond. Clients wanted to go to lunch there. We could never get in and out in under 90 minutes and it was usually a lot closer to 2 hours. Service at night wasn't much better. The bar can be extremely crowded and the beertenders can get overwhelmed. Most are very knowledgeable. They have a 1/2 price growler night. Well worth trying but bring your patience when you go.

Feb 13, 2015
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CraftBeerMe from Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Since I reviewed Mekong and Legend, it's only fair I review Cap Ale...

They have a rustic meets modern beer hall theme that fits well with the downtown location, and the city of Richmond as whole. The atmosphere does get a bit confused during the concerts in the adjacent concert hall room - it's odd to hear a metal band through the wall while the house PA is playing their lighter mix.

Unless it's burger night (Monday), you can expect good service by a usually knowledgeable staff that enjoys the beer they're serving. Most of the waitstaff also are able to offer pairing suggestions as well - a big plus for me.

The beer selection is fairly large, though split - they offer the lesser rotating drafts and their bottle selection upstairs, they stick the more rotating taps downstairs in the gameroom/beer garden. The only drawback I've seen is that when they kick a keg, sometimes they forget to tell the servers they're out (since the menus are printed for the month, it'd be hard to change them regularly) until after an order is placed.

The food is your standard American gastropub menu with burgers being the featured item. On regular nights, they cook them to your specifications, and throw down with some frites and one of their 4 flavored mayos. Also, the Bavarian pretzel is definitely worth a trip by itself.

Burger night is unto itself - usually there's a large rush of people during normal dinner hours, and the kitchen is cooking to order instead of specifications to get them out. However, servers generally still give good service.

Big plus of this place is the gameroom/beer garden - it has a few dartboards with the proper spacing and scorekeeping setup, plus a pooltable and some other games too. The outdoor beer garden is awesome if you like being outside and having a nice space in a city to hang out with your friends and have a few beers.

Oct 06, 2013
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tabascosigned from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

I've been here so many times for lunch; no complaints. The problem is the downtown set up and overcrowding factor and extremely slow to almost non existent service. But, it's almost understandable because of the atmosphere. If I were to give this place an honest review for dinner drinking time, it would be very low. But, this will be a lunch review.

Easy to get a table or bar seats for miles and miles. Good food...great black bean burger, great fish n chips, decent beef burgers. Service is good at lunch. Ordered a GKnight can and it's always great when the servers immediately know and compliment your selection (not too many people reference GKnight here in VA). Plenty on tap...plenty plenty...and oh so so much bottled. They still had some 120 min, but prices on "those beers" are a bit high.

Either way, the downtown location is great for lunch and the south-side location is, so I hear, great whenever.

PS...had a great value on a local brewery's release of an ipa that same day with snifters and a growler, but that was at dinner and the overall experience was not good.
This is strictly a lunch review only.

Jun 29, 2013
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McBraniel from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

A massive selection of beer on rotating taps. The food is pretty good, and the prices are reasonable. My wife actually doesn't mind going with me, which is a big plus. Another go-to here in Richmond. Highly recommended. There are multiple locations throughout the greater Richmond area. The downtown location might have the best atmosphere, while the one in Innsbrook has even more beers on tap

May 31, 2013
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triwolf from Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

First let me start off by saying the Ale House is definitely worth going to. They have the best pretzel I've ever tasted in my life and the burger & sandwiches are all good. The beer menu is very extensive with lots of local selections. HOWEVER, after being there once a week for almost two months, I've noticed that they are ALWAYS out of multiple selections off the draft menu. I don't buy the excuse of 'well we've got so many on tap it's hard to keep them in stock'. I've been to places with a much wider selection that do a much better job of maintaining their menu. And most of the stafff seems to be caught off guard when they realize they're out. Causing you to wait over and over again while your server goes back and forth looking for what's available. So go, but makes sure you have a lineup of what you're looking for to save yourself some time.

Oct 13, 2012
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mchunt25 from Virginia

4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I have to stop at Capital Ale House every time I'm in Richmond. They have a great selection of beer and their food is pretty good. The servers have a vast knowledge of the beer they serve, and being new to beer and wanting to expand my tastes, this was extremely helpful for me. I was able to tell them what I've had and liked, and they were able to give me suggestions for something new but not overwhelming in flavor.

My only gripe is that their service can be rather slow on occasion. I waited almost 30 minutes on an order of calamari, but I can honestly say that it was worth it.

Overall, great place with a great atmosphere. Can't wait to go back again.

Aug 23, 2012
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Crazyale from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Not much I can say that hasn't been said already. In addition to the beer, the menu has quite a few options, and the food is delicious. My wife and I both had burgers the other night, and they were outstanding. I also appreciate the fact that they update their beer menu online each week, so you can study it before going in.

I went on a recent Monday night, and the atmosphere was quite good. It was relatively full, but we were sat immediately, so it wasn't too crowded or too empty. Very relaxed atmosphere with good service. Great place to unwind with some amazing beers after a hard day at work.

Feb 10, 2012
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jayfro70 from Virginia

4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This is my go-to beer location in Richmond. Not only do they have the best selection, but they also host the best events and have some pretty darn good food too. The bartenders are not your average college-kid-working-for-rent/beer money. These guys and girls are super-knowlegable. They know their beers. And after a few visits, they'll remember your name and even your preferences. The lack of TVs in the bar is sometimes criticized, but the fact that it forces patrons to engage in conversation with each other and their bartenders is certainly not a bad thing. And whether you're looking for your favorite microbrew or a rarity, you will be able to find it all. In a city that is becoming increasingly beer-centric, Capital Alehouse remains at the top.

Jan 24, 2012
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rhartogsq from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Stopped there for lunch in the middle of a five hour road trip, so I could only enjoy one beer.
Their beer selection was really good. Cigar City, DFH, Legend, Bell's, Port City, Ommegang, Brooklyn, Avery, just to name a few.
The fact that you can get growler fills there of anything on tap is a huge bonus. DFH doesn't allow you to get a growler of Burton Baton at their brew-pub, however, it was advertised at Capital Ale House that you could.
Our server was new and a bit slow.
The food was pretty good. I could have ordered a ton of different items, but went with the Schnitzel sandwich. My traveling partner had a great looking bacon cheeseburger. If you are in Richmond, you must go here.
I didn't like that it was pretty dark inside, especially on a nice sunny day.

Jan 04, 2012
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antique from Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Capital Ale House is but a few miles walk/drive from the VCU Campus, downtown, and so it's common to head there with friends when you have a little extra money to throw around on good beer.

It's a nice place, though often crowded, with a solid, moderately dim atmosphere and a very nice bar with a dry ice surface. The game room downstairs and the band room to the side are the best places in places in the restaurant itself, versus the main area near the bar.

If a band is playing, it can get kind of noisy, so prepare for that. They have a large selection of rotating taps and will serve you growlers of many of the tapped beers as well, which is a plus. They have over 200, maybe more beers to choose from, all of them pretty well-priced overall (though a few are bizarrely expensive).

The service is adequate and often very personable, but it often takes a long time to get your beer and I've had a few come out at room temperature, to my disappointment. If you sit at the bar your drinks will come very quickly and the bartenders I've experienced really know their stuff.

My one MAJOR gripe is how the restaurant serves beer, with most being available in "small" or "large" variants for what they have on tap. The small is something like 10 or maybe 12oz, while the large is more like 22. The prices are usually fine, but because of this you'll often find your beer served to you in a weird small-or-large glass that often doesn't suit the style you ordered. So you might get your beer with no head whatsoever, or things like this. For a restaurant that prides itself on beer this seems a bit bewildering to me.

Nevertheless, they have a pretty fantastic selection and if you request proper glassware (or, again, order bottles or exclusively at the bar) they're usually more than happy to accommodate your choices.

The food is pretty pricey, but there are some well-priced and very yummy things to have as well (splitting mussels and beer with a friend is pretty divine, and on Mondays [I believe it is] they have cheap burger nights, which are also good for a group).

Overall it's a fine place to visit maybe twice a month if you have the money to deal with some of the pricier problems, but it's not quite the go-to craft beer hangout one would hope for, living so close to it.

If you're going for the beer alone it's definitely recommended that you just sit at the bar for a much quicker and higher quality time.

Jan 04, 2012
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rudolphjacksonm from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A - Nice and clean establishment with friendly and knowledgeable staff. Music isn't too loud and you can have a good conversation easily with friends. Cap Ale (as we call it) excels providing the right environment to have good food and good beer together. 4.0

Q - Great place with great beer. Gotta love the chilled rail on the bar to keep your drink nice and cool. 4.0

S - Service is good, staff are friendly and they know quite a lot about the huge beer menu, so if you're stumped feel free to ask them. 4.0

Se - The beer menu at Cap Ale is godly. I have no idea how many beers there are...but it's so many that I could probably go there for a year and still have things left to try. 5.0

F - Food is unbelievable. The Smokehouse Burger is probably the most delicious thing I've ever tasted, and the fritas (french fries) are amazing. They come with four hand-made dips that beat regular 'ol ketchup by a long shot. 5.0

V - A little pricey for what you get, but you have to keep in mind that you're paying for quality over quantity. With that in mind I've always left happy. $$$

Nov 07, 2011
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TmoNyc from New York

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place is like 2 bars in one. First there's the upstairs bar/restaurant w/30 taps. Then there's the downstairs gameroom w/an additional 16 taps.

I thought the upstairs was rather quiet & bland for a Friday night, w/people mostly keeping to themselves. The gameroom was a bit more lively & also led to beautiful backyard area, complete w/a fountain & growing hop vines along the back wall.

The service was a mixed bag, w/each bar having one friendly bartender & one that seemed to be wanting to be anywhere but serving customers.

The food was standard pub fare w/a bit of German flare. I played it safe & had a burger which was sufficient. Prices for both the food & beer were quite reasonable.

While the draught selection didn't seem too exciting on this particular evening, the bottle selection is extensive & made the visit worthwhile w/over 200 mostly American craft beers to choose from. Their bottle selection was also available to go w/prices below what they would be if you had them there which I thought was nice.

Overall, this bar didn't have much for excitement in terms of atmosphere, but the extensive selection made for a nice time.

Oct 24, 2011
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nandemo1 from Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I've always been a big fan of Capital Ale. They have done a great job furthering the cause of craft brewing here in Virginia.

For the downtown location, I find the atmosphere to be decent, usually a good mix of people out fot the evening and beer geeks getting their fix. It's been kinda quiet the last couple of times I've been, on a Thursday and a Sunday night. The glass refrigerators, huge tap wall and ice rail on the bar are all great.

Service at this location has always been good. The bar staff know their stuff on beer and are willing to help out and dole out samples.

The food is good, but standard American fare. I've had problems with burgers being overdone, but it is hard to find a place that will do a burger right these days.

Selection is impressive, but my only beef is that the beer menus are consistently out of date and incorrect. I can't count the number of times I've walked in and received a beer menu that is two weeks beyond the "end date" featured at the top. This is a problem with all their locations though.

Aug 14, 2011
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argock from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

My wife and I sat at the bar and enjoyed a couple of nightcaps before heading back to our hotel after a fun but hot day of doing some of the Richmond tourist stops -- FIne Arts Museum (surprisingly good) and Tredegar Iron Works and Museum (also a pleasant surprise).

Took quite awhile to find something for my wife as she tends to like anything from amber to stout without much bitterness -- not a real popular range this day and age. We did finally settle on the Legend Brown Ale, which was not as good as we remembered.

On the other hand, I was lucky enough to settle close to Belgian Independence Day, and they had several very good Belgian options. I selected the Ommegang Independence Saison ($5 for 12oz goblet) and was blown away. Nice service and good attentiveness from the bar staff, although I could tell the upstairs group wanted to keep us upstairs for tips. After enjoying the peppery Ommegang offering, I had a large Ballast Point Sculpin IPA which rang up as $10.50. Pretty steep but not ungodly I guess for 20oz.

The atmosphere was a bit muted for about 10PM on Saturday night. It is summertime I guess. They had about 30 taps upstairs, and the bar staff wouldn't even float me a clue as to the downstairs menu.

Not a bad stop although I'll have to admit their selection, while good, was not as good as folks have reviewed. My local Mellow Mushroom carries as good a selection any day of the week.

Aug 05, 2011
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PudTinkler from New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -20.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Was here over the weekend for dinner. They advertised a "Firkin Friday", but when I asked the hostess what was on the firkin, she says "Hmmm, I'm not sure, I could ask the bartender"...never mind, I'll do it....but first I order the food. I ask the waitress, "What's on the Firkin"...response? Not sure. OK, to the bar...."What's the Firkin?" "Oh, we haven't done that in several months." HELLO???

Anyway, the selections they had were pretty good, and local. Weyerbacher Pale Ale on the cask, and about 25 other drafts. Decent selection of bottles as well. The rest of the area, being in the financial district of Richmond, seems pretty dead after 5pm.

Jul 05, 2011
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joedon from Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Had lunch here on a cold winter day.

Remarkable selection of tap and bottled beers. About 30 draft beers with a good selection of Virginia and Atlantic Coast brewers.
Also imports and cask ale. Over 100 bottles available including Belgians, British and west coast choices.

Everything is high priced. A "full sized" pint was from $5.50 to $8.00 depending on the beer. Bottles were also expensive including up to $10 for some Belgians. Food was also kind of over-priced but pretty tasty. I had the Weiner-wurst with kraut, roht-kohl and kartoffeln salat (German stuff) that was really good and about the most fairly priced item on the lunch menu ($9).

Service was prompt and friendly and included some free samples and decent beer knowledge.

Atmosphere was kind of weird. Located in an old, remodeled downtown storefront with a long oak bar. Touches of victorian (the oak booth seating) and urban (back-lit glass blocks, halogen lights) that don't mix very well. Kind of dark, no TV's blaring (thankfully) and only some adult contemporary music. Maybe it's better at happy hour but I didn't feel like I fit in here.

My first ever trip to Richmond and I felt compelled to visit this place. However, it doesn't compare very well to a lot of other saloons I've been to.

Jan 21, 2011
Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA
Place rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 136 ratings