The Trappe Door

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95
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The Trappe DoorThe Trappe Door
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

23 W Washington St
Greenville, South Carolina, 29601-2734
United States

(864) 451-7490 | map
www.trappedoor.com

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Added by goindownsouth on 04-11-2011

PLACE STATS
Score:
95
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
28
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
3.12%
 
 
Taps:
10
Bottles/Cans:
166
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 28
Reviews by Onenote81:
Photo of Onenote81
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place was on my "must-stop" list when the family and I were in town for the holiday. Went for a late dinner with some friends. First this I noticed was the crazy amount of noise from this place spilling out into the street. Very boisterous place. Though the friends that we went with said they had never seen it that crazy before. Must have been the holiday crowd like me. I loved the atmosphere otherwise though. Designed like you're in an old cellar. Nice wood beams, lots of brick, and the lighting is dim. I dig it. The menu is excellent with plenty of options. I got the "Belgian" stew and loved it. My wife got a burger and that was great as well. Their extensive list of mayos is one of their trademarks. All sorts of flavors. I especially enjoyed their hot chili mayo. Of course the beer list is nothing short of amazing. My only disappointment was that there were no Quads on draft at the time. Plenty of Tripels, Wits, and BPAs though. I opted for a bottle of St. Bernardus 12. The service was excellent and they really know the beers and menu well. I will definitely be back to this place again and again.

[Note: My friend said they do an awesome lunch special that *includes* a beer for like $7 or $8. Can't beat that!]

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Photo of HaoleToYouToo
3.39/5  rDev -24.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of RochefortChris
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of DarthGator
3.75/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Gtwreck45
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Mantooth
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Dropped by this spot recently on our way back home from a Founders event in Athens GA. The vibe is incredible, everything you want in a Belgian bar - it's in a dark basement - laid out well - neat bar and a wonderful selection of drafts and bottles. The food looked amazing, though we didn't try any - and the menu was very impressive. The bartender knew his stuff - we had a nice conversation while I drank some BFM. Next time I'm in the area this will be the first place I stop by. Highly recommended!

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Photo of tlema1
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great place, my favorite place to get a beer downtown...a little pricey, but that is to be expected

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Photo of Sumdude0011
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of nleaders
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of DrMindbender
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of TmKeisySC
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of henryclay_
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of damndirtyape
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Visited on a Wednesday evening after 8PM.

Atmosphere: A classic cellar bar. Lots of wood, cozy tables, great bar, and just right balance of music and noise. Nothing too loud and the one TV which was on was mostly being ignored by those in the bar. About half the seats and tables taken over the hour I was there.

Quality: 90% Belgian imports and 10% American in the Belgian style. A mix of common Belgians and rare as well.

Service: Very attentive staff - talkative but not overly so and willing to talk and make recommendations.

Selection: Huge selection. Plenty of beers on tap (looked to be about 15, maybe 14) and a large bottle selection in the cooler and in some other places as well. Extensive beer menu available.

Food: I didn't try anything off the menu (my Gouden Carolus Easter was my desert) but it all looked quite good - nice mix of appetizers, main courses, and other food.

Value: Given everything I thought the prices were pretty good. My 25cl beer was $7, and at 10.5% ABV I think that's reasonable given the import distance that it needed to come.

Great place. Next time I'm in Greenville I'll have to sit down for a full meal and more than one beer.

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Photo of ADTaber
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Theogre83
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Ainjyll
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Really cool venue. From the exposed beams to the beer taps that come down from the ceiling the atmosphere is just great.

The beer selection seems kind of limited at first, but once you start looking at the menu and realize that the majority of the beers are belgian (and the few that aren't are belgian-inspired such as Ommegang) you begin to get an understanding at exactly how vast their beer selection is for such a narrow niche.

All in all, if you want some great belgian food and an awesome belgian singel, dubbel, tripel, quad or even a sour or two... this is the place for you!

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Photo of MattNidiffer
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Trappe Door, located in downtown Greenville, SC underneath Barley's Taproom, is a must-visit for any tourists or even locals. Being a local myself, I can't help but visit every time I find myself wandering the streets looking for the next beer to enjoy and review. They have an extensive, albeit pricey, menu that can satisfy any beer enthusiast's tastebuds.

Specializing mainly in Belgian and Trappist ales, The Trappe Door features an absolutely killer beer/wine/liquor list, and a multitude of meals as well. It captures perfectly the feel of a 'basement' Belgian/middle European pub, with open casks, tables made from barrels, open faced brick walls, and dim lights.

The price is definitely justified, as the entire staff (even waiters and hosts/hostesses) are extremely knowledgable about the selection of different ales, lagers, wines, and liquors, and provide excellent service. The quality of service you receive from The Trappe Door is unrivaled in the downtown area; there are more than 20-25 bars within a 10-mile radius. Having personally been to them all, The Trappe Door is the one that stands out in making myself and whatever company I've got with me feel comfortable, at home, and taken care of.

If you're here to sight-see and tour the city, I highly recommend you visit other establishments in downtown Greenville first, as you will want to spend the rest of your time here in this cozy little gem, enjoying the finest Belgian and Trappist Ales South Carolina has to offer.

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Photo of buckyp
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of crowbar540
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of BeerGod27
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of scvance
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

As a native and long time resident of Greenville, SC this place is a welcome addition to the growing downtown beer scene. The atmosphere is awesome, located in the basement below Barley's taproom (with whom they are associated with), the bar has a wonderful old world, tavern and inn feel to it, tables made out of barrels, kind of dimly lit, long wood bar, complete with creaky hardwood floors. The service at this place is excellent, the staff is incredibly knowledgeable about their entire beer selection, which is extensive. The selection is based mostly around Belgian beers for obvious reasons, but they carry a wide variety of domestic craft bottles, and their taps are always changing with the seasons. The food is excellent, moules frites are excellent in any style, can't go wrong with the fish and chips, and the duck is incredible as well. I love this place, it has become my most frequented bar and restaurant in Greenville along with Barley's Taproom. Definitely drop by and check it out. It is well worth the slightly higher (relative to other bars in Greenville) cost.

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Photo of Habib
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Visited May 2012

My wife and I checked this place out this past weekend after reading about it on BA. I must have walked by this place a hundred times and never noticed it.

First impression: You walk downstairs (note: this place is not for people with physical handicaps) to a really cool basement restaurant and bar. Lots of exposed timbers and wooden casks - they really played the basement theme for all its worth here. The lighting was dim and the vibe was really relaxing, except for the music selection - which sounded like eastern european metal, and what was really a distraction from the otherwise superb ambiance. There is a comfortable looking lounge area with sofas and lounge chairs in the corner with a tv for watching the game.

The hostess that greeted us was rather put off that we didn't have a reservation. This didn't make much sense to me as the place was not even a third full and not even half full when we left. Other than the snotty hostess, our waiter was very good. He knew the beer selections quite well and was able to offer advice.

This place's forte is Belgian style craft beers and wines, and they hit a home run. The list is extensive and the quality of the beer is phenomenal. This is a niche beer place that you would never have thought would exist in the po-dunk Greenville area. Prices for most drafts run between $7 and $9 a pop the same for bottles, which is a little pricey for me, but I understand the expense.

The menu is a little limited, with only one chicken dish offered (my wife hates red meat and fish). The food presentation was very good. I had a braised rib that was excellent, and while the side of potatoes and veggies were filling, the portions were pretty small, so I felt that I didn't get much for the money that I spent.

There are better places to eat in town, but the place is worth checking out for the ambiance and the excellent Belgian beer selection.

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Photo of aasher
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I visited this Belgian style eatery this past weekend while visiting SC and went with my fiance and a fellow BA.

When you walk in you go directly down a flight of stairs into a basment with wood beams across the ceilings and wine barrels (some real and some fake) lining the walls. They even had a lounging area which included couches, chairs, and a big screen TV. GREAT atmosphere! It was very relaxed and inviting. They have a very nice and extensive selection of Belgians. We split a Cantillon 100% Kriek 375ml and it was superb. The food was very, very good as well. I got a steak sandwhich which frites and my fiance got a Chimay burger. The quality was top notch and you could tell the ingredients were fresh. The prices were very reasonable as well. My fiance and I together only cost $22. I'd say that this place is a must stop for beer geeks and a top notch establishment. I'm glad we were able to try it!.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Walked in here on a Sunday evening to find that it was actually pretty crowded

The Atmosphere is really awesome - low ceilings, dim tavern-style lighting, pretty wood bar and tables. The crowd is (from what I could tell) younger, lots of beer drinkers. It really induces conversation

The beer menu is impressive, it is organized by style (Saisons, sours, browns, quads, dubbels, etc.), and includes Cantillon offerings, Rocheforts, some crazy Allagash stuff, and much much more. I really liked how different styles were showcased on their taps, adds some variety

The food menu is ambitious, I have tried the lamburger sliders topped with mint beets and goat cheese (awesome), the mussels, and the steak sandwich. More like a gastropub

The service and bartenders were super friendly and knowledgeable about their offerings - they want you to find a beer that you love which is really awesome. We ended up meeting the Australian owner (also owns Barley's Taproom upstairs), and he is a straight up beer geek and extremely friendly. We ended up talking beer for about 30 minutes before he had to go take care of business

The prices were a little expensive, but you get your money's worth. Definitely recommended for dinner

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.13/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited May 2011

Visited for dinner on a Thursday evening and after visiting many of the places Greenville has to offer, this is the place that you want to stop at if you are in the area.

I will skip the description, as the other reviewers have done a very good job of describing the place. The place had a really nice vibe to it, until about 8:30 pm 9 o'clock, as it seemed that most of patrons were leaving by then. Upon being seated, a waiter comes over and asks a series of questions and lets us know what is on tap. When he left, one of the guys turned to me and said that if there was a line-up and he had to choose the guys that knew the most about beer, he would pick out our waiter every time. Turns out, our waiter was perhaps one of the most knowledgeable waiters that I have ever met. Could describe the beers in such detail that it was almost uncanny. I tried the Ommegang Rare Vos and Foret Saison, both excellent, served in the proper glassware. I also had a bowl of mussels and they were excellent, as were the three appetizers that we had ordered. The establishment seemed to be reasonably priced.

Overall, like I said, this is the place that you want to go. Very good all the way around.

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The Trappe Door in Greenville, SC
95 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.
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