Spacebar

BA SCORE
91
outstanding

14 Ratings
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

709 W Broad St
Falls Church, Virginia, 22046-3221
United States

(703) 992-0777 | map

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Added by terrapinfan88 on 06-24-2012

PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Ratings:
14
Reviews:
6
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
3.79%
 
 
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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of h4ximus
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The beer selection can be hit or miss, as sometimes fruity or high ABV dominate over other flavors. Still, it's well-curated. The food is gut-bustingly good, whether you own a plate of "totchos" or scarf down a meatloaf grilled cheese and side of greens. Very much a bare bones experience but that does let you focus on your group, so go with friends!

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Photo of Carbon_Hops
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of captaincoffee
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

High-end grilled cheese, local brews, and a dive feel. That about sums it up. The place is kinda cool, but it is what it is. My grilled cheese with pulled pork was pretty damn good, but I've also never paid 8 or 9 bucks for a grilled cheese...so it better be damn good.
Tap list was very local. So local that I never heard of 90% of the beers. I like that, but I didn't like paying 7 bucks for a 9oz pour. Ouch.
Without a doubt, this is the place to go if you are ever in Falls Church, hankering for a grilled cheese, and want to drink local beers.

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Photo of Buck89
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Stayed at the hotel across the street. A nondescript dive looking place with a great vibe. Nice selection of local and solid national brews. Their grilled cheese impressed me. Great time.

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Photo of macshark
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of mkholmes25
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of luvsbeer
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of GrantBrennan
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of MaddestHatter
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of HookemHoos
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of DaisyBeans
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of cjgiant
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

You can't do a straight bar in VA, but this place is about as close as you can get. As mentioned, they serve sandwiched (grilled cheese) and tots. The selection is pretty solid, spanning the styles, including many local(ish) beers. The prices were between reasonable and high, but they offered different serving sizes (3 if I recall right), always appreciated.

We got there when the place was slightly busy (7-8 on a Friday), but it picked up shortly thereafter. The business seemed to come in spurts, which affected service throughout the night.

The food we had was quite good versus expectations. Other plates I saw come out looked solid given the fact they were "just grilled cheese". Given the options in the area, this place doesn't rise above, but it doesn't fall short either. We'll definitely have to hit here again to check out the offerings and perhaps adjust the review.

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Photo of JWalterWeatherman
3.8/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

If you are in the area for a prolonged period of time, this bar is worth a visit.

It shares a small parking lot with other businesses, but there is extra parking in the back.
There is a fair amount of seating, both with bar stools and diner style booths. The atmosphere has a retro, sci-fi theme with old movies playing on a television above the bar. It certainly has a unique character, which sets it apart from the mundane, suburban feel of Falls Church.

The beer selection includes twenty-four taps, presumably rotating, and a cooler full of bottles. There is definitely a wide variety of styles, but I would like to see a more equal representation of sours, wilds, Belgians, etc.

To their credit, they did have two sours on tap, and some in bottles. Sadly, I saw no barrel-aged beers on tap. The bartender had a nominal knowledge of beer, describing his preference for the "malty" beers. The prices ranged widely, depending on quality and rarity of the beer.

It's no Churchkey, nor a destination bar, but it gets the job done for Falls Church, and would appeal to those looking for a really good grilled-cheese sandwich with their craft beer.

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Photo of terrapinfan88
4.43/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Space/robot themed small place. 18 different varieties of grilled cheese, 24 taps. Owned by the same couple that owns Galaxy Hut in Arlington. Kind of small capacity is 75 people. Grilled cheese is made right behind the bar on a flat top, you can add almost everything under the sun to your sandwich. Taps rotated frequently. bottles and cans served. Opens at five.

Great place the owner only plays indie music Take it or leave it no requests. Friendly all be it slightly sluggish service. Only three or four people working at a time, one of which is always manning the flat top. Choose your side of Tots or salad. Sure Mad Fox is right down the street but I'm not made of money, and sometimes all you need after a hard days work is a grilled cheese and a beer.

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Spacebar in Falls Church, VA
4.22 out of 5 based on 14 ratings.
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