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5050 Taphouse

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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

29 W Cork St
Winchester, Virginia, 22601-4741
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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
13
pDev:
17%
 
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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of John_M
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

For a variety of reasons, it's difficult to give a particularly positive review of this place. That being said, there are some pretty good things about 5050.

For starters, the taphouse has roughly 50 different beers on tap, including several on nitro and then a selection of ciders. Variety was pretty good, with a nice selection of styles and regions represented. They also had a pretty decent bottle selection as well, that even included a bottle of Harydwood Gingerbread stout. So the beer selection is pretty good here, and is clearly the strong suit of 5050.

One of the primary reason I was interested in visiting 5050, is that I saw on line that they still had this year's Nugget Nectar on tap. So that's what I ordered, right off the bat, and it's where things started to take a nosedive. The NN was clearly off, either from having been on the gas too long, or because the taplines hadn't been cleaned in a while (the more likely reason I'm sorry to say). Maybe I didn't give the staff enough credit, but they didn't strike me as the sort of folks who would have cared one way or the other, so I didn't bring it up. Also, when I asked about trying a taste of the BA Hardywood coffee stout they had on tap, I was informed that unfortunately it was one of the beers they were not allowed to let customers sample before purchasing it. I was told however, that they do have a premium sampler you can purchase, which allows you to purchase four 3-4 ounce sample glasses of anything on the menu for $21. Granted, prices are a bit on the high side anyway here (my pint of NN was $6.50), but that didn't sound like a deal I wanted to indulge in. Otherwise, our server didn't seem to have a lot to say, though he was prompt enough on a late Friday afternoon (the place wasn't particularly crowded, but there was a doorman up front, so I assume they get a bigger crowd later on). We had just eaten a few hours ago at Pave Mint, so we didn't try the food.

In terms of vibe and atmosphere, again it's difficult to rate. This is a sizeable place, looking very much like a converted old warehouse. There's a split level area next to the bar area (where we were seated), which had a pool table and several shuffleboard sets There was also a foosball table. The front area is a fair size dining room area, with I thought a considerable number of tables (maybe 20 or so). The vibe is very informal and low key, and I think there were several flat screen TV sets as well. The bar area had around 15 or 16 stools I think, and is straight back from the front door on Cork Street. It's all OK, but for some reason it just struck me as bit cold and stark (in terms of a vibe).

Given the number of tap handles and decent bottle selection, I can see coming back again here again I suppose. On the other hand, depending on how prevalent the "freshness" issue is here, I might think twice before ordering a pale ale or IPA here (or see if I might be allowed to sample it first). Not sure this is a place I'd want to go out of my way to visit, but if I happened to be in the area, I can see stopping by to see what's on offer.

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Photo of Irishman_Scott
5/5  rDev +25%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Fabulous burgers and unbelievable selection of beers!

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

Stopped in for a burger and beer on a visit to Winchester. Was informed that even though they were scheduled to stay open til 11 they were closing early since it was slow. Great draft list, burger options are extensive, but quality of the food isn't out of this world.

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Photo of Boone757
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of thebeers
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went here on a Thursday evening with my wife and kid. Wasn't completely empty, but plenty of seating available. Sort of a warehouse vibe with plenty of tables up front, a long bar in back, some bar games to the side, and a stage that wasn't being used. Nice classic rock playing in the background. Friendly, efficient-enough service. Pretty solid tap list, no whalezbro, but 50 handles with lots of regional brews and national seasonals. I got a salad that was delicious. My wife's burger and fries looked good too. I guess they've got 50 burgers on the menu of that's your thing. Nothing amazing, but a lot better than the initial reviews indicate. Maybe they've got the kinks worked out now? I was just passing through, but if I lived close by, I'd definitely hit this up pretty often.

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Photo of rmank
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Didn't eat here so can't judge the food. Fun atmosphere except you have to "rent" the shuffle board pieces. Decent selection and has potential.

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Photo of DRINKING_GOOD_BEER
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of D360
4.78/5  rDev +19.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.75

Photo of HopAttack3
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of kegnation
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Heber
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

50 great beers on tap. Menu is basically hamburgers, but they were awesome.

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Photo of bufante
2.13/5  rDev -46.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3

I didn't eat there. Service was terrible. Beer selection wasn't anything worth talking about either. I think the concept is there, but they need more time to get it together. Full disclosure, I think this place has been open less then a week.

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Photo of Iamjeff6
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Soft opening was last night. Big open since with some games, pool table, shuffle board and plenty of seating space. Once they get the kinks worked out it will be a nice chill spot. Haven't tried food yet, but interested since they advertise 50 burgers.

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5050 Taphouse in Winchester, VA
Place rating: 4 out of 5 with 13 ratings