Bilbo Baggins

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Type: Bar, Eatery

208 Queen St
Alexandria, Virginia, 22314-2613
United States

(703) 683-0300 | map
bilbobaggins.net

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Reviews:
24
Ratings:
33
pDev:
12.81%
 
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Photo of Braudog
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I was invited to an early weekend lunch here with some friends and was pleasantly surprised. Bilbo had 11 good taps up and running including a couple of Belgians, other imports and (wow!) Arrogant Bastard. Their list of a few dozen bottles leaned heavily to the Belgians with a smattering of some better regional and/or moderately available micros. The food was OK, I thought, but not the best I’ve ever had. My non-beer-drinking friends frequent the place for the food, so I guess that’s a good review.

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Photo of snarl
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 1

Bilbo's has been growing on me, because I quit going for food, just beer. They have a nice selection of interesting beers. The bar staff has always been very helpful with recommendations. The bar itself is small...or cozy depending on your perspective. It's probably not the type of place that would appeal to younger guys, the antithesis of a pickup joint.

As for the food, it's not so hot. Literally. I once had a cold entree there. The service in the dining area has treated me indifferently.

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Photo of John_M
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

In a couple of weeks I'll be moving permanently to the Baltimore/Washington area, but at present I live in the Portland, Oregon area. A good friend recommended that I not compare beer bars in this area to Portland, as it will only make me unhappy and despondent. Sage advice I suppose, but still....

I thought this place OK.

BB had I believe 10 beers on tap, which included a German pilsner (the excellent Jever pilsner), the Corsendonk brown, and 8 micros. The micros included the Stone Arrogant Bastard, the SN celebration ale and the Smuttynose IPA, all of which were/are quite good. Prices were around $5 a pop (What is it with fake pint glasses out here? Is there some sort of ordinance that requires drinking establishments to use the 12 oz "pint-like" glasses every place seems to use?), except for the Corsendonk, which was a ridiculous $10 a glass. The atmosphere was laidback and easygoing, and it was a good place to sit back and watch Florida destroy the hapless buckeyes in the national title game. The bar was served competently by the young lady bar tender, who while not very talkative, was pleasant enough and very quick with a refill whenever one was needed. Apparently we got there during happy hour, which meant we could each order one item off the appetizer/tapas menu at half price. My friend ordered the quesadilla, while I got the crab dip. Both were fine, no complaints, though I can't say either dish was particularly memorable.

All and all we had a good time at BB's, though I have to say that the thought this may be one of the better beer establishments in the area is not exactly an encouraging one. Yes, the beer bottle list was fairly extensive, but I can't say I saw anything unusual on it, and the prices had me grimacing in pain. OK, I know this isn't Portland, and it's obvious real estate is more expesive here, so I won't say anything derogatory about the prices. They seemed high to me, but undoubtedly that's only because I'm just not used to prices out here. When we went to the Majestic the next night, their prices were pretty much identical to BB's.

Like I said, this was an OK place, one I will probably go to again (I did quite like the laid back feel of the place - and if this is the only game in town, then I'll absolutely make the best of it. I've been to far worse.).

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Photo of MikefromDormont
4.63/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I was visiting a friend who lives about ten miles from Alexandria. Since he's providing me with a place to stay while I'm in town, I have been taking him to dinner. He recommended Bilbo Baggins since he had an Entertainment Book coupon that was soon to expire. I had no idea that Bilbo Baggins had such an extensive beer list.

We went there on a Tuesday evening and we sat in the first floor dining area. We had parked about a block away on the street and did not have to pay for parking, which was a bonus. The restaurant was not crowded so we were promptly seated and our beer orders were taken. I did not realize that beer list was two sided so I ordered a draft Arrogant Bastard listed on side one. The Arrogant Bastard cost $4.95 and was wonderful. When I realized that more beers appeared on side two of the beer list, I almost fell out of my seat when I saw bottles of Rochefort 6, Rochefort 8, and Rochefort 10 listed. Since I was not driving, I ordered a Rochefort 10 for $11.95. A Westmalle chalice was provided for the Rochefort 10. The beer was bit too cold, so I let it warm up before consuming it.

My food was quite good, albeit a bit pricy. This is a restaurant that I'd only want to visit for special occasions. If I lived in the area, I would return. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ghostmech007
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Well let me begin. The location is great, two blocks off the waterfront and tuck in it's little corner. There are actually two sections to the place, one is the bar area with a whopping nine taps (with no Budwieser a huge plus for me), and the other is the actual restaurant.

The bar keep was friendly greeting me when I walked into the bar section. I sat down and the keep left to go do something in the back and I didn't even get to see the list for about ten minutes. The couple at the end of the bar kept looking at me too, which was wierd. When she came back and noticed I was just watching the football highlights on TV see asked if I wanted to see the list.

The list is vast but it only had about five different style of beer and about fifteen beers of each style, but only two Hefewiezens and four Witbiers. If you like Largers and Bocks this is the place to go! The selection can be a little overwhelming if you don't know what you want. So after some diliberation I decided on the Tappistes Rochefort 10. That was good but very expensive at ten bucks a pop.

The food was good and varied. It ranged from German to Asian cuisine but I ordered the Giardiniera Chicken Penne. A great pasta but it took a while to get to me. About twenty minutes I should say, I finished my Rochefort before my meal so the barkeep suggested that I get Alligash to pair with my pasta. Wrong. A good beer but it didn't go with this meal at all.

All in all a good place to go with friends and family. Not by yourself. The list is vast but confusing. I like it, but it doesn't hold a candle to Sweetwater Tavern.

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Photo of MsRogueRed
2.15/5  rDev -47%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 1

What a disappointment!!! We had been looking forward to going here since we started planning our trip in December and we went directly here when we got into town.

First off, when we arrived, the place was empty. We sat down at the bar and I got a bad vibe from the bartender immediately. He was watching a golf infomercial and seemed more interested in that than in serving beer.

I looked at the beer menu which was the back and front of a sheet of paper and ordered the Bilbo Baggins Avalanche because it was described as an amber and I thought I'd give their brew a chance. It was sorta flat and tasteless, so I passed it off the my husband and asked the bartender to recommend something. I told him I liked Stoudt Scarlet Lady and reds/ambers. He suggested Arrogant Bastard Ale. Not sure why he thought I would like that because I've had that and it is not the type of beer I like. I ordered a SCHNEIDER, BAVARIAN HEFE-WEISSE ALE and I enjoyed it.

We asked to see menus and I wasn't too keen on the selections plus we were deciding if we were staying since we didn't feel welcome. They had Cilantro Fries on the blackboard, so we ordered them. They came out looking fantastic and we were finally feeling better about the place. We bit into them and they were undercooked-way undercooked. They were steak fries size and you know what they taste like when they're undercooked...like planks of mush. We tried to eat them and probably ate about 3 fries each.

The bartender asked if we wanted another beer and we both decided to cut our losses and leave. He asked how the fries were and we told him they were undercooked and couldn't eat them.

He gave us our bill and those d*mn fries were $10. I was so ticked off that I was tempted to not leave a tip but begrudgingly did leave one and we left. Our bill was over $25 for two beers and fries.

Obviously, other people have had a good time here, so I can't say don't go here, so just take my review with a grain of salt and if you get a bad vibe when you go in, turn around and leave and save yourself the money.

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Photo of BrinkyBeerBoy
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Just a weekend trip with my wife, and three kids to visit my Dad in Alexandria. Spent the day at museums, and art galleries. When dinner rolled around, instead of my Dad pickin the place, I suggested Bilbo Baggins. He had never heard of it before, and when we walked up to the little hobbit hole we were all excited to enter. I have never been there before, but with the great BA directory, everywhere I go I can find great ideas for Brewpubs, and Beer bars.

Anyway, as we enter I thought it was only one floor. Their was a beautiful bar with only a couple tables in front. We were then met right away by a very nice women who escorted all of us upstairs. We walked up the creaky old wooden floors, and I couldn't believe how cool lookin this place was. Being a big "Lord of the Rings" fan who wouldn't love this warm, and inviting place. Being seated a waitor immediatly came over with a Beer list, wine list, and a great menu. I ordered Brews for my wife, and dad. Who converted from miller light to weizens, and schaefer to schwartzbier. I ordered a Trappistes Rochefort #6 for myself. Throughout dinner I had a Schneider's Aventinus weizen-eisbock, and Stone's smoked porter. Their were 10 great Beers on tap, and a wide variety of about 40 bottle Brews.
I kept it light on the meal with the Bilbo's Salad, and of coarse I had to finish what the kids didn't eat, and finish my wifes Stone porter.She couldn't finish the 1pint 6oz bottle(shes not used to 5.9%). Oh, lets not forget to homemade bread thats baked there. Thats out of this world!! Crusty oat crust, and soft grain bread with little chunks of currents mixed in. Perfect hobbit food.

I could of stayed there for quite some time, and tried more brews, but the family, and I had to get going. It was a wonderful time. Next time My dad(without the kids) need to sit at the Bilbo Bar, and really get into sampling some Brews. Cant wait to return to this little hobbit hole in the wall. If anybody is in the area please stop in, and check it out. You will not be disappointed.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This place is a gem as far as Northern Virginia goes. It is situated in the middle of beautiful Old Town Alexandria just off the well traveled path of King Street. Up until recently I had become convinced that there were no truely quality beer bars in NoVa until my girlfriend took me here for my Birthday. The bar part of the establishment is fairly small, with perhaps 10 stools and a few tables. The restaurant was adjacent but we didn't go in there (heard the food wasn't so good). The tap list consists of about 10-12 decent offerings including a few beers from North Coast and some decent imports. The bottle list is impressive, with high end offerings from many US craft brewers, trappist ales, and German specialty beers such as Eggenberger Eisbock and Celebrator Doppelbock. They had 3 selections from Rochefort (6, 8 and 10) as well as beers from Hyughe, Chimay, Carolous, and many others. World Wide Stout was also present. A very impressive list to say the least, comprised mainly of all high end beers. I'll definitely be coming back here.

On a side note, after about 10:00pm the place sorta clears out and the night we were there had some very strange "locals". Something to keep in mind but not necessarily keep you away.

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Bilbo Baggins in Alexandria, VA
Place rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 33 ratings
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