The Commercial Taphouse was the first bar I ever went to in Richmond, and it was love at first sight. The interior is dark and intimate, echoing a pub that you might find in some sleepy English town. The service is always great, as the staff is very personable and knowledgeable about the beers offered. And let's talk about the beers. There is a beer menu with one side displaying a rotating selection of excellent and diverse draft beers, which usually include several seasonal selections, all of which are offered in 3 or 4 different sizes. The other side of the menu displays an equally educated selection of bottled beers. Don't know what you want to pick? Ask for a sample of any of the draft beers and they will give you a tasting size glass of your brew choice. The food is also consistently good, with fairly typical bar fare (burgers, fish and chips, pizza), and nightly specials. My favorite regular menu item would have to be the Rice & Beans: a heaping serving of black beans and rice, with a generous serving of sauteed vegetables and a side of salsa. If you are a fan of trying interesting and delicious beer, or if you just want to go to a great neighborhood bar, try the Commercial Taphouse & Grill.
Pros: Great beer selection, friendly service, good food
Cons: Only open until 1am on Saturdays