March 5, 2014
Fall River’s Taphouse Grille Has Something for Everyone
Hello everyone. My name is Ben, I’m twenty-two years old, and I am a raging craft beer geek.
I once overheard some fellow beer geeks praise the draft and bottle selection at Fall River’s Taphouse Grille, and after having a chance conversation with the Grille’s owner (who happened to be enjoying a drink at The Black Rabbit right beside me) it seemed as though my next stop had chosen me.
After roughly a minute long drive from The Black Rabbit I arrived at an open parking spot directly in front of Taphouse Grille. The Taphouse, located at 159 South Main Street (right across from the Fall River District Court), provides patrons with the convenience of free valet parking and also do not charge a cover fee. As I was walking inside I noticed that the building seemed to be aesthetically fixated towards masculinity with it’s darkly finished wood paneling and rugged looking typography.
Once I was inside I quickly took a seat at the center of the large bar section and marveled at the 24 taps; heaven for a beer geek. There were also 50 craft beers available in bottles, none of which were particularly rare or attention grabbing. Jugs of sangria and scorpion bowls were also available on the drink menu. All of the tables and booths seemed to be full and there was a two-man guitar duo playing Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaritaville” on a small stage at the back of the bar. The bartenders were very attentive and asked what I wanted before I had fully taken my seat. After ordering Wormtown Brewery’s superb “Be Hoppy” IPA, I took a minute to scope the place out and get a feel for the type of crowd Taphouse Grille attracts. I noticed that most of the people in attendance were probably between 35 and 55 years old with a few families out to dinner and some small scattered groups of people in their 20’s. Everyone was relatively well dressed which went along with the Taphouse Grille’s squeaky clean look. The granite bar, the brown leather booths, and the hardwood floors were polished and shining brightly. I felt lucky to have come at night because if I had stopped in for lunch I might have gone blind.
While I was savoring the crisp citrus flavors of my IPA the band started to play another Buffet hit, “If You Like Pina Coladas.” Seeing live music is one of my all time favorite activities and bars score big points with me if they host performances. Not many people were paying attention to the band, but they provided everyone with some nice background music. I don’t understand how anyone could carry on with conversations over the singer belting out Buffet hooks. It definitely is not a place I would recommend going to alone or with the intention of meeting new people on the Friday and Saturday nights that bands play. As you can see in the above photograph, the Taphouse Grille is larger than it looks from the outside. Despite it’s large size, the venue was packed tightly, mostly with people eating at tables. It’s a good place to go to with a group, but the combination of loud music and a decent size crowd doesn’t make for an optimal environment for socializing.
The Taphouse Grille isn’t known only for it’s vast beer selection, it’s food happens to be locally renowned as well. The kitchen is open until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays which is just as uncommon as it is awesome. The menu features mostly Italian and American food styles such as stuffed meatballs, macaroni and cheese, and chicken wings. I got hungry watching so many people chowing down that I had to order some of their breaded Italian raviolis, deep fried and loaded with mozzarella cheese. They tasted really fresh and came with a side of Pomodoro dipping sauce; I give them five stars.
For one high quality beer and a deliciously filling appetizer I only ended up paying about 14 dollars. I was impressed by the fair prices of everything on the menu. A dinner for two probably wouldn’t exceed 40 dollars. I didn’t fall completely in love with the Taphouse Grille, mainly because three quarters of the patrons were my parents age and I felt somewhat out of place. The large beer selection is sort of misleading because one generally thinks that such a vast selection will include some hard to get beers, however Taphouse featured nothing you couldn’t get at most beer bars. Places like The Black Rabbit are smaller and better for meeting new people and having conversations, but if you’re looking for delicious food, a decent beer selection, and some live music, give Taphouse Grille a visit.
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