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The Birch

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American, Bar, Pub
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1231 W Olney Rd, Norfolk, VA 23507-1314
+1 757-962-5400
17:00 - 00:00
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Tue - Thu 17:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 15:00 - 02:00
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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165 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

Stopped in here one afternoon to check out their selection and was very pleased that they had a Mead as one of their drink options along with a wide variety of brews. The drink was good but the beer was not cold. The bartender was friendly and knowledgeable and offered additional information not already on the board that listed everything... More 

Thank Mike and Diane K
Lynchburg, Virginia
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

We stopped here for a beer. Great selection of local beer and cider. Found a new favorite. They also have a very nice selection of cheese. Definitely will go back. Service was fantastic!

Thank 4Orr12
Richmond, Virginia
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

Happened to drop by for their weekend of beers from around the world. As a world traveler, I was excited and impressed by the selections they had available on tap. Beer could be bought by the taster glass or as a pint and each beer was listed with country of origin, what notes to expect, prices, and even a suggestion... More 

Thank kgrunau
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147 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

It's no surprise that The Birch is nationally recognized as one of the best beer bars in the US. They offer a broad selection of craft and import beers with a focus on what one would normally not find in the area. In addition to beer, they offer a quality selection of fare that compliments the beer. I was impressed... More 

Thank OHWanderingProf
Lexington, Kentucky
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

Attentive service, knowledgeable staff, a selection of beers (made in-house and a good selection of other local, national, and international brews) that will suit most tastes, community atmosphere (20% of their profits that day were going to a local charity), and an interesting selection of food. We had some delectable "exotic" grilled cheese sandwiches and a lovely selection of charcuterie.

Thank Doug C
Outer Banks NC
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106 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

Went here for the beer selection. It is not for everyone's taste. More of a beer connoisseur place. Excellent selection and very knowledgeable staff. Particularly the young lady who said she was the owner. In addition, they have a wonderful selection of meats and cheeses to accompany the drinks. The place reminded me of being in Europe. We will definitely... More 

Thank Pirateskully
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89 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

Sparsely decorated yet upbeat, The Birch offers an impressive array of beer, cider, and mead on tap and in bottles. Tap beverages can be ordered in three sizes, including demi, a great way to sample--which is practically a given with such a large number of brews to try. Light fare includes pretzels, huge bowls of popcorn made up fresh, gourmet... More 

Thank Shay S
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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396 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 526 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

It has been over 18 months since our last visit to The Birch. Just as we remembered, the selection of beers and ales is excellent. Better still, ciders have now been added to the draught menu! Hard to find beers can be a little expensive, but that comes with the territory of access to rare brews. Highly recommended.

Thank Lynn1950
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39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

For those who like to expand their horizons past the normal brews, this is the place for you. They have a section of full and half pours that don't disappoint. Try their grilled cheese or a beer and cheese pairing. Their truffles are awesome as well!

Thank Stacy W
Norfolk, Virginia
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844 reviews
603 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016 via mobile

We decided to stop in tonight for the first time. This is a unique beer lovers Mecca. They carry a large list of draft beers and Ciders. Their selections are different than anywhere else in the area. They offer about a dozen truly unique Grilled Cheese sandwich creations. This is another example of Norfolk growing. We enjoyed our visit. Very... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
15:00 - 02:00
15:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1231 W Olney Rd, Norfolk, VA 23507-1314
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Norfolk
  • Phone Number: +1 757-962-5400
We are a beer bar located in the West Ghent neighborhood of Norfolk, Virginia. The Birch has a 21 tap selection, 100+ bottles, and growlers to go. Our entire menu is available to-go, including bottled beer. the fare includes cheese boards,grilled cheeses, and delicious bar snacks.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?