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The Birch Bar - Norfolk, VA
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The Birch Bar
1321 West Olney Road
Norfolk, VA 23507
United States
(757) 962-5400
Listed Since: January 2011
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hours of operation
Sun CLOSED
Mon 03:00PM - 12:00AM
Tue 03:00PM - 12:00AM
Wed 03:00PM - 12:00AM
Thu 03:00PM - 12:00AM
Fri 03:00PM - 02:00AM
Sat 03:00PM - 02:00AM

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(9 within 5 miles)
1) Taphouse at Ghent
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1) Bed & Breakfast-Page House Inn
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1) CLARION HOTEL JAMES MADISON
2) COMFORT INN NAVAL BASE
3) COMFORT INN OLDE TOWN
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5) DAYS INN NORFOLK N PORTSMOUTH
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16) Lafayette Grammar and High School
17) LIGHTSHIP No. 101, PORTSMOUTH
18) Monticello Arcade
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20) Norfolk Academy
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(even if I was a millionaire, Gordon you wouldn't get a penny from me, for a tip, you are a rude little troglodyte who should be ashamed, as hard working people give you what we can reasonable afford, you would not have a job if WE did not budget to go out, but our budgeted going out money will NEVER go to BIRCH BAR again, hello taphouse on 21st street, you have never looked so good. See you soon Cogan's Pizza thanks for having almost the same beers as BIRCH BAR, sorry if you don't last, but service is everything when half of what you offer is CRAP) We just want to tell you that the Birch Bar is PURE BULLCRAP. Pardon our French. This is our second time going, the food sucks, seriously eat first, but the beer menu WAS worth the drive from the beach to Ghent, OR so we thought until tonight. We rarely go out let alone drive for beer, but we have patronized this establishment for two Fridays in a row (THEY HAVE BEEN OPEN FOR 3) We love beer and blog about beer and talk about beer, and brew beer and all the reasons anyone visits a beer place. We plan vacations around BEER. Though the first week was a learning curve with the lack of a real food menu, we ate dinner first this time and drove to (EBF) West Ghent from the courthouse area in Va Beach once again. No parking, so we walked from the "Birch Bar Parking" through the dark (don't go alone ladies it is a mugging and raping waiting to happen in that semi-lit area, but the bar across the street was well lit and open). The place was packed, YAY for Birch Bar, you can now treat people like crap you have lots of people coming into the novelty bar. (Overheard one lady ask, "do you sell any normal beer, I like bluemoon what should I have", I see that popularity lasting for a while since your staff is so welcoming and inviting to ALL people). We were greeted with a gruff, "I can't give you beers I work the floor" from Gordon and finally got our beers ordered (Yes Ben we understand that family comes first and that wasn't a problem, we are very laid back, go with the flow, let your wait staff sit in the corner chatting while you, Ben, serve us beers as we had been empty for a while, as true beer lovers are) We waited in the corner for a little bit until a table came available. We sat down and order more beer, LOTS more beer. We overheard a group grumbling about how rude the staff were to them telling them to move, they were busy, We explained how busy the staff had been and asked them not to leave but to give them a chance. After we talked a few people into staying (2 left) and of course ordering beverages, we stayed for another few rounds. When we finished we got our tab and paid what we could reasonably afford (roughly 11% not much but all we can give). Gordon, our RUDE waiter, who only served us 1/2 the time, came up to my fiance afterwards (I was in the restroom) and told him, "that is a terrible tip". My fiance told him that is all we can afford and he stated "Then don't come back, you were here 3 hours". When he told me this I was dumbfounded and refused to believe it, until Gordon said the exact same words to me. He said, "that was a terrible tip, you were here for three hours." I tried to explain we were on a budget he told me "so am I" I tried to apologize, mortified, I sought out the owner. When I spoke to the owner he said your boyfriend mouthed curses at me. My fiance came in and apologized stating it wasn't at him but at Gordon, childish as it was, he was angry and hurt but I thought we all made amends. When I tried to talk to Gordon who was still going off on our "little tip" I was ushered out the door by Ben, as "they were busy and did not need a scene" even though no scene was to be had, I, the fixer just wanted to smooth over the misunderstanding that our "non-tip" wasn't a slight on him or his service (which was terrible) but a testimony to our poor pay checks. SO, ALL THAT BEING SAID WE WILL NEVER GO BACK TO THE BIRCH BAR and we hope you take this post seriously. I have never complained about a single thing as I know life happens as do bad days, but to be told you did not give enough of a tip is straight out BULL *%!@. We can get all we need from GRAPE & GOURMET on Va. Beach Blvd. near Central Library in Va. Beach, who appreciate who you are no matter how little you buy (AND have never told us, in 4 years, we spend too little even if they think it). After four years with them, I must say that I have never met a better small business IN ANY CATEGORY. We do not give recommendations lightly however we highly recommend G&G for all your beer needs and we do say empirically, stay away from BIRCH BAR in West Ghent and for that matter any where Gordon, previously of the Taphouse, decides to work. Good Luck Birch Bar, as we will do our best to ensure everyone knows your service and your nonexistent food ($15 for 8 slices of cheese, 4 slices of sausage, 8 olives, 4 crackers and some honey....REALLY) suck more than macro brews with bad bottling. GO TO GRAPE AND GOURMET (for all craft brews over 500 bottles AND IF YOU WANT TAP BEER SEE THE TAPHOUSE in GHENT, SERIOUSLY). BTW if you didn't catch on the Birch Bar's service and food SUCK

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