I met a friend who was in town on business and felt like a couple of beers close to his hotel (Bethesda Hyatt).
Ambiance: Very nice. The lighting is soothing, the bar area inviting, and the place is spacious.
The beer isnít amazing, but very drinkable, and the food is upscale bar fare. The beer sampler was very generously proportioned indeed.
Service: While not exactly a beer connoiseur, our waitress had a good grasp of what brews were the most popular, had sampled many things on the menu and had firsthand knowledge on what dishes were good and which were not as sought after. To be honest, the service was a bit slow and it took forever to get my second beer, however, the place was packed and the waitress apologized for the delay. I can deal with that!
Selection: Beer-wise, most of the standard styles and well as a few seasonal ones were represented: stout, pale ale, light lager, octoberfest, scotch ale, and many others.
Food: The pizza I ordered was fantastic! The crust was cooked perfectly, with just the right amount of brick oven flakiness, and the sauce and the rest of the ingredients were top notch. Also, the guacomole burger my buddy ordered looked fantastic.
Value: The massive beer sample was only $5 and the food was reasonable. My friendís burger (which he ate every bite of so it must have been good) was around $10 and my very filling 12" pizza was about $12. Perfectly priced!
This would be a great all-around happy hour destination if you happen to be in the area.
The entire visit was courtesy of Brad, thank you sir! Huge interior, "serving vessels" were visible everywhere, although Iím not sure if they brew here also. Service was slow, and there were only 3 customers and 5 visible staff. Beers were pretty uninspiring. Food was generic pub fare. Good student hangout I guess.
Rock Bottom...itís actually a pretty fun place if you know when to go. Later on Wednesday nights is trivia night and itís a blast. Drafts are all generous English pint pours of their in house beer which is a blend of corporate recipes and in house recipes. Drafts are $3 a piece, which is insane value. Unfortunately, their isnít too much variety. They keep 4-5 static drafts of their witbier (meh), kolsch (meh), IPA (decent), red ale (not bad). And they have a rotating dark beer, which you need to ask about or look on the chalkboard next to the bar to see exactly what they have. Iíve had a porter there and a Scottish export. Some of the beers are on cask and tend to be pretty good- better than their keg counterparts. Food is really not a strong suit- more like Applebeeís type food. Semi gourmet but mostly pre-made corporate dishes like youíd find at Olive Garden or Outback. So...its definitely worth coming in for trivia night and just playing around, but I donít know if Iíd recommend someone go here for a nice meal expecting some great house beers. It is certainly no Brewerís Art.
Easy four block walk from Bethesda METRO stop. Comfortable patios on city street corner. 12-place two-tone natural wood bar (no rail). Large open room with dark wood floor, dark wood tall tables and stools that support meetin a d talking to people. DJ-less music at conversation-friendly levels. Lighting bright enoun to read the menus. Silent flatscreen TVs on first and swcond floor, with one projection TV abovenopen kitchen. Thre pooltables on second level with view into brewhouse and dining areas. 24-foot ceiling of brown beams and ducting. Two cask handles. 20-something crowd 50/50 men/women.
Full liquor license. 8 unlabeled veneric tap handles behind bar. Wheelchair lift available at front entrance and for second floor restrooms.
A bery comfortanle spot with above average food and drinks.
Typical chain restaurant decor, though this seems a little older than the other location Iíve been to. I didnít eat. I ordered a sampler which was dirt cheap ($3.50) though I was probably there during happy hour. The beers were of OK quality, some pretty good. The staff ranged from mediocre to downright unprofessional. Looks like parking could be tricky.
Overall, another Rock Bottom. They had 6 beers available with two also available on cask. I did not eat, but it is the standard RB menu with this one adding a Brunch menu on the weekend. The beers were solid but not special. My server was timely and knowledgeable without being invasive.