Travlr (2484) Washington, Washington DC | December 2, 2011| Updated December 26, 2011
Large place in the heart of the Chinatown/tourist area. Large bar area with seats at the bar and tables. Nice looking interior. Friendly, efficient service. Beers are mostly pretty good, but not spectacular. Food is tasty steakhouse fare with a decent amount of seafood. Portions are massive, so you really get a second meal with each one you order!
3fourths (1537) Boulder, Colorado | July 18, 2006| Updated January 21, 2013
I think this place has the same floorplan as the Des Moines, IA Rock Bottom... it also resembles the Walnut Brewery in Boulder. Overall it has the same features of Rock Bottom places, shiny this n that, wood everywhere, long polished bar, but the beer quality was lacking for the most part. The Bourbon Stout, which is supposed to be one of the best beers made in DC, I found almost undrinkable. The oatmeal stout was close behind. However, I found the Hefeweizen to be spot on for the style, rich, juicy, appropriately tart, just wonderful. The waitstaff was decent, they forgot to serve us water on a 100 F day, but during both times we visited over the weekend the brewer was hanging out at the bar and talked to us for a while.
Beer available, July 2006: Bourbon Stout, Oatmeal Stout, Hefeweizen, Light Ale, Amber Ale, Brown Ale.
t0rin0 (1516) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 12, 2013
Visited July 2011.
I was treated to dinner here and the food definitely did not disappoint. The house beers were all middle of the road but they had a couple of interesting styles like a barrel aged stout. The best beer was probably the IPA and the worst was the light lager. The servers were very friendly. The bathroom situation is kind of strange. You have to take an elevator downstairs to the basement to find it and itís one of those old types where you slide the door open yourself. Over all a pretty nice restaurant with good food but the prices are high and the beer isnít great.
Propped up to the bar and tried a few of the house beers. Attentive and welcoming bartender who had great rapport with the regulars. Not overly busy mid afternoon but a few diners were lingering. Atmosphere was chilled with low dimmed lighting and soft jazz music playing in the background. Didnít eat on this occasion.
This place has a small bar area but overall the restaurant is adequately sized but cramped feeling. The service is attentive. There was one seasonal available, and it was the same one from a previous visit four months ago, the Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout. I have yet to eat here, but the menu looks similar to the Denver location.
Friday lunch hour in May 2006: Nice semi upscale restaurant with a nice menu in a well restored historic building. I had low expectations for this Rock Bottom affiliate, but the three beers I tried were all the way good. The bartender was all over it, too. Liked it.
Itís nice to have a brewpub in a nice steakhouse. Itís a great change of pace from the typical brewpub fare. The decor was full of dark wood and polished brass. It looks like the kind of place Gatsby hung out in after he made his money. They had 8 things on tap. The sampler was very reasonably priced. The beers ranged from solid to pretty good. The food was excellent. They really know how to do a burger. I think Iíll do a steak next time. Since it;s close to the Landmark E street theater, Iíll definitely go back.
This place definitely has the upscale brewpub chain feeling, though not as sterile as the Capitol Hill Brewery. I stopped in and had their imperial stout which was served in a pint glass for some strange reason. The bartender was himself baffled by that fact. There was a decent array of beer available. If I was to pick a brewpub in town to sample some DC brews Iíd come here.
I had been to the Cleveland location 3 years ago and since closed and frankly had the impression of traveling in the past as soon as I passed the doorframe here. The same high ceiling, nice tiled floors, huge place with leatherette benches, black and white well dressed staff, large empty bar and dark brown wooden furniture in a steakhouse atmosphere. I have eaten at neither location for both seem to be on the very high side of the pricing scale albeint in downtown DC, I can understand why. We visited on a Sunday evening, around 9pm and it was almost empty. I tried the pilsner and bourbon stout which were both really honest examples. Joking, friendly bartender, obviously a bit blasť. I canít say the experience was thrilling, but I was not disappointed either since the beer met expectations. I do not envision myself staying there for a session though, unless I was depressed or meant to become depressed.
classic bar for older guys who like jazz and tradition. Decent but not on the edge beer. Top professional staff, who are friendly at a buisness not passion point. Basement and bathrooms are a 5 minute or so special elevator ride down. Good sized bar, a decent number of tourists at the tables. No patio available. No guest taps, just about 7 of their own, and outside of the bourbon aged which is overated, nothing to define the edge as its conservative DC. Good as a stopover waiting for the worst traffic on the continent to clear.