Small place, long and narrow. Dozen barstools, 8 or so tables. Nice selection for a small place, very well-chosen with some hard to find surprises. Staff was very knowledgeable about the beer and the food (and the hard liquor - including absinthe and a rare regional gin!). their recommendations were spot on. A good addition to the area, and to the DC beer scene in general.
A solid spot for a beer and appeared to be pretty calm and down to earth for 6pm on a Friday. An OK taplist but nothing that really jumped out on my visit, although I didnít check both bars this time. Friendly and efficient bartender. 4oz pours available.
I only visited the upstairs bar. Really anonymous ambiance. The crowd seemed pretty typical for the Adams Morgan area. Beers on tap numbered about 20. Decent selection, but nothing was available that you canít buy elsewhere. I had a Nugget Nectar and found it to be in decent condition. The bartender was a bit of a cow. She wasnít in a great mood and was lazily underfilling every beer she poured. Her attitude miraculously improved as she was preparing my bill. The value was in line with other places in DC (itís expensive). Overall, I have no desire to return.
A pretty decent place that gets a few of the same oddities that come in and out of Churchkey and Pizzeria Paradiso- probably the same distributors. Black Squirrel is right in the ass crack of Adamís Morgan, which is the Bourbon St of DC. Thursday-Saturday night 9pm-4am this place is a riotous shit show. Black Squirrel can pride itself in being probably the only bar in Adamís Morgan during these nights that does not go bat shit crazy with hundreds of drunk people dancing all over the place. Black Squirrel can be given props just for being a "safe haven" from all the vomit and arrests going on outside. With that said, Black Squirrel just expanded so there is now a nice basement with huge bar and about 10 or so taps that are pretty good. All American crafts for the most part with rarities that have shown up in the past like Goose Island Dominique, Firestone Walker Abacus. Quite impressive. Prices are pretty high, but no different than Churchkey or Pizzeria Paradiso (on non happy hour night). This is not really the place I would recommend over Paradiso or Churchkey, but if you are in the area while it is crazy going out night, stop in here to not get killed slash have some pretty special beers.
Small narrow place in Adams Morgan. They do food (didnít eat) but this is unmistakeably a bar rather than a restaurant. Comfortable and welcoming, although I can imagine it being a bit of a crush at weekends. Slightly alternative feel. The beer list isnít huge but has some decent quality offerings. Service was efficient, friendly and very knowledgeable. The female bartender had been to a Brewlab brewing course in Sunderland (UK) and they are planning a brewery in the basement. Watch this space.
A cool little punk feeling dive bar in the basement of one of the buildings along 18th. Pretty much a long bar with a tables where there was space. Bartenders knew their beer and were prompt. A nice selection of taps with a more local then not. Small pours were available. I did not try the food on my visit. Prices were on the cheap side which was nice. A pleasant surprise.
Solid three floor beer bar in Adams Morgan. The few times Iíve been only two floors have been open. Solid beer list, donít know if you can order different beer between the main and bottom floors but itís not too bad if itís not busy and you donít mind moving floors. Some uncommon and rare beers every now and then. Main floor bar can be cramped when it gets busier, not a whole lot of room with the stools and servers/food runners moving back and forth. Had the poutine and one of their burgers, both tasty though I think the burger made me sick so Iíve stuck to the beer list since.
Probably one of my favorite places in D.C. This has a cool atmosphere which lacks the pretense of some of the other D.C. beer locations and even others on the same street. Has a continually growing tap last it seems, now with something well over 30. Good burgers on Thursday night burger night for $5 - great deal. Try Chimay cheese. Only annoying thing is you have to choose between upstairs and downstairs, which have different tap lists. On a slow night the upstairs bartenders will go down and get stuff from downstairs for you though. Great service. My style of bar.
When I visited: Late September 2014.
What I had: Elysian Savant IPA, Perennial The Last Word, and Oakshire OíDark:30 Cascadian Dark Ale on tap, can of Sun King Wee Mac Scottish Ale, draft sample of BrewDog & Oskar Blues Shipwrecker Circus, Bratwurst Platter to eat, some white wines and an entrťe for my fiancť.
What I liked: Funky gastropub vibe, lively but not too loud, fast and engaging service from the Main Floor bartender, who was quite chatty and happy to provide samples, tasty and affordable food, I enjoyed most of my beers and my partner really liked her wine, we would come here often if we lived in the area.
What I disliked: Wish I hadíve known that the Tap Room has a much better draft selection than the Main Floor and Party Room *before* we visited (since we wouldíve relocated), but thatís a minor quibble.
Would I go back? Absolutely.
Overall Rating: 86