The Black Squirrel | Washington, Washington DC
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The Black Squirrel
Excellent based on 24 ratings
Type: Bar

2427 18th St NW
Washington, Washington DC United States 20009 [ print map ]
202 232 1011 | facebook | twitter | food menu | beer menu

Hours: Mon - Thu 5:00 PM - Close; Sat - Sun 11:00 AM - Close

Mayor: solidfunk (4) | Taps: 34 | Bottles: 70

The Black Squirrel

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Beer Available At The Black Squirrel (arranged by most recent)
Bear Republic Big Bear Black Stout 99, New Holland Night Tripper 99, Avery Trogdor the Burninator 90, Great Divide Red Comet , Great Lakes Blackout Stout 99, Devils Backbone Trail Angel Weisse 49, Oskar Blues Daleís Pale Ale (Mango) , Epic Big Bad Baptist 100, BrewDog / Oskar Blues Shipwrecker Circus 97, Avery Lilikoi Kepolo (Mahu) 97, Otter Creek Alpine Ale 52, Rogue Santas Private Reserve 91, Sly Fox Christmas Ale 80, Uinta Crooked Line Tinder Rauchbier 96, Local Option Morning Wood 93, Southern Tier 2XONE 97, New Holland Pilgrimís Dole Bourbon Barrel Wheatwine Ale 98, Port City Tidings 38, Sixpoint Apollo Wheat 82, Great Divide Titan IPA 98
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24 reviews for The Black Squirrel
 Ambiance  77%
 Service  79%
 Selection  75%
 Food  78%
 Value  66%
 Overall  77%
 Rating  85%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr  (1520) Washington, Washington DC | February 17, 2010
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
GT2  (598) San Diego County , California | May 25, 2011
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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
jackl  (403) Charlottesville, Virginia | March 8, 2014
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
chriso  (371) London, England | April 6, 2010
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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 16/20
gsmitty80  (190) Washington DC | August 21, 2008| Updated March 16, 2011
*Update 3/16/11 The Black Squirrel has now opened a basement bar that is exceptional. They have a huge white oak bar that seats about 50. There isnít much other seating so if you are looking to eat or talk with a group of people the upstairs bars are probably a better bet. The downstairs is tap focused with 32 beers that are not available in the other areas. Changing my rating from an 80 to an 88. The Black Squirrel is a beer bar in Adams Morgan. They have about 70 different beers and they are all of quality. The service is excellent. Paul and Scott are knowledgeable bartenders and beer enthusiasts. They are always willing to go out of their way to facilitate customer requests and tailor their bar to the patrons which is very genuine. They will be selling their own labeled beer soon and I am excited for them in that regard. If your looking for a nice quiet place to enjoy the game and a good brew this is the place to come in Adams Morgan. Oh and the food is excellent especially the duck spring rolls.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
solidfunk  (174) Washington D.C., Washington DC | September 3, 2014
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
ads135  (167) Lawrence, Kansas | March 22, 2014
I didnít have food here, but there beer selection was really nice. One of the longest bars Iíve ever seen. Gets really hip at night, but its a fun spot in Adams Morgan.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
gendv138  (139) Falls Church, Virginia | May 2, 2014
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
KUEric  (119) Washington, Washington DC | April 4, 2010| Updated March 3, 2014
Ive been here a few times, but wanted to spend a night here before putting up a review since I live so close. I can strongly recomend the downstairs for beer drinking over the upstairs which is more of the restaurant/typical 19th street bar (though it isnít the riff-raff like the rest of the street). Great bartender She was rocking the bar by herself on a very busy Saturday night and was a champ. She offered up suggestions that were good and she was very knowledgeable about the beer list. The beer list which was a good size (about 70 I hear) but all quality. I like the old sports magazine covers on the walls. Itís the best place to grab a beer if you are out in the zoo that is my neighborhood and home, Adams Morgan.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
JamesAllon  (104) , Norway | December 7, 2013

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