The Black Squirrel | Washington, Washington DC
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The Black Squirrel
Excellent based on 27 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: Travlr (15) | Taps: 34 | Bottles: 70

The Black Squirrel

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Beer Available At The Black Squirrel (arranged by most recent)
Fair Winds Sirenís Lure , Jester King Vernal Dichotomous (2015) , Mispillion Orange Drank , Jester King BiŤre de Miel 98, Ocelot Idle Hands , Lost Rhino Gose , Jester King Provenance (Orange & Grapefruit) 85, Jester King Detritivore 99, New Holland Blue Sunday #16 Brettanomyces Bruxellensis , Jester King Coquetier 97, Jester King / Live Oak Foudreweizen 95, Ocelot Easily Amused , Hellbender Ella KPA , Perennial Suburban Beverage 98, Lucifer Black 69, HeíBrew Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass the Beer 74, HeíBrew Origin Pomegranate Ale 51, Great Lakes Alberta Clipper 91, Stoudts Smooth Hoperator 94, Lonerider Red Spur 66
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27 reviews for The Black Squirrel
 Ambiance  76%
 Service  79%
 Selection  76%
 Food  79%
 Value  67%
 Overall  77%
 Rating  87%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 12/20
mansquito  (106) Nueva York, New York | September 28, 2012
Went here on a Friday night and it was relatively full of that generic DC white people crowd. The tap-list was passable, but I was hardly excited by it. I mostly just had a couple of DIPAs I have not had yet. The music they played was terrible ("Call me Maybe"), and the awful dance moves of the DC denizens made my feel at best uncomfortable. I only spent my time in the basement in which the ambiance with the exception of the music was fine. However, there are plenty better places to go for beer in DC.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
pras  (43) Maryland | June 11, 2012
Great food and great beer!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 12/20
Thorpe429  (58) , Illinois | May 13, 2012
Went to the main-level bar yesterday for a beer after a tour of the Belgian embassy for the EU Open House. Needed a beer after they pushed us through the embassy and we were stuck with Stella rather than the hoped-for Orval. Walls are red on one side and brick on the other with black wooden tables. Interesting posters on the wall. A few TVs on the wall an plenty more by the bar. Seemed to be a pretty chill place. Service was good. The bartender knew a decent amount and wasnít too pushy, and was quick with drinks and always noticed when we were running dry. The selection decent but nothing outstanding. Probably around 20 drafts and the same number of bottles. Not an extensive bottle list like other places in the area, and many of the drafts were pretty standard selections. Didnít have any food. Value was a bit pricey, even for the area. Priced above Churchkey and Paradiso, which is crazy. A nice experience, though I donít think Iíd come back very often unless Iím in need of a beer in Adams Morgan.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
tastybeer  (35) Indiana | February 29, 2012
One of the larger bars in Adams Morgan, especially with the recent expansion downstairs. 50+ draft lines, primarily stuff youíll find around town but all at one location and a decent bottle list. Sometimes they get in a few oddities. Ambiance is nice and usually quiet, especially in comparison with the rest of the neighborhood. Bartenders are friendly but not talkative. I have not tried the food. Overall a nice spot, and they regularly update their draft list online. Prices are comparable to PP or Churchkey, maybe a dollar lower.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
jcos  (63) Maryland | December 5, 2011
The Black Squirrel is a three level place - although the bottom "street level" is not directly connected to the top two levels(and so you cannot bring beers in between each, as they would have to go outside). Ate dinner on the mid level, food was better than expected. Decent draft list. The real deal is the basement, with about 20 drafts, some mid level beer geek stuff, a few super geek stuff, but all good choices. Easily the best draft list in Adamís Morgan, I look forward to returning.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
Drink4Satan  (29) Washington, Washington DC | August 21, 2011
Three floors each with a different atmosphere make this a fun night spot, but not necessarily a good beer bar. For one, it suffers from DC price-gouging. The bouncers are douchey. Extremely. Proper glassware is not given. Most everything seems to come in a shaker. The tap list always has the standard stuff thatís going around, even though the beers are good, thereís never anything uncommon and interesting unless thereís a specific brewery-sponsored event. Decent crowd though, and definitely a heaven of chillness and decency within the scummy admo scene, up there with Bourbon and Pharmacy Bar, but definitely better than those two bars as far as beer selection is concerned. The staff that knows whatís up are always friendly and helpful and usually hook it up if they know you know whatís up. Still, some of the staff isnít too familiar with what theyíre pouring, and that is not characteristic of a stellar beer bar. Iíve also had the occasional 10oz pour on beers that could at least have a 12oz pour. No signs of tap-line contamination, so they must be good with their tap-system sanitation. Havenít had any food yet, so I cannot comment there. The basement is my fave here.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
GT2  (659) 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 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
jde123  (81) Washington, Washington DC | June 10, 2010
I liked this bar - and have been here several times. They had a pretty good selection on tap, didnít really check out their bottles. The bartender was very pleasant, and helpful, he even let me use the bar wifi! Hope to make it back to try the food. Oh wait, I did try the food, I had a duck confit springroll that was really tasty!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Tsotsi  (10) Florida | May 8, 2010
Visited during vacation in November. Ran across it by mistake after seeing beer signs in the window. Walked in and was surpirsed by the beer selection. Place was busy on a Friday and bar area kinda cramped but once we got a seat it was all good. Great beer selection and the first time I had Breakfast Stout, bonus that it was on tap. Bartenders were friendly and knowledgable. Had a great time and went back twice before leaving back home. Did not try the food so cannot say much about it. Menu did look great though.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
chriso  (467) 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.

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