The Black Squirrel | Washington, Washington DC
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The Black Squirrel
Excellent based on 22 ratings
Type: Bar

2427 18th St NW
Washington, Washington DC United States 20009 [ print map ]
202 232 1011

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


Mayor: dbarnold (2) | Taps: 15 | Bottles: 70


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Beer Available At The Black Squirrel (arranged by most recent)
Saucony Creek Stonefly IPA 63, RavenBeer Pendulum Pilsner 47, Sly Fox Christmas Ale 80, Shorts Good Humans 91, Hardywood Cream Ale 43, Maui Brewing Aloha Bíakítun 89, Perennial FÍte de NoŽl 90, Hardywood The Great Return 92, Left Coast Voo Doo American Stout 97, Union Craft Hampden On Rye 47, Sixpoint Global Warmer (2013) 94, Cape Ann Fishermanís Pumpkin Stout 92, New Holland Hopivore 50, Shed Mountain Ale 56, Perennial / Penrose Hereafter 90, New Belgium Love - Oscar 91, Shorts Huma-Lupa-Licious 97, Franklins Private I.P.A. 75, Hardywood RVA IPA 80, Funkwerks Dark PrÝphet 95
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22 reviews for The Black Squirrel
 Ambiance  77%
 Service  79%
 Selection  75%
 Food  79%
 Value  65%
 Overall  77%
 Rating  85%
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68
  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.
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
GT2  (535) Carlsbad, 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.
76
  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!
78
  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.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
chriso  (356) 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.
84
  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.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
yinzerbeernut  (15) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | March 6, 2010
This was a nice find on my recent trip to Washington D.C. We had a party of 8 and called ahead for a Monday night. I was told there was WiFi and informed about the beer selection that was spot on. When we arrived, I was greeted with our table and given the Network Password. The bar was full but there was only about two or three other tables. I had a burger, which was their specialty, and it did not disappoint! Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the beers. I would like to see more on draft and be allowed to take a few bottles to go. Must be a D.C. law.
76
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr  (1374) 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.
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
TheGent  (5) , Massachusetts | August 10, 2009| Updated January 2, 2011
a chance find during a week long stay in the area. small place on a street full of bars. Got a bit crowded but getting to the bar was still manageable and the bar tenders seemed to know how to pour drinks properly. Tried one of the house beers and it was decent. Tried food once and they seemed to have good upper scale bar fare. A absolute try if you are in the Adams Morgan area.
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
branspra  (17) Arlington, Virginia | December 29, 2008
Had after dinner drinks at this place after a recommendation from a friend. What a find! Bartender was extremely nice and had a strong knowledge of beers, recommending several styles that were all as he described. I plan to make this a regular spot going forward as the crowd was very friendly, service was speedy, and the bar itself just feels like home.

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