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.
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 blasé. I can’t 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.
If a steakhouse and a fireman’s bar mated, the atmosphere here would be the result. Large open spaces (for the size of the place at least), dark burgundy and wood everywhere. The beers aren’t amazing, and parking is hellish. Still probably a nice place to cozy up to the bar and watch a game. Service was laid back but attentive. 8 things listed as on tap, but only 6 of them were on. Still a sampler of six good sized pours only ran me $6.5 so it’s hard to argue with that.
A grand old place with a 1930s look to it, art nouveau meets bierhaus, prohibition era music. For a chain, the beers are OK to solid. Menu is limited to steak which is the speciality...no complaints here, love the complimentary cornbread.
Visited here in Oct ’06 on a Tuesday night. Very crowded and hopping. Nice atmosphere - lots of dark wood and brass and two floors. Found room at the bar quickly though and the service was prompt - the pizza came in about three minutes! Had about seven or so on tap and I was impressed that they had a very detailed menu on the wall that listed the tapping date, ABV, Gravity etc. Beers were about average - but enough variety to keep you happy. Came for the Bourbon Stout - decent - but not overwhelming. Still a great place
Stopped in here a few times while I was in town. Dark wood paneled room with lots of glass and shiny brass. I didn’t eat while I was here but the beers were okay. Nothing really spectacular (although the Spring Bock was surprisingly tasty). Enjoyable though. A very surly bartender the first night... someone much friendlier the next day. OK.
I’d been meaning to stop in here for years, but if I’m in this part of town I usually wins up drinking at RFD (about a block and a half down the road). Finally met some people for dinner here last weekend. This place is alright. It’s a slightly more upscale version of Rock Bottom, with solid food, and decent beer. None of the beers were great or terrible to me (I think I had them all between 2.7-3.3). Choices were pretty weak on style diversity (specifically nothing hoppy). Decent brewpub. Nice food. Hey, it’s a visitable place, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to stop here.
Ok place with average beer. I’m often in the area but have only been in once. A few regular, average beers with some other rotating entries. Service is ok. Decor is kind of like an upscale hotel bar in the 20s.