Bardo Brewpub

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 4/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
rejtable  (271) Ontario | May 10, 2016
This place makes no sense. Like a brewery was opened in a field in Chernobyl, but populated by the Ambercrombie crowd. The brewing equipment is all outside, I watched a bunch of birds eat birdseeds and whatever else birds eat right above the open (unused at that particular time) mash tun. I’d like to believe the birds take their crap elsewhere... Bardog barks at every black guy that walks by, I guess to make sure the AF crowd is safe in their weird post-apocalyptic bubble. And the dishes are washed in a completely open outside area. The tables are warped to the point of that the centers of many of the long tables are 6 inches or more lower than the ends. Even calling them tables is a stretch. But the cornhole toss looked fun! The two IPA I had tasted like cheese and the sour mash was not drinkable. Oh and the men’s washroom urinals have no plumbing!!
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 9/20
DCLawyer  (212) Falls Church, Virginia | February 26, 2015
Like a brewpub in a war zone. Not without its charms, as noted by others below. Bardog was not humping anything during my visit, which is probably a good thing. I thought Kraddel’s head would explode when he walked in.
  • AMBIANCE 1/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • OVERALL 7/20
kraddel  (361) Antwerp, Belgium | February 14, 2015
What kind of place is this ???? In the middle of what appear to be the ghetto , there is this - and I can put it no other than - filthy little warehouse, with some old wooden tables slammed into them . And I don’t mean old in the cosy, kulminator kinda way . I mean old, as replace them before someone gets hurt . Service was done by someone who I can only describe as a homeless guy who have found a shelter and opened a brewery . Nothing against the guy , thats just how he looked . He was not unfriendly nevertheless . Beers were only served in pints, and believe me , you want smaller samples of these beers ... if you want them at all . Also there was a barking dog sitting around both inside and out ( where there were some plastic looking tables, presumably just took away from a garbage dump . Yeah .... They say cantillon looks filthy ? go here ... I was happy there was no DC chainsaw massacre while I was there .... Not my favourite place, one might say ...
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk  (417) Washington D.C., Washington DC | November 20, 2014
So this is a strange place. I was here a few minutes before it opened and the place looked abandoned, but eventually someone opened the door a few minutes after six. I was instantly attacked by the vicious Bardog, who apparently has his own twitter account. (He’s actually friendly after an initial growl). The place doesn’t get a lot of customers right now - only me, the bartender’s girlfriend and another guy when I was there. But the atmosphere is friendly nonetheless. The beers are good for the most part, even if a couple of them taste like 1990s IPAs. I could see the outside part being really cool in the summer if there was a lot of people, and the bartender said they might light campfires in the winter. Certainly an interesting place. Very cheap right now - at $4 a pint and $11 a pitcher.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Travlr  (3078) Charlotte , North Carolina | November 18, 2013| Updated December 20, 2014
This is definitely a strange place. It’s more or less halfway between Atlas brewing and the H Street NE corridor. A reincarnation of the cult classic Bardo Rodeo brewpub in Arlington, right now it’s just some containers, a central bar, a cornhole field and a lone port potty sitting in an empty lot. The brewing equipment is in place (outdoors), and the building next to the lot is nearly completely fitted as a pub. The bar is just a collection of scrap wood with a unique tap system stuck onto a cold room, with a small video monitor playing scenes from Bardo Rodeo in its heyday. But that’s about it. Only half a dozen or so boring beers on tap, with one original keg of barleywine left over from Prince’s favorite year. We outnumbered the staff two to one - since it’s outdoors with rudimentary facilities, it’s mainly worth a visit during warm, sunny days. It’ll be interesting to see this blast from the past once they start brewing, but if nothing else changes, I’ll wait until then to visit again. I will certainly re-rate it once the selection and facilities improve. 4-8-4-na-7-10 - 52 Re-rate now that they have an actual building and are brewing their own beer. The building itself is pretty stark, bare bricks that look damaged by a fire and some warped wood tables, small bar in the corner. Eight of their own beer. I only tried two, and they were disappointing. Highlight was Bardog and his two assistants, one of whom went around screwing anything that moved. No food. Comfy laid back vibe. Interesting place.

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