Just go upstairs, stay upstairs, and indulge. Very good selection is enhanced by the wonderful space upstairs. Just so long as thereís not too much smoking (no sure thing). Good food and service all around.
An absurd number of whisky bottles stocked along the shelves like books in a library. This was my third and final call along the 18th St. bars and this was by far the busiest (queue to get in). Try and time it for a more practical hour than an early Friday evening to get your whisky drinking on.
cratez (256) Toronto, Ontario | January 4, 2015| Updated January 5, 2015
When I visited: Late September 2014.
What I had: Ommegang Fleur De Houblon, Laughing Dog De Achste Hond Ė Peach, and Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale on tap, pan roasted Amish chicken and a side of collard greens for me, entrťe, cocktail and a few glasses of sauvignon blanc for my fiancť.
What I liked: Classy, upmarket atmosphere with intimate candlelit tables and a massive, towering whiskey bar, good crowd that minds their own, carefully selected and well-rounded draft list, superb food, quick and attentive service, definitely our type of place.
What I disliked: This being a spirits bar and resto, the tap lineup lags behind the top beer bars in the city, and I didnít notice anything eye-catching in bottles; prices are on the high side, but thatís par for the course in Washington.
Would I go back? Yes. Qualms aside, Jack Rose was one of the best spots that we hit on our trip to D.C.
Overall Rating: 84
A decent place, and I often stop in to see if they have anything interesting on my way from Black Squirrel or Smoke and Barrel up the street. Unfortunately I usually donít stay - they tend to keep a lot of random go-to Belgians on tap here that arenít particularly interesting. Otherwise a good menu, and perhaps Iíve just had bad luck. Great for whiskey, and an up-market looking place where you should dress to impress.
Iíd never been here before, passing it often on my way between Adams Morgan and Dupont. Finally stopped in during SAVOR week. The downstairs bar looks spacious, with very nice decor. The Upstairs is a semi-open air bar during nice weather. Nice tap lineup and good bourbon and whiskey to boot. Tasty cocktails.
Didnít eat, but the food coming out looked real good.
Only word of warning is that youíll probably get some douchy guy in an expensive suit smoking a cigar as big as your forearm.
Solid taps, but youíd be doing a disservice to yourself if you were only here to drink beer. The downstairs areaís walls are entirely lined by bottles of whiskey. Itís pretty fun to sit at the bar and inspect all of the bottles on display as you drink. As mentioned, the beer list is pretty good. The 20ish taps had plenty of locals as well as stuff like Bourbon County Stout. The whiskey list was awesome, expansive. Staff were more than happy to make patiently make recommendations and provide samples. Overall, an absolute must-visit if youíre into the harder stuff. Even if youíre only interested in beer, itís still worth a look.
No offense to their beers, but you donít come here for the beers, you come here for the largest selection of whiskey in the western hemisphere).
That is the end of the rating as far as any serious drinker should be concerned.
But Iíll give it an actual rating because Iíve lived within walking distance for years now and have been dozens of times (always focusing on the whiskey and bourbons like you should!), although Iíve never eaten more than bar snacks here so Iíll not rate on that.
It can get WAY too crowded. It can also get quite douchey or bro-y. But on a weekday, a colder day etc. the bar is great. Ambiance is a tough one here. Douchey get minus points, crowded gets minuw points, but asthetics, rooftop patio, decor, changing the priorities of the street all get major pluses in ambiance. So I have to give it a 4 for all of those pluses.
Service score drops because of how crowded it gets.
So I have very mixed feelings about this bar. The first floor is an incredible whisky bar, and if I was into that scene, I would salivate each time I am within a mile of this place. The beer selection is well-chosen and quite respectable. I managed to find a number of beers I have never had before, so I am happy. The downstairs is pleasant and chill. The upstairs is like every other garbage bar in DC. It is horribly loud, with the most obnoxious pop music you can imagine. I didnít mind the smokiness, but that would irk some. Unfortunately, I started my experience on the top floor and my experience at this bar became sullied. If this bar just had the chill downstairs, I would rate it higher.
This place is more famous for its whiskey and wine list than for it beer list. That said, the beers they do have are usually exceptional. This is a must-see bar in DC. Great food, great drinks. Expensive, but becomes reasonable during happy hours.