This place is impressive, if you like whiskey, maybe not so much for the beer. But the entire wall, top to bottom, wrapped around the entire bar, is covered with different whiskeys. Beer selection is ok, service is ok, I’d like to come back not during CBC.
Another place that I have indeed been to before, decent walk from Right Proper. Dammit, I didnt go upstairs! The Downstairs bar has a crazy array of whiskey on the wall, but they also have a decent enough taplist, and small pours are offered. I tried a few interesting and new things for me
Just go upstairs, stay upstairs, and indulge. Very good selection is enhanced by the wonderful space upstairs. Just so long as there’s 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 – Peach, and Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale on tap, pan roasted Amish chicken and a side of collard greens for me, entrée, cocktail and a few glasses of sauvignon blanc for my fiancé.
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 didn’t notice anything eye-catching in bottles; prices are on the high side, but that’s 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 don’t stay - they tend to keep a lot of random go-to Belgians on tap here that aren’t particularly interesting. Otherwise a good menu, and perhaps I’ve just had bad luck. Great for whiskey, and an up-market looking place where you should dress to impress.
I’d 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.
Didn’t eat, but the food coming out looked real good.
Only word of warning is that you’ll probably get some douchy guy in an expensive suit smoking a cigar as big as your forearm.
Solid taps, but you’d be doing a disservice to yourself if you were only here to drink beer. The downstairs area’s walls are entirely lined by bottles of whiskey. It’s 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 you’re into the harder stuff. Even if you’re only interested in beer, it’s still worth a look.
No offense to their beers, but you don’t 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 I’ll give it an actual rating because I’ve lived within walking distance for years now and have been dozens of times (always focusing on the whiskey and bourbons like you should!), although I’ve never eaten more than bar snacks here so I’ll 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.