Penn Social

801 E St NW
Washington, Washington DC United States 20004
bar  4 reviews
Mon-Wed 4PM-Close; Thu 4PM-2AM; Fri 4PM-3AM; Sat 12PM-3AM; Sun 12PM-Close

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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
GT  (672) San Diego, California | March 22, 2013
Penn Social is essentially a gigantic college bar in the middle of DC’s business district. Upstairs is a small game room and bar, downstairs is a 4,000 sq foot room with multiple projector screens, bars, table shuffleboard, arcade, skee ball. It is a copy off of Iron Horse Tap Room but is bigger with a worse location and worse beer list. Only about 6 beers on tap, but 2 of those are macros and the others are Rogue, Widmer so really only 2 beers worth drinking on tap. When I was there, they had Two Hearted, Devils Backbone, and Lost Rhino. Prices $6-7 per pint. Bartender filled me up a different beer with the same empty/dirty glass I handed her to put away. I’ve never seen that at a bar in my life. And this place has enough beer stuff on the wall to look like they care about beer. Obviously not. They do have food: Cuban paninis, hot dogs, etc. that I guess you can eat at the small bar tables scattered around the game room.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
radagast83  (321) Arlington, Virginia | December 20, 2013
Penn Social looks like a small place when you first enter into it. The upstairs is (at least at the time I visited it on a Saturday night) a pretty chill and relaxed place. Bar wasn’t huge, but it had a few local brews on tap so I was happy enough.

The Downstairs is a huge floor with a lot of young college-aged people ’dancing’ along with a lot of projector screens, games (arcade and table), with at least two bars - one around the corner from the stairs is less packed than going all the way across the huge room. The selection is a bit better downstairs, but it’s a hassle to deal with all these people. I wouldn’t go out of my way to go here - but I could live with it if a group of friends really wanted to go.
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
DCLawyer  (212) Falls Church, Virginia | October 7, 2013
Cavernous, raucous. Can count on a few decent craft beers at the ready, though you have to suffer through crowds and poor service to get them.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Travlr  (2988) Charlotte , North Carolina | August 17, 2012| Updated January 15, 2014
Massive place. Head straight downstairs where the more interesting beers are located, at a large bar in the center of the performance space and games room. There is also a smaller more cozy bar to your right, that isn’t always open. This place used to be a comedy club, and they expect to have acts back soon. In the meantime, there’s skeeball and a bunch of other carnival-type games. Beer list is solid enough for the area (one of the few and fortunately disappearing beer deserts in DC). May score higher as I visit more, we’ll see, Fun place, worth a stop, especially in a group..

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