Travlr (2848) Charlotte , North Carolina | August 28, 2009| Updated January 1, 2016
Sat next to the beer editor of Washington DC’s City Paper on the invitation-only pre-opening of the Dupont Circle branch of Birreria Paradiso. Has 12 taps and one cask, plus 180 bottles, well-chosen by Greg, the beer manager from their Georgetown branch. Same great pizza as the Georgetown branch. Bar and restaurant are all on one level, decent enough set up. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff. Best selection and prices in the district, and only a block fro the Dupont Circle metro. Easy to see why they call it Paradise!
Addendum: prices for flights have been steadily rising, now at $14 for 4x4oz pours. Crazy, even for DC. So I have to lower their Value and overall scores.
3fourths (1564) Boulder, Colorado | August 21, 2010| Updated November 25, 2014
comfortable bar seating, friendly staff, talkative patrons, saturated with high quality taps and bottles. prices are high but this is a place where it’s worth it to spend a little extra. you simply have to afford yourself the pleasure. the more of these places that open the tougher the competition becomes, and that’s a good thing for us. bars of this quality should be standard in every major US city, but sadly that is not the case yet and we sometimes have to put up with conditions and experiences that we know are less than stellar. not here. quite honestly the friendly nature of human beings in this establishment, the lighting, design and decor, reminds me of birrificio italiano, which exists and thrives in the small italian town of lurago marinone, population 2,200. incredible.
t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 12, 2013
Visited July 2011.
Did a bit of a walking tour through DC and ended here. It just so happened to be during their IPA festival which made some people very happy. They were doing flights of four so I got to try a number of the Mikkeller single hop IPAs as well as a few other random beers. The downside was that since it was a themed tap lineup there wasn’t much variety. The other ratings of this place make it look so good that I feel like I should come back on a regular night. The pizza was good, as it should be with a name like that. A bit pricey though. Service was attentive but didn’t say much.
Great spot. Met up with Travlr and GenDV138 for pizza and beer (duh). Everything is done well here. Interesting beers on tap, cask and an extensive bottle list. Service from the bartender was excellent. The pizza was freshly made and the flavours reflected that. It is a tight space here so try and nab a seat at the bar during after work hours.
A nice DC watering hole, and smaller than the other two locations, but the only one with an outdoor seating area. The service was great, with Greg (beer guy) bringing in some new NC beers from his recent trip south. The pizza was great as always and the prices are par for the course in DC.
What an awesome place! Good pizza, but more importantly a great bottle list and a decent tap list. A pleasant way to spend an evening in DC. Waitstaff is pleasant and reasonably knowledgable, ambiance is lively and fun. Some of the prices were a bit high, while others compared to the bottle price at a liquor store in California. All were cheaper than at Birch and Barley
Visited early evening on a Tuesday with Travlr. Relatively small crowded spot just off of Dupont Circle. They had a great happy hour going, and the bar was full of happy people enjoying great beers and tasty pizza. The draft selection was really solid, had probably 8-9 beers I wanted to try. The bottle selection was pretty vast for a place its size. They did sample sizes as well, which was nice. The pizza was very tasty. Service was solid, all in all this was great place to grab a beer.
82 = ★★★½ (Solid place, near the top of the list for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
This place can get pretty loud on a Saturday night what with the exposed brick and the low ceilings. Fortunately I was able to elbow my way to a couple of stools at the bar. Besides the noise, the crowd tends to be in the 20’s. The people next to me were having a philsopohical discussion so inane it would embarass a 5 year old. Clearly this is a place that worships and loves beer. They had over a dozen taps, including a cask, and they were all solid. The pizza was fantastic and the bartender was very knowledgeable about beer although you get the sense that they get a lot of posers who like the scene but know nothing about beer. He kept warning me about the attributes of each beer. "Hey that Saison is kind of tart." "Fantastic! Can’t wait to taste it." I did enjoy my experience there but I’m getting old so I think the next time I return it will be durning the day when it’s less crowded and people are quieter.
A family-friendly pizza restaurant just west of Dupont Circle. Just like the Georgetown location, there’s a very strong selection of beers available. In fact, about half of the people there during our Friday night visit seemed to be there to drink. The 15ish taps seemed to focus on stuff from outside of the US (Kiuchi, Trou du Diable) The bottle list is pretty large and impressive. I settled on a not inexpensive bottle of Tilquin Gueuze Squared and really enjoyed it. Service was great, prices were generally decent. I didn’t eat, but I’ve tried the food at the other branch and can vouch for its quality. Overall, a great option if you’re looking to eat and drink at the same location. Recommended.
chriso (715) London, England | April 9, 2010| Updated April 25, 2010
A handy spot just off Dupont Circle. Decent beer selection. Very popular. Tried to go on Friday evening but the wait was too long so went for an early Saturday lunch instead and got seated no problem. Not the cheapest but this is central DC. There is a quite small bar area but it’s more of a restaurant than a place to go just for a drink. Excellent pizzas and a nice vibe. The guy who seated us but wasn’t our server obviously spotted a beer geek in the house and came over for a beer chat a couple of times when he wasn’t busy. Definitely a worthwhile addition to the area.