I only visited the upstairs bar. Really anonymous ambiance. The crowd seemed pretty typical for the Adams Morgan area. Beers on tap numbered about 20. Decent selection, but nothing was available that you canít buy elsewhere. I had a Nugget Nectar and found it to be in decent condition. The bartender was a bit of a cow. She wasnít in a great mood and was lazily underfilling every beer she poured. Her attitude miraculously improved as she was preparing my bill. The value was in line with other places in DC (itís expensive). Overall, I have no desire to return.
Visited on a Monday night to watch football while in town for work and I was the only customer on a slow night. The bartender was really friendly and seemed knowledgeable. I found this place by using this website and some of the other reviews seem a little harsh. Was reasonably priced and I would definitely go back. They had a better selection then I expected and I think it would be fun to see this place on a busy night.
Went here on a Friday night and it was relatively full of that generic DC white people crowd. The tap-list was passable, but I was hardly excited by it. I mostly just had a couple of DIPAs I have not had yet. The music they played was terrible ("Call me Maybe"), and the awful dance moves of the DC denizens made my feel at best uncomfortable. I only spent my time in the basement in which the ambiance with the exception of the music was fine. However, there are plenty better places to go for beer in DC.
Went to the main-level bar yesterday for a beer after a tour of the Belgian embassy for the EU Open House. Needed a beer after they pushed us through the embassy and we were stuck with Stella rather than the hoped-for Orval.
Walls are red on one side and brick on the other with black wooden tables. Interesting posters on the wall. A few TVs on the wall an plenty more by the bar. Seemed to be a pretty chill place.
Service was good. The bartender knew a decent amount and wasnít too pushy, and was quick with drinks and always noticed when we were running dry. The selection decent but nothing outstanding. Probably around 20 drafts and the same number of bottles. Not an extensive bottle list like other places in the area, and many of the drafts were pretty standard selections.
Didnít have any food. Value was a bit pricey, even for the area. Priced above Churchkey and Paradiso, which is crazy. A nice experience, though I donít think Iíd come back very often unless Iím in need of a beer in Adams Morgan.
One of the larger bars in Adams Morgan, especially with the recent expansion downstairs. 50+ draft lines, primarily stuff youíll find around town but all at one location and a decent bottle list. Sometimes they get in a few oddities. Ambiance is nice and usually quiet, especially in comparison with the rest of the neighborhood. Bartenders are friendly but not talkative. I have not tried the food. Overall a nice spot, and they regularly update their draft list online. Prices are comparable to PP or Churchkey, maybe a dollar lower.
The Black Squirrel is a three level place - although the bottom "street level" is not directly connected to the top two levels(and so you cannot bring beers in between each, as they would have to go outside). Ate dinner on the mid level, food was better than expected. Decent draft list. The real deal is the basement, with about 20 drafts, some mid level beer geek stuff, a few super geek stuff, but all good choices. Easily the best draft list in Adamís Morgan, I look forward to returning.
Three floors each with a different atmosphere make this a fun night spot, but not necessarily a good beer bar. For one, it suffers from DC price-gouging. The bouncers are douchey. Extremely. Proper glassware is not given. Most everything seems to come in a shaker. The tap list always has the standard stuff thatís going around, even though the beers are good, thereís never anything uncommon and interesting unless thereís a specific brewery-sponsored event. Decent crowd though, and definitely a heaven of chillness and decency within the scummy admo scene, up there with Bourbon and Pharmacy Bar, but definitely better than those two bars as far as beer selection is concerned. The staff that knows whatís up are always friendly and helpful and usually hook it up if they know you know whatís up. Still, some of the staff isnít too familiar with what theyíre pouring, and that is not characteristic of a stellar beer bar. Iíve also had the occasional 10oz pour on beers that could at least have a 12oz pour. No signs of tap-line contamination, so they must be good with their tap-system sanitation. Havenít had any food yet, so I cannot comment there. The basement is my fave here.
A pretty decent place that gets a few of the same oddities that come in and out of Churchkey and Pizzeria Paradiso- probably the same distributors. Black Squirrel is right in the ass crack of Adamís Morgan, which is the Bourbon St of DC. Thursday-Saturday night 9pm-4am this place is a riotous shit show. Black Squirrel can pride itself in being probably the only bar in Adamís Morgan during these nights that does not go bat shit crazy with hundreds of drunk people dancing all over the place. Black Squirrel can be given props just for being a "safe haven" from all the vomit and arrests going on outside. With that said, Black Squirrel just expanded so there is now a nice basement with huge bar and about 10 or so taps that are pretty good. All American crafts for the most part with rarities that have shown up in the past like Goose Island Dominique, Firestone Walker Abacus. Quite impressive. Prices are pretty high, but no different than Churchkey or Pizzeria Paradiso (on non happy hour night). This is not really the place I would recommend over Paradiso or Churchkey, but if you are in the area while it is crazy going out night, stop in here to not get killed slash have some pretty special beers.