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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1207 U St NW
District of Columbia
phone: (202) 462-2640
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 18
District of Columbia
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$
This place attracted me with the sign advertised outside that mentioned the beer that has such a high alcohol content that patrons are only allowed to order one per visit. So, my friends and I went in and thought we'd give it a try, but of course - they were out of stock.
The place is definitely sparse and there are a lot of "rules" on the menu.. no standing or ordering at the bar, etc. And they were out of a lot of things that we wanted to try and the replacements didn't seem on par with what we were looking for. I don't get the impression that the servers understand beer all that well.
02-16-2008 03:22:45 |
More by alysmith4
District of Columbia
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Usually I'm not too particular about service, but both of the times I've been to the Saloon I've been treated with poor service. The staff is very extremely concerned with seating space, and so they pack customers into their establishment like sardines. Even if you're sitting down for a while, they'll move you to another place to accomodate new guests. My party ended up feeling awkward and uncomfortable. We were happy to leave.
On the good side - The Saloon offers a unique atmosphere with a wide selection of beers; not much on tap though.
03-02-2012 19:54:09 |
More by ybba
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This place is one of the few beer bars in DC without TVs, so that can be a big plus depending on what you're looking for. It's a relatively small space with low ceilings and a very cozy feel. Lots of beer stuff on the walls. There's 12 on tap and 11 in bottles. I didn't see a separate bottled list, and the bartender didn't tell me about one; it was just those 11 that were advertised. It's a decent (odd) selection, that has some interesting stuff but could use some more options. It's heavily German/European. The crowd is a great mix of people; there seemed to be a lot of regulars. Good glassware is used, and service was average to good.
05-12-2007 02:27:33 |
More by shivtim
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Went here on a Friday night and the place was packed. As you descend into it, there's definitely the dank basement pub feel, not that I'm complaining: they got the right atmosphere down pat.
The beer selection is quite good: mostly high-quality Belgians and Germans. They hype up the Urbock 23, which is a decent brew in its own right, but nothing to wet your pants about, and definitely not worth the high price they charge you. However, I got an extremely fresh Petrus Bruin Dubbel here, practically as fresh as what I had in Belgium. Service was rushed and brusque, so I can't say that it was too great. However, they do manage to keep the bar very European in atmosphere, and I have to say that for sampling the beers they serve, I can't imagine anywhere else more suitable.
02-01-2009 16:12:54 |
More by thekanna
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Popped into this place with the wife after eating dinner on U street. I will visit every bar and shop in the district and review it on Beerfly, my beerfly ticking goals.
This looked like a dive and I wasn't expecting much, its nice to be surprised sometimes. First thing you may notice, you have to be seated, please no cell phones at the bar, 5% will be added to your bill if you are rude, no TV. It is a custom at this bar to strike up a conversation with the person next to you. Its a brick bar with wooden beams and there are names on the bricks (some of them). There are tables and seats at the bar, the "bouncer" sat us at the bar.
The beer selection is OK. Nothing too odd or rare, several German ales and lagers on draft, if you like Spaten, this is your place. There are about 20 bottles of Belgian beers available as well.
We didn't order food but the bartender, that turned out to be the owner, was very attentive and helpful. The value was good but most of the beers are served in 0.5L wheat beer glasses, be prepared.
I would definitely go back. The owner of the bar donates a ton of money to charity, approximately 200,000$ over the past 7 years. I can respect someone that does that much.
09-27-2010 01:51:40 |
More by drabmuh
District of Columbia
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
The atmosphere is unique and pretty enjoyable. Laid back, no TVs, no standing. All the rules can be slightly off-putting, but you can't really argue with the results.
Beer selection is definitely very nice. Plenty of interesting German and Belgian options on tap and in bottles. Glassware is appropriate and definitely a nice touch.
Service is quick and curt. Emphasis seems to be on efficiency and staying out of people's conversations.
The selection is high-quality, as mentioned. Beers tend toward a European character, and do a nice job of presenting different styles.
Food was pretty average. The bar food my table ordered was fine but uninspired. Portions were on the smallish side.
In terms of value, definitely not cheap, but you can do worse in DC. Some tasty and uncommon beers available, and for the most part, the prices reflect that pretty fairly.
Overall, a nice place if you'd rather grab a good European beer and chat with friends than stand in a crowd next to blaring speakers drinking $8 Bud Lights.
08-04-2009 01:42:42 |
More by Clydesdale
District of Columbia
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Great atmosphere - no standing, no TVs, no martinis. Don't ask. Bricks are covered with the names of people who have donated to their charitable projects - they build schools in Central America and Asia, and close for a month in August to do it (DC is empty then anyway). The bartender is from Tehran, the server is from Addis Ababa and the cook is from the Caribbean. Smallish selection of decent Belgian and German beers that does not rotate. Friendly staff. Great local crowd. Decent and interesting food. Nice place.
10-31-2009 23:57:52 |
More by Travlr
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
visited while in the 'hood to pick up some tickets at the Black Cat, and I'll certainly visit again
atmosphere: a few steps down from the sidewalk, smell is musky wood and brick and the construction the same, the only windows are the two facing the sidewalk, a few tables and booths on one side with a ten seat bar on the other and a nice display of glassware, old european signs and various rules hang from the walls behind the bar, pleasantly low lighting gives the place a sort of calming vibe, very rustic and unique, completely lacking in pretense
as for the rules, and I others have mentioned, there are a few...most stressed is the no standing rule, which I like it as it keeps the place uncrowded and relatively quiet, so don't expect to be guaranteed a spot if it's a busy night, and be open to walking to one of the other beerflied spots down the street...others include No TV, no loud talking, and "if you don't like the rules you are free to leave"
quality: seemed fine, good use of glassware
service: the bartender was quick to refill my water and didn't give me any shit for breaking the first rule as I stood at the bar trying to figure out if I wanted to stay or go, though he did gesture towards the stool I was beside, seemed like a nice guy overall and I get the feeling he's the only bartender
selection: thirteen taps mostly German/Austrian, about twenty-five bottles mostly Belgian, Liney's Sunset Wheat and Stella are the closest to macro I found, a few Eggenberg beers on tap including the Urbock which the bar feels the need to boast excessively about
food: on a return visit after my initial review, I had a reuben served with fries, the fries were quite good and very crispy, and the reuben was pretty tasty but way too fatty and greasy
value: my little, and by little I mean about 5 ounce, glass of Urbock was $7...a rip-off for sure, other beers were more reasonably priced but still generally expensive...second visit I had a 0.5 Litre glass of Eggenberg Dunkel that ran about $8
09-28-2008 20:30:43 |
More by blackie
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
As a Philadelphia beer drinker, (a city with a well developed pub culture), this is the place I've been most impressed with in DC. This the closest thing to a pub feel I've seen in the city. The selection was pretty varied. The waitstaff was pretty friendly and knowledgable. They concentrated on Belgians but also had a compliment of regional beer. The bar does not have a TV, it is definitely all about the beer and conversation. A welcome respite from the DC scene which can tend towards appearance.
04-15-2005 20:23:41 |
More by eldondre
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I happened to stop by this place before a show at the 9:30 club on a Friday, having noticed it a few times before. The place is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
From the outside, the bar looks small and can easily be overlooked. The tap list is on display just outside the front door which is a few steps down from the sidewalk. When you walk in, the atmosphere is cozy with a number of tables scattered about and a small bar lined with stools. Dark wood furniture, brass and metal accents, and a large number of emptied bottles decorate the interior.
The space is not very wide, but rather deep with the bathrooms and kitchen all the way in the back. On a Friday, around 8:30pm, there were several tables unoccupied as well as 1 or 2 seats at the bar.
The beer list is impressive in quality with pages of bottled beers. The main focus seems to be on Belgian and German beers. The tap list was not as impressive with 2 out of the 10 taps out. Of the remaining taps, three were of Spaten beers (Maibock, Lager, and Dunkel). I enjoyed both the Maibock and the Dunkel and I was happy to see both beers served in the proper glassware (the dunkel was served in a tall, curvy, 0.5L glass).
I didn't try the food, but it looked good as nearby tables received their orders.
It should be noted that there are no TVs, pool tables, etc. in this bar...beer and conversation are the center of attention. Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable. He made a few recommendations for my wife as she is partial to Scottish ales, but none were on-tap. He brought us a glass of water when he saw that we had tasted each others' beers, saying that the water would help cleanse the palate. He was also eager to hear what we thought of the beers we ordered and that was nice.
Overall, I really liked the atmosphere of the place and would definitely go back again.
04-17-2006 14:08:47 |
More by jaluria
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