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The Black Squirrel
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 30
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2427 18th St NW
District of Columbia
phone: (202) 232-1011
(Place added by: blackie on 04-29-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The place was a standout in D.C. Found it by accident in Adams Morgan. The sign for half price burgers caught my eye and lo and behold under it it boasted 40 beers. The food was great and the beer selection was outstanding. I enjoyed an Arrogant Bastard, while my friend tackled a litre of Hoffbrau. The litre stein caused some glances. Scott and Amy will do their best to make sure you get what you want. All in all a great place to eat and find an unusual beer.They are always working on increasing the selection, so let them know what would help. Don't forget to tell them you saw this on Beer Advocate.
04-29-2008 03:22:30 |
More by 67couple
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I've been to The Black Squirrel many times. They've always got interesting beers to try (depending on which level of the building you're in), and the burgers are outstanding. It's never really crowded, though it can get a little busy late on weekend nights.
The trick with The Black Squirrel, though, is checking their website before you decide to go. Because every so often, it seems, there's a perfect storm of fantastic, whale-ish beers that appear simultaneously on tap. For example, the last time I went there, I had GL Blackout stout, Parabola, Bourbon County, Cigar City barleywine, Tactical Nuclear Penguin (bottled), and Utopias (also bottled, obviously). And then some absinthe, of which they have many kinds. I left very drunk, but very happy.
If you go without having an idea what's there, you may be a bit disappointed (though honestly, the burgers are really outstanding). But if you look ahead on their website and notice something interesting on tap, you may be pleasantly surprised when you get there.
01-24-2013 23:25:45 |
More by nihiloexnihil
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A very cool place to visit in DC. They have a very good draft list and bottle list. And they'll let you try samples.
The food was phenomenal and well prepared. For the place, the food was excellent. They source alot of items locally and seasonally and the burgers are what stand out.
The beers are great. They have several local and regional selections you would not otherwise be able to get your hands on.
Definitely a place to visit when out for a stroll in DC.
11-13-2013 03:11:32 |
More by wapcap
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
My last visit to the Black Squirrel was while in DC for work in September 2008. I found it to be delightful, even within the environs of Adams Morgan. Here's why:
1) The food - The Squirrel offers some of the best pub fare I've had in quite some time. When you go to a beer bar you aren't surprised to consume food that looks as though it was frozen, warmed in a microwave, and then served as a substandard accompaniment to the fine beer you're drinking. Not so at the Squirrel. During two separate visits I partook of their buttermilk fried chicken and house-made German brats. Both were excellent. As I said, it's rare to find cuisine worthy of a mid- to upper-range restaurant in a good beer bar. Both were also reasonably priced, especially for Adams Morgan.
2) The beer - What the Squirrel lacks in quantity, it makes up for in quality. Even though its selection pales in comparison to other well-known DC beer destinations, the beers it does have are all of high quality & represent a good range of styles and brands. The Squirrel is proof that you don't need a beer menu the size of a suburban phonebook to provide a good selection of quality brews.
3) The service - The best aspect of the Squirrel is the quality of people who make it an enjoyable, welcoming place to enjoy good beer & food. During both visits, I encountered warm hospitality from all staff, from the bouncer working the door to the bartender & co-owner, Paul, who happily engaged me & my friends in conversations regarding what beer styles best fit each person's individual tastes. We appreciated his willingness to share his knowledge & passion for beer. He is a publican of the highest order; a gifted conversationalist who can provide a libation to fit his patrons' preferences while expanding their knowledge of & appreciation for beer. He is a true beer advocate.
Do you need more reasons to check out the Black Squirrel? I didn't think so. If you find yourself in DC, make your way to Adams Morgan, pull up a stool at the Squirrel, & enjoy some of the best food, beer, & service you'll find in the city.
01-06-2009 23:52:40 |
More by mikedarookie
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
I went here this past Sunday afternoon (8/7/11).
Being still relatively new to the DC beer scene having moved here last November, and being mostly disappointed with some of the other highly graded DC beer establishments, I decided to give this place a try. I am very glad that I did.
Located in Adams Morgan, it’s about a 10-15 minute walk from the nearest Metro station. It doesn't look like much from the outside, being situated amongst a row of restaurants squeezed together all with similarly styled awnings and entrances. However, once inside, it is a very nice looking place, with tables in the front and the bar in the back of the room. The downstairs entrance was not open the day I went, so I had entered and sat at the bar on the second level.
There was a friendly couple sitting at the bar and two very nice and attentive bartenders. They had about 20 taps, with a very good variety of styles, including imports and, most notably, offerings from all over the U.S., such as Lagunitas, Bells, and Speakeasy. Their featured beer was Hofbrau Helles, served in an authentic Hofbrau 22 oz stein (how awesome). Their bottled list is also very impressive, with all styles and countries represented.
The atmosphere is very chill and laid back, and is easily my favorite thing about this place. It’s a very comfortable place to hang out, unlike some of the other corporate-like and pretentious beer establishments elsewhere in the city.
The bartender was very knowledgeable about beer, and when it came time for me to have an IPA, he recommended a bottle of Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA, which he said was special ordered for the owner. It was awesome.
For food, I had a burger, which was outstanding. The bartender explained that the chef is from France and so the burger was made with duck fat that gave it a spicy kick. The food ordered by other people looked awesome as well, especially the roasted chicken which I will have to get next time. Definitely not standard pub food by any means. This place functions as an excellent restaurant as well as an excellent beer bar. Highly recommended.
08-13-2011 18:20:30 |
More by Denali
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
I stopped in on a Wednesday before a concert at the 9:30 Club. It was basically dead, but I was told this was an odd Wednesday for them, as they had just opened 3 months prior, and normally it's "hoppin" a bit more. I tried their Amber Bock (brewed by Fordham /Costal under contract) and the Hofbrau Dunkel served in the official 22 oz stein. A lot of beer, but it pared well with their exceptional Hanford Flat-iron steak (mashed potatoes and grilled green beans with a wine sauce reduction). Scott, the server was attentive, and the place, overall, is good, while still trying to find it's legs in the community (Adams Morgan is fickle with the trends).
06-12-2008 15:22:42 |
More by webjedi
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Made an evening here during Obamauguration weekend.
The place is long and narrow, with many bar height tables and an L shaped bar in the back corner. Pretty decent atmosphere. Nice looking with maroon paint and brick dominating. Eclectic movie posters around as well. Not overly pretentious. Good place to catch up with friends and not have to be wearing skinny jeans.
Beers were the reason to sit here. In my visit, as an example of what's up, I had Leffe Bruin and Delirium Noel on tap and bottles of Two Hearted and Dragon Stout.
Adams Morgan is a must if visiting DC. IMO the Black Squirrel has got to be one of the best places to get good beer on the block. Also, don't pass up a Jumbo Slice at the end of your evening.
02-07-2009 02:30:05 |
More by ampzilla
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This is now the best option in Adams Morgan.
It's tucked into a narrow space, as most of the places in the area are. Nice typical wooden theme, but with the addition of photos of black squirrels on the wall. Also Farah Fawcett.
Pretty solid beer list. On tap is a heavily Belgian selection. Nothing exceptional, but a pretty nice variety. Add in a few random American craft brews (Bells, Dogfish, Great Lakes), and a number of bottle options, and you're sure to find something you want to try. Appropriate glassware seems to be the rule.
We had good service, but didn't try the food.
08-06-2010 03:40:08 |
More by shivtim
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
atmosphere: Was in the Adams-Morgan district and had been told to visit this relatively new place if I had a chance. The whole place is about 15 feet wide, with a bar in the back, a few tables towards the front, and a couple stump cross-sections making a pretty chill spot in the front window bay. Big use of rough wood on the interior.
quality: everything was great, some Belgians were served in their respective glasses
service: quick and helpful
selection: Quality selection. I had a couple Troegs Pales, and American and import micros were well represented, including a decent range of Belgians. Primarily bottles, a few underwhelming but decent taps, with only one or two macros represented. Hopefully they'll get the website up with a beer list.
food: Menu tends towards the comfort food side. As it was a Tuesday, all appetizers and entrees were discounted 50%. I had the mac and cheese, which was excellent.
04-29-2008 02:24:25 |
More by blackie
District of Columbia
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I can't believe I've lived in the city this long, and just recently discovered The Black Squirrel! And it's ironic that I'm reviewing a great beer spot on what is possibly the review that tips my beer karma from Initiate to Disciple! At any rate, I was very impressed by this place, the beer list is pages and pages long, and they had only ran out of one of the many beer that I was interested in trying. They also had a decent selection on tap. The atmosphere is nice and warm, and the upstairs bar adds a nice touch. And the food was very good - had a burger on their half-priced burger night.. delish!
04-18-2010 20:32:53 |
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