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The Black Squirrel
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 30
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2427 18th St NW
District of Columbia
phone: (202) 232-1011
(Place added by: blackie on 04-29-2008)
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vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$$$
Went to this place after seeing good reviews @ BA. However, I got turned off by what I perceived was gouging, A 10 oz. glass of Avery Maharaja cost me $13.00. The beer was 10 plus 1 for tax and I had to tip the barman 2 because he was very cordial and engaging. Got a 12 oz glass of the Maharaja @ Meridien Pint for $ 8.00. Can't figure out the disparity. We were a party of three, and we were going to eat but after the
jacked price we decided to move out in to the neighborhood and suport another establishment.
05-23-2011 17:20:48 |
More by MRJAZZ
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Visiting DC and happened to be in Adams Morgan, and a quick search on my phone showed this as being the best bet for a good beer.
I guess there are different levels with different beer selections. We just hit the bar on the street level. It was not very busy and were greated quickly with menus. The service was prompt and attentive.
The beer list is extensive and lists prices for "4 oz." and "pints." I ordered a pint of Hop Rod Rye. Got the beer quickly and immediately noticed that "pint" I order was not really a pint. They serve their "pints" in glasses that look and feel like regular 16 oz. pints but they are the thick bottomed versions. I assume they were 14 oz. pints. I don't care if you want to serve 14 oz., but do not tell me you are serving me a pint. A pint is 16 oz. I ordered a 4 oz. of another beer. I can only assume it was actually 4 oz., but who knows.
The prices listed were moderate prices for a true pint, but were kind of high for 14 oz. I know the rent in Adams Morgan is not cheap, and I would have still paid for beer (maybe even 2) without having to be lied to.
11-21-2011 16:47:03 |
More by Hotlanta
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$$
Went to the main-level bar yesterday for a beer after a tour of the Belgian embassy for the EU Open House. Needed a beer after they pushed us through the embassy and we were stuck with Stella rather than the hoped-for Orval.
Walls are red on one side and brick on the other with black wooden tables. Interesting posters on the wall. A few TVs on the wall an plenty more by the bar. Seemed to be a pretty chill place.
Service was good. The bartender knew a decent amount and wasn’t too pushy, and was quick with drinks and always noticed when we were running dry. The selection decent but nothing outstanding. Probably around 20 drafts and the same number of bottles. Not an extensive bottle list like other places in the area, and many of the drafts were pretty standard selections.
Didn’t have any food. Value was a bit pricey, even for the area. Priced above Churchkey and Paradiso, which is crazy. A nice experience, though I don’t think I’d come back very often unless I’m in need of a beer in Adams Morgan.
05-14-2012 14:19:13 |
More by Thorpe429
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Went here just to check it out. First thing is first, no place to park, no real metro access, strike one in my book. My wife and I went in and fortunately found a table. The place was pretty low key. Cool stuff on the walls, interesting place. Our waitress found us rather quickly.
This place has some food and some beer. The food all seemed pretty average, we ordered and appetizer and decided that there were better food options outside so we just ordered some beer and ended up going to an Ethiopian restaurant across the street for dinner. The beer menu is huge but totally redundant. They decided to group the beer by region, and by flavor, and by style. So the same beer may appear on the menu 5 times on different pages. There were several beers on draft and several in the bottle. There were a few interesting beers there but out of all the beers on the menu, but a few were really out there and there was almost no beer from the region. No flying dog, no DC beers, no dogfish head. Really odd.
I enjoyed it but if I go back I'll just order off the chalkboard, something that I think I can't get anywhere else.
03-17-2010 22:02:37 |
More by drabmuh
District of Columbia
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Great selection - they always have at least one tap that is not typically available in DC, or that is just deliciously weird. Their beer cocktails (I know, sacrilege, but my sister insisted) are also quite good.
Their menu is very strange, however. It looks about ten pages long, but on closer examination, lists several beers in about four different categories.
The atmosphere is quirky and fun (they have a fake palm tree), though a bit loud. I've always had to yell to carry on a conversation.
Also, it is expensive, even in an expensive city. An unusual, tasty beer seems to be around 9/tap, 10/bottle. Yikes.
Still, they are keeping the faith in a part of town filled with trashy college bars. And they are right next to the amazingness of Amsterdam Falafel - proof that you can have a good night in Adams Morgan and still remember it the next day.
09-19-2010 03:08:59 |
More by cmaude
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Situated in Adams Morgan and mostly catered for late 20s to 40s clientles. A nice welcome to an area that caters to mostly drunk college kids. Small place, long and narrow. Dozen barstools, 8 or so tables. Nice selection of primarily Belgian beers for a small place, very well-chosen with some hard to find surprises. Staff was very knowledgeable about the beer and the food (and the hard liquor - including absinthe and a rare regional gin!). Had fries here and they were good. Other appetizers were just ok at best. A good addition to the area, and to the DC beer scene in general.
02-18-2011 20:52:27 |
More by CuriousMonk
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped by this place while I was in D.C. over Halloween weekend, not surprisingly packed like every place else. Nonetheless, still had a good time and the bartenders were fast and willing to help. Have both a tap selection and a bottle selection that encompass a wide variety and a nice selection that most everyone could find something they like. The atmosphere was pretty good, hard to judge on Halloween, but definitely a bar that I feel more comfortable going to than the other places that were available. Only problem was that some of the beers were a little expensive, but it was easy to get over that.
11-08-2010 04:11:27 |
More by Lolli1315
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place has an above average selection of beers. It is three stories and each story has a separate bar. The higher you go, the less selection you have, which is why I would recommend the ground level bar. We got lucky and got a couple spots at the bar. If you're claustrophobic, avoid this place on weekend nights because its small and crowded. The atmosphere was average, but who cares when you just want to drink good beers. I would recommend this place to any beer afficianado who's in the D.C. area as it has the best selection of any place I've thus far been. The only recommendations I'd give the owners would be to list the beers on the wall so the patrons can see, with ease, the beers available. Also, put some more beer posters and/or nicknacks on the wall to add some character.
03-27-2011 15:16:00 |
More by dixieboy74
District of Columbia
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I can't believe I've lived in the city this long, and just recently discovered The Black Squirrel! And it's ironic that I'm reviewing a great beer spot on what is possibly the review that tips my beer karma from Initiate to Disciple! At any rate, I was very impressed by this place, the beer list is pages and pages long, and they had only ran out of one of the many beer that I was interested in trying. They also had a decent selection on tap. The atmosphere is nice and warm, and the upstairs bar adds a nice touch. And the food was very good - had a burger on their half-priced burger night.. delish!
04-18-2010 20:32:53 |
More by alysmith4
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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 |
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