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The Black Squirrel
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 30
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2427 18th St NW
District of Columbia
phone: (202) 232-1011
(Place added by: blackie on 04-29-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This is now the best option in Adams Morgan.
It's tucked into a narrow space, as most of the places in the area are. Nice typical wooden theme, but with the addition of photos of black squirrels on the wall. Also Farah Fawcett.
Pretty solid beer list. On tap is a heavily Belgian selection. Nothing exceptional, but a pretty nice variety. Add in a few random American craft brews (Bells, Dogfish, Great Lakes), and a number of bottle options, and you're sure to find something you want to try. Appropriate glassware seems to be the rule.
We had good service, but didn't try the food.
08-06-2010 03:40:08 |
More by shivtim
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
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: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Went here just to check it out. First thing is first, no place to park, no real metro access, strike one in my book. My wife and I went in and fortunately found a table. The place was pretty low key. Cool stuff on the walls, interesting place. Our waitress found us rather quickly.
This place has some food and some beer. The food all seemed pretty average, we ordered and appetizer and decided that there were better food options outside so we just ordered some beer and ended up going to an Ethiopian restaurant across the street for dinner. The beer menu is huge but totally redundant. They decided to group the beer by region, and by flavor, and by style. So the same beer may appear on the menu 5 times on different pages. There were several beers on draft and several in the bottle. There were a few interesting beers there but out of all the beers on the menu, but a few were really out there and there was almost no beer from the region. No flying dog, no DC beers, no dogfish head. Really odd.
I enjoyed it but if I go back I'll just order off the chalkboard, something that I think I can't get anywhere else.
03-17-2010 22:02:37 |
More by drabmuh
District of Columbia
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
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 | selection: 3 | $$$
Went to the main-level bar yesterday for a beer after a tour of the Belgian embassy for the EU Open House. Needed a beer after they pushed us through the embassy and we were stuck with Stella rather than the hoped-for Orval.
Walls are red on one side and brick on the other with black wooden tables. Interesting posters on the wall. A few TVs on the wall an plenty more by the bar. Seemed to be a pretty chill place.
Service was good. The bartender knew a decent amount and wasn’t too pushy, and was quick with drinks and always noticed when we were running dry. The selection decent but nothing outstanding. Probably around 20 drafts and the same number of bottles. Not an extensive bottle list like other places in the area, and many of the drafts were pretty standard selections.
Didn’t have any food. Value was a bit pricey, even for the area. Priced above Churchkey and Paradiso, which is crazy. A nice experience, though I don’t think I’d come back very often unless I’m in need of a beer in Adams Morgan.
05-14-2012 14:19:13 |
More by Thorpe429
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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: 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 | 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: 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
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