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Taps: 27 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
3400 11th St NW
District of Columbia
phone: (202) 588-1075
(Place added by: DefenCorps on 07-06-2010)
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Reviews by johnmichaelsen:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped by for the first time the other night.
Located on the corner of Park and 11th Street, the MP is a fairly sizeable pub, with a comfortable vibe... lots of wood and not too bright, exactly what I was in the mood for after a long week of work related training. As one comes in the door from Park Street, the pub dining area extends fairly far back, with a moderate size bar area on the left, holding 15 or 20 seats (I would guess). The beer selection here is quite good, consisting of roughly 25 beers on draft (including a cask of the recently released Oliver's harvest ale with citra hops), and then another 100 beers on the bottle list. Quality is also pretty high... the draft list included things like Bear Republic NorCal ale, cafe racer 15, FW union jack and SN beer camp oatmeal stout, while the bottle list included a wide range of Bruery and Stillwater beers (including the Stillwater Pappy Van Winkle project for $32 as I recall), as well as FW sucabas and the XV. The bottle list is really pretty solid here, with a number of bottle selections I have not seen too many other places.
Service was also quite excellent. My bartender (the manager I believe ) was very knowledgeable about the beers on offer (and generally about the local beer scene), and service was fast and efficient. I also ordered a couple of items off the food menu (as I was here for dinner), and was quite pleased and satisfied with the cerviche appetizer and arugula duck confit salad I got. The cerviche was actually prepared in a style that wasn't my favorite, but it was hard to complain, given the amount of fresh seafood in the dish. Seems like this place takes its food nearly as seriously as they do their beer. I would also add that this place has a very good whiskey/bourbon selection as well, and so I concluded my evening with a shot of pappy van winkle 13.
This being DC, prices were high of course, but were less than what I've paid at some other places in the area (like the smoke and barrel for instance). The MP offers happy hour prices from 5-7 pm during the week, so my pint of Union Jack cost just $6 insteaad of the usual $7. Prices seemed to top out around $9 a glass for some of the more limited and rare items on the menu.
This is a very solid place and one I will try to revisit during the rest of my 4 week stay in town (they're having a Ballast Point market entry event on Monday, and so will have sculpin on tap for the first time). Definitely glad I stopped by....
10-20-2012 12:50:43 |
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More by Sludgeman
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Meridian Pint is an okay place. A group of friends and I went out to celebrate a friend's 21st birthday. When we got there, around 6 PM, the place was already crowded, but some friends had gotten there before us, so we already had a booth. (We sat in the basement area as opposed to the upstairs bar level).
Soon after we got there, the number of people had grown and so did the noise level.
The bar was full of younger people who were in their early twenties to mid thirties. This place seemed to fill up pretty quickly, so you'd be hard pressed to get anything at the bar or the various tables/stools that they have in the place. The place gets really noisy, really fast.
The wait staff was pretty nice. Sometimes, you get some real jerks, but this placed had nice and knowledgeable wait staff. My friend, who turned 21, ended up mixing so much beer and liqueur that the inevitable happened. Yup, you guessed it, he was in the bathroom, passed out on the floor, making out with the toilet bowl. After about 15 minutes, one of the staff members came over and helped us get him up. Normally, the staff would be, understandably, pissed off, but they were actually cool about it and let it slide because it was his 21st. Otherwise, they probably would have been pissed that they had to deal with the situation.
At some point, by the bathroom, someone had knocked over and broken a glass. I reported it to the staff and they had it cleaned up quickly.
The bartenders were more of what I expected, super busy and rude. Mainly be cause of their attitudes and the way they treated the customers.
There was a bottle of fireball whiskey sitting on the counter with the with all the other Liqueurs. My friends and I wanted to do a shot of the fireball whiskey, which there was about half of the bottle left. Instead of serving us what we wanted/ordered, they said that they were saving it for themselves and continued to leave it there on the counter. This really turned me off to the place. It wasn't so much the fact that I really wanted the whiskey, but that they refused to serve it and left it sitting with all of the other bottles of Liqueur. Eventually, they moved it and then, later, at some point, the bartenders, all took shots of it.
The food was a little pricey, but at this point I hadn't eaten much that day and was pretty hungry. I got a steak burger, which was actually pretty tasty and came with fries.
They had a decent assortment of Draft beers. They had about 20 beers on tap and a large selection of beers in the bottle. I stuck with the draft beers and was happy with the selection.
Decent wait staff, rude bartenders, and a noisy and crowded atmosphere with a large number of younger people. It's a little bit of a walk from the metro, which was kind of a pain. Obviously, nothing they can do about being far from the metro, but just wanted to mention that aspect of it, if you are planning on visiting this place. It might be a little easier to drive there, but then again, it's hard to find parking around the bar.
08-10-2013 13:59:39 |
More by wraynathan
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
Visited on a Saturday afternoon. Crowded and hard to park. We were seated quickly, after 15 minutes we found the hostess who sent a waitress over. The beer menu was wide, deep, and nicely described. We had appetizers, they were good. The customers tended towards loud upper middle class late 20s who's parents were paying for their apartments, and were shrill.
07-13-2013 21:03:03 |
More by TheFunGuy
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$
We spent a long weekend bar hopping the Baltimore & DC areas and this spot was one of our faves. The bartenders knew their stuff and turned me on to some other great spots to check out, specifically their sister bar Smoke & Barrel. The calamari was good, not overly fried, the dipping sauce was unique. The beer list was damn good, lots of local brews and some Firestone Walker brews I'd only read about (being a Charlotte, NC boy - the only FW's I've had were picked up in trades). The weather was right around 70 and the entire bar opens up to allow a breeze to come through. The staff were great, Luke was our bartender and he seriously hooked us up. The area can be a little rough so I wouldn't walk it at night. Great pub. Wish I was there now.
05-27-2013 21:29:49 |
More by Mantooth
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in on a recent trip through Dc. Very nice neighborhood pub. Upstairs bar with more of a dining area feel. I settled in the downstairs. The beer selection was good and prices were reasonable for the DC area. I tried the pulled prok since others had suggested it and found that it was very tasty. This is definately somewhere I will frequent when I come back into town
04-22-2013 00:53:10 |
More by beergirl3
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Was in DC a few weeks back for training, so I decided to give this place a shot, as I needed to get away from my co-workers and knew that most would not be willing to travel to this place from where we were.
My first impression...if you want to or are starting a beer bar, go here...this is what you should aspire to. Hands down, easily one of the best beer bars that I have ever been to. Not to mention that it has the look and feel of a great neighborhood pub, probably because it is nestled right into the neighborhood. The place is very unassuming. You are more likely to walk right past it and not notice it unless you are looking for it. The others have described the place accurately, so I won't go into that.
The neighborhood feel gave the place a really good vibe. Now I was there on a Thursday night for about 2 hours in the upstairs bar and it didn't really get that crowded, but there were a fair number of people. Full, but not packed. Sat at the bar, was handed a menu and asked what I liked. I settled on a Victory Braumeister Pils for my first beer. I noted that the draft menu contained a number of Northeast breweries, Maryland, DC, PA and some others. The service was excellent, they knew their stuff and you knew just by talking with them and listening to them that they also loved beer. While there, I also tried the Black Bean soup and had the Pulled Pork BBQ sandwich with what I believed to be house-made potato chips. Everything was excellent. Definitely kicked-up pub grub. While there, I also tried Union Craft Brewing Rye Baby IPA, which was very good as well. All of the beers were served properly.
Overall, I am pretty sure that I found a new spot when visiting DC. For anyone visiting, this is a great spot and absolutely worth the trip. Highly recommended for any BA.
03-28-2013 19:27:43 |
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