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Taps: 27 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
3400 11th St NW
District of Columbia
phone: (202) 588-1075
(Place added by: DefenCorps on 07-06-2010)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
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 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
stopped in for one beer and an appetizer
seemingly new bar - cozy interior with a few tv's, long bar, and separate dining area.
tap list was about 20 deep with some good choices, heavy on locals. i had the stillwater sage saison, which was really nice, and i think there was a cask offering too
food menu was strong, if not exciting. we wound up with some risotto cakes and headed back to arlington for some Hell Burgers in lieu of ordering entrees.
service was warm, but not beer-centric - perhaps the bar would have been different.
01-05-2011 02:14:33 |
More by dirtylou
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Comfortable, authentic atmosphere with quite a few taps and very good food. I had a couple of pints from DC Brau and thought they were good. For food, I had the Nachos and the tofu sandwich. The nachos were very tasty as was the salsa that comes with it. The tofu sandwich, which I picked on a whim, was very interesting. It was surprisingly spicy with fresh jalapeno pepper. The bar downstairs has several tables with taps at the table. Meridian Pint is a great choice for atmosphere, beer and food.
09-16-2012 18:46:36 |
More by GJ40
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Meridian Pint is a bit out there from the downtown and "circle" scenes, nearly smack in the middle of the District. There's free parking available on the surrounding blocks at night, and it's just a short walk from the Columbia Heights rail station. I do believe there were a couple big-screens behind the bar.
The inside is comfortable, lots of wood and brick with big storefront windows that make good use of the street corner setting. Music was of the 80's variety, but only barely loud enough to hear.
The draft selection was solid and exclusively American, with a range of styles from respectable breweries across the country, as well as a rotating cask from the local Oliver's. Nothing especially rare but no filler either. My cask Oliver's Scottish was served in a standard pint.
Table service was friendly and on-time. No complaints there.
Shared an appetizer of risotto cakes - tasty and enjoyable, but probably not enough to provide a rating.
02-02-2011 02:29:41 |
More by blackie
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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 |
More by PhillyStyle
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Popped in here tonight for a Bell's event, at the Columbia Heights metro station. Pretty fun! Place is a pretty average looking bar. Long bar with about 20 seats and several four top tables with a few booths.
There are about 20 beers on draft with a decent bottle list. The night I was here there were 10 Bell's beers on draft, that was the reason for my visit.
They offer half pours of some beers but they seem to serve everything in tumblers, that's a little disappointing.
The bartender was over worked but attentive. Beers were inexpensive for draft Bells and we were in and out of there in no time. A very fun time, I'd go back for sure.
12-22-2010 04:37:27 |
More by drabmuh
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
A real simple out of the way place, filled with young locals probably new to the neighborhood. Drop the egos, settle in, talk to the bartender behind the bar. Hey I was just at brewery X, I love that beer, tell me more... Sure mate some friends brewed what you're having, in fact the guy from DC Brau is over there....
In short the people here love good beer and showcase it. VERY good craft selection on tap. Can't say much about the food other than grabbing some chicken wings.
Nice simple my kind of place. Filled with locals, people who will talk to you, a good solid regular hang out with an excellent tap list and people who know what it means. I will have to return many a time.
04-19-2011 00:07:36 |
More by smakawhat
District of Columbia
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A nice neighborhood addition in one of the transforming-gentrifying nodes of Columbia Heights.
Having wanted to visit for a while a small group of us finally made it back to the old neighborhood for some informal dinner and the place served great for the occasion.
A cozy atmosphere in a recently refurbished gastro pub exposed brick interior with contemporary decoration. Nice and dedicated craft beer selection on tap, with a solid range in the bottled menu.
Food was good if not particularly remarkable but suited the evening rather well, and alongside reasonably priced items both here and in the beer menu for this city made for an visit worth repeating.
Waiting staff was professional and dedicated although they did not care much to illustrate any aspect of beer or food options. Still overall the eagerness to give a sample here and there, and in particular the eye of the kitchen staff inquiring about the quality of what was served when we were spotted around the place was much appreciated.
The spot is still part of that transitional phase of change in the hood where some significant part of local and community sense is retained, and hopefully Meridian Pint will ultimately maintain some of that sense rather than becoming an early sign of a neighborhood lost in memory. For now, it is rather recommendable.
07-19-2011 22:20:09 |
More by Daniellobo
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$
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: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been waiting for a while for this place to open up. Just down the street from Room 11 and Wonderland Ballroom, and across from Red Rocks Pizza this is another beer friendly establishment in a growing neighborhood.
Went for dinner with my girl friend on a Thursday night. The place was open and inviting (two large windows / garage door openings on the main floor). We were told there would be a 10 minute wait so we decided to check out the downstairs bar.
Downstairs has a lounge / eating area to the right and a bar to the left. A few tables to the left have the computerized pour your own tap system, and seemed to be the hot spot. Two pool tables in the far left. We just looked around, it was pretty loud considering it wasn't packed.
We started at the upstairs bar with a couple beers, and had a great dinner. Grilled trout and short ribs were both great. Side dishes were good too. Desert of blueberry cobler was good as well. Between the two of us we had a Edmund Fitzgeral Porter, Hennepin, Dogfish Head Festina Peche, and a Coronado Orange Ave. The tap list is solid, including one cask, and containing a good mix of sytles at very reasonable prices. Nothing too rare but some very good crafts. They also had about 6 specialty bombers including Allagash Curieux and Interlude (each about $25, which is reasonable considering most bottle shops have them at $17 - $20) and Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere.
The food menu is eclectic and places a priority on local ingrediants. I will be back and look forward to checking out the downstairs a bit more. As a homebrewer I was very happy to hear that they put out their empty bombers and 750s for homebrewers to pick up every Tuesday.
08-02-2010 02:41:26 |
More by jslot38
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