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Taps: 15 / Bottles: 15
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2471 18th St NW
District of Columbia
phone: (202) 391-9353
(Place added by: mxmcmillan on 01-03-2012)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 4
Reviews by johnmichaelsen:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped by the other day, as I'd heard they had the DIPA from DC Brau on tap (which they did).
Smoke and Barrel portrays itself as a BBQ joint, but one that also happens to have an excellent beer and bourbon selection as well (no BBQ place I've ever visited in Memphis had anything like the beer and bourbon selection found here, in this trendy DC neighborhood). In any event, like many establishments in this part of DC, the S&B consists of a long, narrow dining room that extends fairly far back, where the rest rooms are located. There is a modest size bar in the back on the right, holding roughly 10 or 12 seats. There are a fair number of tables and chairs in the front area, and the place has a lot of old brick and wood showing. The menu focus is on smoked meats, and so I ordered the pulled pork plate (most dishes come with a single side dish), to help buoy my glass of On the Wings of Armageddon. The pulled pork was decent (it doesn't compare to some of the better places in Memphis, not by a long shot, but then I wasn't really expecting it to), and the spicey sauce was flavorful with a good kick. As for the beer selection, there were 23 beers on tap this day, with 8 bottles and then another 28 cans. Quality was pretty good. Other than the DC Brau DIPA I didn't see anything particularly rare or memorable, but the list did include things like FW Union Jack, Aventinus, Edel weisse and the like. The bottle and can list was also decent (3 different can offerings from DC Brau), and included large format bottles of La Folie and Sucaba (for $30 a pop - this is DC after all), with a couple of macro selections, but otherwise made up of craft and import options.
Service was pretty good. The staff seemed attentive and knowledgeable, and my order came fairly quickly (though it was fairly early on a Friday, with a modest size crowd at the time). Prices were high, but close to the norm for DC I suspect. The DIPA was $8 for a pint, while the Union Jack was $7. It was happy hour, so a buck was knocked off the price of everything on the draft menu (so my cost was $7 and $6). On the other hand, I thought the food prices were fairly reasonable. My modest size order of BBQ pork was $11.99, and everything on the menu seemed to be similarly priced. I don't believe there is anything on the food menu in excess of $20.
All in all, I had a nice enough time here, were it not for one problem (not of S&B's making). Unfortunately, this place is located just a mile or so north and west of Dupont Circle, in what is obviously a very trendy, affluent neighborhood (lots of cafes and restaurants around - the Black Squirrel is just a minute walk from the S&B). Consequently, traffic and parking are absolutely horrific (at last it was at 6:00 on a Friday). There's no metro stop any where near here, but nevertheless, if I were ever to come here again, I'd still use the metro and walk a mile or so, rather than put up with the traffic and parking situation here. That's how bad things were on a Friday afternoon in October. Other than that, this is a very solid place, one I wouldn't hesitate to visit again.
10-13-2012 12:36:46 |
More by johnmichaelsen
More User Reviews:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Sister bar of Meridian Pint, which I also recommend. I was happy to see three Firestone Walker brews I'd not had as well as a Goose Island sour. The bartender hooked me up with samples of them all, I didn't even ask - just mentioned my joy at seeing brews I can't get in Charlotte, NC. Fantastic little pub in a neat arts district part of town. The folks here and at Meridian Pint could not be cooler. We had a blast there, check em out, great beer selection poured by folks who know beer. The ribs I saw delivered looked and smelled amazing.
05-27-2013 22:47:13 |
More by Mantooth
District of Columbia
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited on Tuesday night of the CBC (3/26/13). Lots of the craft beer bars in town had special beers on tap. Smoke and Barrel was not exception with a variety of Firestone Walker and Sculpin beers.
The place has an upstairs and downstairs (Bottom of the Barrel). Each is somewhat different. Downstairs being darker with lower ceilings. Sort of the typical basement bar feel. The downstairs bar has fewer taps, so upstairs will have a great selection.
A - Friendly. Crowded but generally polite clientele. Upstairs has a restaurant feel, while downstairs is bar-like. Both areas serve food.
Q - Didn't get the feel that this place was as tuned into some aspects of craft beer as others. Tasters were available, but served in 4oz shot-like glasses.
S - During my visit I spent time at both the upstairs and downstairs bar. Three people behind each bar, even though the downstairs bar is much smaller and fewer people can occupy the surrounding space. Servers/bartenders downstairs were very friendly and helpful. Upstairs not so much. The one downstairs server with which I had the most contact knew little about craft beer.
S - Selection was good, especially since they had Firestone Parabola, Sucaba and Annivesary 16 all on tap. Generally a good variety.
V - For the once in a while type beers I was drinking the night of my visit, I was happy with the prices.
Need to visit on a less special evening to gain even more insight. Definitely a place I will go again.
03-28-2013 12:59:20 |
More by Sludgeman
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
An absolute gem in the Adams Morgan area. A fantastic selection of beers, with the option of tasting sizes as well as full glasses. There's plenty of options of fine beer that won't break the bank (compared to most bars in DC anyways) and the servers are usually very knowledgeable about the beers they serve.
This place also has a fantastic array of events, from holiday beer dinners to bourbon tastings, and even meet and greets with brewers from around the country.
The food is great as well, though the portions are a bit on the small side for a barbecue place.
A must see for anyone visiting the Adams Morgan area.
01-04-2012 16:34:50 |
More by mxmcmillan
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