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Taps: 20 / Bottles: 18
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2711 Wilson Blvd
phone: (703) 525-8646
(Place added by: Riggo)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 24 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I've started going here since Dr. Dremo's closed, and I really enjoy it. It's different than Dremo's but I kind of like it better.
I think they have about 10 taps with maybe 3-4 of them changing week to week. I've had a few great brews that I would not have known about.
Besides the beer, my favorite part of it is the old arcade games masquerading as tables. They have Ms. Pac Man, a pinball machine, and my favorite Galaga! (the Galaga machine also has Space Invaders on it).
Sometimes the clientel can be a bit "hipster" for me, but I don't mind too much as I used to be one of them. :P Also, it's very small so when there are about 30 people there, it can get crowded. But it never gets hot like it can in other crowded bars, and as far as I can tell, everyone is very nice; polite and patient when the line at the bar gets long.
They also have live music on the weekends. I've only heard two bands there. One I liked, one I didn't.
Larry the owner and bartender is a really cool guy. Very friendly and knowlegeable. I envy him being so young and owning a business like that.
Overall, definitely worth going.
02-04-2008 15:43:14 |
More by SusurusIgnoramus
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
I lived in NoVA for 2 years, and rarely found a reason to go out anywhere else besides the Hut. It's just one of those unique places that makes you feel like you are welcome and belong no matter who you are - in the number of times I was patronizing the place I saw hipsters, townies, groups of business people, bro dudes, and plain old normal people sitting in close proximity to one another and enjoying themselves. My fiancee and I seemed to quickly gain regular status, and would be greeted warmly by the bartenders that we saw frequently. The draft selection was spectacular and rotated frequently. There were some standards that seemed to always be there but sometimes you'd go in and get a rare steal on, say, a pitcher of Dogfish Head Palo Santo (who serves this stuff in a pitcher?!) and get everybody drunk for $25. There were a solid contingent of bottles and cans that fleshed out the selection, so PBR-swigging cheapskates could drink happily alongside Belgian-sipping beer geeks.
While good service and quality beer are good starts, it was probably the food that kept us coming back. The sentence I used most frequently when describing the Hut was "they really know how to work a freakin' deep fryer," and I truly meant it. But alongside fries, onion rings, corn dogs, and tater tots, the rest of the menu never disappointed. Veggie chili dogs and seitan cheesesteaks can be found right alongside carnivore fare like pulled BBQ and burgers - and don't get me started on their nachos, which destroyed nearly every other nacho plate I've ever been served.
So you've got good bartenders, good beer, good food - what about the place? It's probably fair to call it something of a hipster dive, but with a lot of heart. Funny illustrative paintings and comics from a local artist lined the walls, including the well-loved "bear and bunny talking at table with interchangeable word boards". There is a tiny, muted TV over the bar that either plays a local sports event or Turner Movie Classics. It's dim, fairly smoky at times, and kinda small - so you can find yourself without a table when it's busy. I always liked going a bit earlier than true "bar time", which made it much easier to grab a table with friends and eat some dinner. The outside seating is in a narrow alley between two buildings, but the back of the alley features the awesome metal hut with padded seating that can easily fit a group of 6 or so - good luck snagging it!
So yeah, I love the Hut. I miss the Hut. I will go back to the Hut immediately the next time I go back to Arlington, most likely BEFORE I even arrive at my intended destination (note: I have done this in the past). If you live in NoVA and need a place to be a regular at, I can't think of a better place to choose.
10-20-2009 21:47:43 |
More by Telix
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I've been here twice now. Galaxy Hut is located in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, which is pretty much the most unique and best neighborhood to go out in the area. The place is small. A lot of tables and moderately loud music playing. I wouldn't call this a "mainstream" bar....which is good. There's about 20 or 25 taps here with all excellent brews. Top microbrews from Stone, Left Hand, Bluegrass, etc. Usually about 5 or 6 bucks for a pint. Which, for this area and the quality of beer you're getting, is pretty reasonable. Overall, Galaxy Hut is a pretty impressive place. Somewhat of a dive bar...but I'd recommend bringing your friends here.
01-11-2009 21:18:53 |
More by Applesauce1
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
My friends and I visit the hut whenever we're in town. The draw for me is their fantastic beer selection, with some drafts that I've never seen before. Dogfish Head is usually on tap, along with Delerium, Allagash, Stone, and others that I frankly forget. Whenever we're there we have to check the new list to see what's on tap, which is a really good thing. Seating can be a problem, especially if you come during the bar rush around 9 or 10. I highly recommend grabbing a seat in the Silo, the round grain silo at the end of the patio; if that's not possible, you can head out of the smoke by standing or sitting in the patio.
The crowd is pretty local, with a lot of native Arlingtonians coming regularly for beer and shows. In the last few years it's been getting more popular, and recently I had a guy from Silver Spring, MD ask for directions because he heard it was a great spot to hang at. It's still a really friendly space, which makes it perfect to catch back up with my friends in Arlington.
Getting to it is really easy; I recommend taking the Orange line to Clarendon to avoid having to part on the streets nearby.
If you're in the area, grab a beer, talk with the people, and relax for a few hours.
11-23-2009 22:43:02 |
More by Cabadrin
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Without a doubt the best place for beer geeks in NoVa. The prices are great, the selection is better, and the atmosphere lends to the enjoyment of your beer. The beer menu is a mile long and almost none of it is your run-of-the-mill bar selections. It seems like every time I go there, there is always something new to try.
My only gripes are (1) there is not enough seating, which makes it irritating if you arrive on a Friday anytime after 7 (b) the line to get a beer can get quite long (although its easier than trying to get a waiter's attention at a normal joint and its very orderly) and (c) while many of the tables are unique (old pac man games), there isn't a lot of leg room at them. The longer tables are typically left for larger parties, so if it's just you and a few friends, make the best of a somewhat uncomfortable situation. But, you will always have an incredible beer to help you along.
02-08-2010 17:37:44 |
More by mrobe000
District of Columbia
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I'd say this is THE place for beer lovers in Arlington. Lots of taps and lots of bottles, there's definitely something for everyone here. Actually the selection is almost too big, it can be hard to choose from all the great beer. But it's good to have the choice.
It is an interesting little dive place. If it's not crowded then it is great for getting together with friends, having good beer and good conversation. The service is good, the staff is friendly. The line at the bar for drinks is interesting, orderly if nothing else.
The food, well, I wouldn't come here just for the food, but it is still good. Typical bar food; I expected nothing more. The good thing is they have a vegetarian/vegan option of almost everything on the menu, which is great for my girlfriend and me.
Overall a great bar, I was sold the first time I came. I try to make it a regular stop every week to try something new.
01-14-2010 15:12:27 |
More by goldbot
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5 | $
Previous reviews are constant in describing Galaxy Hut as a "dive;" however, as one who has spent many a wonderful times in "dives," I would choose words like "homey," "comfortable," or "low key." In any case, this quaint litte spot - hey, "quaint" is another good word - is the antithesis of the usual DC area bar in that it lacks the obnoxious, self-important douchebag and the accompanying phonecow with her incessant, monosyllabic blathering. QH is a quiet place that attracts unpretentious beer lovers who seek a placw to have a pleasant chat, drink some decent beer and relaaaaxxx. Live music at night.
Yes, it is small: the size of an apartment living room with a few worn tables and a small L-shape bar that seats about 12 on bolted bar stools. (ala Brickskellar.) The pale blue walls are adorned with the work of local artists. They have about 20 taps with beer priced by the size of the glass you order: ie, pint or goblet. The server was excellent and attentive. The food is your basic pub grub and must be ordered at the bar benaeth the sign. Somewaht like a British pub. That said, they offer tater tots, a comfort food that everyone loves - much like puppies.
08-31-2013 23:07:41 |
More by jjboesen
District of Columbia
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
4.5 on the (dive) atmosphere if (like me) you dig the following:
- Pac Man for tables and perforated PBR cans for candles
- Often has local live indie/rock music
- great punky cartoon artwork by a local DC artist everywhere
- Tiny, intimate space, with a small backyard area
Very veg friendly bar fare. Awesome maybe 20 frequently rotating taps and a reliable stash of ~30 bottles. They used to do this great "Floragash" blend of 1 part Floris Apple and 2 parts Allagash White (kind of similar to the the apple wit from Unibroue). But regular stock of all sorts of belgian styles, hop bombs, RISs, and everything down to sessions.
A real gem in Clarendon.
09-19-2010 13:34:33 |
More by lenin2040
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Had an opportunity to check this place out last weekend because a friend's band was headlining. Bottomline: This is a really cool place!
What others have already said about this place is true; it is a relatively small space. You'd think there wasn't enough space for a band, but there is. Bands set-up in front of the large windows, to the left of the entrance.
Anyway, they don't have an extended menu on weekends...only appetizers like fries, onion rings, etc., basically your common pub fare. We ordered the basket of fries and shared it between 4 of us. They were tasty, but that's the only thing I had to eat there.
Now, to the main stuff...the beer. Well, they have 15 beers on-tap and I had a chance to speak to the owner since he was working the bar for most of the night. I asked him how often he switched up the offerings and he admitted not as often as he'd like to. Even then, he had a decent selection on-tap: SN Celebration Ale, Abita Turbodog Porter, Eggenberg Pils, Anderson Valley Winter Solstice, Allagash White, and Chimay Red. They also had quite a few bottles, though I didn't have any, I was able to spot some Young's Double Chocolate, Fullers' ESB, etc.
Overall, this is a great cozy bar with great talent performing most nights. The place has a 1920s feel to it with the animated artwork and retro tables/lighting. A small venue that has great beer and allows for an intimate viewing of performing bands.
01-17-2006 20:33:20 |
More by jaluria
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Been visiting this great place since the late 1990s when I attended law school in the area. Located in a hip and growing section of Arlington, the Hut is in a very, very small space that frequently hosts bands on weekend nights. If you are into 'cutting edge' rock and roll, and don't mind losing your hearing for 48 hours or so, stay around past 10pm on the weekend and see what you think.
Lary, the owner/bartender, is extremely well versed in his beer selection and can help you out with any questions. They have about 20 or so taps and typically have higher-end imports (Bass, etc), local micros (Clipper City), and even a few Belgians (Chimay when I was there). Their bottled selection is also fairly large. Prices are average, although they have a nice happy hour special, even on weekends, with a $1 off drafts.
The atmosphere at the Hut is *very* eclectic. Lots of black lights, strange artwork on the walls, and people with mascara and tatoos. But the people are all generally very nice. In the summer, they have a patio area where you can get outside and escape the smoke and loud music. If you're staying in the area, stop by and check it out. They have recently expanded their food selection, also, but I have not tried it.
07-09-2006 02:34:23 |
More by gbarron
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