Taps: 20 / Bottles: 18
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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3.54/5 rDev -14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Galaxy Hut has been around a little while now. Enough time for several different "eras" of patronage, from hip to ho-hum. The overall atmosphere however has not changed - mostly the neighborhood surrounding it has changed. It is one of the last good hole-in-the-wall neighborhood bars in Clarendon that doesn't pander to some generic demographic. The lighting is dim, and the only real drawback is that it can get too smokey too fast, and the place smells like the deep-fryer oil in the kitchen. There are 15 taps - alot of them are static, but the owner is open and eager to switch it up with a few seasonals or limited run beers when available. The bottle selection is pretty decent too, considering the small size of the place. One of my favorite things about this bar is that they pretty much always stay open until the legal last call of 1:30AM in Virginia, which is a godsend when you suddenly and unexpectadly find yourself in need of a beer at 1:25 in the morning - "The Hut" is there for you. Don't expect a mainstream, upscale or fancy vibe there, because despite what is happening to the neighborhood and its residents, you can still find real human beings in there (and sometimes the transplants wander in too - I always shy away on weekends). They have bands/ karaoke/ movie night and cover charges alot, but early evenings and late nights are always a safe bet. Tuesday night seems best for me. No band, no cover, no robots or robo-cops.
10-10-2006 06:09:48 | More by dedrinker
3.65/5 rDev -11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
This is a neat pub near my place in Arlington, VA. Getting a seat at the bar can be difficult here, it's quite small, and dark inside, felt more like a underground prohibition era den. Good selection of brews, regularly changing, the bottle stuff is pretty standard with a few gems, all nitro keg on tap, but a reasonably good unusual selection. Staff were good, but not engaging. You have to buy your beer up front from the bar as they don't have servers there. Meaning it was as if you were in a fast food joint, you'd have to wait in line to buy beer from the bartender with cashier machine up front. Prices are ok, and a good Arlington bar for the type. Tater tots seem to be the highlight here along with the pac man machine from the 80s.
02-17-2011 19:45:50 | More by CuriousMonk
District of Columbia
3.7/5 rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
great hole in the wall with a good selection for such a small place in a part of town over run by miller light and rail vodka spots. super nice and cool staff. owner is always there and always says hello. pint, snitfter and oversize wine glasses available for the various styles of beer. beer menu is always changing, and that is cool. always a bunch of good american and foreign stuff on tap and bottle. not a mecca for beer geeks, but definitely a spot that would make a beer geek much happier than 99% of the other bars in the neighborhood.
12-04-2007 06:07:02 | More by timtim
3.83/5 rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped by for the first time the other night.
The Galaxy Hut is a small, divish sort of beer bar, located in amongst a number of stores, cafes and restaurants in Arlington. As one walks in there is a modest size bar in the back (holdling roughly 10 patrons I would guess), and then maybe an additional 8 or 9 rickety tables and chairs in what passes for a dining area. The atmosphere and vibe are very informal and low key, and this seems like a pretty nice place to relax with a beer or three.
Seems to me there was something like 18 or 20 tap handles of craft beer and imports (no crap on tap here I'm happy to say), with a similar number of bottled beers listed on the other side of the draft menu/list. Quality was very high I thought, with a number of beers on tap from Bells, New Holland, Bruery, etc. The highlight the day I was here was the Firestone Walker 14 on draft, which was selling for $9 a 12 ounce snifter (welcome to DC area pricing).
Service was OK I guess. There isn't any table service for drinks here, so customers have to walk up to the bar (under the arrow) to order and receive their drinks from the bartender. While the bartender was very pleasant, unless you were actually sitting at the bar, I'm not sure why anyone would give this place more than an average score for service.
As for food, I didn't get any. The group I was with ordered some tater tots, which looked to be on the greasy side, but I'm sure were probably OK otherwise. I think the menu otherwise consists of fairly typical pub grub, which I'll have to wait for another day to sample.
As for pricing, the GH is located pretty close to DC, and so I was not surprised by the pricing here. Most pints were in the $6 to $7 range, which I think is pretty typical for the area. One thing that's nice is that you can order most beers in a 12 ounce glass if you prefer, generally for a dollar or two less than the pint price.
Overall, I thought this a pretty cool little beer bar with an above average beer selection. Not sure I'd go out of my way to visit (unless they have something comparable to FW 14 on tap again), but if I was in the area and in the mood for a beer, this is definitely a place I'd keep in mind.
11-22-2010 12:17:03 | More by johnmichaelsen
3.86/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
Once upon a time, this was my favorite bar in Arlington. On the main drag through town, GH is actually just a little hole in the wall sporting a sign easily missed. The place is tiny, with no more than six or eight tables, plus a bar big enough for two or three stools. The decoration is hip and artsy, featuring lots of colors and bizarre paintings. They have live music on weekends, which I consider a drawback, as the place is too small to accommodate the sound. A dozen taps line up behind the bar, offering mostly local micros, always in excellent condition. This is a great place to drop in for a while.
06-27-2003 02:46:50 | More by Globetrotter
3.9/5 rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$$
Visited during DC conference/beer sojourn November 2011 with jmichaelsen, thanks John.
Located in a slightly iffy part of Arlington with parking at a real premium. This is certainly a hole in the wall dive bar of the first degree. There's nothing remotely inviting about the place other than the really good tap list. We decided to sit at the bar, since John assured me this was the only way we were going to get any service, unless we answered the call of The Finger, which was humorous for those sitting at tables expecting a waitress to magically appear and take their order (not going to happen).
Dive pub grub food, we had the 'famous' tater tots with chili and cheese, and they were truly hideous, though added to the dive bar allure. The taplist was the key, we had several beers (Sculpin on tap!) but as expected first degree wallet burns ensued. I've gotten use to the sticker shock of DC beer scene, but you've got to pay the preacher for good brews here.
All in all a fine example of a dive bar, though it pails in comparison with the glorious The Big Hunt. I don't understand why BAs rate that place so low, it isn't Churchkey and isn't trying to be, just as this place isn't trying to be Rustica Balston. That diatribe aside, if my arm was twisted I'd come back here again, the service was attentive enough, nice selection of quality beers, the finger at the bar was unique, but won't ever be ordering those tots again, lol.
11-27-2011 22:31:31 | More by jdense
3.98/5 rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Galaxy hut has a rotating selection of great drafts and bottles that makes it a "must stop" location in the Clarendon/Courthouse neighborhood of NoVA. Since beer is the main driving force of such a place, and the staff and owners adhere to that, I love this place.
Only gripes are the ordering process, which is simply a line with one register, and the lack of seating. There is an alleyway with a few extra seats but it usually smokey and a bit too claustrophobic for me. There used to be a "larger" (used relatively) space for seating out back, but that seems to have been closed off recently.
All in all, a great place to stop for some great craft beer.
06-29-2011 18:06:56 | More by BOknows
4/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
I stopped by just before the first Presidential Debate in need of fortification. Funky, laid back, good music playing, sparsely populated - my kinda place. When I asked for a Youngs SLA, I watched the bartender pour a foamy half pitcher and ditch it. "Fresh keg ?" I asked, "Nope, line clear - we do it before every session". A good sign and the SLA was excellent. I also had a Chimay Triple - one of GH's persistent taps - also tasty. The bar service was friendly but a bit slow, folks lined up to get beers at the bar. My freshly grilled chicken sandwich was just right. This place is the real thing, unlike the remote controlled zombie
I saw on the tube later that night.
10-12-2004 21:11:51 | More by schemb
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
I live a block from this place, and everytime the front door opens- I hear the bands inside rockin out. So naturally, I had to give it a try. I was surprised at both the teeny-tiney space inside, as well as the gynormous selection of brew. I was excited to see Allagash White alongside Chimay Triple, and I ordered prompty. Of course, I couldn't help but cringe everytime the front door opened (shout-out to my roomies!), but next time I'm at home listening to the racket- I'll be sure that I've stopped by here first for a pint of two.
10-25-2005 05:01:59 | More by alysmith4
4/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
visited after a day of interviewing, in search of a good beer
atmosphere: spent about 5 minutes looking through the large glass storefront contemplating whether to commit or move on, shared a couple awkward laughs with a couple who thought I was staring at them, unassuming from the outside, unique little place on the inside, quirky art on the walls, good music playing, dim lighting scheme with Famosa lager can-dles on the tables, single blood-red light in the closet-sized bathroom, small bar, chill crowd, smoking but not too smoky, room for about 50 people inside, a covered patio built into the corridor between this and the neighboring building with 5 tables and an interestingly situated round table, a section of the bar is reserved for those lining up for drinks, eliminating the annoying but all-too-common hassle of having to yell or reach around somebody
quality: everything seemed fine and fresh(ish), served in chilled pints
service: in my limited experience the service was standard...quick given the crowd but nothing above what you'd expect
selection: Shared both a pitcher of Bear Republic Racer 5 and Bells Oberon. Around 12 taps, most all of which I'd be more than happy to drink along with some mediocre names. Other selections included Victory Golden Monkey and Allagash White...there were better ones but I can't recall specifics. About 20 bottles, some quite good, some pseudo-macros. The "current" list on the website doesn't seem to be up-to-date.
not bad, $5+ for most pints, pitchers around $18 or so...
07-14-2008 05:14:36 | More by blackie
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Galaxy Hut in Arlington, VA
92 out of 100 based on 25 user ratings.