Located towards the eastern end of Capitol Hill, Trusty's is a neighborhood bar with a relaxed, friendly vibe. Whether you stop by for after-work drinks or weekend brunch, you are sure to have a good time. On the menu, you will find some delicious burgers and steaks, which you can wash down with a draft, canned or bottled beer. Happy Hour is between 4p and 7p, Monday through Friday, and there are many weekend sports specials as well. The Bus Bar on the second floor can also be hired for private events.
With its eccentric jungle decor and two bars serving more than 25 beers on tap, this is a fun place to welcome the weekend with your friends. The laid-back crowd settles into booths on the lower level or around one of the bars. Meanwhile, the jukebox kicks out hip and energetic tunes.They have pizza, tasty chili, burgers, veggie burgers, fish and chips, as well as other pub grub to keep your hunger in check. Their happy hours are quite popular and explored by many downtown office-goers. Certain evenings at The Big Hunt also see shows by Underground Comedy, a very popular comedy club of the city.
Fish Taco brings you the traditional flavors and tastes from Mexico, Baja California and Southern America. The kitchen is famous for its Fish Tacos, Signature Fish Rice Bowls and Blackened Fish, featuring bold spices and local seasonal ingredients. There is a special menu for kids, as well. The place has an elaborate bar housed within itself, serving a number spirits. The place has a sophisticated vibe to it, enhanced by the ethereal interiors and cozy seating arrangements, making it a desirable dining destination.
Port City Brewing Company claims the title for the oldest packaging brewing company in the DC area. You may wonder, what's there secret behind being successful for all these years? Some may claim its the legendary hopzooka, a piece of machinery created by the brewery's brewmaster that allows hops to be added to beer without ever being exposed to oxygen. You can spot this piece of magical beer machinery on a tour of the brewery, or simply enjoy the results of such a creation when you sip on one of the brewery's many hop-tastic beers. Just be sure to look for the pineapple on top of the Port City Brewing Company sign - this spiky fruit signifies that the brewery is open.
In a town as expensive as Washington DC, a cheap neighborhood watering hole is a good thing to have. Red Derby is just that: cheap, loud, and fun. The bar offers up a surprising number of cheap canned beers (under the category of "Your Old Man's Beer"), though patrons can also sip on a selection of IPAs, stouts, wheats, and sours, among others. For those less inclined to drink beer, there's also cider, wine, and cocktails to choose from. Grab you drink of choice and head out to the popular outdoor deck, where you can play board games and order food.
Atlas Brew Works is a microbrewery that specializes in lagers and ales. It provides tours for visitors and one can simply walk in without prior reservation. Sample brews such as the India Pale Lager prepared using Waimea hops sourced from New Zealand, the 1500 South Cap Lager infused with German flavors and the rye-based Rowdy Ale. Even though it isn't a bar, it has happy hours every Friday. The staff is friendly and educates guests on the various brewing processes. The brewery tours are conducted only at even-numbered hours on Saturdays.
Fire Station 1 Restaurant and Brewing Co. presents a lively atmosphere to devour classic American specialties and brews in the heart of Silver Spring. The spacious tavern is spread across three levels and proffers 12 on-tap brews, almost two dozen bottled beers and an impressive selection of wines. Housed in a remodeled fire station building, it is decorated with some interesting keepsakes associated with the firefighting history of the structure. Large TV screens play live sporting action, even as its efficient waitstaff deliver impeccable service to all their guests.
The Urban Winery located in Silver Spring, is a cozy little family owned winery and restaurant. The decor here is a mixture of brewing barrels and illustrations of the process, that add to the comfortable and intimate feel. Grapes are sourced from vineyards around the world and brewed into delicious fine wines at this winery. Enjoy a drink or two, with a cheese and chacuterie platter or some of their delicious Mediterranean dishes. Finish off with a rich dessert like the Greek yogurt with mixed berries.
Republic Takoma is an upscale yet laid-back restaurant and bar located in the trendy Takoma Park neighborhood. While the brightly lit interiors are colorful and has walls adorned with abstract paintings, the cozy and inviting outdoor seating is reminiscent of a cafe in a small by-lane in Italy. A great place to enjoy a casual date night or a fun evening meal with friends, this bar also offers delicious drinks during happy hour! Try cocktails with quirky names like The Wry Fascist or The Primitive American. Dig into fresh seafood dishes like the Wood Grilled Bay Oysters or Addie's Mussels.
Founders Mike McGarvey and Dave Coleman established the 3 Stars Brewing Company in a refurbished warehouse in 2010. Visitors above 21 years of age can avail of tours every Saturday, while the beer shop remains open from Thursday to Sunday. Sample beers such as the Southern Belle, an Imperial Brown Ale with hints of oak, Citra and Lemon Peel Saison and Born Sinner, a chocolate-flavored strong ale. The knowledgeable staff guides patrons regarding the best food and beer pairings.
A neighborhood bar with a look of cultivated shabbiness and just the right level of grunge, Lyman's Tavern is a popular neighborhood after-hours spot. From old-school pinball machines, retro jukebox to hot dogs served in chequered paper and buttered popcorn, this bar successfully recreates the watering holes of old. Enjoy a pint of draft beer while hanging out with friends, the atmosphere is quite lively and it can get loud. You can settle in at the bar or grab a table for your group as you check out the arcade games and pinball machines, or challenge someone to a game.