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Logan Tavern

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1423 P St.
Washington, DC
202.332.3710
http://www.logantavern.com/

Hours of Operation:   Mon. – Fri.  11:00 a.m. – Close
Sat. – Sun.   12:00 p.m. – Close

Best time to visit:            Dinner; Happy Hour.

The term “Tavern” carries a few definition.  Near Logan Circle, there’s a place that represents a couple of those definitions admirably.  All that’s lacking are the lodgings of an old-style inn, and the variation that describes a low-budget, local dive.

An inviting space with a woody interior and space for groups, families, couples, and solo-flyers?  Logan Tavern is it.  Two dining rooms offer plenty of seats, both in the bar area and in the so-called “Red Room,” which has the distinct feel of having been annexed from an adjoining establishment.

A relaxed café to unwind, meet with friends, or do some reading?  The outdoor seating in front that comes with warm weather provides this dimension, and the location, just off DC’s beaten path, is certainly a mellow environment.

A place to enjoy some hearty food and a variety of beverages?  Absolutely.  Odd that a fair amount of that beverage variety involves wine and cocktails, but it is refreshing to see a place with a limited tap selection waste no space on big-name pseudo-beers.  Here you can choose from the Allagash White, North Coast Red Seal Ale, Victory Hop Devil IPA, and …Sam Adams.  (Well, when that’s the most common beer on tap, is it a bad thing?)  All of these are a bit more expensive than other places, but at Happy Hour they drop to between $4 and $6, with pitchers all coming in under $20.

What they lack in variety on tap, they make up for with a carefully-chosen selection of bottled beers.  For the connoisseur, the Chimay Red or St. Louis Framboise Lambic (both from Belgium – neither from Missouri) are both exciting and expensive.  In the mood for a heavy-hitter?  The Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA or Rogue Mocha Porter may suit you, and set you back slightly less.  Take a step towards ‘normal’ with the Brooklyn Brown, or towards the mild with Pilsner Urquell, Stella Artois, or even the Sam Adams Light.  And for those who don’t like beer, there’s also Harpoon Cider, Kaliber, and Miller Lite.

Happy Hour offers a selection of inexpensive appetizers – from $4.50 Buffalo Tenders to Seared Scallops for $6.25 – as well as some burgers and sandwiches for $7.50 and less.  The menu overall, however, is striving to be upscale, with entrees generally in the $15 range.  This modern take on the word “tavern” – meaning “fancy and rustic dining establishment” – is an unfortunate reality, but at least Logan Tavern has some other options.

Pros: Inviting atmosphere; good, fancy food.

Cons: Expensive; slightly pretentious.

Rating: 3 out of 5