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Port Royal Export

You don’t have to travel to Honduras to have Port Royal Export! This pale lager is refreshing, especially after a bike ride by the water.

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Bar Review: Marshall’s Bar & Grill
June 26, 2010 – 1:57 PM | One Comment
Bar Review: Marshall’s Bar & Grill

“Ordinary” can sometimes mean “Good.” Such is the atmosphere at Marshall’s Bar & Grill on L Street in Foggy Bottom. Despite the proximity of the GW campus, Marshall’s lets other bars handle the Three C’s (Collegiate, Cool, Crowded) and sets about being a simple, straight-forward place to grab a bite and a beer.

Bar Review: Elephant & Castle
June 25, 2010 – 11:52 AM | Comments Off on Bar Review: Elephant & Castle
Bar Review: Elephant & Castle

Elephant & Castle is described on its corporate website as a “British Pub and Restaurant concept.” Many bar-goers and beer-drinkers may think twice about procuring their poisons of choice at a “concept,” but the success of the idea cannot be denied. The twenty-plus establishments nationally seem to generally be thriving.

Bar Review: Lindy’s Red Lion
June 19, 2010 – 11:50 AM | Comments Off on Bar Review: Lindy’s Red Lion
Bar Review: Lindy’s Red Lion

Mixed in amongst the townhouse facades near GW is an unassuming, narrow little bar/restaurant, up a short flight of stairs from street level, easily missed on the way up or down Pennsylvania Avenue.

Bar Review: The 51st State Tavern
June 18, 2010 – 11:45 AM | Comments Off on Bar Review: The 51st State Tavern
Bar Review: The 51st State Tavern

For a bar that’s been around less than six years, the 51st State Tavern feels well lived-in. Since 2004 it has become a local hangout far on the West side, drawing its share of regulars, GW students, and lost tourists. And what it lacks in distinctive character is balanced by its nonchalance and surprising selection and specials.

Bar Review: Tommy Joe’s
June 12, 2010 – 11:47 AM | No Comment
Bar Review: Tommy Joe’s

There’s a fair amount going on in Bethesda, and there are more than a few places to eat, drink, or watch your team play. But there might be no better spot to do all three than Tommy Joe’s.

Bar Review: Black Cat
June 11, 2010 – 11:42 AM | Comments Off on Bar Review: Black Cat
Bar Review: Black Cat

The distinctive, dark, gritty atmosphere one expects to find in a rock club usually only comes with the purchase of a concert ticket. That can be achieved at the Black Cat, with two stages that are regularly occupied by local favorites and big names alike, and with good beer on tap to boot. But a very nice dive-y rock’n’roll bar is also on the premises, and can be entered without a cover charge. The atmosphere and beer can thus be enjoyed minus the live music.

Bar Review: Ben’s Next Door
June 6, 2010 – 1:52 PM | No Comment
Bar Review: Ben’s Next Door

That would be plenty, especially if it’s really good beer and chili. But lots of other good food, tons of personality and history, a friendly crowd and staff, and enough flat-screens to follow whatever you like as you sit bar-side – now we’re nearing mythical status. And there are Happy Hour specials on top of all that.

Bar Review: Old Ebbitt Grill
June 4, 2010 – 11:38 AM | No Comment
Bar Review: Old Ebbitt Grill

There is something to be said for the über-fancy – that ivy-league, polished mahogany, where’s-my-tuxedo atmosphere. The Old Ebbitt Grill doesn’t go quite to that extreme, but that may just be due to the economic crisis.