The Quest for the Holy Grain - Best Beer Bars
Washington, DC

 

 

Iron Horse Taproom
507 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
202-347-7665

The Iron Horse Taproom stands in the beer-friendly Chinatown neighborhood, just south of the Verizon Center. It resembles a college bar in an upscale part of town, and it was crowded with young professionals.
The motorcycle theme seems a little incongruous, but who are we to judge?
If you're here for the beer, and what Questor isn't, Iron Horse has 20 drafts, with only a few macros.
Delerium, Ommegang, Allegash, & Starr Hill were among those craft beers represented.
If it suits you here...stay. If not, the District Chop House brew pub is next door, and Gordon Biersch and RFD are a few blocks away
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D.A.'s Regional Food and Drink
810 7th Street NW
Washington, DC
202-289-2030
D.A.'s RFD

Hundreds of beers (mostly bottles) from scores of countries, right across the street from the Metro, in MCI country. With Washington's largest tap selection, RFD boasts 30 taps up front and 10 more in the back. Plus about 300 different bottles. Go 'round the world without leaving your seat. Selections include lagers, ales, hefeweizens, Belgians, and various other imports and micros. If you're a dedicated beer enthusiast, you may want to ask proprietor Dave Alexander if he has anything special planned, such as tastings or slams. RFD is a super beer bar in an exciting beer neighborhood.

 

 

Cafe Berlin

322 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
202.543.7656

For good German drafts served in the proper glass, try Cafe Berlin on Capitol Hill. The setting is European, the staff is authentically German, and although the owners think of the establishement as a restaurant, this is DC's best sidewalk Biergarten. You can sit facing the tanning salon next door and maybe get lucky. They will always have several German imports on tap, such as Bitburger, Kostritzer, and a hefeweizen. The food is excellent and also German. The clientele is upscale, eclectic, and predominantly alternative. Don't miss the asparagus festival in the spring.