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Pizzeria Paradiso - Georgetown

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Pizzeria Paradiso - GeorgetownPizzeria Paradiso - Georgetown
BA SCORE
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world-class

114 Ratings
Ratings: 114
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: n/a
Taps: 16
Bottles: 200
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

3282 M St NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20007-3624
United States
phone: (202) 337-1245

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Photo of N17shelfside
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Pizza here is good, but not as good as some other places in DC, see 2 Amys. That said the beer selection is always very well curated which makes up for lack of size compared to places like Churchkey. Especially good is the half price happy hour on weekdays. 5$ lambickx? Yes please. 3.50$ Mean Old Tom, why thank you! And the list goes on...

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

For CBC week I wanted a place to hang out that was close to the hotel in G'town that had a decent beer selection. This is on M street and 1 1/2 blocks from my pass out bed.

Medium sized pizzaria on ground floor. Popular place; a bit crowded on entry--people waiting for seats seem to always block the doors. Was told the bar up stairs was smaller than the one downstairs...so I high tailed it downstairs to see what they had.

By bigger, she obviously meant selection. The room seats maybe 50. Lower ceilings, bar seats 10. But the selection was quite nice. While Churchkey may have the upper hand on selection, the more "intimate" atmosphere here offers quicker and better service. Nice selection of bottles...some Cantillons, one-offs and Hill Farmstead among others. Tap selection was quite good, too. Found some Prarie (OK), Oxbow and FFF.

Service at the bar was great (didn't utilize a server). A bit pricey for the bottles, but happy hour allows for 1/2 price drafts. Done and done.

Was really overly satisfied with this place, for location and selection, but service and timeliness were perks.

Photo of Giantspace
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

This review is for the M street location. I happened to be in DC this week and saw that Paradiso was doing a Three Floyds/Elysian beer night. I used to get these beers in PA a long time ago. I was excited but worried it would be a shit show here. I arrived just after 9pm.

Pretty small spot. Low lights. 45 minute wait for a table for four for beers at 9pm. No problem for me. We put our name on a list. The girl who took our name was very nice. Polite and professional.

We walked to the bar and as we ordered beer two bar stools left so two of us stood and two sat. I took my name off the wait list. The bartender was really friendly and offered us great service. The FFF night I found out was going on at the downstairs bar. Our bartender had no issues getting us beer from downstairs. Zombie dust was kicked before we got there. Still managed to have three rounds of great beers with no issues. It was pretty quiet at the bar and not really crowded.

Tap selection was great for the FFF/Elysian event and there were 4 other taps at the upstairs bar. All I remember was Uinta Hop Notch was on tap. Many people drinking bottles. I did not look at the bottle list but did see FFF/ Blackheart among many others on display and in the cooler behind the bar. I did not see prices for these. I did see the bartender pour a few and they were poured in correct glassware and poured well.

No food was had but the pizza looked very good. I did look at the price and it was a bit expensive but it is DC.

The beers were all $6ea and most were 16oz except the back masking stout was a 12oz. Not sure why. I was expecting an $8 plus pint in DC and at this event.

I would stop by again if in the area. Very happy with the beer,service and the whole night.

EDIT...stopped here again March 2014. we ate and drank. Pizza was great. The dough is really good. Table service was really good. We did wait almost an hour for a four top at around 7pm on a Friday. Beer was a bit more money this time. Four of us ate and had 6 beers total and the check was just under $100 before tip.

Photo of Aufbrau505
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

First time in Georgetown/DC area and I wasn't too wowed by the selection around there. Went to a few bottle shops near this place and it seemed like everywhere was just blown out of founders, bells, and floyds (lot of DFH and Flying Dog but all sixers). On the walk back to the hotel room, I literally walked into every bar on M st to check the selection( both sides of the street haha). After a bunch of strikeouts, I was getting hungry and swung through Pizzeria Paradiso, recommendation courtesy of BA. Sooo glad I did! They let me try Founders Porter on draft (phenomenal!) and gave me an excellent pairing for a pint of Flying Dog's Underdog Atlantic Lager. Very knowledgeable staff, great with the beer/pizza pairings (at least the guys seemed to be, the girl who ran our food out wasn't at all talkative which detracted from the overall experience). Little dark inside, but it was close to closing. Lot of college students too.

Definitely recommend a swing through for a pint to this sick little oasis if you find yourself in Georgetown!

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.75/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I tried to get into Paradiso Dupont Circle once and it was mobbed. Fast-forward one year and I'm walking around Georgetown with my beautiful friend from Spain on a beautiful, sunny day. I remember the wife had stopped at Paradiso Georgetown, so I ask her for directions and there I go!

Place is clean, cozy, airy. But also a bit sterile and chain-y. Great for a quiet lunch, despite being busy. Alright service, a bit erratic and disorganized (maybe understaffed?) but fine.

I sat at the bar on the main floor, but there is another bar downstairs where I was told all the good taps are.

Great bottle list divided in styles, with a heckuva lot of sours, wild ales and lambics. A good amount of taps too, sixteen plus a cask, but no variety. Mostly IPA's. Maharaja, Mikkeller Single Hop (had the Palisade and loved it), Speakeasy Double Daddy, Lagunitas Lucky 13, Victory Hop Wallop, Illimites Simple Malt IPA from Quebec...

They serve flights ($9-$11) and I like that. Got one. Their pizza is good but not great. Not like Piece in Chicago. Didn't wow me, crust was a little too thick but ingredients were fresh and nice. My half-Italian friend said it was delicious. Pricey at $11.75 for a mini one-person pie.

I liked it OK here but wouldn't be in a hurry to come back. When in DC, there are other spots I like better.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I have been here a couple of times on trips to DC and enjoyed my visits each time. The bar is downstairs and is fairly cozy. There are also some tables. Only complaint is no wi-fi. Of the three locations, they always seem to have the best beer selections here, although that can be a toss-up with the P Street location (which is busier and noisier).

The 5-7 happy hour on Tuesdays and Wednesdays is not to be missed. Half price on draft beers and discounts on appetizers and pizzas, and the food is superb.

My last visit, just two days ago, I had Del Borgo Duchessa and Duchessic on tap and a De Dolle Boskeun. Also on draft: Stone 15th Anniversary
Del Ducato Nuova Mattina
North Coast Old Rasputin
Stone Pale Ale
Evil Twin Berfore, During and After Christmas
Brasserie Lefebvre Hopus
Long Trail Harvest Ale
Epic Straight Up Saison
Stoudt’s Heifer-in-Wheat
Rogue Smoke
Bell’s Two Hearted
Troegs Dead Reckoning
Dogfish Head Namaste.

Now that's pretty impressive, isn't it?

They keep pretty up to date with available beers on their website.

Will definitely be going to one of the locations for happy hour if my next trip to DC coincides.

Photo of ferrari29
4.1/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Fantastic beer selection. Lots of tourist, including myself. There are plenty of fantastic pairings from both menus. Cask ale is also available, like today's selection, which was a Oliver's Dry-hopped Ironman Ale.

Great beer menu, bigger than the food menu. It's about eight pages of different styles to choose from. I always appreciate a fine dining establishment that has a perfectly broken down beer menu with narratives for each style. Great stuff. Flights are also available.16 beers on tap, with a major portion of which is dedicated to Allagash, Mikkeller, and Unibroue.

Simple, pleasant italian based food menu, fire oven. Love it, reminds me of my restaurant visits in Italia. I will say that the service was not at the level I expected, my cask beer was served in a conical shaped pint glass and my stout was served in a bottle. I had to ask for me snifter glass. Weird. I guess I expected more from the service.

Otherwise, this is a great place for a date and perfectly located in the Georgetown area. Can't go wrong there.

Photo of etenbus
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Excellent, excellent location for beer enthusiasts. And the pizza is outstanding, especially coming from the boring midwest.

The staff is very knowledgeable. We were there during JulIPA when every beer on tap was an IPA. It included two Mikellers, SN Southern Harvest, New Holland RyePA, 21st Amendment Back in Black, Two-Hearted, and many many more. And the bottle list is about 10 pages long. It's not cheap, but it's Georgetown! Generally, the 16oz pints are $5-6. When the bartender mistakenly poured only a 12 oz SN Southern Harvest for my wife, it was made up with generous apologies with about another 8 oz. Beer geeks are welcomed and respected! Several months ago when I visited here the bartender brought out some special barrel-aged beers for the hard-core enthusiasts to try, free of charge.

Tables are hard to come by even on a Monday or Tuesday night. But they are happy to let you go down into the beer dungeon for something yummy before they clear a table for you. The raised bench seats in front of the kitchen area are fun because you get to watch the pizza masters at their craft.

Get here early. Drink late.

Photo of smakawhat
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

In terms of the Dupont vs. Georgetown location, pretty much everything is the same here, good pizza, great selections on tap, good service (the staff at Paradiso work at the other locations sometimes so they rotate). The bar though seems a little smaller than the P street location but not by much.

The biggest difference is that being in Georgetown, the place seems a little busier, and the most obvious thing is it is filled with tourists. It can be a little madning here, but the beer never fails.

Photo of raveskdr
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I have been to Paradiso Dupont about 15 times in my time in the DMV area.

This place is absolutely amazing. Like it's sister, Paradiso in Dupont, I love this place. The atmosphere is great, but different. Make your way downstairs to what I affectionately call "The Beer Dungeon".

I always go there on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for their happy hour. Half price drafts and discounts on pizza. You will not find a single deal like that anywhere in the area, period.

The walk is a bit far (from either Foggy Bottom or Rosslyn), but it gives me a chance to work off the calories. The walk from Rosslyn gives you an absolutely great view up and down the Potomac. Many a times I have walked back and forth while it was snowing.

If you are going for HH, make sure to go early. It fills up quickly. HH is only in the downstairs area, fyi.

Photo of jdense
4.36/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Visited during DC beer sojourn 11.12.2010.

Located in the DuPont Circle neighborhood (there are several other DC area locations) Birreria Paradiso pairs two of my favorite things, quality pizza and beer. There is a 10-12 seat hardwood bar, and a number of tables for dining. The place quickly filled up on a Friday evening, and there was a considerable wait for a table by 630 pm.

While there wasn't a large number of taps, they were of relatively high quality. The 12 taps included Allagash Dubbel, Brewdog/Stone Basdah, Jolly Pumpkin La Purcella, and Founders Backwoods Bastard. Prices were on the high side, a little below average for DC, lower priced than ChurchKey. The help was very friendly and informative, he dealt with questions from beer newbies with pleasantness and a smile, offering up samples for the curious. There was also an excellent list of bottled beer, though priced a bit on the high side.

I really liked the atmosphere while it was a bit hectic the other customers were cool. We met a local couple who was curious about our beer geekdom and asked us the question, "What's your favorite beer city?", to which we both at separate times answered "Other than Portland?". While this ain't Beervana, brother, Birreria Paradiso, along with Kramer Books and the exquisite dive bar The Big Hunt, make DuPont Circle a must for the traveling BA. While I didn't have the pizza, it looked frickin delicious and I'll be share to have one next time. Highly recommended.

Photo of SShelly
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

The fam and I were trying to go to brickskeller but they were closed so we took a walk down the street and ended up here, very glad we did. A moderate but quality draft selection with a local alt on cask the beer was a good sideline to the highlight that was the pizza. Tasty high quality toppings and cheese with well done crust he pizza kicked ass. Will definetly come back if i find myself wandering around duping circle in need of some zza. Oh the pizza my step Dad got had the best pepperoni I've ever had in my life, simply well done.

Photo of pythonmets
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

So glad we found this place. While we don't get to DC all that often, my wife and I make it a point to stop by here every time. While it's a bit pricey, it pretty average for the area, and worth it for the experience. First off, their pizza is phenomenal. Always fresh ingredients and very interesting spins on the classic dough sauce and cheese formula. But what really sets them apart of course is the beer, and luckily they have a staff that is knowledgable about what they serve. Our servers are always ready with a recommendation based on what you are going to eat, and the bartenders are never condescending. As long as they keep it going like this we will always be returning! As an aside, last time we dined there, a stretch Hummer pulled over on M Street right outside the window we were sitting at, and out steps the Governator and his family! OK, not really THAT cool, but it was cool to see how short Ah-nold is in real life!!

Photo of TMoney2591
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Stopped in here before class midday on a Wednesday; got a seat at the bar just inside the front door. It all seemed to fancy to me, what witht eh granite/marble bar and what I can only call traditional Italian pizzeria fare, but somehow I did not feel out of place in jeans. It was quiet enough for the lunch-ish hour. The bartender/server was a bit sparse with her appearances, but when she was around she was knowledgable and helpful. The draught list is not all that long, but it is pretty top-notch regardless. They also have at least one beer on cask, which is becoming a welcome sight in this area. The bottle list is pretty massive, and they seemed to actually have most of what was listed (though a couple big 'uns were unfortunately absent...). The beers were served in the proper glassware and were all very tasty (who can argue with KBS on-tap??). I didn't try the food (new things frighten me...), but it looked pretty tasty when I peeked at the tables. For the District, the prices are fair, though some of the bottles' push it a bit. Overall, this place is fantastic, and I can't wait for my next visit.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

A cozy bar in Georgetown, located downstairs in Pizzeria Paradiso. Try to get there before the throng and get the comfortable seats near the fireplace. There is pretty limited seating capacity and it can fill up pretty quickly. The quality of service fluctuates, but mostly it has been very good. Birreria Paradiso often acquires some rare and incredible beers on tap. Their drafts have a high turnover rate, making it optimal for repeat visits. Happy hour is Tuesday and Wednesday from 5-7, where drafts are half price. They offer beer flights of 3 or 4 beers from the draft menu, enabling an appreciator to taste the gamut of what's on tap, should he/she so desire. The food is decent, but not awesome. This place is about beer. I highly recommend it. It's easily one of the best beer establishments in the greater D.C. area.

Photo of alysmith4
3.58/5  rDev -17.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place is pretty great, although the ambiance leaves a lot to be desired. I like the beers they have, there are quite a few on tap and there is a wide variety of domestic and import. They seem to be big on Belgians. I seem to remember one or two cask beers, and I tried at least one of them. It wasn't my favorite, as it was some sort of barleywine.

The food here is great! Excellent pizzas. Very fresh and authentic. I'm not a huge fan of eggs, but one of the more interesting pizzas has a few cracked sunnyside-up eggs on it. The service is just okay. Nothing special. A good place to go for beer and a bite, without many frills.

Photo of flannelman808
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Wow wow wow I love this place.... The pizza is unbelievable napolian style and extreemly fresh. Top notch ingreediants and wood fired oven equals an amazing dining experiance! They have something like 22 beers on draft which are always rotating. There are definitely some hard to find selections to be made. The list of about 300 bottles is even better. They have my favorite uber rare beer of all time the de dolle oerbier special reserve 2008. Need I say more? Pleanty of great beer both rare and not...something for everyone. Amazing place I can't rave enough! Get there if your in dc!

Photo of eljefe21
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Finally got to try this place with my wife after having wanted to go for quite some time to try a cask ale. Located in the heart of Georgetown, which I generally try to avoid, this place makes it worth the inconvenience of getting down there.

Ended up there on a Friday night, so the restaurant was packed as I expected. We were told it would be half hour for a table and pointed to the downstairs bar, which is really what I really wanted to check out, and would not have been able to locate had I not been pointed there.

After weaving our way to the back of the restaurant and down some stairs, we found ourselves in a toasty, quaint bar, which other than being jammed packed would have been a great place to hang out. The fire was a bonus, and even without the crowd, the space was so small it would have been cozy.

Onto the beer. The bar was lined with tap handles, and a chalk board at the end of the bar spelled out the offerings. They ranged from the lighter side, like Jever Pils, to in your face hops, like Stoudts DIPA, to Belgians, like St. Feuillien Saison and St. Bernardus Abt 12, to bad-ass stouts, like Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti and Troegs Javahead Stout. There was enough on tap that I never really looked into what bottles they had.

Since I was looking to try a cask ale, my wife and I both got that first, which ended up being a scotch ale, 80 Schilling from Williams Brothersa. Oh so good. I could have drank that one all night if it weren't for dinner and the rest of the beers I wanted to try. Next up for me was Bashah, a collaboration from BrewDog and Stone, which I hadn't heard of until then, and my wife had an Entire Butt English Porter from Salopian Brewing, which I also hadn't heard of.

Before we could try anything else, our buzzer went off and we moved upstairs for dinner. The restaurant is nice, but very wide open which made it extremely loud with the huge crowd. Having eaten at the other Pizzeria Paradiso I knew the pizza was very good and once again it was.

As far as beer with dinner, I tried to get a Rogue Chatoe First Growth Wet Hop to cut into the spices in the Atomica pizza I ordered, but because of the noise, and probably my tendency to mumble, I believe I ended up with an Allagash White. I could have sent it back, but when even a mistake ends up being a tasty beer, why bother.

I'd definitely recommend this place to anyone. I don't know of too many places in the DC area serving cask ales, so that alone makes this a special place, and when you add their impressive selection of beers on tap, you're looking at one of the best beer bars in DC. If you don't like crowds and noise, I'd recommend coming at an off-peak hour, but other than that, and well, the Georgetown location, I can't think of anything to complain of.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.75/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A reference stop for craft brews and pizza in DC. While typically rather reliable and recommendable, on this visit it was rather unorganized and a bit disappointing around some of the beer offerings.

We had an informal stop where we had a rather tasty pizza. Nice draft menu that is full of seasonal brews and rotates often, but on this occasion listed a couple of offerings that were no longer available, including running out of the cask beer. After a couple of taste samples I settled to try Bear Republic´s Black Mamba, which was pleasing.

Hoping to try a barley wine I did not know, and picking up from a small but interesting section on the bottled menu, it took them quite a long while to come back and confess with some embarrassment that it seemed that either they could not find my request or were out of it. The second request took even longer to receive a negative answer. And by the time they came back to apologize profusely for not having it we were almost out of time, the food has been long gone, and we needed to move out.

While staff was attentive, and seemed to try their best, the wait to receive news of the unavailable beers was rather uncomfortable, and the excuses a bit pathetic, including:
- I thought we had it on stock
- The beer manager is out right now
- You know we reopened the P street location so the coordination between the two places is a bit complicated these days...

The place remains a personal favorite, but this was probably the most dysfunctional of all the visits I´ve made in the years since it opened. I sure hope they can pick up their act and this does not become their new routine.

Photo of Liverpool08
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

What a great find in the middle of Georgetown. First it has great pizza. All fresh ingrediants, great crust, a delicious pie, try the Atomica, yummy! But even better is the beer selection. Over 160 beers, 16 on tap, plus a huge bottled selection. Outstanding Belgian selections, but also a very good American craft variety. For example I was able to try the Sierra Nevada Belgian Tripel on tap. The staff was great. Sat at the bar and the bartender was very knowledgeable and attentive. Was eager to let me try any beer before I purchased a pint. Prices were reasonable given the location. I will make this place a must visit each time I come to DC in the future!

Photo of skberke
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

We've been going to Birreria Paradiso for nearly 2 years now, but we have a whole new appreciation for it after our recent trip to Belgium. We were surprised to discover that Birreria Paradiso could hold its own against any of the beer bars we visited in Belgium. It has more beers on tap than you typically see in Belgium, and its bottle list is every bit as impressive. We have always known that it's a great little bar, but now we realize that it's truly a world-class bar. We are happy to know that we can have a little taste of Belgium without having to go overseas.

Birreria also has an impressive commitment to American Craft Brewing. For example, they frequently carry Three Floyds Beer. Three Floyds is not widely distributed outside the Great Lakes Region, which iis a shame, because they're really great. The Birreria Paradiso beer manager periodically goes to Three Floyds, rents a U-Haul, and brings back cases of it for the bar. That is insanely cool.

Photo of at1234
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

What a cool little place nestled in the heart of Georgetown. I work at a respectable beer bar in Columbia, and I am in charge of what beers we carry, and we too have been considered to be a bit pricey. People simply don't understand the cost of some products, and that it is stupid, and not beneficial for the establishment to not charge the beer accordingly. So with that said, their pricing is spot on. Pizza here is delicious, with fresh ingredients made from scratch, you can't go wrong. Draft selection is nice, offerring 16 unique beers, but what blew me away was the bottle selection. Impressive! Overall the highlight of the evening was the service. The place was busy, but the staff kept their composure. And it seems as if everyone is on the same page on keeping everyones beer glass full. I had not one, but two food runners ask me for refills, the host, and another friendly female waiter check up on me to see that a beer was on the way. Kudos to the management if that was their intention on training the staff on the importance of refilling a guest's glass in a timely manner. Overall I will return, and I highly recommend anyone who visits Georgetown to stop by for a brew and a pie.

Photo of drabmuh
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A pizza joint in Georgetown. I would consider this place the type of bar where you have the advantage of also having good food, but apparently i was in the minority. As I surveyed the room, most people were eating and not drinking beer. I was the opposite. There were about 160+ beers on the menu and about 15 on draft. No crap on tap as well. A nice selection of interesting release beers from the US and some interesting Belgian and German brews. A mix of ales and lagers (although ales were favored in the spread). I had a few ales that looked interesting. The wait staff was helpful a lot and attentive. I ran up quite the tab here, but this is my fault. The prices were overall reasonable. There weren't a lot of textiles in the rooms of the restaurant, so the sound of everyone chatting fliled the room and did not fade. Very loud. It is a restaurant that happens to serve good beer. Worth a look if you are in the area. Very nice.

Photo of slander
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

SAVOR in six hours and counting, we've already checked out of hotel A and checked into hotel B. Phil's going to hit some of the salon sessions and I'm going to head over to my adopted parent's place off Lincoln park, maybe grab a beer with Schnickel Fritz Mike & Dicke Frau Davida, but first we're going to get our lunch on. I remember remembering Paradiso from last year's post event wanderings; you'd never know there was a serious beer scene hiding there. An unassuming pizza place on the strip maybe, but walk to the rear, and down the rabbit hole...

Seemingly, a pizza shop like other pizza shops; about 2 dozen tables seating through 2 rooms and a small bar with 4 taps just inside the door. But spy the secret staircase down to the basement bar, well played. Small tight room and a half with a 13 stool "L" shaped stone based copper topped bar under the stairs. 2 coolers of bottles behind the bar over a brick wall, glassware on the counter there and more cooler space below. Some portions of the barback plastered with stickers, labels and light signage. Yellow painted walls throughout mostly, with bits of brick over stone block. Tile floors, slat wood ceiling over the bar with sunken spots, and the adjacent seating area, wood rafters overhead with tap handles sticking out of them and mounted Bali mason jaresque lamps. The walls done with a few De Dolle posters framed, light brewery prints & mirrors, and a length of the crown molding holding a dozen tap handles extending out, plus a few black & white vat photos and a great framed DC newspaper weekend section piece showing bar manager Greg's face over the tap handles. A dozen + tables, mostly 2 seaters, a single hightop, and a pair of cushy chairs around a coffee table up front a small fireplace, cherubs to both sides and pizza pieces on the mantle above. A funny cart of sorts sits in the middle of the room housing stacked wood, seemingly dangerous there.

They sent us a little bowl of mixed olives for starters and I was going to try one for the second time in my life. I asked Phil which one I should have and he could/would offer no help opinion anything whatsoever, so I didn't try an olive for the second time in my life. See how he keeps me down. Looking over the menu of salads (no), Panini (maybe) and pizza (yes), I opted to make my own pie but not really. What I did was to come up with the specific toppings and then told the guy and he had someone else make it for me but the artistic expression of garlic, pine nuts and pepperoni was my own, and could I have that very well done, please, thank you. The pizza was excellent, great dough, fresh ingredients, and I'm glad I only ordered the 8" as it was more than enough.

16 taps in all; 12 on the tower on the bar here and the other 4 are served from upstairs. A good mix of a handful of Belgians (De Dolle Dulle Teve, Saison Dupont, Witkap Double), and micros across the mid-Atlantic & New England regions (Duck Rabbit Porter, Clipper City Loose Cannon IPA, DogFishHead Burton Baton, Stoudts APA, Southampton Double White, Brooklyn Intensified Coffee Stout, Ommegang Rouge, Allagash Confluence), and not (New Holland Full Circle Kolsch, Great Divide Belgica, Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale, Avery Ellie's Brown, Stone Levitation), and a single cask beer on (Flying Dog Dry Hopped Gonzo). Yes, I'm drinking the Allagash Confluence laughingly (which by the way, does not suck), and a second beer now, it's going to be the Omme Rouge, because because.

And then there's that bottle list, broken out by style holding just shy of 200 bottles, more than ½ of them Belgian and Belgian style. They've got all the goods. I mean, a nice 'lil collection of lambics, fruit & gueuzes geeses; nearly a dozen and a half of them (Fonteinen, Cantillon, Hanssens, Oud Beersel, St Louis, and Lindemans Cuvee Renee). A very serious beer list. Now, I've read where some people have been complaining about the prices here, but in my only opinion that matters, most things are reasonably priced. From the $35 Cantillon St. Lamvinus to the $9 lovely Orval, right where she should be.

Greg just came by and spotted me scribblin' my little serial killer print, subtle I'm not. Guessed we were in town for SAVOR, and got talking a bit. He's good shit and knows his game, he left and returned with a Mikkeller Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA in hand. Nice! You know, we should talk to someone about keeping him on full time. Then he busted out an Orval to split just as we were looking to go; don't wanna be disrespectful and whatnot (to him or lovely Orval), so we stayed.

A better than good beer scene, and really damn kickin' pizza. Go see when in DC.

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4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Atmosphere is pretty good, however, being there 2 times now, your enjoyment of the environment will most likely depend entirely on when you choose to go. For those of you who go at 8 on a Saturday evening are likely to get slammed with lines. After all, this is a prime location in G-town. Beer quality is top notch. Great microbrews and Belgians on about 18 taps (half of which rotate weekly in the summertime). The bottle selection (80-90, according to the waiter) is really enticing as well. Rare bottles are kept to a minimum to keep prices reasonable (if you want rare, go to Granville Moore's and similar dives). I had pizza and appetizers, both of which were a touch dry, but certainly paired well with my Silly La Divine. Service was pretty good. The server was knowledgeable about the beers at hand and encouraged us to try the flights.

Very good. Will certainly go back again.

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