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Quarry House Tavern

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Taps: 9 / Bottles: 300
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

20 Ratings
Ratings: 20
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.2%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

8401 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910-4425
United States
phone: (301) 587-9406

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(Place added by: NOmiccityson on 12-15-2006)
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MBPChead

Maryland

4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

I have been to this bar many a time and it's my favorite bar for a reason: its close by, the food is great, beer from across the globe, and most people in attendance are quite friendly. At a glance it's pretty easy to miss, especially since it's a basement but for those who venture 13 steps down and inside the door are in for a real treat. The atmosphere is, although a bit dingy, warm and welcoming the walls littered with various paraphernalia for a large variety of different brews. Getting down to brass tax the quarry house offers offer 300 beers on bottle from various corners of the globe including the major beer capitals as well as several oddities and has 9 rotating taps for the true brew lover. Whether you crave a Russian imperial stout, English brown ale, Belgian strong dark ale, or whatever you wish to drink rest assured they can suit your need. But if you crave booze other than beer than don't fret for this dive offers wine roughly 200 different types of whisky as well as your other standard hard liquor for cocktails and that sort of thing. The food they offer is pretty typical of your average pub grub, but that's not exactly a bad thing. Especially since their burgers have a reputation that speaks for themselves. With a slew of different toppings to choose from the burger is a landmark of the Tavern's menu and for good reason, whether it's a 1/3, 1/2, or even a full 1-pound premium beef burger your craving shall be fulfilled, plus if you go on Monday its 1/2 half price. But, if a burger is not what you seek than fear not for their menu also includes sandwiches (hot and cold/veggie and meat), a veggie platter (with hummus and pita that will knock your socks off), salads, beer batter chicken tenders, and your every day bar appetizers. The wait staff is friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable about what they serve. On a final note there is but one thing this wonderful dive has to offer that I still have need to mention Music. For the Quarry House in addition to housing a Juke Box with a musical selection that offers something for almost anybody's eardrum, they also frequently showcase live musical performance from a several bands and genres. Every Saturday is rockabilly night for those who want to have a good time dancing or just wanna listen to some Good Ol' Boy/Oldies Rock N' Roll music. If your looking for some LIVE ELECTRIC BLUES than the first Friday of every month will get you Jonny Grave and The Tombstones from 9-12. Or if your more of a head banger or a skin head than the occasional hardcore punk and metal shows should be right up your alley. So if you're in the neighborhood sometime give them a try whether you like the place or not it'll be an experience that you won't soon forget.

05-20-2010 02:09:33 | More by MBPChead
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$

This is a solid place that I love. Location is nice and it is something that Silver Spring needs. It is a rare place in that town; a good, interesting bar. It is what it is. A basement place that is comfortable and laid back. Great beer selection and they always have interesting and quality beers on draft. Service has been pretty good every time I have been here(it has been many times). Food is solid. Nothing spectacular(wings may be the exception here), just basic.
Good place to visit regularly and just hang out.

02-22-2014 15:04:54 | More by dexterk1
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Boone757

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

10-29-2013 15:36:56 | More by Boone757
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Here is a place that seems completely out of its element. Within downtown Silver Spring sits a basement bar, hard to find and not even well marked, surrounded by new development and restaurants. Upon entering you realize you are walking into somewhere special.

The atmosphere is a great dive vibe. You're in a basement which could pass for your grandmas house, with a bar, and wooden paneling. The jukebox or tunes pump out something edgy some times giving it a rustic feel.

As for the beer, there is a good solid standard bottle list and it's quite varied. Prices are very reasonable too. Tap selection though is very minimal with maybe 6 offerings and I am sure one will always be Guinness.

That being said chowing down on a burger and some tatter tots while having a few beers is a great way to pass the time. It feels like a secret joint. Come here for the atmosphere and just take it easy.

06-17-2011 03:13:03 | More by smakawhat
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Rootdog316

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

This was such an odd place. I've passed this intersection a few times before and never even noticed it. Unless somebody had shown you the place before, you wouldn't know it existed because there is no sign. The beers were all very reasonably priced, and the service was decent. It was very small and a bit crowded, but worth going to for the beer selection. While here I had an Atwater Vanilla Java, Back in Black, Ten Fidy, and a Fuel Cafe. There selection is huge, and totally worth going to if you are a beer afficionado in Montgomery County. It is definitely one of the better beer bars in Montgomery County if not the entire Washington DC area.

05-23-2011 14:15:51 | More by Rootdog316
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$

It's hard to find, it's dark, it smells, anything resembling a crowd and the service takes a nose dive and I love it. This place is hidden which is found by going down the stairway.

Let's start with the food and get to the good stuff later: If you plan on eating here don't look in the kitchen. I imagine the only reason the health department hasn't shut them down is because they couldn't find the place either. The burgers are typically under cooked (ie, I prefer medium rare, here I ask for medium) go ahead be a stud and ask for medium rare if you want - you'll be eating a beef jelly donut. The tater tots are little chunks of fried gold! We all know about Mondays being half price burgers but frankly I don't think saving the $4 is worth it, but I prefer going Wednesday through Saturday.

The good stuff: The QH is more of a beer bar but they do have an excellent selection of whiskey and rye. The draft selection is good but limited. They rotate out beers so be sure to ask what's on tap. The bottled beer menu is fun to peruse and you can find some lesser known brews. A top notch dive bar in the area!

02-17-2011 18:17:17 | More by CuriousMonk
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LOM718

Maryland

4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

This place is awesome! But you might miss it, it's not well marked but you'll see a few people hanging around outside an opening on the corner that leads down some stone stairs. The place doesn't look like much even once you're inside, but this is a really great place!
They have a huge selection of beers, especially Belgian beers. Additionally, the burgers are really great! And they'll cook them properly (which is hard to find). I highly recommend this as a beer hang out for anyone in the area!!

09-22-2010 19:05:40 | More by LOM718
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glocks4interns

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

I like Quarry House a lot. It is a smallish craft beer/dive bar at basement level.

Beer: They have a limited selection of beer on tap (compared to other craft-beer bars I goto) but most of it is very good. Their bottle selection is pretty extensive and very high quality.

Food: The food is above average with great tatter tots and some very hot wing sauces.

Atmosphere: It is dark, the ceilings are low, and it's a dive. None of those things are negatives if they are what you're looking for. The staff is friendly and reasonably knowledgeable.

Price: It is also pretty reasonable for a craft beer bar and while you can spend a lot it's better than many other options.

Cons: My biggest complaint is some parts of it are a little too "divey". The bathroom is not gross but not great.

Overall I recommend it and am glad it's two blocks from my place.

05-13-2010 01:29:12 | More by glocks4interns
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Waltwvu

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

From the outside and when you walk in the first thing you will think is dive bar with the low ceilings, dark lights and exposed brick walls, but take a look at the bottle list and you will be pleasantly surprised. The taps are decent there were 5 i think with blue moon, DFH 90 and a few other crafts as well as 1 macro. While this bar does sell a fair share of PBR and other tall boys they have an impressive bottle list catorgorized by type and region with and explanation of the beer for those who are unfamilair. They have bar menu with some pub fare but i did not try. this is a neighborhood gem worth seeking out

04-16-2010 17:42:02 | More by Waltwvu
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alysmith4

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$

What the.. My friend bet me that this random door from this desserted looking alley went to this ridiculously great bar in Chevy Chase. I shook her had as we descended down the stairs. Before I knew it, I was sulking in my delious Belgian brew, and yes - I'd be the one picking up the tab for that afternoon's festivities.

This bar is a really fantastic understatement. The beer list is extensive, the food is good, and the service is great. What a great place to duck into on a cold winter afternoon. I'll definitely be back, assuming I can find it again.

03-10-2010 03:20:21 | More by alysmith4
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Quarry House Tavern in Silver Spring, MD
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