Quarry House Tavern
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Taps: 9 / Bottles: 300
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by MBPChead:
4.72/5 rDev +14%
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
More User Reviews:
3.74/5 rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$
Don't blink, or you will miss this place. Actually, depending on the direction you're walking, you may totally miss it. It is hard to find if you're a first-timer. Once I saw the address, and the stairway leading down, I didn't know what to expect. You walk in, and hear lots of people talking, and it is dark. Exposed wood, pipes, etc. Very cool. I asked, and the place has been around since before Prohibition. The main bar has probably a dozen or so chairs that one can belly up to. If you don't want to sit ringside, there are quite a few small tables and chairs in the main bar area too. Don't expect to be served if you sit down at a table in this area. It is not a serving area, but no one will tell you. One of the guys (a patron) sitting up at the bar actually gave me the menu of liquid libations and what was on tap. Some decent beer offerings, and I made my way back ringside and ordered up. Lots of bottles here, and it looks like they know how to mix a good, stiff, drink or two as well. Staff is a little on the gruff side, but once you engage in some conversation, it's all good. I would definitely recommend if you're in this area. Don't dress up. Jeans/shorts/t-shirt is fine. The 1/2 pound black and bleu burger w/ bacon was very good.
07-26-2014 12:42:28 | More by BeerDazed
3.91/5 rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
This is a solid place that I love. Location is nice and it is something that Silver Spring needs. It is a rare place in that town; a good, interesting bar. It is what it is. A basement place that is comfortable and laid back. Great beer selection and they always have interesting and quality beers on draft. Service has been pretty good every time I have been here(it has been many times). Food is solid. Nothing spectacular(wings may be the exception here), just basic.
Good place to visit regularly and just hang out.
02-22-2014 15:04:54 | More by dexterk1
4.1/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This was such an odd place. I've passed this intersection a few times before and never even noticed it. Unless somebody had shown you the place before, you wouldn't know it existed because there is no sign. The beers were all very reasonably priced, and the service was decent. It was very small and a bit crowded, but worth going to for the beer selection. While here I had an Atwater Vanilla Java, Back in Black, Ten Fidy, and a Fuel Cafe. There selection is huge, and totally worth going to if you are a beer afficionado in Montgomery County. It is definitely one of the better beer bars in Montgomery County if not the entire Washington DC area.
05-23-2011 14:15:51 | More by Rootdog316
4.08/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
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
Quarry House Tavern in Silver Spring, MD
92 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.