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Dr. Granville Moore's

Dr. Granville Moore'sDr. Granville Moore's

Taps: 11 / Bottles: 90
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

21 Ratings
Ratings: 21
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.16%
$$$ - a bit pricey


[ Bar, Eatery ]

1238 H St NE
Washington, District of Columbia, 20002-4445
United States
phone: (202) 399-2546

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @granvillemoores

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: timtim on 01-08-2008)
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nick0909

Texas

4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$$

It's easy to compare the price of a glass of draft beer at Granville vs. other popular beer bars in DC. But the sticker price is not what's important.

The commitment to a high-quality, high-turnover draft list at this joint sets it apart. The 8-10 beers on tap change almost every week, and the draft list is almost always full of hard-to-find beverages. Want local DC brewery sour experiments on tap right beside Stift Gregorius? Not a problem here.

Make friends with the bar staff and they'll showcase the off-menu bottle list. Adventurous drinkers are sure to be pleased.

08-28-2013 02:08:02 | More by nick0909
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jayhawk73

Maryland

4/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$

Granville Moore's is very easy to miss. In fact, I walked past it by a block and had to look it up on my GPS to figure out where I was. It really is smaller inside, w/ a bar and smaller tables to eat at. It was darker on the inside, w/ wood accents. The beer menu was pretty good if you like Belgian beers! There were a bunch of great beers on draft- including Gulden Draak Quad- something I'd never even heard of before. Tons of bottles as well. If you can't find something you like here, you don't like beer. My food was good, typical pub fare. Service was prompt, and fairly good- but our waitress didn't seem to know a lot about the beers. Granville Moore's is a little on the expensive side, but it is DC, so that can be forgiven. Still, you can drop some serious bread here if you're not careful. A pretty nice pub/restaurant, and a nice addition to the DC beer scene.

11-12-2011 22:25:57 | More by jayhawk73
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$

Took some time to get around to reviewing the Dr. here. Been many times before.

A very small place with an unassuming sign out front. Seems not that interesting. However, stepping inside you're surrounded by wooded charm that looks incredibly old and dark. The place feels like a time warp as if you stepped into an old tavern that looks actually real. It's tiny and a little cramped.

The place is always busy but for all its crampped feeling it doesn't seem loud. Service is quite good and does offer some of the basic Belgians on tap and in bottles. Once in awhile a few things stick out for selection but not by much. Prices here aren't too bad either.

Can't go wrong with the moules et frites here either, they are really good. You walk in an see them steaming off of peoples tables and that's it you're sold.

04-16-2011 18:50:07 | More by smakawhat
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$

50 Belgian beers, plus mussels and frites makes a nice option in an area of town that isn't known for its beer culture (to put it mildly). Nothing rare on their list, but quality abounds. I wish they served up De Struise beers. It was definitely a hole in the wall, and we loved the ambiance but extremly small and narrow - not fun on packed days. The food was served quickly and didn't disappoint except for the Burgers which wasnt that great. I'd do mussles here and that's it. Beers are very pricy and probably not worth it if you can buy them from any beer shop unless they had some good stuff ON TAP such as Ommegang's Adoration Ale.

02-18-2011 21:21:00 | More by CuriousMonk
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$

A very sought after spot in the gentrifying H Street corridor. Run-down, rustic, and cozy vibe, with nice Belgium pub fare, and a fair bottle selection of Belgium brews, and a few Belgium inspired American brews.

It´s a bit too trendy for what it is worth. The lines/wait and overall capacity require patience and a desire to visit the place. Located in a retrofitted two-level terrace house, it has 3 areas with seating alongside a mid-size bar on each floor.
Somewhat decadent and recycled decor hidden under low lighting works fairly well. Plenty of rust and dented wood...

It offers a fair and slightly pricey Belgium bottle selection, about 50 or 60 beers, in a Belgium only menu. It feels a bit perfunctory and the presentation in the booklet could do with some work but if you know what you are getting into the list is fine. They also have a few things not present on the menu and one needs to check out the chalkboards to find other stuff. For the most part nothing particularly remarkable but some American brewers with Belgium inspiration are found here, for instance Ommegang or Unibroue. All in all it is not that the beer profile was somewhat perfunctory, or even that it chooses to go for a Belgium emphasis that for the most part puts behind local and US craft offerings, but more so that it had a marked Belgium macro character, specially with most taps, and with Stella Artois being the most visible brew in the hands of patrons, with the odd Leffe peppered here and there. It felt that a bit more care introducing the kind of brews they list would make it feel actually a bit more authentic under the constructed scenery of the place.

The food rescues the place quite a bit, and after the long wait it tastes glorious, in particular the mussels are quite reliable and tasty. Staff was nice but gave the feeling of being rushed and was not particularly eager to explain much about any specials, brews outside of the menu, or any other kind of broader exchange. Correct but with the impression of wanting to get things done and out of the way as soon as possible.

All in all it was a pleasing visit, but while recommendable it is not a spot that I will make a destination out of.

03-22-2010 02:37:17 | More by Daniellobo
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macpapi

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$$

I am interested by the fact that this place is located in a somewhat rundown looking neighborhood house in a more than rundown and quasi-dodgy section of H Street. Rumor has it that it used to be Dr. Granville Moore's office years back. An interesting tidbit, that adds a nostalgic aspect. I would call it out of the way, but can't speak for everyone's point of origin. In fact, the sign noting this establishment is so small, and somewhat inconspicuously located, that if you aren't specifically looking for it by street number, you very well could walk right by.

Inside, the bar has a pretty dark atmmosphere, with wooden tables, benches, and bar-both downstairs and upstairs. Both bars are cozy, somewhat claustrophobic, and have a lot of character. Available drafts and suggested bottles are listed on a chalkboard behind bars that seat approximately 15 guests. There are about 10 medium-sized tables on each levels. Both times I've visited have been late afternoon and early evening, but I can imagine that on weekend evenings this place would get very packed. Moderately loud music (mix of rock and blues it seems) adds to an engaging vibe. This is a pretty welcoming and homey place for groups and individuals looking for a pretty laid back environment.

There are four taps downstairs and three upstairs (though I think one overlaps, making six total). Beers on tap are okay. The presence of Hoegaarden and Palm, pretty mediocre brews for a Belgian bar with limited number of taps, take a bit away from my impression of overall selection. Bottle list is impressive, with all styles pretty well covered. My one complaint there would be that I've yet to notice anything that stands out as a "Wow, I needed to come to Granville Moore's to get this beer," meaning there are no real surprises there. Nonetheless, very solid offerings both 11.2 oz and 750 ml bottles, with the emphasis completely on Belgians. If you don't like Belgian beers, you probably won't find anything to drink (outside of liquor) here.

Quality is very good. Beer served in proper glassware at proper temps. Never have I viewed anything poured poorly either via tap or bottle. Servers are friendly and somewhat beer saavy, though on my last trip I did have to do a bit of convincing to make the server believe the beer I was asking for was on their order board. It was satisfactorily settled after a couple of minutes. Have never had the food, so can't comment there.

The main complaint, and it is major, about Granville Moore's is what they charge for their products. Everything is way overpriced. Individual 11.2 oz bottles of typical Belgian brews start at $10 per and go up. Don't be surprised to pay $12 for each of the following: Piraat, Gulden Draak, St. Bernardus. All very fine beers, world class even, but things to be found at other good beer bars across town for at least 2-3 (if not 4-5) bucks less. Drafts are typically $10 for a 10-12 oz. pour. I know it's D.C. and all, but compare the prices of Pizza Paradiso and Church Key for example (bars in much more accessible locations, to boot) or Bierra Paradiso (a more desirable location); or even the Quarry House Tavern down the street from me, and GM's comes out looking like a price-gouger. Similar inflation for 750s (start at $25 and go up). I will pull no punches here and say that what the owners have determined to be justifiable prices are ridiculous. But I guess it works for them juging by popularity.

On the whole this is a very good place. It doesn't compare to the really world class beer bars in the U.S. that I've been to. Monk's in Philly, the Hop Cat in Grand Rapids, The Publick House in Boston, the Toranado in San Diego, the Horse Brass in Portland are all significantly better than Granville Moore's. And those places, despite their renown and fame, charge much fairer and more reasonable prices for unbelieveable selections of beer. To my mind, Granville Moore's is worth a visit once or twice when in the neighborhood, to say you've been there. Then make your own evaluation about whether the combination of high quality, great beers, but all too high pricing make it worth future visits.

03-10-2010 16:08:33 | More by macpapi
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

Decided to see what this H street stuff is all about so my wife and I popped in here for dinner one night. First, if you don't know the address, you will likely miss it, the signage is not great. Its really dark inside and usually pretty busy. We were fortunate to get a table for two in the upstairs. We were thrilled.

The food menu is pretty limited but there are several sandwiches, french fries, and mussels and the food is really really good. It doesn't matter what you order, its all good.

The beer menu features about 50 beers all from Belgium. All decent beers, most I had seen before or had before. They had three beers on draft as well. Our waitress knew a lot about beer and she and I had a decent give and take about the selection and limitations of distribution. I asked her why there was no gueuze on the menu and she said they couldn't get any from their distributor and then directed my attention to two beers on the menu she thought were similar to gueuze. Very helpful.

The only drawback is that the food and the beer is a little pricey, but I understand. I won't go back frequently but I will return when I have a special occasion. This is a very cool place.

02-17-2010 20:12:23 | More by drabmuh
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wspscott

Kentucky

4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

Stopped in here with a local friend who had been wanting to try the place. At 6pm on a Friday, the place was packed. We had a beer in the corner by the bar and waited for a table, instead two places at the bar opened up and we grabbed that instead.

Food selection is pretty limited, but if you like mussels and french fries, you will be in heaven. We split a huge bowl of mussels with a curry cream sauce and spicy lamb sausage, lots of crusty bread to soak up the juices. I had a bison tenderloin w/ fries for dinner and I think my friend had a bison burger. The steak was excellent, cooked as ordered.

The beer selection is insane if you like belgian beers. The beer is a little pricey, but not out of line with what you would pay somewhere else in the city. We each had 3 or 4 (maybe 5) beers (lots of trappists) and our bill was approximately $180 before a tip, expensive but worth it.

If you don't know your belgian beers, the bartender (I think her name was Shawn) could definitely help you out. I got the feeling she had tried every beer they served and knew the style characteristics of each.

If you are in DC, this place is highly recommended. The next time I am in the city, I am going back.

11-11-2009 20:49:11 | More by wspscott
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TLove

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$$

Have to say, I wish this place was in NW., but then again, if it was, it would be even more crowded.

The first time I went here, I was turned away with a 3 hour wait at 6:30 on a Thursday night Not cool. The second time I went, I got right in and was seated upstairs. The decor is pretty rustic (and by rustic I mean, big boards of old wood nailed together and much of the inside of the walls torn out and just, kind of left there). H St NE is on the up and up, but it is extremely inconvenient to get to, there being no metro within 14 blocks of the place.

The price is a BIG factor. I, like many of my beer drinking colleagues, shop on a weekly basis or several times a week in various beer stores in the area. I'm constantly paying attention to prices. Tap beers are more moderate and include such beers as McChouffe, DeKoninck, Van De Keizer Rood. About 60 bottles, including sour lambics, trappists, doubles, tripels, quads, etc. etc. Prices range anywhere from $6 for a Stella on tap to $50 for a Malheur 750ml bottle that I could probably purchase at my home grocer for $10-$12. But they do have some cool limited bottles, such as the Fantome Black Ghost, Achel Extra, and the Van De Keizer Cuvee. Each of these are served in a specific glass that corresponds to the taste of the beer, each with a matching logo, which is usually a good gauge of how well a place respects their beer.

The waiters are receptive, not too opinionated, and nice, but even with the place being relatively dead when I went, I still had to grab the waiter for a drink each time I wanted a new one and push him to give his recommendation within certain styles.

The food is very good. I had the blue cheese mussels and frites, which were absolutely delicious, and went well with about every beer I tried. The menu is tiny and offerings limited, but they are good and well-prepared.

07-21-2009 13:11:32 | More by TLove
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slander

New York

4.2/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

Holy dodgy neighborhood. And you're saying there's a good Belgian place here somewhere? A question I already knew the answer to as we had attempted to visit this place last year when in for the very same SAVOR event, but found it closed having arrived too early in the day. This time, things are going to be different, you'll see. So, where is this place again? Past the Popeye's, the brickface front building in a strip of stuff with a large Chimay bannered window up front and Dr. Granville Moore's shingle still hanging above; this must be the place...

Entering into the deep dimly litness of this place having walked the neighborhood's bright blight light of day, it takes a minute or two to get your head adjusted. Open not an hour yet this afternoon, the place was well jamming. A slat wood bar, "L" shaped stooling about a dozen sits long & tight to the right, with 4 taps on 2 ceramic towers of 2 each on the end. Tiered booze and bottled selections displayed on the center of the barback, cupboard coolers to both sides, some wines lined above with more bottled selections there. Rafter ceilings, the old marks on the walls where a staircase had been, some brick and some weathered walls painted; the whole deal intentionally beaten up looking and it works here. Adjacent booths run the length of the bar and a big board on the far wall lists tap selections & new bottles.

Past the bar and up the stairs, another bar just like the one downstairs. The center of the bar back being a coolertop counter, booze lined below a small mirror on beaten back wall, the grill of an old dial radio above, wood units shelving housing glassware to both sides of center, and bottles lining the length above end to end with Tripel Karmeliet glasses displayed. A single 3 tap tower on the corner here, different than the 4 taps on downstairs. A half dozen tables run adjacent to and then forward the bar in the front windows. Drop cylinder lamps overhead, wall mounted lamps and another beer board listing some specialty bottled selections. We parked up here for a beer, something quick as quick can reasonably be and then we're off for SAVOR.

Choices, 7 taps in all; 3 upstairs (McChouffe, Gouden Carolus Classic, Hoegaarden) and 4 downstairs (DeKoninck, Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor & Van De Keizer Rood, Stella) but you can only get what's on that floor on that floor unless you want to run for it yourself. Mike & I settled on the McChouffe, served in its appropriate glassware. Nothing really stellar tapwise, but it's more a bottle place and oh, them bottles are pricey. 5 dozen Belgians on the bottled list itself, the priciest things on the list being the Hanssens Oudberje & Cantillon Gueuze entries in sour/lambic for $23 each. I think a 375ml of the Cantillon Gueuze for $23 is a bit much, and a De Dolle Oer Bier for $15? Ouch! And the Trappists; Achel $14, Rochefort $16-$18, Westmalle $17, and now you're disrespectin' me with a $15 Orval? I think I have to fight you now. (Don't know when Orval became my gauge of good beer bar/bad beer bar, reasonably priced/priced out of control, but it seems to work ok). Plus some items on the limited stock bottle big board, 750's and more; Fantome Black Ghost & Saison, Bink Tripel, McChouffe, Gouden Carolus Van De Keizer Rood & Cuvee, Achel Extra, Affligem, Bieken, DeRanke XX Bitter, and the priciest of the lot; Malheur Brut for $48 and Deus for a straight $50.

Once I heard it, I thought, "They're calling themselves a gastropub, really?" but they've got the beer and holy crap, look at the food menu; moules done 5 different ways, DLT (ooooh duck, if only we had the time), bison burger, salads, handsome starters & attractive pub fare. I just spotted a big big big bowl of moules & frites, it delivered to the person seated right next to me. Don't stare. Don't. You know, Mike, next time, for eats... Comfortable, nicely weathered, a food menu I'd like to get back to and I'll need something to wash that down with, can I see the beer menu please? We could've stayed at Vida's parent's place nearby but not too nearby, and drank Double Simcoes & Racer 5's but I'm glad we got out to see the good doctor.

Now talk about night and day, or rather the other way around, I returned here with a different group of oftusual suspects post SAVOR (this place looks familiar, I think I may have been here 6 hours ago), and still, the place was jammin' pretty well.

I was in wind down mode, so I split the time between my 2 beers in the little back yard and dropping out front to look around. Seems the Popeye's damn near next door has 1" bulletproof glass and the "club" in between has a Heineken signboard out front printed "Sexy girls with knifes" on it (yes, "knifes"). Oh, so sketchy, and I wonder how a pricey Belgian bar holds it's own and then some here? A destination place surely, as a neighborhood bar it is not. A doctor, a monk and a mussel walk into a bar...

07-20-2009 13:15:58 | More by slander
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Dr. Granville Moore's in Washington, DC
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