The Big Hunt
Taps: 31 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 38 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by ElGordo:
3.49/5 rDev +0.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5
Stopped by around 11pm on a Saturday night on my way home from the Brick. Very crowded, but still managed to get two stools at the bar. Fairly impressive tap selection. Prices for high quality brews are a bit high ($4.50-5.00/pt), and the (supposedly) cheap beer is ridiculous ($3.75/pt for PBR!). Had a Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale and a Bigass Wheat, which was supposedly the house beer. Noisy, hip crowd that only got noisier as closing time approached. Still had a very nice time, though. Extra points for Social Distortion playing on the PA when I walked in.
11-05-2003 05:17:12 | More by ElGordo
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District of Columbia
3.63/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Stopped in for a bite to eat and a beer while in the area. 30 or so drafts, mostly craft selections from some of the larger breweries like Allagash, Stone, Schlafly, Oskar Blues. The cask was not working, so no go for any cask ales. Bar food was pretty good. I had a cheeseburger and fries. Dimly lit and a bit of a dive appearance. Staff was friendly and service was fine. A decent bar, but I don't feel compelled to return.
11-10-2013 17:34:24 | More by Huhzubendah
4/5 rDev +15.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This place is way underrated here on BA. We hit it last night after many hours at the amazing Churchkey and it was just what the doctor ordered. Churchkey has an upscale vibe, The Big hunt is more of a dive bar, but with a short list of world class beers. We found a spot right in the center of the copper bar and had a great conversation with a beer-smart bartender. You can say a lot of great things about Churchkey but the word "fun" doesn't come to mind. This place is fun. A great little neighborhood pub with lots of character and good beer. If I lived in the area I'd likely become a fixture at The Big Hunt.
05-24-2013 14:30:24 | More by Mantooth
2.93/5 rDev -15.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$$$
Cheater Pints! All the beers are served glasses with extra thick bottoms.
So I was here to meet some friends last week. I walk in and the place is a lot bigger than I had expected. Tables that go all the way to the back, and there is another side with pool tables, another bar, and even more seating.
I was able to walk up to the bar and get a beer almost immediately, even though the bar was full. Their selection was pretty good, even having some stuff from Baltimore that I don't see and Bell's.
We had a big table and the server was pretty good in the beginning, until it got later and apparently she was the only server for the entire bar. By the time we left, she was like a chicken that had their head cut off. She told us that she couldn't separate out our bill because she was too busy.
It also was a Wednesday and they had a dinner special, a burrito. I ordered it and it arrived about 15 minutes later, room temperature. It wasn't even slightly warm.
Would I come back? Probably not. The service was sub-par, the food wasn't even warm, and again, cheater pint glasses. When you have to pay $6 for 12-13oz. of beer, plus tax and then tip on that, it is very expensive.
02-04-2012 15:26:54 | More by dauss
2.54/5 rDev -26.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | $$
Visiting DC and were in the area with some friends. It was her recommendation and she thought it was closed when we walked up. Turns out it was just dark and dingy.
I have been to a number of bars that look crappy from the outside (and inside) that turn out to be real hidden gems, diamonds in the rough, or other cliches. This falls short.
I ordered a "pint" of Racer 5. The "pint" arrived quickly, and I quickly realized that my "pint" was more likely 14 oz. given the inch thick glass bottom. I refused to order another given this discovery. If they had just said "14 oz" on the menu I probably would have had ordered another beer. But I don't like being lied to. Prices are decent for a true pint, but a little high for the short pour.
The was not quite right. I have had Racer 5 before and this barley tasted like it. I would have to guess that either the beer was quite old or the lines were dirty. Not impressed. DC is a long way from CA so maybe it was not handled well en route. I usually give a bar the benefit of the doubt and order another beer, but I was not interested (see above).
Probably not a bad option if you are in the area in looking for a quick beer. But, it is not somewhere I would frequent often if I lived in the area.
11-21-2011 17:11:42 | More by Hotlanta
3.14/5 rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Was here while in D.C. for a conference. Went with my advisor and some other old graduate students of his.
This is definitely a dive bar. Dirty, old, and crumbling with a dingy bar, dingy stools, and dingy lighting. Kind of homely but exactly somewhere you'd bring a date.
Quality was decent except for the fact that their imperial stouts were served a bit too warm and everything seemed to be served in pint glasses. Lost points for lack of attention to glassware.
Service is decent. There was one waitress and only 1 bartender when we were there so there was a bit of a wait considering the place was pretty crowded. However, considering how packed it was, there's not much to complain about.
Selection is pretty solid. About 10-15 items on draught as well as a some bottles. It seemed like they also brewed their own beer? Which is interesting even though I didn't end up ordering any of the house offerings.
A decent place and one that's quite lively and homely if you're into the Dive bar scene. I went with people who knew the area quite well so maybe there's some sentimental feelings there but overall this is a place I'd recommend, just don't make it the first bar you visit in D.C.
11-17-2011 02:16:33 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.68/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Tap list isn't too bad, lot's of decent choices from the region, and few beers brewed specially for the bar as well. I was able to try a Founders CBS on tap. I believe they had KBS too! I enjoyed my time at this establishment. From the door, the place looks very small, very dark, and very smoky. It is, however, two and a half flights, the ground floor bar is the largest and most crowded, the second floor consists of a smaller bar (both with many regional and seasonal beers on tap) and a pool table, also gets crowded, and half a flight up is a deck that is open year round with large tables and open skies. Service is decent.
02-18-2011 20:37:09 | More by CuriousMonk
3.96/5 rDev +14.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Like the late Brickskeller, the Big Hunt has been in the D.C. area for years - not as long as the former, of course. Located about a block south of DuPont Circle, you couldn't miss it if you tried with its' stripped awning and jungle motif beckoning.
As soon as you enter, there is the obvious appearance of a dingy, dive bar, dark and foreboding. It is that. On the left, is a long and battered copper bar that has probably seen more than anyone could imagine. On the right, along a grubby wall, are torn and tattered booths splattered with stains and patched with duct tape. All the while, one could be distracted away from the safari atmosphere. Bwana beer? Venture towards the back for additional wonderments.
Step up to the bar and hop atop the wobbly stool, which has seen more asses than a retired proctologist. (Assman, where are you with Kramer's tags?) The surly bartender approaches: "Waddle ya have?" Scan the beer menu; lo and behold, it is amazing! There are sixteen taps holding some very excellent crafts, a majority being porters and imperial stouts. For my jungle adventure, it was to be a Bell's appropriately named Expedition Stout; then, as an added extra attraction, there was Schlafly Coffee Stout. Not bad at all.
Basically, this is an impressive beer bar that bears many scars and has many flaws - like the typical D.C. douchebag atmosphere on weekends. Still, check it out if in the neighborhood or if the nearby Pizzeria Paradiso (See My Review) is too crowded.
01-21-2011 22:16:45 | More by jjboesen
The Big Hunt in Washington, DC
81 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.