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Meridian Pint

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59 Ratings
Ratings: 59
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: n/a
Taps: 27
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

3400 11th St NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20010-2006
United States
phone: (202) 588-1075

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Reviews by malloyca:
Photo of malloyca
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I went for brunch recently and was impressed with the balance between quality draft beers, pleasant atmosphere and good, reasonably priced food. The beer list is not overwhelming (like Church Key, Pizzeria Paradiso or Brasserie Beck) but that is fine because it is well thought-out and offers a decent spectrum of American craft brews on draft. When I went there were three Great Lakes offerings, as well as stuff from Epic, Green Flash, Ommegang, and Allagash, among others. The place was very busy at 11 a.m. on a Sunday, so service was rushed, but that did not prevent our server from being pleasant and willing to answer questions. I plan to return regularly.

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Photo of lorenwhite7
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

All around good spot. Solid food, pretty good draft list, and really solid bottle list. While the draft list when I visited wasn't mind blowing, the bottle list had two jester kings (I've never seen any in the belt way before) and parabola (all the more amazing since it was 11 months after it was released). Would definitely recommend this place

Photo of DWolf
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Meridian Pint is a nicely appointed beer bar. If you'd be looking for more ambiance, I don't know what your standards are. The local selection is good. Beyond that, it's so-so. The food is typical. The ceviche is outstanding.

Photo of MMarkMelly
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Good Beer Sometimes a Bit Pretentious.

Photo of dexterk1
4/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I have been to this place a couple times now so it is time for a review. I will start with the atmosphere which is actually very good. Not too big that you get lost and has a nice downstairs. The service has been good all the times I have been there. Friendly and responsive.
The food is good. Good build your own sandwich/burger ability.
Beer selection is very good. I would prefer more regular bottles to choose from as opposed to bombers.
Overall, a very good place in DC for beer.

Photo of wraynathan
3.18/5  rDev -25.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Story
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Meridian Pint is an okay place. A group of friends and I went out to celebrate a friend's 21st birthday. When we got there, around 6 PM, the place was already crowded, but some friends had gotten there before us, so we already had a booth. (We sat in the basement area as opposed to the upstairs bar level).

Soon after we got there, the number of people had grown and so did the noise level.

Crowd
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The bar was full of younger people who were in their early twenties to mid thirties. This place seemed to fill up pretty quickly, so you'd be hard pressed to get anything at the bar or the various tables/stools that they have in the place. The place gets really noisy, really fast.

Staff
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The wait staff was pretty nice. Sometimes, you get some real jerks, but this placed had nice and knowledgeable wait staff. My friend, who turned 21, ended up mixing so much beer and liqueur that the inevitable happened. Yup, you guessed it, he was in the bathroom, passed out on the floor, making out with the toilet bowl. After about 15 minutes, one of the staff members came over and helped us get him up. Normally, the staff would be, understandably, pissed off, but they were actually cool about it and let it slide because it was his 21st. Otherwise, they probably would have been pissed that they had to deal with the situation.

At some point, by the bathroom, someone had knocked over and broken a glass. I reported it to the staff and they had it cleaned up quickly.

The bartenders were more of what I expected, super busy and rude. Mainly be cause of their attitudes and the way they treated the customers.

There was a bottle of fireball whiskey sitting on the counter with the with all the other Liqueurs. My friends and I wanted to do a shot of the fireball whiskey, which there was about half of the bottle left. Instead of serving us what we wanted/ordered, they said that they were saving it for themselves and continued to leave it there on the counter. This really turned me off to the place. It wasn't so much the fact that I really wanted the whiskey, but that they refused to serve it and left it sitting with all of the other bottles of Liqueur. Eventually, they moved it and then, later, at some point, the bartenders, all took shots of it.

Food
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The food was a little pricey, but at this point I hadn't eaten much that day and was pretty hungry. I got a steak burger, which was actually pretty tasty and came with fries.

Beer
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They had a decent assortment of Draft beers. They had about 20 beers on tap and a large selection of beers in the bottle. I stuck with the draft beers and was happy with the selection.

Overall
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Decent wait staff, rude bartenders, and a noisy and crowded atmosphere with a large number of younger people. It's a little bit of a walk from the metro, which was kind of a pain. Obviously, nothing they can do about being far from the metro, but just wanted to mention that aspect of it, if you are planning on visiting this place. It might be a little easier to drive there, but then again, it's hard to find parking around the bar.

Photo of TheFunGuy
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Visited on a Saturday afternoon. Crowded and hard to park. We were seated quickly, after 15 minutes we found the hostess who sent a waitress over. The beer menu was wide, deep, and nicely described. We had appetizers, they were good. The customers tended towards loud upper middle class late 20s who's parents were paying for their apartments, and were shrill.

Photo of Mantooth
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

We spent a long weekend bar hopping the Baltimore & DC areas and this spot was one of our faves. The bartenders knew their stuff and turned me on to some other great spots to check out, specifically their sister bar Smoke & Barrel. The calamari was good, not overly fried, the dipping sauce was unique. The beer list was damn good, lots of local brews and some Firestone Walker brews I'd only read about (being a Charlotte, NC boy - the only FW's I've had were picked up in trades). The weather was right around 70 and the entire bar opens up to allow a breeze to come through. The staff were great, Luke was our bartender and he seriously hooked us up. The area can be a little rough so I wouldn't walk it at night. Great pub. Wish I was there now.

Photo of beergirl3
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Stopped in on a recent trip through Dc. Very nice neighborhood pub. Upstairs bar with more of a dining area feel. I settled in the downstairs. The beer selection was good and prices were reasonable for the DC area. I tried the pulled prok since others had suggested it and found that it was very tasty. This is definately somewhere I will frequent when I come back into town

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Was in DC a few weeks back for training, so I decided to give this place a shot, as I needed to get away from my co-workers and knew that most would not be willing to travel to this place from where we were.

My first impression...if you want to or are starting a beer bar, go here...this is what you should aspire to. Hands down, easily one of the best beer bars that I have ever been to. Not to mention that it has the look and feel of a great neighborhood pub, probably because it is nestled right into the neighborhood. The place is very unassuming. You are more likely to walk right past it and not notice it unless you are looking for it. The others have described the place accurately, so I won't go into that.

The neighborhood feel gave the place a really good vibe. Now I was there on a Thursday night for about 2 hours in the upstairs bar and it didn't really get that crowded, but there were a fair number of people. Full, but not packed. Sat at the bar, was handed a menu and asked what I liked. I settled on a Victory Braumeister Pils for my first beer. I noted that the draft menu contained a number of Northeast breweries, Maryland, DC, PA and some others. The service was excellent, they knew their stuff and you knew just by talking with them and listening to them that they also loved beer. While there, I also tried the Black Bean soup and had the Pulled Pork BBQ sandwich with what I believed to be house-made potato chips. Everything was excellent. Definitely kicked-up pub grub. While there, I also tried Union Craft Brewing Rye Baby IPA, which was very good as well. All of the beers were served properly.

Overall, I am pretty sure that I found a new spot when visiting DC. For anyone visiting, this is a great spot and absolutely worth the trip. Highly recommended for any BA.

Photo of DRBiser
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Regardless of the city, this is a top-notch beer bar and worth a stop for any BA visiting the area. Made the trip there to have some good beers and watch the NFL playoff game before heading to a concert at the 9:30 club.

There are two levels in the place, so if you visit and you prefer more of the pub scene, definitely make sure to head downstairs. The upstairs has a gorgeous, wide, wooden bar – but the majority of the floor is set-up like a restaurant, while the downstairs is seemingly the livelier pub area. Downstairs there is another large bar, with booths set-up with their own taps (charge per oz) which seems to be more of a novelty thing…

It should be emphasized that the manager and the bar-tenders are all extremely knowledge about beer (read: cicerones) and are happy to talk all things beer. I was able to take a peek at their cellar and the kegs they have aging are just as fantastic as the cases of beer they have. I had a few local DC Brau beers, a Founders Porter (I don’t get Founders in MD, sadly), and then an Anchor Old Foghorn the manager had been aging for 3 years and highly recommended. Delicious. Prices are comparable with other DC bars, but they also offer sample-size pours for all drafts which is helpful.

The food is upscale pub-grub. I split some tasty fries as well as a Pork BBQ nachos. Fresh guac and juicy pork (they take bbq seriously). Good stuff.

Last thing worth mentioning is this an American Craft Beer bar - that's their focus and they do it well. That being said, for certain events they gladly serve Imported beer … so it’s not like they never have it.

Fantastic spot and 100% worth a trip.

Photo of John_M
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped by for the first time the other night.

Located on the corner of Park and 11th Street, the MP is a fairly sizeable pub, with a comfortable vibe... lots of wood and not too bright, exactly what I was in the mood for after a long week of work related training. As one comes in the door from Park Street, the pub dining area extends fairly far back, with a moderate size bar area on the left, holding 15 or 20 seats (I would guess). The beer selection here is quite good, consisting of roughly 25 beers on draft (including a cask of the recently released Oliver's harvest ale with citra hops), and then another 100 beers on the bottle list. Quality is also pretty high... the draft list included things like Bear Republic NorCal ale, cafe racer 15, FW union jack and SN beer camp oatmeal stout, while the bottle list included a wide range of Bruery and Stillwater beers (including the Stillwater Pappy Van Winkle project for $32 as I recall), as well as FW sucabas and the XV. The bottle list is really pretty solid here, with a number of bottle selections I have not seen too many other places.

Service was also quite excellent. My bartender (the manager I believe ) was very knowledgeable about the beers on offer (and generally about the local beer scene), and service was fast and efficient. I also ordered a couple of items off the food menu (as I was here for dinner), and was quite pleased and satisfied with the cerviche appetizer and arugula duck confit salad I got. The cerviche was actually prepared in a style that wasn't my favorite, but it was hard to complain, given the amount of fresh seafood in the dish. Seems like this place takes its food nearly as seriously as they do their beer. I would also add that this place has a very good whiskey/bourbon selection as well, and so I concluded my evening with a shot of pappy van winkle 13.

This being DC, prices were high of course, but were less than what I've paid at some other places in the area (like the smoke and barrel for instance). The MP offers happy hour prices from 5-7 pm during the week, so my pint of Union Jack cost just $6 insteaad of the usual $7. Prices seemed to top out around $9 a glass for some of the more limited and rare items on the menu.

This is a very solid place and one I will try to revisit during the rest of my 4 week stay in town (they're having a Ballast Point market entry event on Monday, and so will have sculpin on tap for the first time). Definitely glad I stopped by....

Photo of GJ40
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Comfortable, authentic atmosphere with quite a few taps and very good food. I had a couple of pints from DC Brau and thought they were good. For food, I had the Nachos and the tofu sandwich. The nachos were very tasty as was the salsa that comes with it. The tofu sandwich, which I picked on a whim, was very interesting. It was surprisingly spicy with fresh jalapeno pepper. The bar downstairs has several tables with taps at the table. Meridian Pint is a great choice for atmosphere, beer and food.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place deserves a bit more respect on this site I think. They put on GREAT events (I've been to Founder's Brunch and Drink local event, both were great), always have interesting local beers and non regional beers on tap in numbers, have pretty good food, and also have some very interesting bottles in the cellar for a good price! Theres always something any beer person would like to drink here, period.

Service has always been good to me as well, as the bartenders and servers are all pretty laid back and mostly knowledgable. I love the vibe in there, as opposed to other DC bars it isn't stuck up at all and always feels like it's not too crowded because of the seating on two floors. A place I'd frequent more often if I lived more up that way!

Photo of TAMU99
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Two-level pub in Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington DC. Upper floor looks like a restaurant with bar, the cellar is much more of a pub atmosphere.
Neither too noisy nor quiet. Was able to carry on a conversation among 7 people without trouble.
The quality and selection of beer is great. Everyone's comparing to Churchkey (which I haven't visited) but this place certainly stands alone as a great pub with great beers.
Our waitress was excellent. Everything was on-time, drinks refilled, etc.
The food was tasty. Had the chili and fried pickles (which is fired pickles, okra, pepperoncini and onions) - both were very tasty.

I would highly recommend this place.

Photo of mxmcmillan
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A great place for craft beer drinkers in the Columbia Heights area, I was pleasantly surprised to come across here with a few friends one night. The bar is great, with a lounge feeling and not your typical "can't hear my friend sitting across from me" DC bar experience. The service is very good, and many of the servers are quite knowledgeable about the beers on tap. Many local brews served here as well, with a very good selection of beers from all over as well. A pretty good mix of beers ranging from about $6-$12 a glass. The food is really nothing to write home about, but it's good though fairly expensive for what you get. But what isn't in the city.
Very glad to have found this place so close to home.

Photo of DCTriBeerGuy
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Meridian Pint is #2 on my list of great bars in DC (after Churchkey), but its certainly the bar I visit most often. I live about a mile away and this is my favorite "neighborhood" bar to go to.

They have a great tap list, which changes often. And the list of available beers is accurate just about all of the time. They host a number of events each month, and are very supportive of the local beer movement (breweries and home-brewers). Tuesdays are "Bombers for Brewers" night, where customers can leave with the empty 22oz bombers that they've saved throughout the week to use for their own beers. They also host home-brew competitions which then open up to the public for tasting.

The food at the bar is good. I would not say I've been blown away by anything I've ever ordered, but I'm never disappointed either. The menu is a bit more complex than typical "pub grub", and they have plenty of Vegetarian options also. I have only had dinner here, so I'm not familiar with any of their other menus.

The ambiance of the bar might be it's best quality. The main floor is set-up like a typical bar. Booths, low tables, and a long high- table with stools offer plenty of options for different size parties. There are also garage-style glass doors which open to a small outdoor patio when the weather is nice. I've never felt crowded upstairs, despite the number of people. The lower level is also a great mix. Shuffleboard, billiards, table taps, and a relaxing area with big leather chairs. It's a mix of a Irish pub and a modern american bar.

Only a short walk from the Columbia Heights metro (10 mins), this bar is worth the trip away from downtown DC.

Photo of cbbjr
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Meridian Pint is my second or third favorite beer bar in DC, behind only Churchkey and maybe Pizza Paradiso. While the beer list isn't its own book, everything they have is quality.

They host a number of good events throughout the year and have been quick to promote local breweries and even host homebrewers tastings. They also seem to do a lot of themes - one week they will put on a ton of one style. And in general, I think they only do American beer.

Food-wise, the menu is typical bar food but they do it well. I'm not a fan of their brunch, but that is fine since it isn't exactly a big drinking meal. I prefer to sit downstairs, which I think has an awesome atmosphere, a portion of which resembles a library in a rich person's home (but it isn't stuffy). The place is fairly laid back and the staff is friendly.

One downside for visitors is that it isn't as easy to get to as some of the other great beer bars in the city. It is a ten minute walk from the Columbia Heights metro stop (five years ago it wasn't the best neighborhood, but it is fine to walk through) and the block it is on doesn't see a ton of cabs. But if you have already been to Churchkey and want to go somewhere that is less of a scene, Meridian Pint is worth the trip.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A nice neighborhood addition in one of the transforming-gentrifying nodes of Columbia Heights.

Having wanted to visit for a while a small group of us finally made it back to the old neighborhood for some informal dinner and the place served great for the occasion.

A cozy atmosphere in a recently refurbished gastro pub exposed brick interior with contemporary decoration. Nice and dedicated craft beer selection on tap, with a solid range in the bottled menu.

Food was good if not particularly remarkable but suited the evening rather well, and alongside reasonably priced items both here and in the beer menu for this city made for an visit worth repeating.

Waiting staff was professional and dedicated although they did not care much to illustrate any aspect of beer or food options. Still overall the eagerness to give a sample here and there, and in particular the eye of the kitchen staff inquiring about the quality of what was served when we were spotted around the place was much appreciated.

The spot is still part of that transitional phase of change in the hood where some significant part of local and community sense is retained, and hopefully Meridian Pint will ultimately maintain some of that sense rather than becoming an early sign of a neighborhood lost in memory. For now, it is rather recommendable.

Photo of mi6234
4.9/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I lived on 14th and Meridian when this place opened up last year. I have since moved to U St. area but I find my self coming back here all the time despite my proximity to Church Key and a million other (lesser) U St. bars. This is my favorite bar in DC and I am I really happy that a place like this exists so close to my home.

Let me start by saying this is not Church Key. They have ten less taps (I believe) and only one gravity cask that is always Oliver's something (Note, they will be getting two new beer engines soon and nothing against Oliver's but some variety would be nice). They only have American beer which is limiting (in the way that limiting yourself to American moves would be limiting but it's not like we're hurting for variety here).

All that being said, this bar is awesome. The decor is classic and subtle with an all wood and brass bar and some funky gear stuff. There are lots of flat screens that are off at dinner time. They have Sunday ticket and NHL season pass which is huge for me. I spent every Sunday there watching the Steelers. I talked the bar manager (a Steeler fan) into putting the Steelers on the biggest screen week one and it stayed that way all year.

The beer selection is phenomenal. Sam, the original beer director, has done a great job of picking interesting beers and sticking to themes of style. For example, during a snow storm, there were 20 imperial stouts on tap, which was fucking awesome. Some weeks it's mostly saisons or winter warmers or DIPA. Despite the occasional themes, there is (usually) plenty of variety as well in case the style of the moment isn't your favorite. They have an awesome bottle list (RR anyone?) and really cool beer events like home brew tastings, vertical tastings and beer dinners. Prices are extremely fair. $6 for most beers and rarely anything over $9. When it is over $9 you know you're getting something awesome. I have talked to Tim, the new beer director, and he seems to be as committed to his job as Sam was and has showed no sign of drop off.

The food is decent. I have had some awesome food there at really reasonable prices. I've also had some food I didn't love at less than reasonable prices. But, it's a small complaint and I generally enjoy what they serve. Also, the food has defiantly gotten better over the last year which you can expect with a new restaurant. Most of bad experiences were early on.

The best part about MP are the people that work there. I have gotten to know a number of employees despite the fact that I don't have beer blog. There is no sense of pretension here though everyone is a huge beer geek. Jason is the best bar tender in town and really takes the time to develop relationships with regulars. Everyone wants to ensure you get a beer you like and takes the time to make sure you do.

Can I make this anymore glowing? Go to this fucking bar already.

Photo of localone703
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Here's a great neighborhood bar for young, civilized, educated people who like huge open garage-style doors on nice days and a nice cozy basement on bad days.

The people are nice - both staff and patrons. It's a solid 24-44 year old crowd of upwardly mobile young professional (OK, kinda white - sure) people, but who are not chest-thumping ogres like the kind you find in massive Virginia suburban strip mall bars. There are also a few tattooed hipster types peppered in for good measure.

Good beer selection of American craft - their specific focus actually.

You go here for a good beer and not to be surrounded by blockheads.

Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A real simple out of the way place, filled with young locals probably new to the neighborhood. Drop the egos, settle in, talk to the bartender behind the bar. Hey I was just at brewery X, I love that beer, tell me more... Sure mate some friends brewed what you're having, in fact the guy from DC Brau is over there....

In short the people here love good beer and showcase it. VERY good craft selection on tap. Can't say much about the food other than grabbing some chicken wings.

Nice simple my kind of place. Filled with locals, people who will talk to you, a good solid regular hang out with an excellent tap list and people who know what it means. I will have to return many a time.

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Meridian Pint is a bit out there from the downtown and "circle" scenes, nearly smack in the middle of the District. There's free parking available on the surrounding blocks at night, and it's just a short walk from the Columbia Heights rail station. I do believe there were a couple big-screens behind the bar.

The inside is comfortable, lots of wood and brick with big storefront windows that make good use of the street corner setting. Music was of the 80's variety, but only barely loud enough to hear.

The draft selection was solid and exclusively American, with a range of styles from respectable breweries across the country, as well as a rotating cask from the local Oliver's. Nothing especially rare but no filler either. My cask Oliver's Scottish was served in a standard pint.

Table service was friendly and on-time. No complaints there.

Shared an appetizer of risotto cakes - tasty and enjoyable, but probably not enough to provide a rating.

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

stopped in for one beer and an appetizer

seemingly new bar - cozy interior with a few tv's, long bar, and separate dining area.

tap list was about 20 deep with some good choices, heavy on locals. i had the stillwater sage saison, which was really nice, and i think there was a cask offering too

food menu was strong, if not exciting. we wound up with some risotto cakes and headed back to arlington for some Hell Burgers in lieu of ordering entrees.

service was warm, but not beer-centric - perhaps the bar would have been different.

Photo of drabmuh
4.16/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Popped in here tonight for a Bell's event, at the Columbia Heights metro station. Pretty fun! Place is a pretty average looking bar. Long bar with about 20 seats and several four top tables with a few booths.

There are about 20 beers on draft with a decent bottle list. The night I was here there were 10 Bell's beers on draft, that was the reason for my visit.

They offer half pours of some beers but they seem to serve everything in tumblers, that's a little disappointing.

The bartender was over worked but attentive. Beers were inexpensive for draft Bells and we were in and out of there in no time. A very fun time, I'd go back for sure.

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Meridian Pint in Washington, DC
95 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.