Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe & Grill
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 5
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
District of Columbia
3.93/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | $$
Atmosphere: Right off the Metro, and a door or two down from Connecticut Wine & Liquor, which is the absolute mecca of "out of the market" destination for most of us.
Quality: Thank god for this place: My wife now has a place to shop for books, get her coffee, and grab an alcoholic drink in a one-stop-shop.
Service and Selection: Never eaten here before, but I totally appreciate the bartender letting me know a couple of beer whales were on the menu. I came here before when CBS was an offering. Pretty cool.
Value: Like the rest of the DC area: It is what it is. Whatcha gonna do, huh?
02-20-2013 06:29:28 | More by Chaney
3.5/5 rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Let me start off by saying that this is not a beer bar, but rather a bookstore, restaurant that also has cool little bar with some thought out and interesting drafts. From the outside you would have no idea what is actually inside. its not necessarily a destination place like church key or black squirrel but if you're in the neighborhood/area it is def worth stopping in.
anyway was in town for work and was shopping for beers next door at connecticut ave liquor and one of the guys in there reccomended I check out kramers as it was right next door.
I was super impressed to see that they had 120 minute on draft... first ever draft experience for me, so that was pretty cool. they have 10-15 drafts & a few other highlights included: brooklyn maple porter, old rasputin & troegs hopback.
again, its not a beer bar and it isn't trying to be. but it is a great neighborhood spot to check out and have a drink or two.
04-03-2012 12:03:30 | More by jonmacklin
3.5/5 rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Located smack-dab in the middle of DuPont Circle. Prime place for hipsters, suits, politicos and any other walk of life to stop by, check out a book, grab a drink, and eat some cafe style food in the wee hours of the morning.
I really like the idea and setup of the place. Book prices were a bit high, no discounts. The bar is perfectly situated in the back half of the bookstore and opposite the cafe. The cafe always seems to be packed, I haven't tried the food there yet, but I assume that the food is either great or everyone wants to be in the middle of the hippest area in town. I really dig the unique selection of beer, small choices, but a touch of everything. I'll be back again for sure.
Here's a selection what beers and/or brewers they had on-tap for the evening:
Special: Loose Cannon IPA
Great Lakes - Lake Erie
Tregs - Sunshine Pils
Victory - Hop Devil
Wyld - Organic Extra Pale
06-25-2011 02:44:27 | More by ferrari29
3.83/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
For this area in Dupont circle this a great quick place to come in and get a simple drink.
There are usually about 10 offerings available all on tap, and some bottles, you won't find a single BMC product on tap here at all. There are also some nice whiskeys and upper shelf spirits to enjoy also.
Beer on tap here is actually very reasonable for price for this area. The bar area though is small but on a quiet day it's a great place to have a simple good cheap drink and kick back. However, after 5 PM the place gets busy.
Food here isn't that much great, but the one thing that it does excel at are the deserts which are step above average. My Wild Ale was served a little too cold, but other than that I don't have any major complaints.
03-07-2011 18:20:51 | More by smakawhat
4.35/5 rDev +15.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
My attempt to get into Pizzeria Paradiso at Dupont Circle was halted by the ungainly masses mobbing the entrance. There is no way I would want to fight a mob for a brew and a pizza.
So I walked down to Kramerbooks! I had read the BA listing and wanted to give it a try. WOW! This ain't no ordinary beer-bar-on-the-back-of-a-bookstore place. The lineup is tremendous- 15 taps including Goose Island Bourbon County, Sophie and Matilda, Heavy Seas Loose Cannon, Allagash White, Brooklyn Brewmaster, Rogue Dead Guy, Great Divide Wild Raspberry... serious selection!
The atmosphere is alright, not special. A pretty average-looking bar on the back of the bookstore. No wood, dim lights or comfy sofas here- this looks more like a Starbucks with craft beer. It can get a bit loud, but not crazy.
I didn't try food but looks more than decent: lobster cobb, pumpkin ravioli, seared tuna, scallops... not your average bar food!
Service was exceptional. Big friendly bartender didn't miss a beat (or maybe one, but only one) and was real nice. Not only that but he offered a half-pint of Goose Bourbon for free, just because! And then bought my pint of Loose Cannon too.
I understand this was due to the shocking $12 price-tag of my Bourbon County, but still, it is a most generous gesture. Other beers are priced at $6, good price for DC.
I would come back here often if I lived in DC, and will visit again next time.
01-14-2011 18:28:38 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.94/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited during DC beer sojourn 11.13.10.
Located in the posh and spending DuPont Circle neighborhood, Kramerbooks Afterwords is located in the rear of a busy independent bookstore, with food provided by an adjacent restaurant located via a backdoor on the next street. Atmosphere was like, err, a beer bar in the back of a bookstore, a 10 seat bar and about 4 small tables, not a lot of room. The taps were above average quality, 18 including Great Lakes Elliot Ness, Abita, Magic Hat, Goose Island Sofie and Matilda and a Brooklyn Brewmaster's Reserve they were out of (bummer). They also had an extensive wine menu. I didn't eat the food and didn't see anybody eating. Service was attentive and pleasant and prices were reasonable. A different business concept to be sure, worth checking out when in the DuPont Circle area to make sure you haven't missed anything on your beers to drink list.
11-21-2010 19:36:08 | More by jdense
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe & Grill in Washington, DC
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