Taps: 20 / Bottles: 18
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by TubaManJack:
4/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I agree this place is a hole in the wall, but it's definitely worth the change of pace for Arlington.
Once you walk through the door you realize this place is centered around the beer and that is it. Yes there is food and live music occasionally but the real purpose everyone is there is for a different brew off the beaten path. The crowd is a bit younger than you normally find in the area and the place does have some character. The service is fair and as long as you know what you want and it's not a weekend or peak time there isnt a problem getting served.
The taplist has a good mix of styles and always has a few unique drafts. The other nice change of pace is that the local DMV breweries are well represented.
Overall this is one of my favorite places for happy hours and enjoying a beer on a day off.
06-16-2012 02:46:12 | More by TubaManJack
More User Reviews:
4.36/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5 | $
Previous reviews are constant in describing Galaxy Hut as a "dive;" however, as one who has spent many a wonderful times in "dives," I would choose words like "homey," "comfortable," or "low key." In any case, this quaint litte spot - hey, "quaint" is another good word - is the antithesis of the usual DC area bar in that it lacks the obnoxious, self-important douchebag and the accompanying phonecow with her incessant, monosyllabic blathering. QH is a quiet place that attracts unpretentious beer lovers who seek a placw to have a pleasant chat, drink some decent beer and relaaaaxxx. Live music at night.
Yes, it is small: the size of an apartment living room with a few worn tables and a small L-shape bar that seats about 12 on bolted bar stools. (ala Brickskellar.) The pale blue walls are adorned with the work of local artists. They have about 20 taps with beer priced by the size of the glass you order: ie, pint or goblet. The server was excellent and attentive. The food is your basic pub grub and must be ordered at the bar benaeth the sign. Somewaht like a British pub. That said, they offer tater tots, a comfort food that everyone loves - much like puppies.
08-31-2013 23:07:41 | More by jjboesen
3.9/5 rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$$
Visited during DC conference/beer sojourn November 2011 with jmichaelsen, thanks John.
Located in a slightly iffy part of Arlington with parking at a real premium. This is certainly a hole in the wall dive bar of the first degree. There's nothing remotely inviting about the place other than the really good tap list. We decided to sit at the bar, since John assured me this was the only way we were going to get any service, unless we answered the call of The Finger, which was humorous for those sitting at tables expecting a waitress to magically appear and take their order (not going to happen).
Dive pub grub food, we had the 'famous' tater tots with chili and cheese, and they were truly hideous, though added to the dive bar allure. The taplist was the key, we had several beers (Sculpin on tap!) but as expected first degree wallet burns ensued. I've gotten use to the sticker shock of DC beer scene, but you've got to pay the preacher for good brews here.
All in all a fine example of a dive bar, though it pails in comparison with the glorious The Big Hunt. I don't understand why BAs rate that place so low, it isn't Churchkey and isn't trying to be, just as this place isn't trying to be Rustica Balston. That diatribe aside, if my arm was twisted I'd come back here again, the service was attentive enough, nice selection of quality beers, the finger at the bar was unique, but won't ever be ordering those tots again, lol.
11-27-2011 22:31:31 | More by jdense
3.98/5 rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Galaxy hut has a rotating selection of great drafts and bottles that makes it a "must stop" location in the Clarendon/Courthouse neighborhood of NoVA. Since beer is the main driving force of such a place, and the staff and owners adhere to that, I love this place.
Only gripes are the ordering process, which is simply a line with one register, and the lack of seating. There is an alleyway with a few extra seats but it usually smokey and a bit too claustrophobic for me. There used to be a "larger" (used relatively) space for seating out back, but that seems to have been closed off recently.
All in all, a great place to stop for some great craft beer.
06-29-2011 18:06:56 | More by BOknows
Galaxy Hut in Arlington, VA
93 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.