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The Black Squirrel

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BA SCORE
89
very good

20 Reviews
The Black SquirrelThe Black Squirrel
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

2427 18th St NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20009-2030
United States

(202) 232-1011 | map
blacksquirreldc.com

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Added by blackie on 04-29-2008

PLACE STATS
Score:
89
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
34
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
8.1%
 
 
Taps:
10
Bottles/Cans:
30
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 34
Reviews by Thorpe429:
Photo of Thorpe429
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Went to the main-level bar yesterday for a beer after a tour of the Belgian embassy for the EU Open House. Needed a beer after they pushed us through the embassy and we were stuck with Stella rather than the hoped-for Orval.

Walls are red on one side and brick on the other with black wooden tables. Interesting posters on the wall. A few TVs on the wall an plenty more by the bar. Seemed to be a pretty chill place.

Service was good. The bartender knew a decent amount and wasn’t too pushy, and was quick with drinks and always noticed when we were running dry. The selection decent but nothing outstanding. Probably around 20 drafts and the same number of bottles. Not an extensive bottle list like other places in the area, and many of the drafts were pretty standard selections.

Didn’t have any food. Value was a bit pricey, even for the area. Priced above Churchkey and Paradiso, which is crazy. A nice experience, though I don’t think I’d come back very often unless I’m in need of a beer in Adams Morgan.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Emersonio
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of JamLand
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

The wife and I stopped in here recently for a quick drink and an appetizer.

The vibe is typical bar with several TVs around. We went on a Sunday, so NFL was on every TV. I guess the bar has multiple levels, but it appeared the one just up the first flight of stairs was the only one open on a Sunday afternoon.

Selection was solid for the area. There was a recent Bells tap takeover, along with a good mix of locals and national craft beer brands.

Unfortunately, when we went they appeared to be having a contest as to whether they could serve worse food or provide worse service. We had the crab dip and it was dreadful. It seemed like cheap, canned crabmeat with glops of processed American cheese in it. Honestly, I can forgive this. At any place you go to, something on the menu probably isn't that good, especially at a bar.

The service was some of the worst I've had in a while. There was table service, only it took someone so long to come to our table, I had to go to the bar to order drinks and I was then told it was table service. No apology for no one coming over, just go back to my table and someone would be over. Additionally, they had something recently on tap, I wanted to try and not only did the server have no idea what I was talking about, but seemed annoyed I dared to ask him a question. After finishing our drinks and not finishing the appetizer, we asked for the check and it was dropped off without even a thank you for stopping in.

Overall, decent tap selection, probably your best bet for beer in the neighborhood, but be prepared for bad food and even worse service. It seems they don't really want your business, but they'll take it, if they have to.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.91/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of dexterk1
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of kellyej
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

The Black Squirrel is a great bar in DC's Adams Morgan neighborhood that specializes in providing a wide range of craft beers. They always have something interesting on tap. Recently, I've had Great Divides's Red Comet and several selections from Jolly Pumpkin. During DC's 2014 Beer Week, the Black Squirrel hosted an awesome beer tasting for women brewers/beer lovers.

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Photo of DavidHume
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of macesq
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of TheSamKuehn
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Sludgeman
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of razorsdescent
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of jtladner
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of seanchai
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of wapcap
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A very cool place to visit in DC. They have a very good draft list and bottle list. And they'll let you try samples.

The food was phenomenal and well prepared. For the place, the food was excellent. They source alot of items locally and seasonally and the burgers are what stand out.

The beers are great. They have several local and regional selections you would not otherwise be able to get your hands on.

Definitely a place to visit when out for a stroll in DC.

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Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of nihiloexnihil
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I've been to The Black Squirrel many times. They've always got interesting beers to try (depending on which level of the building you're in), and the burgers are outstanding. It's never really crowded, though it can get a little busy late on weekend nights.

The trick with The Black Squirrel, though, is checking their website before you decide to go. Because every so often, it seems, there's a perfect storm of fantastic, whale-ish beers that appear simultaneously on tap. For example, the last time I went there, I had GL Blackout stout, Parabola, Bourbon County, Cigar City barleywine, Tactical Nuclear Penguin (bottled), and Utopias (also bottled, obviously). And then some absinthe, of which they have many kinds. I left very drunk, but very happy.

If you go without having an idea what's there, you may be a bit disappointed (though honestly, the burgers are really outstanding). But if you look ahead on their website and notice something interesting on tap, you may be pleasantly surprised when you get there.

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Photo of Hotlanta
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Visiting DC and happened to be in Adams Morgan, and a quick search on my phone showed this as being the best bet for a good beer.

I guess there are different levels with different beer selections. We just hit the bar on the street level. It was not very busy and were greated quickly with menus. The service was prompt and attentive.

The beer list is extensive and lists prices for "4 oz." and "pints." I ordered a pint of Hop Rod Rye. Got the beer quickly and immediately noticed that "pint" I order was not really a pint. They serve their "pints" in glasses that look and feel like regular 16 oz. pints but they are the thick bottomed versions. I assume they were 14 oz. pints. I don't care if you want to serve 14 oz., but do not tell me you are serving me a pint. A pint is 16 oz. I ordered a 4 oz. of another beer. I can only assume it was actually 4 oz., but who knows.

The prices listed were moderate prices for a true pint, but were kind of high for 14 oz. I know the rent in Adams Morgan is not cheap, and I would have still paid for beer (maybe even 2) without having to be lied to.

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Photo of Denali
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I went here this past Sunday afternoon (8/7/11).

Being still relatively new to the DC beer scene having moved here last November, and being mostly disappointed with some of the other highly graded DC beer establishments, I decided to give this place a try. I am very glad that I did.

Located in Adams Morgan, it’s about a 10-15 minute walk from the nearest Metro station. It doesn't look like much from the outside, being situated amongst a row of restaurants squeezed together all with similarly styled awnings and entrances. However, once inside, it is a very nice looking place, with tables in the front and the bar in the back of the room. The downstairs entrance was not open the day I went, so I had entered and sat at the bar on the second level.

There was a friendly couple sitting at the bar and two very nice and attentive bartenders. They had about 20 taps, with a very good variety of styles, including imports and, most notably, offerings from all over the U.S., such as Lagunitas, Bells, and Speakeasy. Their featured beer was Hofbrau Helles, served in an authentic Hofbrau 22 oz stein (how awesome). Their bottled list is also very impressive, with all styles and countries represented.

The atmosphere is very chill and laid back, and is easily my favorite thing about this place. It’s a very comfortable place to hang out, unlike some of the other corporate-like and pretentious beer establishments elsewhere in the city.

The bartender was very knowledgeable about beer, and when it came time for me to have an IPA, he recommended a bottle of Short's Huma-Lupa-Licious IPA, which he said was special ordered for the owner. It was awesome.

For food, I had a burger, which was outstanding. The bartender explained that the chef is from France and so the burger was made with duck fat that gave it a spicy kick. The food ordered by other people looked awesome as well, especially the roasted chicken which I will have to get next time. Definitely not standard pub food by any means. This place functions as an excellent restaurant as well as an excellent beer bar. Highly recommended.

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Photo of MRJAZZ
3.28/5  rDev -17%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Went to this place after seeing good reviews @ BA. However, I got turned off by what I perceived was gouging, A 10 oz. glass of Avery Maharaja cost me $13.00. The beer was 10 plus 1 for tax and I had to tip the barman 2 because he was very cordial and engaging. Got a 12 oz glass of the Maharaja @ Meridien Pint for $ 8.00. Can't figure out the disparity. We were a party of three, and we were going to eat but after the
jacked price we decided to move out in to the neighborhood and suport another establishment.

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Photo of dixieboy74
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This place has an above average selection of beers. It is three stories and each story has a separate bar. The higher you go, the less selection you have, which is why I would recommend the ground level bar. We got lucky and got a couple spots at the bar. If you're claustrophobic, avoid this place on weekend nights because its small and crowded. The atmosphere was average, but who cares when you just want to drink good beers. I would recommend this place to any beer afficianado who's in the D.C. area as it has the best selection of any place I've thus far been. The only recommendations I'd give the owners would be to list the beers on the wall so the patrons can see, with ease, the beers available. Also, put some more beer posters and/or nicknacks on the wall to add some character.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Situated in Adams Morgan and mostly catered for late 20s to 40s clientles. A nice welcome to an area that caters to mostly drunk college kids. Small place, long and narrow. Dozen barstools, 8 or so tables. Nice selection of primarily Belgian beers for a small place, very well-chosen with some hard to find surprises. Staff was very knowledgeable about the beer and the food (and the hard liquor - including absinthe and a rare regional gin!). Had fries here and they were good. Other appetizers were just ok at best. A good addition to the area, and to the DC beer scene in general.

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Photo of Lolli1315
4/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped by this place while I was in D.C. over Halloween weekend, not surprisingly packed like every place else. Nonetheless, still had a good time and the bartenders were fast and willing to help. Have both a tap selection and a bottle selection that encompass a wide variety and a nice selection that most everyone could find something they like. The atmosphere was pretty good, hard to judge on Halloween, but definitely a bar that I feel more comfortable going to than the other places that were available. Only problem was that some of the beers were a little expensive, but it was easy to get over that.

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