The Liberty Tavern

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13 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

3195 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, Virginia, 22201-4420
United States

(703) 465-9360 | map

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Added by sarahspat on 05-03-2009

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Very lively atmosphere! It has a good selection of local draft beers, I have had the Devil's Backbone Vienna Lager here on numerous occasions. The pizza selections are great. Highly recommended!

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Photo of JMay419
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of DCLAguy11
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Guden
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of beergirl3
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

The Liberty Tavern was a late night choice of a friend that I was visiting. The atmosphere was very nice and staff friendly and knowledgeable. I am a craft beer lover so the selection was not big enough for me but I was able to find something ti drink. I ordered a local cider on draft and it was suprisingly good then I chose an old favorite The Poet in bottle. This beer is never disappointing. We ordered a Classico pizza and it was excellent. I love fresh mozarella and this pizza had pleanty of it. Overall it was a nice meal. I personally would not return when in the area because I like a place with a bigger beer selection.

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Photo of dieBlume
4.63/5  rDev +25.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

A: One of the nicest atmospheres in the dining room upstairs. Haven't eaten on the first floor near the bar, but it does seem to get really noisy there. The second floor is much quieter and really relaxing.

Q: The food is absolutely top notch, as is everything that goes into the meal.

S: The severs are always amazing. They really know their stuff when it comes to the food. Not sure what something is? Ask, they know the answer. Need a recommendation? They've got plenty. They also know their stuff about the large cheese selection they have.

S: Beer selection is so-so, but I can easily find at least one or two that I really want.

F: The food here is simple put: outstanding. I try to go here every time I'm in Arlington because there's always something fantastic to eat. When they serve the salmon it's like heaven. I have yet to have something not cooked to perfection. They also really know how to use local/in season ingredients to make great dishes. Their rotating menu is great, especially because they keep some of the favorites as well. Also, duck fat fried onions. So good, please try them!

V: The value is pretty great. Some of the mixed drinks are a little pricey, but they're well made and on a good level with the booze. It's pricey, but I think it's worth it when you consider the experience.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

Not a big fan of this bar, although they do have a somehwat decent selection of beers. They have quite a few of the Brooklyn series, a couple of decent IPA's. The bar itself can get very crowded and to say it is difficult to get a bartender's attention would be a drastic understatement. I cannot exactly comment on the food as I've never eaten there before, but I've heard that it is decent. As far as the service goes, I mentioned that it is tough to get a hold of the bartenders, but the waitresses are just as bad if not worse. There are plenty of decent beer bars in Arlington. I would recommend going to Bailey's down the street in Ballston as opposed to Liberty Tavern.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The food especially pizza here is really good and sophisticated for a fun neighborhood bar setting. There are so many great hits on the menu and we enjoy going back again and again. The Vermont pizza among other pies and the Tavern Salad, the brunch-- all are good.

The menu is ever-changing and seasonal-- a sign of a chef who takes food and ingredients seriously.

The beer list is thoughtful and fun to experiment with. Last time I went, I had a Gulden Dragon 750ml bottle, Brooklyn Locals, and IPA from a local brewery in VA.

The atmosphere is fun and the outdoor seating is great.

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Photo of blackie
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

okay place though probably not worthy of a listing on its beer merits, but since it's here...

located at the top of the clarendon-wilson corridor, secured a spot on a comfortable leather couch in the downstairs bar area for us-brits, the place is bright and clean, decor a mix of modern and traditional, lots of wood and tile, limited outdoor seating, nice flat screen television

draft list was extremely bland, but at least good happy hour specials were offered for the world cup - Prohibition Pils, Stella, Magic Hat #9, Dale's Pale, Brooklyn Lager, Oberon, PBR, and Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout as the seasonal, big yawn, you can find this stuff anywhere, stuck with the Dale's and Oberon as the DR was not included in the special, all standard pints

only nibbled on the food but the grilled octopus was the best I've had, the mushroom pizza was high quality

service was extremely slow, the bar was full but not crowded - so no excuse there, others in the group claimed it to be pretty excellent most times, so I'll cut a break on the score

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Photo of sarahspat
3.2/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2

This place is definitely more focused on wine, but their small selection of beer is pretty good. Although, I'm pretty sure that two of their 9 taps were occupied by Miller Lite. Also on tap when I was there: Leffe Brune, Oberon, Stella, Magic Hat #9, Dale's Pale Ale, Gordon Biersch Marzen, and PBR. In bottles, they had Delirium Tremens, Brother Thelonious (which they had misidentified in the menu as a Double Bock), Kasteel Rouge, Black Thorn Cider, Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball, and Staropramen Lager. They had bombers of Dragon's Milk for $16 and cans of Guinness Draught. The beer menu simply listed the names of the beers, whereas the wine menu provided descriptions of the flavor profiles. Obviously, they have someone who knows a little bit about beer working there (or they wouldn't have such good choices) so why not put forth a bit more effort on the presentation of beer in the menu?

We went during happy hour and were asked our seating preference (outside, upstairs or downstairs). We asked about happy hour specials and were then informed that we would only receive discounts if we sat downstairs. I hate stupid rules like that. I thought the atmosphere was a bit on the stuffy side, but that's just me.

The food was weird and overpriced. We got a pizza that made me feel sick the rest of the day. I would not eat there again.

As for the service, I was not impressed. I don't think our waitress was planning on ever asking if we wanted food, which was kind of annoying because we were in a hurry (we were going to see Zach Galifianakis perform for free at UMD!) We pretty much had to flag her down to order.

One plus is that it's located right across the street from a metro station.

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Photo of regeimbk
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Split an Americano pizza with my girlfriend and another girl friend. I liked it, but my girlfriend said she felt a little queasy the rest of the night. The food is all very contrived, gourmet style. Lamb chops and such. The happy hour food special was a burger and beer for $10... wow what a deal! not.

I had a weird amaretto sour that was just squeezed lemons and amaretto and a Magic Hat #9 that was delicious. Because it was happy hour it was $3. My other friend also got a cocktail which was very small for the price.

It's more of an upscale winebar than a beerbar, but they do have 8 decent beers on tap. Their menu says their happy hour is legendary, but there wasn't much of a crowd there. However the people there were enjoying themselves. If you like a more sophisticated vibe, you can bring your wifey or coworkers here for a drink.

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The Liberty Tavern in Arlington, VA
Place rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 13 ratings