City Tap House

City Tap HouseCity Tap House
City Tap HouseCity Tap House
Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

901 9th St NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20001-4427
United States

(202) 644-9433 | map

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.13/5  rDev -23.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

On a work trip to D.C. and came here wirh coworkers because the online menu had some good brews showing available. Ordered some brews but they didn't have all what we ordered... wasn't too loud of a place (+), several TVs with sports (+), easy going service (+). Decent beer selections for any drinker's taste. Would come back.

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Photo of teromous
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 5

It's a pretty laid-back kind of place with plenty of seating inside and out. Aside from the high-rise couch seating it wasn't any different than the average gastropub. The servers were about average for what you would expect in a standard restaurant that has a beer menu but doesn't serve a lot of beer. They don't make recommendations or ask for pour sizes. I ordered a cask ale and got a 4oz glass instead of a full pint. It wasn't a big deal because the server was in training, but the trainer was off doing something else. They serve Hefeweizen in a standard pint glass which seemed a bit odd in a place with a beer-centric name.

Their beer selection was mostly what you can pick up at the grocery store in the area, like Sierra Nevada, Stone, Ballast Point, Samuel Adams, New Belgium, etc. There were a few outliers like Rochefort 10 and they did carry a good selection of Wicked Weed (they had like 4 or 5). It seemed like somebody just threw the beer menu together from whatever they could get instead of a well curated selection. For example they had Dogfish Head 90 minute but nothing else from the brewery and DFH is a stone's throw away.

The food really saved this place. It was amazing. They didn't have a large selection of food but it tastes amazingly good. It's so good that I would go back to this place just for the amazing food. I would probably buy beer after dinner someplace else though.

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teromous from Virginia, Mar 26, 2017
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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

This was for lunch on a Friday afternoon.

We got a table for 6 pretty easily. The vibe is a little cookie cutter, but they have lots of space and comfortable seating.

Nice selection of taps, available in different pour sizes, making tasting around pretty easy. Cask options, which I always like to see. The 3 Stars Above the Clouds on cask was definitely the highlight of my trip.

Food is good. It's bar food, but with some nice touches. We had sandwiches and pizzas, for the most part.

Service was attentive. Prices are what you'd expect for the city. It's a nice, if slightly antiseptic, place to have lunch.

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RutgersBeerGuy from New Jersey, Oct 04, 2016
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4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.25

A little commercial but do not dismiss it. Found some amazing things on draft during savour week. They clearly have some pull with a few really nice breweries.

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Photo of stevoj
4.11/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Nice feel to this place, good tap selection. Service right on, timely. cask offerings, nice variety, good location. Knowledgeable bar staff, handles rotate quite frequently. Food overall above average.

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stevoj from Idaho, Jan 15, 2016
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4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Came here on a busy Saturday night with a group of friends who were visiting the area. This definitely seems like a bit of a yuppie bar (maybe more than a bit) but it's in a good location and seemed like it had something for everyone.

The service and quality were fantastic, and the beer selection was pretty expansive. Obviously a bit pricey, but hey, it's DC.

The food I had was also fantastic: the honey goatcheese flatbread was delicious.

Would I come back here? Yes. Could I afford to come back here often? Hell no.

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Kubishark from Maryland, Dec 06, 2015
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

One more bar to hit on this Chinatown-DC night! City Tap is a “blah” kind of place. Large, generic, full of the kind of people I wouldn’t want to hang out with. It’s a beer-focused bar for the Cosmo-drinking crowd. But listen, if you have Ten Fidy on tap, I will follow you, even if you tell me you ran out of it as I get to the bar (same with Even Less Jesus). At least the bartender did give me a massive pour of Bulleit Rye…

On the menu: 5 wheat beers, 2 Belgians, 12 Pales, 7 Fruit/Spice, 5 Lagers, 4 Stouts, 3 Wild/Sours…

Beers are served in two sizes, priced at $3.5 and $7. My favorite thing at City Tap was the $14 truffle-guanciale pizza from the late-night menu. Holy Smoke! That was good. Other than that, this really is not my kind of place.

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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania, Nov 25, 2014
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3.01/5  rDev -26.8%

Stopped in here with the wife when she had a conference nearby. Nice bar area where we sat, though a bit narrow, with a good number if taps and a small fridge of bottles. Service was mediocre, but they were busy so it happens. Tap prices were reasonable for DC, with a nice selection, but the bottle list was a fracking joke. To the point that this place loses all respect from me (not a great atmosphere anyway--way loud and busy). $60 for Cisco Cranberry Woods, Tilquin Gueuze 375s, Tart of Darkness, and Bolt Cutter. $40 for Le Terroir. Give me a break. Got some fresh Flower Power on tap which was good. But these sort of prices are just insulting. Won’t go here again. Didn’t eat the food so can’t speak to that.

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BMMillsy from Florida, Nov 20, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

This place has an excellent craft beer selection. I found many a heavy hitter on the list, both on draft and in bottles. The prices were DC-like, meaning $6 and up for almost all pours, but they did offer smaller pours that allow one to sample many a brew without breaking the bank.

After having a few beers at the bar, my group and I migrated to the dining area for dinner. I wasn't feeling incredibly hungry so I went for the mussels dish and it was a great choice. There was an abundance of an excellent sauce and two crispy pieces of thick toast that were perfect for sopping up the sauce. The mussels were plentiful so I really felt like I got my money's worth.

Overall, this place was a success for me. DC folks, you all really are spoiled as far as your beer; there's such a variety available to you all. City Tap House is a good place to take advantage of that variety accompanied by good food.

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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico, Aug 17, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

We ate lunch here while touring DC. We took the Big Bus around the city and got off at stop 19, walked up three blocks to the restaurant. Easy peasy. We were waiting when they opened at 11:30 am so of course the place wasn't crowded. Very nice decor, upscale rustic with a big city vibe. Good music playing not to loudly and the coolness felt great because it was a hot day out.Quality was excellent on all counts. We sat in the bar and the service was friendly and helpful. Food took a while but we did open the place. Beer selection was excellent, hubby had Samquanch and Brooklyn Blast and son had Kolsch, Mother Earth and the cask which was a stout from Fordham Brewery in DE. The food was fantastic, I had the ribeye beef dip on rye which sounded a bit odd but was delicious. Others had a burger reported to be delicious and the Korean tacos on the snack menu reported also to be delicious. Prices were a little high but it is the big city so expected. We would go back if ever in the area again.

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Jodi215 from Arizona, Jun 06, 2014
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4.64/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Another great beer topia in Washington DC
Was only in for the brews, and they did not disappoint. Needed to charge the cell phone, and the very nice bartender, charged my phone behind the bar. One of the cooler things is the sampling sizes. You can get a full pint, but you can also just get a 4 ounce size or so to try. Still costs, but at least you don't end up trying something, not liking it, and having to finish it anyways.
I did not try the food, although the next time I am in DC I will be visiting for a meal and a few pints. It appears they do source foods, as well as brews, locally and responsibly.

If you are in DC, check this place out. They are in the discussion with best beer places around!

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wapcap from Nebraska, Mar 31, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Once the home of 901, owned by Capital City Brewing, the DC City Tap House is the newer sibling of the one in Philadelpia. Located adjacent to the Rennaisance Hotel and near the DC Convention Center, DC's City Tap House is a modern and sleek venue with two bars, with one having large windows looking out onto the site of the old convention center, and several dining areas - along with the requisite plasma TVs.

The beer selection is the star here: while not as expansive as Churchkey, the y offer a nicley chosen selection of 36 oft-rotating taps and 32 bottles, one of which is the pricey ($30.00!) Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin. There are two on cask. Beers can be purchased in two serving sizes. Great service from the friendly and cheerful Misty is another plus. The beers are fresh and the lines are temperature controlled.

I quaffed the following: Founder's All Day IPA, DC Brau Model Citizen, Evolution Exile ESB, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter and Victory Hop Ranch.

Foodwise, the menu offers a variety of choices, including duck fat fries. (Yum!) I went for the cuban sandwich - with the aforementioned fries (Yum, again!)

In summary, this is a new venue and a welcome one at that. So, should you tire of the trendy and pretentiousness of the Churchkey crowd, then you can't go wrong here at the DC City Tap House.

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jjboesen from Maryland, Feb 05, 2014
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3.78/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I wanted to share a great experience we had at DC's new City Tap House. Open for just about three weeks now, they were certainly hitting on all cylinders last night. Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable about beer selections (about 45/50 on draft and a select bottle list) and the food was varied and of pretty high quality. It's in the middle of the city and so not cheap, but you can put together a cheaper meal if you need/want to between their snacks and appetizers.

I forgot to mention that they did have some nice local representation with Three Stars, DC Brau and Atlas Brewing. The food could have used a little more kick (blue crab mac n' cheese had lots of crab but that was a bit lost in a very rich cheese sauce and the Korean short rib tacos were very tasty but didn't have the spice I was expecting). On the other hand, the 10 spice wings DID have that kick and were excellent. The physical layout is very woodsy and inviting. It's more of a beer-focused restaurant than a bar; we'd liked it a lot and will return.

Update - Unfortunately, this must have been the opening big push, because our return trip was not nearly as enjoyable. Poor service, loud dance music at 4 in the afternoon and prices have gone up. A shame.

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seanchai from Virginia, Dec 31, 2013
City Tap House in Washington, DC
Place rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 42 ratings