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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(202) 644-9433 | map
citytaphousedc.com

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Added by jjboesen on 11-25-2013

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
41
pDev:
11.41%
 
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Photo of edthehead
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.13/5  rDev -24%
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 -16.3%
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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Photo of RutgersBeerGuy
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of Dmcdonald33013
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
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 Trbtodd
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of stevoj
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of Iamjeff6
4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Kubishark
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Photo of JLaw55
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Jason
3.79/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of neil2me
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

Photo of 31Sam13
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Loveyourbeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Sludgeman
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.5/5  rDev -15%

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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Photo of BMMillsy
3.01/5  rDev -26.9%

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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Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of probert
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of misternebbie
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

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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City Tap House in Washington, DC
Place rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 41 ratings
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