Regional Food & Drink (R.F.D.)

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Regional Food & Drink (R.F.D.)Regional Food & Drink (R.F.D.)

Type: Bar, Eatery

810 7th St NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20001-3718
United States

(202) 289-2030 | map

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Photo of cjgiant
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Been here numerous times. This place is near the Verizon Center, so can get pretty busy on game nights, especially on the weekends. The place is essentially a hybrid craft beer bar, weekend hangout, and pub.

The place on the evening that influences this review the most was a game night (though during the game on a weekday). It wasn't overly crowded, but the bar was full (about 20 seats at two sections of the front bar). We didn't have trouble getting the bartender's attention, though we have been there where that is more of an issue. It was overly dark in the bar area, to me, but oh well.

The place had a nice variety of beers on their 30 or so taps. There are local, national, and well respected out of town beers. Every major and a few other styles were represented on tap. The bottle list is quite large, as well. It doesn't have the rarity in options of a Churchkey, and sticks more to core styles, but a body should be able to find a beer to drink without much effort.

The restaurant serves American bar cuisine, for the most part - sort of like an American pub. The main seating area is more utilitarian - indicating that this hybrid is more of a bar than a restaurant (though they likely do decent food business on game nights).

Our recent stops have included bar area and restaurant seating. The two experiences balanced out to the score I gave. Depending on the timing of your visit, I could see lower scores (i.e. on a busier night then we most recently had).

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Photo of stevoj
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Place probably gets busy on the weekends and game nights, kind of quiet on a Tuesday. Nice selection of cans and taps. Beer centric, pub grub. Lots of local brews

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Photo of WheelsPSU
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Went to RFD after visiting DC Chophouse on a Friday night around 10pm and scored 4 seats at the bar. It was actually kind of dead. However, I was able to get Hopslam and DirtWolf so I was pleased. Prices were fine, especially for being so close to the Verizon Center.

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Photo of HellAwaits
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Average place with a friendly staff. The go-to place before Caps games as it is large and accommodating while being one block from the Verizon Center. Usually have decent specials and an above average beer selection for a bar of this style.

After a Caps game or on a Friday/Saturday night this place is packed with the bar being 2-4 deep.

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Photo of argock
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

I visited on a Sat night during the early dinner hours prior to a home Capitals game. There were a fair number of hockey and college football fans, about 2-3 deep at the bar. I met a friend there for an early dinner.

Food was fairly pedestrian with some (unfortunately) cold vegetarian nachos to start. The burgers were hot with good fries.

THe beer quality was excellent, especially the happy hour specials of $4 Two Hearted and Bells Brown. The tap selection was pretty good but really not all that special -- a lot of grocery store beers, although I was able to given Otter Creek Kind Rider Rye IPA a try. Not anything too out there though.

Service was very attentive and quite good, although things were not too busy at 6-8pm as it was in the midst of the Capitals game. Our server was inobtrusive, there everytime we needed him, and pretty knowledgeable about the beer list.

Prices off the happy hour menu were not bad at all, regular pints were $6-7 for the most part. Food prices were pretty reasonable -- I think burgers were $9-10.

RFD is a no-nonsense bar with a pretty good selection of taps and bottles and pub food. Decent but nothing too earth-shaking. Solid.

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Photo of bigbeerfan
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

I've visited this place on two different occasions and have been impressed both times. The food is decent as are the prices, but the beer selection is amazing! Last time I was there I had both Delirium Tremens and Firestone Walker Parabola on tap. The beer list is updated almost on a daily basis and is one of the most extensive I've seen. If you find yourself in the DC area, it's definitely worth checking out RFD. You'll surely find something worth drinking.

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Photo of Chaney
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I think lots of peeps underestimate this joint on here. The previous reviews on here are, to my mind, totally irrelevant.

Atmosphere: Located in prime real estate right outside the Verizon Center, the place where I took my wife (of 5 years) on our very first date. I really dig the glass wall they have in the back, and it just screams, "Come drink great beer!"

Quality and selection: They have great beer here. Lots of great brews + cask entries. Additionally, I've been to a few really cool craft beer events here.

Food: Fine, serviceable. I had a really great sandwich here... enough said.

Value: This is DC and everything is more expensive. I think this place stacks up fine in the whole scheme of things.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.65/5  rDev +25%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I visited this restaurant while visiting the Smithsonian museum of American Art about a week ago. My review is taken from notes. I never planned on visiting, but I saw this restaurant on the way from the parking garage to the museum.

The front door hostesses were really fast. I get the impression that they are busier during the week, and they can easily take in patrons on the weekend. I requested the back patio... but then I found out they had smoking. [reviewers note: I don't really care about the heath effects. That is up to the smoker. I care more about how it affects the tasting experience.]

The service was excellent. My server was very attentive... even though I was a pain in the tuckus. She really knew her beer. And, she recommended visiting a place called The Churchkey on a return visit in addition to RFD.

I started with the pretzels and mustard, which was really tasty. It will pair with anything.

The selection was impressive. They had a great assortment. There was a mix of good standbys and some very hard to get beers. On the high-end bomber list they had New Glarus and Vertical Epic 2003. Unfortunately I couldn't get any "to-go" for another time because of local laws.

The meal was decent. I had the steak sandwich with mushrooms and carmelized onions. It was a little dry, but it did come out hot.

The next time I visit the Washington Mall or the Smithsonian, I will definitely come back here. This is a great experience.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

Sad draft list. Imagine the typical craft beers you can get in bottles at the supermarket. Bingo, that's what they've got on tap. Lots of taps, yea! Everybody's version of an American wheat ale, yawn! A couple interesting choices only. Huge, huge selection if looking for can/bottle beer.

Service was excellent, attentive and [beer-] knowledgeable servers. Beer prices reasonable anywhere, quite reasonable for downtown Washington DC.

Menu limited. Food tasted good, steak was overcooked but at least not too dry. It was overpriced, but I didn't have to choose a steak so my bad.

Atmosphere nice, plenty of room, a little loud, typical after work crowd.

Recommended for regulars who want what they got, lunch etc. Not beervarna.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Visited March 2012:

I visited the place at off-hours, as I showed up on a Tuesday afternoon, mainly to watch an EPL match, which the bartenders gladly put on for me. Again, the place was kind of dead, except the bar, which probably seated 20 or so, which was full.

The place was pretty big and started to fill up as I was leaving around 6pm. I sat at the bar, overall the bartenders were fairly inattentive, except when my glass was empty and then all of them were asking if I needed another. Behind the bar was a nice display of all of the bottled beer, of which they had a fairly large number. They also had a nice selection from the tap, which I believe also had a rotating selection. They had a number of beers that cannot be found in Georgia, which was certainly appealing. I had the DC Brau Burial at Sea, the Starr Hill Dark Star Stout and the Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA. All were very nice and fresh and served in proper glasses. I also had some food, which was slightly kicked up pub grub, loaded tater tots (which are a must try) and fish and chips. The food was perhaps slightly above average. Overall, not a bad place, but given a choice, I would hang at either Pizzeria Paradiso before here, but the next time that I return to DC, I will probably check out what they have on tap before I make my final decisions. The place is worth checking out.

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Photo of hdf561
2.6/5  rDev -30.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

This place is conviently located just past the Verizon center and very close to several Metro Stops and the National Mall.

I have been several times at different times of day, and have never been all that impressed.

For the most part the staff is pretty uninspired an borderline rude.

The atmosphere is kinda weak as well, one time in particular we went after the Nationals had just upset the Phillies and the place was dead, like they didnt even know it happened yet the post game show was on so I know they had the game on. Yet an hour later hitting up the Green Turtle the place was still rocking!

The only thing that keeps me going back is that it has the best beer selection in the District PERIOD! The burger sliders are slo very good but other than that the food is just average.

If you want to drink some different beers then this is the place when your in DC other than that do not go for atmosphere, service or food.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

Made a visit to RFD on my last DC trip. For a beer bar/gastropub sort of place, they offered a rather good selection. Prices were fairly steep though, especially for the higher ABV stuff, and the staff was inattentive. Food menu didn't impress me either.

Putting a rare beer in a tiny snifter makes up for the cost difference of something less expensive. Despite this, I paid something like $8 for the piddly pour. I noticed that even a regular pint of SN or Weinhestiphaner Hefe was 6.50. Really? Where am I, the airport?

The atmosphere was generic, the staff was underwhelming. My friend ordered an old reserve beer (forget what it was). It was straight soy sauce, bleh.

A place like this couldn't survive in Denver, Portland, San Fran, etc...but I guess in DC it's the bees knees. Oh well, good for them for bringing good beer into the area.

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Photo of bpfishback
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

RFD is nicely located about eight blocks north of the mall. It has a spacious but somewhat odd layout. The bar seats about twenty to thirty but is cut in the middle by a server station which makes the bar feel a bit odd and messes with the atmosphere. The bar area does smell a bit like puke and old beer.

Draft selection is good, with about forty beers on tap. Bottle selection is ok with most of it being pretty standard stuff. They did have an updated monthly bottle selection on the back of the draft list which had some more interesting bottles. Not many rarities to be found when I was there, other then firestone walker parabola.

The bartender was very nice and gave great service. She seemed really patient when answering customers questions and was pretty good at describing beers and making recommendations.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped by the Saturday after savor on a recommendation from a friend. The place was not overly busy and started at the bar, was impressed at the start by the amount of beer on tap as well as the amount of bottle beers. The prices for 12 oz bottles and drafts seemed more than reasonable with the 750 ml bottles seeming a little high for some beers. The atomsphere was nice it was very laid back and everyone at the bar was very social and nice. The star of the trip was our bartender who was outstanding she new exactly what she was talking about and was able to make great recommendations that went beyond the normal beers you would expect. She was also very willing to engage you about beer. After a couple hours we sat down and ate, the food was slightly above average and reasonable with the table getting buffalo chicken sliders other appetizers and cheesecake. The waiter wasn't as good, so I would recommend going to the bar. Overall it would be a must stop again when travelling back to dc.

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Photo of akorsak
4.13/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Edit: Dinner during a follow-up visit. Hamburgers are a specialty. I had the breakfast burger (fried egg and bacon) and enjoyed it. Food goes to a 4.0.


A block and a half away from my hotel? Done and done! A late afternoon visit.

Atmosphere: RFD is spacious, huge with seating immediately on entrance, through the bar area, and all the way into a patio out back. The bar is wooden and large, the bar seating area decorated with Belgian-style beer flags (Ommegang, Tremens, Unibroue). I grabbed a seat at the bar.

Quality: Greeted immediately, I was handed a beer list. The restroom was clean and the entire restaurant quite impressive.

Service: The bartender was chatty and friendly, visiting often (note the bar was empty save for one person). She pointed out the Hoppy Hour listing that I ended up ordering off of.

Selection: 30 or so beers on tap, more than three times that in bottles, and a few casks to boot. The Firestone Walker Abacus was gone when I arrived, so I settled in with a Dubbel Cannon from Heavy Seas - a good pint. A 6 page, stapled beer list was also sitting in front of me.

Food: N/A.

Hoppy Hour specials were $4 a pint.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

A- Decent enough atmosphere, I suppose, but it's kind of caught between sports bar and European bar. Also, the layout of the place was kind of bizarre.
Q- Lots of good, quality beers. Seemingly clean tap lines and and lots of bottles put in coolers at a reasonable temperature (i.e. not 33 or 70).
S- Service was friendly, but not all that knowledgable. A couple of questions about the on tap beers didn't really get much of a response. Also, the time between when my first beer was empty and my second beer arriving was a bit excessive.
S- About twenty five taps or so, and six pages of bottles. Good selection of imports and a reasonable number of regional beers.
F- Buffalo burger was decent. French fries were mediocre. It really is just standard bar food.
Between reasonable and a bit pricey, but considering it's DC, I'll round down.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.83/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I've been here I don't know how many times, but there is a way to get the best out of the place. It provides a good atmosphere, and it's also a great way to take in a Caps hockey game also.

First off the food is basic, marginal, and not really even that great. It's basic pub and burger fare but sometimes it's not really worth considering. Just grab some nachos or something to snack on and you'll do fine.

Beer selection and on tap selection though is quite good. There is lots to choose from here, and there are happy hours as well for some tap items. Tap rotates pretty good as well, keeping certain things available and making it interesting.

Table service is hit or miss. I've had great service, and I've had marginal service here for eating. Luckily there hasn't been anything so horrid that I had to complain to management.

I would suggest you get a seat in the bar if you can and go for the beer than the food. That never fails. Also once in awhile the bathroom here gets real nasty... just a warning.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Like Brickskellar, but with some important differences. First of all, there is a bunch of beers on tap that you can actually order from your table. Prices are a little high methinks, but so is everything in DC. Good bottle selection as well, but I don't think it's as extensive as Brickskellar's. Staff just brings you beer, slowly and bit rude. The crowd is very strange. I saw some straight up rednecks there along with bearded hipsters. Also about half of the bar is filled with pretenious DC professionals drinking Bud Lite, Coors Lite, or Michelob Ultra. What these people are doing in a beer bar is a mystery to me. The burgers there are just ok. If you must have food, settle for the chicken tenders and fries. Food is mediocore at best. Limited TVs there.

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Photo of John_M
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stopped by here the other day, as I'd heard they had hopslam on tap (which they did, for $9 a 12 ounce glass). This was my first return to RFD since I attended Lupulin Slam 1 back in 2004 (if memory serves).

As one walks in off the street, one notices a good size wrap around bar area to the left, probably accommodating around 15 or 20 customers. There is also a fairly good size dining area, with a number of craft beer pennants hanging from the ceiling, with other beer related paraphenelia adorning the walls and shelves behind the bar. There is very much of an informal, almost sports bar like vibe to RFD (4 flat screen TV's over the bar turned to various sporting events helps), and I thought it a comfortable place to hang out and have a few beers.

As for service, I think the word that best describes it is distracted. The folks behind the bar were friendly enough, but they just seemed inordinately busy socializing among themselves, cleaning and clearing glassware, etc.

As for the beer selection, I believe they had around 30 beer on tap (one cask), as well as a bottle list with something like 200 entries. I know that sounds impressive, and it's not bad, but there's some pretty mundane beers both on tap and in bottles here. There were some interesting beers on tap as well (obviously, the hopslam was one of them), as they had yeti and the siren noire from clipper city on, as well as several Belgian selections (leffe blond and corsendonk X-mas). Generally speaking, I get the impression that RFD is not the place to come to try to find any unusual, hard to find beers in the area. God knows how or why they got the hopslam - very few folks ordered it while I was there, which surprised me, but I think that tends to reflect the clientele here.

Prices are high, but as this is DC, I pretty much expected that. They don't serve pints here, but shaker glasses of most beers (like SNPA and Loose Cannon) were in the $6 to $6.50 range, with stuff like the Yeti coming in 12 ounce snifters for $8 or $8.50. They do have a happy hour, during which they discount what I assume are the more slowly selling beers here (there were 3 this day, and they had to be the most uninteresting, unappealing beers on the tap list).

I don't know. This is an OK place, but it seems to lack any real personality, and I'll be damned if I can think of any reason to return here (absent some other hopslam-like event). This is a place I might stop in for a beer if I happened to be in the area, but I otherwise can't imagine this as a destination beer stop.

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Photo of mjw06
3/5  rDev -19.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

It's funny, as much as I love beer I never had the urge to visit R.F.D.'s with there hundreds beer handles displayed in the window. It wasn't until a friend mentioned it to me and I decided to go with her one day. I had a good time, but the place left much to be desired. The atmosphere was very much so sports bar like, though not in a good way, because its not a sports bar. It seems to me that R.F.D.'s is a failed attempt at bringing a number of atmospheres together - the craft beer spot, mixed with the sports bar, mixed with a dive bar, mixed with the popular chain restaurant (Fridays, Applebees, etc). In this case it just doesn't work.

My food wasn't as bad as some have described it to be, but it wasn't great either. The mediocre food is troublesome because any beer geek isn't gonna want to go there for the beer. There atmosphere is not one to enjoy craft brews, the selection isn't special and the beer service is poor. And I can co-sign with some other reviews, glassware was NOT clean. But overall, the place wasn't very clean as well.

The beer scene in D.C. may not be all that good, but there are better, more enjoyable places. Don't go here for the beer, don't go here for the food... I don't know why you would go here other than to check it out for yourself or just a convenient go-to hang out spot.

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Photo of yankiac
4.9/5  rDev +31.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I have been here about 3 or 4 times now and always have a great time. Located right across from the verizon center, this is a great place to stop before and after an event. The beer selection is huge; twenty-five taps and over 100 bottles to choose from. Sometimes they will run out of certain drafts, which can be irritating, but it also ensures a solid rotation of different brews. In addition to the beer, the food is also good. The price is reasonable, especially for D.C, with most drafts ranging from 6-9 dollars. The staff is knowledgeable of their product and very helpful.

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Photo of Pballa4lyfe
4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

where to begin...

walking into this bar, after a Caps game (go caps!), it was alive and well...people were enjoying their drinks and food and seemed to be group of 5 got seated within 5 minutes surprisingly...a few TVs were scattered around the area, nothing to brag about, but there were a few TVs you can enjoy

we sat down and looked at the menu...the selection was superb...the list went on and on...the waiter we had was very knowledgeable, a good guy, and a great taste in was busy so it took time for him to get around to us, but he noticed every time our pints were empty that it was time for a new beer...

i personally never waited in a line to use the bathroom which was small..but clean..2 urinals and 1 stall...i could see this being a problem, but it wasn't this evening

we didnt order much food, but the food we did order was good...the chips and dip weren't worth $10 but they were good...the beer hung around $6-$6.50 for a pint and around $5 for a bottled beer

the beer came out fresh, cold, and delicious

overall, i was very happy...this place was great and will be a spot of choice when in the DC area...i cannot wait to return here again to taste more of their great selection and awesome staff

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Photo of lenin2040
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

I really like RFD. I go here way too much.

The food is typical bar food. The vibe is kind of fratty. But it's an enormous place with a secret back section that is rarely crowded. Prices are very reasonable for the most part - yeah you can spend $35 for some Bruery 750s, but that's typical NW DC. A great place to take some friends just getting into craft beer to try some solid examples of multiple styles.

It's the brickskeller team - so they definitely have a huge selection, mostly american craft, which is fine by me, and they keep the styles diverse. have more of their stuff in stock than than beerskeller

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Checked this spot out for the first time at dinner, and was both impressed and disappointed. First off, the back room was serving some great cask beers - unfortunately they were served in warm/hot glasses and the beer was too warm anyway (guessing 65-70ish?). That said, I loved the list, and tried as many as I could get my hands on.

Both bartenders were great - they knew the list, and made recommendations based on what I had already tried. For a place that prides itself on serving "beer cuisine", there is something to be desired here. This is basically standard pub/sports bar food, with a few mixed in items that really integrate the beer in the recipe. That said, the burger was better than average, just not real good.

Overall, this is definitely a place I'll check out more often, but I'll stick to Churchkey for a "great" beer experience.

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Photo of SShelly
2.9/5  rDev -22%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Atmosphere was basically a large cafeteria trying to be a sportsbar, the table we got seated had a view of zero tv's so fail as a sportsbar.

Service was indifferent to incompetent, our waitress was mostly indifferent, didn't know anything about the beerlist (what's an abt12? ) and gave us the wrong beer twice. The beer had a great selection but overall the place didn't make me want to stay.

We tried to go to brickskeller (closed) and came here instead. Totally dissatisfied and won't come back.

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