Bohemian Caverns

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Bohemian CavernsBohemian Caverns

Type: Bar, Eatery

2001 11th St NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20001-4013
United States

(202) 299-0801 | map

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Photo of smakawhat
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Situated in U ST Cardozo area not far from the civil war monument is Bohemian Caverns.

First rule.. watch your step AND HEAD. The atmosphere here is a downstairs dingy jazz club that is truly, a cavern. You will walk through what feels like a cave ducking columns and rock like ceilings to sit on wooden benches.

Quality of on tap selection is not too bad and frequently Belgian standards (Delirium, De Konick, etc..). The place has had half priced Belgian beer nights and it's a pretty good value (don't know if they are still doing this).

Service though is a disaster often. I can't tell you how many times I've had to go up to the bar to fix my bill because they got the wrong number of drinks on my tab. They work it out, and they don't have attitudeds, but often they seem way in over there heads. The food is pretty straight forward nothing too crazy or memorable to write about.

My only thing is I have still not gone here when they have had live music. Everytime it seems I go here there is no band, I would really like hear some jazz in this place with a nice Gouden Carolus in my hand some day.

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Photo of shivtim
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

The lower level of this place is a really cool "jazz cave" atmosphere. Very fun to hang out in. It's a bit upscale, and prices match ($9 for a beer). The beer doesn't seem to be the focus here, but there is a decent selection of Belgian and European beers. There were 10 on tap. It could use some American influence just for some variety (I think Guiness was the only stout on tap, and there weren't any really hoppy beers). Watch out for covers here, on weekends when there is live music the cover can be $15 plus.

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Photo of bultrey
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

If you visit the DC Beerfly homepage, you might get the feeling that DC doesn't really have a great beer thing going on. This is just not true, and the Bohemian Caverns is a perfect example of one of several beer havens in DC that one can stumble upon pretty easily if they just wander about a bit.
Located in the U Street-Cardozo section of DC, the Boehmian Caverns is an odd mish-mash of Mediterranean-themed food, jazz club ambiance, and great Belgian beers. The atmosphere is upscale yet funky. There is a huge room for the dining area, with a modest bar close to the entrance and tucked behind the dining area. There is also a cool basement that is literally cave-like, and that hosts great jazz bands on the weekends, but not sure on the weekdays.
Now for the good stuff: the beer selection was fantastic for fans of Belgians with a nice smattering of other stuff, as well. Prices are a bit high, but the menu is all about harder to find and interesting stuff. When I was there, there were several on draft, including Hoegaarden,Lindemans framboise, Leffe Blonde and Brown, Oerbier, Chimay White, Guinness and Yuengling. I opted for the De Dolle Oerbier, which was just a delicious malt-bomb.
The bottle selection included (and I'm only listing the interesting ones): Chimay Red/Blue, Maredsous 10/8, Orval, De Konnick, De Ranke XX, Kwak, all the Lindeman's, Gouden Carolus, something called Grand Cru of the Emperor (anyone?), Delirium tremens/nocturnum, Hansen's gueuze/kriek, dulle teve, vuuve, Rochefort 10/8, Duvel.
Other non-belgian bottled standouts included Eggenberger Urbock, EKU 28, Einbecker Schwarzbier, Schlenkerla Rauch, Sinebrychoff porter, SkullSplitter, Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout. Very few macros.
I had the Rochefort 10 and was very happy I did. The waiter brought a chilled pint glass (AAHHHH!), but was happy to bring back a non-chilled chalice when I asked (Ahhh....). Service otherwise was friendly and efficient.
The food is hit and miss. All mediterranean and middle-eastern themed, with a few continental selections. Hummus was out of this world, but the beef tenderloin skewers were anything but tender. But the saffron rice it came with was delicious.
The only major complaint I could see is the price. A bit high for what you get, foodwise, and definitely high for the beers (Rochefort 10 12 oz. bottle was $11.00, Sinebrychoff porter was $6.25, and Oerbier draft was $7.00).
However, a good selection and great atmosphere make this place a must-visit for any beer advocate visiting DC.

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Photo of hungryghost
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

The upstairs of this historic jazz club is expensive a stiff upper lipped.
Tuesday nites in the cavelike basement they have a Belgian beer happy hour that lasts until 11pm. The selection is good and the prices are decent. the staff is friendly but pretty clueless about the beer selection. the crowd is a mix of collegiate looking people and professionals, I guess mainly there for the cheap and huge mugs of white ale.
If you might generally hesitate before shelling out full price to try a couple of Belgian ales, this is a fun option to hang out with friends and have a little tasting.

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Bohemian Caverns in Washington, DC
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