Atomic Billiards

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Atomic BilliardsAtomic Billiards

Type: Bar, Eatery

3427 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20008-1314
United States

(202) 363-7665 | map

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 8
Photo of TLove
2.94/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

More of a billiards/darts/shuffleboard hangout. A dark, dingy, laid-back bar scene that Cleveland Park is known but decent beer bar too. The service is not great, but the bartenders are either warm and fuzzy or snippy and crude.

The bottle collection is pretty extensive, with some great American IPAs, a few local brews, and a decent Irish/English/Scottish set. The tap beers usually consist of the usual bar macros, with a few micros and craft beers from such brewers as Bells, North Coast, and Old Dominion.

Reasonably priced. Didn't try the food in the few times I've been there.

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Photo of hmarebel02
2.95/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I like Atomic Billiards, but one should note that this place is a billiards place first before it is a beer bar. Their beer selection is kind of standard. That withstanding, they do have palatable selections other than Bud/Miller/Coors. The food is okay, and the scene for meeting singles is great due to all of the pool tables. Great place to start off a night of drinking (as your pool game will inevitably get worse the drunker you become. Standard service as anyone would expect of a pool hall. Usually they have good music.

Come to this place if you are looking for any of the following:
laid-back atmosphere, greesy bar food, single people.

Beer selection is average.

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Photo of jaluria
2.85/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2

The first few times I went here, I was happy with the service and the overall place, especially since they have all sorts of deals (i.e. free pool for ladies on Sundays, and Happy Hours everyday of the week).

The place has a nice vibe to it with a 1950s meets outer-space theme in terms of decorations and seating. 6 tables, 2 dart boards, a jukebox, and a number of board games are available. Two or three TVs as well usually showing sporting events.
Now for the beers. The selection is very stale and rather poor. There is infrequent rotation of the taps with new selections (usually only 3-4 times a year). I think there are 8 taps total with the following (current) selection: Miller Lite, Bass, Dogfish Head 60 min IPA, Yyuengling, Guinness, Harp, Shiner Hefe, SN Pale Ale.
The bottle selection isn't that much better with a few decent selections like Harpoon IPA, 2 different types of Sam Adams beers, a few English ales, and some local stuff.
There is no food (except for bags of chips) available in the bar.

Overall, this is a nice place to play a few games of pool and grab a pint, but I'd recommend going to Bedrock Billiards in Adams Morgan instead since they have a better beer selection, better service, more tables, and an even better atmosphere. The main advantage of this place is it's location being so close to the Cleveland Park metro (less than 1 block away).

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

I've been to this place on a few occasions as it's one of my favorite bars in DC for hanging out. It's located a block south of the Cleveland Park metro station on the eastern side of Connecticut Ave, so it's pretty convenient to get to.

It's located in a basement along a little strip of stores and restaurants. The decor can best be described as futuristic space playboy lounge a la the 50's. It's a smallish bar with maybe 10 stools near the bar, a few tables towards the side, 6 pool tables, 2 dartboards, and some tall tables to set your drinks on while playing pool. The jukebox is also friggin' incredible: old school punk, James Brown, Johnny Cash, Lyle Lovett, old Police, and random grab-bags of other audio goodness. There's also an assortment of boardgames for the patron's usage. Just ask the bartender for them.

The service has always been friendly on the times I've gone there. Not overly great on the beer knowledge, but they know what they have and could probably describe the beer within reason to the average patron. They do have appropriate glassware lying around for some of the oddball beers they carry.

Food is not served here (other than bags of chips/pretzels). If you want to eat, there are at least 10 restaurants within a block of this place. Beerwise, there's not much of a selection when compared with the Brickskeller or RFD's (5 and 10 minutes away using the Metro, respectively), but you can't play pool, darts, or Scrabble at either of those places. There are about 10 taps, of which only Rogue's Dead Guy and Guinness are worth noting. There's about 25 bottles, of which only Lindeman's Framboise, Allagash White, Chimay Red in both 33 cL and 750 mL bottles, Sam Smith's Pale, Nut Brown, Taddy Porter, and Oatmeal Stout are worth mentioning. The rest of the beers are macro's or macro imports. The prices on the Sam Smiths are kinda steep ($7), as are the Belgians.

In short, come here to play darts, pool, or Scrabble whilst having a Dead Guy. It's a very laidback environment and the patrons are pretty cool. It's essentially the only bar I've been to in DC that has a neighborhood watering hole feel to it.

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Atomic Billiards in Washington, DC
3.19 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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