One of my favorite places in DC is St. Arnolds on Jefferson, a little gem just south of bustling Dupont circle. Why? It’s pretty simple really – good beer, good food, and a great old-world neighborhood pub. Named after the patron Saint of Belgian brewers, St. Arnolds offers a solid selection of drafts and bottles, mostly Belgian and German and some domestic craft beers.
More importantly however, they offer a ridiculous number of mussel pots, all of which are pretty amazing. Italian sausage, peppers and tomatoes? Spicy Mexican with onions, cilantro and jalapenos? Yes please! For the mussel purists they also have a classic preparation.
My favorites here are the spicy Mexican or the St.Arnolds mussels (duck fat!), but you can’t go wrong with anything else either. The best part – they have a killer happy hour. St. Arnolds offers half price ($ 9) on mussels during Happy Hour between 16:00 – 18:30.
I have spent many evenings here, always go hungry and leave happy.