The Saloon Washington DC

Image by Andrew Wiseman

The Saloon – Relaxed Belgian and German beer spot

Sometimes you just want a bar where you can talk with friends, and the Saloon is that place – with an amusingly grumpy edge.

The cozy bar’s main claim to fame is its beer list focused on high-end Belgian and German beers and served in the proper glassware (which means you get a huge glass for some of the German ones and different shapes for others). I’m a particular fan of the Köstritzer Schwarzbier, a German black lager: that means it’s fairly light on the tongue but tastes darker. The food is basic bar food, nothing special but will get you full; come for the beer.

They also have some traditional beer accompaniments, like pistachios and German schnapps. I hadn’t had schnapps with beer before I came to the Saloon, and I didn’t know what I was missing. The flavorful booze really adds something to the beers.

The other funny thing about the menu are all the rules: the owner (who also tends bar) comes off as a grump, and the menu is covered with edicts like no standing, you must order food with drinks, and on almost every page “NO MARTINIS!” In fact, his nickname is Commie due to the rules. That said, he also sponsors a charity to build schools, and the Saloon closes for August so they can help, so there’s a nice side to their grouchiness.

Service is sometimes a little slow as they’re often understaffed, but always friendly. Be patient and enjoy your beer and conversation.

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Details about this spot



1205 U St NW, Washington DC

Opening Times

Tue - Thu 11:00 - 01:00, Fri 11:00 - 02:00, Sat 14:00 - 02:00


Entrees from: US$ 9

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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)