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May 27, 2009 08:41 AM

Gastropubs in DC/Virginia

Friend of mine just moved to DC/Virginia area and we are looking for gastropubs with extensive beer lists in the vicinity. Any suggestions out there?


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  1. I don't think you could classify Rustico as a gastropub, but they have a huge beer list, bottled and on tap, as well as a couple cask ales. The food ranges from inoffensive to downright bad, but the fries are twice-fried and tasty and the burgers are solid.

    Commonwealth in Columbia Heights has excellent English food but their beer list is middling.

    Briskellar has indifferent food, but a large beer list. Unfortunately, they never seem to have your first three choices in stock.

    827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314

    1523 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20037

    Common Wealth
    1400 Irving St NW, Washington, DC

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    1. re: monkeyrotica

      I think the closest thing is Commonwealth, but I agree, the beer list is just ok. I really enjoy the food and vibe though.

    2. I wouldn't call it a gastropub but Brasserie Beck has a great beer list and wonderful Belgium food.

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      1. re: Elyssa

        Granville Moore for huge beer list and amazing mussles & frites...

      2. Eatbar in Arlington would be a good choice.

        1. In Leesburg, Tuskies and Vintage 50 come to mind, but that's a bit far afield.Rustico is the first one that comes to mind inside the beltway. Thirsty Bernie's and Tap & Vine in North Arlington both have good food and beer in the English Gastropub mode, but do not have 100+ beers. Thirsty Bernies has too many TV screens for me. All of these have great beer and, at least, good food.

          827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314

          Thirsty Bernie
          2163 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22207

          Vintage 50 Restaurant
          50 Catoctin Circle, Leesburg, VA 20176

          Tuscarora Mill Restaurant
          203 Harrison Street, S E Leesburg, VA

          Tap & Vine
          5731 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA