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Aug 22, 2009 04:47 PM

"The Beer Cave" in Georgetown, DC?

I'm heading to DC in 2 weeks w/the BF to meet his best friend for the first time. Best friend and him are dying to go to what they think is called "The Beer Cave" in Georgetown. Sounds interesting, as we all enjoy a good beer.

I've searched high and low online to no avail for a place called this in DC anywhere. Now, I'm being told this isn't the "official" name of the establishment.

Does anyone know which place they are referring to? I'm trying to do some research if it's worth going to. Found some info on Beer Advocate a place which I think they may be talking about which hasn't gotten very good reviews lately (one person, aside from all the other complaints, specifically mentioned about it being hot as all hell in there, and since it's still going to be summertime, this does NOT thrill me as a pleasant drinking environment).


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  1. Washingtonian here. I believe, but am not 100% sure, that you're talking about the Brickskeller, which is in the Dupont Circle neighborhood and not Georgetown. Here's the link:

    Personally I haven't been there in a very long time (since I was in college). I'm not into beer and am not a fan of the atmosphere there. I haven't read any rent reviews, but I know that the people who go there are very young, and of course, in summer, it's bound to be full of tourists. But to be fair, it also has a great selection of beer (over 1,000). If you want a recommendation for a nice, smaller place to enjoy some good, but unusual beers, I would recommend Birreria Paradiso (I don't have the link here), but you can google it. It's in Georgetown and there are a lot of bars and places with a nice atmosphere there.

    Hope this helps.

    7 Replies
    1. re: Gigi007

      Yep, that's the one I feared. Ugh. My bf and I are 50, his friend, is quite young - in his mid-20's, hence the reason this place was brought up. Friend is from DC originally and I believe, has been there and raved about the place but since he's of the age that would appreciate it more now I understand. From what I read already, I just can't see being happy about the evening there. I like beer, however, I'm not a heavy drinker by any means.

      I'd also seen info on Birreria while doing my research and it looked much more appropriate. I think I'm going to have a lot of cohercing ahead of me; or an evening of sucking up the situation for the sake of their friendship :)

      1. re: Elora

        The Brick isnt that bad... Foodies love to bash it because it doesnt conform to their gastropub/brasserie notions of a cool beer place and they expect to be treated like gold which you definitely wont be at the Brick. Its a bar. And its an old bar designed for grizzled beer heads and geeks. Expect passable bar food and a mind boggling variety of beer, although be prepared for a good third of your choices to be out. This seems to be the biggest complaint of the foodies. They didnt have my first choice OR second choice! Well I guarantee they still have some pretty good stuff available. Ask whats on tap. Sit at the bar downstairs and ask what the bar tender recommends. Asking the waitresses can be hit and miss. Just understand this place was designed for BEER HEADS and not foodies. Because of that many people get a bad impression of the place as they compare it to a place that gives a crap about impressing chow hound types. Different animal entirely. Yes, as a non beer person you can easily find a way to make it a miserable time. And if you could convince the boys to go to B. Paradiso or Brasserie Beck or something youd be much happier. But it sounds like they are all about this place so go in with low expectations and take one for the team and hey you may find you leave thinking that wasnt so bad. They may even introduce you to some cool beer youve never had before. As for the fear of it being a youth haven, as long as you dont go late on a weekend night I dont think thats a real issue. Im a LOT closer to you and your husbands age then his 20 something friend and I almost always have a good time when I go. Kids may be attracted to the gimmick of "the most beers" (I was when I was 22 also) but the place was designed for middle aged beer heads that have a clue what they are doing. Thats what Ive discovered about it in the past twenty years. Good luck and enjoy!

        1. re: Insidious Rex

          Ok, cool, That sounds much better coming from someone more our age. I don't mind it being a lowbrow beer-centric place, with average food. I am more concerned with it being a place filled with kids or tourists, and being uncomfortable as I'm drinking. One of my favorite places that I've been to was a place in Baltimore's harbor area, you'll have to forgive my ignorance on the name offhand, a very local kind of place which has their own specialty brew you can't get anywhere else at all. Very neighborhood kind of place; loud, raucous, etc. but it had the feel of people who were FROM the area - not coming there to see and be seen on a weekend night. I felt very at home there even though there were many people half my age.

          I did take a better look at their beer menu on the website and was impressed. In the end, I really want the guys to be able to have a good time, and it really won't be a big deal if the place doesn't suit me. It really is, all about the company.

          1. re: Elora

            I have to say that since it is summer, and the Brickskeller is written up in most guidebooks, there will likely be a lot of tourists there. Maybe fewer college kids because the fall semester hasn't started yet. If you do appreciate the variety of beers and it is more a question of the company than the place, you should be OK. Still if you're going to be in town for a few days or more, there are a lot of other places you could go (btw, I'm younger than you, but older than the mostly 20-somethings who frequent the Brickskeller). Insidious Rex mentioned Brasserie Beck, which is casual and has a great beer and food menu. Birreria Paradiso has a microbrews or a rather unique selection of beer and excellent pizza (from the Pizzeria Paradiso restaurant upstairs). Hope you have a good time.

            1. re: Gigi007

              We're there for 3 nights, so I'll keep the other 2 in mind. I'm sure they will want to have a drink or two while there :)

              1. re: Elora

                If you want to spend more money, you can also try Brasserie Beck near the Convention Center. They have some very rare Belgian Beers.

            2. re: Elora

              I went to the Brickskeller late last summer. I didn't think it was touristy, but I didn't really care for the place. It seemed pretty dirty and run down. I really like The Saloon, located next to Ben's Chili Bowl.