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harrison Mar 23, 2010 02:17 PM

Will be in D.C Wednesday. Dining solo for dinner and looking for an eat at the bar place with a killer burger and great tap beer selection.

I'm staying at W Hotel 15th and F

  1. Dennis S Mar 23, 2010 02:59 PM

    Stoney's at 14th & P is worth consideration.

    1. monkeyrotica Mar 24, 2010 03:49 AM

      Matchbox. I prefer the Eastern Market location.

      http://www.matchboxdc.com/beer-list.s...

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        reiflame Mar 24, 2010 05:49 AM

        ChurchKey, above Birch and Barley in Logan Circle.

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        Birch and Barley
        1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

        1. woodleyparkhound Mar 24, 2010 07:10 AM

          Unfortunately, the serious "killer burger" places (Ray's Hellburger, Good Stuff Eatery, BGR in descending order) don't serve beer. You've received some very reasonable suggestions so far for places where you can both a burger and a beer, however, I had a very disappointing burger at Stoney's last month - I vowed not to get one there again. I have only been to the Chinatown location of Matchbox, where I've eaten mediocre pizza and mini-burgers - but I have heard from others (as monkeyrotica said) that the Eastern Market location is better. Another option would be the Black Squirrel on 18th St. I think they've got a really good beer list. I haven't tried their burgers, but it looks like it's worth a try.

          I haven't had a burger at Churchkey (they have a "brat burger and fries" on the menu for $16) - however, Churchkey has a killer beer list and their beer sommelier was mentioned in Food and Wine's recent Top 7 Sommeliers list: <http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/s...>, so I feel certainly that you would be very happy there on the beer front at minimum. It also has a pretty good location vis-a-vis the W Hotel. You can catch a bus going north on 14th St. - get off at P St. or Rhode Island Ave. - or walk there if the weather is nice. (maybe 20 mins. or so). You might have some trouble getting a seat at Churchkey - it's very popular. Stoney's is also in this same neighborhood.

          I hope you enjoy yourself wherever you go!

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            reiflame Mar 24, 2010 07:42 AM

            I am fairly certain last time I was at Good Stuff I had a Yuengling. They by no means have a "good beer list" though, and I thought while the flavor of my Obama burger was nice, the bun was soggy and the burger itself was rather small.

            1. re: reiflame
              woodleyparkhound Mar 24, 2010 09:07 AM

              You're right - they do serve beer, I forgot. And I too was rather disappointed in the Obama burger when I had it. I absolutely loved the double bacon cheeseburger I had there recently though (cooked by Spike himself to my surprise) - and their shakes are to die for. Another issue is that the last time I went there I had to wait 35 minutes in line to get in. In any case, the OP is looking for an "eat at the bar" place - so Good Stuff isn't the best choice out there.

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              mordacity Mar 24, 2010 12:45 PM

              Actually, (burger-lovers of the DC metro area rejoice) I walked past Ray's Hell-Burgers last weekend; there's a sign in the window indicating that they now serve beer and wine! I haven't been in lately so I can't tell you about the selection, but it seems the Holy Trinity of burger, fries, and beer can now be had at Ray's. Finally!

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              4X4 Mar 24, 2010 09:48 AM

              I know that everyone likes to put down Clyde's since it's a chain, but I've had a good burger there a couple of times. Decent beer selection too. And they have a half price raw bar happy hour, Monday - Thursday.

              1. ktmoomau Mar 24, 2010 10:36 AM

                Does anyone know what the beer selection at Central is like? They have a fantastic burger and I like the bar there generally. And they have my all time favorite fries.

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                  reiflame Mar 24, 2010 12:06 PM

                  It's ok; I just checked the website and they appear to have expanded it a bit but it's still mostly bottles. They are carrying the Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter on tap, which is cool. I'd say in a pinch Central would work (as long as you're not looking for 50+ different types).

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                  harrison Mar 26, 2010 01:49 PM

                  Thanks to everyone! Unfortunately ended up working much later than thought and got lazy. Ended up at JG Steakhouse right in the hotel. Ate downstairs in the bar - a petitie filet/fries and quartino of cabernet - not quite a burger and beer, but pretty good nonetheless. Hopefully I'll be back to try some of below

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                    reiflame Mar 26, 2010 09:19 PM

                    J&G is pretty excellent; I'm glad you found it!

                    I think wine and steak is always an acceptable substitute for a burger and a beer.

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