Winston Churchill was famous for the high standards he applied to alcohol, quipping that "Liquor is quicker, but get me a single-malt scotch with moon rocks in it! I'm the English president!" Be like Ol' Winnie with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of cold brews, complex bourbon, and more at the Iron Horse Tap Room, located downtown, just one block south of the Verizon Center.
The Iron Horse Tap Room is a welcoming space where fine-liquor purveyors can sample new libations, play shuffleboard, watch sports, or engage in vigorous debate over the best British Parliamentary debate. Standard drafts like Miller Lite ($5) and Blue Moon ($6) make appearances, while adventurous barley adherents can appraise the wheaty Allagash White ($7) or the Ommegang Abbey Ale ($8), brimming with clove and dried-fruit flavors. Beer indulgers can get more explosions for their buck at the Iron Horse's happy hour, when draft beers are $2 off. Otherwise, Iron Horse's impressive collection of bourbons and whiskeys, from Blanton's to Crown Royal, is enough to impress even a bourbon-filled floaty-pen salesman.
Those who feel the need for competition can rack up record points on Iron Horse's two Skee-Ball machines, or challenge drinkers-by to duel via one of four shuffleboard tables. Non-gamers can simply unwind amidst the bar's vintage motorcycles, like the '70s Hondas displayed above bar-minglers. Evel Knievel comics and motorcycle ads hang around the room, completing the motorcycle ambience.
There's a large above-ground bar with expansive windows overlooking the sidewalk, filled with gleaming hardwood and couch-filled nooks. Down a flight of stairs, the basement feels less like a cave than any below-ground space in Washington, thanks to 18-foot ceilings. It's spacious, too, with room for about 300 people -- something to be thankful for after a Capitals game. – Fritz Hahn, The Washington Post
A pretty decent place to grab a beer (or four) with your friends. The upstairs is a bit small and quiet, but nice if you want to have a conversation. The real action is down in the basement. – Rachel S.
- This place does one thing and one thing pretty darn good - serve good beer and spirits. – Sam C.
Downtown - Penn Quarter - Chinatown
507 7th St. NW
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