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Big Market Beer Haven City Tap House Expands to Northern Virginia

The 8,000-square-foot bar in Ashburn opens Monday, November 11

A bowl of elote dip at City Tap House
Elote “street corn” dip with jalapeno, chili powder and cotija cheese ($11).
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Prolific bar brand City Tap House opens its first Virginia location next week in Ashburn, giving suburban dads in Loudoun County a sprawling getaway outfitted with 40 draft lines.

City Tap is scheduled to open for dinner on Monday, November 11, inside the space that housed failed Redskins bar Hail & Hog (20736 Exchange Street) across from Ashburn’s One Loudoun Downtown Plaza. Along with D.C. locations in Dupont Circle and Penn Quarter, Table 95 Hospitality Group runs six other City Taps across Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, Nashville, and Chicago.

The extensive beer list in Ashburn, filled out by local, domestic, and European pours, includes 30 types of bottles and cans.

Highlights across the brand’s familiar American pub menu include crispy fried Nashville hot cauliflower, ten-spice wings, and brick oven pizzas like The G.O.A.T. (slice red onion, pistachio pesto, rosemary and truffled honey).

Entrees include mustard-glazed salmon with cornbread panzanella and Berkshire pork collar, along with weekly specials like chicken and waffles on Thursdays and prime steaks and chops on Saturdays.

Healthier options include salads and grain bowls topped with avocado, shrimp, chicken, grilled steak, or seared tuna. Dinner starts at 4 p.m., and there’s a limited late-night menu that runs until 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Weekday lunch and brunch will join the mix later.

Mussels at City Tap House
The Abigail (garlic butter, leeks and a Belgian ale broth) is one of four mussel orders at City Tap House.
City Tap House/official photo
Starters at City Tap House
Korean short ribs tacos at City Tap House.
City Tap House/official photo

Ashburn’s rustic-industrial design features reclaimed woods sourced from upstate New York and Lancaster County, exposed steel structural beams, roll-up garage doors unveiling a seasonal patio, and a six-foot fireplace. Nods to the dawn of the American craft beer renaissance include Prohibition-era murals.

Naturally, the star of the show is an massive island copper-topped bar surrounded by communal tables and a dozen TVs. A 57-seat dining area overlooks an open kitchen, along with a private event space for 80.