clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile
Photos: R. Lopez

Great Bars Where Not Every Beer Has to Be Local

View as Map

When it comes to local beers and breweries, D.C. can certainly represent, and it's been exciting to see more and more bars carry DC Brau, Atlas, Port City and more. But just as sometimes diners need a good avocado or lemon to shake up their locally-sourced meals, sometimes drinkers need to branch out beyond the local offerings. These bars stand out for either an international focus (Japanese beer, anyone?), a diverse domestic selection, a regional specialty or just a wide selection of beers where local may be included, but it isn't the emphasis.

Have another favorite bar serving non-local beer? Share in the comments.

Read More
Eater maps are curated by editors and aim to reflect a diversity of neighborhoods, cuisines, and prices. Learn more about our editorial process. If you buy something or book a reservation from an Eater link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics policy.

Bayou Bakery

Copy Link

Bayou Bakery brings Louisiana to Northern Virginia, and that includes its beers. Chef David Guas has locked it down with Louisiana's Abita Brewery so expect the whole lineup, including the brewery's famous Purple Haze.

Belga Cafe

Copy Link

Bart Vandaele is a Belgian through and through, and his restaurant was one of the first to celebrate the cuisine here. Belga's Belgian beer list is so extensive that when diners want to order, they are handed a book. But for those who are overwhelmed looking through a tome for the perfect pint, just ask one of the knowledgeable bartenders.

Bier Baron Tavern

Copy Link

The West End beer haven has pretty much everything for everyone. With 600 beers in its lineup and a tap list that's always changing, drinkers can get local brews and lots of not-so-local beers as well. Because change ups are always happening, it's like every visit is the first time.

Biergarten Haus

Copy Link

It's pretty well-established that Germans know beer. So when a German beer hall comes to the neighborhood, German beer will be flowing. H Street's Biergarten Haus has plenty of beers (or biers) available, and not one of them is from anywhere nearby.

Burger Tap & Shake (BTS)

Copy Link

The second word in the restaurant's name is "tap". So BTS better deliver. And it does with more than a dozen ales and half a dozen lagers from across the U.S. Plus, with happy hour drafts running at $5 and $6 or $7 after happy hour is over, it's also a solid deal for the neighborhood.

ChurchKey

Copy Link

The mecca for beer lovers for sure. The bar above Birch & Barley has such an extensive bottle list that it runs for more than 30 pages. Fortunately it's draft list isn't a novella, but there are still more than 50 beers to choose from. East Coast, West Coast and international beers are all represented.

City Tap House

Copy Link

City Tap House emphasizes craft brewed beers. And it's no joke when checking out its beer menu. There's everything from the popular Allagash White to Michigan's Founder's Porter to Anchor IPA out of California. From coast to coast, there is a beer right for everyone.

Dacha Beer Garden

Copy Link

This Shaw beer garden is often packed with happy imbibers hoisting heavy boots of beer. What kind of beer? German beer. Unfortunately, the boots are so popular they have been hoisted out of the beer garden. But that noise has got to stop.

Galaxy Hut

Copy Link

Arlingtonians need to drink, too. Fortunuately Galaxy Hut has them covered with 28 beers on tap with an emphasis on craft and small-batch brews. Galaxy does some beer that's local and other that's far away. All they care about is if it's good.

Meridian Pint

Copy Link

Meridian Pint on Columbia Heights's 11th Street is a watering hole staple. Its website is updated constantly to give revelers a pretty-much real time look at the number of casks, taps and bottles. At the time of this writing, the numbers were 1, 24 and 121. And look out for another Pint to come to Brookland in a few years.

Red Derby

Copy Link

Don't expect beers to come out of anything but a can here. The menu is updated all the time. And by menu, we mean the bar's huge chalk board. This place is cash-only and not pretentious at all. Let your hair down when throwing back can after can after can. And save the "consultant talk" for someplace else.

R.F.D. Washington

Copy Link

The sister bar to DC's bar of legend Brickseller, RFD in Chinatown has a huge list of beers by the draft and a small book of beers by the bottle. The range of beers is far and wide. And even the URL for this place shows patrons how much these guys love beer.

Sauf Haus

Copy Link

The newest kid on the block, Sauf Haus is all about beer and pretzels. (Which is a pretty amazing combo.) All 16 drafts from Dupont Circle's beer garden are German beer. These guys would give Dacha a run for their money if they weren't separated by more than a dozen blocks.

Smoke & Barrel

Copy Link

A change of pace for those doing the usual 18th Street bar crawl in Adams Morgan, Smoke & Barrel gives patrons glasses of quality beer. There are 24 beers on tap, more than a dozen bottled and another dozen in cans. Plus, paired with some BBQ, there's no need to go anywhere else to continue the neighborhood's bar crawl.

Daikaya

Copy Link

Looking for a Japanese beer? Find such offerings as Echigo, Hitachino Nest and Ryujin Oze no Yukidoke at this izakaya.

Hill Country Barbecue Market

Copy Link

Hill Country takes its Texas roots seriously, so find just about every variety of Shiner that there is at this barbecue joint.

Russia House Restaurant & Lounge

Copy Link

Looking for beers from Russia, Ukraine or even Lithuania? Vodka may be the emphasis here, but you can find such beers at Russia House as well.

The Queen Vic

Copy Link

Fans of British and Indian beers, from Crabbies to Kingfisher, can turn to this true English pub.

Pizzeria Paradiso

Copy Link

Pizzeria Paradiso was one of the city's pioneering beer bars, and their list is epic, ranging from Belgian varieties to domestic craft beer standouts.

Bayou Bakery

Bayou Bakery brings Louisiana to Northern Virginia, and that includes its beers. Chef David Guas has locked it down with Louisiana's Abita Brewery so expect the whole lineup, including the brewery's famous Purple Haze.

Belga Cafe

Bart Vandaele is a Belgian through and through, and his restaurant was one of the first to celebrate the cuisine here. Belga's Belgian beer list is so extensive that when diners want to order, they are handed a book. But for those who are overwhelmed looking through a tome for the perfect pint, just ask one of the knowledgeable bartenders.

Bier Baron Tavern

The West End beer haven has pretty much everything for everyone. With 600 beers in its lineup and a tap list that's always changing, drinkers can get local brews and lots of not-so-local beers as well. Because change ups are always happening, it's like every visit is the first time.

Biergarten Haus

It's pretty well-established that Germans know beer. So when a German beer hall comes to the neighborhood, German beer will be flowing. H Street's Biergarten Haus has plenty of beers (or biers) available, and not one of them is from anywhere nearby.

Burger Tap & Shake (BTS)

The second word in the restaurant's name is "tap". So BTS better deliver. And it does with more than a dozen ales and half a dozen lagers from across the U.S. Plus, with happy hour drafts running at $5 and $6 or $7 after happy hour is over, it's also a solid deal for the neighborhood.

ChurchKey

The mecca for beer lovers for sure. The bar above Birch & Barley has such an extensive bottle list that it runs for more than 30 pages. Fortunately it's draft list isn't a novella, but there are still more than 50 beers to choose from. East Coast, West Coast and international beers are all represented.

City Tap House

City Tap House emphasizes craft brewed beers. And it's no joke when checking out its beer menu. There's everything from the popular Allagash White to Michigan's Founder's Porter to Anchor IPA out of California. From coast to coast, there is a beer right for everyone.

Dacha Beer Garden

This Shaw beer garden is often packed with happy imbibers hoisting heavy boots of beer. What kind of beer? German beer. Unfortunately, the boots are so popular they have been hoisted out of the beer garden. But that noise has got to stop.

Galaxy Hut

Arlingtonians need to drink, too. Fortunuately Galaxy Hut has them covered with 28 beers on tap with an emphasis on craft and small-batch brews. Galaxy does some beer that's local and other that's far away. All they care about is if it's good.

Meridian Pint

Meridian Pint on Columbia Heights's 11th Street is a watering hole staple. Its website is updated constantly to give revelers a pretty-much real time look at the number of casks, taps and bottles. At the time of this writing, the numbers were 1, 24 and 121. And look out for another Pint to come to Brookland in a few years.

Red Derby

Don't expect beers to come out of anything but a can here. The menu is updated all the time. And by menu, we mean the bar's huge chalk board. This place is cash-only and not pretentious at all. Let your hair down when throwing back can after can after can. And save the "consultant talk" for someplace else.

R.F.D. Washington

The sister bar to DC's bar of legend Brickseller, RFD in Chinatown has a huge list of beers by the draft and a small book of beers by the bottle. The range of beers is far and wide. And even the URL for this place shows patrons how much these guys love beer.

Sauf Haus

The newest kid on the block, Sauf Haus is all about beer and pretzels. (Which is a pretty amazing combo.) All 16 drafts from Dupont Circle's beer garden are German beer. These guys would give Dacha a run for their money if they weren't separated by more than a dozen blocks.

Smoke & Barrel

A change of pace for those doing the usual 18th Street bar crawl in Adams Morgan, Smoke & Barrel gives patrons glasses of quality beer. There are 24 beers on tap, more than a dozen bottled and another dozen in cans. Plus, paired with some BBQ, there's no need to go anywhere else to continue the neighborhood's bar crawl.

Daikaya

Looking for a Japanese beer? Find such offerings as Echigo, Hitachino Nest and Ryujin Oze no Yukidoke at this izakaya.

Related Maps

Hill Country Barbecue Market

Hill Country takes its Texas roots seriously, so find just about every variety of Shiner that there is at this barbecue joint.

Russia House Restaurant & Lounge

Looking for beers from Russia, Ukraine or even Lithuania? Vodka may be the emphasis here, but you can find such beers at Russia House as well.

The Queen Vic

Fans of British and Indian beers, from Crabbies to Kingfisher, can turn to this true English pub.

Pizzeria Paradiso

Pizzeria Paradiso was one of the city's pioneering beer bars, and their list is epic, ranging from Belgian varieties to domestic craft beer standouts.

Related Maps