Watering Holes

Monk’s BBQ (Purcellville, VA)

  11 months ago     659 Views     Comments Off on Monk’s BBQ (Purcellville, VA)  

We get out to Purcellville, near the borders with West Virginia and Maryland, quite frequently.  Whether that's to snag beers from a blossoming brewery scene that features Adroit Theory, Old 690, Corcoran, and others, or for some wine club memberships in one of the best places for terroir on the East Coast, that town has a lot to offer for fans of great libations.  Just a few blocks off the W&OD Trail you can also find some superlative BBQ.  And since this is a site all about Virginia beer, you know they're going to have a great tap list, too. …

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A Way Too Early Look: The Black Squirrel (Dunn Loring, VA)

  1 year ago     1606 Views     Comments Off on A Way Too Early Look: The Black Squirrel (Dunn Loring, VA)  

Late last week, VBR got a sneak peek inside look at The Black Squirrel's new Dunn Loring, VA location in the Shops at the Avenir Place.  Currently completing the build out, the new location should open sometime in late May.  Amy Bowman, President of The Black Squirrel, gave me a tour as several craftsmen kept hard at work to meet their opening goal.  The downtown DC location in Adams Morgan holds a place in local craft beer lore as one of the original craft beer hot spots in the District. Their new location, mere steps from the Dunn Loring Metro…

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Barrel & Bushel (Tysons Corner, VA)

  3 years ago     1426 Views     Comments Off on Barrel & Bushel (Tysons Corner, VA)  

There are all sorts of clichés about how hard it is to have kids and have a real life.  At times the feeling I get is that people want to hear the worst stories we have about raising our "two under 2," aka our Irish Twins.  You know, the screaming, the tantrums, the "esplosions" in the diapers, lack of sleep, etc. and even more etc.  To me, that misses the point on a lot of the fun stuff, in particular watching them grow up and learn to explore around them.  Our youngest has been taking (ahem) baby steps for a…

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The Vienna Inn (Vienna, VA)

  3 years ago     1512 Views     Comments Off on The Vienna Inn (Vienna, VA)  

17. No, that's not the answer to an off-kilter question on life, the universe, and everything, but rather the number of years I've been going to the Vienna Inn.  For longer than most of us on this site have been alive (55 years and counting, that is), the Inn has been the only thing approaching a true watering hole within miles of Vienna, a status it maintained until the recent revitalization projects alongside adjacent Church St.  While many of the newer establishments should be lauded for helping save this moribund town from the clutches of commuter, strip mall, and franchise chain Hell,…

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Brewpub: Mad Fox Brewing Company (Falls Church, VA) – @MadFoxBrewing

  4 years ago     1489 Views     1 Comment  

Back in 2011 my then fiancée and I were living in an apartment in Ballston, a neighborhood of Arlington, VA.  We could walk to everything, and I had the unfortunate choice between a 20 minute bus ride or a 5 minute drive to work.  In trying to convince her to move to a place where we could, you know, afford more than a closet when we decided to buy a home coinciding with the wedding, we had to negotiate a few things.  She cared about "walkability," Metro, and other European eccentricities, to which the only part I shared was the…

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WH: Wild Wing Café – @WWCCville (Charlottesville, VA)

  4 years ago     1365 Views     Comments Off on WH: Wild Wing Café – @WWCCville (Charlottesville, VA)  

What was your first wing joint?  Was it a hole in the wall serving three flavors:  hot, day old hot, and forgot the sauce?  Was it a sports bar that did a weekly wing special?  Was it a national chain?  Or was it a place that somehow "felt" local, but later turned out wasn't? Your first wing joint isn't always your first watering hole, but wing joints - general - make exceptional watering holes.  And while Charlottesville has not always had a thriving beer scene (even with Starr Hill, Michael's Bistro, and South Street, who came to C'ville for beer?)…

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WH: The Wreck (Hatteras, NC)

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Now I know you're asking what the heck we're doing reviewing a bar down in Cape Hatteras, aka the bottom of OBX.  But since I'd never been down to that part of OBX and yet had heard from other DMV folks that there was a bar worth checking out, either there's a lot of sunstroke going around or there's something to that tip, as there's really not a whole lot going on in Hatteras Village proper.  The Wreck is small and not easily visible being on the back corner of a marina shopette, but once inside I realized I was…

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WH: spacebar – @spacebarva (Falls Church, VA)

  4 years ago     1394 Views     1 Comment  

From the owners of Galaxy Hut (Arlington/Clarendon, VA), spacebar is Falls Church's only dedicated, full-time bar.  That's right, 21+ only, so this is not a family establishment.  It meets every classification of a "dive" or watering hole:  dark, crowded, and overflowing in locals and booze.  Since its opening in June 2012, spacebar has secretly paved the way for much more commercial ventures such as World of Beer (which opened 2 months later) over in Arlington.  But this is a no frills establishment, and it does not pretend to be anything other than a place to drink beer.  The one TV…

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