Best of D.C. 2017 Staff Picks: Bars and beer

Best of D.C. 2017 Staff Picks: Bars and beer

There’s something about Big Chief, the cavernous New Orleans-themed bar in Ivy City. Maybe it’s that the warehouse-like space is so massive (7,000 square feet!) that it rarely feels annoyingly crowded. Maybe it’s the cheap tallboys — or the fact that most people come in having already imbibed at one of Ivy City’s distilleries. 

A guide to the best breakfast spots in Washington

A guide to the best breakfast spots in Washington

The New Yorker ($8), a breakfast sandwich with pastrami, Comte cheese, sweet-and-spicy pepper jelly and an egg, is a glorious, squishy mess that cannot be contained within its soft milk-bread bun — as soon as you pick it up, you’re guaranteed to have yolk running down your fingers.

Hottest Bars in DC

Hottest Bars in DC

This beer-focused, watering hole, carved out of the historic Manhattan Laundry Building in the U Street Corridor, brings a self-service approach to the drinking scene, flanking its bar with ordering kiosks, and serving its creatively topped sausages and Frito pies from a walk-up window. Long wooden tables fill the exposed- brick, industrial space that's outfitted with salvaged artifacts and flea market finds. There are two lounges as well.

Hot tables: 15 of the best seats in beer right now

Hot tables: 15 of the best seats in beer right now

This 5,600-square-foot newcomer isn’t your Opa’s beer hall, though tenets of the classic setup remain: namely, good food and big beers. A list of nationally representative beers is available mostly by the pint or liter (except for the high-octane stuff), which can be properly paired with grilled sausages such as spicy chorizo, Thai pork and kielbasa, available “naked” or “dressed.”

Use Your Phone To Pay for Drinks At This New Beer Hall

Use Your Phone To Pay for Drinks At This New Beer Hall

If you’ve ever waited half an hour for a beer at a bar crowded with people waving $20 bills in the air, Peter Bayne can relate. With his latest venture, Franklin Hall, the co-founder of restaurant group Tin Shop DC and his business partner Geoff Dawson are setting out to ease your pain.

Tony Kornheiser, Gary Williams and Maury Povich walk into a bar. Then they buy it.

Tony Kornheiser, Gary Williams and Maury Povich walk into a bar. Then they buy it.

He said the restaurant would be managed by Geoff Dawson, the man behind a host of popular Washington spots, including Iron Horse Taproom, Penn Social, Rocket Bar, Buffalo Billiards and many more. (And yes, he was also the former Capstronaut.) And Kornheiser said the partners want to maintain the restaurant’s homey reputation

Smoked and Stacked has been open for four days. It’s already serving the best pastrami in D.C.

Smoked and Stacked has been open for four days. It’s already serving the best pastrami in D.C.

Smoked and Stacked, chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley’s fast-casual joint at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, opened Friday with a promise to fill the gap in the city's pastrami offerings