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American Ice Company

American Ice Company

BBQ Joint, Bar, and New American Restaurant$$$$
U-Street, Washington
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    Tasting Table
    "pork-topped nachos--named swachos"(14 Tips)
    Anand T.
    "Also, pickle backs."(4 Tips)
    Kitty S.
    "Great selection of beers on tap."(6 Tips)
    T S.
    "Brisket and Racer 5. Thank god for friends nabbing a table early!"(7 Tips)
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  • barbecue
  • beer
  • brisket
  • hipster
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  • Andrew D.heart icon on user image
    Andrew DollDecember 3, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Chill bar with a semi-grunge vibe offering great prices on an awesome whiskey selection and mason jars of beer! BBQ menu may be short, but it's all quality, delicious, and WORTH IT!
  • Sam S.heart icon on user image
    Sam SherwoodSeptember 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    I really miss the Republic Kolache residency here, and I wish dogs were allowed on the patio. But the swachos are still tasty.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 15, 2014
    It's charming, industrial, and a great place to enjoy an expansive selection of craft beers, from PBR to Tokyo Black, and a brief, but satisfying menu of sandwiches, halfsmokes, and pork nachos.
  • Rianheart icon on user image
    RianAugust 18, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    I love their BBQ chicken and pulled pork nachos. Actually, all the food I've tried has been very good! It's seat-yourself though so it can be hectic and the bathroom line can be ridiculously long.
  • Ashley H.heart icon on user image
    Ashley HoweJuly 3, 2015
    Happy hour mon-fri 5-7pm. When it rains you can get $3 drinks. Check the menu for their specials
  • AskMen
    AskMenJanuary 21, 2011
    Isn't it enough to sit with 14 of your closest friends at a long counter and drink strange beers out of colorful cans? While enjoying house-made smoked meats and special, secret-recipe Slim Jims?
  • Tom B.heart icon on user image
    Tom BridgeMay 16, 2019
    Been here 25+ times
    Look, order a plate of the swachos, the mixed pickle, and then get a beer with a pickle back. If that doesn’t fix you up, you’re in more trouble than fixing can be.
  • David W.heart icon on user image
    David WilderAugust 11, 2015
    Outside is definitely the place to be on a beautiful Summer or Fall night. But if you can't find a spot, fair warning, inside is VERY loud!
  • Vanessa F.
    Vanessa FrenchApril 27, 2012
    Can't say enough great things about this place. Fantastic atmosphere with the outdoor seating, amazing food (try the nachos) and unique beer selections.
  • John F.
    John FagerholmJune 3, 2016
    Great bar, it was packed for a sports game but overall it was an enjoyable atmosphere and an enjoyable time.
  • Mimi N.heart icon on user image
    Mimi NguyenAugust 25, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the drinks here. Also when you need food, the swachos are an amazing deal and super delicious
  • John B.heart icon on user image
    John BakerSeptember 17, 2016
    Get the swachos! They are nachos with the most delicious house smoked pork on top. Delicious!
  • Dara F.
    Dara FisherDecember 26, 2012
    Chiller than most bars in the U St area, this converted garage is a great place to grab a drink outside in the summer months.
  • Audrey A.
    Audrey ADecember 22, 2012
    Swachos = swine nachos = nachos with pork. Wonderful, friendly service. Good beer selection that is fairly priced, especially for DC!
  • Brittany J.heart icon on user image
    Brittany JobesMay 22, 2017
    Fun bar with a hip atmosphere. Just don't watch them making the queso behind the bar...
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableJune 28, 2012
    Come to the patio of this barbecue-and-beer bar to try our favorite midafternoon snack food of pork-topped nachos--named swachos: Read more
  • Jessica H.heart icon on user image
    Jessica HuffSeptember 30, 2013
    The staff is awesome here! Great atmosphere and beer selection, as well as quality mixed drinks.
  • Eric B.heart icon on user image
    Eric BreeseJuly 6, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Good beer selection. Awesome environment. Food is great on paper, merely fine in practice.
  • Joey M.
    Joey MarburgerMarch 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Combo plate with pork and brisket. Pickle sampler. There ya go. Oh and what ever the seasonal draft is.
  • Alex L.
    Alex LeonidasNovember 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    SPIRITS IN BLACK! Top notch drinks during SIB, possibly some of the best I've had in DC. Great soundtrack too.
  • Max F.heart icon on user image
    Max FrankelNovember 16, 2013
    If you'd like to have the greatest combo possible get blueberry pancakes, fish tacos and fried chicken
  • Josh N.heart icon on user image
    Josh NadasSeptember 21, 2014
    This is a really fun bar to have a beer in. Veggie Nachos are awesome.
  • Josh H.heart icon on user image
    Josh HigginsOctober 3, 2015
    Very hip bar with reasonable prices. Crowded, but a fun atmosphere.
  • Brent B.heart icon on user image
    Brent BovenziNovember 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Perfect for a good casual drink with a friend or two. Never too crazy.
  • Aaron J.
    Aaron JorbinDecember 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They have a great rye selection, including many from high west that are exceptionally priced.
  • Jordan-Marie S.
    Jordan-Marie SmithJune 15, 2015
    Perfect for game day but not distracting with its tv. Great bartenders
  • David V.heart icon on user image
    David VasquezMay 22, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Great place to go for a quick bite and beers before a 930 club show. BBQ pork ... get in my belly!
  • Jeremy D.
    Jeremy DavisMay 26, 2013
    You can't go wrong with the Swatchos. Pulled pork on top of nachos.
  • Anand T.
    Anand TrivediApril 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Things often heard while meeting new friends: "I like this place." Also, pickle backs.
  • Allison A.heart icon on user image
    Allison AbbottApril 11, 2016
    Great atmosphere, can't wait for more summer nights here
  • Nicole C.
    Nicole CairnsMay 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If your phone is dying, there are electrical outlets under many of the tables inside!
  • Ben R.heart icon on user image
    Ben RNovember 17, 2015
    Sit outside, get the swachos. Great bar.
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MacGMay 17, 2022
    Divey bar but everyone here is v friendly.
  • Jon P.
    Jon PMarch 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The food does go fast but it is very fresh. Try the brisket sandwich with an Old Fashioned just a good combination
  • Stephen
    StephenNovember 3, 2014
    Great find near Howard. Very hip bar.
  • Kheart icon on user image
    KFebruary 17, 2016
    Hip spot. Decent beer selection. Hipster.
  • Matt M.
    Matt MApril 25, 2013
    come drink out of a mason jar and spy Ben Olsson stealthily sitting by the bar.
  • Mac B.heart icon on user image
    Mac BellingrathJune 9, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The staff is helpful and laid-back
  • Will W.heart icon on user image
    Will WhiteFebruary 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Pork sandwich is where it's at. Comes with amazing slaw.
  • Behrad Eats
    Behrad EatsSeptember 7, 2011
    Order the swachos and the pork sandwich. Drink DC Brau, stay away from the Czechvar.
  • Nicole S.heart icon on user image
    Nicole StahleckerFebruary 6, 2016
    Veggie Chili is good, Moscow mule is pretty lame
  • Hadiheart icon on user image
    HadiMarch 24, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Cool outside seating.
  • Shannon Y.
    Shannon YazurloApril 4, 2012
    Right near the 9:30 Club this place is clutch for good brews.
  • Collin W.
    Collin WitteJuly 14, 2014
    Swachos. One order per person. Trust me.
  • Casey C.
    Casey CavanaghMay 6, 2014
    Good atmosphere, great brisket.
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EmgeJune 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Order your beer in the hipster hoppy ipa in the ball jar.
  • Dan C.
    Dan CurlApril 16, 2011
    Beware the hipster buttcrack; men's skinny jeans don't stand a chance against all the hip metal stools here!
  • Adam H.heart icon on user image
    Adam HallAugust 8, 2014
    Awesome pork BBQ and brisket!
  • Blake B.
    Blake BowyerSeptember 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Bengali Tiger is the IPA for you. Converting hop haters since the 2000s.
  • Jethro P.heart icon on user image
    Jethro PerezMay 18, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Swachos. Also this place is always 100 over capacity
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