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American Ice Company

American Ice Company

Bar and New American Restaurant$$$$
U-Street, Washington
  • Tasting Table
    "pork-topped nachos--named swachos"(11 Tips)
    Mike K.
    "Get a pickleback shot"(4 Tips)
    T S.
    "Brisket and Racer 5. Thank god for friends nabbing a table early!"(8 Tips)
    Kitty S.
    "Great selection of beers on tap."(6 Tips)
103 Tips and reviews
  • swachos
  • barbecue
  • beer
  • brisket
  • hipster
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  • Andrew D.
    Andrew DollDecember 3, 2014
    Been here 10+ 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!
  • 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.
  • Sam S.
    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.
  • 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?
  • David W.
    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.
  • Ashley H.
    Ashley HoweJuly 3, 2015
    Happy hour mon-fri 5-7pm. When it rains you can get $3 drinks. Check the menu for their specials
  • 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!
  • 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
  • John B.
    John BakerSeptember 17, 2016
    Get the swachos! They are nachos with the most delicious house smoked pork on top. Delicious!
  • 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.
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HuffSeptember 30, 2013
    The staff is awesome here! Great atmosphere and beer selection, as well as quality mixed drinks.
  • Max F.
    Max FrankelNovember 16, 2013
    If you'd like to have the greatest combo possible get blueberry pancakes, fish tacos and fried chicken
  • 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.
  • Josh N.
    Josh NadasSeptember 21, 2014
    This is a really fun bar to have a beer in. Veggie Nachos are awesome.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • David V.
    David VasquezMay 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place to go for a quick bite and beers before a 930 club show. BBQ pork ... get in my belly!
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HigginsOctober 3, 2015
    Very hip bar with reasonable prices. Crowded, but a fun atmosphere.
  • 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!
  • Will W.
    Will WhiteFebruary 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Pork sandwich is where it's at. Comes with amazing slaw.
  • Brent B.
    Brent BovenziNovember 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Perfect for a good casual drink with a friend or two. Never too crazy.
  • Eric B.
    Eric BreeseJuly 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Good beer selection. Awesome environment. Food is great on paper, merely fine in practice.
  • 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.
  • Matt M.
    Matt MApril 25, 2013
    come drink out of a mason jar and spy Ben Olsson stealthily sitting by the bar.
  • Ashley C.
    Ashley ConwayJuly 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great PBR - though I think there is only one waitress for the entire bar.
  • Carolyn F.
    Carolyn FoxJune 13, 2011
    Beef Brisket is delish, but food runs out fast. Get there early. Read more
  • Pete
    PeteJune 21, 2011
    Brisket platter is nice - staff is friendly - recommended
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew StreibAugust 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're out at a table, be prepared to share it! No one likes it when 2 people take a 6-person table for themselves on a busy night.
  • Ben R.
    Ben RNovember 17, 2015
    Sit outside, get the swachos. Great bar.
  • 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!
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EmgeJune 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Order your beer in the hipster hoppy ipa in the ball jar.
  • Ashley L.
    Ashley LempkaMay 23, 2011
    this is a really good if you're in DC and automatically want to be transported to Brooklyn.
  • Shannon Y.
    Shannon YazurloApril 4, 2012
    Right near the 9:30 Club this place is clutch for good brews.
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LynchOctober 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    2 words. Pickle Backs. Do it.
  • Blake B.
    Blake BowyerSeptember 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Bengali Tiger is the IPA for you. Converting hop haters since the 2000s.
  • Jordan-Marie S.
    Jordan-Marie SmithJune 15, 2015
    Perfect for game day but not distracting with its tv. Great bartenders
  • Johanna M.
    Johanna MurphyAugust 22, 2011
    Favorite place to go before a show at 9:30 club.
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole StahleckerFebruary 6, 2016
    Veggie Chili is good, Moscow mule is pretty lame
  • victor K.
    victor KPApril 15, 2012
    Cool setting in a great location
  • DC Dining Adventures
    DC Dining AdventuresSeptember 7, 2011
    Order the swachos and the pork sandwich. Drink DC Brau, stay away from the Czechvar.
  • T S.
    T ShadeJune 18, 2011
    Brisket and Racer 5. Thank god for friends nabbing a table early!
  • K
    KFebruary 17, 2016
    Hip spot. Decent beer selection. Hipster.
  • Allison A.
    Allison AbbottApril 11, 2016
    Great atmosphere, can't wait for more summer nights here
  • Carl G.
    Carl GieringerJuly 21, 2011
    The name American Ice Company will forever be synonymous with pickle-back shots. Thank you. Read more
  • Collin W.
    Collin WitteJuly 14, 2014
    Swachos. One order per person. Trust me.
  • Adam H.
    Adam HallAugust 8, 2014
    Awesome pork BBQ and brisket!
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