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American Ice Company

American Ice Company

BBQ Joint, Bar, and New American Restaurant$$$$
U-Street, Washington
  • Tasting Table
    "pork-topped nachos--named swachos"(13 Tips)
    Andrew L.
    "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)
108 Tips and reviews
  • swachos
  • barbecue
  • beer
  • brisket
  • nachos
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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!
    Upvoted Jul 19
  • 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.
  • Rian
    RianAugust 18
    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.
  • 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!
  • Mimi N.
    Mimi Nguyen3 weeks ago
    Love the drinks here. Also when you need food, the swachos are an amazing deal and super delicious
  • 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!
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HuffSeptember 30, 2013
    The staff is awesome here! Great atmosphere and beer selection, as well as quality mixed drinks.
  • 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.
  • Max F.
    Max FrankelNovember 16, 2013
    If you'd like to have the greatest combo possible get blueberry pancakes, fish tacos and fried chicken
  • Brittany
    BrittanyMay 22
    Fun bar with a hip atmosphere. Just don't watch them making the queso behind the bar...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HigginsOctober 3, 2015
    Very hip bar with reasonable prices. Crowded, but a fun atmosphere.
  • Brent B.
    Brent BovenziNovember 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Perfect for a good casual drink with a friend or two. Never too crazy.
  • 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!
  • Eric B.
    Eric BreeseJuly 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Good beer selection. Awesome environment. Food is great on paper, merely fine in practice.
  • Will W.
    Will WhiteFebruary 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Pork sandwich is where it's at. Comes with amazing slaw.
  • 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.
  • Nadia B.
    Nadia Barbosa1 week ago
    The baked beans are good but the chicken and pork we're extremely dry. The service was intestines slow as well.
  • Ashley C.
    Ashley ConwayJuly 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great PBR - though I think there is only one waitress for the entire bar.
  • Pete
    PeteJune 21, 2011
    Brisket platter is nice - staff is friendly - recommended
  • Ben R.
    Ben RNovember 17, 2015
    Sit outside, get the swachos. Great bar.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Shannon Y.
    Shannon YazurloApril 4, 2012
    Right near the 9:30 Club this place is clutch for good brews.
  • Ashley L.
    Ashley LempkaMay 23, 2011
    this is a really good if you're in DC and automatically want to be transported to Brooklyn.
  • Jordan-Marie S.
    Jordan-Marie SmithJune 15, 2015
    Perfect for game day but not distracting with its tv. Great bartenders
  • DC Dining Adventures
    DC Dining AdventuresSeptember 7, 2011
    Order the swachos and the pork sandwich. Drink DC Brau, stay away from the Czechvar.
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LynchOctober 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    2 words. Pickle Backs. Do it.
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole StahleckerFebruary 6, 2016
    Veggie Chili is good, Moscow mule is pretty lame
  • Blake B.
    Blake BowyerSeptember 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Bengali Tiger is the IPA for you. Converting hop haters since the 2000s.
  • Johanna M.
    Johanna MurphyAugust 22, 2011
    Favorite place to go before a show at 9:30 club.
  • K
    KFebruary 17, 2016
    Hip spot. Decent beer selection. Hipster.
  • victor K.
    victor KPApril 15, 2012
    Cool setting in a great location
  • Allison A.
    Allison AbbottApril 11, 2016
    Great atmosphere, can't wait for more summer nights here
  • T S.
    T ShadeJune 18, 2011
    Brisket and Racer 5. Thank god for friends nabbing a table early!
  • Collin W.
    Collin WitteJuly 14, 2014
    Swachos. One order per person. Trust me.
  • Adam H.
    Adam HallAugust 8, 2014
    Awesome pork BBQ and brisket!
  • Mac B.
    Mac BellingrathJune 9, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The staff is helpful and laid-back
  • Carl G.
    Carl GieringerJuly 21, 2011
    The name American Ice Company will forever be synonymous with pickle-back shots. Thank you. Read more
  • Casey C.
    Casey CavanaghMay 6, 2014
    Good atmosphere, great brisket.
  • Allie B.
    Allie BosworthSeptember 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you want a hef, get the DC brau!
  • Kitty S.
    Kitty SmileOctober 13, 2011
    Great selection of beers on tap.
  • Scott
    ScottMay 24, 2011
    Most legit hipster place around U St. Good beers.
  • Matt J.
    Matt JuddAugust 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place, must go.
  • George N.
    George NeurauterJuly 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Um holy crap has the BBQ here stepped up a BIG notch.
  • Ashlee
    AshleeApril 29, 2013
    Tip the waitresses well <3
  • Stephen
    StephenNovember 3, 2014
    Great find near Howard. Very hip bar.
  • Alex O.
    Alex OrrMarch 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    BBQ sandwiches here are really good.
  • Kyle K.
    Kyle KeeslingApril 11, 2013
    Great place for a beer and BBQ
  • Jethro P.
    Jethro PerezMay 18, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Swachos. Also this place is always 100 over capacity
  • Hadi
    HadiMarch 24
    Cool outside seating.
  • Christopher C.
    Christopher ChenMarch 29, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Mezcal Of Chtulu
  • Mike R.
    Mike RoxasNovember 23, 2011
    Come for the brisket! It's friggin delicious!
  • Joseph C.
    Joseph ColucciDecember 30, 2012
    Swachos. Yummy
  • W Seth M.
    Could be best bar in DC.
  • Brian T.
    Brian TorpeyJanuary 20, 2013
    I asked for a beer and they gave me one. Typical bar.
  • Vanda S.
    Vanda SarFebruary 24, 2014
    My new hot spot!
  • Meagan P.
    Meagan P.October 28, 2011
    This place needs some fries!!! Veggie chili hit the spot though.
  • Lizzie R.
    Lizzie RubenfieldSeptember 14, 2014
    Love the atmosphere.
  • Matt Z.
    Matt ZambelliJuly 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Has a great beer garden
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PlacenciaOctober 10, 2015
    Cool people.
  • Lenzy B.
    Lenzy BettersDecember 19, 2010
    Kudos gentleman. It's all about the Racer 5 IPA.
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah WareMay 14, 2012
    Butternuts heinnieweissen - delicious
  • Scott C.
    Scott CuvielloDecember 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the IPA, so good.
  • Brian K.
    Brian KnottsSeptember 18, 2011
    Hipster central; south of Williamsburg
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicFebruary 22, 2015
    Decent BBQ but avoid the cornbread.
  • Mike K.
    Mike KauffmanJanuary 6, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a pickleback shot
  • Jro D.
    Jro DcFebruary 23, 2013
    Tecate tecate tecate
  • Jackie S.
    Jackie SJuly 28, 2011
    The Swatchos are delish!
  • Ronnie E.
    Ronnie ErvinFebruary 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Kim is awesome!
  • Danielle W.
    Danielle WhiteApril 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Drink beer. Eat swachos.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SegerSeptember 23, 2011
    Gotta rock a hum & PBR
  • Chris S.
    Chris SweetSeptember 14, 2015
    Get the swachos
  • jim D.
    jim DowningDecember 14, 2010
    Great BBQ and cold Beer !
  • Amy C.
    Swachos and beer.
  • Katherine K.
  • Morgan H.
    Morgan H.January 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Go early. They always run out of food :-(
  • Cody
    CodyJuly 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Quick! Pee before the line gets long.
  • Lakiesha Elizabeth. A.
    Pulled pork..... Oh yea baby
  • Janet M.
    Janet McIntoshAugust 9, 2012
    Dale's pale ale in the can
  • Guy S.
    Guy SmileyFebruary 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    What just happened?
  • Erin D.
    Erin DybwadMay 16, 2011
    Awesome BBQ! Read more
  • corbett3000
    corbett3000December 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Racer 5 is tasty!
  • Evan C.
    Evan CarlsonMarch 8, 2012
    "It's a hipster-caust in here"
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WisemanApril 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the ice.
  • Victor R.
    Victor RomanoDecember 5, 2015
    É um dos bares mais legais de washington! peça o swachos! vem com carne de porco desfiado por cima!!!
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