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Bar Pilar

Bar Pilar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, and New American Restaurant$$$$
U-Street, Washington
92 Tips and reviews
  • cocktails
  • hemingway
  • malt aioli
  • buttermilk chicken
  • tequila sunset
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  • Heba-I-am
    Heba-I-amJuly 21
    The Hemingway daiquiri was very refreshing but not as boozy as I'd wished it would be. Very meh service.
  • Ebrahim B.
    The paté , the pork shank , the lamb belly !!! Soo good
  • Den
    DenJuly 3
    Great bar! Hemingway everything!
  • Sandy Y.
    Sandy YinMarch 24
    Dinner > brunch at Bar Pilar.
  • Jasmine W.
    Jasmine WoodMarch 19
    Mason jar drinks during brunch are the best!
  • Julia L.
    Julia Lord NickleJuly 10, 2016
    Not a bad spot for drinks, but man is the service terrible.
  • Jeremy E.
    Jeremy EdgeJuly 8, 2016
    Happy hour is unique. Sliders are unreal.
  • Leandro L.
    Leandro LageraMay 29, 2016
    The locals know best and they flock here. Would have a beer and a smoke outside here anytime
  • Ab
    AbMarch 28, 2016
    Menu changes, but the buttermilk fried chicken and the hangover cure were amazeballs
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenMarch 22, 2016
    Try the buttermilk fried chicken skins — with spicy maple sriracha dip!
  • K
    KFebruary 24, 2016
    Decent local craft beer selection. Craft cocktails are strong!
  • Kasia K.
    Kasia KFebruary 7, 2016
    loved the Bloody Mary here
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MarieAugust 30, 2015
    Yummy cocktails, but the food was just ok. Tiny portions and expensive for what it was
  • the aj *.
    the aj *July 12, 2015
    Thelema Shiraz blend is great…very flavorful. Lamb belly bolognese is tender & delicious!
  • Ricardo R.
    Ricardo RodriguezJuly 11, 2015
  • Ana Marie 💃
    Ana Marie 💃May 4, 2015
    Love this place. Chicken liver sriracha pate, Brussels, shaking beef salad and charred octopus were all on point.
  • Harreld
    HarreldApril 17, 2015
    Excellent choice of bottles and an exceptional bar staff.
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HughesMarch 31, 2015
    Gets a bit too crowded for me at night, but the cocktails are pretty dang good
  • Nadia C.
    Nadia ChilmonikMarch 5, 2015
    Octopus was top notch. Also try the winter cocktail it was amazing. Not too sweet and no weird medicine flavor to their cherry flavour
  • Adam R.
    Adam RenzJanuary 10, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the most enjoyable spots to start or end a night while on 14th. Reasonable prices and a really laid back and beautiful clientele.
  • Derek J.
    Derek JonesOctober 9, 2014
    The best subtly nautical-themed dive on 14th Street.
  • Christopher K.
    Christopher KopenecSeptember 6, 2014
    Best music in this place. Skip the Smirnoff ice drink. The rest is great!
  • Jenipher C.
    Hemingway cocktail, order it!
  • Trish T.
    Trish TheDishAugust 9, 2014
    Yummy Moscow mule slushie!!!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 5, 2014
    Billy Klein, chef of Joe's Seafood, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Lard fried buttermilk chicken w/ pickles. Read more
  • Chloe N.
    Chloe NegronAugust 3, 2014
    Ask to be seated in Alex's area. Order everything she recommends.
  • Robb F.
    Robb FitzsimmonsJuly 26, 2014
    Washingtonian recommends the pizzas, mac and cheese, and half-smoke.
  • Shannon E.
    Shannon E.July 7, 2014
    OMG the Elvis. Foodgasm!
  • Dana B.
    Dana BeeJune 20, 2014
    Get the happy hour fancy Mac 'n Cheese. You won't regret it. Ours was shrimp, tomatoes and spices, but it varies. So delicious.
  • Prashant P.
    Prashant PatelFebruary 24, 2014
    Slow and Low Whiskey...ON TAP!!! Delicious whiskey with a perfect sweetness due to being fermented with orange peel and honey. Makes for a wonderful Old Fashioned.
  • Mike M.
    Mike MorenoFebruary 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Liquid brunch for 20 bucks!
  • Emery M.
    Emery MathiesonFebruary 8, 2014
    Phenomenal food! Check out the apple pie with bacon butterscotch! Perfect way to end a delicious meal.
  • Colleen N.
    Colleen NJanuary 13, 2014
    From Washingtonian: Bloody Mary, bull's eye toast, pancakes, biscuits, skillet potatoes
  • Dean B.
    Dean BrowellSeptember 21, 2013
    Great and inventive small plates with some of Hemmingway's favorite cocktails
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SteinerAugust 20, 2013
    Taco Tuesday was very good. Build your own tacos. The homemade verde salsa was very tasty.
  • Khaalis C.
    Khaalis CarpenterAugust 17, 2013
    Try the Tequila Sunset Slushie. Served in a 350ml Patron bottle and only at the upstairs cocktail lounge.
  • Oreo V.
    Oreo VilarinoAugust 16, 2013
    Deviled eggs are not worth it. Disappointed.
  • tammy r.
    tammy r.July 28, 2013
    The roasted pork shoulder on garlic trencher is so very very yum.
  • Hamed N.
    Hamed Negron-PerezJune 15, 2013
    Maestro Collins and the Tequila Sunset are a must have.
  • Adam N.
    Adam NekolaJune 7, 2013
    The 'Patron Tequila Sunset' is on my summer to-do list Read more
  • Evan S.
    Evan SamekMay 12, 2013
    Absolutely astounding food. Mushrooms, potatoes and beets are very complex and thought provoking. Can't believe it took over a year to eat here. Drinks awesome too.
  • Washington Post
    Washington PostMarch 13, 2013
    Go for the lard-fried buttermilk chicken. It's soaked overnight in a brine with rosemary, parsley, bay leaf, lemons and apples before it's coated with seasoned flour and a dip in pork fat. Read more
  • Patrick F.
    Patrick FrankMarch 12, 2013
    Lard-fried buttermilk chicken is on the Post's #40Eats list for 2013.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 23, 2013
    The small plates menu changes often, but includes favorites likea chicken liver pate and a stinging nettle quiche. To drink, try the Ruffled Shirt or the boozy Cuba Libre float. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Tim S.
    Tim SheaDecember 6, 2012
    The scallops here are excellent.
  • cameron
    cameronOctober 5, 2012
    Fun fact: named after Ernest Hemingway's boat.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableAugust 2, 2012
    Stop by here during the wee hours, as Bar Pilar is now serving until 1 a.m. The late-night menu includes slow-roasted pork shoulder, lard-fried buttermilk chicken, and potatoes with malt aioli: Read more
  • Kimberly A.
    Kimberly A.July 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I highly recommend the Bees in the Beer if you are a fan of IPA (American Turkey Wild Honey, Flying Dog IPA, Garnished with honeycomb)
  • Joshua S.
    Joshua SorkinJuly 15, 2012
    Drinks here are good wait staff knowledgable... Try anything Hemingway would!
  • Aaron B.
    Aaron BensonJuly 4, 2012
    Only drink downstairs. Upstairs drinks are made poorly.
  • Steve F.
    Steve FoxJune 5, 2012
    Beware of the staircase.
  • Reed P.
    Reed ParkerMay 25, 2012
    So far, underwhelmed. Bartenders, not good. 10 Minutes at table and no waiter yet.......
  • The New York N.
    Ask the bartender, Barnaby, for "Break a Greg" if you are looking for an awesome and spicy cocktail
  • Lizz H.
    Lizz HiltonApril 28, 2012
    The fiddleheads are amazing
  • Wayne
    WayneMarch 31, 2012
    Order the Ruffled Shirt cocktail. Its delicious.
  • Washingtonian Magazine
    Washingtonian MagazineJanuary 9, 2012
    This is the neighborhood bar of our dreams, with marvelous cocktails, a lived-in patina, genial bartenders, and Justin Bittner’s ever-changing seasonal small plates.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchDecember 24, 2011
    Bitches Say B! Pancakes are great, Hangover Cure cures hangovers. Skip the biscuits. Expect grease.
  • Glory
    GloryNovember 29, 2011
    Get the Jamon Serrano Eggs Benedict with home fries. Best brunch ever.
  • Arianne C.
    Arianne CallenderNovember 19, 2011
    Fuzzy Fedora is where it's at!
  • Washingtonian Magazine
    Washingtonian MagazineOctober 21, 2011
    Recent standouts on the menu have been roasted mushrooms w/ braised leeks; crispy potatoes w/ malt aïoli; honey-glazed carrots w/ shallots and thyme; strawberry-rhubarb crumb pie w/ vanilla ice cream
  • Adam S.
    Adam SegerSeptember 23, 2011
    The 'Caribbean Mule' at Bar Pilar-Old School Copper Mug, Fentiman's, hum
  • David W.
    David WilderAugust 17, 2011
    Most plates are appetizer size but priced as entrées. Order accordingly.
  • M Squared Real Estate
    M Squared Real EstateAugust 13, 2011
    Some of the best small plates in the Logan Circle / U Street area. No trip is complete without an order of the homemade meatballs.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28, 2011
    Bar Pilar is one part restaurant — with a seasonal menu that veers from classic fried chicken to the more intriguing pan-fried calves brains — and one part watering hole. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Tammy G.
    Tammy GordonJuly 21, 2011
    Summer Tuesdays, get the crab cracking dinner with locally sourced sides & a cold DC Brau ale!
  • Ian G.
    Ian GrahamJune 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't try to order anything more than a G&T, the bartenders don't care after dinner's over.
  • John K.
    John KilvingtonJune 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The menu changes regularly but there are always a lot of vegetarian options. You should always get the roasted potatoes with the malt aoli. Read more
  • Chris J.
    Chris JonesMay 29, 2011
    The hangover cure is like heaven in a bowl! Take with two Advil and you'll be ready to go!!!
  • Matt N.
    Matt NowakFebruary 19, 2011
    Pea shoots and mussels rock
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WisemanFebruary 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get jostled because it's often crowded
    CityTop20.comJanuary 17, 2011
    This is a very good bar. Crowded as all hell on weekends. Hard to even GET to the bathroom. But go anyways.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DussertDecember 19, 2010
    Avoid the wines unless you know them. Bartender was no help!
  • David B.
    David BarreDecember 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Yummy Bloody Marys
  • Tony B.
    Tony BowlesDecember 7, 2010
    Best local bar around. Great drinks & food!
  • Van
    VanNovember 18, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The pancake sandwich is a brunch fave.
  • AskMen
    AskMenOctober 29, 2010
    From 5 - 7 pm on weekdays, you can partake of this feast of organ meat for only $4 per plate. Read more
  • Rory
    RoryOctober 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The New Holland Full Circle is great!
  • Aaron T.
    Aaron ThornburghAugust 20, 2010
    Definitely get the beat salad. The steak is amazing.
  • Judd B.
    Judd BelstockJuly 29, 2010
    They have Batch 19! Hatd to find this great beer.
  • barbara s.
    barbara settelJune 26, 2010
    Fabulous chicken salad on home made bread.
  • Gabriela S.
    Gabriela SchneiderJune 13, 2010
    If it's on the dessert menu, get the strawberry shortcake. Delicious & w/an unexpected hint of basil. Nom
  • Joy A.
    Joy AMay 5, 2010
    Try the Italian ginger- most excellent!
  • Sam M.
    Sam MartinezMarch 30, 2010
    Literally get a Spicy Margarita with slices of Jalapeno Peper in it!
  • Jacob W.
    Jacob WolmanFebruary 27, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Have brunch at the bar. Steak and eggs and English Premier League.
  • Sean M.
    Sean Marc ClaudeFebruary 2, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Bee's knees. Love it. Also the steak
  • Maxie
    MaxieDecember 20, 2009
    Go to Bar Pilar and get the bacon bloody mary.
  • Erik M.
    Erik MoeSeptember 13, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the sweet corn soup (seasonal)
  • Erik M.
    Erik MoeJuly 23, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Have a Dark and Stormy and try a couple of the seasonal vegetable plates.
  • Toby R.
    Toby RussellJuly 18, 2009
    bar pilar
  • Drew B.
    Drew BennettJuly 16, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    drank gin rickeys
  • Erik M.
    Erik MoeJune 13, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    amazing small plates and cocktails
  • Austin B.
    Austin BonnerMarch 13, 2009
    Go to Bar Pilar and order the cheese plate and a magic hat.
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