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Capitol City Brewing Company

Capitol City Brewing Company

Brewery, Sports Bar, and American Restaurant$$$$
Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown, Washington
  • Has a stamp of approval from Michelin Travel & Lifestyle and Men's Health Mag
    • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    • Men's Health Mag
  • Debbie G.
    "Pub style & free pretzels are yummy!! Onion rings are tasty too!"(15 Tips)
    Andrew K.
    "red and prohibition Porter are the best brews."(6 Tips)
    Meg M.
    "Great beer, soft pretzels and half-price apps at happy hour."(9 Tips)
    "Try the award winning Amber Waves Ale."(3 Tips)
208 Tips and reviews
  • pretzels
  • beer
  • happy hour
  • pale rider
  • lively
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  • Keri
    KeriNovember 10, 2013
    Free pretzels with delicious dipping sauce! Score! Beer is actually really good. I got a flight and liked them all. Steak & eggs from brunch menu really hit the spot! Def will be back when in the area
  • Mikael W.
    Mikael WagnerApril 27, 2014
    This is a great place for a group of friends to chill, hang and have great times. Peachy peach martini is delish and a. Amber beer. Shared corned dogs, wings, tuna, nachos and quesadilla. 💖 service
  • MsTwixt M.
    MsTwixt MsTwixtMay 3, 2012
    The entrance is tough to find; just go 'round to H & 11th Streets NW and you'll be fine. Their house brewed root beer is FANTASTIC - one of the best we've ever sampled. You get free soft pretzels too!
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel Copeland-BlochJanuary 17, 2016
    Very lively restaurant with very good food. It was reasonably priced too! I really liked their nachos (spicy), as well as the smokehouse burger. Don't forget to try their house root beer!
  • Deb T.
    Deb TaylorOctober 13, 2014
    I know I'm tipping a fair bit here , bit we are doing some leisurely tapas thing. So, to the tip... Try the Southwest Keg Rolls. They will not disappoint. You could pair them with the Pale Rider.
  • Rachel Z.
    Rachel ZimmermanMarch 29, 2013
    Fried green beans are absolutely worth it. Bean burger was pretty so was the mushroom Swiss burger. Service was friendly despite the major crowds. Beer selection was limited but yummy and unique.
  • Yilen R.
    Yilen RodriguezFebruary 19, 2012
    AMAZING JUICY BURGERS!!!! THEIR FRENCH FRIES ARE ALSO AMAZING! Their cuban sandwich is surprisingly good as well, i'm cuban and i give it 4stars! out of 5! pretty darn good!
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    The District's oldest microbreweries serve up simple bar tastes in two restored historic buildings... be sure to try the warm, soft pretzels and giant sandwiches! -- Green Guide Editor
  • Richard R.
    Richard RevillaJanuary 2, 2016
    Many many beers to choose from. Wide screens abound and a great pub menu to go with it.
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RaineyMay 31, 2012
    We didn't get a server for about 10 minutes, but we got free pretzels. The nachos do not have enough toppings. However the turkey burger was great & their brews are… (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Adrienne G.
    Adrienne GonzalezSeptember 2, 2013
    When it comes to drinking in Washington, this isn't your best bet but when it's early afternoon and you're stuck in NW for a conference, this might be your only bet. Sit at the bar.
  • The Brew Noob
    The Brew NoobJanuary 17, 2012
    My favorite pairing is their dark beers with a simple order of beer pretzels and mustard (or cheese). Makes for an especially tasty happy hour snack!
  • Will D.
    Will DevineOctober 9, 2012
    Can't decide on one of their many fine beers? Order a highly affordable Sampler, with small glasses of their four core beers and one seasonal!
  • Bridget G.
    Bridget GriffinJune 25, 2014
    Happening place! Service was great along with the beer. And they give@you pretzels like some restaurants do bread. An added plus!
  • Debbie G.
    Debbie GrayJune 24, 2013
    Good atmosphere & great waitstaff! Kid friendly & food was good! Pub style & free pretzels are yummy!! Onion rings are tasty too!
  • Kendra W.
    Kendra WoodrickSeptember 14
    This place seems great if you do it right. Happy hour specials don't apply to patio seating (sad) but their crab cake sandwich was the size of a burger 🤗(happy)
  • Polo O.
    Polo OrnelasJanuary 18, 2014
    Jalapeño martini it's a bar secret; ask Benny ; porter it's the best on beers
  • Krista M.
    Krista MuscarellaMay 26, 2011
    Pretzels were unexpected and awesome, cranberry vodkas were strong, and kristy l (our waitress) was amazing with our group of 14! Highly recommend!!
  • Zlata Z.
    Zlata ZubenkoApril 16, 2016
    Portions are large and shareable. Ask for free pretzels (the horseradish dip that came with those was delish!)
  • Justin T.
    Justin ThorpDecember 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure to get the free pretzels when you sit down at the table. You can get cheese sauce and they'll bring it from the kitchen.
  • Gretchen
    GretchenApril 1, 2015
    Get the fish and chips! (And don't miss the mustard horseradish dipping sauce served with free pretzels)
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin CooleyJuly 2, 2013
    Great food, they do only serve their 4 beers, so no ciders and they ran out of 2 types of wine while I was there =[
  • CL B.
    CL BurkeMay 6, 2013
    Stumbled in because I was in the area and hungry. Enjoyed trying some local drinks in a pleasant environment. Pretzels were a fun surprise.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagNovember 8, 2011
    The owner says this brewery was the first to churn out booze after prohibition. And they have a drink to prove it: the Prohibition Porter. Order one up and toast that you weren't born in another era.
  • Shivani P.
    Shivani PatelOctober 11, 2013
    Really lovely and attentive staff, free pretzels and dip and awesome pale ale on draft. Wins all round!
  • Katarina K.
    Katarina KatsmaApril 11, 2015
    Fantastic! Their beer is amazing and reasonably priced. And you get pretzels with your beer, too!
  • Andrew K.
    Andrew KruleyAugust 13, 2014
    free soft pretzels are awesome and the wave red and prohibition Porter are the best brews.
  • Josh K.
    Josh KnepperMarch 16, 2013
    The Prohibition Porter was definitely a good choice! Happy hour appetizer prices can't be beat either!
  • Redwan H.
    Redwan HuqMay 17, 2013
    As a Texan, I'm shocked by how great their ribs were. Tender, fall-off-the-bone, wet-rubbed. And massive...
  • Dunja L.
    Dunja LazicMarch 30, 2014
    Their starters are huge and still so cheap. I'd recommend the nachos, big enough to feed two.
  • Kenneth G.
    Kenneth GillettDecember 21, 2010
    The free pretzels are awesome, atmosphere great, owner super duper, and you get to keep the shakers from the margaritas!! Highlight recommended!
  • Emily S.
    Emily Smith van BeekOctober 24, 2012
    The tuna steak sandwich is a must have! Skip the steamed veggies though and opt for fries
  • Ricky
    RickyMarch 26, 2011
    Cubano Sandwich is the way to go. Red kraut tastes like it was made with dirty tap water. Good micros. Grab the Cherry Blossom seasonal if its still available
  • Katie O.
    Katie O'ConnellSeptember 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Want free soft pretzels to go with your drinks or before your meal? Just ask and they will be delivered.
  • Jenn
    JennOctober 21, 2013
    The free pretzels were awesome! Loved porter chili & ahi tuna rocks :) Thanks for being so nice to a #Texan.
  • kristindownie
    kristindownieJune 22, 2014
    if it's on tap, the mesquite rye is campfire in a cup, and quite brilliant
  • Rob C.
    Rob CampbellMay 30, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The Mango Martini is so good. They also have a spicy version.
  • Teresa M.
    Teresa MarteMarch 21, 2015
    I love the pretzels they serve while you wait with the horseradish mustard sauce.
  • ZUMBACHiCK80 .
    ZUMBACHiCK80 💕August 25, 2013
    The quesadillas are SO good. So are the nachos. Thumbs up. Good atmosphere.
  • Melinda J.
    Melinda JacksonJuly 14, 2015
    Great beer selection. Full bar. Didn't try the food. 45 min wait on a Friday night. No room at the bar.
  • Jeffrey-Ryan B.
    Jeffrey-Ryan B.October 21, 2013
    A great place to grab a beer with lunch and have some pretzels too!
  • Nicole F.
    Nicole FarrisAugust 5, 2014
    If you think you want a steak from here..don't do it. From out of town and I thought it sounded good, but being the type of restaurant it is, I probably should've had a burger.
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MagrumApril 19, 2011
    Bartenders are extremely nice, especially Danny. Soft pretzels were surprisingly soft.. and yummy! The pizza was even better!
  • Angie H.
    Angie HarmonApril 3, 2016
    First basket of delicious pretzels is free. If you want more, they're only $1 each.
  • Bootopian
    BootopianSeptember 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Follow the advice on the menu, Pale Rider Ale & Fish and Chips is a good combo.
  • Ricky P.
    Ricky PottsOctober 8, 2011
    Want to try them all? Order a sampler platter. You can sample all their beers.
  • Kevin K.
    Kevin KissingerApril 26, 2015
    Nice selection of beers. Very noisy when crowded. Best for large groups, not couples. Can get very tourist-y.
  • Ryan U.
    Ryan UnderwoodJanuary 17, 2011
    TeamTRI likes the Cubano. Nachos use melted cheese not grated. Fish and chips are frozen not fresh. But, other bites and beverage delights are great!
  • Mike R.
    Mike ReidSeptember 5, 2012
    Nice chill spot...conveniently located to all things downtown. Sit at the bar.
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