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Red Derby

Red Derby

Dive Bar$$$$
Petworth, Washington
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  • Lindsay
    "The rooftop is a must, but don't get too attached, it closes early!"(15 Tips)
    Andrew W.
    "Good bar food too."(14 Tips)
    Ben R.
    "Good cheap beer and a roof deck, what's not to like?"(4 Tips)
    WayneMan C.
    "Board games, great specials, and a fantastic staff!"(5 Tips)
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  • Tess D.
    Tess DixonApril 14
    Frozen paloma, frozen horchata. Alternate. Rinse. Repeat.
  • Matt S.
    Matt SilvermanFebruary 2
    Very inexpensive for brunch drinks, but the food was not very good. Would not recommend.
  • Allison A.
    Allison AbbottJune 27, 2016
    Everything brunch should be: super affordable, nothing fancy, just delicious, rooftop, and tots w every dish. Extra points for having drink specials beyond just mimosas. My new favorite brunch in DC!
  • Ben R.
    Ben RMay 11, 2016
    Good cheap beer and a roof deck, what's not to like? Cans only, cash only.
  • ✅ Kit O.
    ✅ Kit OliynykMarch 4, 2016
    Burgers, beer and chess.
  • Phil W.
    Phil WatsonJanuary 10, 2016
    Basically everything a dive bar should be--cash only, canned beer, and lively. The bartenders are great too (looking at you, Jason)
  • Sydney R.
    Sydney RamgolamJanuary 6, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    A great neighborhood bar. They've done a great job building up their facilities and a really talented staff
  • Shashank S.
    Shashank SaurabhDecember 29, 2015
    White Russians!
  • Andre F.
    Andre FranciscoOctober 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Cheap beer
  • Victoria N.
    Victoria NathalyJuly 25, 2015
    Awesome beer selection
  • Sam S.
    Sam SherwoodJuly 18, 2015
    Gotta love a strong Manhattan served in a plastic glass like you'd get at an old school pizza parlor. The Old Pro from Union brewery in Baltimore is terrific if you're down with a sour/salty beer.
  • Kass
    KassJune 27, 2015
    Brunch is no- frills, solid food, cheap and boozy.
  • Prerna L.
    Prerna LalMarch 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Cash only!
  • Katarina K.
    Katarina KatsmaMarch 15, 2015
    Be warned, brunch closes at 330. If you're one of those "awake by noon, out of bed by 2" kind of people, you won't make food on time. Otherwise their Bloody Mary's are fantastic.
  • Matt K.
    Matt KirklandMarch 8, 2015
    Richmond bands play sometimes. Always a plus.
  • Kevin A.
    Kevin ArtsJanuary 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite dive bars in DC. Beer. Fried mac and cheese. Grilled cheese and sweet potato fries.
  • Carlos S.
    Carlos SabatinoNovember 7, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Bartenders have the best taste in music. Most fantastic neighborhood bar
  • Moritz
    MoritzOctober 17, 2014
    Neighborhood bar. Cash only. Relaxed on weekdays, packed on weekends. Good beer selection. Bartenders are very friendly. Check out the rooftop section.
  • Leonard M.
    Leonard MühringAugust 20, 2014
    $2 beer... A rooftop and cool music
  • Quentin
    QuentinAugust 19, 2014
    Fish dog an shrimp po' boy $5.00 on Sunday!
  • Jason C.
    Jason CAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Beer and shot combos are inventive and cheap. Try them all.
  • Ben
    BenAugust 8, 2014
    All cans, all the time. Decent service with pretty good prices.
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WisemanAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Cool cheap spot. Cash only, nice food deck. Good bar food too.
  • John O.
    John OveringtonAugust 7, 2014
    Dealers choice Shot&Beer combos are the move.
  • Neil S.
    Neil SAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Used to be hardcore hipster, now a little less so. The rooftop is sweet. But watchout -- it's cash only.
  • Caitlin W.
    Caitlin WesleyAugust 4, 2014
    By far the coolest staff around. I was unable to pay my tab one night, and when I came into settle it up, the manger bought me a beer. Very cool place.
  • Moris G.
    Moris GhettodcJuly 5, 2014
    Great place! Everytime i go, i get the dos hombres. Witch is a beer and a shot of tequila !!!
  • Ky E.
    Ky E.June 21, 2014
    Lots of cheap drinks. A ton of great craft beers. Great rooftop. Need to pay with cash! They have an ATM though.
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WisemanApril 18, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the 🍻🍹🍺🍶🍔🍤👍😎🇺🇸
  • Jenipher C.
    Great for brunch, but CASH ONLY. Rooftop is where it's at!
  • Jackie
    JackieFebruary 19, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Cash only. The ATM costs $2. Tater tots are only served with brunch. Bloody Marys are now $3. Jason and Nick are the best bartenders. The chicken tacos are the best, and are half off on Tuesdays.
  • Ryan N.
    Ryan NaughtonOctober 12, 2013
    Super cool bartenders.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsOctober 1, 2013
    All of the necessary provisions for a debaucherous evening out: a dimly lit, red-tinted bar, a spacious roof deck, and a back room for games.
  • Lucy R.
    Lucy ReedyJuly 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Big Buck Hunter is here, in the back room with the chalkboard wall. Don't shoot the Nannies!
  • David H.
    David HaskinsJune 8, 2013
    $1 natty bogs till 8
  • Demi W.
    Demi W.May 27, 2013
    Love the. Rooftop!
  • Michael S.
    Michael SmithMay 17, 2013
    Awesome spot. $3 tall boy Schlitz at happy hour. Cash and cans only though.
  • Adam M.
    Adam MerriamMay 16, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Whiskey Sour Wednesdays. You heard it here first.
  • Nicholas B.
    Nicholas BehrMay 13, 2013
    Half priced burgers on Mondays! Get the Derby toppings on the veggie burger!
  • Julie M.
    Julie MeloniApril 23, 2013
    Big fan of half-price burger Mondays.
  • Clarissa G.
    Clarissa GennarelliApril 2, 2013
    Nick is the beat bartender ever, and Anne Marie is the nicest. Hit this spot for some of the best weekday drink deals, including $4 Tom Collins's and Tequila Sunrises on Tuesdays.
  • Greg W.
    Greg WoodsMarch 10, 2013
    Great can beer
  • Brian H.
    Brian HoFebruary 26, 2013
    Hipsters paradise; $2 PBR, dim lights and board games
  • Jason B.
    Jason BlytheFebruary 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Bring cash but other than that they have the best prices and a great home town feel. I love this place.
  • Kevin Z.
    Kevin Z.February 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Cheap beer, no attitudes, roof deck. There's no better place in Columbia Heights
  • Keely K.
    Keely KnoppFebruary 10, 2013
    They only take cash, so be sure to pool your change
  • Alex L.
    Alex LeeOctober 1, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Ask for the combo.
  • Alice L.
    Alice LiSeptember 9, 2012
    Pretty much everything comes with tater tots. What could be better?
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WisemanJune 30, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    do the woo woo shot!!!!
  • Alan L.
    Alan LightfeldtJune 10, 2012
    Super cheap sunday brunch menu - including the $2 bloody marys. You can get stuffed and wasted for less than $15 here.
  • Commander S.
    Commander ShepardMay 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I'm Commander Shepard, fuck you
  • Timothy M.
    Timothy MountcastleApril 28, 2012
    Great low key bar.
  • Tara s.
    Tara swaggerApril 27, 2012
    Half price burger $1 beers on a beautiful rooftop deck! Love the Derby
  • DerekGM
    DerekGMApril 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask Dre about the game room
  • Judah A.
    Judah AMarch 17, 2012
    One (two?) words: Woo-woos!
  • Vashti J.
    Vashti JMarch 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great brunch. Great staff. Great prices. Love this neighborhood spot
  • Frank
    FrankJanuary 16, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Ask for a little pickle juice in your $2 Bloody Mary at brunch
  • Jen
    JenDecember 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The mayor is stupid
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WisemanDecember 17, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the pad Thai
  • Sean W.
    Sean WielandDecember 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Weekend brunch is awesome and inexpensive!
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WeinsteinDecember 5, 2011
    Order a special and play board games.
  • Laura C.
    Laura CovingtonNovember 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The best place to grab an outdoor drink in dc. +good beer and grilled cheese.
  • Viks
    ViksSeptember 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    A must visit if you're in the Columbia Heights area. The rooftop adds to the charm of this dive. It captures the essence of the neighborhood. Don't miss the weekend brunch.
  • Holly S.
    Holly SmithSeptember 12, 2011
    the best day to go is Monday. They have the most specials then... nut its cash only so be prepared
  • Laura C.
    Laura CovingtonAugust 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best bar in dc. Roof top is even better. Grilled cheese wins.
  • Courtney D.
    Courtney DAugust 7, 2011
    Go for brunch - $2 drinks, delicious food, and make your own mimosas
  • Lindsay
    LindsayJuly 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The rooftop is a must, but don't get too attached, it closes early!
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 13, 2011
    Beer is only served in cans at this dive, but they've got a good selection. Go for a Dale's Pale Ale or an Old Chub.
  • Jason C.
    Jason CMay 28, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    There is a Derby Bakery now. Breads, cookies, lemon chiffon cake, and granola.
  • Frank
    FrankMay 7, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't use the right-hand bathroom on the roof
  • Jon G.
    Jon GosierMay 1, 2011
    Bottomless coffee and $2 Bloody Marys and Mimosas for the win!
  • red d.
    red derbyApril 27, 2011
    Reminder for our Kentucky Derby party starting 11AM Sat May 7th running all day..Don't forget your big hats! $5 Mint Juleps all day..
  • Elise C.
    Elise CareyApril 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Order a side of chutney with your burger- they're half price on Mondays.
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WinnMarch 28, 2011
    Awesome hip DC spot. Great stop on Sunday nights for crazy 80s videos.
  • Victor Z.
    Victor ZMarch 3, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    White Russian Wednesdays. You heard it here first.
  • WayneMan C.
    WayneMan ComedyNovember 9, 2010
    This is exactly what a neighborhood bar should offer. Board games, great specials, and a fantastic staff! Try the beer & shot for only $5.00.
  • Brightest Young Things
    Brightest Young ThingsOctober 27, 2010
    Schlitz and a shot and sweet potato fries. Go on Tuesdays for half-priced tacos or at 2am for espresso shots on Saturday because why wouldn't you?
  • Dan M.
    Dan MillerOctober 25, 2010
    Great view from the roof deck!
  • Ardvaark
    ArdvaarkOctober 24, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Pork Slap is always a good choice.
  • WayneMan C.
    WayneMan ComedyOctober 24, 2010
    Best brunch in the neighborhood, 1/2 price burgers, and lots of board games. Staff makes you feel right at home!
  • Chris B.
    Chris BurleyOctober 3, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    The brunch is awesome, but get there before noon because it gets packed.
  • Lauren J.
    Lauren JSeptember 29, 2010
    Get a derby burger on Mondays & make sure to have tots with your brunch.
  • Ardvaark
    ArdvaarkSeptember 22, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Order the special on Whisky Sour Wednesday.
  • Chris V.
    Chris VanDeusenMay 17, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Go to the Derby & order a Combo at the bar.
  • J B.
    J BeeMay 11, 2010
    Cheap beer and good eats.
  • Jason C.
    Jason CMarch 3, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Chicken burrito on Wednesday burrito night.
  • Mary Margaret M.
    Mary Margaret McLeroyJanuary 16, 2010
    Hipster paradise
  • Jason C.
    Jason CDecember 22, 2009
    Been here 100+ times
    Love the brunch. I always get Bloody Mary's over the Mimosa's, but it don't matter since they are all $3. Grab a morning burger with tots or the if you aren't that hungry, the breakfast burrito.
  • Daimon
    DaimonDecember 12, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    Monday 1/2 burger night is a great deal to start the week.
  • Brad W.
    Brad WeikelAugust 10, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    eat tacos. three new varieties
  • Zoe F.
    Zoe FriedJuly 25, 2009
    Awesome brunch and great beer
  • Joan S.
    Joan StewartMarch 26, 2009
    Go to Red Derby with your best iPod playlist. Order a Dale's Pale Ale.
  • David K.
    David KnightMarch 20, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    Get the $2 Bloody Mary for brunch. Follow it with a round of Woo Woo shots for the table.
  • James L.
    James LoseyMarch 13, 2009
    Natural Bohemian for $2? Check. But try the Old Chub.
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