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The Wonderland Ballroom

The Wonderland Ballroom

Bar, Rock Club, and Beer Garden$$$$
Columbia Heights, Washington
  • Greg T.
    "Spike the ranch dressing with hit sauce for your eggplant fries."(4 Tips)
    John B.
    "They also have a yummy beer selection!"(6 Tips)
    Roxanne S.
    "... with awesome skillets, bottomless mimosas, and the wonderland mimosa (orange juice..."(2 Tips)
    The Brew Noob
    "your hipster friends"(7 Tips)
127 Tips and reviews
  • dancing
  • trivia
  • good for a late night
  • karaoke
  • hipster
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  • Matthew T.
    Matthew TaubOctober 14, 2017
    Friendly service and a nice outdoor area. They have comedy shows at night.
  • DCist
    DCistSeptember 14, 2017
    The Wonderland Ballroom is a no-fuss neighborhood bar with tasty food and an extensive beer list. On weekends it's great to hang out outside on their dog-friendly patio. Read more
  • Amy C.
    Amy CummingsAugust 20, 2017
    This place has everything: a divey bar, outdoor patio, and upstairs late night dancing. New favorite spot.
  • josef j.
    josef jonAugust 10, 2017
    👀 okay I guess it's starting to grow on me❓
  • Cassidy
    CassidyFebruary 12, 2017
    I wish I could live here. get a beer and shot combo. dance. drink. make new friends.
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MunnekeAugust 27, 2016
    Best dive bar
  • Stephanie D.
    Stephanie DeDeckerJune 21, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Columbia Heights staple. Great outdoor brunch and late night dance parties
  • Ben R.
    Ben RJune 13, 2016
    Legendary patio and a quintessential dive.
  • Leandro L.
    Leandro LageraMay 29, 2016
    Day drinking dive bar extraordinary. Wouldn't trade this in for any fancy joints ever.
  • David W.
    David WhitneyApril 9, 2016
    Not the friendliest bartenders.
  • ✨Kelsey✨
    ✨Kelsey✨February 28, 2016
    It's a hot, sweaty mess upstairs, but good music, and good dancing
  • Eric B.
    Eric BreeseNovember 21, 2015
    Great dive vibe, with a nice selection of draft beers.
  • Karthik R.
    Karthik RamanOctober 19, 2015
    Good beer selection. Fried chicken sandwich was good, but have had better. Eggplant fries are addictive. Monday at 6 was pretty empty, but good crowd as evening continued.
  • Chris G.
    Chris GutierrezOctober 6, 2015
    Fun but hella gentrified. Like ridiculously gentrified.
  • The Brew Noob
    The Brew NoobAugust 10, 2015
    This bar is best known for its mixed drink, but also has a great selection of beer on draft, as well as the cheap stuff in bottles for your hipster friends who want to dance + drink.
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PlacenciaJuly 18, 2015
    Dancing upstairs !
  • Rafi F.
    Rafi FreeJuly 17, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    $1.00 Tacos $5.00 & Up drink Specials, Free Parking after 7:30/8PM, Closest Metro Stop: Columbia Heights (Irving & 14th NW) about 2.5 blocks walking distance. Use Uber C02J6. Read more
  • Kass
    KassJuly 11, 2015
    Booze and dancing.
  • Jordan-Marie S.
    Jordan-Marie SmithJune 15, 2015
    Don't lose your friends here
  • Rafi F.
    Rafi FreeApril 27, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Sundress (optional), eat, drink, donate, to the cause Read more
  • Rafi F.
    Rafi FreeApril 27, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Tacos, Drink Specials, Cervazas and more... Read more
  • luana p.
    luana perezMarch 8, 2015
    Blueberry pancake beer
  • Francisco R.
    Great grilled cheese
  • Rafi F.
    Rafi FreeMarch 2, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    $2.00 Tacos, $5.00 Drink Specials, and fun
  • Ted T.
    Ted TaliaferroFebruary 28, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Staff, food and beer!
  • Mark J.
    Mark J.January 31, 2015
    Great little neighborhood dive with fun crowd and trivia night.
  • Rafi F.
    Rafi FreeJanuary 6, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    $2 Tacos beef, chicken, or veggie. Karaoke &Cocktails to keep you warm. BTW, parking is generally free after 7:30/8pm. Good luck n be careful out there. It's Winter time!
  • Rafi F.
    Rafi FreeDecember 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get there early and get your seat....we go hard or go home! ...Don't wait to sign up..
  • John B.
    John BakerNovember 19, 2014
    Food is delicious! Try a brunch skillet. So good! They also have a yummy beer selection!
  • Rafi F.
    Rafi FreeNovember 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get in Early...invite as many peeps as you like. Make it your party! 70,000 Songs, Drink Specials, Great Tacos (OMG!!!) and great staff. Whatever you not drop the mic!
  • Chris L.
    Chris LinnNovember 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Go for quality dive bar eats and dranks on the outside patio and the fun dance parties upstairs.
  • Rafi F.
    Rafi FreeNovember 5, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get in early, have your list of songs ready (3 max) and sing!
  • Missy S.
    Missy SwearingenSeptember 22, 2014
    Went once and won't go again. Crowded, expensive, loud
  • Brian S.
    Brian SchwarzSeptember 3, 2014
    Thia place has racist bartenders until you seem like a good tipper, at which time they will run to our credit card and see how much they can charge you for a local beer on the beer list.
  • Ted T.
    Ted TaliaferroAugust 31, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Saturday night
  • Ararara
    ArararaAugust 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I ordered a vegan skillet meal & it came 2 hours later. On top of that long wait, it also came with bacon. Get your shit together Wonderland! Not eating here again.
  • Jason C.
    Jason CAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    One of my favorite places in the world. Piles of memories made here. All good ones too.
  • Ben
    BenAugust 8, 2014
    Great for outdoor seating and cheap drinks on any given Sunday. Need to recover from last night? This should be the first stop of the day.
  • Corynne F.
    Corynne FishAugust 8, 2014
    Fried eggplants
  • Rafi F.
    Rafi FreeAugust 5, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    They are into having serious fun @ Wonderland Ballroom. Every Tuesday @ 8PM.
  • Jen
    JenJuly 14, 2014
    Mac&Cheese pancakes are as good as you want them to be.
  • Rafi F.
    Rafi FreeJune 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't Be Serious, Relax, Undo your tie, Hell, take off your shirt! Dance...everybody, somebody, SING! Great karaoke, food, and drinks. You gotta try the tacos! Get there by 8PM to get your seat.
  • Rafi F.
    Rafi FreeJune 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Drink responsibly but sing out loud!
  • Rafi F.
    Rafi FreeJune 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get there early and get your seat. It fills up rather quickly and this guys are serious about having a good time and singing karaoke!
  • Jade V.
    Jade ValjeeJune 16, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    My fav. I want to be mayor again :(
  • Keisha J.
    Keisha JohnsonMarch 30, 2014
    Stinks inside
  • John G.
    John GrilloMarch 30, 2014
    Sit outside so you don't have to smell the interior...
  • Brian C.
    Brian ChamowitzMarch 20, 2014
    Guaranteed sloppy drunken make-outs on upstairs dance floor on fri/sat nights after 11pm
  • Amir K.
    Amir KDecember 1, 2013
    Get there drunk! and party hard. Your prize is there...
  • Rafi F.
    Rafi FreeNovember 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you really want to enjoy the show: I recommend that you get there early with your friends, find a table, dig into the food & a few cocktails, because this is not karaoke for your weak. They Party!
  • Josh M.
    Josh MahanSeptember 21, 2013
    Probably the most hipster bar in dc. Had to wait twenty minutes to get in.
  • sgt jojo
    sgt jojoSeptember 6, 2013
    No outdoor drinks at 11. Bummer.
  • Korey K.
    Korey KAugust 16, 2013
    get the Monterey Bay and come on Friday nights for You Me Them Everybody
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EmgeAugust 11, 2013
    Beware of the hipster casting sleepy spells. After 20 minutes of waiting to be served, the hipster ignored us and all of us became suddenly tired.
  • Lawrence G.
    Lawrence GaytanAugust 9, 2013
    Hang on to your seat!
  • Joey B.
    Joey BenavidesAugust 4, 2013
    Great spot, though you get shooed inside at around midnight.
  • Farah M.
    Farah MithaniJune 29, 2013
    Partied hard upstairs! Great music all night.
  • Aaron K.
    Aaron KingMay 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The large open patio is legendary. Upstairs parties hard. You can't not find something you like here...what?
  • Ararara
    ArararaMarch 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This place sucks- so overcrowded with bad dancers. The DJ played the same set as the other week. Get a new DJ!
  • Sara P.
    Sara PoltonFebruary 16, 2013
    Best tip, bring mace.
  • Alisha B.
    Alisha BhagatFebruary 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    They have a meat free menu for the beginning of February in addition to their usual veggie options.
  • Caterina
    CaterinaJanuary 28, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Stop by when you're walking your dog; Wonderland is pooch friendly.
  • Brad S.
    Brad SpychalskiDecember 16, 2012
    Wearing Christmas lights as an accessory is frowned upon.
  • Dana G.
    Dana GroceDecember 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    DJ not good. Wouldn't take requests. Leaving to go somewhere with better music 12/1
  • Alexsis K.
    Alexsis KaraOctober 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    live band karaoke is super fun
  • Hilary J.
    Hilary JohnsonOctober 3, 2012
    Got a balloon animal ladybug from a random patron. Love it here.
  • MJG
    MJGSeptember 24, 2012
    One Friday a month the graduate students of the University of Maryland's Creative Writing program read from their poetry and fiction--quality work, more absurdly fun than serious. Eye the calendar.
  • Mary W.
    Mary WolffAugust 18, 2012
    perfect fries.
  • Thomas P.
    Thomas PruittAugust 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Fun place, but in a Shyamalan-esque twist, it's the people that are really friendly (if a bit meek) while the bartenders at this neighborhood watering hole/dive are Midtown-on-a-Friday caliber dicks.
  • World Series of Flip Cup
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WisemanJuly 4, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    They have alcohol here
  • Laura C.
    Laura CovingtonMay 23, 2012
    do as the hipsters do. grab a high life and dance.
  • Mithun C.
    Mithun ChaubeyMay 19, 2012
    $6 for rail whiskey? Yeah, supply and demand, but still.
  • Helena N.
    Helena NacinovicMay 17, 2012
    Great beer selection, sit outside. Inside is kind of overwhelming, but outside is very nice when the weather is good. Pity their kitchen closes at 9pm, way too early.
  • Erik M.
    Erik MoeMay 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Attend the monthly poetry/lit readings by Maryland students and faculty
  • Greg T.
    Greg TenentesApril 29, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Spike the ranch dressing with hit sauce for your eggplant fries.
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WisemanApril 23, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Jim Beam shot and Genny Cream beer, $6. Can't beat it.
  • John U.
    John UglowApril 12, 2012
    Great burger - ordered medium
  • Tom B.
    Tom BridgeApril 1, 2012
    Come for the recording of You Me Them Everybody! It's awesome and Brandon is a stitch.
  • Meg B.
    Meg BiallasMarch 16, 2012
    Outdoor seating only if you get there before 6. Otherwise, you're sent to the dingy dark inside. But def get the eggplant fries!
  • Megan P.
    Megan Pagado WellsFebruary 11, 2012
    Beware the snarky hipsters lingering out front.
  • Reed A.
    Reed AnzaloneJanuary 10, 2012
    The bathrooms smell like Warhammer 40k figurines.
  • Nick P.
    Nick PerfiliDecember 28, 2011
    I love Scott's tips. Yeah!!!!!!
  • Metro Weekly
    Metro WeeklyDecember 14, 2011
    You'll want to check out DJ Joey-O's "gay but straight-friendly" night goGAYgo every other Tuesday. The next one is Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. NO COVER! Read more
  • Julia S.
    Julia SullivanNovember 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Tell Fasil he's a stud!
  • scott d.
    scott douglassNovember 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best white people dance party in 2 block radius
  • Ted T.
    Ted TaliaferroNovember 19, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The upstairs bar IS my bedroom.
  • David H.
    David HernandezNovember 16, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The Mayor (Ted) likes to check in from his bedroom across the street. Boo him next time you see him!!! Haha!
  • Anthony V.
    Anthony VeachOctober 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Really great brunch here
  • Liane W.
    Liane WeissenbergerSeptember 26, 2011
    Don't bother with upstairs on the weekends unless you are already pretty drunk.
  • Ted T.
    Ted TaliaferroSeptember 4, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Mac&cheese pancakes r bomb!
  • Domku Cafe
    Domku CafeAugust 19, 2011
    Having a Copper Ale from Chocolate City
  • Viks
    ViksAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    A great combination of a dive on the first floor and dance floor on the second. Tends to get packed but the more the merrier.
  • Chad K.
    Chad KennedyAugust 6, 2011
    The dj tonight rocks!!!
  • Trace D.
    Trace D.August 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure you stop by Fridays at 8pm for You, Me, Them, Everybody a live, late-night style talk show complete with local musicians & guests hosted by Brandon Wetherbee! Twitter: @YMTE
  • Roxanne S.
    Roxanne StuverJuly 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Brunch on sat and sun with awesome skillets, bottomless mimosas, and the wonderland mimosa (orange juice and a high life)
  • Ryan R.
    Ryan RastegarJuly 11, 2011
    best hipster/hip-hop dance party around Read more
  • Travis C.
    Travis ChambersJuly 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Vida is soooo the sexiest!!!
  • Travis C.
    Travis ChambersJune 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Vida is the sexiest!!
  • Candice B.
    Candice BarnesJune 14, 2011
    Dogs are welcome outside (and sometimes inside.)
  • Deanna D.
    Deanna DavisonJune 12, 2011
    have a bar-wide singalong to "wake up" by arcade fire.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 10, 2011
    Check out the four varieties of grilled cheese with brie, cheddar, Swiss, feta, and muenster.
  • Michael M.
    Michael M.April 12, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Thursday is mystery meat skewer day and Friday is fried shrimp day...yum.
  • Julia S.
    Julia SullivanApril 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The eggplant fries with ranch dressing are kickass!
  • Beth G.
    Beth G.March 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The only place I know with Hoegaarden on tap
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WisemanMarch 18, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    There is beer here. You can buy it.
  • Darbs R.
    Darbs ReppsJanuary 10, 2011
    Andy the bartender is the best for Monday trivia!
  • Eileen J.
    Eileen J.January 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The mac & cheese pancakes for weekend brunch are pretty good.
  • Derek P.
    Derek PangalloJanuary 5, 2011
    If the heat-lamps on the patio are too hot for you, it's probably not _just_ you. Ask your neighbors if you can turn it down.
  • NightScene
    NightSceneNovember 18, 2010
    The large open patio is legendary, down stairs is a great hangout, and upstairs parties hard, with live music, karaoke or a Dj. You can't not find something you like here. Hipster haters beware
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WinnSeptember 6, 2010
    The Strawberry Wheat beer comes with my highest recommendations.
  • Chelsey
    ChelseyAugust 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Tuesdays = $1 Tacos (beef or bean) & Live Band Karaoke!!! Also...order your beer DOWNSTAIRS! The taps upstairs suck.
  • David H.
    David HernandezAugust 12, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    You'll lose your innocence here. Many times over!
  • Jazz
    JazzAugust 8, 2010
    Have to try Delirium Tremens. It's MAGICAL Read more
  • Beth G.
    Beth G.April 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Order fried pickles
  • Juliette H
    Juliette HApril 10, 2010
    returned in the daytime because as the sign out front says: "yes you did leave your card here last night". If you do, like I did, the check will have conveniently been closed out for you + a 20% tip
  • Scott C.
    Scott CastroApril 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Can of PBR and a shot of Jim Beam for $4
  • Chris C.
    Chris CombsMarch 29, 2010
    Try the blueberry pancake beer. Yeah, yeah, fruit beers, get over it!
  • Dan Y.
    Dan YokenMarch 27, 2010
    The best bar in DC, when its not flooded with college kids.
  • KC C.
    KC C.March 20, 2010
    Best on fridays
  • Matt
    MattMarch 12, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    great during the warm months. communal outdoor picnic tables fill up quickly on nice afternoons. dancing upstairs can be fun, too, though dc9 is a more consistently fun bet.
  • Anna G.
    Anna GoldbergDecember 22, 2009
    Monday night trivia
  • Philip M.
    Philip McAllisterDecember 12, 2009
    bottomless mimosas 12 bucks on sat/sun. free waffles too.
  • Rory N.
    Rory NNovember 28, 2009
    Forest was the best
  • Katie R.
    Katie RogersNovember 17, 2009
    At Wonderland, the blond bartender with short hair knows where a secret after-hours bar is located. Whether you're brave enough to go is up to you. Read more
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WisemanOctober 12, 2009
    Been here 100+ times
  • James L.
    James LoseyMarch 13, 2009
    Glass of Leffe Brown, the unofficial beer of autumn.
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