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American Ice Co.
917 V St., NW (U Street/Shaw)
(1) 202-758-3562 | www.amicodc.com
HOURSMon.-Thurs.: 5:00pm-2:00am; Fri.: 5:00pm-3:00am; Sat.: 1:00pm-3:00am; Sun.: 1:00pm-2:00am
PRICE (BEER; GLASS OF WINE)USD 5-9; USD 7-9
SIGNATURE DRINKBeers on tap
BARYes - long marble and dark wood bar
FOOD SERVED?Yes - lunch and dinner; bar staples and BBQ dishes
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
The handsome interior décor (dark wood, exposed stone, and industrial furniture) and hipster-folksy touches (chalkboard menus and mason jars used for glasses) give this lively bar an urban-meets-rustic feel. On the other hand, the exterior is pretty sweet too − the open-air patio terrace makes this the perfect place for warm weather imbibing and dining. We love to get here early in the evening to casually sip brews, snack on their Southern-inspired sandwiches and sides, and enjoy the atmosphere before it gets too packed later on.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
A casual going-out getup will do. We’d do skinny jeans and a cute pair of sandals.
GO HERE WITH
Friends; casual date
Younger set; hipsters; 30-somethings
WHY WE LIKE IT
The beer selection is great. Just on tap, you can choose from Great Lakes Porter, Green Flash West Coast IPA, and a few seasonal beers (canned brews are, of course, available as well). The great brews, reasonable prices, good mix of people, outdoor patio, chill vibe, and very cool décor all make this a new favorite of ours.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
It gets loud and crowded late at night, which makes it tough to carry on a conversation.
GOOD TO KNOW
If crowds don’t appeal to you, come early. Also, they don’t have a cocktail menu, but these bartenders know what they’re doing, so you’ll be in good hands if you decide to order one. The bar is housed in a former garage, with the open front patio the former front of the garage.
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