Hipsters previously ruined irony, thick-framed glasses and -- depending whom you ask -- large swaths of historic D.C. Now they've managed to muck up something else for the rest of us: affordable beer.
According to a new report by Restaurant Sciences, an industry research firm, prices of “sub-premium” beer -- your Schlitzes, Keystones and Natty Bohs -- rose nearly seven percent over the past seven months. Chuck Ellis, the head of the company, told the New York Daily News that Pabst Blue Ribbon, that hipster hallmark, is specifically to blame: “It has become quite fashionable,” he said. Quite!
Fortunately for D.C.’s cheap and thirsty, a number of local bars do indeed sell PBR and other bargain beers for appropriately low prices. Some good bets, per the Post's Fritz Hahn:
- Tune Inn (Capitol Hill)
- Capitol Lounge (Capitol Hill)
- The Pug (H Street)
- Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar (H Street)
- Townhouse Tavern (Dupont Circle)
- Solly’s U Street Tavern (U Street)
- Duffy’s Irish Restaurant and Pub (U Street)
- The Pinch (Columbia Heights), "if you think a 16-ounce PBR or Boh can for $4 is worth it"
- The Red Derby (Columbia Heights)
- Hank Dietle’s Tavern (Rockville)
- Chevy Chase Lounge (Chevy Chase)
- JV’s Restaurant (Falls Church)
- Jay’s Saloon & Grille (Arlington), "for the frosty mugs of cheap domestic goodness"
- Rustico (Alexandria and Ballston), for promising “'college cans' of Natty Ice, Coors, etc. that they sell in buckets"
And here are two more bonus bars from Tim Carman (who rightly points out that, in D.C., the "idea of cheap beer is a joke"):
- Madam’s Organ (Adam's Morgan), which "still offers ½ price beer on Monday-Wednesday and Friday and Saturday. Which means beers from $2 to $3."
- Madhatter (Dupont), which hosts a $1 beer (!) night on Thursdays
For more options, you might consult our list of best dive bars or Tim Carman's dive bar commandments. Rule #1: The cops should be called to the place at least once a year to break up a fight. Hipsters beware.