Best Neighborhood for Beer
Logan Circle may have big hitters ChurchKey and Whole Foods, but Dupont Circle is D.C.’s best beer neighborhood. The Brickskeller, an institution that has for 50 years introduced the city to more than 5,000 beers and provided countless beer talks and tastings, is responsible for turning scores of people on to beer. The new and improved Pizzeria Paradiso serves around 200 expertly selected bottles and constantly rotates its 12 drafts with the most interesting beers out there. The Big Hunt, one of D.C.’s best dive bars, has 27 taps from Midwestern breweries like Bell’s, Great Lakes, and Founders and some well-regarded West Coast and regional craft breweries. Sleeper Kramerbooks/Afterwords Café has a nice beer program, too, and newcomers Bread & Brew and Scion each have a half-dozen drafts and strong can and bottle lists. Stores like Cairo Wine & Liquor and the oddly named Connecticut Avenue Wine & Liquor Deli carry an impressive selection of imports and American craft brews. Beer would have to run from kitchen faucets for any other neighborhood to best Dupont.