Biergarten Haus is authentic German, hopelessly Washington
I don't normally discuss Washington bars on Midnight Sun, but thought this one was interesting enough to warrant a mention.
Last weekend, Amie, some friends and I had drinks at Biergarten Haus, the new German spot on H Street in Washington.
Biergarten Haus has upstairs and downstairs bars and a big patio out back with long tables and benches. More on that in a minute.
First, the beer list. Oh my, what a beer list ...
Budweiser, Coors and Guinness are nowhere to be seen amongst the dozen German drafts, thank God. A sampling: Spaten Optimator Doppelbock, Paulaner Hefeweizen, Gaffel Kolsch, Eggenberg Pilsner -- the list goes on. They're available in half-liter and liter portions.
I ordered a one-liter glass mug of Hofbrau Original Lager ($12.72), a medium-bodied golden brew with a touch of hops and honey. We stood at the end of the sizable line to get to the outdoor patio, expecting to wait for a while and sip our beers.
Though the beer list (and the food, from the looks of it) is German all the way, the music was hopelessly Washington. I was prepared for polkas or other old school music. Instead, we got techno. Loud, pumping techno. Yuck.
Fortunately, we had only waited in line for a few minutes when a hostess walked up and told us we could follow her back. I guess our party of four was the smallest one in line.
We sat close to the end of a long bench, near the back of the patio. Biergarten Haus seats strangers at the same table, which was fun -- we chatted up our neighbors until they left about 20 minutes later.
Judging by the number of people in Biergarten Haus last weekend, it's already a hit. Though I can't speak for the food (we didn't have any), I highly recommend it for German beer lovers, or beer geeks in general.