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51st State Tavern
Posted by Doug on 03/12/2010
Our waitress did a great job of caring for our party of six. Started with beers, and ended up staying for dinner. Drinks outside of happy hour were a bit pricey for a tavern, but the burger was great. Everything I expected in a tavern experience. I will definately go there again; and bring friends.
Posted by annoymous on 05/21/2009
There servers are hit and miss some good and some not. There is a girl there and as soon as she got slightly busy forgot about our table and was very short and rude with us when we asked for more drinks or asked questions the menu. There is another girl that works there who is friendly and gets drinks out in a timely manner. She is there almost every time that I go there and gives us good service not matter how crowded it is. The male servers are just okay, but lacking in personality. There are always new bartenders there. Is it that hard to hold onto a bar tender? Over all the drinks are cheap during happy hour and even though you might have to endure poor service from time to time it is a good neighborhood bar to go to and I will keep coming back.
Posted by anonymous on 05/01/2009
I've always been okay with this place: drinks are really cheap during happy hour and quality of 10 cent wings is a pretty good deal. That being said, they recently charged my credit card two times when I used it to buy drinks there. Of course, when I tried to resolve the problem, I encountered really obnoxious customer service. I personally am never going there again, and I would recommend bringing cash if you're planning on it.
Posted by Arch on 09/23/2008
Maybe I'm being unfair as I haven't given this place a chance to respond to an email, but I'll provide my first impression. Sign out front says 10 cent wings and so I decided to eat at 51st State. So, go into 51st State and the bar is fairly crowded and noticed there's a stool at the end of the bar. But I've just noticed there's little room and this is the serving station. Thinking great, I'll just have a beer and be on my way. I really wanted the wings and decided to order them in the hopes of somebody leaving by the time they arrive. It's not uncommon to wait for a while for the food in D.C. bars it seems, but this place was too fast in my situation. I'm already stressed out from a long day at work and I'm also on a business trip a long way from home for almost a month. Food comes and there's just so little room that I'm crowding out a customer next to me and I'm in the way of the servers. So tables are empty inside near the bar and I decided to move to one right next to the bar. There's no way I would not be noticed and disappear. So I'm told if I eat at the table I need to close the tab at the bar, okay so I'll play along with the rules. Next thing I know I'm being told that I have to go to an ATM due to a $10.00 on credit cards and now I'm thinking okay I'll order another drink or two to go over that min. No, that won't do, it has to be purchased at the bar. Now I'm really getting pissed off thinking it's obvious there's no room and I'll be eating over everybody else's drinks. I understand the rules but situations happen and there has to be some sort of flexibility within reason. This place does not get it when it comes to those situations and service is under par. Overall advice. DO NOT go here if you're just seeking to unwind or relax from work, this by far is one of the worse experiences I've had in D.C., not that D.C. has great food as I've been finding out over the last few weeks. I would not go here again.
Posted by Pub-dweller on 07/18/2006
Great neighborhood bar in DC with great atmosphere, felt at home right away - burgers among the best I've had anywhere. Also truly great beer selection!