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Thirsty Bernie Sports Bar & Grille
Posted by Fetchman on 02/03/2009
Go head Thirsty Bernie! You made me cry in heaven with your Ruben. Oh ya loved it and washed it down with your beer sampler. Where did you guys come from. If you want great food, go to the dog. I came back in the evening and had another round with the boys. We had a great time.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/28/2009
I am a sports bar lover. I go to all of them and usually just drink and dont eat too much because I know it is not going to be good. I was so suprised about the great food at Thirsty Bernie. It is outstanding. I am glad that it is part of the neighborhood scene and I love the Rueben. Thanks Bernie
Posted by stantheman on 01/26/2009
we were there to hang out and have a couple of beers late night. The place was emptying out but the manager and the bartender, big dude, let us hang out while they cleaned up, we watched spiderman on all the TVs. Good luck getting staff that friendly in DC or Balston. We went back for lunch the next week on monday, they were closed, but open tuesday. Bartender was nice, blonde lady, could have used some help with the dishes, but took care of us great.
Posted by Pete on 12/15/2008
Thirsty Bernie's is just down the street from me, and, having been there once before, a couple months ago, I knew the food was good. I went there last night (Mon. 12/15), and the very friendly manager poured me a Guinness. That's where the service ended. Football was on, and I was happy to sit and watch the game for a bit while the bartender took care of his bar, but after a while it became clear I'd have to get up to find a menu. No problem, it's just the menu. The headaches really began when I continued to sit with the menu in front of me (I believed a universal symbol of "I think I know what I want") as the bartender completely ignored me. And when I say ignore, it was as though I wasn't even there. I'm 6'6" and 240 lbs sitting right by the tap. How could this guy miss me? Not only that, there are seven other people sitting at the bar not exactly Saturday night at the club. Finally, the manager, again very personable and making pleasant small talk took my order. I've been in the restaurant over 40 minutes at this point. I get my food which was a nicely cooked medium-rare burger and a house salad. No complaints (except that it sat on the bar for a few minutes while the bartender cleaned glasses or something stupid). By the time the food arrived I needed a fresh Guinness, but did the bartender think to ask? Of course not. In fact, by this point the bartender had said exactly three words to me: "here you go," when handing me silverware. No greeting, no "would you like a beer?" Nothing. Naturally, it was the manager who got me a beer after 13 minutes of being completely overlooked by the bartender. I know because I had to look at the clock to time this guy. Ah, time to pay the check. After an hour and a half of being absolutely disregarded by a bartender with less than ten customers, I assumed that the bartender must have some personal issue with me and would be happy to give me my check and send me on my way. I should add that he was not a deaf-mute or otherwise impaired he talked with just about everyone else there. Instead, he again let me sit at the bar with a dirty plate and an empty glass for over 15 minutes before he came by, pointed at me (no words of course), and I told him I just wanted the check. Two hour dinner. Two Guinness, a burger, and a salad. I would probably have had six beers if I had got any attention. I've never complained about food or service in a public setting, but I've never been insulted by service before.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/05/2008
The food is well above average... Pastrami Sandwich was really yummy. Service was great, Lisa is particularly friendly. I went over the summer but went back in December and noticed that everything had improved.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/23/2008
I really wanted to like Thirsty Bernie's, since we live a mile or two away. The burger I ordered was very good, and my husband's pastrami sandwich was top rate, but the service was so bad, I'm not sure we'll ever go back. When we walked in the restaurant, a waiter told us to sit down and someone would bring us menus. After 10 minutes of waiting, and waving our arms in the air whenever a server appeared, we finally got a menu, but no apology, or even one ounce of personality from our server. When she cleared our plates, she basically asked us to bus our own dishes! Too bad, because I was hoping to make this our new neighborhood place.
Posted by irwin on 11/02/2008
I did not expect to eat such good food in a sports bar. But , I did at Thirsty Bernie. I ordered the grilled wings on a Sunday but when I saw the brunch items come out, I started to rethink things and got some french toast. Everything was great and the staff was really nice. The prices made sense for that quality of food. I am going to go back a lot. Thanks Bernie.