Raven Grill

Dive Bar
Raven Grill One of the oldest drinking establishments in the District, The Raven Grill has been doling out bottles of beer from the same dark and dingy locale since the 1930s, a testament to its staying power as one of the city's quintessential... Washington, DC United States 38.929415 -77.037466
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Raven Grill - Dive Bar in Washington, DC.
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Party Earth Review One of the oldest drinking establishments in the District, The Raven Grill has been doling out bottles of beer from the same dark and dingy locale since the 1930s, a testament to its staying power as one of the city’s... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Green, Yellow Lines: Columbia Heights

  • Phone:

    202-387-8411

  • Hours:

    M 4pm–2am, Tu–Th 2pm–2am, F–Sa 2pm–3am, Su 1pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Raven Grill Review

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One of the oldest drinking establishments in the District, The Raven Grill has been doling out bottles of beer from the same dark and dingy locale since the 1930s, a testament to its staying power as one of the city's quintessential...

One of the oldest drinking establishments in the District, The Raven Grill has been doling out bottles of beer from the same dark and dingy locale since the 1930s, a testament to its staying power as one of the city’s quintessential dive bars.

A popular neighborhood haunt – which has nary a “Grill” nor a crumb of food – the bar draws in loyal chatty locals who pull on two-dollar brews beneath a blown-up copy of the Declaration of Independence, or settle into the worn wooden booths lining one side of the narrow space.

A mishmash of mostly mid- to lower-shelf liquor is on proud display at the bar, accounting for most of the décor save for the Christmas tree lights, neon beer signs, and posters of Elvis, Hendrix, Marley, and Lennon that dot the exposed brick walls.

Like any good dive, this one attracts a diverse crowd ranging from tattooed bike messengers to polo-shirted college types, especially during the Friday and Saturday crush when bleary-eyed groups of friends from all over town pack in for a few rounds and flip-flopped regulars barely have time to lock their bikes before a beer is waiting.

With a dedicated clientele and an open vibe, The Raven Grill is part of a cherished breed of neighborhood watering holes that welcomes anyone seeking an authentic dive bar experience.

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Tip from Jonah:

For a small dive bar, the jukebox here has a pretty massive selection, made all the more awesome by the fact that the machine is called ‘Digital Thunder.’ Just be sure to punch in your requests early, since there’s often a line later in the evening.

  • Crowd

    Laid-back mix of neighborhood regulars, guys and gals on bikes, suburban types, and bar-hoppers, early 20s to late 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Jukebox featuring a range of new and old music in most genres.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food, but patrons can peruse the folder of menus from nearby restaurants and order in. Cash only.

  • Prices

    Beer $2–$4.50, wine $5, mixed drinks $5–$7, shots $5–$7.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: shorts, flip-flops, band t-shirts, jeans, sundresses, sneakers.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays for the biggest crowd of both locals and people from outside the neighborhood.

  • Close By

    Marx Café (3155 Mount Pleasant Street NW) sports a similar neighborhood vibe and offers a full menu of American fare with “Appetizers of the World” specials.

Raven Grill User Reviews

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The Best Things In Life Are Free...and Beer
Nate S. Aug 9, 2013
Location: 5min walk from Columbia Heights Metro Atmosphere: dive-like, but not overcrowded Culture: Locals, Indie, Eclectic Payment: Cash only - ATM inside, Bank of America ATM outside Price: $ The Raven Grill, and by grill they strongly mean potato chips, is the place to go where you can get away from the hype and crowds and simply enjoy the company of your friends over some cheap beer. This is your good old fashioned cash-only dive where the beers (e.g., Natty Bo, Miller, Bud, but not limited) cost you a few shekels, but the time with your friends cannot be priced. Outside of the bar, the rest is booth seating with an occasional table or two next to the jukebox or below the TV in the back. Speaking of Jukebox, the place offers a great selection of music, but most of what you'll hear is your beer drinking, mustache wrangling, rock and roll tunes. It's a place for regulars, but welcome to all who care not for the highbrow lounges and the ostentation of other bars. If you need a place to catch up with your friends, pay pennies ($2) for your beer and chips, and all in a stress free environment - come to the Raven Grill.
Come Once, Come Evermore
Nate S. Feb 19, 2013
Like your fun cheap, simple and flowing with Natty Bo? Then the Raven Grill on Mt. Pleasant St. is the dive bar for you. Located on the main drag of one of D.C.’s most diverse neighborhoods, the cash-only Raven is one of the few neighborhood bars that actually lives up to its reputation and aesthetic. No, there isn’t actually a grill and the only food available inside is cheap potato chips, but the joint’s stocked jukebox more than makes up for any gastronomic shortcomings. Pop in a few dollars and jam the night (or afternoon) away to everything from the Velvet Underground and Motown to compilations selected from the bar’s boozy annual New Years parties. If you want twenty page menus of microbrews, then please stay away. But if you dig good tunes, eccentric regulars, and that oh-so-rare feeling of authenticity, stop by for a $2 Natty Bo or a stick around a little longer and pickle your brain with a few more drinks and some good old rock-and-roll.
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