Solly's U Street Tavern

Dive Bar
Solly's U Street Tavern Solly's U Street Tavern is a barebones Washington, DC dive with $3 PBRs daily, trivia, & live music. Join the mixed crowd of DC dive lovers with Party Earth. Washington, DC United States 38.9167915 -77.0271288
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Solly's U Street Tavern - Dive Bar in Washington, DC.
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Party Earth Review There’s no shortage of bars in DC where powerful politicos can drop mad cash on over-priced drinks, but Solly’s U Street Tavern takes a decidedly different approach, offering $3 PBRs at any hour in a bare-bones building... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Green Line: U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo

  • Phone:

    202-232-6590

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–Th, Su 4pm–2am, F–Sa 4pm–3am
    Su 12:30pm–2am during football season

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Solly's U Street Tavern Review

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Solly's U Street Tavern is a barebones Washington, DC dive with $3 PBRs daily, trivia, & live music. Join the mixed crowd of DC dive lovers with Party Earth.

There’s no shortage of bars in DC where powerful politicos can drop mad cash on over-priced drinks, but Solly’s U Street Tavern takes a decidedly different approach, offering $3 PBRs at any hour in a bare-bones building that wouldn’t know pretension if it showed up dressed as a wrecking ball.

Midweek finds the bottom floor dotted with an eclectic bunch of budget-minded drinkers, mostly made up of struggling artists who gather by the bubble-shaped bay windows to sling whiskey and of groups of university kids who chill on the patio out front.

An Internet jukebox near the entrance tends to pump out classic rock, while a couple TVs surrounded by trophies and jerseys from local teams air the day’s game for the casual sports fans and suit-shedding after-work regulars in attendance.

Those in need of more action can head up to the second floor, which features picnic tables and a stage that plays host to a rotating trivia/costume karaoke night and local bands playing rockabilly, ska, or reggae to a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd.

Thanks to its location within stumbling distance of the train station, the bar sees many of the regulars clear out on Fridays and Saturdays, only to be replaced by rowdy young barhopping clans as they make their way down U Street.

There’s nothing fancy at Solly’s U Street Tavern, but for those who judge a bar’s worth by its fun crowd and affordable booze, it’s one of the most valuable joints in town.

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Tip from Emma:

When you buy a drink during Wednesday night trivia, 10% of the cost will go to a non-profit charity. Now that’s a noble reason to get your drink on!

  • Crowd

    Fedora-clad PBR slingers, young professionals just off work, GWU students, trivia buffs, budget-minded drinkers, karaoke fans, and rowdy college-aged party groups on the weekends, 20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Wednesday nights alternate between trivia and costume karaoke. Thursday nights regularly feature live local bands that trend toward rockabilly, ska, and reggae. Other live music occasionally booked on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food, though patrons are welcome to bring their own or have some delivered to the bar. Happy Hour M–F 4–8pm.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $5–$7/live music nights only. Beer $3–$6, rails $5–$9, shots $5+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to preppy on weekends: t-shirts, jeans, vests, blazers, polos, khakis, heels, skirts.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Wednesday nights to get in on the packed trivia and karaoke scene, Thursday nights to catch some fun music with an energetic crowd, or Fridays and Saturdays to enjoy the U Street barhopping crush.

  • Close By

    The famous Ben’s Chili Bowl (1213 U Street NW) has a whole mess of chili to bring in to Solly’s.

Solly's U Street Tavern User Reviews

Average rating:
If Paddy's Pub Were Run Effectively
Max M. May 7, 2013
Solly's is a great reprieve from the U Street Corridor clubs and lines. Its simplicity brings in people who want a relaxed night out. Reasonably priced cocktails and beers invite a crowd that is not looking to do anything but drink, mingle, and relax. While the weekends will bring crowds, it is not the same crowd you will find at Lost Society or The Brixton. It is a crowd that is looking to have a PBR with some friends and catchup. Solly's has a neighborhood feel to it, and it won't take long for the bartenders to remember you. Warm. Cozy. Simple. Solly's is reliable.
Best Dive Bar in the District
Brooke M. Apr 4, 2013
Okay, so I'll admit it, I am Solly's regular (at least I was while I lived in D.C.), so I'm naturally biased and a fan of this U Street hole in the wall. With it's T.V.s that are constantly showing sports to its jukebox and video game machines, Solly's may appear to be your typical dive bar, but it has its own special charm. Though it can get pretty packed on Friday and Saturday nights, come Sunday through Thursday, Solly's is mostly full of regulars who just want to have a nice drink, chat, and watch whatever game is on the tube. Solly's is also a U Street gem as it's unpretentious and relaxed--unlike many of the other bars along U. I was recently informed that they're opening another bar area and are serving food now (previously you were allowed to bring "outside" food in, which was excellent as there are many pizza spots in the area and Ben's Chili Bowl is in close proximity). Don't know how good it is, but I'm pretty sure it's your typical bar fare. Although Solly's sometimes gets its share of DC d-bags, they're very good at keeping the snotty set and hipsters at bay. So if you're down with dive bars, politically incorrect jokes, and good company, Solly's U Street Tavern is the perfect place for you.
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