The Tombs

Historic Bar / Restaurant / Sports Bar
The Tombs Tucked beneath 1789 Restaurant, its swankier sister establishment, The Tombs is a lively sports-themed bar mere steps from the Georgetown University campus – and the venue has been a big draw for both students and faculty since... Washington, DC United States 38.906033 -77.070501
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The Tombs - Historic Bar | Restaurant | Sports Bar in Washington, DC.
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Party Earth Review Tucked beneath 1789 Restaurant, its swankier sister establishment, The Tombs is a lively sports-themed bar mere steps from the Georgetown University campus – and the venue has been a big draw for both students and faculty... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th 11:30am–1:15am, F 11:30am–2:15am, Sa 11am–2:15am, Su 9:30am–1:15am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Tombs Review

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Tucked beneath 1789 Restaurant, its swankier sister establishment, The Tombs is a lively sports-themed bar mere steps from the Georgetown University campus – and the venue has been a big draw for both students and faculty since...

Tucked beneath 1789 Restaurant, its swankier sister establishment, The Tombs is a lively sports-themed bar mere steps from the Georgetown University campus – and the venue has been a big draw for both students and faculty since it first opened in the early 1960s.

Polo shirts and college-brand attire are the norm in this dark basement hotspot, where a large fireplace dominates one of the exposed brick walls and local football and crew team memorabilia covers most of the rest.

Regulars settle in at the simple tables and high-backed booths, as bowtie-wearing bartenders serve up Tombs-branded ale in oversized mugs from the 360-degree bar, which is covered in the names of servers who have worked at the venue.

Voted one of the best sports bars in America by Maxim Magazine in 2011, The Tombs is often referred to as the Cheers of GU, and the young, educated, and talkative regulars who populate its cozy confines guarantee a packed scene on most nights, especially when a DJ takes over on Fridays and Saturdays.

For a night of casual dining or heavy drinking, The Tombs is a go-to establishment for anyone looking to experience an iconic DC college bar.

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Tip from Lucas:

The ninety-nine nights before Georgetown graduation bring in many students who partake in the ‘99 Day Club,’ in which customers who consume one drink and one food item at The Tombs every single day for ninety-nine days straight receive a free private party, a t-shirt, their name on a brass plate on the wall, and highly coveted bragging rights .

  • Crowd

    Predominantly GU students and faculty, future disgraced senators, and some older regulars from the neighborhood, but the weekend crowd is all about the college scene, early 20s to late 20s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Five TVs tuned to sports. Free Wi-Fi Monday–Friday 3–5pm.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Full menu of American fare, including chili, burgers, crab cakes, pizzas, and calamari. “Study Snacks” small bites menu served 3–5pm M–F and after 10pm every day with discounted small platters.

  • Prices

    Brunch menu $4–$13, appetizers $8–$9.50, soups and salads $4–$16, entrées $6–$17, sandwiches $8-–$12, desserts $2.75–$6. Beer $2–$7, wine $5/glass or $20/bottle, cocktails $4–$9.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    A refined take on “anything-goes”: polo shirts, button-down dress shirts, jeans, Georgetown t-shirts, and cocktail dresses dominate, but shorts, flip-flops, and boat shoes are also common.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights draw a lively, energetic mass of Georgetown University students throughout the year. The months leading up to graduation see an even bigger spike in traffic.

  • Close By

    Rhino Bar & Pumphouse (3295 M Street NW) offers a similar sports- and college-oriented atmosphere and crowd.

The Tombs User Reviews

Average rating:
Great Brunch in College Atmosphere
Caroline C. Feb 20, 2013
This is a great hangout for casual beers at night, and bloodies and brunch the next morning. A popular spot for Georgetown students, the menu features awesome and affordable “study snacks” (i.e. quesadillas and chicken fingers) at certain hours and the ability to take your unfinished bottle of wine to go. You can enjoy items you might be familiar with if you have been to Clyde’s, 1789, or Old Ebbitt since they all fall under one roof, but only here can you experience “The Hoya Salad.” This hangover cure contains chicken, beans, sour cream, tortilla chips, cheese and spicy ranch dressing on, wait for it…warm pizza crust. Can’t beat that, or the 20 somethings in bowties, if that’s your thing.
Georgetown's student bar
Tara R. Dec 8, 2012
I had been hearing about The Tombs since my first college visit to Georgetown. My student guide mentioned it as the officially unofficial student bar. Needless to say, as soon as I was of age and in DC, it was one of my first nights out in Georgetown. It’s mostly popular as a Georgetown tradition, and the clientele are more towards the preppy than the hipster side of things, but the beer flows and there’s a fireplace that’s pretty sweet. Perhaps you have to be a Georgetown student to fully appreciate the place, but it’s a good time even if you’re just visiting.
Love this place
Jody P. Dec 1, 2012
I cant really put my finger on why I love the Tombs so much. It is essentially a GU bar so there are always a lot of students in there. I guess I like that it is not as ultra-crowded as a lot of DC bars and when you go in, you feel like you are walking into a basement, or a tomb, and that is kind of fun. The food is just meh, nothing special. Mostly just bar food and some salads so nothing to write home about. But you can usually find a seat to watch whatever game you are interested in and they have decent beers with decent prices.
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