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
1226 36th Street NW
Washington, DC 20007
M–Th 11:30am–1:15am, F 11:30am–2:15am, Sa 11am–2:15am, Su 9:30am–1:15am
Georgetown, Washington, DC –
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.
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 .
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+.
Five TVs tuned to sports. Free Wi-Fi Monday–Friday 3–5pm.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rhino Bar & Pumphouse (3295 M Street NW) offers a similar sports- and college-oriented atmosphere and crowd.