American Ice Company

Bar / Restaurant
American Ice Company Concrete floors, old wooden booths, and exposed brick walls dotted with stuffed game highlight the no-frills approach at American Ice Company, where the focus is more on select microbrews and gloriously sloppy barbecue. Washington, DC United States 38.918267578088 -77.0248889923096
3.92 5
American Ice Company - Bar | Restaurant in Washington, DC.
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Party Earth Review Concrete floors, old wooden booths, and exposed brick walls dotted with stuffed game highlight the no-frills approach at American Ice Company, where the focus is more on select microbrews and gloriously sloppy barbecue... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Green, Yellow Lines: U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/ Cardozo

  • Phone:

    202-758-3562

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–Th 5pm–2am, F 5pm–3am, Sa noon–3am, Su noon–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth American Ice Company Review

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Concrete floors, old wooden booths, and exposed brick walls dotted with stuffed game highlight the no-frills approach at American Ice Company, where the focus is more on select microbrews and gloriously sloppy barbecue.

Concrete floors, old wooden booths, and exposed brick walls dotted with stuffed game highlight the no-frills approach at American Ice Company, where the focus is more on select microbrews and gloriously sloppy barbecue.

Located just up the street from the famous 9:30 Club music hall, the Ice is a favorite stop for many concertgoers, who crowd around the long wooden bar to study the list of craft beers before heading to their show.

Polished hipsters settle into bench seating to enjoy brisket served on paper plates and drafts pulled into Mason jars, while groups of laid-back young professionals perch on steel barstools around a long table, devouring fat servings of ribs.

The often clamorous conversation floods the dimly lit space throughout the evening, which only intensifies once the nearby shows get out and the danced/tranced/moshed/sloshed-up fans charge back in.

A tall concrete wall and steel gate, meanwhile, insulates a large patio from the street, attracting everyone outside to meet and greet over more meat.

American Ice Company may be a bare-bones joint, but its handful of taps and piles of barbecue nonetheless make it a surefire hit with patrons in need of a draft to savor and a bone to pick.

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Tip from Jonah:

Although the place doesn’t have a cocktail menu, the bartenders have worked at some of the finest mixology joints in the city. Don’t hesitate to order one of your favorite drinks or ask them to create something entirely new.

  • Crowd

    Diverse mix of trendy, tattooed urbanites, concertgoers, barbecue buffs, and U Street barhoppers, mid-20s to mid 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Playlist and lively conversation.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Barbecued grub with some Mexican influence, including ribs, pork shoulder, brisket, and chili con queso.

  • Prices

    Sides $3–$7, lunch menu $7–$10, entrées $9–$18. Beer $5–$9/glass or $23–$26/pitcher, cocktails $6–$8+, wine $7–$9 .

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual hip: skinny jeans, fitted v-necks, plaid, sundresses, Wayfarers.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Almost any night for a busy scene, though the largest crowds come in after a show at 9:30 Club, and on Fridays and Saturdays after 9pm.

  • Close By

    DC9 (1940 9th Street) hosts local and national acts in an intimate setting, as well as some of the most unique DJ nights in the neighborhood.

American Ice Company User Reviews

Average rating:
Go To After a 9:30 Show
Jayson M. Sep 11, 2012
Super close to the famed 9:30 music venue, this place is all you need to fill up after rocking out to a sweet live music performance. When there is no crowd here, I absolutely LOVE this place. Grab some hearty brisket and a craft brew and beeline for the enclosed patio, or just chill in the saloon-style main bar and chat up the bartenders who – if I say so myself – are way too talented to be working in a place without an official cocktail menu. That said, when it gets overflowing on the weekends I tend to avoid it. It just doesn’t jibe; this sparsely decorated space so perfectly suited to quiet boozing suddenly inundated with a tidal wave of skinny hipsters I am surprised even have the strength to lift the beer to their bearded faces. I mean, would it kill you to work out and get some sun once in awhile?
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