Rhino Bar & Pumphouse

Bar Food / Burgers / Button-downs / Casual / Cover charge / DJ / Dance / Diverse / Drink Specials / Fashion Forward / Finger Food / Food Specials / Frat Guys / Friendly / Groups / Jerseys / Khakis / Locals / Low key / Party / Pizza / Polos / Preppy / Restaurant / Rowdy / Shots / Sports Bar / Sports Fans / Students / TVs / Top 40 / Wings / Young Professionals
Rhino Bar & Pumphouse Rhino Bar & Pumphouse normally kicks off the night with a traditional sports bar feel, as friendly groups of neighborhood sports lovers sit glued to the couple of dozen TVs and root for any team but the Yankees. Washington, DC United States 38.9052108954733 -77.0657444000244
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Rhino Bar & Pumphouse - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Washington, DC.
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Party Earth Review Rhino Bar & Pumphouse normally kicks off the night with a traditional sports bar feel, as friendly groups of neighborhood sports lovers sit glued to the couple of dozen TVs and root for any team but the Yankees. The ground... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th 6pm–2am, F 5pm–3am, Sa noon–3am, Su noon–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Rhino Bar & Pumphouse Review

The Scene

Rhino Bar & Pumphouse normally kicks off the night with a traditional sports bar feel, as friendly groups of neighborhood sports lovers sit glued to the couple of dozen TVs and root for any team but the Yankees.

Rhino Bar & Pumphouse normally kicks off the night with a traditional sports bar feel, as friendly groups of neighborhood sports lovers sit glued to the couple of dozen TVs and root for any team but the Yankees.

The ground floor saloon fills up quickly on game nights, with hordes of young male professionals and the occasional girlfriend huddling around high-top tables to devour twenty-five-cent wings and pitchers of beer beneath the watchful gaze of the giant rhino hanging over the bar.

That homey vibe gets kicked out the door later on, though, as a much rowdier crowd of preppy Georgetown boys, fashionable girls, and college kids begins to trickle in, heading upstairs to the loft to pound a few two-dollar beers at the shiny metal bar and vie for the chance to dance it up with that suddenly attractive someone across the room.

Although the space provides some funky black sofas and a dozen TVs for those who want to hang out, the focus is more on partying – and once the DJ kicks off downstairs and the older patrons filter out around midnight, the young bloods reclaim the saloon, turning it into a gyrating, booze-fueled dance hall.

With its sporty vibe that often turns into a drunken circus, Rhino Bar & Pumphouse charges up the Georgetown night.

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Tip from Lucas:

Stressed out about a major exam? Show up on a Friday night for half off specials on most of the food and drink menu!

  • Crowd

    Mostly male sports lovers, young professionals, fans of the Red Sox, Eagles, Hoyas, Buckeyes, and Nittany Lions, and Georgetown college students, early 20s to early 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    More than twenty TVs tuned to sports. Three projection screens. DJ spins mostly Top 40.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Typical bar menu featuring wings, burgers, and pizza. Drink and menu specials during baseball season.

  • Prices

    Occasional $5 cover charge on Fridays and Saturdays. Appetizers $3–$9, entrées $8–$17. Beer $2–$10, cocktails $4–$8, shots $4–$8.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Athletic to preppy: sports jerseys, polos, khakis, button-downs, casual dresses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays for a packed house.

  • Close By

    Rugby Café (1065 Wisconsin Avenue NW) is another sports bar with a preppy Ralph Lauren vibe.

Rhino Bar & Pumphouse User Reviews

Average rating:
No Frills Fun in Georgetown
Alexandra B. Mar 5, 2013
Rhino is the place to be for college students, especially during the warmer months. The TV's are usually tuned to this or that sports game, and the bar features food specials, including great discounts on their spot-on buffalo wings and beer pitchers. As the games wind down however, the partiers arrive, and the music gets everyone on their feet. A fun mix of 80's classics (think Journey and Michael Jackson) and current pop and hip-hop is often featured into the wee hours of the morning. No need to get too dressed up for this venue. The dress code at Rhino reflects the atmosphere: laidback, sporty, and low maintenance. DO bring some cash; sometimes there's a small cover charge on the weekends. DON'T wear your favorite, expensive pair of shoes; they might get stepped on or spilled on by drunk dancers.
College Student Central
Tina S. Feb 20, 2013
If you're between the ages of 21-24, Rhino is the place to go. While the rest of the Georgetown area may seem too swanky or stiff, Rhino is a casual yet exciting place for young adults to be. Rhino has two floors with lots of open space and huge TVs, so it can quickly transform from a sports bar to a dance club. The bar is never too crowded but it always has a nice bustle to it, so it never feels dead. Rhino is great during the daytime to watch sports games on TV and at night it becomes a hip social hub. It's a central place for Georgetown students as well as other young adults and students in the area so it's a great place to meet people and have a fun yet casual time!
PS I Love U
Alaina M. Feb 11, 2013
Calling all Penn State grads. If you want to feel the magic of a Happy Valley game day, get to Rhino for your next Saturday football viewing party. The sounds of "Fight on State" and sea of blue and white t-shirts, make for the closest thing to the tailgate experience in D.C. As a recent grad, this place is the only venue that satisfies my nostalgia for my college days. Cheap beer and bar snacks don't hurt either. So if you're looking for a great spot for the game in Georgetown, check out Rhino.
College Bar- Cheap Beer, nice wings and some cute girls!
Deepak H. Sep 12, 2012
Either I am one lucky fellow or this place never gets too crowded. Every time I have been here (and believe me I have been to this place at least 30 times because I lived so close to the place), I have never seen this place packed. It is supposed to be Georgetown University's unofficial bar but apparently the nerds at GU don't like to party as much as the kids from my school (GWU- Go Colonials!!). Barring the school rivalry (I couldn't care less as you may have figured out considering the number of times I have been there), this is a very nice bar. They have $0.25 wing specials that is super hard to beat and plus they show the GU games. I usually come here when I am tired of walking on the M street and need a drink. Surprisingly, this is one of the bigger bars on M street just in terms of space. The other bars on M street seem more confined when compared to Rhinos.
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