The Red Derby

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The Red Derby Marked by a single crimson bowler hat painted above its unmanned black door, The Red Derby is an unpretentious two-story dive where mellow Columbia Heights residents lay claim to cheap beers and piles of old-school board games... Washington, DC United States 38.9377212 -77.0328196
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Party Earth Review Marked by a single crimson bowler hat painted above its unmanned black door, The Red Derby is an unpretentious two-story dive where mellow Columbia Heights residents lay claim to cheap beers and piles of old-school board... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Green, Yellow Lines: Columbia Heights, Georgia Avenue–Petworth

  • Phone:

    202–291–5000

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–Th 5pm–2am, F 5pm–3am, Sa 11am–3am, Su 11am–2am
    Roofdeck: open March–November M–Th, Su until midnight, F–Sa until 1am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Red Derby Review

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Marked by a single crimson bowler hat painted above its unmanned black door, The Red Derby is an unpretentious two-story dive where mellow Columbia Heights residents lay claim to cheap beers and piles of old-school board games...

Marked by a single crimson bowler hat painted above its unmanned black door, The Red Derby is an unpretentious two-story dive where mellow Columbia Heights residents lay claim to cheap beers and piles of old-school board games.

Über-casual regulars, many of whom first discovered the joint by word of mouth, settle in on the faded stools near the main bar, one eye on their drinks and the other on the classic 80s movies projected on the deep red wall.

Shouts of “Jenga!” float down the narrow hallway to the dark back room, where down-to-earth DC urbanites in flip-flops play darts and vintage arcade games, chill on middle-school band chairs, or just read some of the highbrow bathroom graffiti scribbled on the brick walls.

Anyone looking to laze away a weekend afternoon over bagel sandwiches and $2 brunch cocktails will find the rooftop deck a welcome – albeit occasionally sticky – retreat, while a second bar keeps the cans on the thirty-plus beer list ice cold and close at hand.

A home base for many Columbia Heights dwellers, The Red Derby is a relaxed neighborhood bar where the notion of formality never gets past the door.

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Tip from Emma:

The Red Derby may not have a set Happy Hour, but when beer starts at only $2, it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face anyway. Grab a couple to go with their famously yummy grilled cheese sandwiches.

  • Crowd

    Chilled-out Columbia Heights locals, relaxed hipsters, students, and tieless young professionals, early 20s to mid-30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Theme parties throughout the year, including Mardi Gras celebrations, Halloween pumpkin carving, Derby Prom complete with themed backdrop for the classic “hold me in your arms” prom pictures, and the Kentucky Derby bash.

    Classic 80s films projected on the wall by the main bar. Dozens of free board games. Two old-school arcade machines. Dart board. Free Wi-Fi.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Bar menu including chicken tenders, fries, burgers, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Half-price menu items Su–W. Brunch Sa–Su 11:30am–3pm. Cash only. ATM on site.

  • Prices

    Brunch menu $5–$10, appetizers $4–$9, sandwiches and tacos $7–$11. Beer $2–$7, wine $6/glass or $24/bottle, cocktails $5–$8.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes: only requirement is shirt and shoes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Mondays for half-price burger night, Friday and Saturday nights for the biggest weekend crowd, and Saturdays and Sundays for brunch.

  • Close By

    The Wonderland Ballroom (1101 Kenyon Street NW), another neighborhood hangout, offers a beer garden out front and live band karaoke on Tuesday nights.

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