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The Bar Belle: The Pour House

The Pour House

319 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E.

To scope out this bar, I hopped on the Metro and headed to Capitol South.

Now, don’t let the Southeast address scare you; the only frightening thing you’ll see on your walk from the Metro to the bars is the Library of Congress reminding you of the books you’ve left in favor of beer.

Upon arrival at The Pour House, a group of rowdy 20-somethings wanted to ensure that my friend and I would be spending our evening with them – so they said they had a table saved just for us. Before we could join these hooligans, the bouncer carded us. The group of unruly gentlemen we chose to sit alongside happened to be the West Potomac Rugby Team and this was their home bar. The team graced our ears with some classic rugby songs that are not politically correct enough for me to ever repeat.

After finishing a pitcher, we decided it was time to move inside and check out the rest of the bar. With a friendly staff and good drink specials ($10 pitchers of Bud Light and Miller Light on Saturdays, and $2.50 pints Monday through Friday, 4 to 7 p.m.), our pre-gaming tactics were shaping up nicely.

Speaking of games, The Pour House has televisions in every conceivable crevice of the bar, so no matter where you decide to sit, you’ll be watching your favorite college football team.

As the 8 p.m. hour rolled around, we had to depart and head to the D.C. United game already underway. But before we left the staff made sure we had bracelets to ride the “ghost bus” back to the bar after the game (see accompanying story).

After a not-so-thrilling 2-0 victory for the United and an entertaining and free ride on the Ghost Bus, we found ourselves back at the Pour House and promptly realized what we needed: more beer. At $6 a beer at the soccer game, the $10 pitchers at Pour House seemed even more appealing than before. The downstairs bar was packed and we were ushered upstairs for the D.C. United post-game party.

The top floor of the Pour House is a different bar entirely. Known as “Top of The Hill,” it is a leather-couch lounge adorned with WWII-era posters. “Top of The Hill” is complete with a wine rack and high-end bourbons. While normally my T-shirt and jeans combo would not fly in this portion of the bar, Saturday night was an exception. So we sank into the couches, helped ourselves to shots of Jagermeister (pleased to say it’s on tap) and marveled at how I might as well have been in my own living room. Too bad my living room has never held 100 sports fans and the promise of professional soccer players showing up later in the evening.

The Pour House is the perfect place to watch your favorite out-of-town sports team, get drinks before a game or head to after a game for a play-by-play rundown of the evening. The best thing about this bar? Knowing I can go back.

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