Eater 7/28/11Bar Pilar is one part restaurant — with a seasonal menu that veers from classic fried chicken to the more intriguing pan-fried calves brains — and one part watering hole. [Eater 38 Member]
1833 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Afterwork / Happy Hour,Bar,Billards / Gaming,Dive,Hipster,Neighborhood,Restaurant / Bar
80's, Alternative , Hip-Hop, Pop / Top 40
Bar Pilar is located on 14th St. right by where U St. and a lot of the D.C. night life exits. The bar is said to be a good place for people coming from out of town to visit, but most of the patrons there are local residents who are looking for a place to unwind. Whether you’re looking for a bar, a club, a lounge, a nice restaurant, or you just want to hop between these places, Bar Pilar is a great place to start or end the night. The friendly service, the creativity it brings to the drinks and food, and the ever changing history behind the location and the bar itself keeps customers coming night after night.
Eats & Drinks
At Bar Pilar the dishes don’t extend beyond $10 for each plate and come in portions in which they are almost meant to be shared. The menu changes each night so it’s a sampling party for ones palate, whether one is speaking of the food or the drinks. The drinks there have some unique twists because the bartender will often experiment and serve what he or she considers tasty. One of these examples would be a Bloody Mary with bacon. Sounds a bit off but it’s something that every Bloody Mary fan should experience. All in all at Bar Pilar, the food and drinks scream for people to come in groups and to just have a good time.
There is a rustic yet contemporary feel to Bar Pilar that can be grasped by simply looking at pictures of the place. The bar itself sort of sends out a vibe in which jeans and suits can intermingle in a single locale and what it’s saying is “ Whatever you feel is casual works for us.” Even the food and drinks at Bar Pilar compliment the style and feel of the bar very well by allowing whichever patron comes in to feel as if they belong. You will always be at home at Bar Pilar.
Washingtonian Magazine 1/9/12This is the neighborhood bar of our dreams, with marvelous cocktails, a lived-in patina, genial bartenders, and Justin Bittner’s ever-changing seasonal small plates.
Washingtonian Magazine 10/21/11Recent standouts on the menu have been roasted mushrooms w/ braised leeks; crispy potatoes w/ malt aïoli; honey-glazed carrots w/ shallots and thyme; strawberry-rhubarb crumb pie w/ vanilla ice cream
AskMen 10/29/10From 5 - 7 pm on weekdays, you can partake of this feast of organ meat for only $4 per plate.
Erik M.6/12/09amazing small plates and cocktails