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Chill with the Cool Kids at American Ice Co. in Washington, DC

December 8, 2013

Washington, DC, USA – While DC is home to a number of hot clubs, sometimes all we want is to chill out with our friends at an unpretentious bar to shoot the breeze. American Ice Co. is a refreshing alternative to the many sceney nightspots in the U Street/Shaw area, with its steely, industrial aesthetic (it was formerly a garage) and airy terrace for warm summer nights.

Constellations of attractive 20- and 30-somethings gripping frosty cans and mason jars of beer are “hipster-gazing” sights to behold. Full of beer (there’s a vast range of offerings: from low-brow Pabst and Miller High Lifes to high-end artisanal brews like Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat and imports such as Tokyo Black) and cheer, old friends casually catch up, tallboys in hand, perhaps underneath a deer head mounted against one of the exposed brick walls (a playful rural touch) or in a grainy wooden booth . First daters sit at one of the outdoor picnic tables (they even have heat lamps if it’s too chilly), breaking the ice over cheesy plates of “swachos,” pork nachos drowned in cheddar sauce. Despite the prevalence of veganism among the client population, the Southern-tinged menu doesn’t shy away from swine-heavy sandwiches, salads, and small plates.

Before all you non-beer drinkers begin to whine, take a peek at the red, white, and sparkling wine selection, where glasses never exceed USD 9. And cocktail lovers, don’t despair. Even though the friendly bartenders can’t mix your favorite drink (the bar doesn’t have a license for the hard stuff), they’re sure to find you a beer or wine that could melt even the iciest of dispositions. Don’t know about you, but we think that’s pretty cool.

Read more about American Ice Co. in our Washington, DC guide.

American Ice Co.
917 V St., NW
Washington, DC
(1) 202-758-3562
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