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Red Derby

Red Derby

Dive Bar$$$$
Petworth, Washington
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    Tara s.
    "Half price burger $1 beers on a beautiful rooftop deck!"(15 Tips)
    Ben R.
    "Good cheap beer and a roof deck, what's not to like?"(5 Tips)
    Andrew W.
    "Good bar food too."(14 Tips)
    WayneMan C.
    "Board games, great specials, and a fantastic staff!"(5 Tips)
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  • Jackieheart icon on user image
    JackieFebruary 19, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Cash only. The ATM costs $2. Tater tots are only served with brunch. Bloody Marys are now $3. Jason and Nick are the best bartenders. The chicken tacos are the best, and are half off on Tuesdays.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsOctober 1, 2013
    All of the necessary provisions for a debaucherous evening out: a dimly lit, red-tinted bar, a spacious roof deck, and a back room for games.
  • Sam S.heart icon on user image
    Sam SherwoodJuly 18, 2015
    Gotta love a strong Manhattan served in a plastic glass like you'd get at an old school pizza parlor. The Old Pro from Union brewery in Baltimore is terrific if you're down with a sour/salty beer.
  • Allison A.heart icon on user image
    Allison AbbottJune 27, 2016
    Everything brunch should be: super affordable, nothing fancy, just delicious, rooftop, and tots w every dish. Extra points for having drink specials beyond just mimosas. My new favorite brunch in DC!
  • Moritzheart icon on user image
    MoritzOctober 17, 2014
    Neighborhood bar. Cash only. Relaxed on weekdays, packed on weekends. Good beer selection. Bartenders are very friendly. Check out the rooftop section.
  • Phil W.heart icon on user image
    Phil WatsonJanuary 10, 2016
    Basically everything a dive bar should be--cash only, canned beer, and lively. The bartenders are great too (looking at you, Jason)
  • Andrew W.heart icon on user image
    Andrew WisemanAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Cool cheap spot. Cash only, nice food deck. Good bar food too.
  • Clarissa G.
    Clarissa GennarelliApril 2, 2013
    Nick is the beat bartender ever, and Anne Marie is the nicest. Hit this spot for some of the best weekday drink deals, including $4 Tom Collins's and Tequila Sunrises on Tuesdays.
  • Brightest Young Things
    Brightest Young ThingsOctober 27, 2010
    Schlitz and a shot and sweet potato fries. Go on Tuesdays for half-priced tacos or at 2am for espresso shots on Saturday because why wouldn't you?
  • Katarina K.heart icon on user image
    Katarina KatsmaMarch 15, 2015
    Be warned, brunch closes at 330. If you're one of those "awake by noon, out of bed by 2" kind of people, you won't make food on time. Otherwise their Bloody Mary's are fantastic.
  • Viks
    ViksSeptember 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    A must visit if you're in the Columbia Heights area. The rooftop adds to the charm of this dive. It captures the essence of the neighborhood. Don't miss the weekend brunch.
  • Moris G.
    Moris GhettodcJuly 5, 2014
    Great place! Everytime i go, i get the dos hombres. Witch is a beer and a shot of tequila !!!
  • Ky E.heart icon on user image
    Ky E.June 21, 2014
    Lots of cheap drinks. A ton of great craft beers. Great rooftop. Need to pay with cash! They have an ATM though.
  • Jason B.
    Jason BlytheFebruary 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Bring cash but other than that they have the best prices and a great home town feel. I love this place.
  • Kevin A.heart icon on user image
    Kevin ArtsJanuary 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite dive bars in DC. Beer. Fried mac and cheese. Grilled cheese and sweet potato fries.
  • Ben R.heart icon on user image
    Ben RMay 11, 2016
    Good cheap beer and a roof deck, what's not to like? Cans only, cash only.
  • Alan L.
    Alan LightfeldtJune 10, 2012
    Super cheap sunday brunch menu - including the $2 bloody marys. You can get stuffed and wasted for less than $15 here.
  • Jason C.heart icon on user image
    Jason CDecember 22, 2009
    Been here 100+ times
    Love the brunch. I always get Bloody Mary's over the Mimosa's, but it don't matter since they are all $3. Grab a morning burger with tots or the if you aren't that hungry, the breakfast burrito.
  • WayneMan C.
    WayneMan ComedyNovember 9, 2010
    This is exactly what a neighborhood bar should offer. Board games, great specials, and a fantastic staff! Try the beer & shot for only $5.00.
  • Michael S.
    Michael SmithMay 17, 2013
    Awesome spot. $3 tall boy Schlitz at happy hour. Cash and cans only though.
  • Holly S.
    Holly SmithSeptember 12, 2011
    the best day to go is Monday. They have the most specials then... nut its cash only so be prepared
  • Jason C.heart icon on user image
    Jason CAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Beer and shot combos are inventive and cheap. Try them all.
  • Amy C.heart icon on user image
    Amy CummingsApril 9, 2018
    Cheap beer, dive-y, what’s not to like.
  • Caitlin W.
    Caitlin WesleyAugust 4, 2014
    By far the coolest staff around. I was unable to pay my tab one night, and when I came into settle it up, the manger bought me a beer. Very cool place.
  • Jenipher C.
    Great for brunch, but CASH ONLY. Rooftop is where it's at!
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 13, 2011
    Beer is only served in cans at this dive, but they've got a good selection. Go for a Dale's Pale Ale or an Old Chub.
  • C S.heart icon on user image
    C SGNovember 7, 2014
    Bartenders have the best taste in music. Most fantastic neighborhood bar
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    KassJune 27, 2015
    Brunch is no- frills, solid food, cheap and boozy.
  • Ben G.heart icon on user image
    Ben GAugust 8, 2014
    All cans, all the time. Decent service with pretty good prices.
  • WayneMan C.
    WayneMan ComedyOctober 24, 2010
    Best brunch in the neighborhood, 1/2 price burgers, and lots of board games. Staff makes you feel right at home!
  • Vashti J.
    Vashti JMarch 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great brunch. Great staff. Great prices. Love this neighborhood spot
  • Neil S.heart icon on user image
    Neil SAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Used to be hardcore hipster, now a little less so. The rooftop is sweet. But watchout -- it's cash only.
  • Quentin
    QuentinAugust 19, 2014
    Fish dog an shrimp po' boy $5.00 on Sunday!
  • Nicholas B.
    Nicholas BehrMay 13, 2013
    Half priced burgers on Mondays! Get the Derby toppings on the veggie burger!
  • Courtney D.
    Courtney DAugust 7, 2011
    Go for brunch - $2 drinks, delicious food, and make your own mimosas
  • Frank
    FrankJanuary 16, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Ask for a little pickle juice in your $2 Bloody Mary at brunch
  • Lucy R.heart icon on user image
    Lucy ReedyJuly 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Big Buck Hunter is here, in the back room with the chalkboard wall. Don't shoot the Nannies!
  • Laura C.heart icon on user image
    Laura CovingtonNovember 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The best place to grab an outdoor drink in dc. +good beer and grilled cheese.
  • John O.heart icon on user image
    John OveringtonAugust 7, 2014
    Dealers choice Shot&Beer combos are the move.
  • Kevin Z.heart icon on user image
    Kevin Z.February 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Cheap beer, no attitudes, roof deck. There's no better place in Columbia Heights
  • Brian H.
    Brian HoFebruary 26, 2013
    Hipsters paradise; $2 PBR, dim lights and board games
  • Elise C.
    Elise CareyApril 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Order a side of chutney with your burger- they're half price on Mondays.
  • ✅ Kit O.heart icon on user image
    ✅ Kit OliynykMarch 4, 2016
    Burgers, beer and chess.
  • Jason C.heart icon on user image
    Jason CMay 28, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    There is a Derby Bakery now. Breads, cookies, lemon chiffon cake, and granola.
  • Alice L.
    Alice LiSeptember 9, 2012
    Pretty much everything comes with tater tots. What could be better?
  • Keely K.
    Keely KnoppFebruary 10, 2013
    They only take cash, so be sure to pool your change
  • Matt K.
    Matt KirklandMarch 8, 2015
    Richmond bands play sometimes. Always a plus.
  • Tara s.
    Tara swaggerApril 27, 2012
    Half price burger $1 beers on a beautiful rooftop deck! Love the Derby
  • Laura C.heart icon on user image
    Laura CovingtonAugust 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best bar in dc. Roof top is even better. Grilled cheese wins.
  • Lindsay
    LindsayJuly 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The rooftop is a must, but don't get too attached, it closes early!
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