Whole Foods Launches In-Store Bars, With More On the Way

Buying organic quinoa just got a whole lot more fun.

By: Anna Spiegel

Attention, shoppers: It’s time for happy hour. Thrillist brought word* this morning that several area Whole Foods have recently launched bars, including locations in Arlington, Alexandria, and Tenleytown, with a P Street pub on the way in October. (Sorry, Marylanders, you still can’t buy alcohol in the grocery store, let alone drink it.)

Fueling your market run are local draft beers, wines by the glass, and organic coffee and espresso drinks. Each store has a slightly different layout, but you can grab a stool at all three bars for a boozy shopping break, take your beverage into the more spacious cafe seating areas to pair with your meal, or carry drinks around the store while you browse. To that end, shopping cart cup holders are in the works.

The drink selection varies by location, but you’ll find several glasses of wine and bubbly and a selection draft beers across the board (see sample menus below), generally priced between $3 and $7. While local wines may be offered, the vino list runs global; the beer list emphasizes local breweries such as Port City and Tuppers’. In Virginia, where the filling of growlers is legal, you can fill 32- and 64-ounce jugs with fresh brew to take home. District buyers have their own perks: Tenleytown offers free rein on 200 varieties of bottled beer, so you can snag a sample brew from any six-pack before committing to the other five.

Like any respectable bar, all three Whole Foods watering holes currently offer various happy hour specials, such as $1 off pints on weekdays and organic mimosas on Saturday and Sunday. Just don’t go overboard, or you may end up with buyer’s remorse after drunkenly purchasing that $100 load of kale.

Check back in with us for grand opening events at the stores, the launch of the P Street bar, and upcoming menus.

Sample menu for Virginia (The Holland Pub in Alexandria)

Sample menu for DC (The Bar in Tenleytown)

*ARLnow should be credited with breaking the original news, and Eater DC should be credited with pointing out that it did so.