The Summer Drinking Showdown: Biergarten Haus vs. Bardo Brewpub

Which beer garden is the best?

Bardo Brewpub (pictured), a human and dog-friendly beer garden, goes up against Northeast neighbor Biergarten Haus. Photograph by Scott Suchman

Welcome back to day two of the Summer Drinking Showdown! Yesterday two great rooftop bars entered in a fight to the deck, and only one emerged: POV Lounge, which checked the Rock & Roll Hotel out of the competition. We’ll see POV again in the next round.

Today’s beery bash involves two popular beer gardens. On the one side we have H Street’s Biergarten Haus, a Euro Disneyland of brews that keeps its cozy backyard open year-round for sipping steins of Spaten Lager and filling up on sausages and schnitzel. Taking on the Germanic giant: Northeast neighbor Bardo Brewpub, a legend in its own right among DC drinkers. Once a happening Arlington brewpub in the 90’s, Bardo is enjoying a second life as a beer-filled outdoor playground on Bladensburg Road, open to humans and their four-legged pals for lawn games, live music, and of course, plenty of fresh-brewed suds.

Biergarten Haus’s sunny back patio is the place to sip steins on H Street. Photograph courtesy of Biergarten Haus.

So which beer garden does it better? Vote now, vote later. Polls close at 5.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.