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The Brixton: Brits and Booze on U Street

by Borderstan.com October 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm 1,111 0

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The Brixton at the corner of U and 9th Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

The “it’s so new” buzz surrounding The Brixton has dwindled slightly since the British-themed pub’s July opening, but one thing is for sure: The Brixton remains a go-to spot on the U Street nightlife circuit.

So what is it about this Hilton brothers hot spot that keeps D.C.’s social eaters and drinkers coming back for more? I recently popped in for a cocktail (or two) to get to the bottom of the lure of The Brixton. Here is what I discovered:

  • There’s just something about a roof deck: Even in this chilly fall weather, I love nothing more than a good roof deck. Perhaps its the open space and the fresh air, or maybe it’s the ability to escape from an obnoxious conversation taking place next to your table. Whatever the reason may be, roof decks reign supreme… and The Brixton has an enormous one.
  • Attracting an eclectic crowd: I went at the time of night when the downstairs was clearing out and the upstairs was getting crowded… err, packed. And while I am not a fan of a packed bar (there is nothing I hate more than seeing a line, much less waiting in one, outside a bar), there is something to be said for a bar that has a good mix of people. Unlike the same crowds at a lot of hip bars and clubs, each group of people at The Brixton seemed very different from one another.. and this was just as refreshing as my drink.
  • A creative cocktail list: The Brixton has your draft beers and classic mixed drinks, but it you are looking for something with a tad more London flare, the specialty cocktails will curb your craving. With names like the Mind the Gap and Easy Ringo, what’s not to like?
  • Ambiance is important: The Brixton is named after a neighborhood in London, and thus, is decorated like one. The first-floor dining room is cozy and is decked out with traditional British touches. If you can’t afford a trip to London right now, a trip to The Brixton is a sure second.
  • Food, dude: The menu is not the expected pub fare. Yes, it has a few classic staples (try the Shepard’s Pie or the Fish and Chips), but it also has a more diverse selection to choose from, such as Curried Cauliflower Samosas, Malai Kufta Tiffin and Smoked Jamaican Jerk Chicken.
The Brixton is at 901 U Street NW. For more information, visit the website.

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