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Arlington’s breweries and beer-centric restaurants offer something for newbies and craft beer enthusiasts alike.

Arlington takes its brew seriously with craft breweries, restaurants and bars offering exceptional beer selections. And it is quickly becoming recognized as a go-to spot for great beer. “One thing unique to Arlington is the array of good beer places concentrated in the Wilson Boulevard corridor,” said Stephen Lipps, D.C. correspondent for Mid-Atlantic Brewing News. “D.C. has areas with good beer bars, but not so many as this area between Clarendon and Courthouse offers, which is even more enticing when you have the Metro available at either end of this strip.”

Local Breweries

  • The New District Brewing Co. in Shirlington features a brewery and tasting room with a warehouse vibe. Sample beers like the popular Belgian style saison 1821 or something from their seasonal selection. 
  • The Clarendon neighborhood features the award winning The Boardroom, winner of a 2020 Virginia Craft Beer Cup First Place Award. Settle in for some quality craft beers, great food and a fun night full of old-school board games with friends.

Beer-Centric Restaurants & Bars

Beer lovers’ oases include Fire Works American Pizzeria & Bar in Courthouse, Lyon Hall in Clarendon, and Rustico and Crafthouse in Ballston. Bronson Bierhall in Ballston offers Authentic German-American food and delicious beer. With long communal tables, Bronson provides guests with a traditional german feel. 

Continental Beer Garden, in the Rosslyn neighborhood, offers a drinking spot with games and outdoor seating in season. Rosslyn’s Hyatt Centric Arlington offers a growler program featuring 10 local beers. Arlington even has a Great Wall of Beer, a who’s who of craft brews, at the Westover Market & Beer Garden. Although Rebellion on the Pike is known for its wide selection of whiskey and bourbon, they also offer a variety of craft beer options for those looking for a cold brew.

Arlington's newest brewpub Nighthawk Brewery & Pizza specializes in Midwest Tavern pie, a thin and crispy pizza, great for enjoying with their extensive list of both juicy and crispy beers brewed on-site.