8601 Baltimore Avenue
College Park, MD 20740
Phone: (301) 474-2800
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Bars & Cafes
The name is an ode to the American poet Langston Hughes who started off as a busboy before becoming a famous writer. Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville is their fourth location and it opened its doors in 2011, becoming a popular meeting place for the locals. It is an amalgamation of art, politics and culture by regularly hosting live entertainment, poetry readings and annual rotating exhibits. There is also a book corner showcasing local authors featuring political, fiction to nonfiction books. Whether it is to dine on delish meals which is designed for all palates from vegan to meat eaters or just hangout for a healthy discussion, Busboys and Poets is an affable space that will surely charm you.
Franklin's Brewery, hailed as a local favorite, offers a colorful atmosphere with a wide variety of entrees that are sure to satisfy everyone at the table. Menu selections include home-style, American comfort food like pizza, salads, burgers, and daily specials. Located on the upper level of the restaurant, Franklin's Bar serves up beers from its brewery, specialty martinis and other refreshing mixed drinks. Be sure to stop by Franklin's general store (connected to the restaurant) to browse and purchase novelty gifts, candies and assorted wine and beer. Check the website for opening hours.
This friendly and healthy restaurant offers Korean fare, and more, with flair. The interior is simply appointed with white walls and pop art. The bi bim bahp, shredded, marinated veggies served over steamed rice with spicy bean paste, is not to be passed up. There is also jahp chae, clear noodles and rice, Korean short ribs, teriyaki fish, focaccia sandwiches, salads and even burgers to choose from. The espresso drinks of Mark's Kitchen are delicious, as are the teas. For the adventuresome, try the radish vegetable juice from the juice bar.
Located next to the beautiful University of Maryland campus, Cornerstone Grill and Loft attracts a large nightly crowd of young 20-somethings looking for cheap drinks, amazing specials and contemporary tunes. Popular among students and alumni alike, Cornerstone is a great place to watch the game on one of their 17 high-definition TVs. The downstairs boasts a dance floor and a long bar while the upstairs “loft” has two pool tables, additional seating and another bar. Their Friday happy hours are the cheapest in town. While not the most stylish of places, Cornerstone is a great place to enjoy a laid back evening with liberal college students. - Zoe Pagonis
As the name suggests, this pirate hideout boasts of some old relics right out of a ship. The wood-paneled walls of Piratz Tavern, are adorned by pistols and pirate flags abound within. Make your way to the dining room where you'll find lantern-lit tables, which are complemented by huge knives to go with the theme. Seafood and Caribbean cuisine dominate the menu. If you go past the dining room into the bar, you'll find a huge table and sword-swallowing bartenders offering rum and beer varieties. They offer a great 12pm Sunday Piratz Brunch Buffet where for a decent prices kids have brunch as well as a sword fighting lesson,a certificate and take home a full size toy sword and eye patch. Although they are a tavern they are also kid friendly with a kids menu, kids lounge with pirate movies and children are given take-home coloring books and pirate toys when they are seated. They also have live entertainment predominantly on weekends that includes pirate singers, sword fighting, belly dancing and fire shows.
A sports bar with billiards and a full restaurant menu. They have 2 full bars and 15 HDTVs throughout to watch your team play.
Features entree salads, sandwiches, hand tossed pizzas, oven roasted meats, savory foccacia and macaroni and cheese prepared in a stone hearth oven. They offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Formerly known as the Tunnel, Club Envy in Washington is one place you will not regret visiting. With some of the best bartenders mixing up great drinks and top DJ's like Nurse Allison, Jen Lasher and Misguided spinning their records to the latest beats, the place is never short of quality music. Also, performers like Steve Archer of the band 'Ego' have appeared here. Party animals and music lovers are bound to have a good time at this venue. Club Envy also has events like the Go-Go and Dance Hall Reggae shows along with the weekly Goth Night, and on some nights music concerts are also held.
A neighborhood bar with a look of cultivated shabbiness and just the right level of grunge, Lyman's Tavern is a popular neighborhood after-hours spot. From old-school pinball machines, retro jukebox to hot dogs served in chequered paper and buttered popcorn, this bar successfully recreates the watering holes of old. Enjoy a pint of draft beer while hanging out with friends, the atmosphere is quite lively and it can get loud. You can settle in at the bar or grab a table for your group as you check out the arcade games and pinball machines, or challenge someone to a game.
Situated in Columbia Heights, Red Rocks Firebrick Pizzeria offers excellent brick-oven pizza made with fresh ingredients and served hot. Beyond pizza, Red Rocks offers a wide selection of microbrews on tap and in the bottle, plus wine and cocktails. Savory salads and sandwiches are also available. Outdoor seating is the place to be in the summertime. With pizza and beer being the main focus, Red Rocks tends to attract a younger crowd, and gets busy on the weekends. Brunch is also available on the weekends. Red Rocks is a good spot to hang out with friends for a low-key affair with high-quality food. – Wynne Boelt
Meridian Pint, on 11th, offers an impressive drink list that features All-American craft brews. Using sustainable methods of functioning, Meridian fosters the craft and draft beer culture that is quite missing in Washington DC. Apart from a long, long beer list, the place also has a great collection of American draft whiskeys to offer. To complement these very local brews Meridian Pint churns out a great range of contemporary American dishes - a lot salads, sandwiches and burger to be expected. Meridian Pint also serves a mean brunch, check the details on their website!
The Pinch is located in the heart of Columbia Heights, and is a popular dining choice among locals. This restaurant features delicious American classics including burgers, mac ‘n’ cheese and chicken wings, complemented by premium spirits. Bring your own wine or grab a draft beer from an impressive selection. Great discounts at happy hour, live music, karaoke and trivia nights keep the atmosphere vibrant and energetic.