Located in the trendy Manhattan Laundry building, Franklin Hall is already a bustling drinking destination, whether for large groups or rowdy happy hours. The bar brings the classic European beer hall vibe to D.C. In addition to the communal tables, there's also a huge bar top and spruced-up seating areas with leather couches. The bar features 20 taps showcasing a diverse selection that spans different styles, and while there's a local emphasis, craft beers from across the U.S. make the list.
This beer-focused, watering hole, carved out of the historic Manhattan Laundry Building in the U Street Corridor, brings a self-service approach to the drinking scene, flanking its bar with ordering kiosks, and serving its creatively topped sausages and Frito pies from a walk-up window. Long wooden tables fill the exposed- brick, industrial space that's outfitted with salvaged artifacts and flea market finds. There are two lounges as well.
This 5,600-square-foot newcomer isn’t your Opa’s beer hall, though tenets of the classic setup remain: namely, good food and big beers. A list of nationally representative beers is available mostly by the pint or liter (except for the high-octane stuff), which can be properly paired with grilled sausages such as spicy chorizo, Thai pork and kielbasa, available “naked” or “dressed.” Pro tip: The weekend breakfast tacos are worth getting out of bed for.
If you’ve ever waited half an hour for a beer at a bar crowded with people waving $20 bills in the air, Peter Bayne can relate. With his latest venture, Franklin Hall, the co-founder of restaurant group Tin Shop DC and his business partner Geoff Dawson are setting out to ease your pain.
Bayne is a partner in the brand-new Franklin Hall, which opens today in the historic Manhattan Laundry building at 14th Street and Florida Avenue NW, as well as a string of other establishments, including Penn Social, Big Chief and Highline RxR. He says the latest venture is an experiment in speeding up the bar experience.
Servers are one thing you won't find when Franklin Hall opens Friday in the Manhattan Laundry building (1346 Florida Ave. NW). The 5,600-square-foot American beer hall that owes its long, narrow layout to its status as a former trolley repair shop is built off a self-service model.