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About Harold Black

We open at 5:30pm Tuesday-Saturday and Sunday 5pm
Reservations can accommodate parties of 6 or fewer (No exceptions). We will not accept multiple reservations for one larger group. We do our best to accommodate requests but cannot always guarantee booth seating.

All reservations are made online only, through HaroldBlackDC.com or OpenTable. Availability is updated 24/7 and in real-time.
Harold Black also saves a handful of seats for walk-ins.

Harold Black will reward your persistence with a warm, intimate bar that is quiet enough to hear your conversation yet lively enough to keep you talking. A list of house cocktails gives you a range of options, additionally, the bartenders are at the ready to work their magic if you have something else in mind.

Harold Black serves a light-fare menu till 10pm as well as a late-night menu with a selection of cured meats, cheeses and desserts.

212 7th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 1:00am

Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 2:00am

Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am

Monday: Closed

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 627-0994

Website:
http://haroldblackdc.com/

Parking Details:
Parking on 7th street is free after 6:30

Public Transit:
Eastern Market Metro

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Wine

Harold Black Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.7

ambience

4.9

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (36)
Romantic (35)
Handcrafted Cocktails (30)
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Cozy (24)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Special Occasion (19)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Fun (12)
Bar Seating (12)
Late-night Find (11)
Authentic (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Casual (5)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Tapas (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Business Meals (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Good for Groups (2)
People Watching (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
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·Dined 7 days ago

This place is a must for a romantic, cozy, relaxed night out. Great service, fantastic drinks, and a vibe you will find no where else. I highly recommend this place!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This was my first speakeasy experience in DC and was not disappointed.
Oddly enough, the entire block of Harold Black’s power was out on Saturday night and so they couldn’t open at their regular time. The staff kept me updated through texts and calls and when they reopened, we were able to get a booth for an hour. Honestly, an hour is not enough time to take in all that they have to offer. The cocktails and the service were absolutely amazing and I will definitely be back in the near future!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 2, 2017

HB never disappoints - drinks are amazing. Food is ok - overall a bit overpriced but you pay for the location and the ambiance.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great ambiance, great cheese plate.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

I love speakeasys, seek them out in major cities around the country. Harold Black I would give about a 3 out of 5 if compared to other speakeasys in the region. It's really solid on ambiance as it's got a great secluded and authentic feel, but drink wise (forgive me as I do like visiting the place) it's just not really there. The mixed drinks are a about 2 steps up from a decent sports bar, but about 3 steps down from a good speakeasy and can't touch the real deal. The drinks are 'ok'. You won't be sorely disappointed but if you go for real drinks you won't be impressed. If you're a foodie, probably you won't want to go nuts here. The food is presented well, but it's about on par with the drinks. This is odd as I believe it's owned by the restaurant below which is spectacular. But if you take the cured meets or cheeses for example...I'm 'nearly' certain they are buying them from Eastern Market across the street, which is not where you go for top quality meets or cheese. But they slice the meats thin which helps open the flavor and hides the quality a bit and they cut the cheese thick so you get good portions there.
This review probably sounds bad and it's not mean to. As I mentioned, I like the place, but just don't go in thinking it's one of the top tier speakeasies in the city. It's a good middle ground...though priced as if it were top shelf (3 traditional drinks, a meet and cheese board and fish tacos came to $101 last time I was there).

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great place, i love it. I think this place is one of the best places to take a date. It is oozing with charachter.

the drinks are amazing. I say that the drinks here arent made - they are crafted. It is almost like all the bartenders have a 4 yr degree in booze.

I probably go to this bar a a dozen times a year, however, on two occassions pop music way playing - dont do that HB. keep the music blues/jazzy.

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We thought this was an old Speakeasy, but found out it has only been open for 5 years. Nonetheless, we ordered 3 great handcrafted drinks, lamb chops and salad to share. All were amazing and so was the server.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

This is a perfect speakeasy date spot near Barracks Row/Eastern Market. It’s quiet, intimate, and boasts solid drinks. The bar is elegant in a dark and understated way, a little bit industrial. Lovely find.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

One of the best places I've been for drinks in all of DC. I can't recommend it enough.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We love coming to Harold Black. Always an amazing atmosphere and inventive, delicious craft cocktails. Haveing this neighborhood gem is a treat! 🍸

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

This is a true hidden gem. Hard to find (on purpose!), reservations only, great food and drinks, wonderful (and quiet) ambiance. We've been here five times and it's consistently lovely to spend an evening here.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

My favorite place in DC

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Amazing place

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I had read many reviews saying this place was the best speakeasy-type place in DC. It was not. DC has hundreds of more enjoyable places for food and drinks.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I didn't eat, so I guess I'll have to come back. The drinks/ambiance/service was all outstanding.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Cozy, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The vibe, service and interior are all amazing, just make sure you pick the right drink or ask for a custom made one. We were a group of 3 and no one really liked their drink because the taste of the alcohol was so dominant, it ruined the other flavors.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Our server was very rude.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Really great for a unique experience. Highly recommend

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Top notch. One of the best places I've been to in DC

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Fun, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Wonderful as always. Perfect place for a good drinks and a quiet conversation.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Always a fun and original spot! Great atmosphere! Original drinks! Top notch service every time!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Intimate, cozy atmosphere. Fantastic cocktails. Great jazz vibe. Easy to talk and relax.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Dark, dreary, dull. Not a great bar, certainly not a restaurant, not interesting as a destination. The cocktails are fine but when I asked to go off menu and asked for a bourbon based cocktail suggestion, the bartender seemed completely confused. Cool neighborhood though.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

all female bartenders for the win! Don't hire dudes.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Our group had a lovely happy hour. Cool ambiance, good drinks, and we wish we had one of these closer to where we live. It was a beautiful experience.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

This was the most awesome place ever, my girl friend loved it and wants to go back there again in the near future! The waiter there was also awesome as well.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Staff was super responsive and friendly. The atmosphere is a conversation starter. Creative drinks as well as old standards. I really liked the use of locally distilled spirits. The best is that you asked to put away your phones.

Tags: Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Secret gem in the neighborhood. Fun for a date. Good drinks and excellent cheesecake!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Great location, good food and popular restaurant! It was Sunday evening at 8:00 pm and the restaurant was full which usually means a 'happening place'!

Tags: People Watching, Hot Spot, Casual
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Our visit to Harold Black was absolutely fantastic. They were accommodating about changing our seating and the atmosphere was just what we were looking for, cozy, candlelit, and quiet. The cocktails and cheesecake were amazing! Definitely a gem to go back to.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Late-night Find
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I'm a HUGE lover of Speakeasies. I think part of it is finding how to get inside, and the other part is the whole experience once you're in. I've been to two others in D.C., and many others around the world, and Harold Black is up there in terms of my favorite ones. There's something "magical" about walking into a Prohibition-style speakeasy that transports you into that era. From the decor, to the cocktails, to the service, and food menu, Harold Black was all around a GREAT experience!

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I love this place. Excellent date spot. The bartender was very helpful in explaining the menu and made some fun tweaks for us, like adding egg whites to one of the drinks.

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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Hidden gem, cute and intimate bar great for date night. Excellent customer service. Cheese cake to die for.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 13, 2017

Absolutely phenomenal drinks. Such kind staff and great vibe. I want to come back often for sure.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 10, 2017

This is an amazing, intimate space for a date. The decor is incredible and the food and service are also fantastic. I highly recommend it.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Awesome place. Great decor, inviting, and cozy speakeasy with great cocktails. Really great place to bring a date or friends for drinks and conversation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Quaint and quiet. Dark ambiance makes for a true opportunity to speak easily (see what I did there) as you drink and dine. Limited options, but well stated. Will certainly come back again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Great first date spot!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Bartender a little bit slow. Other than that really cozy, and perfect for a drink with your special person

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 27, 2017

There's no better romantic evening than a nite in a candle-lit hideaway. A truly unforgettable experience. The staff are your personal sommeliers

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