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About Harold Black
Harold Black is 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.
Please be aware of a few house rules:
1. We look forward to having you join us and are happy to hold your table for up to fifteen minutes. To contact us with a special request, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Your booking reserves your seats for 2 hours.
3. Due to our small size we cannot guarantee booth seating.
4. Our maximum party size is six people, no exceptions, and unfortunately we cannot book multiple tables for one group. To book Harold Black for a private event, please email email@example.com.
Washington, DC 20003
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 1:00am
Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 2:00am
Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking on 7th street is free after 6:30
Eastern Market Metro
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Wine
Harold Black Ratings and Reviews
The servers are great and always make you feel like you're at home. The space is quiet and cozy, perfect for getting to know someone special or just hanging out with a great friend to catch up on life.
The drinks are always well-mixed and the fish tacos hit the spot for a late night bite.
Went there almost one year to the date for a birthday
I was a little disappointed, expectations set from a year before. My drinks were ok, but everyone else’s really good. I think the mixologist was stumped by my request to incorporate ginger and rye and not too sweet. Food was good and decor was good as always. We did not get the complimentary champagne as a good bye but that is ok, but it was a nice touch the year before
I loved the speak easy atmosphere, from getting into the bar to the music selection to the attire of the staff. All very early 1900s. One thing, positive or negative depending on what kind of drinker you are, was that their drinks were very alcohol-forward. I ended up getting the st. George, which was rum on rum on rum. It was delicious, but if you usually go for drinks that have less of an alcoholic taste, I wouldn't suggest here. This is more of a 'get a cocktail and settle in for a conversation' place, which worked perfectly for us!
Bottom line: cute concept, execution needs work. Tried walking up to Harold Black without a reservation without success -- decided to get a reservation and do it right. HB has 30 total seats (not 30 tables, 30 seats). So, it is cozy. Entirely lit by candle, it creates a nice vibe on a cold winter evening. We were sat and received water right away but things then ground to a halt. Our server didn't greet us / ask about questions for 15 minutes, and we were there for over 40 minutes (and 3 water refills) before we received our drinks. The drinks were good but not worth needing a reservation. I'd suggest Copycat on H Street for a better example of what HB is trying for. As we left, the hallway was packed with others hoping to get a seat. I'm guessing they were falling behind on their reservations, which could have been easily solved with better service.
Second time visit, different experience. Did the max group size (6) with a cozy corner booth. Went off-menu with the tasting (5 drinks for $40; the price went up), but I would suggest doing a cocktail tasting only when you sit at the bar. Also suggest date nights here rather than group events.
What an awesome place. From the eerie, hush, hush hall to the knocking of the door to get in, it was great! My kids thought I was joking when we we went in the. Wooden door. They had a really neat time. I really wanted to go because I read about the place, but I was with my 16 & 17 year old. The staff was awesome with them. Treated them like adults we had some light fare food and I found a place I'd go back to with my husband next time we're on D.C.
This place is very small and definitely is best if you have a reservation. We went at 9:30 on a Saturday night, which was exactly the kind of thing we were looking for, but there was nothing else around that was open late enough for us to hit a second place. If you want to do a whole night out, I would suggest hitting Harold Black on the earlier side. Other than that, great service and a lovely cocktail list! They also do a bartender's choice cocktail if you don't find something on the menu that interests you. We didn't have food but their menu had a lot of different options.
I go here at least once a month and I love that it allows me and some friends to get together and enjoy one another's company in a quiet and comfortable place. Cozy and warm springs to mind as the word that best describes this place.
Lalah is always super awesome and Derek was pretty attentive too.
Best date spot I've been to in DC. Great set-up, perfect volume of background noise. Not trying too hard to be a speakeasy, but plays the part very well. Excellent hand-crafted cocktails. I'll come back for sure. I haven't tried the food yet so no comment on that.
Derek and Emily were wonderful hosts for our evening. We dropped in between our wedding and our ceremony for a quick one-on-one break from the craziness and they treated us like royalty. Best drinks you can find in town, for sure. Thanks for everything, guys!
My wife and I went on whim after a quick google search of places in the area. It took us a bit to find the correct door but once we were in we did not want to leave. Our bartender that night was Layla and we told her what we like to drink and she made custom cocktails for us from the information we gave. For food, we order the cheese plate, which we could have eaten 3 of ( because it was that good, not because it was small) and the charcuterie. We will be going back once we are in the area again.
We go here a lot and the service is always exceptional. Lalah (sp?) and Hillary are the best and the staff is one of the main reasons we keep coming. Drinks are awesome... I’ve only ever had the fish tacos but they are on point and gluten free.
FYI - We miss Dominick
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!
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).
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.
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