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Harold Black

4.8
404 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Romantic
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 reservations@haroldblackdc.com
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 events@haroldblackdc.com.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 1:00am

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

Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am

Monday: Closed
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Phone number
(202) 627-0994
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Parking on 7th street is free after 6:30
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Public transit
Eastern Market Metro
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Wine
What 404 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.9
ambience
4.3
value
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Went this weekend with a friend. We snagged a table off to the side and sat comfortably. The drinks were great and the cheese plate was scrumptious.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Harold and Black has become one of our favorite spots! We love the customer service, ambiance and the energy from the place! My husband is blind and feels so relaxed and taken care of when we go! Plus, Im the girl with lots of allergies and they go over and beyond to help make me an awesome drink! If you haven't gone, make a rez and go!

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Fantastic experience. Average prices for the drinks for the area but above average atmosphere. Will go again! Layla was fantastic

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2.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Ambiance was cool: dark, candles, entrance wasn't labeled. Drinks were not worth $14, not overly interesting and not good. We only got one drink and left.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Charming gem. Very sexy atmosphere and great service. Mysterious and delightful!

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Great feel to the place. Service to order a drink was slow but the cocktails were good when they arrived. Would go again as we love speakeasys and it's in my hood

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We went to Harold Black for a few drinks after dinner for my girlfriend's birthday. I'm so happy I made this reservation as we were not ready to go home after dinner and this was the perfect spot to continue our evening. Harold Black is much quieter than some other similar places so it's great for holding conversation with close friends. Love this place!! And drinks were absolutely delicious!! =)

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Harold Black is a DC gem! A real hideaway for a couple or for a small group of friends. Novel handmade cocktails, great tapa/small bite menu.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The service was prompt and the bartender was knowledgable and his drinks were excellent. We had an incredible experience Definitely would recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

This was a great place to eat with bomb food and a bomb atmosphere! Very sexy vibe. The bar tenders (layla in particular) are AWESOME! I will definitely be coming back.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Laila is simply the best. Excellent customer service and perfect choice for any occasion.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Loved the cocktails and ambiance. The music playing was great too! Chill vibes. Dope spot. Will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We loved Harold Black - don't be afraid to ask questions, it is a speakeasy and the back story behind it is fabulous. The drinks are amazing and so is the food. Whatever you do, MAKE RESERVATIONS!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Lovely experience, kind attentive service, and a cool but somehow quiet atmosphere...what more could a girl ask for!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The best cocktails and bartenders!!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great for a last minute intimate date celebrating a milestone event. Treated well and our refreshments and snacks were perfect.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Love it!!!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

This is a great little bar, really cool interior! Bar staff are super friendly, awesome cocktail selections and their hummus appetizer is amazing!

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

I was looking for something unique and different in the Capitol Hill area and found it in Harold Black. The fun of finding the unmarked door and winding our way inside to find the upstairs bar was a great setup for a quiet evening of cocktails and conversation with jazz in a corner booth. The wait staff was friendly and the cocktails were tasty. The beer list could use something off the beaten path but was otherwise acceptable.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great experience! Excellent cocktails and friendly atmosphere andservice!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

I went to Harold Black with my husband for his birthday and the food, drinks, and ambiance were all great. I've been before with a friend for late night drinks but we didn't eat. The cocktails are really interesting. The speakeasy vibe is fun but very dark, so it's hard to read menus. We got the short rib, cheese board, and brussel sprouts and everything was delicious. Would recommend!

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Great all around speakeasy experience

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Outstanding ambiance, noise level and craft cocktails; need to work on the food..

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Leila was our bartender and she and the rest of the staff were awesome.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Perfect spot for drinks with a date or small group of friends. Great cocktails.

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3.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Kind of loud, service was slow and there were only 3 tables full when we went.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great drinks and fabulous space. Great place for drinks with friends you actually want to talk to.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Really great, well crafted cocktails. Min was our bartender and he was super friendly and helpful. Definitely not cheap but you get what you pay for!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

My husband and I loved this place. Min, our primary bartender, was amazing in his creation of craft cocktails for me - with scotch no less. That night I came to appreciate bartending as art.

The ambiance was relaxed and casual. Loved every minute of our talk me there. The salad and brussel sprouts were delicious.

I’d definitely recommend this to anyone and would love to visit again when I’m in DC.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

My experience was great, the staff were amazing, drinks were good and strong, food was delicious and finding it was fun. Come early so you can take your time looking for this speakeasy.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Great cocktails and quick service! I’d recommend the old fashioned. The ambiance was also fantastic, very romantic and not over crowded

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

The entire experience is a step back to a simpler time. From knocking to enter to their “house rules,” it helps you slow down and enjoy the evening... and a few forbidden drinks.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Great find! Super nice atmosphere and really nice cocktails.

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2.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Very poor service and sugary drinks. The ambiance is cool but, overall, HB is not worth the hype.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

This is my third time at Harold Blacks and I really enjoy it each time

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

It’s so fun to have to find the bar. The ambiance is amazing and great for intimate conversations. Cocktails were sophisticated and tasty, but pricey. Definitely good for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

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!

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2.0Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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