The 10 Best Bars In Or Near Germantown, Maryland

Photo of Chrissy Pak
9 February 2017

The suburb of Germantown makes up an important part of the Washington, D.C. area, and although it may not be the capital, it offers great options for a fun night out, ranging from karaoke lounges to hookah bars and sports pubs. We look at the 10 best bars in, or near, Germantown.

Beverages | © Goiwara/Pixabay

Dogfish Ale House

This casual laid back bar offers two outdoor patio areas as well as two indoor floors. With a beer selection that rotates on a daily basis, as well as an extensive menu of pub food which offers recommendations for beer and food pairings, the Dogfish Ale House is the classic pub to visit for a pint or two and a good time with your friends.

La Mexicana

La Mexicana offers a classic Tex-Mex experience. Dimmed lighting provides a casual, low-key atmosphere, and the food is delicious; try their guacamolé for a fresh, delicious accompaniment to their drinks. They stock plenty of domestic and imported beers, some on draft, as well as a variety of tequilas.

Margaritas | © Rick A./Flickr

The Shisha Lounge

Dim but clean, comfy yet spacious, The Shisha Lounge provides a mellow atmosphere for the hookah lover. The giant projector is turned on by request for game broadcasts, but there are also six flat screen televisions tuned to different channels. The Shisha Lounge also offers a few board games and cards for a relaxed time with friends.

Quincy’s Bar & Grille

With a wide selection of beer and delightfully strong mixed drinks, Quincy’s Bar & Grille offers low-key entertainment and alcohol, it’s the classic neighborhood bar. The beer covers both domestic and imports, with comfortably familiar selections of Guinness, Harp, Stella, and the like. Flying Dog beers are featured heavily on tap and in bottles. With over 10 screens, usually showing football during NFL season and various other games during off season, there is a strong sports-bar vibe.

Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar

Fresh and colorful, this Latin American restaurant draws its inspiration from Central & South America, Cuba, and the Caribbean. Busy, loud, and fun, with outdoor seating in the front and back and a playful vibe, the Paladar Latin Kitchen prides itself on its hand-muddled mojitos and wide variety of rum, from light, crystal clear white rum to aromatic aged rum.

Mojito | Courtesy of Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar

The Corner Pub

With friendly staff and service, The Corner Pub offers a welcome haven for football lovers, especially fantasy football fanatics. With League Specials and Game Day specials, this sports bar promises the perfect place for your fantasy draft and every ensuing game. If you prefer real-time live football, the 47 television screens (one of which measures 300 feet!) show college football on Saturdays and NFL games on Sundays. There is also a dance floor with guest DJs, live music from local bands, such as The Crimestoppers, and a classic Sunday brunch.

iRock Karaoke Lounge

Bar, Contemporary, Asian, American, $$$
Karaoke Room
Karaoke Room | Courtesy of iRock Karaoke Lounge
This contemporary karaoke bar offers private rooms, free during weekdays, with decent lighting and surround sound. The songs are up-to-date, with a good selection of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean pop as well as American songs, and original music videos to accompany almost all of the songs. The décor is trendy and modern, with colorful LED ottomans, leather couches, overhead colored lights at the bar, touchscreen music selections, and wildly patterned walls.

House of Poolsville

Bar, Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
House of Poolsville, Fisher Avenue
House of Poolsville, Fisher Avenue | © Rennett Stowe/Flickr
If you’ve ever wanted to go to a dive bar with Chinese décor and food in an old Victorian-style house, the House of Poolsville is the answer. This oddly eclectic but charming jumble of different styles offers a whimsical experience that you’ve almost certainly never had before. The four television screens, which regularly show NFL games, are a startling juxtaposition with the old woodwork of the manor-like structure, live music, and the open mic nights hosted every Thursday.

Peppers Taco & Wine Bar

Peppers Taco & Wine Bar offers not only authentically traditional Mexican food, at incredibly reasonable prices, but also a delicious and widely varied selection of alcohol. Peppers stocks plenty of domestic, imported, draft, and premium beer, which pairs deliciously with their fresh tacos and burritos.

Hank Dietle’s Tavern

Bar, American
Pinball machine
Pinball machine | © PinballRobin/Flickr
Against the high rises and office buildings that line Rockville Pike, Hank Dietle’s Tavern is impossible to miss. First established as a tavern in the 1950s, this old-timer’s dive bar offers just three options: beer, wine, or water. With pinball machines, a pool table, a jukebox that offers country or classic rock, arcade booths, time-worn wooden booths, and a short bar, Dietle’s Tavern looks like a set straight out of an old American movie.

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