Best Airport Bars In The DC Area

November 8, 2012 6:00 AM

(credit: Thinkstock)

airportbar Best Airport Bars In The DC Area

(credit: Thinkstock)

Whether traveling for business or pleasure, navigating D.C.-area airports can be a little nerve wracking. To help take the edge off, and start your trip off on a better foot, visit one of these, the best airport bars and enjoy a tasty adult beverage or two. 

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

2231 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 979-7275

If you’re heading to (or away from) Reagan National Airport, stop by Ruth’s Chris Steak House, where you will enjoy tasty appetizers, delicious signature steaks and a delectable drink or two. Sip on vintage-inspired cocktails, such as the dirty Ketel martini, a glass of sparkling wine or a pint of beer. Each handcrafted cocktail features fresh fruits and juices, the perfect complement to a Caribbean lobster tail or stuffed chicken breast. The posh restaurant also boasts the best selection of handpicked, award-winning wines from both local and international vineyards. Cap off your meal with a tasty raspberry rosemary cosmopolitan or a vintage port.

Samuel Adams Brewhouse
Terminal A
1 Aviation Circle
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 417-8557

Before you take off your shoes and empty your pockets, head on over to Samuel Adams Brewhouse near Terminal A. This casual dining restaurant and bar is perfect for those who like to unwind with a brewski or two. Enjoy several varieties of the namesake beer, including OctoberFest and the Samuel Adams Harvest Collection. Those who prefer a lighter adult beverage may enjoy a glass of wine or a mixed drink. The restaurant and full-service bar features traditional American fare, including burgers and fries, as well as a small lounge area. Catch the latest news or sports scores at the bar, or people watch as you relax at a high-top table.

Related: Best Ways To Kill Time At DCA

Firkin and Fox
Terminal C
1 Saarinen Circle
Dulles, VA 20166
(703) 661-5001

At Dulles International Airport, the British have arrived, and they brought traditional English-style grub and a variety of handcrafted beers and lagers with them. Order a clean and crisp pilsner, like the Mr. Huff Persuasion, or a premium lager, like the Creemore Springs. Swig on a bloody Mary or Irish coffee as you enjoy tasty brunch items like French toast, chicken fried steak and eggs, or the Dulles omelet. The pub also features traditional English fare, including fish n’ chips, and bangers and mash, plus American fare such as hot wings, chicken Caesar salads and burgers. Enjoy daily food and drink specials, televisions and an authentic English pub experience.

Max and Erma’s
Terminal B
1 Saarinen Circle
Dulles, VA 20166
(703) 572-6470

Forget uninspired in-flight meals. Stop by Max and Erma’s and enjoy a cup of the legendary tortilla soup and a large selection of wines, beers and mixed drinks. Order a colossal burger, share a combo appetizer or nibble on a plate of fall-off-the-bone barbecue ribs. Upgrade your favorite draft beer to a 23-ounce “big boy” glass, try the pomegranate margarita or a watermelon martini, or sample a few of Max’s favorites, like the red sangria or the mojito. The full-service restaurant and bar also features adult lemonades and teas, frozen favorites, like pina coladas, and a variety of martinis. Top off your meal with a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie or pay a visit to the all-you-can-eat sundae bar. Max and Erma’s also offers daily food and drink specials, plus special events including trivia nights and live entertainment.

Related: Best Hotels in D.C. on a Budget

DuClaw Brewing Company
Near Terminal B
7062 Elm Road
Baltimore, MD 21240
(410) 850-4846 ext. 2

There’s a reason why DuClaw is a popular Maryland brewery and that reason is its awesome selection of robust lagers, stouts and beers. Order a pint of the Bad Moon porter or the Bare Ass blonde ale, DuClaw’s most popular beer. The restaurant and bar features nine handcrafted beers always on tap as well as a rotation of seasonal beers, including the chocolate and raspberry flavored Naked Fish or the sharp and smoky malt Twisted Kilt. Nosh on traditional American fare foods, including sliders, buffalo chicken tenders and pulled chicken salad. DuClaw also features a handful of flat-screen televisions, comfy booths and high-top tables.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at

More From CBS DC

CBSLocal App
Watch Live

Listen Live