Best Places To Grab A Drink In The Washington DC Airport

December 7, 2013 7:00 AM

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Reagan National Airport is a Washingtonian favorite. With smaller terminals, it’s easy to get to your gate, so when you find you have some time to kill or just want to calm your pre-flight nerves, check out these places to tie one on at the airport. Check out Best Airport Bars in the DC Area for more places at Reagan National, Dulles International and Baltimore-Washington International airports.

Cibo Bistro & Wine Bar
(703) 417-1980

Located outside of the TSA Security checkpoints, Cibo is a great place to grab a glass of wine and a nice meal before a flight. Offering Italian cuisine in a sit-down setting, you can order by the glass or bottle to calm those pre-flight nerves. The TSA lines at Reagan move pretty quickly and the gates are nearby the main concourse, so you can take your time before entering the security lines. You can also grab some food to go at the express storefront next door.

Jet Rock Bar & Grill
(703) 417-1986

If you like to grab a beer while killing time at the airport, Jet Rock Bar & Grill is the place to go in Terminal B/C. With 24 beers on tap and televisions set up around the room, you’ll be entertained while you wait. If you’re not sure what to get, try the beer flight to sample a selection. Jet Rock offers a full menu of traditional American fare, so you can grab your meal there as well.

Sam & Harry’s
(703) 415-7935

Sam & Harry’s is located outside the TSA Security checkpoint near Terminal C. Focused on regional specialties in seafood, you can grab a bite to eat before the flight as well as a drink. Featuring a full bar, you can grab wine, beer or even a mixed cocktail before your flight. Sam & Harry’s boasts a little more upscale atmosphere with the food and drinks to back it up, so if you’re looking for something more refined before your flight, head there.

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Gordon Biersch
(703) 417-1007

Those flying out of Terminal C will have the opportunity to sample the delicious brews of the brewpub Gordon Biersch. With a selection of German-style brews on tap, you can sample craft beers like the Hefeweizen, Marzen, Golden Export-a golden lager, Schwarzbier or Czech Pilsner. It also offers other beer, wine and liquor for your drinking pleasure and a delicious menu featuring modern American food

Tidewater Landing
(703) 417-0501

Tidewater Landing is a great place to grab a drink and some delicious cuisine. Located inside Terminal B, you’ll have to be flying out of that terminal to enjoy. Offering local foods like crab cakes and shrimp from the Chesapeake Bay area, as well as American cuisine, Tidewater Landing will satiate your appetite, quench your thirst and get you ready for that flight.

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Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isn’t enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie’s traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at

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