A Brewpub in Langdon

a neighborhood bar


Welcome to The Public Option

The Public Option is a brew pub.  We make all our draft beer on site, and try to maintain a well balanced selection of 8 varieties at all times including 3 darker, more malty beers, 3 paler beers with a focus on the hops (often delicate), and 2 more experimental brews.  The specific styles vary, so please check our menu (below) for what we have right now.

At this point, we are not serving food on a regular basis.  We have really enjoyed doing pop-ups with some outstanding local chefs and will continue to do so.  Please check out our "Events" section for up-coming guest chefs.   As our food program evolves, we don't have any objection to folks bringing or ordering in food.

We have also had the pleasure of hosting a number of very talented musicians lately. We have some more shows in the works. Please check out the “Events” section of the site for upcoming music. Here’s a link to pictures of some past events.

Beyond these basics, we hope to use The Public Option to explore what a small business in 21st century America can be. We believe that there is a tension between share-holder and stake-holder capitalism, and we'd like to explore it.  

We are open regular hours on Fridays and Saturdays, and we frequently open other days for special events. Please check the “Events” section of the site for what’s coming up.  We also host special eventws (like birthday parties, etc.) If you'd like to do an event here, just let us know.





1601 Rhode Island Ave. NE
Washington, DC, 20018


Subject to change seasonally and for events; always check back!

Su-Th Closed
Fr 6p–12p
Sa 2p-12p


Tipping at The Public Option

The Public Option pays a starting wage of $15/hour to all employees.  We don't add a service charge to our prices.  We think our beer is reasonably priced and can support paying a living wage, so we ask that customers don't leave a tip.  Thanks!

Read more about our philosophy on tipping.