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 generally open on the weekend afternoons and evenings.  We do make some seasonal changes in our hours, and we occasionally open or close for a special event. (If you'd like to do an event here, just let us know.)  So please check back here for the current week's schedule and beer list.





1601 Rhode Island Ave. NE
Washington, DC, 20018


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

Mo-Wd Closed
Th 6p–11p
Fr 6p–11p
Sa 2p-11p
Su 2p-8p

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.