Pour House: Home to fans, friends alike

The one building has three different bars with three different settings, allowing it to cater to a large crowd. The main level offers up a typical sports tavern, where you can grab a couple drinks and food while you relax with co-workers and friends while watching the latest in the sports world on several flat-screen HD-TVs. Tucked in between all of the TVs on the wall are various team pennants and pictures.

Most patrons here favor the Yuengling on tap (that has a congratulatory Steelers handle), according to manager Andre Priest. On Saturday this bar is filled with Florida Gator fans, who wanted a base in D.C. to convene for their team’s games. 

But on Sundays, the crowd’s here for the Steelers. (The tavern has also been known to have a strong Pittsburgh Penguins fan base that comes to celebrate.) The setting is just right for those who want to get into the spirit of the game  but do not have the time to go see it live. Priest has been at the Pour House for five years and said that Super Bowl Sunday is not as busy as one would think if the Steelers are playing. When this happens, a lot of the clientele makes the trip to view the big game.

Downstairs, there is the Pour House Game Room, described on the bar’s website as “an old world bar with modern day comforts.” In addition to the same great food and drink selections, this area boasts various games such as darts, shuffleboard, Skeeball, arcade games and the Nintendo Wii. While still in the Pour House setting, this is the bar for those who want to have some fun and move around after a long day of sitting at their work desk.

The upper level is more formally known as the Top of the Hill. This is used for various parties and events. The traditional martini lounge and atmosphere make it great for groups to relax or celebrate without the TVs listing the latest sports scores in the background. According to the website, “Top of the Hill offers an extensive wine and martini list alongside an array of top shelf liquors and imported beers.”

The Pour House has gained its popular reputation mainly by word of mouth. Mark Mernard and Mike Schuster have been the owners of the Pour House since 2002.