Opened in 2012, Brixton is U-Street’s less ‘alternative’ bar venue. Not there’s anything wrong with being alternative, we’re just saying. The line moves quickly enough and the staff are polite, most likely because the crowd is polite as well and not overtly reckless. The first level of Brixton features a bar running down the left and dining tables, booths and bar stool areas on the right. It’s relatively open and features some eclectic antler lighting fixtures above. The wood floor and brick walls add to the pub ambiance.
A semi-hidden stairwell directly to the left of the entrance leads up to the second-level lodge and third level roof deck. Walking into the lodge makes one feel like they’re in Ron Burgundy’s winter escape in Tahoe. From the fireplace and old-world leather furniture to the Afghan (or Oriental, not sure) rugs and antlers adorning the walls, it’s a comfortable place to relax or sit at the bar and drink. And finally, as the folks at Brixton call it, the ‘rooftop beer garden.’ Brixton’s roof is the sh*t. You can see the Washington Monument, all the way down U street, etc. It’s quite large, has two bars and can get pretty crowded on Friday and Saturday night. It’s a dope spot to hang with your friends and do whatever. There are lots of tables, chairs, places to chill, etc. Two thumbs up for sure.
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