Turn Up/Grub On Review: Redline Gastrolounge

Like I mentioned in my Chinatown/Penn Quarter spotlight, DC’s Redline gastropub has been called the “douchiest” sports bar. But on the weekend, it turns up!


I love the combination of food and a good time. If my taste buds are engaged, so are the rest of me. So I was pleasantly surprised when I spent a recent Saturday night at Redline near the Verizon Center in Chinatown. I’ve been here a few times for Happy Hour, but in the evenings, a DJ turns the music way up and the lights come down. As my friend and I weaved our way through the crowd, we managed to find two seats at the bar (this was a unique occurrence — don’t count on it happening for you Saturday night). The bartender was very helpful and quick to quip at our ultimate dilemma: nachos or buffalo wings? This time, no choice was necessary, we got them both!

While we waited, and sipped our Bacardi Rum and Redbulls (my drink for 2013), we looked around and saw some interesting things. Some very drunk college kids behind us, consistently leaning on my stool. A few older heads in the rear corner of the room lewdly dancing with some tourists. Then the huge TVs were playing a variety of sports exhibition games and whatnot. Overall, the loungey and laid back ambiance worked for me and the music was great, if you’re a fan of pop-like and top 40.

The food came promptly and the bartender was quick to pour up some rum, so I was satisfied with the service. Honestly, it doesn’t take much to make me happy, as long as you don’t ugly faces at me or get snarky, I’m calm. We didn’t want to eat too heavily because we were still going out later, but we demolished those nachos and wings. I consider myself a nachos connoisseur if you will, and these had the perfect chip to topping ratio, with guacamole included, which isn’t not a 100% guarantee in this town. For bar food, this gastrolounge serves up good eats and proper plating for the palette.

Sorry! The nachos were gone before I knew it...

Sorry! The nachos were gone before I knew it…

The next time I’m here, I’d like to sit at the table and sample the tapped beer selection, but this is a great look for a fun food and music experience before or after the big game.

Score: 5 out of 5

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Marrissa P.

Marrissa moved to Paris from the US with 3 suitcases in January 2010 to study international business at the American Business School.

She is passionate about travel and is the host of a travel show webseries, Taste and See. She enjoys travel writing and can often be found borrowing books from the public library on the subject. In her spare time, she is co-authoring a graphic novel and volunteering for an international economic development organization.

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  1. Taste and See » Neighborhood Spotlight: Visit Chinatown/Penn Quarter February 3, 2013 5:45 am  Reply

    [...] I have a friend that refers to this place, Redline, as the “Douchiest Sports Bar”. I didn’t quite understand why until I walked in and saw the most obnoxious sized television screens and two smaller sized bars. Even still, this Gastrolounge is happening. There are beer taps directly at the table, the food will keep you coming back and on the weekends, there’s a DJ spinning top 40 and dance music mostly. It gets a bit crowded but the service (and nachos) make this one of my favorite places in Chinatown. Check out my full review of Redline here. [...]

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