(Updated at 4:30 p.m.) With the shake-up of breweries and nightlife in Tysons, people are seeking new places to go for a beer with friends or colleagues.
Though Tysons Biergarten closed in November, there are several upcoming spots that opened in the last few weeks or are preparing to open. Tysons Reporter compiled a list of local breweries and bars around the area that people can check out if they want to grab some beer.
Whole Foods recently became the epicenter of The Boro with its High Point pub. Open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m., seven days a week, the location caters to lunchtime and happy hour crowds.
The pub offers a full range of drinks, including cocktails, wines and also more than 16 local brews from around Virginia.
Located in Tysons Corner Center, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant (7861 Tysons Corner Center) brews its beers on-site and even offers a view of its brewing facilities and brewery tours. It is open daily from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m.
Watering hole Tysons Social in the DoubleTree Tysons (1960 Chain Bridge Road) offers local craft brews. The tavern is open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily.
Xtreme Wings and Bar (8119 Watson Street) has specials and events for people looking for something to do while they enjoy a beer. It offers karaoke on Tuesday and Saturday nights, according to the website, which added the location is open from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. seven days a week.
A self-proclaimed pour house, City Works (1640 N. Capital One Drive) has around 90 locally crafted beers on tap. A full list can be found on the bar’s website but there are brews likely to appease even the pickiest beer snob. City Works is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.
The Casual Pint in Falls Church (6410 Arlington Blvd) opened earlier this week and offers dozens of various Virginia based brews. Locally owned and operated by Darren McClure, guests can enjoy the low-key atmosphere, which includes wooden tables and a colorful draft list. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Sunday-Thursday and from 11 a.m. until 12 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Settle Down Easy Brewing Co. (2822 Fallfax Drive) is a Nano brewery, which brews beers from IPAs to kolschs. People can find a taco stand inside along with indoor and outdoor seating. Hours vary each day of the week but can be found on the location’s website.
Audacious Aleworks Brewery and Taproom (110 E. Fairfax Street) specializes in small-batch ales. The taproom in downtown Falls Church has up to 20 beers on tap at any given time along with free popcorn and board games.
It is open Monday through Thursday 4 until 9 p.m., Fridays from 4 p.m. until 12 a.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. until 12 a.m. and Sunday from 12 to 8 p.m.
Merrifield and Vienna
Sweetwater Tavern (3066 Gate House Plaza) has a microbrewery is located in Merrifield where visitors can find hand-crafted brews and lunch and dinner menus. Hours of operation are different each day of the week and can be found online.
Caboose Brewing (520 NE Mill Street) in Merrifield has tons of open seating for people to enjoy drafts brewed on-site. The industrial-style setting is multi-functional and allows people to use the location as a co-working space during the day and as an after-work hangout spot.
The location is open Monday through Thursday from 4 until 9:30 p.m., Fridays from noon until 11 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m, and then on Sundays from 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.
Caboose also has a brewpub called Caboose Tavern in Vienna (520 Mill Street NE) off of the Washington & Old Dominion Trail. Caboose Tavern is open on weekdays from 4-6 p.m., except for Tuesdays, when it stays open until 9 p.m.
Solace Outpost is looking to start brewing its own beer in the former space of Mad Fox in Falls Church in May.
Catherine Douglas Moran contributed reporting
Paris Baguette is now open for business in The Boro development in Tysons.
The bakery-cafe recently opened at 8344 Broad Street, an employee told Tysons Reporter.
Paris Baguette has more than 80 locations across the U.S.
The location is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends.
Photos via Paris Baguette/Facebook
Updated 1/10/20 — The Casual Pint has delayed its opening to later this month.
Earlier: Hungry for more food options around Tysons? Foodies are in luck — several eateries are set to debut this winter.
In Falls Church, The Casual Pint, a chain watering hole, is scheduled to open this month. The owner of the local franchise told Tysons Reporter that he plans to have a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Jan. 17 at 6410 Arlington Blvd.
Over in Tysons, North Italia, an Italian restaurant chain, plans to open Feb. 5 at 1651 Boro Place. The restaurant would be the latest of several newcomers to The Boro development — Flower Child and Whole Food’s food hall and bar opened last year. For job seekers, there’s an ongoing job fair at the restaurant.
In the Town of Vienna, a new tavern is revamping a building along Maple Avenue. Bear Branch Tavern is set to open this winter with two bars, a patio, indoor and outdoor fire pits, an oyster bar, frozen drink machines and bike racks at 133 E. Maple Avenue.
While not a restaurant, Black Dog Beer Shop is set to start selling craft beers near the Dunn Loring-Merrifield Metro station in February. The owner told Tysons Reporter in December that the new store plans to debut at 2672M Avenir Place in early February.
Photo via The Casual Pint/Facebook
Foodies rejoice — Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week will soon offer dining deals around the Tysons area.
From Jan. 13-19 (Monday-Sunday), people can visit over a dozen locations with lunch and brunch specials for $22 or dinner deals for $35. Meals from each participating restaurant will include multiple courses or specialty foods.
Anyone curious about the menus at each participating location can check online to see if the menu is posted yet or call ahead and ask the restaurant directly.
For example, Wildfire (2001 International Drive) in Tysons is offering guests a three-course meal. People can choose from either a choice of salad or soup for a starter, chicken, salmon or pork chop for main and then either key lime pie or flourless chocolate cake for dessert.
To accommodate those with food allergies, the restaurant is also offering gluten-free options.
People should note that some restaurants only offer dinner or lunch. For example, Chima Steakhouse (8010 Towers Crescent Drive) will only offer the dinner deal while Maple Ave Resturant will offer brunch, lunch and dinner deals.
Here are the local restaurants around the Tysons area that plan to participate:
- Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
- Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse
- American Prime
- Founding Farmers
- Randy’s Prime Seafood and Steaks
- Agora Tysons
- 2941 Restaurant
- Chima Steakhouse
Merrifield and Falls Church area:
Diners looking to eat Greek cuisine at the newly opened Archontiko in McLean will need to wait a month.
The restaurant is temporarily closed, according to a sign in the window.
“Due to remodeling and [the] hire of [a] new executive chef we will be closed until January the 29th,” the sign says. “We are sorry for any inconvenience and hope to see you all again soon with exclusive tasty Greek dishes and our vast variety of wines.”
While Tysons Reporter isn’t sure when the sign first appeared, a tipster emailed us about the sign yesterday.
The Weekly Planner is a roundup of interesting events coming up over the next week in the Tysons area.
We’ve scoured the web for events of note in Tysons, Vienna, Merrifield, McLean and Falls Church. Know of any we’ve missed? Tell us!
Tysons Reporter also complied a list of the upcoming New Year’s events, for those seeking festivities.
Monday (Dec. 30)
- Trails and Ales — 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Caboose Tavern (520 Mill Street NE) — This event brings together people for a group run or walk on the W&OD Trail. People are encouraged to bring headlamps and reflective gear. All ages are welcome but they must be 21+ to enjoy brews afterward.
- Korean Bell Ringing — 2-2:30 p.m. at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens (9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court) — This celebration displays bells given to Virginians by the Korean-American Cultural Committee. Attendees can drink free hot cocoa and listen to musical sounds. This event is free and all ages are welcome.
- New Year’s Day Brunch — 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Caboose Commons (520 Mill Street NE) — Community members can gather with friends and family to enjoy their first brunch of the New Year. There will be a variety of dining options available.
Friday (Jan. 3)
- Minecraft Day Camp — 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Code Ninjas (510 S. Washington Street) — Kids of all ages can come and learn how to model 3D objects and create various models. A half-day camp option is available for $45 as well as a full-day option for $80. Registration can be found online.
Saturday (Jan. 4)
- Intro Into Cyber Workshop — 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Cover 6 Solutions (1964 Gallows Road) — This workshop teaches people the basics of cybersecurity and people will walk away being able to integrate skills into their schooling and careers. Tickets are $199 and a spot can be reserved online. Once complete, people will receive a certificate of training.
- The Beat Open Mic — 6:45 to 9:45 p.m. at Caffe Amouri (107 Church Street NE) — People of all ages are welcome to gather and enjoy music from the community or perform themselves. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required beforehand.
Sunday (Jan. 5)
- Falls Church Distillers Tour and Tasting — 4 until 5 p.m. at Falls Church Distillers (442 S. Washington Street) — This event invites people to come and tour where the company makes its liquor and learn how the process works. Tickets are $25, which includes a tasting of seasonal whiskeys.
Photo via Caffe Amouri/Facebook
The new year will mean a fresh look for Capital Grille near Tysons Corner Center.
The restaurant plans to expand at 1861 International Drive and relocate outdoor seating with a patio fence, according to a building permit.
The restaurant will also get a renovated vestibule area and demolish the “existing bank canopy” — possibly referring to the Presidential Bank branch next door.
Since the permit was processed yesterday (Dec. 26), it’s unclear when the work would start.
Image via Google Maps
A fish-focused taco spot and Italian restaurant now plan to open in The Boro early next year.
Earlier this fall, a construction contractor working on-site told Tysons Reporter that North Italia was expected this December, but a recent press release says that the restaurant plans to open Feb. 5 at 1651 Boro Place.
The restaurant is slated to host job fair sessions from Jan. 6-18 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., the press release said.
More from the press release:
North Italia’s menu is centered around made-from-scratch Italian favorites for lunch, dinner, weekday happy hour and weekend brunch, along with rotating daily specials.
Made with the freshest ingredients, menu highlights include: White Truffle Garlic Bread with house made ricotta, mozzarella, grana Padano and fresh herbs; Tuscan Kale Salad with crispy pancetta, charred grape, apple, pistachio, breadcrumbs and parmesan vinaigrette; house-specialty Bolognese served atop a bed of fresh tagliatelle noodles sprinkled with grana Padano; a selection of Italian desserts such as the signature Bombolini; and a kids menu offering a variety of child-friendly options.
Back in November, a sign said Fish Taco planned to open in December too.
An employee at Fish Taco said that the Maryland-based eatery has pushed its anticipated opening to early January.
Union Pie specializes in thin-crust, bar-style pizza, according to its website.
The location is expected to open by late February or early March, according to Lana Mahmoud, a spokesperson for Union Pie and Jammin Java.
Though Jammin Java already serves Union Pie pizza, the new location will now offer a full menu — nearly identical to that of the D.C. location, Mahmoud told Tysons Reporter.
“We are looking at adding a few smaller items to supplement the menu, but the pizzas will remain identical,” she said. “Those won’t change anytime soon.”
Mahmoud said that the owners hope that there will be a “quick 48-hour transition” between the time South Block leaves Jammin Java and Union Pie moves into its place.
Photo via Union Pie/Facebook
The juice and smoothie bar will take over the space that Starbucks previously filled at (207 E. Maple Avenue), according to Lana Mahmoud, a Jammin Java spokesperson.
South Block plans to open in the spring of 2020, according to its website.
The business originally applied for building permits to revamp the location’s interior and redesign the exterior in early December, according to Fairfax County documents.
An opening date and future hours of operation have not been announced yet.
Photo via South Block/Facebook