February 3rd, 2016
Arlington is not lacking for fancy places to sip small-batch whiskeys or sample the latest artisanal cheeses. Places like that have their virtues, of course, but so do honest-to-goodness neighborhood bars like The Tortoise & Hare Bar in Crystal City. It’s the kind of place you go when you just want to enjoy beers, burgers, some laid-back live music, and good company. Weekly events like trivia, wing night, and open mic all bring out a crowd of regulars, and on weekends Pittsburgh sports fans come out to watch their boys in black and gold.
As for the food, the menu emphasizes typical pub fare, but don’t overlook Tortoise & Hare for brunch on the weekends. Regulars recommend the herbed eggs Florentine with home fries and a side of toast, as well as the short stack of pancakes drizzled with genuine maple syrup. Hungry yet, Concord Crystal City?
Tortoise & Hare
567 S. 23rd St
Arlington, VA 22202