Update on Meridian Pint coming to 11th and Park Road, NW (Brace Yourself – Table Taps!!!)

If you were excited about the sneak peek from three weeks ago these photos could very well blow your mind (I know my jaw hit the floor on multiple occasions). First let me say that (as others have noted) the new opening date for Meridian Pint is looking like it’ll be June 17th give or take a few days.

But back to the table taps. Holy freaking cow these things are awesome. I believe these are the first table taps in any bar/restaurant in DC. So they are located in the lower level in the Joint Chiefs section. There are currently two tables set up with table taps (with a possibility of adding a third). There are two taps per table and the patrons simply swipe their card and have at it. As this bar celebrates American Craft Beers (more on that in a second) you’re not likely to find Schlitz on these table taps (no disrespect to Schlitz). They are unbelievable cool:


Meridian Pint Owner John Andrade shows the table taps to Sam Adams Founder Jim Koch (wearing sport coat)


Tap monitor


Meridian Pint Owner John Andrade show table tap to Dogfish Brewery Founder Sam Calagione (right)

Lots more photos of the space and more on American Craft Brew masters visit after the jump.


Completed mural on the first floor.


First floor restaurant space


Table first floor restaurant space


Booths and tables first floor restaurant space


Table taps lower level


Bar lower level


A couple of pool tables going in lower level

So how did it come to be that that founders of Sam Adams and Dogfish Brewery wound up checking out Meridian Pint? Well the Savor convention was going on in DC and various American Craft Beer Masters were in town.


Photo by PoPville flickr user sciascia

They heard about Meridian Pint’s concept through their reps and took the opportunity to check it out in person. I can tell you since I was there, they were just as impressed with the table taps as I was. They were also very complimentary to the space in general. The photos above don’t even really do justice to how great the space looks.


Meridian Pint team with Sam Adams Founder Jim Koch


Dogfish brewery founder Sam Calagione takes a photo of the table taps for himself


Meridian Pint team listens to Dogfish brewery founder Sam Calagione (Meridian Pint’s Beer Director, Sam Fitz in red shirt)

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  • Well, at least I know my own cause of death now.

    Best idea ever.

    • The table taps (DraftMaster) system in Meridian Pint is Irish technology (you’d never have guessed the Irish would come up with a better way of drinking!!) and Meridian Pint is the first bar WORLDWIDE to have our latest Touch Screen system allowing the consumer to actually order other products from the bar without leaving the table.
      For the concerned bartenders out there; the system automatically cuts out after 12 pints and must be reset by the bartender (who incidentally also opens and closes the transaction) – this is the responsible bit!
      Also, if your lucky enough to occupy a table the bartender can even “pause” the table while you go out for a smoke.
      For those of you interested in a home system – its in development and check out http://www.ellicksoninternational.com regularly.
      BTW – Great blog, keep up the great threads… Slainte from Rainy Waterford, Ireland

  • Hard to underestimate the sweetness of this. It’s like an entire sugar bowl’s worth of sweetness.

  • as a bar manager, that is an extremely risky idea. i do love it personally (as a responsible drinker), however, from a manager stand point, i have say that letting customers serve themselves can lead to disaster. the whole point of bartenders is that they are (ideally) sober and monitoring how much alcohol someone puts in their system. at this establishment, i’m guessing the clientale is a little more mature. i would not want to see this trend continue to U st or adams morgan. asking for trouble. i certainly hope someone will be keeping an eye on this. and i don’t think i need to mention underaged drinkers being served by their friends etc.

    • Oy vey…because no one ever over indulges under the watchful eye of a bartender…

    • good point, but is it fundamentally different from ordering a bottle of wine or liquor for the table?

    • Do you have any advice on how to fix the BP oil rig disaster in the gulf, as a bar manager?

    • Maybe they’re like those limited-volume morphine pumps you get in the hospital now.

      And impossibly twilight zone captcha is “serve-pool”

  • Table taps… Brilliant.

    Captcha: wasted the

  • patrick mara is part of the meridian pint ownership?

  • The table taps are incredible. Tempting, dangerous, but incredible. The upstairs space is absolutely gorgeous. The downstairs space has a rougher, less finished sort of vibe, but will be a great hang-out, especially for the sure-to-be-uber-popular table taps tables. The only nit I have is that I much prefer regular jukeboxes (to establish a tone / mood in the bar) to internet / computer jukeboxes (attached to the mural), which eliminates the ability to pick music to match the vibe. But man, what an amazing (and huge) space. And quite a stellar beer selection. Looking forward to watching some soccer and football games in this space.

  • Well, these kind of pubs are quite common all around Europe… Even though it’s a nice ideea to have a beer tap on the table, i can hardly see where all the excitment is…

    • Because we don’t live in Europe?

    • Why do you have to be so pretentious? And why do you bother reading a local DC blog anyway?

    • thanks! i’ll go out to Europe for my next happy hour! is it Metroccessible? which station?

      i hear Belgium has good Belgian beer too, btw. the x2 bus goes there.

  • First and foremost, thanks for all the continued support. We are more excited than ever to get open. Having the owners of Sam Adams, Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada(not pictured) & Allagash(not pictured) stop in and give us such positive feedback really makes us all here at Meridian Pint feel so positive about getting open and showing the community what we’ve got to offer.

    To alleviate any concerns about the Table Taps, I assure you that there are control measures in place to curtail any unacceptable behavior. For starters, all access & use is controlled electronically from behind the bar. In addition, customers are only allowed certain increments of beer before the server must come over to authorize further consumption. This will enable us to assess each patrons condition just as if they were seated and drinking at the bar. Btw, the down stairs space will be 21 & up only so don’t worry about the under agers.

    Thanks again for all the support and we look forward to serving you all as soon as possible.

    John Andrade

    • John: just curious, but I saw Patrick Mara in that photograph, and was wondering if he’s an investor in the restaurant.

    • John,

      Andrade?? Any chance your Portuguese? You guys going to open in time for the games?

    • I love everything about this place, but one small nitpick: Can you fix the spelling of “Nevada” on the tap monitor before you open? Thanks. And best of luck. I’ll see you there.

    • John, seriously, am I allowed to just lie on the table and pour the beer from the tap directly into my mouth? I am planning my summer around this so please let me know ASAP.

    • So I was accidentally right? Wow.

  • I can’t tell you how excited I am about this place opening. My only worry is that it’s going to be super jam-packed for a while, like Church Key.

    D.C. is quickly becoming one of the best cities in the U.S. for beer lovers. A destination for beer lovers everywhere, even.

  • i’m in love.

  • Could I theoretically lie on the table with mouth under the tap and just guzzle? Is that acceptable? I would think so but figure I should probably check…

  • Just asking: only Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada through the table taps? What about Heineken and Corona?

    • With all due respect, that was sarcasm, no?

      • I’m guessing this was an attempt at a loaded question regarding race and class.

        (Captcha: them honduras)

        • race and class, huh? not even a little bit.

          We are talking about the only 2 dedicated tables with taps, in the “Joint Chiefs” section, in a craft brew centric pub and Heineken & Corona are two of the worst rated beers in the world…and I’m pretty sure Corona is not avail in a keg, i was just hoping the previous comment was sarcastic, but didn’t want to offend Kamantha.

          • I was guessing on the motivations of Kamantha’s possible sarcasm, not your reply. Heineken and Corona are perceived to be popular beers with Hispanic and African-American drinkers – communities that pre-date the hipster wave in CH. Fancy bars like Meridian Pint and American craft beers are seen to be very white.

            I just hope we can all get along and enjoy whatever cool malt beverage we want.

    • yes. where is my PBR tap?

    • It wasnt a racial question at all. Some of my friends like Heineken, Corona, Sam Adams, etc. Wondering if we get a table, would some people have to order from the bar/waitress and some could use the taps?….Geesh! Lighten up!

  • The plus side of this kind of set-up is that you can get your beer 50-100% faster than waiting for a bartender or waitperson.

    The minus side of this is that you can DRINK your beer 50-100% faster–and thus rack up a far larger tab far faster, and get drunk faster.

    Also, the reporting I have seen on these indicates that there’s normally a fee similar to a cover charge for getting one of these table taps.

  • OT: Is PoP on the fritz today? (Monday, June 7) I’ve had trouble getting it to load all morning, and this is the most recent post I’ve seen (from 11 p.m. last night). More server problems?

  • I enjoy a good cold beer and an occasional hard liquor drink just like the next guy, but this infatuation, this current consuming fixation and obsession with liquor establishments as well as the addiction to public and private revenues derived from addictive and expensive tabs is not a healthy sign of the times nor anything to be so boastful about.

  • Should have sent a poet.

    • No – no words. No words to describe it. Poetry! So beautiful. So beautiful… I had no idea.

  • I actually think this might make drinkers consumption go DOWN a bit. The “tap monitor” will let people see how much they are drinking and spending, giving them a better idea of what they are consuming/spending. Plus, you’re adding a level of bureaucracy with the whole server authorization thing.

    The concept is super frickin’ cool – and I don’t think it’s going to turn patrons into raving alcoholics (unless they came into the place that way).

  • How long till these Table Taps are available at home? I can’t wait for the necessary infrastructure to be built that will supply my home with fresh beer much like water or natural gas are supplied now.

  • “Current fixation and obession with liquor establishments?” “Sign of the times??”

    Good lord man, where have you been? It wasn’t until around the turn of the century (1900, that is), that coffee replaced beer as the most popular breakfast drink in this country. Yes, people used to drink beer for breakfast. This obsession with liquor establishments is hardly something new…

    The U.S. isn’t exactly a teetotalling country but we aren’t even in the running for booziest countries in the world.

    • Just for the record, our alcohol consumption trends aren’t on any kind of trend either. Liters per adult per day in US:

      1961: 7.4
      1971: 9.6
      1981: 10.7
      1991: 9.5
      2001: 8.6

      Luxembourg wins at 15.3, Ireland’s not far behind at 13.8. All of Europe kicks our butt, though. We got some DRINKING to do, folks!

      I blame Utah for dragging us down.

      • Dude, those numbers are WAY off. If the average per person were to be 15 liters per day per person in Lux, then some people must be drinking quite a bit more and some not at all. Drinking much more than 15 liters a day is pretty insane, probably wouldn’t have time to sleep.

  • Dude, check that stat. 8.6 liters PER ADULT, PER DAY?

  • I can sort of see 8 liters per year… when you factor in the religious teetotalers, those in recovery, those with health issues, people like my parents who open one bottle of wine every six weeks or less, pregnant and breastfeeding women and their sympathetic partners, everyone who just doesn’t like it… I have a lot of people in my life who don’t drink at all, or maybe have a single glass of champagne at a wedding. I don’t know if the numbers are accurate, but I can see it.

    • I’m pretty sure those stats are converted to liters of PURE ALCOHOL. So a pint of beer would only count as about one ounce of alcohol for the stats.

  • went to a place with table taps in madrid, have been raving about it ever since.

    gotta imagine those tables will be impossible to get though, at least at 1st

  • PoP, now i see the excitement you had when i ran into after you walked out of the pint on friday. table taps, very cool

    this place looks sweet, can’t wait to grab a pint or 5. mmmmmmm, beer.

  • WOW I need one of these at my local.

  • really, I have no clue why everyone is going gaga over this place. the inside that i have seen so far (both from walking by and from the photos) reminds me of humpta places in europe, a random mix of styles … and i am not talking about the different floors but just random stuff thrown together even on one floor … just take a look at the lower level bar strange steel/glass lamps, steel bar stools, dark wooden bar, and then leather couches with the table taps … oh and what is the big deal with table taps? so you can pour your own beer. yippee. i have to say that i am completely underwhelmed by this place. both wonderland and room11 (as well as churchkeys) have way more atmosphere.

    • I hope this is sarcasm. If not, then I feel sorry for you, man.

    • I bet you love the bar at Cheesecake Factory. You ever think of moving to Arlington or Bethesda? I think one of those would suit you well.

  • Friend just e-mailed me a link to this. So what. Big deal. Grow up. I got drunk at a regular bar tonight just as easily and enjoyably as all the pretenders are imagining they will be able to at this place. Wow-weeee, gee-golly. A tap at the table, what a revolution. Let’s all go out and spend more of our white upwardly mobile young professional Washingtonian disposable income at the latest place to offer perceived novelty. You’re still going to wake up stupid, boring, vapid, with a headache, and less money.

    • Hey, first one is on me buddy. Decor aside, twenty-five lines of craft beer in the neighborhood is not a perceived novelty — it’s the beautiful life.

      Also, I’ve got a whole lot more white upwardly mobile young professional Washington disposable income I’ve got to spend over here.

    • actually this is what a grown up bar looks like.

  • DEBBIE DOWNER ALERT!

  • Wonderland smells (badly) and is full of pretentious hipsters. I mean if you were cool DC would not be your place of residence.

  • John and the Meridian Pint Staff have been great to work with. The pictures of the bar are well done, but until you visit “The Pint” in person you won’t be able to appreciate the amount of thought, time and energy that went to creating this tribute to American Craft Brews. VERY IMPRESSIVE and well done!!!

    Drink Responsibly,

    Ellickson USA

    For more information on the table taps (DraftMaster Pour your own Pint) system go to:
    http://www.EllicksonInternational.com or email us at [email protected]

  • lmao @ grown up bar…If my grown up bar looks like cap city i’ll pass…

  • The table taps (DraftMaster) system in Meridian Pint is Irish technology (you’d never have guessed the Irish would come up with a better way of drinking!!) and Meridian Pint is the first bar WORLDWIDE to have our latest Touch Screen system allowing the consumer to actually order other products from the bar without leaving the table.
    For the concerned bartenders out there; the system automatically cuts out after 12 pints and must be reset by the bartender (who incidentally also opens and closes the transaction) – this is the responsible bit!
    Also, if your lucky enough to occupy a table the bartender can even “pause” the table while you go out for a smoke.
    For those of you interested in a home system – its in development and check out http://www.ellicksoninternational.com regularly.
    BTW – Great blog, keep up the great threads… Slainte from Rainy Waterford, Ireland

  • I love it!! Rozi leads a charmed life, so MP should as well! Fantastic!

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