Washington, DC


1306 G Street, NW

Ed. Note: this is the former Mackey’s Public House space (briefly) and Laughing Man Tavern before them.

From a press release:

Astro Beer Hall, a two-level beer hall and full-service coffee shop, will open for lunch at 11:30 a.m. starting on Friday, October 4th, 2019. This project is a collaboration between the owners of Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, Elliot Spaisman and Jeff Halpern, and Tin Shop – a creative bar and restaurant development group founded by Geoff Dawson and Peter Bayne. Located at 1306 G Street, NW, next door to the original Astro Doughnuts, Astro Beer Hall will serve lunch, happy hour and dinner in addition to an extensive catering menu; a separate breakfast menu and full La Colombe coffee service will debut in the coming weeks. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken’s original location will remain take-out only, with the ability for guests to dine-in at Astro Beer Hall.

A number of opening specials and giveaways, starting on Friday and available throughout the weekend include:

Friday October 3rd. From 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., the first 100 people to order fried chicken will get a free doughnut and a $5 credit to the game room. $1 beers between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Saturday October 4th. $2 off all drafts from 2:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. for guests wearing college football attire. Free games downstairs in the game room all day 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Sunday October 5th. Between 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., first 50 people will get free ice cream doughnut sandwiches with any purchase. Starting at 4:00 p.m. until supplies last, any group of 4 or more who orders a round of whisky or tequila will get a free hot cake doughnut with each shot.

The menu, available here, developed by Chef Chris Kujala from Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken features snacks such as loaded tater tots, wings, and chicken sliders, a variety of chicken sandwiches and salads, and new items such as a Grilled Cheese and Bacon Doughnut Sandwich and a Crispy Portobello Mushroom Vegan Salad. Hearty dinner options include Classic Bone in Fried Chicken combinations, Chicken Fried Steak with sausage gravy and cheddar biscuit, and a family meal perfect for sharing between two or more. A variety of housemade sauces from Chef Kujala will be available such as buttermilk ranch, rosemary honey mustard, sriracha buffalo, green goddess, and comeback sauce – a zesty dipping sauce originating in Jackson, MS. Dessert options will not disappoint, with offerings that include Warm Doughnut Bread Pudding, a Chocolate Cake Doughnut filled with ice cream, a Chocolate Cake Doughnut Sundae, and “Fried to Order” Cake Doughnuts.

The extensive beer menu includes a variety of beers from 20 taps, including Flying Dog, DC Brau, Anxo, Aslin, Maine Beer Co. and more. Galactic-themed cocktails include two draft selections: Astro’s version of a Mai Tai dubbed ‘Astronaut Juice,’ and the ‘Sputnick’ a riff on the Moscow Mule. Additional cocktail options will include classics like Manhattans, Old Fashioneds, Negronis, and Gin & Tonics. House red, white and rose wines will be available. Happy Hour will be offered Monday – Friday from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., featuring $2 off all draft beers, and draft cocktails.

Astro Beer Hall offers booth and high-top seating for 350 throughout the two-level, 11,000 square foot space. The space-themed interior dedicated to space exploration features a “Shoot The Moon” mural by muralist Patrick Owens, a series of custom comic prints, and wallpaper depicting the inside of a space shuttle. Sports and special events will be broadcast on TVs installed throughout the space, and patrons will have access to pool tables, board games, and a dozen arcade games, including pool, beer pong, Golden Tee, Pacman, Ms. Pacman, Frogger, Galaga, Shoot to Win Basketball, Beer Ball, pinball (Elvis and Pinbot), Target: Terror, Frogger, Donkey Kong, and Pump It Up NX. The game room will offer a special card system that allows for guests’ unlimited play during private events.

Operating hours prior to breakfast rollout will be 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. Sunday – Thursday, and 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Happy Hour is offered Monday – Friday 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. In the coming weeks, breakfast will debut and new operating hours will be distributed.”

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