Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Motorcycles rev up the decor at Iron Horse Tap

Classic Norton motorcycle hangs in the window.
Knowing my interest in British motorcycles and British (and other) varieties of beer, my daughter Anna made sure I got to see the Iron Horse Tap Room on a recent visit to Washington, D.C.

Any bar that cares enough to hang a Norton motorcycle in the window definitely captures my interest. There was only time for a quick stroll around the interior, appreciating the motorcycles on display.

1963 Triumph Thunderbird on display.
All are safely out of touch, thanks to the incredibly high ceilings in this upstairs-downstairs bar. Not many are rare models. But they'd be fun to contemplate, along with the rest of the motor-head decor. It would be a good place to drink and reminisce about all the motorcycle adventures you never really had.

For full details, see the complete review of the Iron Horse by Fritz Hahn on the Washington Post website.

Motorcycles everywhere at Iron Horse Tap.
On my visit I noticed that the motorcycles on display were getting a bit dusty. Otherwise, Iron Horse hasn't quite captured the patina of an old-timey pub.

On Yelp, John A. of Arlington, Va. called it: "just a big, cavernous room with a high ceiling and some taps."

Iron Horse Tap Room: Motorcycles are the theme.
Maybe so, but, I wouldn't have decorated it any differently. Again, on Yelp, Trevor M. of Rockville, Md. called it: "What you wish your man cave could be."

But, then, he added: "It's a motorcycle bar without it actually being one." That seems accurate. Football was the main attraction (on the bar's many screens) the afternoon we visited.

The Iron Horse Tap Room is at 507 Seventh St. NW, Washington, D.C. Phone is 202-347-7665. They open at 4 p.m. Iron Horse doesn't serve food, but you're welcome to bring in take-out.

For a list of what's on tap, go to the Iron Horse website.

Lift one for me.


  1. Bangalore has a similar style place called Road Trip. Looks cool, with a couple of old nortons, BSAs and with lights from old motorcycle lamps.

  2. Anonymous12/23/2010

    The bar's owner, no doubt, claims the purchase price of the bikes as a business expense on his tax-returns. That's a really neat way to support your hobby!

    Al in Philadelphia

  3. Sarath - Road Trip is certainly a much classier "motorcycle bar" than Iron Horse!


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