The Pinch

In a Pinch

35 Beers and Pretzel-Crusted Pickles in CoHi

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You can get just about anything you want in Columbia Heights these days: Lowcountry BBQ. Bowls of rum punch. Mac-and-cheese pancakes on a patio.

But sometimes you crave nothing more than some live music and fried pickles. Oh, and about 35 well-curated beers.

Enter The Pinch, now open on 14th Street for those casual, low-pressure summer nights.

We’ve told you about plenty of date spots recently. This isn’t one of them. Nope, this is a dark, unpretentious, beer-focused pub where you’ll meet a couple friends to iron out the kinks of your day. A former Salvadoran disco where they’ve added a poured-concrete bar, a few pub tables and some classic game boards on the walls.

But you’re not here to play vertical backgammon—you’re here for the beer. Think taps like Anderson Valley Summer Solstice and bottles like the 22-ounce Epic Brainless on Peaches (in other words, this is your brain on peaches—and beer).

And while you’re asking them to cue up the Caps on the two flat-screens, you’ll want to order creative pub food like Pretzel-Crusted Fried Pickles, ghost-pepper wings or the Benedict burger, with fried tomato and hollandaise.

In a couple weeks, they’ll be opening a downstairs lounge with live music and karaoke on most nights.

Nothing warms up your pipes like ghost peppers.

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