Harold Black

4.8
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$30 and under
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American
Harold Black is a warm, intimate bar that is quiet enough to hear your conversation yet lively enough to keep you talking. A list of house cocktails gives you a range of options, additionally, the bartenders are at the ready to work their magic if you have something else in mind. Harold Black serves a light-fare menu till 10pm as well as a late-night menu with a selection of cured meats, cheeses and desserts.

Please be aware of a few house rules:

1. We look forward to having you join us and are happy to hold your table for up to fifteen minutes. To contact us with a special request, please email reservations@haroldblackdc.com
2. Your booking reserves your seats for 2 hours.
3. Due to our small size we cannot guarantee booth seating.
4. Our maximum party size is six people, no exceptions, and unfortunately we cannot book multiple tables for one group. To book Harold Black for a private event, please email events@haroldblackdc.com.
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WS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love coming to HB, they make great drinks and have an amazing atmosphere.

SH
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Went on Friday & had a great time. The ambiance was on point. The old fashioned and the wine was delicious. We did a half meet & cheese tray and found it was very good. Minimal with the cheese, but delicious. Plan to spend what you would on a "fancier" date night. We will definitely go back.

HR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience4

The food and drinks were excellent, but our service was pretty lousy. We were seated in a booth and our server rarely checked up on us (we only got our water refilled once, I ended up taking my glass with me when I went to the bathroom). My boyfriend had trouble getting in because the host didn’t hear him knock, which was really awkward. Also, the pen they gave me to sign the check completely exploded over my hands. I think it’ll be ok for drinks - they really were fantastic - but I wouldn’t come back here for dinner.

DC
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a unique and enjoyable environment - staff is always courteous and engaging. Unparalleled cocktail preparation and presentation. Perfect late nite spot

M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is our fav date spot in DC. It’s not pretentious but lovely, dark, and romantic. It’s well run, attentive, but we’ve never once had the awful experience of being deep into a conversation only to be awkwardly interrupted by a server who could care less. I also love that it’s not loud. The drinks are wonderful and they can make anything you like.

AW
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Friendly service. A little pricey but they certainly know what they’re doing. Highly recommend just giving the bartenders some guide rails and seeing what they come up with.

AE
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had an amazing time at Harold Black on a Tuesday night.

Speakeasy rule -- sit at the bar if you can. You see the art of creating your drink. You hear interesting tidbits and stories. You bond with your bartender and your imagination won't run wild with ideas that you're not important or that this speakeasy is too pretentious. It's not.

While the drink menu was a little more limited what I had was great. A truly spicy cocktail with smoky mezcal? Sign me up. Best part? The bartender can customize to your tastes and needs. My friend thought her old fashioned was too sweet. 'No problem, allow me to make you something like a vieux carre and here's exactly why I am using what I am using.' And then thoughtful bar bites which weren't an afterthought for the drink but actually tasty? Gimme that Chicken Tinga Sandwich and an order of the lamb chops for my homegirl please! The R&B music (yaaasssss! to that) had me swaying, the drinks had me relaxed and the convo had me joyful-- this was a laid back speakeasy experience (And trust me, I've tried many in the area).

Four stars because it was great time but it truly was a LITTLE too dim and there could be more drinks but I loved this place. Will be back!

D
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great cocktails. Pricy but great atmosphere. Not too loud. Great service

MR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 22nd anniversary and I thought we’d do something a little different. Found this gem on a top places to go list and immediately placed a reservation. The ambiance was amazing, food was excellent the bartenders kept us entertained. Seating, well....for an anniversary date, I’d rather not have to sit at the bar but we made due. I wouldn’t suggested it for a special “special” occasion. Great for a nice date night or outing with friends.

e
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this is one of the best bars in DC. a hidden gem in the heart of the city with the best bar tenders, service and ambience

GL
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience. Beautiful atmosphere and every drink was delicious. These guys are experts.

SP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience4

Bartenders not friendly.

DW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was the perfect date night spot. The ambiance was perfect. The music was on point. The food and drinks were amazing and the bartender (Denasha) provided excellent service and great conversation! We will be back for sure!

S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED our time at Harold Black. It has such a cozy, cool and chill vibe. The drinks are delicious. Loved the dark ambiance lit by candlelight. Good for conversation. Service was great - a balance of attentive vs. letting you be, to enjoy your time. Cocktails were delicious. Awesome music too. I did not want to leave!! Take note of their house rules too - most importantly tables are for two hours since the joint is small.

AR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed everything about it! Great, attentive staff. Delish small plates. Creative cocktails. Fantastic, intimate 'date night' spot.

ZK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never fails for good drink and intimate settings. They have light fare menu--which is great to have while drinking.

n
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Good date. I have spoken

OT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Ambiance was nice but the host asked us to leave after we had got done signing our bill. We were also seated where “guests are placed when they don’t have a reservation” - in the back corner. But we did have a reservation for my 30th birthday. Disappointed in the treatment by the host but it is what it is

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food & drinks were good. Waiter very friendly. However, a food order & a drink order never made it to the kitchen or bar. But waiter very apologetic & gave us a complimentary very good cheese board.

A
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I thought the ambiance was fantastic and the bar tenders were really friendly. My only criticism would be that the bar tenders did not dress according to the theme of the establishment. It would have added so much more had the bar tenders worn something of the period. Suits, hats ect... to keep the vibe persistent.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous in every way, except no one told us there was a two hour time limit due to another reservation after ours, and they asked if I wanted a third drink with 10 minutes left. I would have liked more time so as to enjoy the drink instead of gulping down a $15 cocktail when we were told our time was up.

SN
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This place is a joke. Save your money. Service is poor. Staff is rude. I would never go back to this establishment.

Harold Black
Responded on October 29, 2019

Hello Steve Nugent Unfortunately, your review is invalid as you never had a chance to experience Harold Black. We know that it can seem confusing because we take reservations and walk-ins alike. We were initially glad to see that after we put you on the wait list, you were able to make an 11:00 reservation following a cancellation. However your group's obnoxious behavior outside of our entrance prior to the reservation alerted us that we could not serve you as you were already highly intoxicated

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks in a cool atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very cool place! Will definitely be back!

GW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Just a very chill vibe. Relaxed. Great cocktails.

D
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This is a great speakeasy for a date-night. The menu isn't extensive, but the execution is solid and they don't skimp on you. We got the cheese plate, meatballs, and brussel sprouts and were quite satisfied. The cocktails we tried were also really nice. One thing to keep in mind is that the music is kept fairly loud even when the restaurant is not very full, which may not be the vibe you're looking for.

B
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cool speakeasy venue. Stairway dark. Cool hidden bathrooms Fun atmosphere. Limit food choices. Pricey. Won’t take cash

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual HB delivered great atmosphere and wonderful drinks!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance, service and people! Perfect for a date

M
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun speakeasy in Eastern Market. The third time we've been there and we bring different friends each time. The drinks are great, and to really take advantage of their mixology skills you need to give them a few hints and let them create something for you. We didn't get any food this time. It is expensive but the experience is worth it.

JB
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best speakeasy bars in the city! Loved the drinks and the ambiance.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Terrible service. Sat there for two hours and was only served two drinks

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Fantastic ambiance! Cocktails were fine but honestly nothing special special about them. Service was “meh”.

Worth it for the ambiance though!

JH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, absolutely amazing experience. Great service and talented bartenders.

CK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Unfortunately one of the bigger disappointments I’ve had in DC. Wonderful atmosphere and decor, but the worst bar tending experience I’ve had. The bartender asked order, made several drinks in front of us, and then after 15min, asked our order again. 15min later, she asked us again. Then after another 10 she brought us one drink (there were two is us) that wasn’t remotely what we ordered. So 45min after we first ordered we got our drinks. There were only about 12-15 of us in the entire bar so it was rather surprising.

Throughout the night the bartender also repeatedly spilled iced on the bar and therefore us. Heard so much about this bar, but unfortunately this wasn’t its night.

T
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great speak easy with an old world vibe. Walk in a secret entrance and knock on an unmarked door to enter a candle lit, quiet, rustic bar.

J
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall4foodservice2ambience4

Service was not great, as usual, there and in Aqua al Due, its owner. Hoping it will improve soon.

R
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Harold Black is a great “speakeasy.” Exceptionally good cocktails, fine bar snacks, and super service. To illustrate: the bar snack we ordered was a bit too highly seasoned for my companion. So the server arranged for the kitchen to produce another version of the dish without the spice! Amazing! I shall return to Harold Black!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Very cool speakeasy, enjoyed myself thoroughly and it was a huge plus for my date (who is a bartender) who said that she loved it. Earned me bonus points for finding such a cool bar.

KC
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome cocktails, delicious lemon-artichoke hummus (I’ll be back for the chocolate cake) and flawless service. The bartendress was very engaging and made us feel most welcome. We had such a great time that we had to reminded to leave after 3 hours to let the next reservation come in ;)