Harold Black

4.7
497 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Cosy
  • Quiet Conversation
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.
What 497 People Are Saying
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EW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Love Harold Black - will definitely return. Only issue this visit was that we knocked several times at our designated reservation slot and weren't let in for about 10 minutes.

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AW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance was truly amazing, great place to take a person on a date.

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HN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Harold Black is a great place to go for cocktail fans: I recommend asking your waiter or bartender if you can avail yourself of bartender's choice, after which you can tell them a spirit or flavor you're interested in. Drinking that way is much more interesting than working from the cocktail list. Harold Black is quiet and dim, with beautiful upholstery, and one of the more pleasant possible ways to spend an evening out.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the best cocktails in the city and in my parents life

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TJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite place in DC to lounge. Great ambiance, craft drinks, food and music. Bartenders Dominique and ?(forgot his name) were great. Hostess as well. Make a reservation on Friday and saturdays.

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C
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still love this place. They've really stepped up the food since the last time we were there. Fish tacos were excellent. Same great service, drinks and ambiance.

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New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been here many times. Always a special place. Our charcuterie tray was a bit light this time and I expect more for the money. Service and drinks are always impeccable

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JD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Great after dinner spot for cocktails.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Find!

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R
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Harold Black may be the most charming bar in DC. It is a modern "speakeasy," hard to find but
even harder to leave. The drinks and bar food are first rate, as is the service. I have become a Harold
Black fan -- you will, too.

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JV
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place, a little pricey though. Was pretty quiet the night I went. Highly recommend reservations,

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The host forgot about us and we waited about 30 minutes longer for our reservation than we should have. Other than that, all good!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and decent light fare. Very cozy and intimate. Drinks were great!

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was AMAZING! Ambiance was perfect and finding the bar was interesting too. Great experience

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S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Harold Black has a great ambiance and good drinks, but unfortunately our night was a miss because of the service. It took 30+ minutes at one point to order a drink and we could not even see a server to flag down. At one point it became clear that the drink we ordered was never submitted because it took so long. Considering the price of one cocktail, I expected much better service.

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Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very cool place, the rules are a little quirky but not a big deal and understood in today’s mayhem in public venues with noise , cell phones, etc. Atmosphere is spot on to meet a friend or 2-3 friends and have a unique drink and the food offerings we had were very good with the cheese board and the really good hummus!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

One Of the rudest bartenders I’ve experienced in quite awhile

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TG
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! It's an amazing place to forget everything and just chill.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Our Bartender and server Franz and Rodrigo were exceptional! They were extremely friendly, hospitable and very courteous. We had a great time and shall be returning again.

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I
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Very tasty cocktails and outstanding service by the very amicable staff.

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Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The drinks are always good here but the volume level has steadily ticked up here over the past few times we were there and it was hard to hear each other this time. Apparently the volume was unable to be turned down at all.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was impeccable! I would definitely recommend for birthdays or anniversaries. It’s good for small groups! I would definitely go again.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Making a reservation and always getting seated at the bar while EVERYONE else gets a table sucks. So does being told to leave after 2’hours.

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CG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to Harold Black many times. It's our go to place for out of town company and they always love it. The service is friendly, the ambiance is super cozy, and the drinks/food are amazing. I highly recommend!

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place!! Great for special occasions, anniversary, highly recommeded!!!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Picture it. New Years 2018.

We arrived at 11:25 for our 11:30 reservation.

We were not served until we flagged down someone who would get a server to take out order. We finally got our drinks just before midnight, let’s say 11:57.

We wished each other happy new year.

Then, at 12:15, they told us no more drinks were being served and we had to close out and leave because they close at 12:30.

The drinks were fine. They ranged from “what I’d expect” to “not what I’d expect,” but not in a good way. The mezcal drink is too spicy. It’s too bad because I was really looking forward to a fun, relaxed New Years evening full of nice cocktails.

On a positive note, ambiance is really cool. It really makes you feel like you’re drinking during the prohibition era.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years..Lindsey and Frans were amazing bartenders

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K
Miami
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Expensive drinks for nothing special or creative at all. Place is crazy small & ambience is lesa than average.

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LR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Harold Black is fantastic speakeasy hidden in Eastern Market. The feel is genuine and very comfortable.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Harold Black always makes the evening wonderful!

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! First time and I will definitely be back.

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MK
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shhhhhhhhh. Speak Easy. A perfect throwback to an earlier time. Great drinks, fantastic bartenders. Nice little snack and dessert menu for light late night bites. Make reservations or you most likely will not get in. This is our favorite bar in DC.

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I
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Ordered dirty martini and for a spot that focuses on alcohol, I was surprised to receive it in a wine glass and it was not that great either.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was extremely slow. Waited around 15 minutes to order first drinks. And around 20-30 minutes to order small plates, calling the server each time to grab his attention. The food was delicious, but for a party of 4 who ordered a couple of drinks pp and 5 small app. ended up paying around $400. Very overpriced for the quantity of food provided. Cocktails were also on the smaller size. Good but pricey.

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KF
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

We have been to Harold Black five times now and up until our last visit counted it among our favorite neighborhood restaurants. On this last visit we had to beg for any service at all. No drinks, no menus, no appetizers, no flatware, nothing was offered until we physically stopped an employee and directly asked for it. This was true of everyone in the restaurant that night, not just our table. I understand sometimes you are short staffed or have other problems. A quick “so sorry we are not up to our normal service but we will do everything we can” and I would have been fine. The staff was polite but did not seem the least bit concerned when told we had been sitting there for 30 minutes with no menus or drink orders. There were at least 4 on staff that night, not sure what their problem was.

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J
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Popped in here for after dinner drinks for the gfs birthday. service and drinks were perfect. this is a must check out

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic drinks and food.
Seating setup was a little odd and felt kinda cramped but it didn’t make it any worse or any better

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k
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere! Very interesting, even my 21 year old son loved it, and has already made a reservation for when his gf is in town! Great staff!!

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TO
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We arrived for our 12:30am reservation shortly before the time after a quiet dinner in Old Town. There was four of us, who are all very respectful and professional people in our early 30’s. After a half hour had passed the doorman came out and insisted that we leave and they could not serve us in the fear that we were too intoxicated. I, of course, questioned this and then a bartender came to the door and informed us that that entry was upon there discretion, which of course is their right. I was just absolutely blown away by this as we had had very little to drink prior and was not at all being disruptive. Soon after, we left and ended up having a much more enjoyable, relaxed, and less expensive time downstairs. If you’re a stiff this place may be for you-if not give this spot a pass.

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Portland
3 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is as cool a speakeasy as I’ve ever seen, not that I’ve seen a lot but finding the entrance isn’t the easiest if you don’t know where to look as an example. The hallway and stairs leading up to the secret entrance inside is very well painted in distressed motif to match the feel. Knock on the sliding door and wait for it to be opened or your entrance might be interesting. The Bartenders are great, chill and very creative with a basic understanding of the type of cocktail you are thinking, allow them to create it, be adventurous. Didn’t prefer food but I believe it comes from the retaurant downstairs. The ambiance is is dark with button pleated upholstered booths and a cool small bar. They hallway to the restrooms is long and even darker with custom welded sliding doors and pull string toilet flushing, sorry for that detail. Don’t miss this if you can help it. Make a reservation it can get busy.

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