Mussel Bar & Grille
At Robert Wiedmaier’s Mussel Bar & Grille, beer isn’t just a beverage—it’s an aesthetic. Empty bottles form the light fixtures overhead, and a row of beer refrigerators with glass doors cover the wall behind the bar. All told, the restaurant stocks more than 150 brews. There are plenty of local standouts, including DC Brau and Flying Dog, but the real draw is the vast selection of Belgian imports. Emboldened with hints of clove and pepper, Brasserie Dupont Foret is a winning organic option, while the ultra-smooth Silly Saison is a far more serious sipper than its name implies.
Mussel Bar & Grille, 7262 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda; 301-215-7817; www.musselbar.com