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The Ugly Mug

Capitol Hill
American, Bar
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723 8th Street SE, Washington DC, DC 20003
(202) 547-UGLY
11:00 - 02:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 01:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 02:30
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you need a place to gather with a small group of friends this is the place. Karaoke night is a big hit. A good bar with good bar food.

Thank IDDC
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
111 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Great dive to stop and get a few cheap beers, watch a game, and catch up with friends without having to get dressed up. We got a few appetizers which weren't impressive, I wouldn't eat there again.

Thank SaraK987
Dayton, Ohio, United States
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91 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Went with a groups of buddies before a Nats game. The free shuttle was cool to the game. Laid back atmosphere, beers were $5-6 and had a special for $6 Jack n Cokes. The restroom had a broken toilet so the place kind of stunk and they have a wall by the door that is just unfinished drywall which is... More 

Thank Jake F
Hershey, Pennsylvania
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116 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

This bar/pub is just down the street from the Marine Corps Barracks- Washington. It was in an utter state of disrepair. Seats and tables falling apart, bathroom doors don't close. The food was terrible, and appetizers came out at the same time as main courses. Neither bartender nor waiter were familiar with what was on tap, inadequate AC.

Thank Katilurn
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

Cool, chill spot if you can catch it when there aren't a bunch of people crowding/standing around the bar, with a ton of open seating. That way you could just walk up and order a drink, not having to wait for someone to serve you. There's always a group of dudes in the back corner with a laptop? No idea... More 

Thank crosscountry10
Roanoke, Virginia
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56 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

Love this place but then again I love dive bars. Great staff and amazing food. Only reason I am not giving it 5 stars is because twice we went and the air conditioning was out and it sucked. Amazing prices - totally worth it. BBQ sliders are amazing.

Thank abinsc
new jersey
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163 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

We came here as a big group for a team dinner. We had to order in advance in order for them to accommodate us. Although it was nice they are willing to accommodate a large group their kitchen apparently was not staffed to deal with such a large order and so some people's food came out way before other people... More 

Thank wannatravelnow
Helsingborg, Sweden
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016 via mobile

After a long day of sightseeing we just wanted an easygoing place for some yummy food and this was the perfect place. Pizza roll, California burger and fishtacos all got high reviews from us. 8th street is filled with restaurants and it's a great neighbourhood.

Thank Victoria T
Level Contributor
10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2016 via mobile

The service here is awesome & the food is fantastic. The smell is pretty rough... and for someone like me, who watches alot of Bar Rescue & Restaurant Impossible, it makes me wonder if the place is being properly cleaned. Sit in the front if you can and don't expect a fancy bathroom... they're very small & definitely need an... More 

Thank Rachel L
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2015 via mobile

Very friendly neighborhood spot. Great fish and chips. Friendly service. There was a jerk at the bar but he was from out of town. You can't hold that against the Ugly Mug!

Thank SistahTraveler

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:30
11:00 - 01:30
11:00 - 01:30
11:00 - 01:30
11:00 - 01:30
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 723 8th Street SE, Washington DC, DC 20003
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Capitol Hill
  • Neighbourhood: Capitol Hill
  • Phone Number: (202) 547-UGLY

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?