The Greene Turtle may not be flashy, but it certainly is consistent…so far. I will start this with a caveat that I have only been to the Greene Turtle location in Ballston. Yes, it may be a trek for you DCers, but I’d certainly hope the other locations could provide a similar experience. The Ballston location is fairly new, yet it is quickly becoming a favorite work happy hour location of mine. The happy hour offers $2 rail drinks and $2 domestic beers on tap (select kinds – it’s nothing fancy, but certainly incredibly cheap). The happy food specials are fairly decent. A gigantic basket of pub fried (with tons of bacon!) is $5. Well worth it, if you ask me. I have personally not been disappointed with any of the other food I’ve sampled from my coworkers’ plates.
The layout of the restaurant is slightly strange and almost everyone I’ve been there with has commented that they could use more bar space. There is a fair amount of restaurant seating, but the bar gets packed and loud fairly quickly on Friday evenings. I can’t imagine how this sports bar handles the crowds during big games. Luckily, our office is less than a 5-minute walk away and someone can generally get there early enough on a Friday to get a table in the bar area. There are TVs all around the place so as to ensure that you will not miss your favorite sporting event. I overheard someone saying that it has about 50 TVs throughout the establishment. If you can’t see the sporting event you are looking to watch, I’m assuming that only reason would be because it’s some obscure sport.
The overall atmosphere at Greene Turtle is jovial and laidback. The wait staff certainly adds to this experience. They are attentive and more than willing to engage in conversation…that or maybe I just have a very chatty group of coworkers, haha. I will specifically call out our waitress this past Friday, Kathryn, who memorized everyone’s name just when checking our IDs. She made our extended happy hour an even better one. The Greene Turtle is a great experience for big or small groups of people. The only caveat with larger groups is that you might want to go earlier rather than later to ensure bar seating. I have never been there that late, but I’ve been told that a DJ starts spinning around 10pm. There isn’t actual dancing space so I’m not completely certain the purpose of this, but if it’s good music, I will stop sipping the hater-ade. The Greene Turtle can boast it’s friendly and attentive service, affordable happy hour drinks, and awesome appetizers. I will definitely continue to come here with coworkers.