I do enjoy this place, but thought I would share a nice experience I had there the other day. Â
There was a family stopped in for a little food, and at one point, a boy, 13 or so who appeared to have some type of autism, or another functional disability was walking around carelessly and "bumped" into a bigger, older "Harley" looking guy. Â He was really nervous and apologized to the man, and the man turned to him and as the boy expected to get scolded, he actually shook his hand, and explained that he didn't need to apologize for anything, there was no problem, and the "Harley guy" (who in fact was the owner), thanked the kid and the family for coming in and told them if they needed anything just to let him know. Â (He was NOT working at the time, but rather enjoying the bar like everyone else).
This is a great establishment and one of the unique, great places to go in Leesburg. Â As intimating as this place may seem from the outside, it is probably the most welcoming place in all of Northern Virginia. Â It is "everyone friendly".
Love the vibe. Love the folks here. But -- from someone who is allergic to smoke -- this place will forever be off-limits.
The front of the bar is a free for all -- heavy, thick smoke fills the place. The back room is supposed to be "non-smoking," but it is attached to the front room. There is no division. And not only does the smoke from the front waft through here, but they don't re-enforce the non-smoking section. So smokers can be found in the front AND back.
Too bad. Fun place.
This was a fun dive to check out. We were looking for a spot to host a post-rehearsal dinner meet & greet before our wedding, or a post-wedding hang-out. Unfortunately, I don't think this was appropriate for either due to the smoky bar. Yes, there is a non-smoking room with its own entrance from outside, but there's no bar in there. We were looking for something divey, which the Downtown Saloon definitely is. Our bartender was nice and chatty, but the place was kind of subdued for a Saturday night. Never saw a food menu, so I can't comment on that. The beer selection, from what I could see, was kind of slim and a lower caliber than I expected for a dive. Sure, have the Miller Lite, Bud Lite, Yuengling, but how about local brews or craft brews? Maybe the customers there wouldn't order that, I don't know. Also, all beers are served in mason jars. Not sure if that's a plus or a minus (I personally like mason jars), but it was an unexpected hipster touch for a biker bar.
PS- Non-smoking room had billiards tables.
For downtown Leesburg, great dive bar ambience; not artificial, but genuine. Â Wood floors, cigarette smoke, neon beer signs, pool tables; reminds me of being back in Texas.
No fancy beers on tap, but Yuengling is always the best of blue-collar beers. Â I got the BBQ sirloin sandwhich, and it wasn't bad, but definitely wasn't real smoked BBQ, just meat with a sticky-sweet sauce. Â But still tasty, good bread, and came with home-friend potato chips. Â The fried pickles were pretty good, nice spicy batter.
So overall a good place if you want food and atmosphere about as free of pretension as you're likely to find in downtown Leesburg.
If bikers wrote reviews this place would have10 stars. Â I have ridden by many a time and always stopped in for a beer and a platter of jalapeno poppers (not for the feint of heart) before heading east. Â I have picked up women here and even been picked up by a few (literally). Â This is the place to admire rides, tell lies and take the edge off. Â Across from the county courthouse; Â "better here than across the street" the saying goes. Having spent time in both, I try to stick with the saloon. Â Be forwarned: Â
a weaving bike in Leesburg will guarantee a visit to the pokey.
Stopped in for the first time on a Thursday night with my SO. Bartender was really nice and made us feel welcome right away. Love the atmosphere there. The place is much bigger than it looks from the outside. Will be frequenting when we move to Leesburg. Can't wait to see what it's like on the weekend with a bigger crowd.Review Source:
blues bar. good staff and regulars. good food. good beer.
open mic thursdays.
good bands saturday nights. especially this saturday. Â no cover.
downtown leesburg. Â verye easy to find. Â free covered parking just around the corner.
very nice restaurant/bar next door.