We serve a carefully curated selection of world-class German, Belgian, and American craft beers along with wines, meads, ciders and other refreshments. Our food menu gets its inspiration from traditional Bavarian beer gardens.
For an outdoor brunch, a mid-week happy hour, or an evening dinner, Dacha sets the mood for a pleasant conversation among friends, families, and co-workers. A simple yet elegant design, open-air format, comfortable seating, friendly staff, and affordable prices make Dacha Beer Garden a popular neighborhood destination and an easy choice.
In the heat of the Great Recession, two long-time friends from college years, Dmitri and Ilya, found themselves out of their corporate jobs. They decided to become partners and open a business – a beer garden. Looking for possible locations, they came across a small chain-link fence corner parking lot in the middle of Shaw neighborhood. They tracked down the owner and convinced him to rent them the lot. The owner thought they were crazy… a beer garden? outside? in Shaw? He was not the only one.
The partners had a short business plan, a lot of determination, and a blessing of naivetés. Putting all their personal savings on the line, they got to work … architects, engineers, permits, approvals, builders, politics… put politely, there was some learning curve.
On September 4, 2013, Dacha Beer Garden opened for business. A small beer truck, a make-shift bar, a few picnic tables, port-a-potties, and a POD container that served as a storage, an IT center, and an office. The rest is history.
Three Years Later
Today, Dacha is more than a just beer garden. We have expanded what we like to call the "Dacha Experience". In 2015, we opened Dacha Café - a small neighborhood bagel shop next door. In 2016, we inaugurated Dacha Loft - a private events space that is also home home to an art gallery, and the venue for our newest project – Dacha Supper Club. In 2017, we started Dacha Catering - delivering corporate-style lunches and preparing food and beverages for special custom events to bring Dacha experience beyond our physical location.
In the short three years, we are the Dacha family – the team who helped build the brand and customers who have and continue to support us. Together, we are on a journey to make a difference. We are committed to giving back to the communities where we do business. Whether it is through partnering with local businesses, hosting an event, in-kind donations, or volunteer work, we are working to improve the Shaw neighborhood.
When time came to decide how to decorate the three-story wall of the adjacent building, Ilya and Dmitri viewed it as an opportunity to brand the new neighborhood that was going through a renaissance.
“When you see an image of Marilyn Monroe painted on a side of the building on Connecticut Avenue in northwest DC, you know exactly what it is and where it is from. We wanted to create something as iconic,” says Ilya.
Liz Taylor was an easy choice. An iconic figure herself, through her work with and support of Whitman Walker Clinic during the 1980s AIDS epidemic, she was instrumental in saving lives of those who lived in Shaw and elsewhere in our city. The mural was a tribute.
“I remembered a poster I saw in passing long time ago. It stuck in memory. An advertisement for a 1950s movie Rhapsody, it featured Liz Taylor and was beautiful and mesmerizing. Later, I found an original of that poster in a gallery out in LA and showed it to a local muralist Byron Peck. Byron agreed to reproduce the image for us on the 40-foot high wall,” say Dmitri.
We look forward to continuing to bring joy, inspiration, and, of course, delicious food and beverages to the Washington, DC community in the years to come! We value your feedback and engagement.
Whatever it takes – at Dacha, your Gemütlichkeit is our biggest priority!
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