When I was finally legal to drink in public, a hotel bar was never a planned outing but a random convenience (clean bathrooms). The scene was of solo travelers, limited beer selection, and the same colorful carpet that ran throughout the hotel. Then the hotel industry itself evolved, becoming Instagrammable. I’m not an authority on things but I hear it’s a thing now to meet up at hotel bars.
I was in Northern VA for a mini vacation, walking around Tyson’s Corner with my cousin Van (rhymes with fun, which she is). We didn’t want to shop and already ate, and there it was, an ad for happy hour. A sign from the old and new gods.
I thought Barrel & Bushel was a standalone bar, but it was part of the Hyatt hotel. No carpet? Huge draft selection? And what was that? 2-7 p.m. happy hour? The gray clouds parted and the sun emerged. The odds were ever in our favor. Next time I’m visiting VA, I’ll be sure to purposely wander here.
Vibe: airy, bright, modern
Specialty: draft beer
Happy Hour: Daily 2-7 p.m.
Address: 7901 Tysons One Place | Tysons Corner, VA 22102
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