We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Thirsty Bernie

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, German, Pub
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
2163 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22207-2248
+1 703-248-9300
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Closed now
See all hours
Mon 3:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Tue - Sun 11:30 am - 1:00 am
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

31 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 31: English reviews
Arlington, Virginia
Level Contributor
54 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

Thirsty Bernie's is tucked away in a strip mall on the corner of Lee Highway and was a blessing to the area due to the lack of neighborhood options other than Cowboy Cafe (not that there is anything wrong with CC). Ive been quite a few times over its 10ish years in existence but not as often as I initially... More 

Thank Terpshooters
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Level Contributor
22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed July 27, 2016

Found this place by accident, after hopping off the freeway looking for somewhere to eat. Stopped because of the name (My dad was a Bernie) and was pleasantly surprised. Nice place, very clean, good service, lots of TV's with sports, good drink selection and good size menu. More selections than typical sports bar. Food tasted very good and portions were... More 

Thank klfield
Fairfax, Virginia
Level Contributor
37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed May 21, 2016

My husband and I raise Guiding Eyes puppies. We have taken almost all of them to Thirsty Bernies for socializing and training. Their staff have ALWAYS been helpful, welcoming, and interested in both the cause and doing whatever they could to be of assistance to these wonderful dogs. And the hamburgers & tater tots are really tastey.

Thank jackie b
New Concord, Kentucky
Level Contributor
244 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed April 24, 2016

We visited Saturday, and the wonderful bartender, Sophia, was the only service person in the restaurant. We understood a co-bartender/waiter did not show up or call, and there was no management on sight. We also understand the restaurant is under new management. Sophia did a fine job of taking food and drink orders as well as serving food and drinks.... More 

Thank Alan B
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed January 20, 2016

Good food, a little slow in service and a tad expensive for midwest pocketbooks but in line with DC metro prices.

Thank slyhoosier
North Carolina
Level Contributor
132 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed December 24, 2015

We were there on a Tuesday, the place was packed so we had to sit at the bar - didn't know all burgers were half off. So it was a nice treat. We'd never been so I wish we had been told the different beer prices - i.e. larger one is better value. We had no way of knowing so... More 

Thank MsK48979
Falls Church, Virginia
Level Contributor
23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed December 19, 2015

Had not been back for a year or so. It was off my path. The desire for pastrami grew strong and last week it was everything I remembered--flavorful, succulent and relatively lean. It was served on pumpernickel bread. The Cole slaw and pickle we good side cars. My only criticism is that they were understaffed at lunch. One overworked bartender/waiter... More 

Thank Harry508
Arlington. Va
Level Contributor
79 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed September 10, 2015 via mobile

A trifecta of reasons not to go. Tried it twice never again. Other than big screens, if that your thing, no reason to go there.

1 Thank brian m
Falls Church, Virginia
Level Contributor
100 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2015

we've been here many times, at different times of day and different days of the week. the food is surprisingly good - it's not just bar food. the steak salad, German-Deli style entrees, Reuben sandwich, soups, beer selection all consistently good. sometimes the wings are great, and sometimes they're not. the service is friendly, but uneven. sometimes it's so slow... More 

Thank D_and_S_2013xx
Arlington, Virginia
Level Contributor
81 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed August 10, 2015

First and foremost I get that this is a sports bar... you expect TVs showing sport... I didn't quite realize how many TVs you could have showing sports at once. The other thing is that each of the TVs seems to have the volume on so any conversation you were hoping to have is pretty much drowned out by the... More 

Thank nettsu

Travelers who viewed Thirsty Bernie also viewed

Ashburn, Loudoun County

Been to Thirsty Bernie? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, German, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 1:00 am
3:30 pm - 11:30 pm
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2163 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22207-2248
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: +1 703-248-9300

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Thirsty Bernie staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?