Willie's Brew & Que

Willie’s Brew & Que, one of DC’s newest barbecue restaurant and sports bar, focuses on the art of low and slow barbecue cooking. Located in the Capitol Riverfront, Willie’s features a wide variety of barbecue items with influences from across the country. The restaurant’s focus is making simple food delicious, and pairing it with great drinks and a lively sports atmosphere. Here, Willie’s Brew & Que General Manager Joshua Estes dishes on little-known restaurant details and why he enjoys the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood!

How would you describe the Capitol Riverfront to friends and visitors? 

A spectacular waterfront neighborhood in the city, adjacent to Capitol Hill, with professional baseball, waterfront parks, concerts, and great food!

What is your favorite place in the neighborhood?

Yards Park and Park Tavern.

What is your favorite Capitol Riverfront event?

Friday Night Concerts and Nationals baseball.

Use one word to describe the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood.


There are plenty of different kinds of barbecue in the U.S., depending on the region. What kind of barbecue can people expect to taste at Willie’s Brew & Que?

At Willie’s we smoke a wide variety of BBQ items with influences from all across the country, yet we lean heavily toward our Southern influences. 

Willie’s has an extensive beverage list. What are some of your refreshing drink recommendations for the summer season?

We boast an extensive array of high-quality ryes, bourbons, and whiskeys.  We love being able to offer DC's own Hellbender Kolsch, and you simply can't go wrong with our delicious Sangria, Spiked Tea and Ole Smokey!

Tell us about how Capitol Riverfront residents can order their favorite Willie’s barbecue for their next rooftop gathering.

Willie’s now delivers via Postmates for a low delivery fee of $4.99!  We can also accommodate anything from a single side or sandwich to a whole roasted pig, as well as other larger requests for pick up. Large enough parties can even rent the entire space at Willie’s!

Are there any other current Willie’s Brew & Que specials that you’d like Front Page News readers to know about?

We serve a BBQ sandwich lunch special with chips, slaw, and a soda for $10 - $12 daily from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Happy hour begins at 3:00 pm, ending at 7:00 pm, with $5 draft pints and $20 pitchers. If what you're looking for is not on the menu, then we'll do our best to accommodate requests and cater toward specific preferences.

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