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July 27, 2004
There is a long row of taps, offering a plethora for different brews. For a beer-lover, it's a wonderful bar. I have had their mixed drinks as well, and they're not too shabby either.
The food is a little better than basic bar fare. My favorites are: the excellent hummus, and the great French fries. They have delicious nachos also.
One of the reasons I really love this place is that the people are friendly here. Really friendly. Not meat-market, "can I get your phone number" friendly, but "I'm here by myself too, what's your story?" friendly. . I've never had to sit by myself for long here, and I've often arrived alone.
There are a couple of pool tables upstairs, and a great jukebox downstairs. The safari decor that gave the place its name has gotten a bit dusty over the years, but I still get a kick out of the tarantula-fuzzy chandeliers and the whale's belly dining room.
From journal DC from the Inside Out
Washington, District of Columbia
March 12, 2002
The true theme here is "safari" which you'll see as soon as you arrive. In one part of the bar, it's like you're actually inside the rib cage of some huge animal. Kitchy fun or yuck? You decide.
Other reviews I have read of this place describe it as a meet (or meat? eeew) market kind of place, but I saw nothing of the sort. Instead, we found cheap - and not very good - eats and poor service. If you're looking for cheap beer and have low expectations otherwise, you might not think this place is so bad, but I won't be going back. Instead, I'd rather go to Cafe Citron, Andalu, Five, MCCXXIII or any one of the other bars nearby.
In case you still want to go, take the Metro/red line to Dupont Circle.
From journal New to Washington, DC