Date Night: Columbia Firehouse Restaurant and Barroom, Old Town

Ever imagine what it would be like to visit the early part of the 20th century? This is possible when walking through the doors of the Columbia Firehouse Restaurant and Barroom in Old Town, Alexandria. From the moment you enter you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back 100 years in time. From a cocktail list, created to include drinks from the late 1800’s through early 1900’s, to the preserved wooden setting, this location is one centered around making you feel like you’re in the right spot.



The bar menu goes beyond the usual, surpassing normal expectations. We indulged in a pair of expertly made sliders, and of course needed to pair them with a bouquet of the most delectable fries we’ve had in awhile. Al loves condiments more than real food, and was satisfied with an option of 3 dipping sauces.


Have you been to the Stork Club or Hotel Wallick in New York City? Neither have we, but the drinks we selected were regulars at both locations in the early 1900s. Columbia Firehouse offers some modern items too, but also stays very true to the history of their location.

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Old Town Alexandria breathes history to all of those who walk the streets, Columbia Firehouse has certainly done their part in preserving the heritage and story of the firehouse that once operated on the site over 100 years ago.


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    1. The fries are great, but the onion rings are even better! Plus they come with the same trio of dipping sauces. Columbia Firehouse never disappoints.

      1. I’m a sucker for onion rings! Will definitely have to order those next time!
        Thanks for stopping by :)

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