Maxwell Park

When Maxwell Park opened its doors in June 2017, the city’s wine geeks knew they’d been blessed with a second home. The brainchild of 31-year-old Brent Kroll, who spent most of his twenties as the wine director for one of D.C.’s most successful restaurant groups, the Shaw wine bar promised to be “devoted to the adventurous imbiber.”

It delivered on this promise. Kroll has put together an extensive list of about 500 wines that’s refreshingly thoughtful and approachable. Most of the by-the-glass pours change each month to match a theme—in June 2018, for example, “Camp Maxwell” offered “chill lakeside whites [and] campfire appropriate smoky reds.” And Maxwell Park doesn’t take itself too seriously; indeed, the bar itself is slate-topped so that patrons can doodle while drinking. Food options are limited but delicious and wine-friendly.

Known For
  • natural wine
  • vintage wine
  • grower Champagne
  • France
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Spain
  • Greece
  • outdoors / patio
What to drink
The list is packed with perennial favorites like Jean Foillard and Olga Raffault, but skip those wines and instead ask Kroll or one of his colleagues what’s drinking well. The by-the-glass program is always changing and they're eager to pour tastes for curious drinkers.
Winemakers who come through D.C. inevitably end up at Maxwell Park for late-night libations. So if you’re eager to see what winemakers drink when off the clock, head there for some post-dinner fun.