About Us

Our Team

Sauf Haus Bier Hall & Garten is located in the heart of Dupont Circle and is D.C.’s largest and most authentic German biergarten. We believe in the power of good hospitality, good bier, good music and good soccer to bring people together. As the area’s only biergarten with a retractable roof, Sauf Haus is the go-to location for any celebration.

The Sauf Haus team is lead by chief bier-drinkers John Issa and Johan Cortes. The rest of us are just a bunch of excited, friendly people ready to talk about (and drink!) bier. As the Germans say: du bist willkommen!


Sauf Haus Story

Long before Sauf Haus was dreamt up to bring a taste of Bavaria to the District, this Dupont Circle spot served as The Guitar Shop. The Guitar Shop team still reunites yearly over biers and brats 30 years later. The Guitar Shop served as the inspiration for Sauf Haus’ commitment to live music, and our open mic nights on Tuesdays.

Sauf Haus has been named one of the “15 Hottest New Beer Bars in the U.S.” and “DC’s 11 Hottest Rooftop Restaurants & Bars” by Zagat. They’ve also been named an essential Oktoberfest celebration by Thrillist.