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Rebellion Bourbon Bar & Kitchen

True American spirit is distilled from the heart of the revolutionary –  bold, passionate, rebellious. Our country was put to the test during the Whiskey Rebellion of 1792-1794, and to this day, Rebellion Bourbon Bar & Kitchen draws inspiration from our rich, shared history.

Located in Fredericksburg and Leesburg, Virginia, we offer a seasonally rich and locally sourced menu and then pair it with a selection from our collection of over 170 varieties of award-decorated bourbon, whiskey and spirits. 

Pull up a seat and let us show you what we’ve been working on; we believe every table is meant to be shared. 


Whiskey Rebellion of 1792-1794

In 1791, Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton proposed an excise tax on domestically produced distilled spirits. The tax was a part of Hamilton’s plan to promote the federal government and pay back the country’s large debt from the Revolutionary War. Farmers living west of the Appalachian Mountains were veterans who distilled their excess grain and corn into whiskey, using it as a medium of exchange.

For them, the tax was reminiscent of the excise taxes that launched the American Revolution and represented taxation without (local) representation. As tax officials set out to collect the tax in these areas, farmers began to voice their defiance of the law. In 1792, they rebelled.

The Whiskey Rebellion lasted until 1794, and two presidential administrations later, the tax was repealed. Historians agree that it was the first test of American freedom when George Washington handled it without resorting to tyranny. The rebels’ cause and community also gave birth to a new movement of American beverages – bourbon.


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From ten guests to 100, we know there is always a reason to celebrate. No matter what your milestone, we would love to host your party or event. Birthday parties, corporate events, receptions, rehearsal dinners – whatever you can imagine, we are here to craft a menu, a cocktail, and a space you and your guests won’t soon forget.


Our Downstairs Armory can accommodate more intimate, special gatherings, while our dining room can comfortably host up to 100 people in your private party. The restaurant is also available for a full buyout.

Our second floor dining room can accommodate more intimate, special gatherings, while our first floor bar can comfortably host up to 75 people in your private party. The restaurant is also available for a full buyout.


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309 William Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Tel: 540-681-1969

1 N. King Street
Leesburg, VA 20176

Tel: 571-510-3181



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Please note, at this time we only accept reservations at our Leesburg location. To place a reservation, please contact the restaurant by calling us at 571-510-3181. We do not accept reservations online.