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1. Morris American Bar

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246 reviews
Morris American Bar
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

Address: 1020 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, United States

Schedule: Closes soon ⋅ 1AM ⋅ Reopens 5PM

Telephone: +1 833-366-7747

Guy: Bar


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Martin Schmidt: nice atmosphere, slightly too much air-con , or we as European are not use it ?.. We ordered 2 espresso martini, they were average, So much vodka , and coffee was not strong enough. For my taste But their original cocktail were Bom !!! Jamaican twist on Manhattan super tasty . La Reina was soooo good , if you live tequila try this . Overall i would definitely go back
Response: Hi Martin! We are ecstatic to hear you found us all the way from Europe-- it was our pleasure having you! Thank you for taking the time to try our selection of cocktails and for this detailed review (we know a cocktail connoisseur when we meet one)! Looking forward to seeing you in the future !

Bradley Popkin: Swanky and cozy bar with two floors. Spent some time here with family and friends. Great cocktail selection and service. We were greeted quickly and everyone was friendly. I really appreciated the full-size Johnnie Walker figure outside lol.

Neil Patel: The staff are super friendly and accommodating. We ordered off the menu and were pleasantly surprised at how much we liked our drinks. The mocktails and zero proof drinks were great too!
Response: Neil, thank you for your review! We're glad to hear that you had a great experience and we hope to see you again soon!

Andrea Martin: Good drinks, good service. It’s across the street from where Google currently shows. Has an outdoor patio that feels much different than the indoor vibe
Response: We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with Morris! Thank you for this great review!

Nirupa P: Good experience. We did the Halloween special & the drinks were good. We both got 3 drinks each & they were great. Our favorite was Noche de sueno & dia de muertos. Food menu were also limited. We got the devil eggs & they were good.

Jeff Wilson: All of the staff (especially Rhine and Rita) are absolutely amazing. I'd previously rated Morris 4 stars several years ago but they've definitely earned all 5. Fabulous cocktails, they can make anything you're feeling in the mood for. Always be on the look out for their special events, especially when they do Filipino food.
Response: Thank you for your kind words and 5-star review, Jeff! Looking forward to seeing you back with us in the future!

Rachel Lipton: The space was thoughtfully designed with a great bar but the drinks were a bit of a letdown - certainly not bad but I was expecting something a touch more exciting (I know they rotate monthly so I’ll be back to try some new ones soon) The vibe was also a touch quiet/empty which was a bit of a bummer since we were celebrating but perhaps it would have been better if we were there earlier or later

Adam Pusateri: Morris is without a doubt an absolute gem of a cocktail bar and my personal favorite. The bartenders are not only inventive but also thoroughly well-versed in classics and contemporary drinks. You can tell the whole team is proud of their bar, and it really shows. The seasonal menu is their own impressive creation, but make no mistake, they gladly take requests and offer new suggestions. Inside is a time capsule of a classic bar. The colors, décor, lighting, music – it is the perfect place for relaxing drinks. Outside is shaded and casual, exactly what you want for a group of friends. Other bars even the often lauded “Bests in DC” have fallen short of what Morris is consistently doing here in terms of quality, knowledge, skill, and service. You get way more than what you pay for here. As amazing as it all is, it is not at all stuffy. Everybody is friendly, easygoing, and enjoys what they are doing. This review is long overdue and could not be more well deserved. Morris often surprises, never disappoints, and after all their extra hard work during the pandemic, I cannot wait to sit at the actual bar again. Until then, cheers!
Response: Thank you so much Adam! So glad you enjoyed your experience.

byron subero: ..... my friends are the worst. They keep sending me places to go to. This was a nice spot. Drinks and the bartender was on point. Ask for Rita. She's a mixologist
Response: Hi Byron, sorry about your friends, but glad you discovered Morris!

Mohan Sun: Our favorite cocktail joint in town! The drinks are top-notch and reasonably-priced. We’ve been to other “good” places that charged $16 for a to-go cup. Morris beats that in so many aspects and it never disappoints. Everyone works there are super nice and knowledgeable. Doug, Ian and Rhine are skillful bartenders who can fix you up with almost any requests. They usually have seasonal cocktail menus and recently added low & non-alcohol drinks which is perfect for a person like me who can’t drink too much. I got Strawberry Kitty last time and it’s sooo good! If you want something refreshing, you NEED to get it! Please support their business. They work hard to stay afloat while continue to innovate great drinks during this difficult time.
Response: Thank you for your review and your support Mohan!

2. Round Robin Bar

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185 reviews
Round Robin Bar
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

Address: InterContinental the Willard Washington D.C., an IHG Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 4PM

Telephone: +1 202-628-9100

Guy: Bar


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Caitlin Cordova: The Round Robin Bar is the perfect place to have a cocktail during the holidays when you’re downtown to see the National Christmas Tree. Located inside the Willard Hotel, which is a work of art in itself, the circular Bar serves cocktails and a full menu of classic options. Cocktails ~$20 apiece. Happy hour is crowded, but there are plenty of standing options around the bar itself, and additional seating options in the hallway of the hotel’s lobby. Our bar table service was quick and efficient. Highly recommend checking this place out.

Ray Hendrick: Friendly service. Great drinks. Awesome history. A perfect place for after dinner drinks during your visit to DC. Try the Mint Julep or the Bee's Knees.

Annie Wilson: Attentive service, beautiful warm atmosphere and classic drinks - a delicious experience. The mint julep is spectacular, not fussy, and the staff are cheerful, knowledgeable and enjoyable to watch keeping bar. We went here to celebrate an occasion but we also went to see the national Christmas tree - great location for this. The historical aspects of the bar make a great addition to the experience.

Sue D: Every evening I've ever spent here has been epic. This past time, we got to know half the bar (as per usual here), and there was a great jazz trio playing Christmas music in the lobby. The Willard has the prettiest Christmas decorations in town every year. If you have company coming in from out of town (any time of year), be sure to bring them here. Don't miss the room at the top of the long red staircase that tells about the history of The Willard. MLK Jr finished his "I Have a Dream" speech here.

Paul Terry Services Lawn Care & Landscaping: Christina and her staff are - in a word - AMAZING. Kind, caring and beyond gracious. Special requests are a not a problem for this crew. For the most unique and special celebration, look no further. Grateful for this staff.

Hue Tran: Went to the place for a drink and dessert. Service was horrible. I was eating on my dessert and the lady walking passed my table and just grabbed my dessert plate without saying anything, none of the " are you done with this? Or can I take this? Was happened.

Alex Holston: Fantastic. In the 1800’s Henry Clay brought the Mint Julep to Washington DC featuring it at this bar. Rich in history they still make this favorite May drink the same way. Makers Mark. Rose Simple Syrup. Muddle mint. Crushed ice. Our bar tender was fantastic. One of the best. We will return.

Patsy Agpalza: The Round Robin Bar at the Willard Hotel in D.C. is quickly becoming a favorite spot to have a drink and soak up the atmosphere. The Cedar Plank Roasted Salmon is absolutely delicious. I have ordered it twice now and have been very happy each time. The Bartender, Elias has worked there for 30 years and is absolutely phenomenal. Ask him to make you any drink and you will not be disappointed.

Matthew: A classy bar in a historic hotel only steps away from where Ulysses S Grant coined the terms lobbyists. Great bartenders who know how to serve a proper glass of whiskey.

Joey Emmitte: An amazing topshelf selection! And you can't beat the amount of history in this quaint bar.

3. Sign of the Whale

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128 reviews
Sign of the Whale
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

Address: 1825 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036, United States

Schedule: Temporarily closed

Telephone: +1 202-964-6200

Guy: Bar & grill


Review: "The service is phenomenal and i recommend this place for people ..."

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Jeffrey Warner: A really awesome drag brunch hosted by Tiffany D. Carter.Really enjoyed the chicken and waffles and the staff were super friendly and fun.

Apollo Ryans: Great Time. Rich the bartender knows how to pour and entertain. And with Toby manning the helm it only gets better. Next to Camelot and Umpire dance clubs.

Dom Dimarco: Went for brunch. Chicken and waffles are fire. The BLT was also tasty, kinda tastes like maybe Caesar dressing is on it. The bloody Mary’s are good, spicy and on the thinner side. Service was very attentive, thanks Amanda!!

Jon Greenberg: First time here, an old friend brought me and it's a visit I'll repeat. Pictured here is Toby holding platter of some delicious salmon tacos. The price was totally right. We hung out talking about the key themes of today -- deception, down home elections workers and race.

A.C. Antonelli: There's much more to Sign of the Whale than the exterior eludes to: a fairly expansive bar space with secondary rear bar and more seating in the back, vaulted ceilings, a massive fireplace... or maybe when a fireplace is big and fancy enough you call it a hearth. I think this is a hearth then. It's dimly lit and cozy, surrounded by old books (they're real books not just decorative I won a bet), especially with that fire going. The staff is super friendly, the beer selection is good, and the food menu is great. I don't know what "Sign of the Whale" is a reference to, but I do know a good place to have a drink and wonder about it.
Response: Dear A.C., Thank you so much for your kind words about your experience! We love all the detail you placed in this review! We greatly appreciate you coming in for your dinner & we are thrilled you enjoyed everything from the interior, atmosphere, food, & service! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Tani B: I went for the bottomless brunch and had the chicken and waffles and added scrambled eggs. Sooooooooooo good. The whale pail drink (I think) was delicious and BOTTOMLESS🤪. Also, their mimosas were tasty as well. The DJ was great and the service was too. Enjoyed myself and look forward to going back soon.,😊

Dorothea Knigge: Sign of the Whale has burned. Awful fire at 5 pm Eastern time March 2, 2022. Please we hope all are safe and the staff are safe.

Hunter Hageman: They were EXTREMELY overpriced and deceitful with their receipts. They automatically included gratuity and expected you to tip as well. I spent $120 on 6 shots. Definitely not worth it.

Anna Figueroa: Came to DC from out of town and made a reservation in advance of our trip. Confirmed reservation through text the day before. Got there night of and told to “go upstairs and sit anywhere”- but all that is upstairs is the little crows nest bar, no tables. The bar tender was extremely nice and tried to go talk to someone downstairs again, but ultimately we were told that we could sit at that bar to eat, but they had a happy hour event that would be starting downstairs, so there was nowhere else we could sit. We didn’t see any tables downstairs either, just the bigger bar. The floor was sticky, and everything seemed much dirtier than what we were expecting. We did not stay to eat there, so can’t comment on the food or drinks.

Krystie Wilson: Worst experience today for my birthday brunch. The online representation is not what you get when you walk in. Dirty furniture. Dirty glasses- not once but twice - lip stick stains and filth! Slow service! We waited an hour for absolutely nothing. And NO COVID PRECAUTIONS. The server actually touched the top of the straw with his hands after wiping his forehead! Highly disappointed after hearing such great reviews! Hope things turn around.

4. Off the Record

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522 reviews
Off the Record
Location
4.2
Price/Quality
4.8
Service
4.2
Parking
4.8
Wifi quality
4.8

Address: 800 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 4:30PM

Telephone: +1 202-638-6600

Guy: Bar


Review: "12/10 would meet Underwood here."

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Ariel Aviles: We loved this hidden bar, just a perfect "speak easy" located in front of the White House. Decor is very fancy, lighting is dark, all red walls with caricatures of politicians. Bartender was friendly, and we got some great cocktails. Perfect the end of a date, nice cousy space for great conversation and drinks.

Kimberly Giang: Came here for a light snack and drink before dinner. It was very crowded during Presidents Day weekend but we managed to find a 2 top table. Loved the cozy old fashioned lounge atmosphere. Even though it was insanely busy, our server managed to be very helpful and attentive. He did a great job running around the whole bar by himself. I did not get his name but the receipt said Vlad on it. He definitely deserved a shout out! My husband enjoyed his drink and I liked the soup!

Karen Riegler: What can I say? Amazing, amazing, amazing!Daughter took us on our visit to DC. Pear martini is oh so yummy! Lobster rolls. Potato croquettes , wedge salad! The staff is incredible! Can’t say enough about the experience! Must go

Paola Pritchard: Very old school vibes and men in suits. The drinks are good and the staff is friendly. Had the potatoes coquette with red pepper sauce that was so good.

MANDI ANDERSON: I'm not going to lie...I loved this place! It's located over by the White House, and was suggested to me when I was visiting family in D.C. It is pricey, but go at least once for the atmosphere! The food was high quality, with inventive flavor profiles. But the drinks were amazing...I had a great Old Fashioned, and was impressed by the bourbon selection. The atmosphere is incredible, it looks like you might run into a Congressmen or Senator at any given moment!! The caricatures were a nice touch, and the coasters were amazing...I took them home for my home bar. Definitely come check this place out at least once!

janet ringle: What a wonderful place; I'd give it 10 stars if I could! Great craft cocktails, good service and incredible bar snacks. And wow...the decor. Get there early though, or be prepared to wait. But if you do have to wait, it's worth every second.

Stephani Roohani: My favorite place to visit with all my girls on our annual trip to DC. We are always warmly greeted by the staff and can generally get in at a table with little wait. The cocktails are phenomenal! Our favorite order is the cookies! What? Cookies in a bar? Yes, cookies in a bar. Order them. You won't be disappointed. If you are, you don't know good cookies. Freddie is the best and often busts out a song or two before the night is over. Highly recommend Off the Record for a nightcap.

Sylvia P: Iconic bar. The drinks were outstanding! The waiter placed coasters based on our political preferences, these are cartoon images of iconic government figures seen on the walls.

Sagar Wadgaonkar: Great bar. Cozy underground feel right across from the White House. Bartenders are very skilled and make great drinks. Drinks are expensive but that comes with the territory.

Steve Otten: My wife and I visited this place as a potential “speak easy” bar with some historical context connected to the Hay-Adams on Saturday 5/28/22 at approximately 10:30pm. We sat at the bar closest to the door. Eventually, we were given menus without any greeting or pleasantries. I ordered a Blanton’s straight and my wife a glass of wine. We advised the bartender it was my wife’s birthday and asked if he wouldn’t mind snapping a quick photo. He told us “he didn’t have time for that, and will get to us when he has a chance”. Mind you, this is a bar in DC during a holiday weekend and we easily walked in and found seats because of the lack of patrons. This clearly is of no surprise given the service. We actually happened to see his POS Home Screen and noticed 6 total tabs…. Six. The bartender eventually asked some wait staff behind us to take our photo which we declined. I asked for my check and the bartender told the other bartender “see this is what I’m talking about” and the took the next 10 minutes getting our bill in a folio. We both left our full drinks in disgust. From this point forward, I will advise all of my colleagues, friends, and family to never visit this venue. This was easily my worst experience of any caliber location and that bartender was a disgrace at best. I’m sad I wasted my time to visit, and even more so to type this review. I hope to whomever comes across it, that I saved you the time and money from the looming disappointment.

5. Kingfisher

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236 reviews
Kingfisher
Location
4
Price/Quality
4.8
Service
4.1
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.7

Address: 1414 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, United States

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 2AM ⋅ Reopens 4PM

Telephone: +1 202-750-6600

Guy: Bar


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Daniel Williams: The sweetest smelling bar staff West of the Anacostia River.

Kamari Clemons: This was the best place for a first time drinker! It's very very friendly!! I already hopped from bars one being from my own gay community and was not greeted or welcomed I felt out of place. I popped downstairs and it was honestly the best thing I did.(Janine) the bartender she and the guard were great! I had a really good time and conversation with each of them I'm definitely coming back. Please tip her well she deserves it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 10 stars
Response: Kamari, we're appreciative of the extra stars and are grateful you found Kingfisher and our staff to be so welcoming. You're a 10/10 stars, too!

Kate Jowaisas: Free popcorn and koozie! Small place but good vibe.

Matthew Pollock: Friendly staff, fast service

Stephen Rozier: Very relaxed atmosphere. Bartender recognizes you, friendly service; many patrons stick to their own groups. Just a very calming space. Will be back!
Response: We're zen that you're zen, Stephen. Thanks for the enthusiastic-but-chill review!

Connor Garvey: Very cool spot on 14th st. They have great happy hour drink deals and good vibes. No food besides some free popcorn but they let you bring outside food in which is very nice.
Response: Thanks for coming by, Connor. And thanks for the review. While we appreciate the 5 stars, we respect the honesty even more. Come back any time!

kevin van der welle: Really cool place to have a beer on the not-so-busy times. Great selection of beers btw! The free popcorn is a nice bonus and it makes the place smell real good

T Connolly: Chill. Good vibes.
Response: Thanks! Glad you like the place. Come back any time!

Joey Asker: Great atmosphere, great bartenders, good events!

Mikaela Wynne: Great atmosphere and great drinks. Will be frequenting
Response: Thanks for your review, Mikaela! Hope you stop back in again soon if you haven't already.

6. Madam's Organ

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1104 reviews
Madam's Organ
Location
4
Price/Quality
4.1
Service
4.2
Parking
4.3
Wifi quality
4.4

Address: 2461 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, United States

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 2AM ⋅ Reopens 5PM

Telephone: +1 202-667-5370

Guy: Bar


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Brad Badger: My girlfriend and I made sure to stop here after she had been here years ago and loved it. Our bartender Deborah was 10/10. She made some amazing drinks and was incredibly great to us. We got an appetizer sampler and the fried fish bites were absolutely killer. Live music was great as well. Cool vibes and great service. I will definitely stop by Madams Organ again the next time I am in DC!

Eve Breier: Lovely atmosphere! The music is good, bartenders are friendly, nice mix of club-like dance floor upstairs, seated area on the middle floor, and a bar/performance area downstairs. It has it all. Also pretty funky decor all over.

James Bladen: I really wanted to try this place and menu sounded good, but waited over 15 minutes or more for someone to take my order and never did! I asked the bartender if someone was going to wait on my table and I could not hear what his response was, he just mumbled something. I was being as patient as possible and understand places are short staffed. There was a big table of around 10 people upstairs and I was by myself downstairs, I guess that explains it. The bartender was more interested staring at his phone than making sure his customers were taken care of. I was going to order a large order and I do tip good, but sorry, you just lost a customer and me recommending a place if you ignore solo diners like that.
Response: Sorry it didn’t work out for you. We are having labor issues but that is no excuse

Stacy Walker: Awesome spot, easy bar, and amazing entertainment! Check them out on Tuesday nights for great live music

Marieke Kooymans: Worst service we've ever had.. We were a group of 4 and came for dinner and to perform at the open mic. We were completely ignored when we came into the bar, even though it was quiet. At some point we just sat down and when the waitress finally came we asked for cocktails.She threw (literally) a crumpled stained cocktail menu on the table that looked as if it was taken out of the trash. She later explained they don't serve cocktails anymore which maybe explains..? We felt pretty invisible during dinner, it took a long time to order food/drinks and our plates weren't cleared away. We made a pile ourselves of the dishes and napkins ,and when dessert came the pile was cleared away, but the waitress took off the used napkins and put them back on the table for us to reuse. We ordered 2 desserts and got 1, but decided to let it go and just ask for the bill. We tried to get the attention of the waitress but failed. After 20 minutes we walked around to find her and asked her to pay. She looked at us and then ignored us and walked away. it felt very disrespectful. We considered leaving cash on the table and just leaving (risking the cash to be taken by someone else in a now crowded bar). The kitchen porter then came by to clear the rest of our table and we asked him for the bill as a final attempt. He was very friendly and helped us. The waitress then told us the price to pay but we asked for a receipt. She seemed very annoyed and finally arranged a receipt. It took us in total at least one hour and a lot of effort to pay! At this point we did not feel welcome and just went home without playing at the open mic.

Ieshia E. Butler: Food was just ok. Nothing to write home about. I am from the Caribbean and was expecting the soul food to be a bit more flavorful. The waitress was really nice and the menu was affordable.
Response: Maybe you wanted Caribbean food and not Soul food

Amanda: Great dark chilled atmosphere. Multiple floors with a partially covered roof top bar. Live bands. Friendly speedy service. Reasonable food and drink prices. Pool table available.

SHIKATSE KPANYAA: Great Place to have fun in DC. Live bands, hip-hop and country. Three different dance floor at the same place. Judy go to where you wanna have fun. They don't have meals so get something to eat around

DiiJay Victorious: Great place. Bouncer is cool and ppl are sociable. Bands are cool. Beware atmospheres change momentarily and without notice (not for badly, just different crowds)

Alison Scott: Loved the live music, bartender was so friendly! Amazing vibes - so glad we stopped in here. One of my favorite stops while visiting DC

7. The Passenger

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259 reviews
The Passenger
Location
4.5
Price/Quality
4.9
Service
4.5
Parking
4
Wifi quality
4.9

Address: 1539 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, United States

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 2AM ⋅ Reopens 5PM

Telephone: +1 202-853-3588

Guy: Bar


Review: "Always meet interesting people here."

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Samantha Casey: Best bar ever! The bartender was super nice and offered to turn down the ac for me. Love this place!
Response: Thanks for grabbing a drink with us!

Jennifer Burrell: Since they've just opened back up there was no official cocktail menu, but the bartender made this Paper Plane cocktail based on the liquor and flavor profile I wanted and it was great. Fun vibe

Samu Cortez: Great bar, good drinks, good music and great atmosphere. Super friendly bartender.

Megan Becker: So happy we stopped in. The decor is dark and eclectic, and Nick is an absolute cocktail wizard. Every drink was expertly made, including a fresh squeezed grapefruit for my Paloma. It was like watching a potions master, as we described what we were in the mood for and Nick used and array of drops, sprays, peels, etc to concoct the perfect drink. I'll definitely be back next time I'm in town.

BobbY Butler III: Greeeeeat bar!!! Jordan and Cori are AWESOME at creating the PERFECT bar experience! The drink menu is very diverse, but they know how to make ANNNYTHIG!!!💯💯💯🔥🔥and the bar talk is EXCEPTIONAL

Chris Miller: What can I say? My longtime favorite cocktail bar in DC. The mixologists are the best in the business.

Alex Shell: Comfortable cocktail bar, simple list and the few I tried were great. Jordan was fun to chat with.

Ashley C: Passenger is the super cool downstairs bar - Rockabilly style music, beer & tiki cocktails. And upstairs you have Hex, the dark, witchcraft themed bar where you can get the most incredible drinks imaginable. Both spots have a really fun atmosphere, no pretention, good food and damn knowledgeable bartenders. Our favorite place to drink & hangout in DC.

Silently ?: What more can I say its a great vibe with cool bartenders and feels like home. Even though its random people the vibe doesn't seem to change and that let's me know that they continue to do a great job. If you get a chance to experience this place I'm sure you will love it

Big AL: I highly enjoyed this bar. It's 2 floors but gets packed and will have limited seating. Great drink choices including big shareable bowls. The food was amazing the wings with the house sauce will not disappoint . Friendly and knowledgeable staff made this trip great

8. the Gibson

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468 reviews
the Gibson
Location
4.9
Price/Quality
4.1
Service
4.9
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

Address: 2009 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 6PM

Telephone: +1 202-629-1081

Guy: Bar


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Leo Liu: A very very cute speakeasy. Our server Dwayne was most friendly and offered to help us take our one year anniversary picture. Ordered two rounds of drinks and was very satisfied with the dealer's choice.

Jeff Schwamb: A brilliant speak-easy with bartenders that truly take their craft seriously. The custom mezcal drink was spot on the lighting and atmosphere promoted an escape from the outside world.

A V: Definitely a 4 star experience, not more. Clean, with a nice atmosphere ( music selection was not speakeasy.. more hip hop), and the staff was very nice. However, drinks were not impressive for the price paid. Also, they should describe the drinks better, especially if they have an online menu. Went to 600t on the same night and much better experience

Ian Patrick: Such a fun place! It's super hidden, and I've probably walked past it a dozen times and never realized it was there. The outside is really discreet. The inside is incredibly classy, and the drinks are really unique. I enjoyed all of the drinks I tried, and our waiter was incredibly helpful explaining all of the unique ingredients and the flavors we could expect. He was super helpful helping us decide from so many great options.

byron subero: So my new thing is trying to go to all the speakeasy in the DMV. 6 down many to go. Gibson has a relaxing vibe with a indoor and outdoor seating.

2luvis2live: This place is so discreet. Once inside, you are totally removed from outside and embraced by the atmosphere which was chill and laid back. Everyone was cool and down to earth. Our bartender was so warm and friendly (Enjoy your upcoming birthday in August Leo). I would definitely visit again. Thanks for a great time.

Paige Sheats: This is one of my go to places. I love the vibe and it’s very speakeasy-ish! I also can’t say enough good things about the cocktails! They’re not only delicious but also very unique based on other speakeasies and bars around town! The only negative is it’s hard to get a table if you’re just trying to walk in, so book a reservation in advance.

James Lee: Great drinks and beautiful interior. I also recommend ordering your own and letting the bartender be creative. The bar is currently closed (tables only) and service was a bit slow when I went, but still had a good time.

Emily Park: Speakeasy with seasonal craft cocktails. You can sit at the bar, the booths, the tables, or at the patio. The music wasn't too loud, but it can be a little loud when it's crowded. The candle-lit atmosphere adds to the speakeasy vibes. There are two unisex bathroom stalls that are pretty clean.

Maya Bryant: This speakeasy was tucked away off of U street. The drinks were okay, but the vibe was everything. Very fun for a chill night. Make sure you have a reservation.

9. ChurchKey

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1814 reviews
ChurchKey
Location
4.1
Price/Quality
4.6
Service
4.1
Parking
4
Wifi quality
4.1

Address: 1337 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, United States

Schedule: Closes soon ⋅ 1AM ⋅ Reopens 4PM

Telephone: +1 202-567-2576

Guy: Bar


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C Yager: Great craft beer bar, knowledgeable bar staff, 50 beers on tap, wish they had less national/big craft beers on tap and more local. Extensive beer bottle list with hard to find beers, especially good Belgium beer selection. Fast friendly service, hard to notice from the street. Definitely recommend a visit if you love beer.

Jonathan Isett: Top notch selection of craft beers in DC. Also one of the most extensive whiskey/ bourbon catalogs around. Atmosphere is good, and the food comes through. The homemade tots are a must have. Great location on 14th st close to Logan circle. Stop and have a beer or two.

Rossukon Jandech: Beer Brunch Event on June 25th, 2022Great event, great employee, great service.Meet famous brewers there as well, so awesome.

Jeremy Krantz: During a week-long trip in DC, I spent most, if not all of my evenings at ChurchKey. As a craft beer aficionado, this is pretty much a mecca when it comes to beer and their selection is hard to match. You may wonder what's so special about this place and let me tell you straight up that it is their beer. There's little point is coming for wine, or cocktails (although they're not bad at all!) but really what sticks out is their craft beer. They have 50 taps and 500+ of bottles available as well as 5 rotating casks. It's hard to beat. My wife and I got to know the staff really well after a few trips there and they were all super friendly, knowledgeable and they made our experiences there very memorable. I cannot wait to return for many more trips when in town. One pro tip I recommend to everyone is to ask for their master beer list known as "The Bible" which is frequently updated and will allow you to figure out what's available since their selection is so extensive.

Taylor Friedman: I love churchkey but the service here needs improvement. I’ve been twice since they reopened with the latest being a Saturday night around 11:30. Busy but not crazy. Was able to find a seat at the bar. After I sat down it took at least 5 minutes just to get a bartender to acknowledge me. Was handed food and drink menus. After that probably another 5 minutes to get my order in. I thought it was weird that the bartender didn’t provide water when I sat down. I feel that it’s customary to do so at a bar as so not to make people drunk quickly. After I ordered my second drink I placed an order for food as well and was told the kitchen closed at midnight. That would have been helpful to know as I got there at almost quarter til so that was annoying. Shortly before I left there was also a guy at the bar who was passed out and one of the bartenders slammed a bottle really hard on the counter to wake him up and I thought that was kind of unnecessary. All in all, definitely a craft beer Mecca but just keep in mind service can be kinda spotty. (P.S.- they made the place brighter after they reopened so you can actually see going up that long flight of stairs and the menu once you’re inside!)

Levi Wasmundt: It's easy to get overwhelmed by the vast selection of beers on tap, but their menu organizes them well and the bartenders are very helpful in pointing you in the right direction. Ours also offered us samples before we ordered full pours. Good job ChurchKey. Cheers!

Tom W: Great list of beers. Nothing I was too interested in and I love me some craft beers. But that’s not their fault, that’s my palate. The issue was the service being absolute trash when the bar wasn’t even busy and they had ample staff. Drinks took about a half hour to come out so we ended it early and just left.
Response: Hello Tom, I am very sorry to hear about your experience. Thank you for your feed back. We appreciate any kind of feed back that can help us improve. I would love to hear more about your time here. If you would be able to email me at dpitcher@neighborhoodrestaurantgroup.com. Best regards, Dylan

Joe Perretta: Unfortunately, churchkey is the best beer bar for 100 miles. The beer is exceptional and it has reopened without missing a beat in terms of selection. The service is some of the worst for 1000 miles. And let's not blame a worker shortage, it's bad training. Nobody really knows the bottle list, most servers don't know an ale from a lager. I'm glad I had my wine key on me after my own bartending shift elsewhere because my server, who was very kind and affable, couldn't open the bottle I ordered. One of the worst staff training programs in town. I also had to convince another server that I didn't want a taster or full pour, because I had ordered a bottle. Fortunately, the clientele is, mostly, as ambivalent as management so there's no real impact to any of this. But it's just the most amateurish beer institution on the east coast. I'll continue to begrudgingly give NRG my money, but man oh man does it make you hateful to have to open your own bottles after a long shift. I really so hate churchkey.

A small cat (cat): We sat upstairs and it had a better vibe. It does have the same menu as downstairs. There were regular booths, high booths, and bar, tables. Good water. Nice decor. Great atmosphere. We ordered the tator tots - good flavor, wish more crispy on the outside like a thicker layer of it, more like mashed potato inside, salty but not too salty. The chicken and waffles were good but not my favorite. They probably just weren't my flavor profile I like. My husband loved them. The music was loud but not too loud. There were TV's at the bar. A great place to go hang out and have some grub.

Robert Last: Loved this place. Lot's of good beers. Great bartenders and service. I didn't get to try the food this trip.

10. The Mirror

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The Mirror
Location
4
Price/Quality
4
Service
4.5
Parking
4.3
Wifi quality
4.3

Address: 1413 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005, United States

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 2AM ⋅ Reopens 5PM

Guy: Cocktail bar


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Squirrely: This a decent bar to grab a drink. I found it while looking for a good speakeasy. It's down a flight of stairs off street level and hidden behind a mirror. The drinks were good and generously portioned. The cocktail menu listed the same drinks you could find at nearly any bar in the area. I was really hoping to find some creative craft cocktails, but no such luck. The music was a bit loud to have a normal conversation and seating is limited.

Melissa Escudero: This place has the best vibes! Absolutely love the drinks every time we come. The seating is very comfortable and the lighting set a great tone. The bartenders are super nice. We came right after getting engaged and they even gave us all free shots. Cant complain at all!

JDV22: Drinks were pretty poorly mixed. If you’re looking for a neat place with loud music to just kind of vibe, it’s perfect. If you’re looking for well made cocktails, I’d recommend going somewhere else.

Richa Bhatt: This place was really cool in terms of finding it and the atmosphere but other then that it was meh. The whole bar was super dark and it was hard to see anything. The drinks were incredibly mediocre and so was everything else like the bathroom- the bathroom I used had no lock so I had to hold the bathroom stall door while using it. So yeah, besides going to a place that’s behind a mirror, there’s no other pull. It’s a very mediocre place and it is priced like it’s something nicer which is stupid. I would only come back if I had to like I wouldn’t make plans out of my way to go here.

Parker Kelley: We went here after a DMV friends event on a Friday night ! It was very packed & due to the space being very small it was hard to move around. The bartenders were busy & took forever to get a drink. The idea behind the bar is neat and interesting but wasn’t worth my time!

Rodger Brown: Mirror is awesome. A very exclusive feel (as speakeasy's should be), drinks that make your mouth water, and an ambiance that'll tickle your fancy. Great seating and friendly bar staff. Super fan of the entrance.

Austin Graff: The Mirror proves that Washington, D.C. is more than suits. Located three blocks from the White House, The Mirror is a true speakeasy in downtown D.C. When you arrive, walk down a sterile staircase and open the door to a hallway with a single mirror. Push the mirror and enter a whole new world. Here's why you should go: 1) Vibe: Dimly-lit and spacious, The Mirror is one of the truest speakeasies in Washington, D.C. There's bar seating and more comfy seating throughout the space. 2) Drinks: Their cocktail list is strong and they make them quality. It's also more inexpensive compared to other bars in the city, especially downtown. When I went pre-pandemic, they had Snackables on the menu for light bites, solidifying this place as the best!

Zach Yoder: If you’re looking for a speak easy that fits the traditional role of one, this one barely fits the bill. The only thing that this place has similar to other speak easy’s is that it has a hidden entrance. The music is way too loud and the lights are way too dim. This is essentially a club with a fancy entrance.

Paris Scott: The Mirror, I'm theory, is a lovely establishment. Unfortunately, its staff, rather than accepting a humble blessing, often opts for a presumptuous mentality that leaves much to be desired. I miss when this place was a no-nothing event space that was desperate for patrons because what it has become is no longer "it". Having visited a number of times I can confidentially say that for whatever reason the bulk of individuals who work here are pompous a**holes. If you're a man, you might be in luck. But, if you are a woman with a personality, money, and a job - I caution you before making any conversation with the staff that isn't "may I have a [insert drink here]" because you'll get mansplained out this bar faster than you can say "are you kidding me".

Anthony Withum: Fun speakeasy if you know how to get in.The mixologists know what they are doing behind the bar. Very very dimly lit and no flashlights allowed. Relatively small but hasnt been too crowded when I've gone. Worth checking out and taking friends to but not a destination I would say

11. All Souls Bar

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All Souls Bar
Location
4
Price/Quality
4.9
Service
4.9
Parking
4
Wifi quality
4.8

Address: 725 T St NW, Washington, DC 20001, United States

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 2AM ⋅ Reopens 5PM

Telephone: +1 202-733-5929

Guy: Bar


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Ivan Alekhin: We loved our time at All Souls last night. The bartenders were great and really knew what they were doing - they made the evening special. We liked the menu and felt like you get a lot of bang for your buck. The atmosphere of the place was just right - not too loud, cozy, and safe. We will definitely come back here again and again. It’s a gem of a place!

Mark P: Friendly, personable, and accommodating staff. Good music from rock to jazz and beyond. Unfussy yet creative cocktail list with prompt service. Authentic and reliable neighborhood bar. Give them a visit!

Jelena Djokic: The bar is nicely decorated and there are cool cocktails and beers that you can get there. However, when I was visiting, the music was tuned way down and it created an awkward situation- I could overhear all the conversations in the place so everyone spoke even more quietly. Besides this, there was a football game on that took everyone's attention so instead of it being a hip, groovy cocktail bar that I expected- it turned into a group of silent people watching sports. Maybe it's better on the weekends. I got good recommendations for the place. Prices are fair.

Cassandra Pereda: The drinks were good. But the male bartender when we were there was very rude. His demeanor was standoffish and not welcoming. Additionally, I got two drinks, each $11 somehow he said my bill was $30 because he was including his tip in it. I was going to tip regardless but the way he went about it rubbed me the wrong way.

Amelia Barabak: Had a bad experience- friend and I didn’t like the drinks (one on menu, one off). Bartender not friendly or helpful. Good if you like 7/11-esque snacks, mediocre service, and aperol. The drinks are cheap for a reason y’all.

Andrew Benson: Bartender to patrons — regarding hospital doctors in COVID, “they weren’t really in the trenches.” Don’t need to come back here.

Sara Wuillermin: Friendly, attentive service, good beer. Enjoyed the outdoor seating. Didn't try the food, so can't speak to that, but would definitely come back again!

YAZ 90Z: The Asian bartender acted uncomfortable to serve my party. Rude service.

Christian Mai: Fun bar to go to! Luved the roof top! Drinks were great and the service also!

Richard Derrico: Nice setting and good drinks. Fast service.

12. Exiles Bar

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Exiles Bar
Location
4.1
Price/Quality
4.1
Service
4.7
Parking
4.4
Wifi quality
5

Address: 1610 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 3PM

Telephone: +1 202-232-2171

Guy: Bar


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Molly Crabb: Exiles has been the go-to UNC bar during the tournament (and hopefully forever?) and going to all the games has been a BLAST. The waiters were SO accommodating and pushed through a packed room to deliver food with a smile. We had tech issues with the TV and they had multiple people come and try to fix and figured it out quickly! My 64 year old mom even had a good time and said she’d go back.

Shaina Eckles: Great drinks, fantastic atmosphere & super rad bathroom art.
Response: Thanks for the kind words Shaina. We really appreciate it!

Brian Webster: Loved this DC area Buffalonian bar! Exiles is a great location with awesome service, great food, and impressive drink selection. I got the wings (crispy and great) paired with a couple of Labatts, as well as a Catalonian Spritz that was refreshing. This place would be amazing to watch the Bills this fall!
Response: Cheers Brian, fingers crossed for a big year for the Bills

Amit S: The 5th best bar on u street apparently. I still have to find the first four. The whole team is rocking. Good time guaranteed. Love you all!!!

Christopher Williams: A wonderful neighborhood bar. The owners and staff will make you feel at home. Nice outdoor patio with a “hook game.”

kareem shaban: 5 star average! 6 stars for their excellent service, fantastic vibe, outdoor space, great beer, and overall "neighborhood bar" feel! Every bartender is a gem and the owners know their clientele. 4 stars for not discounting their merchandise that says "U Street's 5th Best Bar" now that they are U Streets 3rd best bar.
Response: Kareem thank you for your comments. We are honored to welcome you and your sparkly jackets every single time. We believe in staying humble by being humble, though its sometimes difficult for us. We are working on new t-shirts, watch this space!

Shahnaz Punjani: Nice atmosphere. Friendly with great service. Just what I was looking for. A place to have a drink and chill.
Response: Thank you very much Shahnaz. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Alvin H: Visited this place on the night of my birthday Oct 24. The atmosphere was cool, it was karaoke night so people were having a good time. They had the World Series on multiple flat screens and a projector screen as well. Ordered a burger and fries, and a drink named after Bush's daughter.

Alain Parcan: As a sworn Stetsonite, I never wanted to admit I liked exiles as much as I did but if it isn’t one of the best bars in dc to get a beer and decent bar food, I dunno what is

Toby Willse: Awesome bar! Great beer selection, fun vibes, chill employees. Will be going back whenever I'm in the area.
Response: Thank you for the kind words Toby. Come back and see us next time.

13. The Crown & Crow

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The Crown & Crow
Location
4.7
Price/Quality
4.2
Service
4.5
Parking
4.8
Wifi quality
5

Address: 1317 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, United States

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 2AM ⋅ Reopens 5PM

Telephone: +1 202-763-7552

Guy: Bar


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M planetmike: Decorated a bit like a bar from Harry Potter's world, this bar is both cozy and spacious. Hook and the rest of the staff were awesome. Even for a Tuesday night, it was surprisingly busy. This is a bar. Food can be brought in. There is a small stage with a large screen where events are televised or can be used for karaoke nights. Thankfully, this bar minimizes the use of televisions, which are unneeded distractions. This is conveniently located near Thomas Circle and at the Southern end of the 14th Street scene.
Response: You can always count on us for a good time. Hope to have you back for another round sometime soon! -Cheers, The Crown & Crow

Christopher Yuen: I was in town for a business meeting and I took a few friends out to this bar on a whim and we had a blast! The bartenders were friendly and the drinks were unique and delicious! I had so much fun I ended up leaving my blazer at the bar. I called the manager Graham a few days later and he mailed it back to me all the way to Connecticut. He’s awesome and this place is too!!!!!
Response: Thanks Christopher, it's our pleasure to host you and your friends!

Melissa Hough: This might be my perfect bar. So warm and cozy, the staff is incredible, the drinks are good. It's never been packed (at least on a weekday night) which makes me feel better about the VID. I'd been here a few times before but last night went for the first time on my Dry January stint and they were awesome. Bartender made a tasty mocktail AND they have non-alcoholic beer! So glad I found this gem.
Response: We're thrilled to be your perfect bar, Melissa. You can always count on us for tasty drinks, even during Dry January! We hope you'll be back to see us again for round two sometime soon. -Cheers, The Crown & Crow

Chablis owens: It's the best bar in the city. The owner is an incredible person and if you get the chance to be served by him your night is going to be a thousand times better than you thought it would be. It is legitimately the best experience at a bar in DC you can possibly find. And it's not even a strip club. That's rare.
Response: Thanks for coming by, you rock and were lucky to have guests like you!

Annie: Cool bar with a chill vibe. Came here on a Monday night at 630 and there were only 2 other groups. Not the typical DC bar. There are a few tables and the bar to sit at. The cucumber mule was really good!
Response: You can always count on us for good vibes and great drinks, Annie. We're happy to hear you enjoyed your cucumber mule. Come back and see us for more cocktails in the future! -Cheers, The Crown & Crow

Noah Wahquahboshkuk: Aesthetically pleasing atmosphere and 2 sides to choose for your pleasure. The first side is more of an elbow-to-elbow-packed environment with loud music. The second side is a more relaxed spread out environment to hold more intimate conversations with friends. Being new to the area, ordering a beverage similar to the drink of preference (Weiser) was difficult due to the unfriendly bartenders. Kinda gave me the you-don't-belong-here vibe. The suggested brew was not the best, but the gin and tonic was great! Bathrooms clean as well as the main areas. Would come back and maybe study up on what is offered on tap.
Response: You can always expect good vibes from our place, Noah. We’d never want you to feel like you don’t belong here, and we’re sorry if that was the case. Next time you swing by, we’ll make sure to find you a brew you’ll love. Hope to see you back soon so we can impress you with our friendly service and unique tap selection. -Cheers, The Crown & Crow

David Benjamin: Booked a private event in their larger bar area and cannot say enough good things about Lindsay and the team as well as the space. The drinks were great, we received numerous compliments from our guests on the venue, and Lindsay was a huge help planning the whole thing. By far the best, most professional experience I've had booking an event space/bar in the DMV!
Response: We’re so happy you enjoyed your experience. We look forward to seeing you again. Thank you so much for the kind words.

Corey Nolan: Always have a great time in this nostalgic Bar. Brian "Bar Man" has done an outstanding job building his dream. Staff is super friendly and they have stepped up their cocktail game since I last visited. Glad I was able to ring in 2022 in such good company! Thanks C&C team! Stay safe!
Response: We're glad to hear you always have a great time with us, Corey. Our friendly staff is always here to take care of you and treat you to a cocktail. We hope you'll be back to celebrate with us sometime soon. -Cheers, The Crown & Crow

Adriana Cortés-Buelvas: I absolutely love the Crown and Crow. Great cocktails and a huge offer on drinks. Great indie rock music, feels like an Irish experience.Graham is the nicest!
Response: You can always count on us to show you a good time, Adriana! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your cocktails and the music. Hope to have you back again sometime soon! -Cheers, The Crown & Crow

Adam Adam: I went there for the first time last night I had the worst bartender in town. First he didn't even greet me or anything he walked up to me and asked me very rudely what do you wanna drink didn't, but I seen him greeting other guest properly so if I had to guess it might have to do with the fact I have an accent. I wasn't very familiar with the beers so asked him what's the lighter beer you have he laughs and said Guinness. I never been treated this way in this city.
Response: Adam, very sorry you had that experience, The Crown and Crow's staff represents cultures from 3 continents. One of our core values is that "everyone is invited to the party." I'm Brian, the owner/manager and I bartend on Fridays, please come by and let me buy you a drink and show you the hospitality that we are known for.

14. The Lucky Bar

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719 reviews
The Lucky Bar
Location
4.2
Price/Quality
4.4
Service
4.8
Parking
5
Wifi quality
4.8

Address: 1221 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, United States

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 2AM ⋅ Reopens 2PM

Telephone: +1 202-331-3733

Guy: Bar & grill


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Saif Al-Alawi: This is the official supporters bar for Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United. They offer some local IPA and I recommend the 3 Stars if you love your simcoe hops. The bathroom upstairs is a work out but clean. Glad I hit it early before those United fans stunk it up.

Becky Gardiner: Watched the euro semi final here! Great sport pub... Some amazing football scarves all over. Beer flowing and plenty of TV's - staff were really friendly!

Joe Joemer: The breakfast was excellent, the staff was very nice, and the rates were fair. Fantastic collection of draft beers chosen by a beer expert.

Anna: The bold old grumpy bartender (owner?) Spoke at nausium about showing UEFA game only for us to drive 30 minutes. Once we came into the bar, he said "we didn't tell him it was a live stream" (I did twice) and that he had never heard of Paramount . He kept saying that the bar will close in an hour and he needs to have dinner with his daughter (who cares). After 12 minutes of such monologue, we left under his screaming cussing terrade

Alex McKnight: Best bar in DC for soccer fans! I'm a Manchester City fan myself, but Man United, Arsenal as well as national fandoms all congregate here on matchdays and it's always a good time. Drinks are reasonably priced, food is good, can't go wrong. My only advice is to get here early during important matches, the bar definitely has a limited capacity and may not let you in if it has filled up, especially during Covid.

Samantha Elizabeth: After being rejected by Decades nightclub, my boyfriend suggested Lucky Bar for drinks. I liked how dices of different sizes were mounted within the bar counter. When we sat at the bar, at first we had to wait to place a drink order. I asked for a drink menu and the bartender Shannon asked what kind of drinks I liked. They had three types of ciders - Magners, Woodchuck, and Angry Orchard. I ended the night with an Angry Orchard.

Geoffrey Fleming: Excellent bar, good atmosphere for sports and good on prices for both food and drink. Ordered a Philly cheese steak and it was delicious. Great selection of beers and food. Definitely recommend for anyone around the area looking for a good sports bar and excellent service. The bar staff were excellent, especially the lady Shannon who took care of us all night.

Michael Wiredu: The atmosphere is electric win lose or draw. Great place for Gunner fans. And the food is very good.

Todd Boppell: Great place to catch an Arsenal game! Staff is super friendly, breakfast was great, and prices are reasonable! Awesome draft beer selection curated by someone who knows beer.

Skanbass: Good sport bar. I went there a lot during the African soccer cup. One of the only bar that passes the games.

15. Saloon

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186 reviews
Saloon
Location
4.8
Price/Quality
4.1
Service
4.1
Parking
4.7
Wifi quality
4.9

Address: 1205 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 4PM

Telephone: +1 202-462-2640

Guy: Bar


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Lázaro Carvalhaes: A very welcoming atmosphere with delicious food and great service. They are a non-profit and use the money to build schools in poor countries. The live piano music is the cherry on top.

Kyle Webb: I came here a couple years ago with my parents, and we stumbled in randomly a little before they opened without realizing. The owner welcomed us in with open arms. The food, drinks, service, and atmosphere were the best I've ever had. Additionally, the owner showed photos of the schools he funded across the world, which just showed how incredible this man is. I can't recommend this place enough and the moonshine is just an added bonus!

E E: Love this place, the ambience, and the owner is a gem. Also…they have these insane brandy (or rum?) soaked blueberries that are made in-house. You. Must. Try. Them. Cheesecake will never be the same.

Mary Grewe: Walk down a few steps into a place where Belgian Trappists meet Syrian/Ethiopian clerics for a Cold brew, garlic fried favas, and perhaps a game of backgammon. No martinis and no TV! Keep your phone in your pocket. Luxurious service. Exotic and extensive beer list plus moonshine & classical music. Open your heart.

Theron Williams: I love to visit small unique bars with their own different atmosphere. This was definitely one that my wife and I enjoyed.

Mani Gupta: They don’t take Amex. They use a square read that has Apple Pay capability, but he won’t let me use my Visa card on Apple Pay either. I should add, square charges the same rate for all cards.

Hannah Hanover: Great beer, attentive service, funky decor, and a relaxed atmosphere! The Saloon is one of the first bars I've been back to since Covid began - and I really enjoyed it! It's a true local pub, full of funky things to look at, quirky signs, and heavy wooden tables on which to drink your beer and moonshine. It just reopened, so it's still a little quiet - an oasis on a busy street and sure to pick up soon! The staff is attentive and helpful, and the fries are to die for - hot and super crispy. I know that The Saloon is a long-time drinking staple on the street, so I'm excited to pop in and see the other floors as everyone starts going out again. Stop in! You'll be sure to have found a new favorite local pub.

Erin McGuire: Lovely cool decor and love music with pianos

Cassandra Brzezinski: This bar is perfection. Not pretentious and is a nonprofit. It’s a DC institution as much as Ben’s is.

Jens Witter: Somehow crazy but special. I am still not sure if their story is authentic or just a business strategy but we liked it a lot there :)

16. The Fox and Hounds Lounge

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233 reviews
The Fox and Hounds Lounge
Location
4.9
Price/Quality
4.7
Service
5
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: 1533 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, United States

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 2AM ⋅ Reopens 11AM

Telephone: +1 202-232-6307

Guy: Bar


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Brian Redder: I confirmed with the waitress before ordering that the online menu was valid, then when she brought the check all the prices were 3-8 dollars more. She said the website was old and it didn’t work that way anymore. She refused to correct it even after i pointed out she said at the beginning the website was fine. Very disappointed as the food was not worth the price. My dish went from $10 to $18. Cannot recommend this place.

Nazanin Eshan: The owner was probably the best part of this restaurant's experience. He was so funny, we almost peed our pants. Food wise, we liked the Philly cheese steak.

Jordan Wolfe: Racist. The bartenders did not believe a friend when asking for their card back, even after multiple white people in the group easily got their cards. Didn’t even apologize after realizing they did in fact have the card. Will not be returning.

M Ramachandran: Great very satisfying and fresh American eats. Like a Midwest diner with fresh veggies and simple, pure ingredients. Incredible staff and patio!

dipika: F&H is a model neighborhood bar. Spacious patio, well priced drinks, friendly owners & service, all around perfect for a no-frills outing. No notes.

Walter Bayer: Cool spot for Monday night beers after a rec league game. Staff is super friendly and drinks are well priced.
Response: Thanks for visiting & sharing your experience with us , it will help us serve you better in your next visit…see you soon!

Candace Walls: Terrible wait staff, random “bar charge on bill” not honoring happy hour when it clearly says on the site happy hour. Too much stuff to list. I will def not be going back

Betty Gonzalez: Terrible service! Bartender was racist toward my friend and tried to gaslight him into thinking he gave my friend his card back, when the card was on the floor behind the bar. Once they found it, they gave it back to him without an apology of how rude he was acting.

Chris Boosalis: verry friendly, owner great personality glad to serve you good food verry reasonable prices plenty choices can't go wrong

soupergrover: I really like this sports bar - usually pretty chill, lots of TVs, good bartenders, and reliable food - with some nice veg options, if you're into that. I'm new to the neighborhood, and have probably gone to watch games about 7-8 times. Bartenders Simon and Alex are friendly and have always changed the channel to watch different games when asked. (I find it odd that some places with TVs look at you like you have 3 heads when you ask to change the channel, and you're the only person in the joint....but not here.) I love the impossible burger and grilled cheese. Very very solid spot, and now my neighborhood go-to when I want to watch a game.

17. Doyle

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202 reviews
Doyle
Location
4
Price/Quality
4.9
Service
5
Parking
4.9
Wifi quality
5

Address: 1500 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, United States

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 2PM

Telephone: +1 202-448-4301

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Kathryn Corselius: My friend and I just tried this bar for the first time, and we had a great time! It's beautifully decorated and lots of windows give a great view of Dupont Circle. Service was fast, and the food and cocktails were delicious. Food + drinks are on the pricier side, but the experience was worth the splurge for us.

Taeetheproducer: First, let me start by saying WOW! When I first walked into this place, I felt as if I had stepped on a 70's film set. The decor, the music, the cutlery, AMAZING! Secondly, the service from the moment I walked in made me feel as if I was just going downstairs to my living room with some friends. The staff were all so friendly and professional, but not too uptight as to make you feel uncomfortable. I'm no white-collar professional, so it's good to get a little of both. They were very polite in asking for our vaccination cards, and even made a joke to make the request more fun. Thirdly, the general manager Hicham stopped at my table and checked on me and my guest to ensure we were having a great time. Even when he was running around doing 3 jobs at once, he never made us feel like asking a question would inconvenience him. STELLAR! Finally, my guest (who was my brother) absolutely loves bourbon. So naturally, he ordered a manhattan. His reaction was priceless. He could literally taste every ingredient, equally balanced. Needless to say he ordered a few more. I'm not a big drinker, so I naturally gravitated to the food. Good lord. The quinoa salad with feta and chicken was outstanding. So fresh and so clean! If you've gotten this far, congratulations. PLEASE pay this place a visit.

Brenna Holmes: Nice chill vibe, with a decently curated spirits menu. Wine list leaves something to be desired and the service could have been better. But overall it's always a reliable and relaxing choice to grab a nice drink.

Michael Corey: Nice bar and outdoor patio next to Dupont Circle. Interesting historical lecture series hosted by Prof. Smith & Doyle's.
Response: Thank you for the 5-star review. We're pleased to learn you enjoyed your evening at Doyle. We hope to welcome you again soon. Regards, Julian Enright Senior Bar Manager

Sarah Abay: I have been going to Doyle bar for a quite a while more than 10 years. Very classy and pleasant place. Service is the best but lately I don't know who is in charge the music is so loud and the choice of music is more like a club and doesn't go with the bar style. I have known this place perfect for meeting and working very chill gathering the music is changing the mood.
Response: Thank you for taking the time to share feedback on your recent visit to Doyle. The guest experience is of the utmost importance to us, thus feedback like yours is greatly appreciated as our team strives to deliver a memorable experience. As a valued guest, I would welcome the chance to speak with you further and invite you back to allow us the opportunity to make amends for your recent experience. We hope to see you again soon. Regards, Julian Enright Senior Bar Manager

Justin Leach: The servers were very friendly but 4-5 different people visited my table through the night, I wasn’t sure who my server was and who was just there to refill waters because everyone seemed to be switching roles. Even the host refilled my wine. They weren’t even too busy. I never got my salad, which in my situation was fine because I wasn’t too hungry anyway and really just wanted a couple drinks but normally would not be okay, and when I asked for the desert menu it took 20 minutes because they apparently only had one copy and all the tables were sharing it. Again, very friendly but confusing service. Can’t speak to the food because I never ended up getting mine.
Response: Thank you for sharing feedback on your recent experience at Doyle. While we're pleased to learn you found our staff to be friendly, we are disappointed to learn we felt short on delivering a memorable experience. Please know I have shared your comments with our team to ensure the high service standards we have set for our team are consistently upheld. Should your travels bring you back to Doyle, please let me know so I can personally ensure we have the opportunity to make amends for your recent experience. Regards, Julian Enright Senior Bar Manager

Alyssa Miller: I usually love the Doyle however - after over a month of not setting foot in the establishment I was charged over $85.00. Let me be clear - I have not lost my card, it has been in my possession the entire time. It has been impossible to get this resolved and incredibly disappointing in that the likely cause of this was a staff member running my card information and pocketing the money. My goal has been reversed and that has been not only incredibly difficult to do - I have been promised call backs from the manager that have never materialized. At this point I don’t see myself ever going back to what was one of my favorite places to enjoy a drink and wonderful atmosphere and I cannot in good conscience recommend it to anyone because they might be stolen from.
Response: Good Afternoon, Alyssa. We are deeply concerned to learn of this issue. After further review, it appears there was a delay of charge from the credit card processing company from your original visit. A member of our team would like to be in touch to provide additional details surrounding this charge. Please be assured that credit card details are never stored in our systems. When convenient, please send us an email with your contact information so we have the opportunity to make amends for this inconvenience. Regards, Julian Enright Bar Manager Hello@doyle.bar

Lina G: The best spot to kill your vibes. I felt disrespected. My taste buds felt disrespected. The three days old burger buns were offensive to my very culinary enthusiastic existence. The pickle wouldn’t take in the knife or teeth. The cocktail tastes like slushy. The bartender attends to customers not in the order of first come first serve, but in the order of shades - of course white to black. The manager looks like he hit the loto making management in the midst of lack of labor in covid era. If you came in ravenous, you’ll leave mortified or else you’ve simply lost your taste. What a shame it’s in the heart of DC. Sat June 25th, 2022. 11pm
Response: Thank you for your review. We are extremely concerned to learn of your recent experience at Doyle. We would like the opportunity to speak with you further to learn more about your visit, address any shortcomings, and see how we can make amends for your experience. When convenient, please send us an email with your best contact information so we can be in touch. I look forward to speaking with you. Regards, Julian Enright Senior Bar Manager Hello@doyle.bar

Hailey Alemán: The food is great, but considering the prices and the automatic 20% gratuity that's added (which is not mentioned on the menu and apparently applies even to parties of 1 or 2), the service needs to be way better. Ordered a glass of wine and finished it, along with my water, before my server ever came back. Someone else's server came back and filled my water glass and brought the check because my original server just walked right by me for literally 40 minutes, and literally never came back to my table despite stopping several times by other tables. Couldn't even catch her eye to get the check. I've worked in food service as well and can't imagine how you justify charging an automatic 20%, a tip for excellent service, when the service is so lacking even when there were two other servers and the place wasn't completely full. Come on guys. Again, the food is great. Maybe the service was terrible because it was an off day. Who knows.

M Whittaker: Fun office happy hour in a perfectly air-conditioned environment! Tasty drinks and snacks for all co-workers!!

18. Jackpot

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563 reviews
Jackpot
Location
4.5
Price/Quality
4.2
Service
4.1
Parking
4.6
Wifi quality
4.7

Address: 726 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, United States

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 2AM ⋅ Reopens 4PM

Telephone: +1 202-628-5225

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Cody B: Nice little place to grab a drink , not too busy bartender beast attentive even tho I wasn't sitting at the bar

Joe: Great selection of beer, good happy hour and cool bartender. Plus free popcorn. Been coming here for years and this place sticks around. Down in the basement but good bar

Robert James: My wife and I stopped in here before going to see Tool and instantly loved the place. The bartenders were extremely nice and helpful and they were playing the best music. We will make it a point to stop here anytime we’re in the area.

Tod Bowen: Fun dive bar ‐ enjoyed my drink here. And the bartender was helpful and friendly.

Emily Kline: DO NOT COME HERE. HIGHLY DISAPPOINTED. Me and my friends (a group of 5) visited this bar on 4/4 around 0100. The security guy (John) came up and deicided to harass us (a group of women) for our IDs despite many people (parties of 10+, but male) coming through. My friend jokingly tried to have him guess our ages but he want having any of it. We awkwardly gave him our IDs, suggested he was being rude, and he promised us unlimited popcorn from the bar. After having our IDs checked (after we seated ourselves), Doug, the bartender was incredibly rude. We told him the situation and it was obvious he was peeved as he dragged the beer glass across the bar. He begrudgingly served us 2 beers and immediately turned his back towards us and walked away. I do feel like we were treated unfairly because a group of 4 men walked in right after us, never got ID’d and was immediately greeted by the bartender as “hey bro”. And never was asked for their IDs. I Do not Recommend this bar to anybody and I strongly suggest you stay away. So many better businesses you can give your money to.

Thomas T: Jackpot is a hole in the wall which serves local beers on tap and other assorted drinks. No food served but they'll give you fresh popcorn if you ask for it. Very friendly bartenders. Edit: nothing has changed, same bartenders, same vibe, my love for jackpot hasn't changed

Lorna Cole: Very authentic, amazing beer, unique people. Love it.

Vicenta Marcela: Nice place, bartender is so friendly. Beer bar and Cider are so great. My fiancé and me love this place, we always visit this place when we go to the downtown.

India Reed: The perfect place to go and have a drink alone. Very cost friendly and the bartenders are very knowledgeable if you don't know what to pick from the massive beer list. If you're hungry, they have popcorn to eat but nothing else. It isn't hard to find a bite in the area. I usually go next door to Chopt or grab a couple hamburgers from McDonald's when I leave. Literally across from the metro so easy to gerlt to as well.

Nick Marquardt: Really cool underground vibe (figuratively and literally). Good selection of beers and liquor.

19. Red Derby

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806 reviews
Red Derby
Location
5
Price/Quality
4.6
Service
4.8
Parking
4.7
Wifi quality
4.7

Address: 3718 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010, United States

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 2AM ⋅ Reopens 5PM

Telephone: +1 202-291-5000

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QDotDizzle: Prob the best time I had in DC was at this place, super dive and by dive I mean no disrespect, just a cool place that had a killer playlist and good cheap drinks! Great place whether you go with someone, a group, or solo... you're gonna be there and have fun and meet people... mixed crowded, young and old...
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Parker King: My favorite bar in the whole USA so far, and I don't say that lightly. What it lacks in decor it makes up for in cheap drinks, awesome staff, and sheer character. For 5 or so years this was the favorite hangout of myself and my college buddies, and to this day I always pay a visit when I'm in town on leave. If you're looking for a fun, relaxing atmosphere and a bar that is unapologetic about what it is, then look no further. Never change Red Derby, I'm dead serious, never change.
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Aja Mynxx: Though we enjoyed the vibe here, and the cool beer selection, doesn't seem like this is where you come for yummy, homemade food. I ordered a BBQ bacon cheeseburger.. the presentation was cool, but it was pretty overcooked and lacked any seasoning, even with me specifically asking if they can season it. Instead, I ended up with some very less than appetizing looking chicken tenders. The fries were pretty tasty.

Meaghan Gallagher: Go with a group of friends. Get a round of picklebacks. Then lucky picks. They'll give each of you random beers, and if you have a group you can swap so everyone is happy

Kasey Herren: Definitely a bar for the younger crowd. They do have an awesome selection of beer, but the food was lacking. Stop by the neighboring Mexican restaurant first then go have a good evening getting smashed at Derbys after.

te strickland: One of the best bars I've been to in DC. Friendly awesome staff, great outdoor seating and wonderful shots. I recommend the lemon pepper fries!
Response: Thank you te!

C.: Was only in here for an hour or so to meet a friend but the server was nice enough. Ambiance was meh. Only had one drink.

Chato Zarate: Amazing bar! This place is such a vibe! From the customer service and friendly staff, to the atmosphere! Great place to grab a drink, especially when they got weekly specials! I also really enjoyed the music they had playing. Definitely a go-to from here on out
Response: Thank you Chato!

Ricky Webster: My favorite bar in DC. The staff is incredible and you won't find a better deal in the city than their lucky picks. Cheers
Response: Thank you Ricky!!!

tristan ellsworth: Only lived around the corner for a month and I already love this place. It's one of those wildly fun and unpretentious neighborhood bars that are becoming super rare in DC these days. Chicken tendies!
Response: Thank you Tristan!

20. Denson Liquor Bar

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514 reviews
Denson Liquor Bar
Location
4
Price/Quality
4.7
Service
4.1
Parking
4.7
Wifi quality
4.2

Address: 600 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004, United States

Schedule: Closes soon ⋅ 1AM ⋅ Reopens 4:30PM

Telephone: +1 202-758-3867

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Linda L: It definitely passes the vibe check. The decor and dark wooden accents coupled with the dim lighting and rows of glistening bottles of liquor are just 👌🏼 The foods they offer are perfect for a quick bite and a drink. No complaints about their vast drink selection, and I've only tried their grilled cheese and caviar bites which were great. It's simple but flavorful. I did see they offer a few small desserts that I can't wait to try next time.

TexCat: Wanted to stop into a bar after a night tour of DC before heading back to our Airbnb. Happened upon Denson Liquor Bar - mightily glad we did! What a great little hidden gem! Friendly, personable staff, great drinks and service. Awesome cozy ambiance. Highly recommend

Benjamin G: Was visiting DC and wanted somewhere for after dinner drinks on a Friday night. Found this place. A little hidden but worth the walk down. Cool atmosphere, nice vibe and mix of people. The bartenders were great. They both make a mean old fashioned! True mixologists.

James B: The cocktails are spot on here and reasonably priced for the area. Cool aesthetic, felt like a a hot spot bar you'd find in NYC. I didn't try and food though

Val: Unfortunately, the prices and the way everyone acts here does not match the quality of food and drinks. I'd come here for the swanky dark atmosphere, order a drink or two, then move on for food and other drinks.

Austin Shaheen: Excellent service and the place has a really cool vibe! My fiancé and I were here on a Saturday evening for her birthday and they treated us to a complimentary champagne, very nice touch. We’ll definitely be back and recommend our friends visit here

Khoi Nguyen: Great small speak easy with awesome drinks. Staff is so friendly and very talented bartenders. Place is really dark but easy to navigate around. Food wise the oysters, fries, cheese board and pretzel are a must order bar type food. Drinks everything that has whiskey order here because it's delicious

Dane Fergusson: MUST GO! Walk down the stairs to step back in time to the speakeasy era. Just the setting is worth the trip; but, the drinks are incredible. Add to this the world class bartender Dinesha. Yeah, I said it. World Class! Excellent drinks, suggestions for other drinks, great conversation, asking our preferences to tweak to our tastes, made us feel like we were her only customers... and oh yeah the place got slammed with an overflow crowd... to busy now? No way! She still had time for hugs and pictures, before we left!
Response: Thanks Dane, you rock! All the staff thought you two were great and we all love Denisha too. She's fantastic. Come back and see us soon!

Matt Noble: What a great spot this is! Very old school and dim lighting, as if you are back in time at a speak easy. Drinks were all great and so was the music. If we are ever in DC again we will be sure to come back to Denson! Highly recommend to stop in for a drink if you haven’t already!

Brendan F: There is something about walking into a below street level bar that brings a feeling of vintage nostaligia. The staff is filled with smiles, conversation and great drink ideas and the food is unique and delicious. It does get crowded but that should tell you about the quality of the place. Definitely worth a visit.