Best Cocktail Bars In Washington Near Me

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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

Schedule: Closes soon ⋅ 1AM ⋅ Reopens 5PM

Telephone: (833) 366-7747

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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. The Mirror

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242 reviews
The Mirror
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

Address: 1413 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 2AM ⋅ Reopens 5PM

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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

3. 600t

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117 reviews
600t
Location
4.2
Price/Quality
4.7
Service
4.5
Parking
4
Wifi quality
4

Address: 600 T St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 885-8888

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Alejandro Nuñez-Jimenez: Instant favourite speakeasy. Unless you know where you are going, you will not find it. And that makes it all the better. Dim light, soft music, delicious cocktails, and friendly staff. Pair it with good friends or a date, and it will do for a memorable night out in DC. The menu is short but well chosen. Seasonal cocktails were great. Prices range $15-20. Exceptional care and presentation 10/10. It gets busy. Reserve a place in advance. We didn't and got lucky (2 people), but had to wait up a bit (30 min). Positive: one of our cocktail glasses suddenly broke and the staff helped us and replaced it for a new cocktail. Negative: I only remember tall tables. It'd be great to have sofa/armchair seats to enjoy the drinks.

Mysiki X Valentine: First let me start with the best part—the restroom. It’s very clean and cute. If the bathroom isn’t clean, you cannot expect the bar, or glasses to be clean. The drink selection is small but tasty. There are 9 drinks for all types of folks. I did not see a wine of beer list but there maybe one. On the night we visited, there was a live jazz band. It was nice to have live music but it was entirely too loud for a speakeasy. In addition, the center tables (circles) are a bit small with the decorative candle on the middle. Overall this is a nice bar to go to on U street. Do not forget to make a reservation..oh and they charged us $10.00 for just showing up (Repeal Day) this was unclear and not friendly.

Kevin George: Classic coctails and very unique cocktails of there own, this basement bar has amazing atmosphere and great employees. The cocktails are worth the wait as the bartenders cut all the ingredients fresh.

Ricardo M Gonzalez: Super cozy cocktail bar. Great service, even better drinks. Its great to visit in small groups and have fun. Great location and close tho other places in case you need food after.

Meenu Singh: The coziest semi-hidden bar with a beautiful attention to detail, from the fresh herbs and flowers in the cocktails to the wood paneling to the roaring fireplace. The drinks were delicious and special. The whole service team was so kind, and my table of three felt so cared for. Thanks for making an evening with friends feel magical!

Rachel U: First time here and loved it! Very unique, tasty cocktails, excellent service. We had a reservation for Friday night, there is a two hour window for seating.

Natalie Pirrone: Hands down my favorite bar in DC. Patio is super awesome, staff is really friendly. Cocktails have so much flavor. Definitely recommend checking this place out.

Henrry Palacios: I believe this is our third or fourth time coming here. All the cocktails we’ve had have been great and it’s one of our all time favorite cocktail bars. The service is always great, the vibe is always very calm and comfortable, and the drinks always impress. If you make a trip to DC, you’ll have to make this place a priority and be sure to make reservations beforehand!

Mathew Crichton: A wonderful little speakeasy tucked away on U Street. They have some amazing old fashioneds and shaken cocktails! The sweet potato donuts are also freaking fantastic!

Blake Arrington: Very good drinks and even better customer service. Even is you dont like a drink they will switch it out for you Definitely the best old fashioned I ever had and the martini was very good with an extra drink Also if you want something sweet the sweet potato donuts are very good

4. Left Door

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305 reviews
Left Door
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

Address: 1345 S St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 734-8576

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Austin Graff: On Black Cat music nights, a line from 14th Street NW down S Street NW hides an easy-to-miss door. Walk up the stairs and you're in a small, cozy cocktail bar with a long bar and several small tables. My buddy and I went on a Tuesday evening around 8:30 p.m. and easily found spots at the bar. Here's our experience: 1) Cocktails: The menu is diverse with a wide range of more stiff drinks to more sweet. They also combine flavors like pineapple and fernet to create unique cocktails. Of course, there's a bartender's choice option too. I ordered the Maiden Lane and it came in a tall glass. It was a little sweet and full of interesting flavors. My friend ordered the Pineapple Fernet Daiquiri and enjoyed the combo of pineapple and fernet. 2) Price: Cocktails are a little more steep compared to other spots- $18 per cocktail. 3) Service: When we first entered, it was a jarring experience. The bartender sternly asked us how many in our party. He abrasively sat us down, slammed a half empty bottle of water in front of us and then ignored us for twenty minutes. When he finally came back, we were too scared to order a bartender's choice. Then we realized he was the only bartender trying to serve every patron. He was focused on making quality cocktails fast. When two other bartenders finally showed up, he relaxed. In hindsight, he managed the situation well as it was clear his colleagues were super late for their shift. 4) Location: Just off 14th Street NW, there are many restaurants, bars, shops and an Amazon Fresh nearby. Because of this, parking can be hard to find, but we usually find a spot along Johnson Ave NW and S Street NW.

Beck Vissat: This place used to be much, much better. The cocktail menu isn't enticing in the least. I've had a decent amount of the options and they really aren't anything special. For $17/$18 a pop, it's basically highway robbery. I asked a bartender to make me a cocktail not on the menu and he made up some excuse saying he didn't have an ingredient that's not even in the drink. Better cocktails, better pricing, staff that isn't rude and they'll be back to the Left Door of years ago.

Alex L: I feel bad leaving a less than glowing review because the bartenders and other workers were so nice! Unfortunately, the drinks are not craft cocktails at all. It honestly tasted like booze and simple syrup, that's it. For $18 a pop. Different type of booze was about the only variation between the drinks. We tried a French 75 and it was warm, flat champagne, couldn't taste the gin, and served in an odd glass I've never seen a French 75 served in. Not worth the very expensive prices. Also the place has the look of a speak easy bar, but they're blasting very loud music that doesn't fit the vibe at all. I wouldn't go back.

Franklyn Z: Went here 3 years ago and had a blast with their inventive cocktails. But coming back now the drinks were not that interesting and they were overpriced. Service was great but maybe hopefully can have more creative drinks in the future.

byron subero: Nice bar with friendly and knowledgeable bartenders.

Mathew Crichton: Amazing cocktails, cool bartenders, and some of the bar music on 14th St! Definitely one of my favorite places to go for a drink.

Jerome Smalls: A speakeasy’s speakeasy. Ambiguous name. No website. Sketchy entryway. But a truly dope lowkey vibe. The “Grey Manhattan” will change your life.

Eric Erwin: Drinks were honestly one of the best I ever had...the Gin Pahit was unreal!!!!! Bartender was meh on service, but still worth going for a drink

Bernard Després: Absolutely amazing! The bartenders are really good at their jobs, they'll make you a cocktail to your heats desire! I have to day they hit a perfect mark everywhere!

Evelyn Allen: Visited the bar this last weekend for some after dinner drinks. All of the bartenders took turns coming out on the floor to make sure my date and I had a good time. The bar manager (?) seemed like such a super cool dude and even sat down with us during our stay. It was great because he was teaching us all kinds of booze history and talked about the culture during the pandemic. Just in General I loved that extra attention because I like to know things and it didn't seem like my questions annoyed him.. Just like any bar I am so glad they survived the shut down, but it kind of feels like left door never stopped but took a step forward during all of this with top notch customer service and quality cocktails. I'll be back!

5. barmini by José Andrés

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389 reviews
barmini by José Andrés
Location
4.9
Price/Quality
4.6
Service
4.7
Parking
5
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: 501 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 393-4451

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Mark Blanchard: Cute and private looking place with only a handful of tables. Great decoration. We got the flight of drinks - amazing experience. It's 5 drinks per person, and most of them are prepared table side and involve smoke, liquid nitrogen, and other cool ways of making drinks. We also ordered several appetizers. Great presentation but a little too fancy for my taste.

Natalie Caldwell: We were in DC for the weekend, looking for a place to get drinks before our later dinner reservation. There is a reason barmini has the reputation it does, and our experience was more than we could have hoped for. The attention to detail was both expected and impressive - the care and perfection that went into each crafted concoction was amazing. We described to our waiter what our flavor profiles were and he made us both personalized (and perfect) cocktails. We topped off our before dinner drinks with the brioche. *Chefs kiss* and that butter…I’d eat a whole loaf. Can’t wait for the chance to come back.

Elliott Temkin: Delightful bar experience! They were kind enough to be able to fit us in without a reservation even when they were fully booked on a Saturday night (though they turned many folks after us away, so I wouldn't count on getting in that way). Tried six drinks between us and they were all excellent. Creative. Balanced. Flavorful. They even gave us a sample of the peanut rum they produce in house and it was divine. Had a couple small bites (grilled cheese and wagyu tartare) and they were exceptional too. Well worth a visit!

Kennith “Conley” Coleman: We were able to enjoy the cocktail flight. The experience was amazing and all the cocktails were so delicious. The service was excellent. We also tried the grilled cheese appetizer and it was beyond good.

Triloka Shanbhag: For those of you wondering if the long waitlist and tough-to-get-in reservation system renders this place worth going to or not, I’m here to tell you it is utterly and absolutely worth the wait. The experience of being at Barmini and having their cocktail flight is unparalleled. From the sophisticated palette displayed in the variety of cocktails to the servers that pay you copious amount of attention, every little detail is planes to the tee. At times you may feel you are transported to be amidst a lab experiment but the drinks made at your table using liquid Nitrogen are delicious and a spectacle to watch. We also tried the brioche bun, it absolutely melts in your mouth. Having been to a few other Jose Andrés restaurants in the DC area and always being pleasantly surprised with my experiences, this certainly keeps the streak going. Can’t wait to try Minibar by Jose Andres too.

Justin Searle: If you like cocktails and tasting menus, this is a must hit place! Go for the paired cocktails your first visit, which you won't regret. On your second visit, go for the à la carte menu so you can fully explore their custom cocktail menu.

Diana Brody: Wow, this series of beautiful, fancy little snacks and cocktails (or mocktails) felt like we'd gone to a bewildering show. Each plate was so carefully constructed and delicious. My favorite bites were the wagyu tartare on shiso tempura and the cherry blossom marshmallow, but our group legitimately argued over what the best snack was. The drinks were also incredible- I actually went with mocktails, and holy moly I've never had such amazing drinks. It is expensive, that's not a surprise, but if you want to spend the money on performance-level food and drinks, this place is amazing.

Mukesh Bhakta: Just Wonderful. Vegetarian food paired with drink for me and a la crate for my wife. The dishes can be substituted with non vegetarian. We had 6 small plates and were full by the end of 2 hours. Each item was superb and we did add Australian Truffels to 4 dishes which elevated them substantially. It is definitely worth it for the experience. It is expensive but we enjoy these throes of restaurants very much. Staff was precise and excellent. Cocktails were unique and superb.

DeJuae: Food presentation was some of the best I’ve seen here in DC. It has 2 Michelin Stars. The intimate setting and couches make for a nice date night!

James King: Amazing food. Fantastic service. Highly recommended.Presentation is very elegant. Decor is intimate. Call ahead.

6. Silver Lyan

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100 reviews
Silver Lyan
Location
4
Price/Quality
4.7
Service
4.1
Parking
4.8
Wifi quality
4.4

Address: 900 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 788-2799

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Marissa P: Extremely well priced cocktails for this area and the caliber of the drinks/service. You can go to a dive bar down the street and still be paying $14 for a drink out of a plastic cup! The ambience is lowlight speakeasy style, perfect for a date night. Bases loaded was the best we tried, the cherry float was delicious! I’m not even much of a whiskey fan either. If you’re a fan of good service and attention to detail, Silver Lyan should be on your list.

Caleb Trantham: Massive thanks to Alex for a great service experience, this place is absolute mixology heaven. The drinks are all very tasty, the jello shots are super flavorful, personal favorite goes to the fisherman punch with its blend of rums. would highly highly recommend this bar, very worth the price it's just a cut above so many other venues and the speakeasy vibes and great playlist all add to the experience. If you're in the DC area be sure to stop by for an after-dinner drink, you won't regret it.

Rebecca Carmeli-Peslak: worth every penny. such a cool classy experience. the staff is all amazing and goes out of their way to help you pick the perfect drinks for your celebration. we really enjoyed the fruit jell-o shots project apollo champagne espresso martinis and french martini. my party and i will definitely be returning soon! bonus they have a giant gumball machine

Ryley Thompson: Modern space with an interesting vibe in the basement of the St. Riggs. The cocktails are unique, which honestly is hard to do these days. Prices were fine but higher than average If that matters to you. Very friendly staff was a highlight. Definitely worth a stop on your DC cocktail adventure.

Barry Downs (FABS): Great place .to have night cap. Great soft low light mood. Sitting.in a old bank vault can't get Sexy cool and fun.. Good for everything from a business meeting, date or group.of friends. .drink menu was excellent. Jello shots and champagne 🍾 were a HIT. But lots to choose from. Also.offered up some PEI Oysters. Service was great. Price.point $$$$.

Natalia P: Best cocktail bar in DC. Service was quick and everyone was friendly. Chairs were cute and comfortable. Definitely will be back next time I’m in the area.

Hillary Severson: Great spot! We have been to Riggs Cafe before and had no idea this was in the basement. It is definitely speakeasy- esque ... the vibes are great and the drinks are impressive. They even gave us free champagne for my boyfriend's birthday. 10/10 recommend!

Blvknative: Nice underground world to step into inside the Riggs, a bunch of different drinks curated perfectly with every drink. The ambience of the place is to die for. Great way to end your night!

Briana H.: After mistaking Silver Lyan for another bar in the area, I can honestly say it was a happy accident and this might become one of my go-to spots from now on. The velvet seating and subtle mood lighting give you a sultry vibe and encourage you to stay a while. The cocktails were really well done and the service was incredible (welcoming, knowledgable, personable). I'll definitely be back!

byron subero: Nice spot to grab a drink and relax. Very crowded cause they had special guests from NYC for the cherry festival but definitely will go back......aaaaand I went back

7. the Gibson

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468 reviews
the Gibson
Location
4.4
Price/Quality
4.9
Service
4.1
Parking
4.1
Wifi quality
5

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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 6PM

Telephone: (202) 629-1081

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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.

8. Denson Liquor Bar

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514 reviews
Denson Liquor Bar
Location
5
Price/Quality
4.7
Service
4.2
Parking
4.7
Wifi quality
4

Address: 600 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

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

Telephone: (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.

9. Service Bar DC

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Service Bar DC
Location
4
Price/Quality
4.9
Service
4.2
Parking
4.3
Wifi quality
4.4

Address: 926-928 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 2AM ⋅ Reopens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 462-7232

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Elias Chelala: Awesome location with a cool vibe. They have an enormous selection of cocktails and delicious food. Make sure to try their spicy fried chicken sandwich which is very juicy and crispy. If you plan on visiting make sure to bring proof of vaccination. The prices are reasonable for the area and the service was decent! I will visit service bar again!

Kara Clark: Small bar with great food and drinks. Fried chicken sandwiches are stacked and cooked perfectly with seasons. Drinks menu are listed from light to strong. I do wish the food options was more but overall happy with the pick! Drinks absolutely great! Your bill will add up however, it was a bit pricey but overall great food. The bar is a bit small but they have outdoor eating areas as well.

Besart Ç.: Epic spot. Went for friend's birthday. The bar looked just like any other casual DC bar. But once you order your first drink, you quickly realize this is one of the best cocktail bars in DC. Their drinks are phenomenal: liquid nitrogen, fresh ingredients, top tier alcohol, and amazingly talented bartenders. On that note, the bartenders were absolutely awesome lads! Loved chatting with them. They even gave us free shots for our friend's bday. Looking forward to next time guys! (Too sad I was too focused on drinking the cocktails so I forgot to take some pics, but these are some snaps from a video)

Monica R S: The fried chicken is soooooo good! Food was overall delicious. The old fashioned was good. Service was good too. We sat outside and it was sufficiently heated.

Rebecca Kaufman: One of my favorite places to get cocktails in DC. They have such a great and wide selection of different specialty cocktails with plenty of different liquor options to choose from. They also always have seasonal options that change often as well as a great selection of small bar foods.
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Lani: Casual bar with good drinks. You can only sit 1 hour and 30 mins. The food was about a 6/10, we got burgers and mozzarella balls.

Kelly Wiley: What a great little place with excellent drinks and food! Cullen was super knowledgeable about the menu items and the specifics of each drink! They have stellar homeade ginger beer!
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Mark Orebiyi: On the search for the best Fried Chicken Sandwich in the DMV my team and I came across Service Bar. I highly recommend this restaurant. They are known for their cocktails but this sandwich was devine. Solid portion as well (fries come separately). I would put them in my top 5 (and this was our 21 place). Our server, Cullen, was extremely informative and accommodating. I will be back.

Saminda Wijegunawardena: Really dope spot. Tons of character, and characters. Provocative cocktails, tempting bites.Great decor and art. It's got all the NW vibes.

Blake Arrington: Good drinks and great chicken The fried chicken meal is the best bang for you buck coming with 3 sides and 2 chicken thighs for $20, I definitely recommend it Make sure you try the original fried chicken. The Nashville hot is good but not as good as the original which has a honey glaze. The atmosphere is a very bar feel inside. If you sit outside they did a good job of turning the street into a nice seating area but it is very loud with cars driving past Would come again to just get the chicken to go

10. Jane Jane

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Jane Jane
Location
4.4
Price/Quality
4
Service
4.2
Parking
4.8
Wifi quality
4.6

Address: 1705 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 481-2166

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Review: "Unobtrusive, cute cocktail/wine bar."

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Rachel L: Finally got a chance to give Jane Jane a try and so glad we did. It is SO. CUTE. it was pretty packed when we came in but luckily a couple left a few minutes after we arrived so we were able to snag a spot at the bar. The servers were very kind and attentive and all the drinks were delicious! It was a blast and I can’t wait to go back again.

Martha Wilson: Great cocktails. Great service. Yummy, warm olives. And good people-watching from the tables outside. I will definitely be back many times!

Hanna Ozbeki: such a vibe for drinks! went here on a monday night and it was packed!! love that they have so many drink options and that they give u a complimentary snack. the decor was beautiful too drinks - satin sheets & naked and famous were amazing note they do not take reservations so be prepared to wait :)

Lisa Giorgi: It’s among my favorite bars in WDC! It's cozy, posh and usually busy but it’s worth the wait. The special cocktails are incredible, I recommend the Gin Soaked Felon and the Cosmopolitan. The service is amazing. Shout out to Camilo, Peter, Tim, Samuel, Rhiana and JP!

Anthony Salinas: Jane Jane did not disappoint. Wait time was a little longer than expected but worth the wait. Super cute interior, friendly staff, and wonderful cocktails. Definitely a place designed for your social media post :). Looking forward to more visits.

Daniel Albert: A legitimately great spot in a sea of options. Sat outside on a warm summer night - host was extremely knowledgeable and attentive, especially for a brand new place. Everything we got was incredible - our group got almost every cocktail they have, 10/10 would recommend this place and will be returning. Wonderful addition to the 14th St corridor! 💯

Danielle Perdue: Great service in such a quint space! The dining room/bar decor reminds you of a box cars. Love the specialty cocktails and stumbled across the happy hour lunch. Yum!

Maeline Yang: Loved this place and would absolutely come back. The drinks were so unique and the bartenders were very attentive. The place was the perfect size - cozy but lively.

Ashley Cooper: Me and my partner visited from England after being recommended this bar. Thought the cocktail I had was great and it was great to see how they were being made whilst sitting at the bar. Very pricey though but appeared the norm for Washington DC. However, the barman we had was a miserable sod. My partner asked him what he was making to which he did say. But upon being asked this question, he said to his colleague he couldn't take being asked any more questions that day and asked to switch to the other side of bar. Miserable git put us off buying another drink and we left shortly after. Don't work at a bar if you don't enjoy the social element or being asked simple questions buddy.

Zachary Grimshaw: Drinks and vibes are immaculate. The space is small and they don't take reservations, so expect a wait during popular times.

11. Quadrant Bar & Lounge

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124 reviews
Quadrant Bar & Lounge
Location
4.2
Price/Quality
4.1
Service
4.4
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
5

Address: 1150 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20037

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 7AM

Telephone: (202) 974-4946

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Daisy Sun: We visited this establishment to celebrate a graduation. The wait staff was pleasant. The food was fresh and eye-pleasing, however a little light on flavor. The drink menu was decent, and overall it was a fine dining experience. Don't forget to bring your wallet! Pricing definitely consistent with the Ritz-Carlton brand.

Saminda Wijegunawardena: Perfect balance of elegance and casual, always enjoy the ambiance of the bars at the Ritz. The smokey old fashioned is a must try, albeit a bit on the sweet side for my taste, but it's all about the presentation. Great place to grab a drink with the grown-ups while the kids play across the street at Castas.

Konstantin: Visited this place for breakfast while staying at Ritz Carlton hotel. Well, it is expensive but the food is good, atmosphere is very cozy and place itself is amazing. They do have buffet breakfast on Saturday and Sundays. Monday to Friday is a la carte

Carlina Smith: My husband and I stopped in for a couple of drinks during an alumni event. The service was superb and the drinks were stellar. No surprise, they are located in the Ritz. We'll definitely be back.

D J: Entrees are good, ambience is very nice. Appetizer for butternut squash was okay; warm, consistency good but bland flavor. Had an old fashioned for drink: Not well mixed but you do get the $12 worth of alcohol...salmon and chicken entrees we're really good just ask for more sauces

Russ Dean: The ambiance and service at Quadrant was worthy of the Ritz Carlton name. The cocktails were unique and delicious. We were fortunate enough to order the lamb chops as a whim and they were beautifully executed with both a mint and smoky sauce. Some of the best we've had. We stopped here before a dinner reservation and the service was very fast. Didn't intend to order food here, but glad we did and recommend you do too.

DJY30: Very comfortable place. I really enjoyed the relaxed but upscale setting. Live jazz on Saturdays, all the other days they play jazz, I guess from Spotify/radio. Still nice and relaxing. Cocktails are very strong and food is very delicious. I recommend to get a reservation ahead of time; it can be crowded in the bar area (small bar) if you dont come at an early time (aka 8pm/2000). Highly recommend.

Joe Joemer: Always appreciate the atmosphere of the Ritz's bars, which strikes the perfect blend between formal and informal. Although a little too sweet for my tastes, the smokey old fashioned is a must try. However, it's all about the presentation.

Shaun “Shaun386” Jafarzadeh: Had dinner here after a long drive to DC. Food was good service was both friendly and knowledgeable. Bar staff was helpful with recommendations and knew the local bar scene well.

Ahmed Hameed: My gf and I were at this place, the drink cup broke and cut my girlfriend’s hand. They fixed this incident. 5 minutes Later the server brought the check and asked me to pay and leave because they were slow !! It was such a big lie … the place was full of customers and he had a big attitude when he seen lil salad dropped on the floor. I was extremely disappointed and treated racistly based on how I dressed First time and last time at this place.

12. 618 Cocktail and Whiskey Lounge

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618 Cocktail and Whiskey Lounge
Location
4.3
Price/Quality
4.9
Service
4.5
Parking
4.3
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: 618 H St NW, Second Floor, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 3PM

Telephone: (202) 510-9604

Guy: Bar


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Haven Jimerson: 618 is a cool low key bar with great space to dance. They just opened a rooftop area which will be great for small events. The vibe is laid back but classy.

Tara Jeanne: The salsa dancing event was not air conditions as promised in the event flyer. It was beyond uncomfortably hot and more expensive than usual. $20 is too much to pay for zero air conditioning on a 96 degree day. Also, the salsa music was playing, but sometimes there is a dance group dancing casino rueda, that takes over the dance floor, making social dancing difficult and not enjoyable.

ct zfbm: Went for Salsa dancing! Great people! Great bar! Drinks are affordable too.

Benjamin Tokataake: It's secure and safe. The staff are friendly and helpful. The club also has its own restaurant where food can be ordered anytime during the night. The sound system is killer - Bassboss equipment - which shakes the floor and pulls you to the dance floor!

Carol O.: I love that this lounge offers Chinese food from the kitchen below. Not only is good delicious, but the owner is so kind.

FFerraz1: Possibly the weirdest bar I have ever been to. They call themselves a whiskey bar but everyone was ordering tequila. The atmosphere is a lot closer to a club, theres a big dance floor and they play Drum n Base music. The menu on the website is apparently outdated and they serve fewer options now. Good cocktails though. Tip is AUTOMATICALLY INCLUDED. I was in a party of three and we only ordered alcohol, and they still auto-tipped me. Safe to say they must get a lot of extra money like this. Watch your checks!

Diana Enriquez: Amazing green beer, my first one real Irish beer for st Patrick’s Day after best bf for so long in US the flights of bourbon that was very good, music was so Irish, we had a great time, the servers were amazing they gave us head bands and were so great and attentive that I can’t compliment more this place I really give the best review ever they are just amazing for me.

Kalan Foster: Drinks were great. The silent disco was very entertaining. They have weekly events so I definitely recommend checking them out!

최창용: Bought a 10$ jin and tonic with 20$ and the bartender tipped himself without even asking

Corey R: Loved the vibe, the drinks were great and the food was FIRE 🔥.

13. Round Robin Bar

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185 reviews
Round Robin Bar
Location
4
Price/Quality
4.6
Service
5
Parking
4.9
Wifi quality
4.4

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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 4PM

Telephone: (202) 628-9100

Guy: Bar


Review: "Great cocktails, specialty and regular bar menu"

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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.

14. Quill at The Jefferson

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171 reviews
Quill at The Jefferson
Location
4.7
Price/Quality
4.7
Service
4.3
Parking
4.7
Wifi quality
5

Address: 1200 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 2PM

Telephone: (202) 448-2300

Guy: Bar


Review: "One of the best cocktail bars in DC."

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Georgia Hensley: What a great experience visiting The Quill. When we arrived there was no place to sit at the bar or restaurant, so our waitress let us go in a little room with a couch and TV, she brought our drinks while we waited. They treated us so special! The drinks are the very best, served with olives and a variety of nuts. We left happy and elated. We will def. return on our next visit to DC The Quill is located at 1200 16th St. NW in Washington DC 20036
Response: Thank you for the kind words! We’re so glad you enjoyed your visit to Quill and hope we can welcome you back again soon.

Linzee Ott: Extraordinary vibes, really friendly staff, and supremely tasty cocktails. Sat at the bar and a different time at a table, and thoroughly enjoyed both experiences. Really professional but also creative cocktail menu. Upscale but approachable. A favorite tucked-away spot in DC.
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Patrick Young: Great atmosphere, friendly staff, and great cocktails. Quite pricy though, but after looking around the hotel you’ll understand why. They give cashews and pickled vegetables to you while you wait that are very much appreciated. Type of place you’d want to frequent if you want to run into politicians or others with power

Karen Koller: Outstanding cocktails and service. The kitchen closes at 10pm so I didn’t get a chance to try and food but the complimentary nut mix and pickled vegetables were delicious. Prices were reasonably.

Matthew Brown: The bartenders are fantastic. The level of professionalism and craftsmanship is second to none. You cannot get a better drink than the ones made by Meghan and Katie.

Amanda Cropper: Spot on cocktails and service. Charcuterie board is excellent and easily feeds 2-3 people. Worth every penny.
Response: We’re so glad you enjoyed your visit to Quill!

Matthew Wilding: Beautiful bar styled after a glass bar the owner apparently saw in France. Cocktails were great, ambience was perfect. Meghan the bartender was an excellent conversationalist and really knew how to work a room. One of the best hotel bar experiences I’ve had.
Response: Thank you for the kind words about your recent visit to Quill and your positive experience with Megan!

Gabriel Lopez-Bernal: One of the best cocktail bars in DC. Spectacular.
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VictoriaVenturing: Beautiful hotel and restaurant, loved the cherry blossom drinks!

Izabelle Monique: Great experience as always. I miss the live piano jazz, though. Peter was wonderful and made The Quill’s nights even better before the pandemic.

15. The Wells

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16 reviews
The Wells
Location
5
Price/Quality
4
Service
4.8
Parking
4.6
Wifi quality
5

Address: 727 C St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Guy: Bar


Review: "One of the best bars in DC."

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Melanie Smith: Beautiful interiors and solid cocktails if you like gin. The door is normally locked so you have the ring the bell to get in. We rang the bell and no one came for about 5 minutes. I think it’s best to stick with cocktails on their menu. They didn’t have a traditional Negroni on the menu, but my husband asked for one. The waitress was very unsure if they could accommodate the request- which seemed odd for a gin-focused cocktail lounge charging +$20 for a drink. I also over heard someone order a martini at the table next to us, the waitress never asked any amplifying questions, then comes back and hands the guy a martini and says “I hope you like it, I didn’t know what you wanted because you didn’t specify if you wanted it up up, dry, dirty, etc.” Which also seems weird for a bar specializing in gin cocktails that they wouldn’t ask you these questions when you place the order.

Brandie Gruenewald: Celebrated my partners b day at The Wells and had the BEST time! We sat at the bar (which I requested) and the bartender JP was phenomenal. He made sure we had a fab experience. I am a gin enthusiast so we chatted gin & cocktails and introduced us to some delish gins I'd never heard of! The cocktails he made were outstanding, including an off the menu drink based on flavors the b day boy likes. Please do not listen to these other reviews saying the service is bad and keep in mind this is a reservation only bar. Make your reservation and enjoy the smart decor, delish cocktails and outstanding service.

Raphael Tisch: The Wells offers a high end gin cocktail experience that does not disappoint. Seating by reservation, with a 1h 40m time limit. This was the only downside... We wanted to stay longer and drink more! If you are a gin skeptic or gin lover, this is the place for you. The geniuses behind these drinks masterfully blend the key elements of cocktails into very cleaver unique experiences, pulling from fresh produce/fruit juices, to unique shrubs and botanicals. We challenged our bar tenders to a vesper-off and were exceptionally pleased with the variations they brought out. Will 💯 be returning. Ambiance and service are top notch. Nothing felt rushed or unattended.

Caroline Fernandez: If I could give this place 10,000 stars, I absolutely would. I used to come here just about every week and I loved it more each visit. The staff, the drinks, and the food are some of the best that I’ve had in a long time. Now the food isn’t a full meal, it’s more of a snack but I love snacks, so I love this. Every drink that I’ve had here has been wonderful, even if it’s off menu and a surprise. The bartenders are so incredibly talented I wish I could bring them with me everywhere. If you’re one of those people that says gin is not for them, come here, try the drinks, and I guarantee your mind will be changed. I recently left the area but when I return to DC, you better believe I’ll be visiting The Wells.

Daisy Gutierrez: It's kinda gone downhill already... like most of these new, once 'nicer' bars usually do here in DC. It's sad I really loved it, originally, see my previous posts, but I was there last Friday and it's just not the same. It's really loud, the service is not great anymore (the person seemed almost annoyed every time they came to our table, I sat without water for half the time I was there, etc.) it's now like any other bar (almost). Sad. RIP

Jess Miller: This place is intoxicating!! The decor is very Gatsbyesque! Totally cool private gin club speakeasy vibe. Went here for after dinner drinks with my girlfriends and it really hit the mark! The cocktails were gorgeous and delicious! I recommend the Gimlet. Staff was attentive and knowledgeable. It was a perfect ending to our girls trip and I can't wait to bring my husband for date night!!! Highly recommend!

Miriam Grinberg: Had a wonderful experience here. We arrived a few minutes early and were seated immediately, and served our drinks pretty quickly as well. The chandelier with succulents was an especially nice decoration. Highly recommend the "Tea Time" cocktail (second picture with the big ice cube), really delicious!

Paul Kamberis: One of the best bars in DC. Get a table at the bar if you can, they usually save them for last (it’s only 4 chairs) but if you’re a gin fan you’ll have the most tailored gin experiences imaginable. Would give more stars if I could.

John Hogan: A very good experience overall. Wells staff are personable, warm, and deeply knowledgeable of their craft. The interior is playful while also eliciting the in-vogue "speakeasy" feel. Their menu is very interesting, with fresh riffs on gin-based staple cocktails. The "Garden" is a delightful bruschetta in a glass, and the "Professional" is a damn fine take on a standard martini. And their potato chips are a great snack to share with friends. The service can sometimes lag, but the drinks are high quality and worth the wait. This is a great spot for a 1:1 hang or a date with your significant other. You won't be disappointed!

Carolyn Zacharias: We live in the neighborhood and wanted to go in on a rainy, empty evening. The hostess opened the door and we saw every table, booth, and bar seat was empty. She took a cursory glance at her iPad (which showed every table as free) and said they were busy and shut the door. I understand the difficulty of having reservations incoming but on this rainy and cold evening it was clear that nobody was coming in. I was incredibly disappointed to be turned away and not offered maybe a compromise (e.g. you can have a drink here until a reservation comes in).

16. L'Annexe

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104 reviews
L'Annexe
Location
4.2
Price/Quality
4.3
Service
4.7
Parking
5
Wifi quality
4.8

Address: 2917 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 525-5852

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Nu S: Superb drinks and service! A wonderful cocktail bar with fresh and unique flavored spirits. Complex and nouveau flavor profiles are on the list - Popcorn rinsed tequila, parsnip infused gin, yuzu with pineapple and roasted coconut shavings and kettle one vodka, and sweat pea gin refreshments. Tranquil ambiance with lounge music a venue that accommodates dining, outdoor seating, bar seating and a cozy library room. I wish more places in DC put the same amount of attention to their drinks, decor, and service! My experience was a pure delight, I highly recommend the green leopard cocktail it is better than lemonade and tastes of pure summer. I can’t wait to go back and try other items on the menu! Merci for a lovely experience!

Rebecca Rogers: We had a fantastic experience! The vibe was great and the bartender was really friendly. The drinks were some of the best I’ve had in DC! Would highly recommend the bananas foster old fashioned

Ariel Aviles: For us, the best cocktails in DC! We went two nights in a row and it was on point. We also had some appetizers

Diana Valentine: The drinks & food here are delightful, and the restaurant is gorgeous. It’s intimate, while still energetic. The cheese board we had was to die for, and I’m not exaggerating. The drinks are very speakeasy-esque, which I love. My only complaint was slow service, though our server was extremely friendly and helpful. I have to give them the benefit of the doubt, given that we went in the midst of a pandemic/labor shortage. Highly recommend this place for a date night!

Leila: My boyfriend and I celebrated my birthday at this bar for the first time. Hakim, the owner was the loveliest most amazing person. Estella and Havier, the bar tenders,asked us about our favorite flavors and made us the yummiest drinks. At the end of the night they treated us with free shots of Tequilas, and made my birthday even more special by taking a shot with me and my boyfriend. I would definitely go back there. ❤️🍹🥂

Moukhtar Nsouli: Some of the best cocktails in the city. The food menu is small but very well curated. Come here on a date with your loved one; the vibe is intimate and the service is on-point.

Tony Moore: Good whiskey drink, although modifications weren't allowed, which makes me think they're batch made.

LAURA GL: My friend asked the bartender about a drink bc she liked all the ingredients except one and wanted to know if it was possible to substitute that one ingredient. Instead he said don’t order it, which wasn't a very helpful response. We each ordered a drink which were all very nice and well presented. The bartender who made our drinks disappeared after serving us. Never checked in. I had to flag down the other bartender to ask for a second drink. He said last call already happened. I said oh ok would have been nice to know. Then the 3rd bartender made drinks for a party that was seated in the back. I asked for our check and said how unfair it was I got rejected a drink and then someone else was a made a drink right after. Disappointed with the service.

Kristin Cairns: Chic cocktail lounge with exquisite cocktails and delicious food! Everything about this beautiful venue is unique, from the contemporary yet intimate atmosphere, the classic and re-invented libations, and the delicate dishes with an emphasis on flavor, texture and aesthetics. Owner Fady Saba is a gracious and attentive host, and makes every guest feel at home! Addendum: I was excited to bring an out-of-town friend to this D.C. gem yesterday evening but we were so unimpressed by the tepid welcome that we left after just one drink. Mick arrived as we were leaving and injected some much needed energy into the bar space but we had already checked out.

Austin Graff: L'Annexe is a cocktail bar on M Street NW in Georgetown. My wife and I went on Valentine's Day on a Friday around 9:30pm. Although there was a healthy flow of people inside, we found seats at the bar right away. D.C. is known for their cocktail scene and this one is just average. The staff were friendly, but not attentive at all. We had to ask for our drinks, our check, etc. Prices are on the pricier side and the cocktails are good, but not the best in the city. If you like sweet drinks, order the light purple Pushing Daisy cocktail. Their version of a negroni is the Ascots and Coats. Both drinks were good. The decor is a little odd. The front room looks like a hotel bar. The back room is where the magic happens. It's set up like a library.

17. Lola's

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194 reviews
Lola's
Location
4.8
Price/Quality
4.4
Service
4.8
Parking
4.3
Wifi quality
4.8

Address: 711 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 2AM ⋅ Reopens 4PM

Telephone: (202) 847-3523

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Mike Laarry: Stopped by last week to grab some dinner and watch the games. Ordered the short rib entree w/veggies, I really didn’t like it. When I order short ribs I don’t expect for it to be on a tomahawk size bone, the glaze was flavorful but It just wasn’t for me. The bartender Tristen was cool. I’ll come back another day and try something different.

Moses Grossman: I proposed to my sweetheart here and the entire experience was wonderful. The staff was absolutely amazing and so helpful.Thanks for the beautiful experience!

Nina Mcrae: Only gave it one star b/c I had too. PLEASE stay away from this place. Food is disgusting. Manger is homophonic and a racist. He charged us for food we didn’t eat and food we didn’t ask for. It’s no life in the place. BEWARE.

Vanessa Long: Popped into this bar a couple weeks ago because the pride flag outside caught my attention, I was instantly greeted by Tristan the bartender GM and was made feel welcome. This weekend I had to bring my family in to meet Tristan and enjoy their delicious baked mac and cheese, satay skewers, and ribs!! Will be back again to enjoy their pool table, lounge area, and of course Tristans welcoming energy!

Deegant Adhvaryu: Great Mac and cheese, drinks are solid, and Ali is the nicest bartender. He made us feel very welcome and chatted with us frequently.

Tim Kennedy: Look, I get why the bartender, mentioned in so many other reviews, may not be to everyone's taste. But we absolutely loved her. Her scorn for the standardized cocktail menu is obvious, but if you name a type of spirit and ask her to surprise you, she'll knock it out of the park. So many bars in DC feel soulless and sterilized; Lola's definitely does not, thanks solely to the wonderfully sour woman slinging drinks behind the bar.

Sarah Bartholomew: Bartender was insanely rude. I walked in with a friend and said we just wanted some drinks and she rudely replied well you’re at the bar what do you want? I thought perhaps maybe there was table service and mentioned that and she laughed. I am a bartender and have been working in the industry for around 10 years. I have NEVER spoken to a patron the way she spoke to me and it would have never been tolerated by any company I have worked for. I asked my friend if it was me being over sensitive or if she thought the woman was rude and she said yes she was rude. I then went online to look at reviews and it seems almost everyone else feels that way as well. I am appalled. Especially during COVID as an industry worker I respect and value my guests so much and could never imagine treating people this way and expecting them to tip me or ever return. I NEVER write reviews, but thought this woman was so awful she deserved to be called out. There are so many good workers in the industry, you should maybe consider cleaning house and hiring people who genuinely care about your company and value guest experiences.

David Handler: Food is pretty good and the vibe is cool, though kind of pricey and staff is very overworked.

Dave Donahue: We found this place as it was one of very few places open late after a rain delayed Nats game, while waiting for uber prices to drop. The lady who was the bartender was extremely rude and acted like she had a chip on her shoulder the whole time - seemingly to everyone. I heard one person ask if she had a beer list, she replied “over here honey” and pointed at the tap handles, then walked away. Another customer asked if she had a menu, she said “no” and then walked away. Basic mixed drinks with well liquors were a little on the high priced side, but not out of the normal range for DC. It could be a cool little place if they had a half friendly or helpful bartender.
Response: Mr. Donahue, Thank you for your feedback, and we are sorry to hear that your time at Lola's was less than ideal. Please email me at alejandra@hillrestaurantgroup.com to discuss in more detail.

Samantha Kahn: Great food! the pork sliders are a must , the meatball flatbread was so yummy! Service was amazong and the atmosphere is cozy and welcoming.i really enjoyed their playlist and it might make me seem old but I really enjoyed that I could hear the music enjoy it but not have to scream over it 😁. Tristen was super welcoming and we will def. Be back
Response: Samantha, thank you for the 5 star review and amazing feedback. We look forward to hosting you again soon!

18. Dirty Habit

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Dirty Habit
Location
4.7
Price/Quality
4.1
Service
4.7
Parking
4.2
Wifi quality
4.3

Address: 555 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM

Telephone: (202) 449-7095

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Olivia M. Wilson: Went to Dirty Habit for brunch and it was good! The fruit was really fresh and the potatoes were crisp. However, the service was decent and they only have bar seats available. Maybe that’s because we arrived an hour before they closed for the afternoon. Either way, the food made up for it. I would definitely like to try their dinner menu.
Response: Hi Olivia — Thank you so much for the kind words and for the feedback! We take all feedback seriously, so we’ll be sure to discuss ways to make our service more efficient. We're always trying to improve, so if there's anything else you think of, please let us know. Thanks, and we hope to welcome you back soon!

Austin Graff: Located in Penn Quarter close to the Chinatown Metro Station, Dirty Habit makes for a great date night or group dinner. It's a spacious restaurant with several beautifully-decorated dining rooms, bars and a heated outdoor patio. Here's my wife and my experience going on a February Saturday evening: 1) Food: The food menu is organized first courses, mains and sides. My wife and I love little courses so we each ordered our own French onion soup and then split the beets four ways, watermelon tartare, burrata, crudo and whipped butter potatoes. For dessert, they brought over the churros and an innovative banana split. All the food was excellent and well presented, but th watermelon tartate takes the cake. It's entirely vegan and the flavor combination is out of this world. 2) Drink: They have a full cocktails, beer and wine menu. If you don't have the wine, you can bring your own if you call ahead. (They'll charge a corkage fee.) Off the menu, they make mocktails if you tell them what flavors you like. My wife's citrus mocktail was well made. I ordered the Amazonian and it was excellent with the coconut whip. 3) Service: Our service was on point. We were seated the moment we arrived for our 8:30 p.m. reservation and our server was efficient, pleasant and knowledgeable on the menu. 4) Experience: From the service to the atmosphere to the food, it was a great dining experience. They follow all pandemic protocols. Despite being full of all kinds of people, we felt far enough away and covid-safe. 5) Parking: This can be a challenge being in downtown, but we found street parking for $3 by the Rice Bar along 9th Street NW near Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

Blvknative: Going to dirty habit for Valentines Day was top tier! The ambience was everything I was expecting! The deal as far as food and drinks were top of the line! Truly a captivating experience for my company and I.

Shannon A. McGhee: Top tier restaurant/ bar atmosphere. Food was very delicious. We had a private party in one there spaces. Food and alcohol was served. The staff were more than exceptional. Everything was jaw dropping that night. The bars was fully stocked, the outdoor seating Area was a magical scene setting the tone for the evening. I'll be back as this has become my favorite spot now. See ya soon.

Heather Walker: Amazing beautiful place, food was great. Our server unfortunately wasn't the friendliest or most attentive. Prices are pretty high for what you get. 20% Gratuity was taken out automatically.
Response: Hi Heather — Thanks for stopping by, and we appreciate the kind words! But we’re sorry to hear there were certain aspects that we didn’t deliver on. We’ve noted your comments for the next team meeting, but if there’s anything more you’d like to mention or talk to someone about, please email stephanie.carre@dirtyhabitdc.com and she’ll be happy to help!

Katlin B.: Best French onion soup I ever had! The vibe is trendy and the crowd is very eclectic. The food and drinks were amazing! Will return for soup. Thanks to the awesome host and staff! There is also a nice outdoor area as well.

Christina Hollimon: My husband took me here for their valentine's day special. It was a 4 course menu. 95$ a person and the food was subpar. I ordered filet mignon medium and it came out rare twice. We frequent placed of this caliber and don't expect to pay this amount for a under cooked steak three times, including the one they sent me home with. The soup and tuna tar tar dish were subpar as well. Honestly while I appreciate my hubby's efforts we were both disappointed with the food for the 360 dollars spent after tax and tip. The 2 stars is for the service

Aisha C: I will never spend money at this restaurant again. Absolutely ruined my NYE experience with sub par service and below average food. My group of 4 opted to do the NYE 3 course meal with a wine/cocktail pairing and it was a complete mess. Service was 1/10 as the waiter had to come back to "double check" our order minutes after writing it down. Every single order came out incorrect and we found ourselves super disappointed and unamused by the 2nd course. I had to call the manager who listened to our complaints and rewrote our order for a third time and even still the orders came out wrong!! At this point our night was ruined and already downhill but we were given purfuse apologies and a measly comp of our 2 of 4 cocktails and a water ($100 value) The bill was still around $600 including a 20% automatic gratuity forthe 4 of us and it was absolutely not worth it for the horrible service, mispaired food, incorrect drinks, and condescending waiter (who later apologized) we had to endure. Though managers really did try their best to restart our experience it was extremely disappointing for the seeming high end meal experience they advertised. Definitely not how I intended to spend my last meal of the year and definitely won't be back.

c clark: Good food, classy spot that I felt not dressed to par. I had just got in town and had on nike shorts and t shirt. But it was cool. Service was great. I'd definitely go back again
Response: Hi C Clark — Thanks so much for the kind words, and we're glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Lamina Richardson: I was a little disappointed when i visited dirty habit. It’s aesthetically pleasing but i wasn’t impressed with the food. I got the district chicken and the black rice that’s paired with it was very gritty. The dish was also paired with okra and string beans. The veggies weren’t sautéed at all and had no flavor. They literally tasted like microwaved veggies that were previously frozen. The chicken was actually good but the parings sucked so it wasn’t filling. Nice atmosphere though. Really good espresso martini! If i go again it would only be for drinks.
Response: Hi Lamina — Thank you for the kind words as well as the feedback. We hope you had a fun time overall, and we'll be taking your comments about the district chicken into our next meeting with the kitchen team. We take all feedback very seriously and we're always trying to improve, so if there's anything else you think of, please contact stephanie.carre@dirtyhabitdc.c o m and we'll be happy to continue the conversation. Thanks, and we hope to welcome you back soon!

19. The Green Zone

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408 reviews
The Green Zone
Location
4.8
Price/Quality
5
Service
4.8
Parking
4.2
Wifi quality
4.7

Address: 2226 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 2AM ⋅ Reopens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 579-9606

Guy: Cocktail bar


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Cindy Yang: Vaccination card + id needed. Nicely presented dish, friendly service (although a little slow), and yummy dishes. The portion is not so big but sharing friendly. Recommend fried halloumi cheese, eggs, hummus, and Turkish coffee. Also get their cocktails.

Belkiss Anane: My go-to 💙 i absolutely love everything about this place. From their brunch menu to their cocktails to Arak to their Muhammara! Everything I eat here feels like a hug.
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Jessica C: This is a great bar! The cocktails are excellent. In particular the frozen mint lemonade and the Janissary Corps are great. I don’t remember the name, but the hot buttered drink in the winter is phenomenal. Great vibe for friends or a date. Just not that strong in the food department. Still recommend. Just go for cocktails instead of dinner.

Rima Saif: I love this place. The brunch here was amazing and every time I come to Washington DC I always make it a point to stop by here. And now that they have brunch it’s absolutely perfect. The food was light and so tasteful. And their drinks are so perfect for spring/summer day.
Response: Thank you so much Rima!

R: Some of the drinks are decent but not great if you are hyped about it. I would say Jack and Rose or Bar Charley down the block make better cocktails. The wings, fries and some of the other bites are good but the primary appeal of this place is it’s ambiance reflected well, more than in any other place, in the walls with quirky middle eastern framed covers and portraits as well as the lighting and the playlist. The patio is a respite from humid afternoons on beautiful breezy evenings and the service is mostly good. One of the bartenders upstairs perhaps could use a little courteous manners having firsthand noticed his overall rudeness to patrons. All in all, cozy spot for evening hangouts and a little after since it is open late.

Chioma O: Loved this place! The food and general vibes are wonderful .will definitely come back to try other things on the menu!

Maha Kamel: This place is the gem this city needed. Not only are the cocktails and food selection amazing, I come here to feel like home. The music and diverse selection of cocktails, beer, and entertainment is top notch and unlike any other place I’ve been to. We tried the brunch menu today and it was TO DIE FOR 🤤 so yummy!! The halloumi is the best I’ve ever had and everything else was delicious, we tried the chicken fattah, the foul madamas, manouche, Turkish coffee that was so authentic I felt like I was in Istanbul, and the best Bellini and pomegranate mimosa I’ve ever had!!
Response: Thank you Maha!! Hope to see you again soon ☺️

Rahul Tilva: Green Zone is one of my all time favorite bars in DC. Amazing cocktails, friendly people and service, and just a great atmosphere.
Response: Thank you so much!

Pallavi Deshpande: Love the cocktails - toofan is my favorite! And what's not to love about the food too, the Muhamarra is out of this world. Perfect combination of being a nutty, earthy and unctuous dip! Love the vibe of the patio - sat their even when it was 27degrees!!!!!! So you can imagine how much I like it!
Response: Thank you so much Pallavi! Hope to welcome you again soon!

Ana Paula Pellegrino: I love this place. The drinks are tasty, the rest of the patrons are fun, the DJs are really good and the dance floor is on fiiiiiiire! Always guaranteed a good time :)

20. The Crown & Crow

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280 reviews
The Crown & Crow
Location
4.8
Price/Quality
4.6
Service
4.8
Parking
4.2
Wifi quality
4.2

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

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 2AM ⋅ Reopens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 763-7552

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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.