Best Places To Have A Drink In Washington Near Me

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1. Round Robin Bar

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185 reviews
Round Robin Bar
Environment
5
Prices
5
Location
5
Parking
5
Wifi
5

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

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 12AM

Telephone: (202) 628-9100

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Review: "Good place to have a drink and enjoy convey with friends."

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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.

2. Service Bar DC

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600 reviews
Service Bar DC
Environment
5
Prices
5
Location
5
Parking
5
Wifi
5

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

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 2AM

Telephone: (202) 462-7232

Guy: Bar


Review: "Great place to have drinks."

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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.
Response: 🤘🏼

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!
Response: 🙌🏼

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

3. Exiles Bar

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470 reviews
Exiles Bar
Environment
5
Prices
5
Location
5
Parking
5
Wifi
5

Address: 1610 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 12AM

Telephone: (202) 232-2171

Guy: Bar


Review: "Excellent place to have a drink and mingle with people."

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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.

4. Jack Rose Dining Saloon

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Jack Rose Dining Saloon
Environment
4.4
Prices
4.9
Location
4.9
Parking
4.9
Wifi
4

Address: 2007 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 12AM

Telephone: (202) 588-7388

Guy: Bar


Review: "Highly recommend for a drink or sit down for dinner."

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Heriberto Gonzalez (Heri): Had an absolute lovely time! The food was on point and the staff was super friendly from the get go. We were celebrating our anniversary and they were very accommodating. We had the seared tuna and a very tasty beet salad. The fry cake dessert was scrumptious. Of course you go for the bourbon and they didn't disappoint. Some stuff we were looking for were out, but Matt was able to suggest similar bourbons that were awesome! If you want to have a great time and try hard to find bourbon, stop by!

Oceanie De Silva: What an Amazing Whiskey Collection!! We had a night out of drinks here with our friend who was visiting us and we absolutely loved the place and the collection of whiskeys and bourbon and so many other stuff! The bar tenders are so friendly and knowledgeable about everything! I said I love fruity cocktails with either Gin or Vodka and instant cocktails were created! Must visit in DC

Meg Salocks: One of the best collections of Scotch Malt Whisky Society on the east coast, along with lots of other unique bottles with a real range in prices. The staff are eternally nice and thoughtful, and will happily help you find the right pour for your tastes. A date night favorite if whiskey is your thing.

Jasen Covert: Amazing selection of bourbon, whiskey and scotch. What made the night was how great our service was. Very knowledgeable on all things whiskey, and recommended phenomenal drinks. Can't wait to be back!

Anindita Barman: This is a very popular place I could tell from the crowd that was in the restaurant even after the kitchen had closed. We had the "Jack Rose Barrel Picks" flight, the "Time in a Bottle" cocktail, whiskey Wings and fries. The whiskey selection in the flight was great, the cocktail and the wings were good as well, however, the fries were not seasoned or salted at all. Service was good but the host could have done better. He just stood there without greeting or anything so we were not sure if he was part of the staff. Upon asking if he worked there, he said he did after which we asked for a table and he led us to one. :/ Parking can be a hassle as the restaurant is in the heart of DC. There is street parking but finding a spot is up to luck.

Gregg Caldwell: Have been here two times and the service has been excellent and the bourbon knowledge has been on par. Not sure how long it would take a server to know what liquor they have and the ability to speak about each bottle? Place gets loud as it gets later in the night. Make sure to check out the upstairs area.

Kevin Raisch: As a whisk(e)y fan, I had to visit Jack Rose while in DC and it was awesome. Kyle, our whisky advisor, perfectly crafted a whisky flight based on my preferences and provided very detailed and interesting facts about the story and science behind each bottle. In addition to the 3,000 unique bottles of whisky they have food, beer, cocktails and two floors of space (including outdoor space) so it’s perfect even for those who don’t want whisky.

Larry Miller: Over 2600 different Whiskies in their inventory. Great selection of rare whiskey. Great cocktails, service and food. This was a busket list bar for me. Itcwas the worth the trip.

Michael McDaniel: Truly a must-go place for bourbon and whiskey lovers. For starting at only $28, you’ll get to experience 3 bottles tasting with an excellent background on each bottle by well-knowledgeable and passionate servers.The second floor is open air with different corners to experience.

Nick Lethbridge: A whiskey lovers dream! The list of rare bourbon and Scotch is phenomenal. It's an absolute must for Bourbon lovers with a long list of options. Bar staff are incredibly knowledgeable.

5. Morris American Bar

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246 reviews
Morris American Bar
Environment
5
Prices
4.2
Location
5
Parking
4.2
Wifi
4.6

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

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 1AM

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!

6. Tiny Tiki Bar

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34 reviews
Tiny Tiki Bar
Environment
4.4
Prices
4.9
Location
4.7
Parking
4
Wifi
4.4

Address: 1914 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 12AM

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Margie Nguyen: When I tell you this place was a hole in the wall, our Uber driving couldn’t even find it. This is a small, cute bar UNDER the Vietnamese restaurant 1914. Drinks were good. Most of the bartenders were nice. Came here for a birthday last night. This place is very tiny I don’t even know if they have 20 seats. They share a kitchen with the restaurant. Food was delicious! Definitely coming back to try the full menu. I recommend Uber, parking is horrible here. I would come back again for a drink!
Response: Margie, Thanks for the reply. We actually have 28 seats w/ some standing room.. Come back and let us earn that extra star as we do value your review!

Ify Okonkwo: Let me tell you one of my favorite nights in DC was spent at this tiny independently owned bar! Ian the bartender and owner is truly talented and one of a kind! Not only is the decor and ambience on point with a fun Vespa in the middle, the drinks were the best drinks I had during our trip. I got the Planters Passion such a fun drink that gets lit on fire and strong too. The playlist that night was everything! My friends and I sang and danced all night even when it was just the 3 of us and Ian. Ian my guy! Thank you for making our friend’s birthday weekend a great one with your hospitality and all the shots you kept giving her haha! Until next time new friend. Cheers!

Dennis Nguyen: Great experience on a Saturday night. Awesome bartender. Tried the "Planters Passion" drink. It was lit. Also enjoyed the "Rum + Coconut". It was good and strong. Ask for a spoon if you really like coconut.
Response: Dennis, Thanks for your review. Hope to see you soon as our menu has slightly changed!

Mark Henriksen: Had a really great time here on a quiet weekday night. Delicious drinks, lots of options for those who may not otherwise love traditional Tiki cocktails. Ambiance is cute, super friendly bartender. Highly recommend for a date night.
Response: Thanks Mark. We will continue to expand the menu separated by base spirits. Please see us soon!

Emil Evans: Ambience is very peaceful. Cocktails are complex yet simple. You can taste each note of every ingredient. I did not get a chance to try the food, but the menu leaves me excited to experiment on my next visit. Bartenders and staff are very friendly and bathrooms are clean. There is a full menu and food market for the 2md floor. Definitely stop by as you start to venture out while restrictions are lifting
Response: Thank you for your review. Please come back and see us soon!

Robert Papel: Amazing little Speakeasy Tiki Bar off the U Street corridor - small, intimate, and authentic. Excellent service, great bartender! He was knowledgeable and suggested GREAT drinks. (FYI the cucumber water was perfectly flavored!)
Response: Thanks for the feedback Robert. Sometimes our RO water has lemon slices too!

Lydia L: Best tiki drinks in DC, at the very least, and it's largely due to the quality of ingredients. They showcase rum beautifully.

Jenise Wamble: I love this place! It would definitely be considered a “hidden gem”. The drinks were delicious, the bartender, Ian, was amazing! The whole atmosphere was *chefs kiss*. Will absolutely return
Response: Jenise, thanks for the comments. Ian's ego is already big.

Albert Yeh: Amazing place! Service is unbelievable. Ian (bartender extraordinare) Patrick the artist did an unbelievable job with the place. Ian has amazing service, highly personable, and the owner also is a fantastic guy! They should have a rooftop with at least acoustic music.

Nancy Tang: Super cute hole in the wall Tiki Bar. Well themed with nice decor and yummy drinks! Drinks were well made and exceeded my expectations. Will be coming again!
Response: Nancy, you are a troublemaker. Come back and see us soon!

7. barmini by José Andrés

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389 reviews
barmini by José Andrés
Environment
4
Prices
4.8
Location
4.8
Parking
4.9
Wifi
4.2

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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM Thu

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.

8. Tiki TNT & Potomac Distilling Company

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361 reviews
Tiki TNT & Potomac Distilling Company
Environment
5
Prices
4.3
Location
4.1
Parking
4.7
Wifi
4.8

Address: 1130 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM Thu

Telephone: (202) 900-4786

Guy: Bar


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Queen Melissa: Overpriced and the drinks were disgusting. The food looked very nasty. The customer service was terrible. 2 drinks were $52 n they weren’t good at all. Will never go back again. I wouldn’t go here for anything not evening the rum tasting….. OVERALL THEY OVERCHARGE FOR DISGUSTING DRINKS. If you want real reviews to go on yelp…. Pain killer and missionary downfall as an experienced bartender were not good. Why would I order food if I’m overcharged already for two drinks and from the photos the food is not worth eating. As I said before the customer service terrible too.
Response: Im so sorry you did not enjoy yourself while at Tiki TNT. Can you share as to what drinks were 'disgusting'? We are a high volume place and very seldom do we hear your descriptions, especially of our drinks. Also- our cocktails are $15 each so two would not total $52 even with tax and gratuity. You say the food 'looked very nasty'- but you didnt order and taste it? Again, sorry you are so unhappy but it seems more details would provide a better picture here....

Dimitri Ivanoff: This review is for the actual distillery - you can book a short guided tour including rum tasting & a cocktail. Very interesting & cool place, where you can see real distilling tower & oak barrels with rum. Notes - the entrance is on the ground level facing fish market. The tours are from 9AM till 5PM every 30 minutes.

Nishia F: At first, we were unable to find this bar and ended up walking past it twice before we realized its location. As a heads up, it's in the building that has the large smokestack that says Thrashers Rum. We found seats at the bar and ordered the Pu Pu Platter, Samoan Typhoon, and T.N.T Problem Forgetter. We didn’t have to wait long for our order to arrive. This bar is very creative with it’s drinks and food presentation. The food and drinks were very good as well as the atmosphere.

Patrick Young: Only had cocktails here. They were creative and had a wide variety. It’s probably the best cocktail bar I’ve been to in DC, but the drinks are very very expensive compared to the amount of alcohol you are given. They have an automatic gratuity that I believe is 22% which seems kinda high

Kel Millionie: Really fun drinks and small plates in an elevated outdoor (covered) bar. Food was delicious, rum drinks were good. Prices are typical DC high and service is so-so. Go for the TikiTots, stay for the fun glasses the drinks come in!

Gary Low: Not gonna lie, we were worried when we saw a limited menu. However, we were blown away with the quality and taste of everything we ate. Some of it 3 orders. The Spam Masubi is a must!!!!! Don't get me started on the Smotes platter. The drinks were a little over alcoholed for our taste but good none the less. Will definitely be back. Want to try the brunch.

Jeffery Montgomery: Went during the Mardi Gras parade last week. Food was very creative, had the pork belly buns, chicken buns and breakfast sliders. The buns were good, would definitely come back in the future.

Nicole Manuel: The atmosphere was fun, and the outside patio had a nice view! The staff were great, and attentive! The menu was smaller than one would hope. The drinks were fun and creative but not so tasty. You are paying for the packaging, environment, and the experience than the tasty enjoyable drink. The food was fine, but over priced and not worth the price spent! We kept hoping each drink would get better, but unfortunately it did not. Again, they were pretty, but most tasted down right awful!

Kevin Donaldson: After a long day of walking the mall, this place was great! Cocktails were delicious. And food was really tasty!

Adam N: This is just one man's opinion. It's a small business, they need our help to stay open, so give it a try for yourself. I got the hot chicken sandwich. The chicken had no flavor (use some seasoning, soak in buttermilk or brine, make an effort). But it was hot!! Get the sauce on the side if you decide to try it.

9. ChurchKey

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ChurchKey
Environment
4.1
Prices
5
Location
4.4
Parking
4.8
Wifi
4.2

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

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 1AM

Telephone: (202) 567-2576

Guy: Bar


Review: "Buying small tasters of multiple drinks is the way to go for any 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. Rocket Bar

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Rocket Bar
Environment
4.2
Prices
4.2
Location
4.8
Parking
4.1
Wifi
4.4

Address: 714 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 2AM

Telephone: (202) 628-7665

Guy: Bar


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Nate B: We enjoyed this place. This is hidden gem in the basement. Drinks were good. Service was great. Prices were reasonable. Free popcorn. I would definitely recommend this place.

Shelley: Cheap drinks and lots of fun and games in this basement dive bar. Pool, shuffleboard, darts, and loud hip hop music. Was packed for a Wednesday night, with mostly hipsters on their 20's and 30's. Our grouchy bartender added to the underground ambiance.

Snigdha Agarwal: Pros: Lots of pool tables. I like that we can bring outside food here. The beer is really nice. Cons: Arcade games are few and they are also quite expensive. The joysticks in pacman didn't work properly. Card payment did not work at the game card recharge kiosk. Overall decent experience and a nice place to hangout with friends.

Michael Persaud: Place would be pretty cool if not for literally one dude. The security guard with the locks gets aways with harassing people night after night. You'd think he's owns the place or something. 20 seconds into closing time he will treat you like prisoner that needs to get back in your cell. I kidd you not. Go, see for yourself. I have no idea what kind of management supports that level of harassment. He'll tell you things like your business is not needed and he'll get his 'bread' regardless. He has no shame, picking fights with young women too. Icing on the cake, he'll literally tell not to come back. So I suggest taking his advice.

Melinda Nguyen: Very cool place with lots of pool, darts, and games. It was obviously packed on a Saturday night after the Caps game, but still able to squeeze around if needed. There weren't any pool tables or other games available unfortunately. They had 3 bars which was nice so it wasn't difficult to get a drink. I imagine it's much better when it's less crowded. Seems like a fun place.

Gregg Cambareri: Stopped by after a Caps game with some friends. We had a few beers during the game and were very sober yet one of the bouncers escorted my friend out for being "over served" which was completely absurd. A half hour later, I got the same treatment and was also forced to leave for being "too intoxicated." I've never been treated in such a way in any bar, any state. Our group was respectful, well behaved and polite throughout the entirety of the night yet forced to leave for no real reason. I'm not sure what kind of agenda the security staff have going but I would not recommend anyone else go and find out.

Baynard Marcus (RUDY): great atmosphere, music, selection of games, darts is so hard to find but they have it here, lounge area is nice, multiple bars and experienced bar tenders, floors were ridiculously sticky, bathrooms seem to not have been cleaned often enough, security was great and overall had a great time and will be back asap🤝

Thoff: This place is terrible. Atmosphere was fine felt like a frat party honestly. Me and my friends were having a decent time until one of them got kicked out for absolutely no reason. The bouncer claimed he was far too intoxicated, but we were simply playing shuffleboard. After that, another friend got kicked out! And I saw others being kicked out for the worst reasons. I wouldn’t go here if you don’t plan on your night being ruined.

QDotDizzle: One of the highlights of my DC experience... right in Chinatown in the City Center, cheap drinks, friendly welcoming locals, pool, darts, shuffle board, video games, your pickiest friend would be ok wandering around this basement level bar! Must come to if you're in DC

Shannon A. McGhee: It was a rainy afternoon and it was pretty dry inside the establishment. However it not being any patronage in the joint, it was a very n ice establishment to come and get some drinks and get involved playing pool, board games, darts, and dancing. Nice lil get away spot downtown. Check them out and let's help the place get jumping.

11. Bar Charley

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687 reviews
Bar Charley
Environment
4.6
Prices
4.3
Location
4.2
Parking
4.9
Wifi
4.9

Address: 1825 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 12:30AM

Telephone: (202) 627-2183

Guy: Gastropub


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chparatrooper88: Great food. Mimosas and Bloody Mary morning. Price is just D.C Don’t be late for your reservation. Have a current id and Covid immunization proof. (Photo was fine).

Rob: This place has one of the best happy hours in town. Wonderfully crafted cocktails for $8 and awesome small eats options (Catalan fries and tuna tartare are a must). Their burger is also really good. We’ve gone a couple times for happy hour and will be back to try dinner or brunch soon.

Peter Fernandez: The wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable (although the host was a weirdo). We had great drinks--Manhattan, Nt yr prblm, and a Martini. For food it was the pork belly fried rice and the branzini. Both were great. We enjoyed it very much!

William Branch: This was such a lovely brunch experience! Bar Charley’s is a cozy place with charming wait staff and a delicious menu! They were gracious enough to accommodate our unusually large group of 16 people. The service was exceptional. I would highly recommend this place, but make sure you reserve well in advance. Their reservations run out quickly!

Chiara: Great chicken and waffles. I should’ve asked for extra syrup- the only syrup I got were those tiny dribbles on the plate! Very good food though. The patio was nice but a little loud- be prepared if you have bad hearing. I’ll definitely come back to try their other foods :)

Andy: Bottomless mimosas was so fun here on a Saturday morning. Food was okay, but I did order a rather boring dish (eggs and bacon). The atmosphere is 10/10! Cozy, intimate, hip. Service was 6/10, as they kept haggling us to leave and stop drinking mimosas 😂

Brandon Leipzig: Nice location. Great food. Entree portions are sized for people to get appetizers and dessert. The Hanger Steak was cooked perfectly and tasted awesome, just wish there was more sides with it. Wait staff was on top of things with drinks and water. Went on a Sunday evening and it was 25% off steak entrées. Get there early if you want the ribeye it will sell out fast. Seating was tight for our large group in the front corner booth table.

Samantha: I adore Bar Charley. I continue to come back here. The manager I always run into is a wonderful guy. All-night happy hour on Mondays and brunch are their strong suits. Get the truffle aioli no matter what you order and try that incredible Charley sauce on the weekend brunch burger.

Dylan Roche: This is my favorite bar in DC. Very knowledgeable and friendly bartenders, and an excellent atmosphere. The cocktail menu is a guideline, don't be afraid to branch out. I recommended the Tweed Jacket, Holy Shishito, and Quack Quackerac. The food is also incredible. Highly recommend the Catalon fries. These are truly local bartenders.

Megan Root: After another reservation fell through, we came here for dinner. They found us a table on their patio which was perfectly warm even in 30 degree weather. The drinks were delicious and the food was excellent! I recommend the steak satay, sesame chimichurri was delicious. And crispy brussels sprouts are always a good idea!

12. Off the Record

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Off the Record
Environment
4.3
Prices
4.8
Location
5
Parking
4.3
Wifi
4

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

Schedule: Closes soon ⋅ 11PM ⋅ Opens 4:30PM Thu

Telephone: (202) 638-6600

Guy: Bar


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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.

13. The Pub & The People

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813 reviews
The Pub & The People
Environment
4.5
Prices
4.2
Location
4.6
Parking
5
Wifi
4.6

Address: 1648 North Capitol St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closes soon ⋅ 11PM ⋅ Opens 5PM Thu

Telephone: (202) 234-1800

Guy: Bar


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Ethan Z: Great Restaurant!! This Restaurant is in the city area and offers indoor and outside seating!! The menu is rather small but the food and drinks were great!! The wait staff were friendly and professional!! The restaurant was also clean and well presented. The bathrooms are coolly decorated too with people sending pictures in of there family pets in to be featured on the wall. Overall great!

Becky Gomez: Such a great spot for a lonely, taveling vegetarian! 😂 Bar service was superb and a delightful vibe. Great beer selection. Perfect shishitos 🌶️ and tempura cauliflower!

AJ Hendricks: Pub and the People is our favorite outdoor spot in Bloomingdale. The beers they have on tap are great, and the food (specifically, the Black Bean burger and "The Heidi" Fried Chicken sandwich) is very solid. The tempura cauliflower sauce is also amazing. Matt, the manager, is very friendly and just a welcoming face to see when you come in. This radiates through the whole staff. The happy hour specials are awesome, and run for most of the day on the weekends. Enjoy!

Parker Kelley: Very great experience here ! We’ve passed this place numerous times and I’ve always said I wanted to try it. So, we finally did ! I ordered the Heidi chicken sandwich which was very tasteful. It came with a side of fries which were also very good. The service was great - 3 or 4 people continuously came to check on us. I’d definitely eat here again.

Bobbi DeAnda: Such a great brunch spot! The outdoor patio is pup friendly (and the bathroom inside is a must see for dog lovers haha). The biscuits and gravy with fried chicken was TO DIE FOR. So yummy! Staff was super friendly and helpful.

Callum Wayman: A great local pub for people in Eckington and Bloomingdale. The pub offers a great selection of beers, wine, and cocktails as well as an excellent food menu (try the tempura cauliflower, chicken sandwich, and the fries). In the winter they offer group seating around large fire pits for small gatherings. I found that to be a huge boon when trying to gather friends outdoors while being mindful of COVID during the winter. The staff are nice and helpful.

Amy Burdon: Had dinner and played trivia - food menu was fairly short but with lots of tasty items - I enjoyed the curry wings and gazpacho. Staff were friendly, happy hour drinks were a good deal. All positives!

India Lindsay: Very friendly, cute neighborhood joint. Food and drinks are all pretty good. The wait staff are so friendly and laid back. It's a great spot for a casual drink after work or meeting up with a few friends in an easy-going atmosphere

Daniel Albert: Not sure what happened to this place. The drinks we got were fine, but the food was pretty subpar. Got the Cuban sandwich and the fries that came with it were way too peppered and salty. The food used to be great here. The vibe is still good - cozy and perfect for winter time.

Sanderson Tattersall: OK, I've reviewed a lot of restaurants, and this one was a chance encounter. Trip to DC, Air BNB nearby, popped in on our last night. Very cool decor, loved the shelving behind the bar with the books and booze mixed, industrial chic. Waitress was great, bartender was great, food was even better. My family of four all got different burgers and sandwiches and all were fantastic. Taps were pretty stellar and they had my favorite Great Lakes Brewing Co. beer, the Elliot Ness. My only regret is not actually living in the area so I can go back. TLDR definitely recommended. Get your A in here.

14. Sign of the Whale

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128 reviews
Sign of the Whale
Environment
4.8
Prices
4.8
Location
5
Parking
4.9
Wifi
4.8

Address: 1825 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Temporarily closed

Telephone: (202) 964-6200

Guy: Bar & grill


Review: "Good drinks and wings."

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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.

15. Hawthorne

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Hawthorne
Environment
4.2
Prices
5
Location
4.1
Parking
4.7
Wifi
4.8

Address: 1336 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 6PM Fri

Telephone: (202) 853-9194

Guy: Bar


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16. All Souls Bar

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All Souls Bar
Environment
4.4
Prices
4.1
Location
4
Parking
4.3
Wifi
4

Address: 725 T St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 2AM

Telephone: (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.

17. the Gibson

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the Gibson
Environment
4.7
Prices
4.4
Location
4.8
Parking
4.3
Wifi
4.8

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

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 11:30PM

Telephone: (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.

18. The Lucky Bar

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The Lucky Bar
Environment
4.9
Prices
4.1
Location
4.5
Parking
4.7
Wifi
4

Address: 1221 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 2AM

Telephone: (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.

19. Red Derby

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Red Derby
Environment
4.4
Prices
4.3
Location
4.2
Parking
4.6
Wifi
4.9

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

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 2AM

Telephone: (202) 291-5000

Guy: Bar


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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.

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!
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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

Andrew Miller: Excellent neighborhood bar perfect for after work drinks or an afternoon or evening catching the game. Roof top bar space more for the party atmosphere while main level bar provides the ideal dive bar feel. Wide on tap beer selection and prices from pabst to eclectic micros of all types. Top shelf mixed also available. Nice food and app choices although we highly recommend the taqueria next door. Wearing a tie or torn jeans, you'll fit in either way

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!!!

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.

20. Tiki On 18th

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123 reviews
Tiki On 18th
Environment
4.4
Prices
4.9
Location
4.8
Parking
4.2
Wifi
4.8

Address: 2411 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 12AM

Telephone: (202) 846-1952

Guy: Tiki bar


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Jared Cortes: This place was amazing! Service was outstanding. Victor was our waiter and he did a great job! Food came fast and was very good. We ordered a couple of drinks and all of them were good!! You will see some reviews saying this is bar food or it's expensive. They are wrong. You definitely get what pay for. Tip is 20% and is already included. This place is a must if you are in DC!

Wesley “djweso” Oman: We had a great experience here. Fantastic service. Bartender and wait staff were excellent. Drinks were tasty and so was the food. The drinks menu is interesting and has lots of information on it, a mix of newer and classic tiki cocktails plus it changes seasonally. Food is Filipino and has some unique takes plus you can order from the sports bar downstairs. The decor is modern and tropical.

Ed: Came for a frozen drink but I was really surprised by the food, it was delicious. The pina colada was pretty good too although small. Overall good experience! Would deff try again on an evening. Make sure you have a reservation for rooftop seating.

byron subero: Tiki and Filipino mix with awesome drinks. Ube waffle with chicken. Oh and you can buy the special glass!

Aaron Ardillo: Just stopped in for drinks and a small plate with my girlfriend. We got the Zombie and the Bolo cocktails and the pork lumpia for a snack. Best lumpia I have ever had. Bartender was super friendly and attentive as well!

Nino Arobelidze: Such a cute spot in D.C. if you’re there during the cold months, try out their holiday and winter specific drinks like Paw Paw’s Cocoa (served hot -Bourbon, Cocoa Powder and Tiki Coco Loco). Very photographable

A Rivera: Very satisfying. Not a lot of authentic Filipino food around, but felt like I was in Manila with Tiki on 18th. Might come up as pricey, but I’ll say not everyday you find good Filipino food in DMV so it’s worth a penny. xo

Nathan Santos: Busy night life when I went. Slightly on the pricier side however that I can understand comes from the area which they are in. I had a Mai Tai and their Java bowl (Pork) both were very good. Not necessarily a MUST VISIT however it is definitely one of my favorite Filipino restaurants in the DC area. I expect myself to eat here again in the future.

Nikolas G: What a fun bar. Loved the outdoor area, the tropical drinks were fun and the decor on the inside is very fun while some how being classy. Strong recommend for the pork lumpia, the tenders are ok, and the punch bowls get a decent recommend. Our server Jasmin was so friendly and smiley and I really made our night.

leonard sims: So I came to DC and they had a mask mandate. My friend and I were sitting outside and he needed to use the restroom and as he was getting ready to enter he forgot to put on his mask. The server was polite and he he put it on. Way to go to the staff. People may not agree with the mandate but if you come here you will get great service and the rules are followed so you know the food is excellent
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