Best Speakeasy Bars In Washington Near Me

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1. 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

Guy: Cocktail bar


Review: "I found it while looking for a good speakeasy."

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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

2. the Gibson

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the Gibson
Location
5
Price/Quality
5
Service
5
Parking
5
Wifi quality
5

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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 6PM

Telephone: (202) 629-1081

Guy: Bar


Review: "First speakeasy experience a decade ago."

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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.

3. O.K.P.B.

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O.K.P.B.
Location
4.8
Price/Quality
4.8
Service
4.9
Parking
4.8
Wifi quality
4.8

Address: 3165 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC 20010

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Guy: Cocktail bar


Review: "Really cool speakeasy in mount pleasant."

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Amol Soman: Absolutely loved this place. Easy to see how they got 5 stars. The service, the ambience, the music, and quality of drinks - all top notch. The have a delicious, ever rotating, limited menu of cocktails. If you don't like what they have, the server asks you questions about what spirits and flavours you like and will then recommend a drink based on your preferences - this is where the service goes above and beyond. The drinks are all really good! The staff is attentive and the place is lovely. Do go here!

K L: John the owner was super nice and accommodating. The atmosphere was cozy and well thought-out. I'm so glad I found this hidden jewel. Owner operated. I was very skeptical of why this place gets all 5 star reviews. It can't be! Now I know why.

Rachele Clegg: This was such a great spot. We went on a holiday Monday after dinner and they were pretty quiet. It’s a tiny speakeasy with great bartenders who are happy to let you order off of their daily-changing menu or to let them know what your drink preferences are so that they can make something fitting. Can’t wait to get back to this beautiful spot!

Felix Torres: Absolutely one of the best cocktail bars I have ever.... Very skilled bartenders, with a daily changing menu. I would strongly suggest going for the "bartenders choice" and letting them customize a drink for you. Very comfortable place inside and very friendly service. Their drinks are $14 across the board, which for the quality and style of the place is a bargain compared to the many speakeasy-style places that are everywhere. Also, I want the Koala wallpaper in their bathroom.

Jenny Jacobs: Delicious, ever-changing drinks, incredibly nice and knowledgeable staff, and cool decor. Beyond thrilled to have this in the neighborhood.

Drew Morris: This Mt Pleasant speakeasy is, simply put, the best cocktail bar in the city. The quartet of bartenders who own the place are like a Spotify of mixology: you get you a fresh new array of cocktails literally every night, or you can tell the waiter your preferences and they’ll literally make your own “discover weekly”-esque cocktail with cool ingredient combinations that are so surprising and good. Everything is $14, which given the unique combinations you can end up with, often feels like a bargain!

Laura Golden: What a great spot! Wonderful people, great vibe, delicious cocktails! Can’t believe I haven’t heard more about this place. Would definitely recommend it to anyone—a perfect combo of fancy and laid back, and the bartenders absolutely know what they’re doing.

Ignacio Mosquera: Amazing date night place. The bartenders are amazing and have great suggestions. Ask them for a drink. Bartenders choice all the way

dipika: OKPB is the home of the most well made dirty martini in my memory. $7 standard cocktails during happy hour is a ridiculously good deal in this city, and everything is made with care and attention. It's an intimate space good for small groups only, and worth the hype in every way.

Elliott Niblock: Is this one of the best cocktail bars in DC? Yes. Is this one of the best cocktail bars on the eastern seaboard? Also yes. Are the people kind, chill, and professional? You get the idea; do it.

4. Never Looked Better

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84 reviews
Never Looked Better
Location
4.9
Price/Quality
4.8
Service
4.8
Parking
4.8
Wifi quality
4.8

Address: 130 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closes soon ⋅ 1AM ⋅ Reopens 5PM

Guy: Cocktail bar


Review: "New loud speakeasy bar."

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J. W.: I was referred to this place and honestly I have no regrets about going. This cocktail bar has a very exclusive, underground, chic appeal. The bartenders are amazing, the drinks are visually pleasing and strong in all the right ways without it taking from the flavor and the staff is actually friendly. This made birthday a very memorable experience. Thank you Jay Moss for the drinks and Crystal for the conversation loved the vibe.

Arielle H: OMG Foodies, I had my first speakeasy experience this weekend and let me tell you how freakin AMAZING it was ✨🥂 I set my sights on @neverlookedbetterdc, a cocktail bar located in NW DC 📍. Though they don’t offer food, the drinks are made just right, the atmosphere is ‼️, & there’s plenty of diners and restaurants within walking distance (because who doesn’t get the munchies after drowning in cocktails 😅🙈🍽). Staff: 10/10 Drinks: 10/10 - worth every penny ! & the spicy margarita 🏽🌶❤️ Bathroom: I was too busy drinking, forgive me 😅

Logan Gore: What a cool speak easy! Fun to enter in through an alley, then leave a completely different way! The vibe inside is awesome! Staff and bartenders are nice, music was poppin, seats and standing room available. Cocktails and mocktails were good!

Maeline Yang: A true speakeasy - the venue limits the number of people so it doesn't feel too club-like. The music was a good mix of dance and chill. The drinks were also unique and the bartenders were generous with their pours.

Steven Munnelly: Solid speakeasy feel while being accessible by the public. Stopped in for happy hour. Sure, drinks are pricey but it’s a fun and different experience. The bartender there is a great guy, knowledgeable about his liquors, and interesting to chat with when it’s not super busy. Overall pretty pleased with this place—would have expected slightly higher tier for the prices but still cool given the ambiance.

S. Locke: Child! I didn’t even know this gem existed. I got there around 12:30 AM on a Friday night. Apparently I missed a line—gladly. Because I got there so late in the night, if you aren’t watchful you will miss the address on the door in the alleyway and pass by the door. It’s in the middle of all the doors in the alley. The bartenders were awesome. Also, if you are looking for a boo, he, she, they may be there. Everyone was fine as hell in that place! Lol!

Vaaruni Eashwar: Took a minute to find the door, as it should with any good speakeasy! Loved the vibe, good music (though it got a bit loud at some point), great cocktails - the spicy margarita was 👌And Kit at the bar was awesome - fun personality, very engaging while they made our drinks! Definitely coming back!

byron subero: I don't own the rights to this music. Went to a speak easy bar and must say had a good time. Laid back vibe, good upbeat music and drinks was delicious.... the black light hitting the paper planes...... magic🤣🤣

Parker Kelley: Super cool & interesting place! The entrance was a little sketchy.. no signage and through a weird alley but the inside was very welcoming & the aesthetic was worth it! The drinks are a little on the expensive side but the service was great! The music is decent & plenty of space. All tables were revered when we went so if you have group of 3 or more I would check into reserving a table.

Ciara McAllister: Never looked better is such a vibe. The decor is aesthetically pleasing and the bar tenders are so sweet. Will definitely be coming back!

5. 600t

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117 reviews
600t
Location
4.6
Price/Quality
4.7
Service
4.6
Parking
4.6
Wifi quality
4.6

Address: 600 T St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 885-8888

Guy: Cocktail bar


Review: "One of the best speakeasies and cocktail bar in DC."

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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

6. Left Door

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305 reviews
Left Door
Location
4.1
Price/Quality
4.1
Service
4.2
Parking
4.1
Wifi quality
4.1

Address: 1345 S St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 734-8576

Guy: Cocktail bar


Review: "One of my favorite secret bars in DC."

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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!

7. Dram & Grain

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13 reviews
Dram & Grain
Location
4.4
Price/Quality
4.3
Service
4.3
Parking
4.3
Wifi quality
4.3

Address: 2001 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Temporarily closed

Telephone: (202) 299-0334

Guy: Cocktail bar


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Anthony Uzodinma: The cocktails here are amazing, and that’s because of their unique approach on making well known cocktail staples.

Chad: At the time of our visit, they were open less than a month. Everything was hit or miss. The service was funny and friendly, but extremely slow (at 5pm). We enjoyed 1 out of 5 cocktails and ultimately switched to wine. Not everyone thinks that Amaro is the best thing ever. I actually don't know anyone who isn't a bartender that enjoys it. The raw bar and small plates were excellent. The mains were overcooked and disappointing. The deep fried saltines that accompanied the nicely polished oysters were actually the best part of the experience.

Beth M: Honestly I can’t write a review of the bar or cocktails as I never actually got a chance to go inside. I was excited to try this bar with a couple friends and unfortunately there weren’t reservations available for 3 people. So we took a chance since they allow walk ins and went at 6:30pm to try and snag a spot. We were told they were full and the wait would be 45 minutes to an hour. No problem. We expected this. We went down the street to grab a drink and I received a text confirming the wait would be about 45 minutes. After over an hour we had finished up down the street and went back to check. Still no spots. Another hour goes by. Nothing. One of my friends has to leave. So there are now only 2 of us. We go back again. It’s now been over 3 hours. I’m told it was taking so long due to our party size (3 people) and it shouldn’t be long now. When I ask if we should wait there he tells me no. Meanwhile they let a couple in from Imperial that I’m sure wasn’t waiting for 3 hours. I receive a new text saying I’m on the wait list. So apparently I’m on a new list for 2 people? And the fact that I’ve already been waiting for 3 hours means nothing. It’s been 4.5 hours and still no text. Needless to say I won’t be attempting to return here. Reservation or not.

Manoja Seneviratne: The staff was very passionate and knowledgeable, unique drinks, beautiful space 👌🏽

8. Denson Liquor Bar

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514 reviews
Denson Liquor Bar
Location
4.5
Price/Quality
4.6
Service
4.5
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: 600 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

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

Telephone: (202) 758-3867

Guy: Bar


Review: "Really cool hidden bar with a speakeasy vibe."

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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. Morris American Bar

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246 reviews
Morris American Bar
Location
4.4
Price/Quality
4.4
Service
4.5
Parking
4.4
Wifi quality
4.4

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

Schedule: Closes soon ⋅ 1AM ⋅ Reopens 5PM

Telephone: (833) 366-7747

Guy: Bar


Review: "The owner of Morris owns Shepard, the famous DC speakeasy."

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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!

10. TKYO SPEAKS BAR

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TKYO SPEAKS BAR
Location
4.9
Price/Quality
4.8
Service
4.8
Parking
4.8
Wifi quality
4.8

Address: 525 8th St SE STE 2, Washington, DC 20003

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 481-2278

Guy: Bar


Review: "Mr Speakeasy recommends this spot."

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Danni CM: Great spot to hangout after having ramen upstairs. The only issue was that I couldn't read the menu in the dark because of how they laminated it & the faint font. I ended up asking Carlos the bartender to get creative after telling him what alcohol I like. Carlos did a fantastic job with the cocktails and made great recommendations! Definitely coming back again soon.

Emily Park: Drinks are delicious and come in big portions (but the portion might depend on what you order)! Neon light decors and plenty of seating, including some couches and barstools. Bathroom is past the bar area. Single stall.

byron subero: So as Khalid would say another one. Mr Speakeasy recommends this spot. Bartender was knowledgeable about the drinks and it's a great vibe.

Michelle Yeung: Great hidden bar!

Andres Velasco: Great staff!

11. Allegory

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Allegory
Location
4.5
Price/Quality
4.6
Service
4.5
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.5

Address: 1201 K St NW #1, Washington, DC 20005

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Guy: Cocktail bar


Review: "Beautiful speakeasy bar."

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Sivasagar Kalagara: This place is really cool and fun to hangout with friends. The storytelling theme is really well done. We tried 6 cocktails on the menu they're really great. It's very hard to pick the best. I would highly recommend chapter 2 drink. I would definitely go back and try the other menu options. The staff is very friendly and answers all your questions. I highly recommend this place.

YNJ Consulting: Highly recommend. Especially if you are someone who likes a night cap after a long night out and about. The ambiance is perfect and MATURE. The cocktails were also phenomenal. Absolutely loved the theme as well of this speakeasy. One big flaw is the wait time. We waited close to 45 minutes to an hour and others waited probably longer than us. Not sure how they can fix this problem in the future but it’s such a hidden and lowkey gem.

Mohit Mehtaji: Great place to have some amazing cocktails. This place is a speakeasy but now sort of easy to find. It’s in the library section of the Eden hotel and since it gets busy you may have to be on a waitlist to get in. Highly highly recommend this place for some unique craft cocktails.

Mathew Crichton: The best speakeasy in all of DC! The drink program is top-notch, the food is delicious, and the vibe is inclusive and laid-back. I love this place, and now that it's re-opened I'm going to be dropping by for drinks on a regular basis.
Response: Hi Matthew!! This really means a lot to us. We thank you so much for your kind words and your raving review! We hope to see you again soon #behindthebooks!!

Desiree Hoffman: Hands down one of the best bars in the city. From the hostess who greeted me to the bartenders who take pride in their craft. Plus I ended up chatting with a few of patrons up and they were cool people. I will be back for my beloved old fashioned cocktail. And thanks to bartender for starting me off with a traditional cocktail and elevating it to a “weird one.”

James B: A cool speakeasy with some great cocktails. The aesthetic is great and a lot more open concept than you'd think in a speakeasy, so it doesn't have a claustrophobic feel.

Ash James: Laurel was an AMAZING waiter. We came here for a birthday and they came out with bubbles and “snacktails”. Drinks were amazing. Definitely come early as lines get long and they wont seat you unless the while party is present. But we will definitely come back! If you cant find it, just ask the hotel staff!

Diana Valentine: Definitely one of the coolest spots in the city for awesome vibes and unique cocktails! I unfortunately didn’t get to try their food when I went, as they stopped serving before we got off the wait list and seated. It’s located in the Eaton, an awesome, one-of-a-kind hotel that makes you want to explore every inch of it! Highly recommend!

Jennifer Schaffer: Is it expensive? Yes. Is it worth it? 100% yes!!! Definitely more of a special occasion splurge, but I've now been twice and LOVE it. The waitstaff really know what they are talking about. The bartenders are top-notch. Even the food is fantastic. 10/10

Brian Michael: Team here is amazing, drinks creative and delicious, presentation top notch and the bartenders are great people as well. Highly recommended.

12. Chicken + Whiskey

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Chicken + Whiskey
Location
4.4
Price/Quality
4.4
Service
4.5
Parking
4.4
Wifi quality
4.4

Address: 1738 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM

Telephone: (202) 667-2456

Guy: Bar


Review: "Loved chicken and whiskey’s speakeasy bar."

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Ameen Karim: Went on a Saturday night and a decent time. I did not try the food, but the drinks and "speakeasy" was a great twist. Drinks are kinda pricy but that's expected with the area and the the bar in the back gets really packed at night. A live DJ was on sight, music was loud, bartenders where on their game, and the place was packed. 4/5 because they should figure out their vibe. You have a bouncer at the door of the speakeasy but then there's no dancing there. Overall nice experience
Response: Thanks for the review Ameen!

Madhusha Sarathchandra: Not worth the money you spend.... First time I have been here. First of all, menu was a little confusing. Took us a few mins to figure it out. Then they got my order wrong. Asked for a wrap and they made a wrap but nit the one I asked for and didnt notice it untill I pay for it. I have tried a lot of pollo chicken places around and I cant rank the food taste in the top when compare it with other Pollo resturants. Thats why I said this place is not worth the money. Then the sides. Got the Yuca as side and they served 5 pieces(counted) of yuca for $4. Whiskey and beer including cocktails is a nice touch. I wonder how they have this kmuch higher ratings. Surprising.... 2 stars for the cleanliness and quick service. Would not visit again and not recommending....
Response: Thanks for the review Madhusha. Please reach out to a manager at the store and we will try to rectify your bad experience with us!

Marcus R.: This spot surprised me. I was walking by, and happened to see this out of the corner of my eye. My left-eye--R.I.P. As an out of towner, it was worth a visit. The food was good. Better than most spots that serve Spanish-style food, as this location put the effort in both presentation AND taste.
Response: Thank you so much for the review Marcus!

Victor: I ordered the quarter chicken meal which comes with two sides. I came for lunch take out, it was pretty quiet here. The chicken was not warm and the rice was not as moist. I did like the seasonings on the rice and yuca. The sauce here is a 5/5. The sauce is what got me through this meal.
Response: Sorry to hear about your experience Victor! Please call the store and ask to speak to a manager. We will be happy to give you another meal.

Lucy Ruderman: Really tasty chicken, sides, and sauces. Everything we tried was delicious and I feel like you can’t go wrong. Two of us shared a half chicken (comes with two sides) plus a third side and felt like that was enough.
Response: Thanks for the review Lucy !!

Amy Chai: We went on a Thursday happy hour and it was very very dead, just us and another couple, but i liked a calmer vibe. the bar is located at the back of the chicken restaurant (thru a walk in freezer door) which has amazing food. the bar itself is pretty small but the decorations and lights are so cute.
Response: We appreciate the review Amy!

David Login: Overall GOOD experience and great drinks. Environment in the back has cool mood lighting and mixed drinks are legit. Good social mix of girls and guys. Bartenders were fun and approachable. Only four out of five stars because it gets easily hot and crowded.
Response: Thanks David!

dipika: I'm a vegetarian and I love Chicken + Whiskey. Their sides (of which most are veg-friendly) are actually tasty and filling on their own. Their drink menu is a big overpriced, but feel worth it for the cool atmosphere of ordering from the sidewalk window and enjoying them on the streatery benches. The portions are pretty big too, which makes this a great spot for big group dining.
Response: Thank you for the feedback Dipika!

A Sullivan: Was excited to try this spot and read good reviews. I ate 2 forkfuls of the chicken and I was done. It wasn’t hot or flavorful. The black beans and rice tasted old. It just didn’t meet my expectations at all, very disappointed. I won’t be going back or recommending.
Response: Amelia, thank you for feedback. Our apologies for your bad experience. Please give the store a call and speak to a manager we want to make this right.

Jaymee McGraw: The food is delicious! The chicken is moist tender and flavorful. The soupa was just the right amount of spicy and had amazing flavors. I love cilantro and if I was a local I would be a regular at this restaurant.
Response: Thank you Jaymee!

13. Manifest

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32 reviews
Manifest
Location
4.8
Price/Quality
4.7
Service
4.7
Parking
4.7
Wifi quality
4.7

Address: 1807 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM

Telephone: (202) 903-0300

Guy: Barber shop


Review: "Best barbershop, bar, coffee in DC!"

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Paul G: This review is for the coffee shop and overall vibe. I love this place so much. I’m excited to keep coming back and getting to know this awesome community addition more! The iced mocha was especially delicious and made with cocoa powder rather than just a syrup which is next level!

Taylor Friedman: This review is only for the retail/cafe side. I was very impressed by the aesthetic of the store. I love that it’s a barber/ clothing store/cafe all in one! They have a very nice curated selection of high end brands, some I’ve never even heard of or seen. I love places that carry Rick Owens. Very hard brand to find in store. Had a latte from the cafe as well. Service was friendly and attentive. I ended up buying a Rick Owens tee. Just a heads up, they only do store credit or exchange up to 7 days from purchase with receipt and tags intact. I know a lot of boutiques have this policy but I feel like you should be able to return something if you haven’t worn it and have the tags and receipt. Other than that, really cool hidden gem in adams Morgan that’s worth checking out.

Austin Graff: If you're a fan of Maketto along H Street NE, you may like Black-owned Manifest in Adams Morgan. With a slick storefront that could easily be in NYC's Soho or Santa Fe, Manifests sticks out in an inviting way. Step inside and you'll find a barber shop that triples as an apparel store, cafe and cocktail bar. Stopping by to crank out work on a Friday afternoon in June, here's my experience: 1) Cafe: Open Tuesday through Sunday starting at 9 a.m., coffee from Black-owned Black Acres Roastery in Baltimore is brewed. In my two hours there, I ordered two iced lattes and it was delicious. The espresso used was more nutty, which I loved. With a splash of sugar/honey, it was refreshing on a hot day. My bill was under $10 for two lattes. At 6 p.m. the cafe bar turns into a bar called Out Of Office open Thursday through Sunday. While sitting at the bar in the afternoon, they did offer to make me a cocktail- Manhattan or Negroni. 2) Space: It's a design-forward space, albeit small. They make good use of the space with the barber shop in the front by the large windows. The cafe/bar is in the back with the apparel spread throughout, including on a second floor. Working from the cafe bar, they had strong wifi that was easy to connect to and outlets behind the bar for my computer. 3) Service: Every staff member I encountered was friendly and clearly proud of what they created. 4) Parking: It's always a problem in this neighborhood, but I was able to snag a spot a block south along 18th Street NW. Using ParkMobile, I was able to park for two hours.

Marco Jaimes: First time visiting this very modern professional clean barbershop. I was looking forward to have my haircut with the Barber's shop owner but he was booked back to back. I was introduced to Martin. I walked in the barbershop feeling very down and defeated after a very stressful month. And a head full of hair after not getting a haircut for a month. Martin kept his cool and his professionalism was on point, very understanding and sweet guy! He made me feel welcome and safe. He gave me a very detail haircut, he took his time and his talent exceeded my expectations. Not only did he make me handsome again 😎 his kindness and very down to earth lay back attitude and enjoyable conversation was very uplifting. He was exactly who I was ment to meet today. I left the barbershop feeling much happier, my confidence and spirits were definitely lifted up by him. Definitely made my day much better and special. I absolutely recommend him with flying Colors. I'm looking forward to get my haircut again by him in the near future! Thank yall Manifest Team 🙏 ✨️ Keep up the excellent work 💇🏻‍♂️💆🏻‍♂️ Services: Haircut , Long haircut

Ryan Beachley: This is hands down the best experience. The moment you walk in you can feel the atmosphere and it truly feels like a community experience. The customer service is the best I’ve ever experienced and they are truly invested into getting to know you. There aren’t many places where everyone you talk too remembers your name and makes you feel at home. Words aren’t enough you need to go and experience it! My son and I both got our hair cut at manifest… by the way it was his first hair cut. Kristian was amazing and so patient with my son. As for me I’ve never felt so refreshed the experience was amazing Eric is top notch I’d highly recommend going for some relaxation and great conversation!

Mateus Porto: I go to Eric for my hair, have been for the last 9 months. His attention to detail is amazing! My favorite things about Manifest are: The clothes they stock (not many places in DC where you find the brands they stock), the staff is always very chill and welcoming, and the building is absolutely amazing. Manifest represents the future of culture, especially here in DC. There aren't many places, if any, like M. Services: Haircut , Beard trim

Sherry Goode: The store atmosphere is funky, eclectic, sophisticated newness that is well needed in this area. Utilizing barber services, in-house coffee Cafe, trendy upscale designers retail offerings, along with a second floor speakeasy and finally a furnished member only access to a two bedroom, two bath apartment on the top floor. I found the lighting and decor subtle and inviting. The staff and owners are very knowledgeable and versatile in each areas, accomplished through cross training. Their attention to the quality staff, members, and the diverse clientele are a attribute to the owners vision of perfection. I can see many great things happening for them and the city as it evolves. Many blessings to you all. Peace and longevity.

Phil Marcus: Phenomenal cut from start to finish! Professionalism and hospitality are top notch and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. Manifest is a gem and an experience I strongly recommend. I’ll be back VERY soon!Services: Haircut, Shave, Curly hair, Beard trim, Shape up

James Greathouse: I got "the supreme" hair- and beard-cut and let me tell you. It was like a 17-course meal at a Michelin starred restaurant (in the best way). The wash, the hot scented towel, essential beard oils, not to mention what you come for, the laser-precision haircut... had me looking and feeling 10 years younger. I just love what they stand for, the way they greet you in and chat with you while giving you a drink at the bar while you wait. The interior and exterior is a work of art. It elevates the craft--and as the customer, it elevates the mind. I will keep going!! Services: Scissor cut , Long haircut , Buzz cut , Beard conditioner , Straight razor shave , Beard trim

Paige Rajala: Talk about an incredible experience at Manifest. My fiancé needed a last minute cut before a wedding and Manifest did not disappoint. The ambience was fresh and fun, but the people really set the tone: professional and attentive. The drinks at the coffee bar were so good I didn’t want to leave. Will definitely be back to Manifest soon as it’s the best cut my fiancé’s ever had.

14. barmini by José Andrés

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389 reviews
barmini by José Andrés
Location
4.7
Price/Quality
4.8
Service
4.7
Parking
4.7
Wifi quality
4.7

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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 393-4451

Guy: Cocktail bar


Review: "From the almost speakeasy type entrance, it's different."

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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.

15. Cloak & Dagger

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297 reviews
Cloak & Dagger
Location
4
Price/Quality
4
Service
4.1
Parking
4
Wifi quality
4

Address: 1359 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 6PM

Telephone: (703) 231-8221

Guy: Bar


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Lenny Gutkin: Super fun place, both when it's chill and also when it's packed. A bit on the pricey side even for DC in my opinion. If that's not of any concern to you then there should be no hesitation to check it out. The staff is friendly and skilled, and the parties are great

Katrina Marie: This bar has a cool vibe! Good music and lots of dancing 10/10. The bartender was exceptional! However, towards the end of my night, my friends and I returned to this bar after going next door and we were met with a security guard (who said his name was Kyle) who took it upon himself to throw his arm around me and tell me that he would let me back in based on if I was to give him my number……cringy I know After going back and forth with him about why I could come back in and my two friends couldn’t, he put his hands on my back and gently shoved me out the door. I understand closing times and not being able to accommodate people if there’s only 20-30 minutes left in the night, but NEVER has any male security guard thrown his arm around me and then shoved me out the door. Unprofessional and super uncomfortable energy. It was the WORST way to end a great night here

Aminah Imani: DJ was lit. I came for a comedy show hosted by Rallo, it was a good vibe. The venue is nice. I would come back for sure!

Sharetta King: Cloak & Dagger made my VIP birthday party an experience to never forget! Everyone had an amazing time and we have future plans to celebrate there again. Sonny and his staff were phenomenal. A member along with security checked on us often. The service was great and always on time and they knew what we wanted before having to ask. The atmosphere was really fun and the DJ could not have been better. Sonny also took the time to hang out with the party and conversed with each of us much longer than other club owners had.

C Lee: Fun and casual nightlife with a great DJ and good music! We got table service and it was perfect. The area is small but it worked out well for our group. Service was excellent - she was present without being overbearing and was accommodating about splitting the check. The dance floor was packed with people ready for fun and dancing. It was cozy and comfortable - definitely not a pretentious spot. We went for a bachelorette and they did everything to make it a fun night for our soon-to-be bride. The owner was friendly and helpful. And the DJ and host were friendly and really good at getting the crowd going.

Christina Tang: One thing I love about Cloak & Dagger is that you will always have a great time. The music is always hype, the crowd is filled with positive vibes and high energy. The dj at Cloak & Dagger really knows what type of music to play to please a diverse crowd. The bartenders always makes my drinks perfectly! Out of all the clubs on U st. , I know that if I want to go somewhere that has good music, good alcohol, and a good crowd, Cloak & Dagger is the place to go. Not to mention, the owners are super sweet and genuine. They will always take care of you and make sure you have a fun time. Anytime I have been to Cloak & Dagger, I would stay until 2-3am without realizing it, because I would be having such a great time that I would forget to check my phone. 10/10 would recommend!

Rajit Sarkar: This is a bar on U St. The drinks are expensive, but not very good. Would not recommend to anyone.

Royce Glover: Ya I have to give it up to my man John ,his club is great good vibes. I have done alot of work for him in the past electrical, floor tile, paint, put in new fans

nia harley: Came here for NYE and won’t come back . The advertised dj was not there and the bartenders are lazy and rude .Shots are over priced and gratuity is automatically included which the bartenders did not deserve .

Yvonne Truong: I NEVER write reviews but let me tell you the place is amazing! Filled with good energy and a lovely atmosphere. Every time I am there the owner (Sonny) always makes sure I have a good time.

16. Jack Rose Dining Saloon

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1855 reviews
Jack Rose Dining Saloon
Location
4.6
Price/Quality
4.5
Service
4.5
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.5

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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 588-7388

Guy: Bar


Review: "Cool a Speakeasy bar in the basement"

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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.

17. Off the Record

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Off the Record
Location
4.5
Price/Quality
4.6
Service
4.5
Parking
4.5
Wifi quality
4.5

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

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 4:30PM

Telephone: (202) 638-6600

Guy: Bar


Review: "Like a speakeasy, you won't know it exists."

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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.

18. Lost & Found DC

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Lost & Found DC
Location
4.2
Price/Quality
4.2
Service
4.3
Parking
4.2
Wifi quality
4.2

Address: 1240 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 2AM ⋅ Reopens 4PM

Telephone: (202) 450-6052

Guy: Bar


Review: "A pretty nice speakeasy."

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Fred Acheampong: Good selection of beer and liquor, reasonable prices, and fast bartenders. There are several tables with high chairs and a decent bit of standing room. There's also an outdoor area in the back if you prefer the fresh air. They have a few TV's mounted behind the bar and were showing a mix of sports and news.

seanjohn Thomas: Nice Venue ... Boring atmosphere .... Boring beer ... Bartender does not even know what they are serving from craft beer menu ... COVID Claimed.anothe business ... Sad

Omar S: Stopped in on a recent Sunday... Got zero acknowledgement from bartender, nothing. Left after 10 mins. Went across the street to Tallboy's where the staff were more functional. Wasn't particularly busy nor closing time, and it's a small service area at night. Whether bartender was exhausted, bigoted, or on too many substances, they need to try harder (at all). Two stars only because it's a lovely space and convenient to metro.

Siran Skill: As Belgian road tripping through the USA, I've got to admit that the Lost and Found is (for now at least) the place I've the most enjoyed with the best beers for a good price! So thank to them to be there!

Robert Jacoby: Underwhelming bar...even though the drink list looks pretty good. Loud bar, somewhat divey. I was definitely served the wrong beer, although didn’t have time to question it because the bartenders are very inattentive. Had high hopes for this one because it looked cool from the outside, but they fell short. (Not going for lower than 3 stars because if you like the divey, loud scene, you may have a different opinion.)

Edward Grandi: I was there for professional reasons, but looks like the perfect place for an after work drink or a break from the convention center. Can't wait to go there in the future.

Denis Blondeel: Good bar, friendly people. Only bar we returned twice during our stay in DC

Dan Glish: Hey I don't see my review anymore but just want to remind everyone to go to a different business other than this one. THIS ONE REQUIRES VAXX CARDS, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE, DO NOT SUPPORT THIS UNCONSTITUTIONAL BUSINESS!!

Manuel Valverde: Great place to hang out, spacious with an outdoor area.

B Josie: My boyfriend went to Lost and Found on Saturday afternoon before I went back with him the next day. He sat out front. He was smoking a cigar while they served him a drink. If it was not allowed, he would’ve understood but clearly this was okay. So, I tagged along with him the next day. We sat out front smoking cigars as we watched several other people sit at tables smoking cigarettes. They were not patrons. Someone from the bar walked over to us 30 minutes later, letting us know we can’t smoke here. It’s not allowed. It was clearly allowed for the OTHER people that had been smoking but we were told something different I guess. I explained to him we wouldn’t even be here if my boyfriend was told the day before that it wasn’t allowed. He never did give me a response when I asked why it wasn’t a bother for the waiter the day before -_-. I wasn’t trying to step on anyone’s toes but I had to explain how there had been several people smoking here before us that have an affiliation with the art gallery next door. The security guard who works at the art gallery even told us it has NEVER been an issue. And he’s been working there long enough to know that. Clearly it just wasn’t okay for US since we weren’t white. I would never come here again and I’ll let everyone else know not too as well.
Response: Thank you for your review. We do have a non-smoking policy on our patios, but as owners we take responsibility for not communicating this effectively enough to our staff. We apologize for the inconvenience and that you had a negative experience at our bar. We hope you'll give us another chance in the future.

19. The Crown & Crow

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The Crown & Crow
Location
4.7
Price/Quality
4.6
Service
4.6
Parking
4.6
Wifi quality
4.6

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

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 2AM ⋅ Reopens 5PM

Telephone: (202) 763-7552

Guy: Bar


Review: "Nice speakeasy vibe with craft cocktails and plenty of space!"

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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.