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D.C.'s Best Bars

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With the work in Washington D.C. being a serious and frenetic business, DC's thriving and varied bar scene is an excellent way to unwind and de-stress. As the older, more established bars like the Old Ebbitts Grill and the Willard Hotel's Round Robin Bar are still going strong, DC's bars keep getting better with newer ventures sprouting up in the emerging neighborhoods and trendy spots with their herb-infused cocktails, locally brewed beers, and rare wines.
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515 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
For decades, this rooftop terrace bar situated at the W Hotel (formerly the Hotel Washington, circa 1918) has provided some of the most stellar views of the White House, monuments, memorials, and beyond. Unlike many other local rooftops, P.O.V. is...
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600 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA
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Meet the "Rickey" (circa 1883). Named in honor of "Colonel Joe" Rickey, an influential lobbyist who first popularized the drink at the now-extinct saloon Shoomaker's, it is the official drink of Washington, D.C., consisting of gin (usually),...
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1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
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Located inside the historic Willard InterContinental Hotel, the Round Robin and Scotch Bar has been a lively meeting place for influential movers and shakers such as Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, and Henry Clay. It was here in the...
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1539 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
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It doesn't look like much. Walking in you notice its scuffed wood floors, beat up benches and poor climate control. But don't let the ambience fool you. The Passenger is a must for anyone who likes to drink—and anyone who likes to soak up their...
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555 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
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Poste Brasserie is known for many things, from its Poste Roast and its outdoor garden with weekday happy hours, to its Sunday brunch with a full Bloody Mary bar. We were given the choice of regular or bacon-infused vodka. Of course I chose bacon,...
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1337 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA
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Ask me where to drink good beer, and I will quickly respond, "ChurchKey and Birch & Barley in Logan Circle." Negotiate your way through the 150-seat high-ceiling beer hall/lounge to its 60-foot bar and select from over 550 beers (50 drafts, 500...
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3400 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010, USA
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Meridian Pint is a friendly gastropub located in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of D.C. Emphasis here is on American craft beers; if you’re into European brews, you’re out of luck here. At any one time, they have about 25 beers on tap and 150...
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116 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
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Since 2011, this cool, quirky pub has become a go-to spot for area locals and residents of D.C.'s Bloomingdale neighborhood. The name is a historical nod to the formation of D.C. as America's capital city (40 "Boundary Stones" were placed to...
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329 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
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Since 1967, visitors, college students, Capitol Hill staffers, interns, congressmen, clerks, and lawyers have graced this iconic Capitol Hill neighborhood bar dining on burgers and cheap beer. Longtime patrons remember the look of a rambling,...
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1500 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
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Attached to the Dupont Circle Hotel, Bar Dupont is an open, stylish lounge where you can enjoy the ambience of the adjacent Dupont Circle/Embassy Row neighborhood without having to be immediately immersed in its hustle and bustle. Here, the...
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2007 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
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Located on the edge of the Adams-Morgan neighborhood, this saloon features library-style shelves of over 1,400 varieties of whiskey from floor to ceiling. Single Malt and Blended Scotch, Irish, Canadian, Belgian, Japanese, Indian, Welsh, and...
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901 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
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A loud mix of hipsters, college students, and professionals enjoy three floors of entertainment and fun at this traditional-themed British pub. Nosh on favorites like fish and chips, bangers and mash, and the "Brixton Burger" with bacon and fried...
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1800 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
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Sneak off the bustling 14th Street Corridor onto S Street NW, where an inconspicuous sign points you downstairs to an "apartment" door. Inside is a vibrant 60-seat lounge decorated with whitewashed walls, stylish leather booths, bird sculptures,...
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2007 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
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Our favorite D.C. cocktail is the rye-based Maiden Voyage at the new Dram & Grain. At first, it drinks like a Sazerac. As the ice melts, the bitters emerge and it’s like a whole new drink. —SARAH BAIRD This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
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1337 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20036, USA
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No signs designate this speakeasy-style bar located near Dupont Circle, but rather a green light and a relief of Senator Morris Sheppard, namesake and architect behind the Sheppard Bone-Dry Act of 1917 banning booze in DC. Upon seeing the green...