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3211 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
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Whether you're looking for a quick cup of coffee to jump start your day or a place to surf on your laptop or to socialize with friends or your date, Northside Social is always offering something fresh. This charming Clarendon neighborhood cafe and...
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924 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
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La Colombe—which sits on Blagdon Alley, a row of 19th-century buildings—is the sort of place that baristas go to caffeinate. Try a single-origin option: La Colombe’s buyers source beans from farmers they know by first name.
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2007 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
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By night, the staff makes sherry cocktails. By day, it makes coffee ones. Try the Kenya Cola, a curious mix of joe, three bitters, and soda water that tastes like Coke for grown-ups. This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
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1924 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
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If you’re hooked on rich, bright coffee made pour-over style, the Wydown is your day’s first stop. Grab a lavender scone, too. This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
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223 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
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Situated amongst the numerous dive bars on Capitol Hill, this Italian-inspired enoteca showcases a creative selection of wines from Italy and California (hence the word "Cal-Ital") as well as a seasonal menu with artisanal cheeses, charcuterie,...
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1805 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
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A Logan Circle neighborhood favorite, this inviting space serves more than 50 European wines by the glass and more than 160 bottles from small-producers in lesser-known regions throughout the continent like a white Larredya Jurançon, a Gros...
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903 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
Enjoy a well-chosen and extensive list of "organic" and "biodynamic" wines in this cozy and softly lit three-story winebar with communal tables, bar seats, and over 700 empty wine bottles along its walls. Wines feature diverse styles from around...
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1940 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
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At this contemporary winebar with outdoor patio and bocce ball court, patrons can enjoy more than 100 wines from all over the world, along with a full menu devoted to locally-sourced produce and ingredients. They also teach wine classes for small...
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1421 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA
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Owned and operated by college pals Thomas Boisvert and Kathleen Davis, this comfortable, relaxing H Street spot pairs an eclectic global list of over 40 wines by the glass, including four on tap with well-chosen nibbles like charcuterie, and...
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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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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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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...