12 "Action at the Bar" restaurants in Washington DC.
Action at the bar means you can sit down next to a stranger, start talking, then find yourselves doing karaoke in K-Town at 3am. But these are also places where you can people-watch (and eat) by yourself the whole night.
Part trendy clothing store, part Cambodian/Thai restaurant, Maketto might just be the coolest spot in DC right now.
A classic that can be used for dates or heavy drinking. Maybe even at the same time. The food’s great too.
The Ferris Bueller of DC restaurants, The Royal is cool without trying too hard. Come for great Colombian food and cocktails.
A highly attractive spot located on the highly trendy Blagden Alley, The Dabney will impress both your date and your Instagram followers.
Estadio’s tapas will be familiar if you’re used to eating Spanish food, but it will be better. Use Estadio to woo sources, dates, or anyone else.
A no-fuss Mexican joint where you can wash down great food with impressive drinks.
Fainting Goat isn’t great, but you’ll end up here at some point. When the time comes, go heavy on the drinks and light on the food.
Declaration is right near Nats Park and has a wide-ranging menu and a daily Happy Hour so it’s perfect for a group dinner or brunch before a game.
In an unmarked house on S Street, Left Door is our favorite cocktail bar in DC. Pro-tip: make friends with the bartenders.
Blues Alley is a hidden bar off of Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown with live music almost every night of the week.
When you’re more concerned about having a good time than eating authentic Mexican food, head to El Centro D.F. in Georgetown.