39 "Drinks & A Light Bite" restaurants in Washington DC.
When you don’t want to commit to a full dinner (blind date, catching up with an aunt, waiting two hours for a table elsewhere), bars with good food are ideal. Make an easy exit after the first round, or go for a second and maybe some food if it’s going well. Either way, these spots have you covered.
A classic that can be used for dates or heavy drinking. Maybe even at the same time. The food’s great too.
A casual and cheap Mexican spot with excellent tacos, corn, and drinks.
A highly attractive spot located on the highly trendy Blagden Alley, The Dabney will impress both your date and your Instagram followers.
Attached to the Carlyle Hotel in DuPont, The Riggsby does everything “classic” extremely well.
Right off U Street, Takoda has a nice (but small) rooftop and some good bar food options. We like it for a day drinking session or even a casual date.
There are a few floors to DC9, but we prefer the rooftop that has a good view of U Street.
Head to American Ice Co. on V Street for some of the city's best nachos and a nice patio to eat them on.
Churchkey is a reliable spot around Logan Circle for good beer and some light bites. If you’re with a group, be prepared to stand.
There's a full dining room at Jack Rose, but we like this U Street Corridor spot more for the enclosed rooftop. Get a whiskey cocktail.
Martin's is one of the oldest restaurants in Georgetown. And while the American/pub food is fine, you're really here for the history lesson.
Paolo’s is one of the few reasonably-priced places for drinks and a light bite on Wisconsin in Georgetown.
Calico has one of our favorite patios in Shaw, as well as cocktails in Capri Sun-style pouches and shareable small plates.
It gets crowded on the weekends, but El Rey is a reliable spot for after work drinks and Mexican food around U Street.
Yes, Cuba Libre is cheesy. But it’s also fun. Take a date or a group to the Metro Center spot for something different than your basic Italian go-to's.