37 "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.
Hazel has an American menu with Japanese and Korean twists, and it’s one of the most exciting places to eat 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.
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.
A no-fuss Mexican joint where you can wash down great food with impressive drinks.
Kapnos isn't the best restaurant in Shaw, but the small plates, dim lighting, and long cocktail list make it perfect for a girls' night or birthday.
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.
Lyon Hall can solve most of your eating dilemmas in Arlington. The German food and multiple levels work for a date, group drink, or catch-up dinner.
The tiki theme at Clare and Don's is mildly cheesy, but the drinks and Mexican food are great. Head to the Falls Church spot for your next Happy Hour.
Despite being in the middle of Adams Morgan craziness, Roofers Union is a great restaurant/bar/rooftop for a casual drink or dinner.