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DC Review


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.

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DC Review

DC9 Nightclub

There are a few floors to DC9, but we prefer the rooftop that has a good view of U Street.

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DC Review

American Ice Company

Head to American Ice Co. on V Street for some of the city's best nachos and a nice patio to eat them on.

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DC Review


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.

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DC Review

Jack Rose Dining Saloon

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.

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DC Review

Martin’s Tavern

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.

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DC Review

Paolo’s Ristorante

Paolo’s is one of the few reasonably-priced places for drinks and a light bite on Wisconsin in Georgetown.

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DC Guide

Where To Go For Drinks And A Light Bite

Our picks for when you need good drinks and good food.

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DC Review


Calico has one of our favorite patios in Shaw, as well as cocktails in Capri Sun-style pouches and shareable small plates.

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DC Review

El Rey

It gets crowded on the weekends, but El Rey is a reliable spot for after work drinks and Mexican food around U Street.

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DC Review

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

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.

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DC Review

Lyon Hall

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.

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DC Review

Clare and Don’s Beach Shack

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.

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DC Review

Roofers Union

Despite being in the middle of Adams Morgan craziness, Roofers Union is a great restaurant/bar/rooftop for a casual drink or dinner.

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DC Review

The Sovereign

For a casual beer with some food in Georgetown, head to The Sovereign.

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DC Review

Baba Bar

Baba is a cocktail bar with some food that's a reliable spot for a first date in Clarendon.

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DC Review


Sotto is one of the more low-key bars around 14th Street, and the live jazz and good cocktails make it a good place to end the night.

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DC Review

Denson Liquor Bar

Denson Liquor is a 1920’s-style lounge that’s perfect for a quality cocktail before or after a show at Capital One Arena.

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DC Review


EatBar is our go-to for happy hour on Barracks Row.

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DC Review

Northside Social

Northside Social is a coffee shop by day and a wine bar at night. If you live in Arlington, it will come in handy at least once a week.