27 "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.
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.
Screwtop is a wine bar that doesn’t suck in Clarendon. Use it for an early date, or to convince your parents your taste has matured.
Don’t just hit Bluejacket before a Nats game - the Navy Yard brewery is a great spot for a group hang and even a casual date.
Stoney’s in Foggy Bottom has a good patio, a solid happy hour, and plenty of TV’s to watch the game on.
Brickside is a great place in Bethesda for watching the game and drinking some beer.