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Baba is a coffee shop/cocktail bar hybrid, but we prefer it at night. It's especially useful for dates, since most of the other options around Clarendon are on the too casual end of the spectrum. It’s a classy-but-not-stuffy underground spot with a fireplace, an upstairs lounge area, a bunch of artwork on the walls, and food like crispy shrimp and pork sliders. They also have a Happy Hour worth leaving work early for ($6 cocktails, $5 glasses of wine), and if you’re still hungry after a few snacks here you can always head to their sister restaurant, Ambar, next door.

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Where To Go For Drinks And A Light Bite

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

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Ambar Clarendon

For a fun group dinner in Arlington, go to Ambar and do the unlimited small plates option for $35.

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A meal at Green Pig Bistro will be meat heavy and very good. Bring a big group and sit at the communal table.