Don’t let the “nightclub” part of DC9 scare you off. There isn’t a $20 cover or heels-only rule you have to follow to get in here. What you can expect is live music on the second floor (most nights), a low-key bar for Happy Hour on the first, and a roof with a good view of U Street.
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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.
If you need a pre-game move before a show at the 9:30 Club, Satellite Room has your back. Try with a big group or a date.
The Fainting Goat
Fainting Goat isn’t great, but you’ll end up here at some point. When the time comes, go heavy on the drinks and light on the food.
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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.
Baba is a cocktail bar with some food that's a reliable spot for a first date in Clarendon.
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.
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A classic that can be used for dates or heavy drinking. Maybe even at the same time. The food’s great too.
The Ferris Bueller of DC restaurants, The Royal is cool without trying too hard. Come for great Colombian food and cocktails.
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