Right across the street from Capital One Arena, Denson Liquor Bar is your go-to spot for a pre-game or -concert drink that’s more than a light beer. The underground, 1920s-style lounge has classic cocktails and private, dimly lit-leather booths. It’s all perfect for a gin and tonic and impressing that date you brought to the show.
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Hill Country Barbecue Market
Hill Country is a DC barbecue VIP, and it’s conveniently located in Penn Quarter.
A casual spot by day, and a proper restaurant by night, hit The Partisan in Penn Quarter if you really enjoy meat.
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Mussel Bar & Grille
Mussel Bar is a go-to when your parents are in town. Grab a seat on the patio if it’s nice out.
Kinship does fancy-ish American food in Shaw. Go for a special occasion, and get the lobster French toast.
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This French bistro is the place to see anyone who’s ever been on “Meet the Press". The food is also delicious.
The phenomenal tapas and fun times here might be the best example of what Jose Andres has done for DC eating.
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