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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Jose Andres’ new place isn’t quite up to the level of his other spots, but it’s a fun time for Peruvian, Japanese, and Chinese fusion.
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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A highly attractive spot located on the highly trendy Blagden Alley, The Dabney will impress both your date and your Instagram followers.
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.
A classic that can be used for dates or heavy drinking. Maybe even at the same time. The food’s great too.
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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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