Look for the giant shipping containers along U Street to find El Rey, a nice place to grab some drinks and tacos. On the weekends, it’s full of recent graduates still testing the limits of their livers, but the spacious bar and patio, equipped with a retractable roof (who thought those were only for billion-dollar NFL stadiums?), are ideal spots for post-work hangs during the week. Grab a high-top table and order a margarita pitcher, as well as some guacamole and tacos. It’s good for a late night bite, too - the kitchen stays open until 2am.
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A guide to the best drinking establishments along U Street and 14th Street.
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Solly’s U Street Tavern
Make Solly's your go-to for a casual beer around U Street, and definitely get involved with the Sloppy Mama's BBQ they serve.
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’re looking for a dance floor around U Street, try The Brixton. And head to the rooftop when you need a break.
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Mayahuel is a Mexican restaurant in Woodley Park that’s ideal for big groups, with pitchers of margaritas and plenty of sharable dishes.
Lauriol Plaza Restaurant
Lauriol doesn't serve the best Mexican food in Dupont, but as long as you know that, it's a fun spot to start a night out.
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All-Purpose is a neighborhood spot in Shaw with excellent Italian antipasti and some good pizza.
Espita Mezcaleria in Shaw has Mexican that’s a little more upscale than your local taqueria. And a lot of mezcal.
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