When you want a few beers and don’t care whether you’re drinking a local draught, go to Solly’s. It’s low-key but not too divey, and there’s a nice patio to go with your $3.50 PBR during Happy Hour (from 3-8pm). Start your night here, try it for a casual afternoon hang, and always get the Sloppy Mama’s BBQ they serve.
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Jack Rose Dining Saloon
There's a full dining room at Jack Rose, but we like this U Street Corridor spot more for the enclosed rooftop. Get a whiskey cocktail.
It gets crowded on the weekends, but El Rey is a reliable spot for after work drinks and Mexican food around U Street.
The food at Colada Shop is just okay, but the space and location make it a good place for a quick meal around U Street.
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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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All-Purpose is a neighborhood spot in Shaw with excellent Italian antipasti and some good pizza.
The Ferris Bueller of DC restaurants, The Royal is cool without trying too hard. Come for great Colombian food and cocktails.
Ghibellina is a neighborhood Italian spot in Logan Circle. You’ll come for the pizzas and pastas, but stay for the cozy vibes and friendly service.
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