Unlike the line your cousin made you stand in at the Hirshhorn Infinity Mirrors exhibit, the wait to get into The Brixton actually goes by pretty quickly. And once you do get inside, you can choose between the casual bar downstairs, the dance floor on the next level, and the open air rooftop that looks over U Street. The crowd here leans younger, so just know that some people out there dancing to “Filthy” won’t know that Justin Timberlake used to have frosted tips.
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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.
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.
It gets crowded on the weekends, but El Rey is a reliable spot for after work drinks and Mexican food around U Street.
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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.
Birch & Barley
When you want a good beer but don't want to sacrifice good food, head to Bitch & Barley in Logan Circle. It's the best of both worlds.
Calico has one of our favorite patios in Shaw, as well as cocktails in Capri Sun-style pouches and shareable small plates.
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