Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Alexandria

Captain Gregory's

This nautical-themed speakeasy is hidden inside a Sugar Shack doughnut shop, which explains the decadent gourmet doughnuts on the menu. As for drinks, from Anais Needs a Vacay to Moaning Myrtles Morning Tea, the nam…
Bar in Alexandria

Bar PX

This elegant, low-lit drinking den is a magical spot to linger over a cocktail or two. Bartenders shake up beautifully hued elixirs for a well-dressed crowd, in keeping with the speakeasy theme. True to form, there'…
Bar in Alexandria

Pizzeria Birreria Paradiso

Sure, the focus is pizza, but the beer list here is outstanding. With 14 brews on draft, 190 or so bottle varieties and one rotating cask selection, you won't lack for options. It’s a comfy spot for hopheads to sit …
Bar in Arlington

Whitlow’s on Wilson

Occupying almost an entire block just east of Clarendon Metro, Whitlow’s on Wilson has something for everyone: burgers, brunch and comfort food on the menu; happening happy hours and positive pickup potential; plus …
Cafe in Fredericksburg

Agora Downtown Coffee Shop

A shelf of books written by local authors greets guests as they enter this cute cafe, and the cultural theme continues with local art and photographs on the walls. There's free wi-fi, and paid printing facilities to…
Lounge in Arlington


This buzzing pool lounge evokes a trippy, tropical vibe with its murals of palm trees, oversized tiki heads and color-saturated bar stools. All of which sets the stage for an alternative night of shooting pool on on…
Bar in Middleburg

King St Oyster Bar

Housed in a grandiose neoclassical building, this joint jumps every afternoon during its happy hour (3pm to 6:30pm), when locals slurp on freshly shucked oysters and sip on $5 craft beer and cocktails. At lunch and …
Cafe in Alexandria

Killer ESP

Killer by name and execution, this hipster haven serves Alexandria's best coffee. Enjoy an espresso, drip, cold brew or pour-over example with a gluten-free cookie ($2), French pastry ($2) or empanada ($5). Tables o…
Microbrewery in Leesburg

Black Hoof Brewing Co

The King St taproom of this Leesburg-based microbrewery specializes in German- and English-style beers and offers 10 types on tap. Enjoy a glass or two with complimentary pretzels and Obatzda (Bavarian beer cheese d…
Irish Pub in Arlington

Ireland’s Four Courts

Buckets of Guinness lubricate the O’Connors and McDonoughs at Arlington’s favorite Irish pub. Fish and chips ($11) and other pub grub is on offer, as is live music (from 9pm Wednesday to Saturday).