Nightlife

Top Choice Pub in Georgetown

Tombs

Every college of a certain pedigree has ‘that’ bar – the one where faculty and students alike sip pints under athletic regalia of the old school. The Tombs is Georgetown’s contribution to the genre. If it looks fami…
Top Choice Teahouse in Georgetown

Ching Ching Cha

Airy, Zen-like Ching Ching Cha is a world away from the shopping mayhem of M St. Stop in for a leisurely pot of rare tea (it brews more than 70 varieties) and snacks such as steamed dumplings, coconut tarts, or a 't…
Bar in Georgetown

Sovereign

The Sovereign takes its Belgian theme seriously. All of the beers here – 50 on tap and 300 more in bottles – are Belgian or Belgian-style. The top floor is done up like an old Flemish beer hall, with long wooden tab…
Coffee in Georgetown

Grace Street Coffee

This little shop roasts its own beans and makes its own syrups, and then morphs them into exquisite coffee drinks. It's in a mini food hall that shares space with a juice bar and top-notch sandwich shop (called Sund…
Cafe in Georgetown

Kafe Leopold

Leopold serves full meals, but it shines most as a European-vibed spot for coffee and German and Austrian wines. Sip at one of the umbrella-shaded tables that spill out into the courtyard. Banana rum macarons, five-…
Cafe in Georgetown

Cafe Bonaparte

This jewel-box cafe feels as though it has been plucked straight from the streets of Paris. Come to sip a café au lait or a glass of sparkling wine. Hopefully you're not in a hurry, because service can be slow. Frit…
Bar in Georgetown

Sequoia

While snazzy, cavernous Sequoia is known mostly as a restaurant, we recommend it as a spot to get an alfresco drink. Umbrella-shaded tables pack a cascading terrace overlooking the Potomac, and though it's a bit che…
Bar in Georgetown

Mr Smith’s

Located a few blocks away from M St, Mr Smith's is typically less crowded than its Georgetown pub brethren. Exposed brick walls, Tiffany-style lights and warm wood decor provide an affable, if slightly scruffy, ambi…
Pub in Georgetown

J Paul’s

Politicians, lobbyists, students and other locals belly up at J Paul’s to knock beers back and enjoy great burgers, steaks, ribs and seared salmon. Join the group at the long mahogany shotgun bar, especially during …