Nightlife

Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Columbia Room

Serious mixology goes on at Columbia Room, the kind of place that sources spring water from Scotland, and uses pickled cherry blossom and barley tea among its ingredients. But it's done in a refreshingly nonsnooty e…
Wine Bar in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Dabney Cellar

Tucked in the basement underneath the acclaimed Dabney restaurant, the Cellar pours loads of wines by the glass, including many varietals by hard-to-find, small-batch producers. The cozy, firewood-stacked room is a …
Coffee in Downtown & Penn Quarter

La Colombe

One of five DC branches of the specialist coffee roaster, this La Colombe occupies a vintage brick garage in Blagden Alley. The long space is drenched in natural light, and while the stools and little tables aren't …
Coffee in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Compass Coffee

Compass is a homegrown roaster with seven locations and counting. This bright, clamorous branch sits across the street from Capital One Arena and it's always abuzz. Downtown professionals swoop in for nitro cold bre…
Pub in Downtown & Penn Quarter

City Tap House

What's not to like about a wood-paneled, lodge-like gastropub with craft beers flowing from 40 taps? The vintage photos of folks boozing set the good-time mood. Settle in and make your own four-beer flight (4.5oz ea…
Bar in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Rocket Bar

Rocket Bar is an almost inexplicably popular pool hall, although there’s lots more going on than shooting some stick – shuffle board, Golden Tee, all the oldies. If you’re looking for a place to check out the local …
Gay in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Green Lantern

The Green Lantern has a mellower bar downstairs, while the 2nd floor is more frisky and clubby. It attracts a slightly older crowd, and there are all kinds of daily promotions – free beer for shirtless men Thursday …