Washington, DC drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Brewery in Logan Circle, U Street & Columbia Heights

Atlas Brew Works

An awesome, welcoming spot filled with local beer buffs. With its concrete floor, exposed ducts and hodgepodge of tables, the taproom mightn't look like much, but when the knowledgeable bartenders fill your flight o…
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…
Top Choice Bar in White House Area & Foggy Bottom

Round Robin

Dispensing drinks since 1847, the bar at the Willard hotel is one of DC's most famous watering holes. The small, circular space is done up in classic accents, all dark wood trim, marble bar and leather seats. While …
Top Choice Brewery in Logan Circle, U Street & Columbia Heights

Right Proper Brewing Co

Right Proper Brewing makes sublime ales in a building that shares a wall with the joint where Duke Ellington used to play pool. It's the Shaw district's neighborhood clubhouse, a big, sunny space filled with folks g…
Top Choice Bar in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Bar Charley

Bar Charley draws a mixed crowd from the neighborhood – young, old, gay and straight. They come for groovy cocktails sloshing in vintage glassware and ceramic tiki mugs, served at very reasonable prices by DC standa…
Top Choice Bar in White House Area & Foggy Bottom

Off the Record

Table seating, an open fire in winter and a discreet basement location in one of the city’s most prestigious hotels, right across from the White House – it's no wonder DC's important people submerge to be seen and n…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Capitol Hill & South DC

Copycat Co

When you walk into Copycat it feels like a Chinese fast-food restaurant. That's because it is (sort of) on the 1st floor, where Chinese street-food nibbles are available. The fizzy drinks and egg-white-topped cockta…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Logan Circle, U Street & Columbia Heights

Primrose

Stepping into Primrose is like being in Paris and finding the quintessential cafe hidden down a tiny lane. The ostrich-feathered chandeliers, turquoise bar, rustic wood tables and lengthy wine list set the mood. Fif…
Top Choice Bar in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Board Room

Grab a table, pull up a stool and crush your opponent at Hungry Hungry Hippos. Or cozy up to a serious game of Scrabble. Board Room lets you flash back to childhood via stacks of board games (Battleship, Risk, Opera…
Top Choice Cafe in Adams Morgan

Songbyrd Record Cafe & Music House

By day hang out in the retro cafe, drinking excellent coffee, munching sandwiches and browsing the soul and indie LPs for sale. You can even cut your own record in the vintage recording booth ($15). By night the par…