Old Ebbitt Grill

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in White House Area & Foggy Bottom

Established in DC in 1856, this legendary tavern has occupied prime real estate near the White House since 1983. Political players and tourists pack into the wood-paneled interior, where thick burgers, succulent steaks and jumbo lump crab cakes are rotated out almost as quickly as the clientele. Pop in for a cocktail and oysters during happy hour.

Presidents Ulysses S Grant, Andrew Johnson, Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt and Warren Harding are said to have imbibed at the original boarding house, DC's first saloon, which was located near Chinatown. According to legend, the animal heads over the bar were bagged by Teddy Roosevelt himself.