Bars in Washington, D.C.

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Craft beer is on the rise in DC, with a ton of new local breweries (Right Proper, Blue Jacket) and a welcome influx of bars carrying those local brew... Read More

Craft beer is on the rise in DC, with a ton of new local breweries (Right Proper, Blue Jacket) and a welcome influx of bars carrying those local brews—like Churchkey, which is nationally recognized for its beer selection.

But Washington, DC nightlife doesn’t end there. Beyond beer, there are plenty of cozy wine and cocktail bars, and chic hot spots serving up both classic and creative cocktails. For the best bars in Washington DC right now, try Dram & Grain, in the basement of another lauded cocktail bar—the whiskey haven Jack Rose Dining Saloon—2 Birds 1 Stone, or Derek Brown’s Southern Efficiency. If wine’s your thing, Vinoteca will have you covered.

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  • 2 Birds 1 Stone

    2 Birds 1 Stone has a hand-drawn cocktail menu that changes weekly and is filled with classics, punches, and unique creations like Bananas is my... Read More

  • barmini

    Barmini has pretty much any cocktail you could possibly want, from a wide range of classics (and elaborate takes on those classics using foam or salt... Read More

  • Bluejacket

    Bluejacket is a full-scale craft brewery from a team that truly knows beer. The folks behind the quintessential beer bar ChurchKey took a leap into... Read More

  • ChurchKey

    With more than 500 beers—50 of those on tap—ChurchKey is hands-down DC's place for sampling beer from all over the world. Try a “tart & funky” North... Read More

  • Dacha Beer Garden

    Dacha Beer Garden is the epitome of a traditional biergarten with its array of German brews on tap (which are available in giant boot-sized glasses) and... Read More

  • Dram & Grain

    Dram & Grain is the not-so-secret joint in the lower level of whiskey haven Jack Rose Dining Saloon. Make a reservation in advance and find your way... Read More

  • Garden District

    This beer garden only runs seasonally, since all seating is out on an expansive patio formerly home to a gardening store, and Washingtonians count down... Read More

  • Harold Black

    This is one speakeasy with relatively easy entry: Just make reservations online and show up to the sliding wooden door at your appointed time for... Read More

  • Jack Rose Dining Saloon

    Jack Rose Dining Saloon is a must-stop for whiskey obsessives. This Adams Morgan bar stocks more than 2,000 bottles in its collection—including Scotch,... Read More

  • Nellie's Sports Bar

    There’s always something fun going on at Nellie’s Sports Bar, whether it’s karaoke, trivia, beat-the-clock happy hour, or Sunday drag brunch. With some... Read More

  • POV Lounge

    This lounge, located on the rooftop of downtown's W Hotel, is an eternally hip spot for a date or a night out with friends. The slightly pricey... Read More

  • Right Proper Brewing Company

    Right Proper offers a number of yeasty options on the taps, from neo-traditional farmhouse ale to an aromatized Berliner weisse. Stay for a meal from a... Read More

  • Room 11

    There’s hardly a cozier wine bar in DC than Room 11. The Columbia Heights venue offers a curated selection of wine, including chalkboard specials, but... Read More

  • Southern Efficiency

    Just off Logan Circle in the Shaw neighborhood, this bar has a terrific whiskey and bourbon selection, three variations of the Julep on tap, and a menu... Read More

  • The Gibson

    You might miss the entrance to this speakeasy on the busy 14th Street bar strip, but The Gibson is an ideal place for both romance as well as cocktails.... Read More

  • Vinoteca

    Vinoteca has it all: It's both a wine bar as well as a bistro, and it boasts a cozy, romantic dining space and a back patio with a bocce court. Read More

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