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 Where to Get a Drink Now in Washington, D.C

The city of Washington, DC, has several facets. There are opulent hotels adjacent to neighborhood bars, and ordinary rowhouses are situated opposite breath-taking landmarks. All of this makes the District a lively spot to enjoy a drink, and some of the newest and most notable establishments there include the rebirth of a craft beer favorite, a relaxed sports bar with Malaysian-inspired tapas, and a chic hotel bar.

Where to Get a Drink Now in Washington, D.C

The top bars in the city are highlighted on this list, along with several recent openings that you'd be unwise to miss. There is something on our list for everyone, whether you're searching for a place for a cozy happy hour or an after-dinner nightcap in an opulent speakeasy. These are currently the top bars in DC.

  • Royal Sands Social Club

A Florida pool bar in the heat with frozen cocktails and people there to see and be seen comes to mind. Now picture it indoors in one of Washington, DC's top bar-hopping areas. The formula at Royal Sands, the newest design from the people behind the well-known Salazar and Mission bars, is as follows. Drinks like the Miami Sunrise and the Royal Rum Punch have a suitably tropical flair here. During happy hour, which is available every day from 4 pm to 6 pm, a few shots and drinks cost $6 and $9, respectively. Choose seafood-heavy beach dishes like conch fritters, mango shrimp tacos, and a range of creative sushi from the comprehensive dining menu.

  • Crooked Run Fermentation

The most recent Northern Virginia brewery to launch a DC site is Crooked Run Fermentation. The local taphouse in Union Market offers a wide selection of beers, including a fair mix of ales, lagers, and more adventurous sours and fruited brews. Personal-sized pies, wings, and other creative takes on traditional bar snacks are all served at Pizza Serata, which is run by Michelin-starred chef Chris Morgan (Maydan).

  • Pop Fizz Bar

Brent Kroll, who worked at some of the top restaurants in the city before opening Maxwell Park branches in Shaw and Navy Yard, is highly recognized in the DC hospitality industry for his expertise in wine. Pop Fizz Bar leans into its owner's love of all things bubbly and offers more than 75 bottles of champagne and rose to pick from. Additionally, the menu has inventive fizzy drinks like the Cheerwine + Bourbon or the Root Beer + Absinthe.

  • Le Mont Royal

The French Canadian disco's pink neon sign is prominently displayed outdoors. Come to this new hotspot and spend the evening dancing to live DJs playing vinyl records with funk, soul, and disco vibes while sipping natural wine, munching on poutine, and drinking it in. Chas Jefferson, a former employee of Cotton & Reed, and partner Bart Hutchins are on the team. Three draft cocktail options are available, including a mule created with vodka that has been infused with saffron as well as variations on the espresso martini and negroni sbagliato. Everyday from 4 to 6:30 pm, there is a happy hour when they are a modest $10 apiece.

  • Allegory

The beverages at this cocktail bar, which is tucked away inside the Eaton Hotel lobby's library, are inspired by books on the neighboring shelves. The Jabberwocky Parte Dos, a bourbon-infused twist on a traditional Jungle Bird, is one of the items on the "Down the Rabbit Hole" menu, which is decorated in the whimsical style of Alice in Wonderland.

  • ChurchKey

Since its reopening in the spring of last year, ChurchKey, a pillar of Washington's craft beer scene, hasn't lost a beat. In addition to the enormous bottle and can variety, the more than 50 temperature-controlled draft lines continue to provide local and international favorites, ranging from hard-to-find rarities to well-liked flagships. To discuss business with the bartenders, who are eager to provide samples and recommendations, take a seat along the long bar.

  • The Fountain Inn

This quaint Georgetown pub serves as a recreation of a classic 18th-century tavern, with American history and great spirits at its core. The bar's specialty are forgotten drinks like the Syllabub, which goes back to the 1600s, as well as rare liquors and skilled personnel. Come to browse the sizable library, take a flight, or just enjoy the fact that you're sitting where Thomas Jefferson and George Washington once downed beverages.

  • The Green Zone

It's no surprise that since it debuted in 2018, this Middle Eastern artisan cocktail bar has been a favorite since it consistently produces incredibly innovative cocktails. The drink menu also explores flavors like saffron and gives classic drinks like the Sazerac and the Hurricane an Arab spin for a menu that is unmatched in the city. And the [Bleep] Trump punch—let's face it—is a no-brainer.

  • Jack Rose Dining Saloon

The whiskey selection at Jack Rose is completely out of control, so let's start there. One of the most varied collections of the spirit on this side of the Atlantic can be found in the bar's inventory, which totals close to 2,700 bottles. It's amazing to see how many glass jars line the walls of the roomy eating area on the first level, along with the bookstore ladders needed to access them. But the most amazing thing about Jack Rose is how much focus it places on practically everything else. The beer and cocktail menus are also top-notch, in large part because to beverage director Joe Oddo, who joined the team in November 2017 after working at a number of locations in Charleston, South Carolina.

  • Jane Jane

The staff at Jane Jane set out to replicate homestyle Southern dinner party hospitality in the midst of one of the busiest nightlife zones in Washington, DC, and they have succeeded in doing so. Fill your table with pigs in a blanket and spinach and artichoke dip orders as you drink on accessible, well-crafted cocktails prepared with various kinds of spirits, or try one of the bar's spirit-free concoctions like the Sherry Spritz, which is created with vinegar.

  • Last Call

The beer is inexpensive (and cool) at Last Call, and the straightforward vodka drinks are spiced up with strawberry watermelon or blueberry lemonade flavors. Gina Chersevani, a stalwart of the DC bartender scene, has established a necessary party in the making, particularly during the daily happy hour from 5 to 7 pm, when draft Old Fashioneds and lemon drop shots are available for less than $5 each.

  • Morris American Bar

Morris American Bar, located right next to the conference center, has established itself as a go-to spot for both traditional drinks and inventive concoctions. The ambiance strikes a mix between homey and elegant, making it appropriate for both a date night and a round of drinks with friends. For regular promotions, including food pop-ups and themed menus, check out its social media channels.

  • No Goodbyes

The remarkable selection of housemade ingredients at this chic hotel bar, which includes bitter liqueurs, infusions, and syrups, elevates the cocktails. Lukas B. Smith, a bartender whose career includes work creating beverages at Cotton & Reed and Jack Rose Dining Saloon, carefully develops and perfects his creations.

  • OKPB

Bartender David Strauss may be a familiar name to DC bargoers from The Sheppard, the renowned Dupont Circle speakeasy that closed its doors in 2019. Fortunately, he's back and creating a daily menu of creative cocktails in a modest Mount Pleasant establishment that's swiftly rising to the top of the city's speakeasies. At this little restaurant, plan on arriving early or expect to wait for a table. Also, double verify the address before ringing the doorbell because there is no signage out front.

  • The Passenger

This bar continues to rank among the best in the city thanks to two dedicated Chartreuse taps. The Passenger is the type of restaurant where you can get a cheap beer and whiskey combination coupled with a masterfully made martini. The shelves are packed with typical and unusual treasures from both this area and DC as well as other locations, and the bartenders are courteous and knowledgable. The upstairs Puerto Rican kitchen, Qui Qui, serves food that may be purchased.

  • Serenata

Serenata is a cocktail bar that is a part of the La Cosecha market. According to the proprietors, every item on the menu is inspired by "the many countries that make up the fabric of the rich Latin American heritage." Every drink on the menu is associated with the nation that provided inspiration for it. In order to sell spritzes created with South American ingredients during the warmer months, the bar will operate a mobile cart outside the market.

  • Service Bar DC

For good cause, this U Street institution has been ranked as one of the top bars in the world. On a typical night, the venue is packed to the gills with businesspeople (or, really, anybody seeking for a good time) sipping on some of the greatest cocktails in town. Every traditional cocktail you can think of is on the lengthy menu, along with tropical cocktails and even a crowd-pleasing Miller High Life pony and shot combination, all at affordable costs for Washington, D.C.

  • Silver Lyan

Known as "Mr. Lyan," a resident of London One of the most well-known bartenders in the world, Ryan Chetiyawardana, has earned multiple honors for his dedication to quality, sustainability, and the patron experience. The upscale Riggs Hotel in Penn Quarter is home to Silver Lyan, Chetiyawardana's first bar in the US, which is housed in a former bank vault. The District's cosmopolitan influences and status as the nation's capital are both inspirations for the drinks served here. Take the Half-Smoke Rickey, for instance, which combines gin with fennel seed, lime, herbal shrub, and soda. Order the Jello Fruit Basket, a sharing tray of fruit-shaped jello shots inspired by traditional drinks like the martini and the tequila sunrise, for an extravagant experience. It also comes with shots of champagne.

  • Tiny Tiki

At Tiny Tiki Bar, a hidden treasure in DC's tiki bar scene, a rum-spiked sanctuary awaits. Despite being close to the busy U Street corridor, the room, which is located beneath a Vietnamese restaurant, offers a calm atmosphere. The menu, which is influenced by the tropics, has classic cocktails like the Mai Tai and the Saturn with creative interpretations and a selection of rums and spirits. Whatever you choose to order, you can expect a warming treat—possibly literally if a beverage is put on fire in front of you. On Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m., there is a brief happy hour with $4 rail shots, $7 Saturn cocktails, and other deals.

  • The Wells

Gin is so much more than its image as a juniper-forward beverage, as this stylish cocktail bar demonstrates. The spirit is celebrated in all of its incarnations, from bright and lemony to dry and piney, in the drinks served here. Martinis, negroni riffs, and other cocktails are on the seasonal menu, but talented bartenders may also concoct one-of-a-kind concoctions to suit any whim or choose from the assortment of non-gin liquor, beer, and wine. Bar seating provides a glimpse of the extensive collection, which includes bottles from all around the world, while the snug sofa corners give a more personal setting.