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Washington DC Bars You Should Visit for a Fun Night Out

Washington, D.C., is home to an array of fascinating attractions and historical sites, but it also has a top-notch bar scene. From laid-back lounge spots to raucous dance clubs, The District doesn’t disappoint.

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I’ve scoured the city for bars and places to go out. The best bars in Washington, D.C. have great service, great nightlife, and, most importantly, great drinks!

Below is my list of the best bars in Washington, District of Columbia!


1201 K St NW #1, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 900-8418
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Allegory is a decadent and artful cocktail bar in Downtown D.C. near Franklin Park. I love the sophisticated design of the interior decor as well as the cocktails themselves in this dimly-lit space.

Try their Ramos Gin Fizz, a unique drink that you won’t be able to resist snapping a quick pic of!

barmini by José Andrés

501 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 393-4451
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The cocktail bar near Ford’s Theatre, barmini, has a fresh, airy, and lighthearted feel due to the white tables, big windows, and green plants sprinkled throughout.

I like to go here when I’m feeling adventurous. They have innovative drinks like “7 Pillars to Nirvana” with Jamaican rum-infused cha yen, or the “Carmen Miranda” with banana-nutmeg-cinnamon bourbon.


300 Tingey St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Phone: (202) 524-4862
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Bluejacket, near the Yards Marina in Washington DC, is a hip microbrewery converted from a century-old factory, making it even more appealing to drink in!

They have a nice boutique space both inside and outside, a range of craft beer, an inviting garden area, and delicious food like tater tots and chicken sandwiches.


1337 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 567-2576
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If you believe cheese plates and flatbreads shouldn’t only be paired with wines, head over to ChurchKey near Logan Circle.

You’ll get to pair tasty cheeses and other top-notch bites with a massive selection of craft beers. Whiskey fans will love the selection of whiskey and bourbon at ChurchKey as well.

Jack Rose Dining Saloon

2007 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 588-7388
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Some see Jack Rose as a restaurant first, while others see it primarily as a bar. While there are hundreds of bourbons, whiskeys, scotches, and other liquors lined up—with a ladder necessary to reach the top shelves—there is also a gorgeous food menu.

The food doesn’t stop at bar bites like wings but includes items such as seared scallops and pork belly.

Morris American Bar

1020 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (833) 366-7747
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Morris American Bar is the perfect combination of sophisticated and easygoing. This bright and cheery space in Mount Vernon near the Apple Carnegie Library serves equally bright and cheery cocktails.

You get pastel paint during the day and a swanky bar with the ultimate mood lighting at night. Get the Strawberry Kitty cocktail; you won’t regret it!

Off the Record

800 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 638-6600
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Off the Record has Downtown vibes with upscale decor and drinks, making it a fun place to go out. Right above Lafayette Square, this bar is where I go for the best speakeasy atmosphere, as it’s located in a basement space and is relatively challenging to find.

I also love ordering martinis here, particularly on special date nights.

Round Robin Bar

1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 628-9100
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If you’re looking for an old-school feel, head to Round Robin Bar near Pershing Park. You’ll feel transported to the 1800s in this swanky, especially because the bar was established in 1847!

You may see D.C. politicians having a chat here, as they’ve been attending this bar for decades. The Chef’s choice drink—and mine—is the mint julep.

The Green Zone

2226 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 579-9606
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The Green Zone is a lively, Middle-Eastern-inspired cocktail bar in Adams Morgan. I love that they serve Middle Eastern food like hummus, labneh, and falafel but also include Middle Eastern flavors in their cocktails.

My favorite is the “Toufan,” which includes rum, Iraqi citrus, and pomegranate.

The Crown & Crow

1317 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 763-7552
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Many D.C. bars pull inspiration from times and places, and The Crown & Crow is no different with its Victorian-era pub.

This watering hole of a bar outside of Logan Circle is the perfect place to hang out with a few friends, sing karaoke, and sip on high-quality whiskey.

the Gibson

2009 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 629-1081
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The Gibson is an upscale bar with a sophisticated yet approachable atmosphere. Located in the U Street Corridor, this bar is perfect for a night out with friends or a romantic evening.

They have an extensive cocktail menu with seasonal menus so you’ll always be surprised at what new options they offer.

Denson Liquor Bar

600 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 758-3867
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Denson Liquor Bar, near the National Archives Museum in MT Vernon, is a popular spot for those who favor fun places to get drinks.

My favorite part of Denson is that it looks super classy but isn’t so pretentious, especially with their happy hours, which happen frequently throughout their business hours. Try any of their cocktails during these deals!

Service Bar DC

926-928 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 462-7232
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If you’re in the Shaw area, don’t hesitate to visit Service Bar, which simultaneously conveys a quirky, cool, and collected vibe.

I love the huge selection of cocktails at Service Bar, as well as their sandwiches. The spicy fried chicken sandwich is to die for! I usually pair that with the Bombay Government Punch.

Final Thoughts

D.C. is an exceptional place to visit or live. Regardless of what your stay entails in the vibrant capital city, make sure to visit one of these fun and exciting watering holes around town.

Do you know where to get a drink in D.C.?  Spread the good word in the comments below!

Best Bars in Washington DC

  1. Allegory
  2. barmini by José Andrés
  3. Bluejacket
  4. ChurchKey
  5. Jack Rose Dining Saloon
  6. Morris American Bar
  7. Off the Record
  8. Round Robin Bar
  9. The Green Zone
  10. The Crown & Crow
  11. the Gibson
  12. Denson Liquor Bar
  13. Service Bar DC

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