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Best bars in Dupont Circle

French Restaurant
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“Bustling brasserie serves classic French fare & drinks amid a zinc bar, tile floors & sidewalk cafe. Washington Post Review by Tom Sietsema Here’s why it’s so hard to book a table at a decent hour at the city’s most popular French restaurant: the bread basket, generously filled with three flavors, including country wheat; the waiters in their long white aprons, there when you need them and quick to describe any dish to your satisfaction; a setting of pressed-tin ceilings, blood-red banquettes and honeyed lighting that could pass for a brasserie in the country of inspiration. Then there’s the food, textbook versions of onion soup, steak frites and apple tarte Tatin, plus daily specials that will make you glad to be there on, say, Friday for spot-on bouillabaisse. Who in town makes a lighter foie gras mousse, or a finer duck a l’orange, the skin of the leg fried so that it shatters under your teeth? Noise is the cochon at the party. Otherwise, I recognize the attraction of fans including Gérard Araud. If it’s good enough for the discerning French ambassador, it’s good enough for moi.”
255 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“This place is pretty popular right now. It has a high end feel, but you can still wear a button down or dress/jeans. You often will see exotic cars parked out front and the clientele reflects that. If you are in DC on a cool night, appetizers are excellent out on the front patio. High-end cocktails are the norm, but you may see some of the younger crowd line up some shots later in the evening. ”
158 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Busboys & Poets is so much more than a restaurant. Enjoy Poetry slams? Go to Busboys. Interested in partaking in community conversations surrounding social inequities? Go to Busboys. The food is good, but you get so much more here than a full stomach. ”
126 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Great for breakfast/brunch and kids. In Capitol Hill walkable neighborhood with abundant restaurants and shops. ”
106 locals recommend
Bookstore
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“DC’s rep as a well-read city is plain to see at Kramerbooks, where voracious readers fill up on political studies essays, literature, novels and travel guides, before filling up on food from the open-late, on-site Afterwords cafe. Another reason to visit: the steady lineup of readings from local and renowned authors.”
98 locals recommend
Beer Bar
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“The premier beer bar in DC and one of the best in the country, period. The constantly rotating draft list is guaranteed to have many beers you've never tried, and probably many you've never heard of!”
93 locals recommend
Whisky Bar
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“If you are a whiskey fan, this is a great spot for you. They have (literally) hundreds of whiskeys to try and is located in the Adams Morgan area which is a little eccentric and another neat area of DC to check out.”
74 locals recommend
Rock Club
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“Rock and roll, my friends. Range of music from local bands to up-and-coming national favorites. Worth checking their website, or just walking past to see who's playing.”
71 locals recommend
Bar
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“chill. heated outdoor area. TVs indoors. and another small dance floor area by the stairs. usually plays hip hop / top 40”
71 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Bottomless mimosas and margaritas meets bottomless small mexican plates can't be beat! There are two locations, one in Georgetown and one on 14th st, both of which are worth stopping. You can't go wrong with the 2 hour Saturday or Sunday brunch here.”
63 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
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“Spanish tapas and a creative set of drinks to choose from. I have hard time not trying one of their house made Slushitos. Nothing is cheap and everything is tasty. Keep heading up the street for a wealth of additional options. I'm a fan of Bar Pilar or go have a rooftop margarita at El Centro or Masa 14.”
76 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Italian -- with great happy hour and cool peninsula bar overlooking 14th Street”
50 locals recommend
Lounge
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“A fun night club for young and old featuring house music DJs to jazz vocals in the upstairs lounge. ”
57 locals recommend
Bar
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“A speak easy. The custom cocktails are on the pricy side however they’re all very novel, memorable, and delicious.”
76 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Brunch here is crazy. All you can eat small plates, all you can drink cocktails. Prepare to spend your whole day here ;)”
51 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“My favorite spot to grab food and drinks in the District. Menu is comprised of international street foods and is constantly changing, which makes for a unique experience every time! If you go, you must try the khachapuri (or “cheese bread”) from Georgia! 🤤”
41 locals recommend