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Drinks & nightlife in Georgetown, Fort Lesley J. McNair

Bakery
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“Kafe Leopold (+ Konditorei) is the exact antidote to those too-cute-for-words pastry shops. Sure, there may be 26 different desserts to tempt your sweet tooth here, but there’s nothing twee about this sleek space tucked in an alley behind posh M Street. Descend the stairs and discover a lovely courtyard garden—complete with a trickling fountain—before stepping into a relaxed arena with eye-catching photos and a decidedly modern ambience. Savory choices include rostbraten vom Angusrind and bratwurst, but even with their delicious homemade taste, it's the final course that is first priority. Peruse the long list of Kaffeespezialitäten, and then nibble on a slice of esterhazy (five-layer hazelnut cake), a delicious éclair or any other can't-go-wrong treat. This hidden away restaurant serves European-style salads, savory tarts, and entrees like schnitzel and grilled salmon.The patio just off M Street is also a draw during nice weather. Go there for: A casual brunch or coffee meeting.”
30 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Pizza is always a crowd-pleaser, and Pizzeria Paradiso’s brick-oven pies are no exception. The bar also carries an impressive selection of bottled and draft beers. The downstairs bar was recently transformed into a game room, complete with canned beers, Skee-Ball and arcade game favorites. Go there for: Pizza and Belgian beer.”
17 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Waterfront Dining This tourist magnet from the Founding Farmers restaurant group is a fixture of the Georgetown waterfront. The dizzying menu features everything from sushi to tacos to burgers to pizza and seafood. There’s even a “First Bake” breakfast menu — available from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Monday through Friday — stocked with steel-cut oatmeal, fresh doughnuts, and more. Go there for: A spacious patio, and a menu that caters to nearly every taste.”
40 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“(on the Riverfront – 6 block walk) – Sophisticated Italian seafood, plus wine & cocktails, in a luxe, modern setting with river views. Very pricey but highly rated. $$$”
28 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“Feels a little bit divey, this place has live music, okay drink prices, and is located in Georgetown's Waterfront development. I'm a huge fan of this place for the live music - mostly rock or blues. There are two areas of the venue - one is the bar with free music and then there is an area where you pay to see a show with food, drinks, and music. ”
12 locals recommend
Jazz Club
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“Classy Jazz/Blues spot in Georgetown DC. Always positive vibes. Check for and buy tickets online in advance.”
31 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Last summer, chef Adam Howard left his perch at Mike Isabella Concepts and landed at this Shaker-chic dining room at the Park Hyatt. Consider the kitchen—which at our previous check-in felt tired—reinvigorated. At lunch, Howard slings lobster rolls and the city’s best Reuben. Later on, look for smart riffs on Southern classics. Braised greens go unexpectedly well with white soy, while a sorghum-brined pork chop is as tender as you’d hope for. On the seafood front, we haven’t found sweeter scallops this year than the ones Howard herb-roasts and serves with burnt-eggplant purée. Very expensive. We like it for breakfast!”
19 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“Nice restaurant in The Four Seasons hotel. They offer a nice burger at happy hour in the bar area.”
14 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Mexican triplex with innovative takes on Mexican street eats, rooftop bar & basement tequileria.”
18 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Located on the banks of the Potomac River. It's a great place to go to watch the sunset over the potomac river or to sit and look at the evening views of the Kennedy Center, Roosevelt Bridge, Roosevelt Island, Key Bridge, and the Virginia skyline. It's also a fun place to go during the day after a nice bike ride, walk on the Potomac River or on Georgetown's C & O Canal...”
23 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“I always tell guests to try this place at least once, it's amazing Italian spot tucked right in Georgetowns most popular street Canal. La Regina Pizza is amazing.”
21 locals recommend
Bowling Alley
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“The river front Georgetown location offers a unique variety of entertainment and events every day of the week. Bowling, bocce, beers, and bistro, this place has it all for a couple or group. Enjoy their made-from-scratch Italian-American cuisine during Sunday Brunch with the family, happy hour after work, or a night of bowling and bocce.”
18 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Another iconic Georgetown​ dining experience which is off the normal map of options you might think or hear about. This is a gem of a place which can only be said to be as unique as Georgetown itself. Each room of this extraordinary​ restaurant has been decorated over the many years it's been open and you'll feel like you are stepping back in time when you dine here. ”
11 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“The original, quintessential Washington, DC saloon. Juicy burgers, deli-style sandwiches, omelets and award-winning chili; Alaska halibut and wild salmon, Maine lobster, pasta and entree salads. Weekend brunch. Half-price wine on Sundays. Open daily. Late-night dining. The 1976 hit song "Afternoon Delight" by Starland Vocal Band was inspired by the spicy happy hour menu at Clyde's of Georgetown. ”
16 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Every town, no matter its size, has a bar or restaurant where the powerful gather to hold court. Washington has Cafe Milano. It has been a destination for high-ranking members of media and of governments around the world since it opened in November 1992, on the same day Bill Clinton, now a Cafe Milano regular, was first elected president. It is a place where diners can enjoy relative privacy as they dine on grilled calamari and velvety burrata. It is also the exact sort of establishment that President Trump might have disparaged as a candidate, when he emphasized that his leadership would mean that the cozy bonds forged among the capital’s elite would be broken. ”
12 locals recommend
Bar
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“Situated near the entrance of Georgetown University campus, The Tombs doubles as a sporting saloon and a neighborhood restaurant. Vintage crew and sporting prints, colorful sweeps, high-backed booths, and leaded glass set the tone. By day and early evening, The Tombs is a favorite with University faculty and neighbors. Later at night, it becomes a popular gathering place for Georgetown students. Complementing the comfortable surroundings is a simple, affordable menu of burgers, hearty soups and salads, daily specials and house made desserts. The movie St. Elmo’s Fire modeled its pub from this favorite Georgetown hangout; it was also filmed for The Exorcist.”
11 locals recommend