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Best bars in Washington

French Restaurant
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“My weekend brunch spot (and probably everyone else’s in DC)! Great place to enjoy traditional French dishes in an almost perfect replica of a Parisian cafe! My personal favorites are the burger (if you haven’t experienced a French burger this is a must), chicken sandwich and fluffy pancakes. Pro Tip: Order a single pancake and the dish of your choice. It’s less expensive and you can try other items!”
259local recommendations
Music Venue
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“The 9:30 club doesn't look like much but it's a historic and intimate music venue that also owns the brand new The Anthem at the Wharf. It's a venue with beautiful sounds, a little divey, and an intimate setting to see any band. Definitely check out a live show here if you get the chance. Check out the specific shows for age limitations, if any, at shows. It's also just off of the U-Street corridor which is a popular spot for bars, clubs, and restaurants that can very VERY lively. ”
229local recommendations
Café
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“We love venturing out of our 'hood sometimes and this is one of our favorite spots!”
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Italian Restaurant
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“Italian-influenced American restaurant. Food and atmosphere is phenomenal - great date spot. ”
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American Restaurant
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“Located just down Monroe Street, I’m at The Coupe at least once a week! They do coffee and pastries to-go ($3-$5), as well as sit down breakfast ($15pp), lunch, and dinner. It’s pretty big so there isn’t usually a wait (Sometimes for brunch), and very reasonably priced. Definitely worth checking out! ”
171local recommendations
New American Restaurant
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“One of the most popular restaurants in DC and close by! This places is on the pricy side but well worth it! It serves eclectic “New American” small plates menu crafted in a cozy, converted townhouse with upstairs bar. No reservations, so we recommend going early or, if there’s a way, putting your name on the list and grabbing a drink nearby. ”
175local recommendations
Noodle House
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“Ramen and dumplings. Don't let the name fool you as it's on the 2nd floor. Line up early to get in!”
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Pub
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“Local pub. Can get crowded with the late-night crowd, but a good place for a meal in the early evening.”
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Wine Bar
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“The grilled meat platter is amazing - huge portion of five different meats!”
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Coffee Shop
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“Looking for a break place to get a low-key lunch and settle in to read a book or chat with a friend? Tryst has a vegetarian and vegan-friendly menu with lots of options for meat-eaters as well. The large restaurant also features large couches so you can lounge while you sip on an incredible chai latte or beer!”
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Wine Bar
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“Think of Room 11 as a more upscale Coupe. They have lovely brunch and dinner options, a great wine list, in a gorgeous space (Patio too)”
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Bar
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“An all-around solid American restaurant, biggest selection of beers on tap in the neighborhood. 15 min walk. ”
149local recommendations
American Restaurant
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“Founding Farmers is a local chain with only a couple locations throughout the DMV and owned by the same pair that owns Farmers, Fishers, Bakers in Georgetown. The menu is SO good and with a lot of options. But be prepared with a reservation or you'll be waiting a while. ”
72local recommendations
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. ”
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Bar
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“Just across the street, Wonderland has great bar food, a lively patio, and entertainment many nights of the week (such as free open mic comedy). Try the breakfast burrito for brunch or the southern fried chicken sandwich and eggplant fries for dinner - and bring your appetite!”
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Music Venue
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“Ex-funeral parlor turned lounge with a larger dance floor and rooftop bar. ”
94local recommendations