PoPville recently reprised (ok, 3 months ago in March, but I’ve been busy, uh, tweeting) his Friday question of the day:
Just like Barred in DC analyzed 5 years ago when basically the same question was asked, I’m doing it again.
Around 110 bars made the cut (not counting some useless reminiscing about great defunct Adams Morgan bars). DC Reynolds edged out Solly’s in the mentions for the best bar; it should be noted that 5 years ago neither made the top 16 and Red Derby took the top nod. The number two spot in 2014, Boundary Stone, surprisingly had few mentions. Barred in DC’s two favorite bars currently, Hill Prince and All Souls, were mentioned but did not get that many votes (note that 10 of 16 are on U Street or north and 15 are in NW).
All the spots that received 4+ votes are listed below. Not surprisingly based on where PoPville got started and where most people have been moving to, most bars are on U Street or further north and all but five are dives or have strong dive-like qualities. Bars that were on the list in 2014 are bolded; ones that aren’t divey are italicized. With 16 bars, there is almost certainly a poll coming. If you’re looking for a list of bars to visit to get the essential great DC bar experience, you won’t go wrong here.
Top 16 Most Popular PoPville Bars – 2019
1. DC Reynolds (Park View)
2. Solly’s (U Street)
3. Red Derby (Columbia Heights)
4. Ivy & Coney (Shaw)
4. The Midlands (Park View)
4. Lost and Found (Shaw)
4. The Raven (Mt. Pleasant)
4. The Big Hunt (Dupont)
9. Jackie Lee’s (Brightwood Park)
9. The Passenger (Shaw)
9. Bravo Bar (Pleasant Plains)
9. Jimmy Valentine’s (Trinidad)
9. The Green Zone (Adams Morgan)
14. Looking Glass Lounge (Park View)
14. Jack Rose (Adams Morgan)
14. Dacha (Shaw)
Others Receiving Multiple Votes: Nanny O’Briens, The Pug, Copycat, Lyman’s, All Souls, Right Proper, The Crown and Crow, 600T, Barmini, Saint Ex, Bar Charley, Room 11, Grady’s, Reliable Tavern, Kingfisher, Colum bia Room, Cotton & Reed, Service Bar, Trusty’s, Showtime, Dew Drop, The Blaguard, Bottom Line, Bar Pilar, Capitol Lounge, Jackpot, American Ice, Wisdom, Dan’s Cafe, Madams Organ, Wild Days, Churchkey, Off the Record, Boundary Stone, Stan’s Rose’s Luxury, Songbyrd