The Barred in DC 51 – Crowdsourced Favorite 51 Bars

All Souls Bar, Barred in DC’s Favorite DC Bar. One of the Barred in DC 51
Map created by follower Chelsea Richardson (@ccmakesmaps).

Updated June 3, 2021

The Barred in DC 51 is here. Fifty-one of Barred in DC’s Twitter followers’ favorite DC bars are listed below and at the linked map created by follower and GIS analyst Chelsea Richardson (@ccmakesmaps). Derived through Twitter poll results, including 39 bars from the Barred in DC Bar Madness that took place in March 2020 and more polling in May 2021, this list should be a solid starting place for popular places to check out if you’re new to DC (including those who moved here during the pandemic, several of which inspired me to create this list), particularly if you’re a yuppie/hipster (or both, a “yupster”). I’ve had a drink at all 51 and I agree all of these are worth visiting (though some I definitely wouldn’t count in my favorites). If you find this post worthwhile, feel free to contribute to the Patreon. Not all DC dive bars are listed-you can find the Barred in DC Definitive List here.

Note: This list is not exhaustive or even representative of the DC’s bars and restaurants. Significantly, this list (because the bars were based on popularity from those who follow me on Twitter-undoubtedly mostly White and straight) lacks LGBTQ bars (e.g., Pitchers/ALOHO, TRADE, The Dirty Goose, Uproar), bars that predominately cater to Black patrons (e.g., Stan’s, Georgena’s Player’s Lounge, Park at 14th, Mr. Braxton’s), as well as clubby/loungey spots, and meat markety bars full of people right out of college. There are a ton of great bars in DC so not being included on this list doesn’t mean that a particular bar is not amazing.

The Barred in DC 51

Those spots in bold are particular favorites of Barred in DC and/or top 16 favorite spots of readers. Spots in italics are currently temporarily closed.

Adams Morgan
The BlaguardDivey#BlagFam neigborhood spot
Jack RoseClassy and/or TrendyMassive whiskey collection with massive terrace
Dan’s CafeDiveySquirt bottles/mix your own drinks.
The Green ZoneClassy and/or TrendyMiddle East meets cocktails
Shaw
Ivy and ConeyDiveyChicago, Detroit, Malort
All SoulsCasualA corner bar. BiDC’s Favorite
Lost and FoundCasuallower Shaw neighborhood spot
Columbia RoomClassy and/or TrendyTHE cocktail bar
Dacha Beer Garden ShawCasualGerman beer garden
The PassengerDiveyunpretentious cocktails
Right Proper ShawCasualGreat located brewery
CalicoClassy and/or Trendy“Urban backyard” and adult juice boxes
14th//U St/Logan Circle
ChurchkeyClassy and/or TrendyBest beer bar in DC
Solly’sDiveyMr. Solomon’s place
American Ice Co.Casualswachos and picklebacks
Service BarClassy and/or Trendycocktails and chill
Franklin HallCasualbeer hall/sports bar
Garden DistrictCasualcozy beer garden
KingfisherDiveybasement, popcorn, and canned beer
H Street
The PugDiveyTony’s joint-Dad/craft beer + whiskey
The Queen VicCasualBritish gastropub
Little Miss Whiskey’sDiveyNew Orleans on H with dance parties
H St Country ClubDiveymini-golf, games, tequila
CopycatClassy and/or TrendyCocktails and skewers
Duffy’s Irish PubDiveycozy Irish pub and sports bar
Hill PrinceClassy and/or Trendycocktails and good vibes
Columbia Heights
Red DerbyDiveyDC’s original hipster dive
Wonderland BallroomDivey11th Street mainstay w/ dancing
Lyman’s TavernDiveyFriendly pinball
Navy Yard
BluejacketCasualBright & airy brewery
Walters Sports BarCasualsports bar and pour your own beer
Atlas Half StreetCasualbrewery and streetside beer garden
Bloomingdale
Boundary StoneCasualBloomingdale’s neighborhood pub
Showtime LoungeDiveyCash only, great jukebox, low ceilings
The Pub and the PeopleCasualNeighborhood bar for Bloomingdale/Eckington
Penn Quarter/Downtown
Old Ebbitt GrillClassy and/or TrendyTourists and industry collide
JackpotDiveyBasement, popcorn, and draft beer
Capitol Hill (including Barracks Row & Eastern Market)
Tune InnDiveyCapitol Hill classic since 1947. open early
Trusty’sDiveyHill East neighborhood spot w/ a schoolbus
The BrigCasualDC’s Hidden Beer Garden/Sports Bar
Tunnicliff’s TavernDiveyEastern Market’s neighborhood bar
Beuchert’s SaloonClassy and/or TrendyCurrently Fight Club, Buffalo heads watch
The DublinerCasualDC’s best Irish pub w/ live music
Park View/Petworth
The Midlands Beer GardenCasualPark View Beer Garden
Looking Glass LoungeDiveyneighorhoody, vintagey spot
Dupont Circle
McClellan’s RetreatClassy and/or Trendynorthern Dupont cocktail bar
Bar CharleyClassy and/or Trendyclassic cocktails and tiki
Duke’s Grocery DupontCasuallowkey spot with a highkey burger
NoMa/Union Market  
Last CallDiveylower priced Union Market drinks. Opens 6/10
Edgewood /Brookland
Dew Drop InnDiveyThrowback spot on the side of the tracks
Cleveland Park
Nanny O’Brien’sDiveyCleveland Park neighborhood Irish pub

Other Spots Mentioned by Followers Multiple Times or of Note : The Big Stick, Georgena’s Players Lounge, The Berliner, Brookland Pint, Jimmy Valentine’s, Pitchers/A League of Her Own, The Sovereign, Brookland’s Finest, TikiTNT, Jackie Lee’s, Breadsoda, Duke’s Grocery Foggy Bottom, The Raven Grill, Reliable Tavern, Free State, Union Trust, Le Bar a Vin, Slash Run, Morris, The Big Board, Across the Pond, Biergarten Haus, Red Bear Brewery, DC9, Pop’s Sea Bar, Fox and Hounds, Cleveland Park Bar & Grill, Madam’s Organ, Bar Pilar, The Roost, Archipelago, Stan’s, The Eastern, Cantina Bambina, Granville Moore’s

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