Category Archives: DC Bar News

Best DC Bars to Get a Cocktail By Yourself

All Souls Bar – The Most Mentioned Spot

“What is a lovely place in D.C. to get a cocktail by yourself?

An important question posed on Twitter by Rachel Kurzius, a reporter for DCist and WAMU, on November 1st yielded a huge number of responses with over 105 different bars and restaurants. Here’s the Barred in DC attempt to piggyback on someone else’s effort for content by organizing the responses into a blog post. Read the Twitter thread for the other 80 or so spots.

The top 3 choices are walking distance between each other so you can do a solo cocktail crawl (I would recommend starting at Truxton and ending the night at All Souls).

Most mentioned

  • All Souls Bar (Shaw)

2nd Most Mentioned

  • The Royal (LeDroit Park/Shaw)
  • Truxton Inn (Bloomingdale)

3rd Most Mentioned

  • Beuchert’s Saloon (Capitol Hill/Eastern Market)
  • Left Door (14th St/U)
  • Copycat (H Street)

4th Most Mentioned

  • Doyle Bar at the Pembroke Hotel (Dupont)
  • McClellan’s Retreat (Dupont)
  • The Gibson (14th St/U)
  • The Red Hen (Bloomingdale)

5th Most Mentioned

  • Allegory at the Eaton Hotel (Downtown)
  • Dauphine’s (Downtown)
  • Denson Liquor Bar (PQ/Chinatown)
  • Mercy Me at Yours Truly Hotel (West End)
  • Quill at the Jefferson Hotel (Downtown)

Others Mentioned Multiple Times: Cafe St. Ex., Chaplin’s, Columbia Room, Emissary, Etabil, The Green Zone, Iron Gate, The Line Hotel, Maxwell Park, Morris Bar, Off the Record, The Passenger, Round Robin, Service Bar, Tabard Inn, The Pug

The DC Mask Mandate – FAQ – Why, Compared, Possible Metrics

Image by Mr.TinDC licensed under Creative Commons.

Update: On Tuesday, November 16th, DC announced that the indoor mask mandate would end effective Monday, November 22nd, due to data showing that almost no fully vaccinated people have died or have been hospitalized due to breakthrough infections, even since Delta began being the predominant strain.

Masks still will be requiredw

  • Private businesses who require masks
  • Public transportation (required by CDC/Federal law)
  • Rideshare vehicles
  • Inside schools and childcare facilities (consistent with CDC guidance which actually does recommend universal masking indoors in childcare facilities and K-12)
  • Inside libraries
  • Congregate facilities (e.g nursing homes, shelters, dorms, correctional facilities)
  • At DC Government facilities where there’s direct interaction between employees and the public
  • In Federal Executive Branch buildings in DC (based on Federal guidance, not DC law) except when in private office
  • Unlike in May 2021 when mask mandate was originally removed, DC does not appear to be mandating masks in healthcare settings but it was highly likely that all or nearly all healthcare providers and hospitals will continue to require them.

On July 29th, Mayor Bowser re-instituted a mask mandate in DC effective July 31st which required residents and visitors of DC to follow DC Health guidance mandating masking in indoor public settings, including grocery stores, restaurants/bars, places of worship, gyms, office buildings (except when alone in an enclosed office), libraries, indoor entertainment venues, and common areas of apartment/condo buildings. Because this is a frequent topic of debate on the Barred in DC Twitter feed, and Axios reporter Chelsea Cirruzzo covered local rules, I thought I’d do a quick FAQ of the mask mandate, including what prompted DC to reinstate the indoor aspect of the mask mandate, what’s CDC’s role here, what other states/large cities have mask mandates, and potential metrics. Based on what I’ve been told, I expect DC to announce metrics soon, likely this upcoming week, but it’s still interesting to see what else people have been doing. Note: Mask mandates referred to here aren’t referring to government building mask mandates or K-12 public schools-there are way more places that have those mandates still.


This is an easy one-it’s mentioned in both the Mayor’s order and DC Health guidance: because on July 27th, CDC issued updated guidance recommending that even fully vaccinated people should “wear a mask indoors in public if they are in an area of substantial or high transmision.” This threshold is met either when the county has had 50 or more total new cases per 100,000 people in the past 7 days or when test positivity rate is 8% or higher. Because DC has around 700,000 people, the case translates to roughly 50 cases/day, 350 in a 7 day period-and except for 2 weekend days in mid October (due to lack of reporting those 2 days), DC has had been at the level since July 26th, peaking at at a case rate of 269/100,000 on September 18-19th. Right now the rate has leveled off at around 80-90 since October 18th. DC hasn’t really even come close using the alternative positivity rate metric-peaking during that time period at 5% in mid August and currently around 1.3-1.4%.


Kind of but not exactly. The July 27th guidance is directed to you and me because CDC wanted to tell people – “hey you still might get a breakthrough infection and it’s more likely when there are more cases so we recommend you mask up indoors.” Less discussed was a complementary guidance released the same day to public health practitioners (as well as schools, businesses, and institutions). In that guidance, the CDC says that when an area meets the community transmission level metric referenced above, “CDC recommends community leaders encourage vaccination and universal masking in indoor public spaces…” There’s nothing in the guidance that recommends that jurisdictions impose mask mandates. But DC, like other places, have generally followed CDC’s recommendations and translated these to become mandates during the pandemic (CDC’s recommendation that fully vaxxed need not mask in May led to the DC mask order being lifted with no restrictions in June), so it was not that suprising for them to keep it. For a more detailed discussion (with links to scientific articles) about why places have a mask mandate, the St. Louis county mask mandate order has a thorough discussion.


  • Prince George’s County
  • Baltimore City

Montgomery County reimposed a mandate in summer but lifted it recently because they had went under the 50 case rate for 7 days.


If you haven’t left DC recently, you might think that aside from rural areas and red states, most of the country still has an indoor mask mandate. You would be wrong.

Only six states (plus DC and Puerto Rico) have them:

  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Oregon (outdoors too)
  • Washington State

Of course that doesn’t tell whole story-cities and counties can issue mask orders too. Still, only roughly 1/3 of the the 50 largest cities (ranked by metro area) in the US are covered by a current indoor mask mandates:

  • Los Angeles
  • Chicago
  • Dallas (sort of-requires biz to have policies requiring masks but doesn’t actually require residents to wear masks directly)
  • DC
  • Philadelphia
  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • San Francisco
  • Oakland
  • Seattle
  • St. Louis
  • Portland
  • Charlotte
  • Las Vegas
  • Sacramento
  • Columbus
  • San Jose
  • Raleigh

Atlanta, Memphis, and New Orleans recently lifted their mask mandates after cases improved.

Notable omissions: New York City, Detroit, Minneapolis, San Diego, Denver.


No. Because CDC’s mask guidance to fully vaccinated individuals was pretty basic/simple (mask in indoor public settings when cases/positivity reach a certain threshhold), jurisdictions who imposed mandates have different nuances compared to DC.

Notable differences include:

  • Philadelphia: no masks required in businesses that have vaccine mandates and have a reasonable procedure for confirming status of staff/customers/others. Exemption doesn’t apply to essential biz like grocery stores, pharmacies, health care providers.
  • Washington State: no masks required for fully vaccinated staff who work in areas not open to public
  • SF/Oakland: no mask required for fully vaxxed offices, gyms, and fitness centers, employee commuter vehicles, religious gatherings, and indoor college classes or other organized gatherings (fewer than 100 ppl). Still applies to restaurants/bars
  • Chicago: no masks required for staff working in places not open to public if there’s 6 feet distance between staff and they have static work locations (like cubicles)
  • Boston: no masks required at businesses not open to general public


No, most do not. Those who have announced metrics mostly base it on the CDC threshold where masking is recommended for fully vaxxed and keeping it under that line for 1, 2 (most common), 3, or even 4 weeks. Only the Bay Area factors in vax rate/eligibility timeframes explicitly. Those with metrics include the following:

  • Nevada: county removed from mandate after 2 consecutive weeks (checked each Tuesday) below 50 case rate/8% positivity. Mandate back on if 2 consecutive weeks above threshhold
  • Bay Area: 3 consecutive weeks below 50 case rate/8% positivity + low/stable hospitalization + either 80% total population fully vaxxed or early January 2022, 8 weeks after 5-11 vax authorized
  • Chicago: not formally announced, but suggested 2 consecutive weeks below 50 case rate/8% positivity
  • Baltimore: not formally announced, but suggested 2 consecutive weeks below 50 case rate/8% positivity
  • Sacramento: Below 35 case rate for 7 days
  • Atlanta (just removed): over course of 10 days, city cases average below 75, hospitalizations average below 200, positivity rate under 5%
  • Charlotte: 7 day average positivity rate below 5% for 7 consecutive days
  • Columbus: 4 consecutive weeks below 50 case rate/8% positivity
  • Raleigh: cases under 50 case rate for 7 days
  • Memphis (just removed): cases under 50 case rate
  • Montgomery County (just removed): cases under 50 case rate for 7 days. Will be reinstated if cases above 50 case rate for 7 days. Also will end once entire population is 85% fully vaxxed
  • Federal agencies Government wide guidance: Masks no longer required in area if cases under 50 case rate/8% positivity rate for 2 consecutive weeks.

$40 Million DC Restaurant/Bar/Retail Rent Relief Program Coming Soon for Non-RRF/SVOD Recipients

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Earlier this year, Mayor Bowser signed the Fiscal Year 2022 Budget into law. One major aspect of the bill (see page 54-56 here) was a new $40 million Small Business Rent Relief Program. This grant program, tweaked slightly from the original proposal considered by the DC Council, awards grants to restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and brick & mortar retail establishments in DC equal to 1/3 of the business’s past-due rent for the 4/1/20 – 3/31/21 time period. The tenant/business owner would be required to pay 1/3 of the past due rent, with the landlord agreeing to forgo 1/3 of the past due rent. A DC government official told me that the program is currently being designed now that the fiscal year is upon us; I hope that details and the application are released soon.

The grant program would be limited to spots:

  • Operating on leased property
  • With 2020 revenue of no more than $5 million
  • In Good Standing with DC Tax/Revenue
  • Lease that extends to at least the end of 2023
  • Did not receive the SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) or Shuttered Venue Operators Grants.
  • That would get current on rent if the grant was awarded.
  • Priority given to biz who didn’t get PPP loans.

An earlier verison of the bill limited the fund to spots that have been open since December 1, 2019, but the enacted law allows spots that opened and began operating in 2020-2021 to benefit. If the small business was open in 2019 or before, it must show a 50% decrease in revenue during any 3 month period during that April 2020-March 2021 period. If it’s a new business, it just has to incur “significant costs or losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic” as determined by DC.

A separate $40 million fund provides money to hotels in DC.

DC Bars With Several Outside TVs

Updated Sept 8, 2021

At least 3 TVs in outdoor space. Good for football and other outdoor sports watching

Navy Yard

  • The Bullpen
  • Walter’s Sports Bar
  • Dacha Navy Yard
  • The Salt Line

Eastern Market/Capitol Hill/NoMa/H St

  • The Brig
  • Wundergarten
  • Union Pub
  • Biergarten Haus
  • Dirty Water

Park View/Columbia Heights

  • Lou’s City Bar
  • The Midlands
  • Hook Hall


  • Dacha Shaw
  • Ivy & Coney

Downtown/Penn Quarter

  • Penn Quarter Sports Tavern
  • Park at 14th
  • Irish Channel


  • The Admiral (Dupont)
  • Jack Rose (Adams Morgan)
  • Cleveland Park Bar & Grill
  • Other Half (Ivy City)

DC Restaurants and Bars with Vaccine Requirements

Last Updated November 22nd

*Proof of recent negative COVID result also accepted (almost everyone just shows vax card)

Photos on your phone always accepted. For some places under 12 and outdoor space exempt.

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  • Logan Circle/14th St/U Street
    • TRADE (bar)*
    • Number Nine (bar)*
    • The Crown & Crow (bar)
    • Kingfisher (bar)*
    • Jane Jane (bar)*
    • Black Cat (bar/music venue)*
  • U Street
    • The Dirty Goose (bar)*
    • Nellie’s Sports Bar (bar)*
    • Franklin Hall (bar)*
    • 9:30 Club (music venue)
    • Lincoln Theater (music venue)
    • DC9 (bar/music venue)*
    • Service Bar (bar)
  • Shaw/Bloomingdale
    • Qui Qui (restaurant)
    • Oyster Oyster (restaurant)
    • Ivy and Coney (bar)*
    • Showtime (bar)
    • Uproar (bar)
    • All Souls (bar)
    • Lost and Found (bar)*
  • Penn Quarter/Chinatown/Downtown
    • Central (restaurant)
    • Free State (bar)*
    • Sounchek (music venue)*
    • The Hamilton Live (music venue – shows only)*
    • Flight Wine Bar (bar)
    • Michele’s (restaurant)*
  • Adams Morgan/Mt Pleasant/Woodley Park
    • Tail Up Goat (restaurant)*
    • Reveler’s Hour (restaurant)*
    • Elle (restaurant)*
    • Pitchers/ALOHO (bar)
    • Bedrock Billiards (bar)*
    • The Green Zone (bar)*
    • Suns Cinema (bar/movie theater)
    • Macintyre’s (bar)
    • Martha Dear (restaurant)
    • Madam’s Organ (music venue/bar)
  • H Street
    • Daru (restaurant)
    • Hill Prince (bar)
    • The Pug (bar)
    • Pie Shop (bar/music venue)*
  • Brookland/Woodridge/Ivy City
    • The Public Option (bar)
    • City Winery (restaurant/bar/music venue)*
    • Echostage (music venue)*
    • Atlas Ivy City (brewery/music venue – shows and events only)*
    • Gravitas (restaurant)
    • One Eight Distilling (bar/distillery)*
  • Capitol Hill/Eastern Market
    • Mr. Henry’s (restaurant/bar/music venue)
    • The Duck and the Peach (restaurant)
    • La Collina (restaurant)
    • The Wells (bar)
    • Crazy Aunt Helen’s (restaurant)
  • Navy Yard/The Wharf
    • Maialino Mare (restaurant)
    • Anchovy Social (bar)
    • Union Stage (music venue)*
    • Pearl Street Warehouse (music venue/bar)*
    • The Anthem (music venue)
  • Georgetown
    • 1310 Kitchen (restaurant)
    • Reverie (restaurant)*
    • Blues Alley (music venue)*
  • Cathedral Heights/Tenleytown/Chevy Chase
    • 2 Amy’s (restaurant)
    • Muchas Gracias (restaurant)
    • Comet Ping Pong (music venue – concerts only)*
  • Dupont Circle
    • JRs (bar)*
    • Bier Baron / DC Comedy Loft (bar/music venue))*
  • Columbia Heights/Petworth
    • Wonderland Ballroom (bar)*
    • Reliable Tavern (bar)*
    • St. Vincent (bar)*
  • NoMa/Union Market
    • Cotton & Reed (distillery/bar) (take out too)
    • Songbyrd (bar/music venue)*

Theaters: Avalon Theatre (movies), Anacostia Playhouse, Arena Stage, Atlas Performing Arts Center (Mosaic, Scena), Constellation Theatre at the Source, Ford’s Theatre, GALA Hispanic Theatre, Keegan, Shakespeare Theatre, Signature Theatre, Spooky Action Theatre, Studio Theatre, Theater J, The Kennedy Center, Washington Improv, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

$40 Million Small Business Rent Relief Program Proposed by DC Council

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This week, the Council of DC introduced a revised Fiscal Year 2022 budget that includes a new $40 million Small Business Rent Relief Program. This program would award grants to restaurants and bars, as well as retail establishments, physically located in the District equal to 1/3 of the business’s past-due rent for the 1 year period of April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021. The business owner would be required to pay 1/3 of the rent, and the landlord would certify that they are forgiving 1/3 of the past due rent. Review text starting on page 360.

As currently written, the plan would be limited to only those spots:

  • Open since December 1, 2018 (temporarily closed during pandemic still eligible)
  • For-profit, brick & mortar, with 2020 revenue of no more than $5 million
  • In good standing with DC Tax/Revenue
  • 50% decrease in revenue for any April 2020-March 2021 3 month period compared to 2019.
  • With lease extended at least until end of 2023
  • Did not receive SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) grants
  • Can demonstrate that they will pay 1/3 of the past due rent for that one year

Any businesses that did not receive PPP loans would be prioritized first. Because the fiscal year does not start until October 1st, no funds would be awarded until then.

This is similar (though less generous) than a plan put forward by Mark Lee of the D.C. Nightlife Council.

Some thoughts: I think it’s smart to focus on the businesses who didn’t win the RRF lottery that was stupidly crafted by Congress to give all or nothing. I would suggest changing the Dec 1, 2018 open dates and the lease end of 2023 requirements into priority groups as I think there will be funds left over.

Will keep posted as plan goes through review and possible signing into law by Mayor Bowser.

The revised budget also includes a $40 million COVID-19 Hotel Recovery Grant Program that would give $3500-$7000/room to hotels that suffered at least a 40% decrease in occupancy during pandemic.

Join the Barred in DC Streetcar Bar Stroll – Friday July 23rd – 8pm

DC Streetcar (photo by Barred in DC)

It’s been five years since the DC Streetcar finally opened and for almost that long, people have been bar hopping using it. If you been following Barred in DC since the beginning, you may recall that an early feature were public transportation bar crawls (90 series bus, 70 bus, 42 bus, DC Circulator were all events attended by friends and family only-though open to all-in 2013-2015). So it’s just natural that we’d finally host another bar hopping event Friday, July 23rd starting at 8pm with the DC Streetcar taking us from each establishment to the next.

Tentative Schedule

8pm: Cafe Fili. No bars are open in Union Station after 7p so this is closest spot with a bar near the beginning of Streetcar. Really good food here so if you want to grab dinner may want to stop here early

8:50p: Walk about 1000 feet to the western terminus of the DC Streetcar on the Hopscotch Bridge. Stairs up to H St off 2nd St NE (around 5 minute walk). Take DC streetcar to next stop.

9:00p: Arrive at The Big Board (adjacent to 5th and H NE stop)

9:55p: Take DC Streetcar from 5th and H NE to 13th and H NE stop

10:00p: Arrive at 13th and H NE stop. Depending on size of crowd, walk to H Street Country Club and/or Hill Prince about 400 feet away.

Important Notes:

  • This event is not officially sanctioned or endorsed by DC Streetcar.
  • No drinking or eating on the DC Streetcar
  • Masks are legally required to be worn on the DC Streetcar and by any business if a sign requires it.
  • None of the bars we are visiting are partnering with Barred in DC, so no specials or anything.

The Best Frozen Drinks in DC

DC’s Best Frozen Drink – the Cocomotion from Cotton & Reed

On the verge of summer, frozen drinks at DC’s bars and restaurants will be popular. So I asked Barred in DC’s Twitter followers for their best frozen drinks. Here’s a list of the most popular spots and drinks. Note that usually if a spot has one great frozen drink, they usually have more.

Most Mentioned

  • Cotton & Reed (Union Market area)
    • Cocomotion ($13) – White & Gold rums, Lacto-coco, pina, pandan
      • Note: This is the best frozen cocktail Barred in DC has ever had anywhere.
    • Del-Tone ($12) – White Rum, passion fruit, mango, sauvignon blanc, aperol
  • Electric Cool Aid (Shaw)
    • Disney on Ice ($11) – Dole whip colada, pineapple, coconut, rum, magic
    • Painkiller also mentioned. Several popular frozen cocktails there

2nd Most Mentioned

  • The Salt Line (Navy Yard)
    • Frozen Del’s Shandy ($13; $7 Noon-4p Fri) – Finlandia vodka, lemon, Narragansett Del’s Shandy
  • Cactus Cantina (Cathedral Heights) / Lauriol Plaza (Dupont)
    • Frozen Swirl Margaritas ($9.55 / $24 (half pitcher) / $47.70 (pitcher))
    • Lauriol has Monday Margarita specials ($6.50 / $16.95 (half pitcher) / $31.95 (pitcher)
    • Same owners
  • Little Miss Whiskeys (H Street)
    • Awesomeness ($8-10ish) – Possibly Sweet Tea vodka and Peach schnapps
  • All Purpose Capitol Riverfront (Navy Yard)
    • Waluigi ($14; $8 during HH until 7p M-F) – rum, pineapple, lime, ube
    • Other booze Italian Water Ice flavors available at different times (people like Mario) Daisy Swirl (mix)

3rd Most Mentioned

  • Archipelago (U Street)
    • Frozen Pina Colada ($12) – white rum, coconut, pineapple
  • Colada Shop (14th St & The Wharf)
    • Pina Colada shushee ($10; $8 during HH 3-6p M-F)
  • Sonny’s Pizza (Park View)
    • Golden Child Slushie ($12) – gin, vodka, VSOP cognac, meyer lemon, orange
  • The Green Zone (Adams Morgan)
    • Mint lemonade & More ($14) – fresh mint, lemon. Choice of Polish vodka or Lebanese gin. Blended frostiness.

Mentioned Multiple TImes

  • Last Call/Suburbia/Buffalo and Bergen (Union Market): all owned by Gina Chersevani
  • TikiTNT (The Wharf): Rum “In” Coke ($14)
  • Walter’s Sports Bar ((Navy Yard): Painkiller ($15 16 oz, $25 32 oz)
  • District Daiquiri (Bloomingdale, H Street): popup DCity Smokehouse and Sol ($13 16 oz, $22 32 oz, $40 1/2 gallon)
  • Baan Siam (Mt Vernon Triangle): Frozen Lychee & White Lotus slushees ($12)
  • Jimmy Valentine’s (H Streetish): Mr. Lethal ($8-10ish, root beer vodka slushie)
  • Mercy Me (West End): Kick Ass Colada ($14)
  • The Smith (U St location): French 75 Slushie ($14.50)
  • Millie’s (Spring Valley): Riptide ($10 or $14)

Others Mentioned: Dirty Habit, La Famosa, Bammy’s, Purple Patch, El Chucho, 600T, Board Room, Chupacabra, Grand Duchess, Chaplin’s, Lost and Found, Estadio, Roofer’s Union, BKK Cookshop, Due South, Carmine’s, Free State, DC9, Takoda, Casta’s, Lulu’s Wine Garden, Breadsoda, Le Diplomate, El Centro DF, Columbia Room, El Rey

Where to Watch Euro 2020 in 2021 in DC

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Updated June 11, 2021

The 2020 UEFA European Football Championship, aka Euro 2020, was postponed a year due to the pandemic, and arguably the 2nd most popular world soccer competition-at least the 2nd most accessible one-(behind the World Cup) kicks off Friday June 11th, ending Sunday July 11th.

DC, being one of the biggest TV markets for international soccer in the US, will have a fair share of bars that will attract fans for a fun watch experience. Matches are 9a, noon, and 3p DC time most days until Saturday June 19th, and mostly Noon and 3p after that.

It does not appear that any bar in DC will be opening early to show every single match, but there are certain spots that will be great places to watch. Because all matches are ESPN, ESPN2, or ABC, every bar with a TV that is open before 5p can have it on. Fritz Hahn for the Post has another good round-up (and reporting about the challenges)

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  • Lucky Bar (Dupont)
    • Historically and still best soccer bar in DC
    • Showing all weekend matches (at least first weekend) but no 9a weekday matches
    • HH 3-8p M-W, and Fri ($3.50 pint, $5 craft beer, $4 rails
  • Across the Pond (Dupont)
    • Bar opens at 8:30a for weekend 9a matches
    • Closed Mondays so no matches 6/14 and 6/21. Not open for 9a matches 6/15-6/18. Not open for noon matches 6/15-17 and 6/23
    • $5 Heineken & Strongbow pints during matches / $6 Guinness pints all day during tourney / $4 Bloody Marys & Mimosas during 10a-1p weekend brunch / HH 3-8p daily
    • Reservations accepted: email
  • Dock FC (Ivy City)
    • Open for all matches on weekends (open 8a on weekends). Fridays showing at least 3p match, possibly noon as well
    • Will open for others based on demand
  • Biergarten Haus (H Street)
    • Open at 3p for weekday matches. Early on weekend (possibly only for Germany or Austria matches)
    • Lots of outdoor seating
  • Wunder Garten (NoMa)
    • Generally will open an hour before match. only showing 9a matches 6/13 and 6/19. During Group stage only showing noon matches 6/13, 6/15, 6/19, 6/20, and 6/23. Not showing matches 6/21
    • lots of outdoor seating but best vantage point under the tent
    • Partnership with UK, German, and French embassies (others to be added
    • Widened selection of European beers. $1 for each Dogfish Head beer donated to DC Scores
  • Irish Channel (Chinatown/PQ)
    • Open early (at least 3p matches likely noon matches)
  • The Artemis (Columbia Heights)
    • Open at least for all 3p matches and likely at least noon matches on weekends TBD
  • Walters Sports Bar (Navy Yard)
    • Showing all noon and 3p matches (normal hours)
    • outdoor seating
  • Sauf Haus (Dupont)
    • Open for all 3p matches (except closed Mondays). at least noon matches on weekends. TBD.
  • Midlands (Park View)
    • Open for 3p matches on weekdays, noon matches on weekends. Open at 1p on Fridays
    • HH 3-5p M-Thurs, 1-5p Fri, 11a-1p Sat-Sun
    • lots of outdoor seating
  • The Queen Vic (H St)
    • showing England matches and some Wales matches
  • The Fairmont (West End)
    • showing all games in lounge and lobby bar plus replays
  • Penn Quarter Sports Tavern (PQ)
    • Open for all noon and 3p matches (normal hours)
  • Duke’s Grocery/Counter (Dupont, Foggy Bottom, and Woodley Parkish)
    • Showing all noon and 3p matches at all locations. Showing 9a Sunday England v. Croatia match at Foggy Bottom

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 23, 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
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
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.
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