DC’s Basement Bars

Basement bar at Big Hunt

Although rooftop bars and outdoor beer gardens are extremely popular in DC, there’s a time and place for good ole fashioned subterranean drinking and partying. This an attempt to comprehensively chronicle all below-sidewalk-grade bars (not restaurants) in DC; you’ll see there’s a good mix of dives, musical venues, regular bars, and clubs. Articles by Washingtonian’s Anna Spiegel and Eater (tho 2015) go into a bit more detail on ones that are great (the sources helped supplement my off-the-top-of-head research, which was in turn supplemented by use of Google Streetview and Yelp). Missing any?-tweet/DM @barredindc or email barredindc@gmail.com

* only part of spot is underground
** the underground space is not really a basement
*** clubby scene, at least late night
Barred in DC choice highlighted (pertaining to subterranean space)

Chinatown/Penn Quarter (Best neighborhood for underground drinking in DC)

Crimson Whiskey Bar

Jackpot

Rocket Bar

Free State

Denson Liquor Bar

Iron Horse*

Hill Country*

Penn Social*

Downtown

Bravo Bravo***

Stan’s

Living Room***

The Mirror

The Bottom Line

Off the Record

Sidecar at PJ Clarke’s*

Opera Ultra Lounge***

L8***

Mackey’s Pub*

Spin DC

Corner Office (W Hotel)*, **

Dupont

The Meeting Place

Recessions

1831 Bar & Lounge**

Heist***

St. Arnold’s on Jefferson**

The Big Hunt*

Urbana**

Bier Baron*

Dito’s Bar (at Floriana)*, **

DIVE Bar**

Mission Dupont*, **

Bar Charley**

Rebellion (The Armory)*

U Street/14th Street/Logan Circle

The Saloon**

The Codmother**

Pure Lounge*, ***

Tropicalia***

Café St. Ex (Gate 54)*,***

El Centro D.F.*, ***

Destination Wedding

Sotto

Kingfisher

Player’s Club

B Too*

The Crown and Crow

Shaw

The Dabney Cellar**

600T**

Nocturne

Dino’s Grotto*, **

Appioo African Bar & Grill**

Adams Morgan

Smoke & Barrel*

La Pop

Bedrock Billiards

Muzette

A League of Her Own**

Seasons and Sessions*

Club Timehri**,***

The Game Sports Pub**

Columbia Heights/Park View/Petworth

Reliable Tavern*

Zeba Bar*,**

The Pinch*

Looking Glass Lounge*

Georgetown/Glover Park

Pizzeria Paradiso (Game Room)**

Georgetown Piano Bar

The Tombs

Breadsoda

Capitol Hill

Barrel*

Capitol Lounge*

Kelly’s Irish Times*

H Street

Ocean Lounge**

Cleveland Park

Atomic Billiards

Woodridge

Momo Yakitori*