Where to Drink in the Morning in DC

The best 8am bar in DC: Tune Inn

[Edited Heavily on 8/2/19 after I did a phone-a-thon]

DC law allows bars and restaurants to theoretically start serving booze at 8a every day of the week. Though many spots in DC legally ask and are licensed to open that early, very few actually do so. Whether you want to celebrate a promotion or, more likely, rue a firing, you just have the day off, or you got up real early to go on a bike ride and want to stop somewhere: here’s a list of all bars and restaurants that I could find where you can get something a bit stronger than coffee at 8am on weekdays (mostly weekends as well). I’ve also included a few spots that are open early but don’t start serving until 9a or 10a.

Note: Also, many of these spots open earlier than 8a, but like I said, they can’t legally serve until then. Tweet @barredindc or email barredindc@gmail.com if anything is wrong here.

Barred in DC Morning Scene Pick Highlighted


Old Ebbitt Grill (8:30a wknds)

Founding Farmers (8:30a wknds)

Penn Quarter/Chinatown/Mt Vernon Square

The Smith Penn Quarter (10a wknds)

Farmers & Distillers (9a wknds)

Busboys & Poets 11a

Dirty Habit (Hotel Monaco)

Crimson Diner (Pod Hotel) (not until 10a)

Capitol Hill/H Street/Navy Yard/The Wharf

Tune Inn

The Dubliner

Ted’s Bulletin

Maketto (beer & wine only starting at 8a; harder booze later)

Slipstream Navy Yard

Little Pearl (closed M)

Sospeso (opens at 9a)

Logan Circle/U Street


Slipstream 14th Street

Ted’s Bulletin 14th St

Busboys & Poets

Adams Morgan/Woodley Park


Brothers & Sisters (LINE Hotel)

The Diner (not until 10a)

Open City (not until 9a)

Georgetown/West End/Foggy Bottom

Kafe Leopold

Cafe Deluxe (Hilton Garden Inn West End)

Seasons (Four Seasons)

Whole Foods Foggy Bottom (beer/wine only)


Busboys & Poets (10a wknds)


Busboys & Poets (10a wknds)


MGM Roast Beef (beer only; closed Sun)

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