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A Dozen Quick-Meal Spots Offering Booze with Food

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Washingtonians are notoriously busy, which probably explains why the fast-casual food movement (an industry term for upscale fast food: think places like ShopHouse and Sweetgreen) has taken over the area in recent years. And while there are plenty of places around town to grab a salad or sandwich on the go, let's face it — sometimes those diners need a drink too, and fast.

Thankfully, a number of restaurants have upped their game and are including alcoholic beverages on their menus, from beer and wine to top-shelf cocktails. Here are a few such destinations for such combinations as a burger and a buzz.
— Travis Mitchell

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Booeymonger

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3265 Prospect St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20007
(202) 333-4810
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Tucked away on a quiet block in Georgetown, this local sandwich shop sells wine by the glass as well as basic selections of bottled and draft beer. You can even get a pitcher of beer — during happy hour they are only $5. Its neighborhood vibe and relative lack of tourists makes it a great pit stop. There are also locations in Friendship Heights, Bethesda and Ballston.

2. Burger Tap & Shake (BTS)

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2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20052
(202) 587-6258
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The boozy “shaketails” at this Foggy Bottom bar will surely take anyone's burger routine to the next level. The Apocolypto is made with cinnamon whiskey, homemade marshmallows and chocolate ice cream. BTS also offers a diverse selection of crafts beers on draught and they're likely to have local options from DC Brau, 3 Stars and Atlas Brew Works.

3. Cava Mezze Grill

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4832 Bethesda Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 656-1772
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The fast casual offshoot of the more formal Mediterranean tapas restaurant offers a variety of wine and beer. Craft varieties from Bell’s, Avery and Port City go for around $5 at the Tenleytown location. Customers can order a Mythos and fully embrace the Greek-inspired menu. Multiple locations.

4. Chipotle Mexican Grill

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4471 Willard Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 654-6661
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Customers who haven't tried beer or a margarita with their Chipotle are missing out on the best way to wash down a burrito. This popular chain serves alcohol, including Patron margaritas, at 10 Maryland locations, including six in Montgomery County and four in Prince George’s County, and in the District as well. Unfortunately, these options are no longer available in Virginia.

5. Nando's Peri-Peri

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819 7th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001
(202) 898-1225
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Stop by this flame-grilled chicken joint for a bottle of Portuguese beer or a bottle of wine. The sangria is loaded with chunks of booze-soaked fruit, and pitchers are heavily discounted during happy hour.

6. Shake Shack

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1216 18th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20036
(202) 683-9922
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Head to the Penn Quarter outpost of this popular New York burger import and enjoy a Shackmeister ale, brewed by Brooklyn Brewery. A pint of beer here will run customers less than $6, and the burger can compete with anything from at a sit-down restaurant. It’s the perfect stop for before a game or after a weekday happy hour.

7. ShopHouse Kitchen

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1516 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009
(202) 232-4141
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The Dupont Circle location of this Chipotle sister restaurant offers regionally appropriate beers to accompany its Southeast Asian rice bowls. Grab a Singha or a Chang to help fight the heat of the fiery red curry. A Chinatown location just opened as well.

8. Vapiano

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1800 M St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20036
(202) 640-1868
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With a full bar and cocktail menu and its unique pay-as-you go format, Vapiano is an ideal place to grab drinks with a group. Happy hour includes discounts on glasses of wine and select draft beers. As a bonus, the Bethesda and Dupont Circle locations have patios.

9. Custom Fuel

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1747 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20006
(202) 530-3918
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This new entrant into the fast-casual pizza space serves up beer, wine and margaritas alongside its quick-cooking pizzas. Multiple locations.

10. Tom Yum District

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1515 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 528–THAI
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Try an Asian beer to go along with customized rice bowls with sauces such as green curry at this Rosslyn favorite for lunch.

11. We, The Pizza

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305 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington DC, D.C. 20003
(202) 544-4008
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Spike Mendelsohn knows that pizza goes best with a glass of wine or a cold beer, so his recently-expanding pizza restaurant obliges.

12. Noodles & Company

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2635 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20008
Noodles & Company seems to be adding more and more locations in D.C. and Virginia lately. Customers can order a variety of dishes, whether it be macaroni and cheese or Asian noodle bowls, and finish the meal off with beer or wine.

1. Booeymonger

3265 Prospect St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20007
Tucked away on a quiet block in Georgetown, this local sandwich shop sells wine by the glass as well as basic selections of bottled and draft beer. You can even get a pitcher of beer — during happy hour they are only $5. Its neighborhood vibe and relative lack of tourists makes it a great pit stop. There are also locations in Friendship Heights, Bethesda and Ballston.
3265 Prospect St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20007

2. Burger Tap & Shake (BTS)

2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20052
The boozy “shaketails” at this Foggy Bottom bar will surely take anyone's burger routine to the next level. The Apocolypto is made with cinnamon whiskey, homemade marshmallows and chocolate ice cream. BTS also offers a diverse selection of crafts beers on draught and they're likely to have local options from DC Brau, 3 Stars and Atlas Brew Works.
2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20052

3. Cava Mezze Grill

4832 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
The fast casual offshoot of the more formal Mediterranean tapas restaurant offers a variety of wine and beer. Craft varieties from Bell’s, Avery and Port City go for around $5 at the Tenleytown location. Customers can order a Mythos and fully embrace the Greek-inspired menu. Multiple locations.
4832 Bethesda Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

4. Chipotle Mexican Grill

4471 Willard Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Customers who haven't tried beer or a margarita with their Chipotle are missing out on the best way to wash down a burrito. This popular chain serves alcohol, including Patron margaritas, at 10 Maryland locations, including six in Montgomery County and four in Prince George’s County, and in the District as well. Unfortunately, these options are no longer available in Virginia.
4471 Willard Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

5. Nando's Peri-Peri

819 7th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20001
Stop by this flame-grilled chicken joint for a bottle of Portuguese beer or a bottle of wine. The sangria is loaded with chunks of booze-soaked fruit, and pitchers are heavily discounted during happy hour.
819 7th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001

6. Shake Shack

1216 18th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20036
Head to the Penn Quarter outpost of this popular New York burger import and enjoy a Shackmeister ale, brewed by Brooklyn Brewery. A pint of beer here will run customers less than $6, and the burger can compete with anything from at a sit-down restaurant. It’s the perfect stop for before a game or after a weekday happy hour.
1216 18th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20036

7. ShopHouse Kitchen

1516 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20009
The Dupont Circle location of this Chipotle sister restaurant offers regionally appropriate beers to accompany its Southeast Asian rice bowls. Grab a Singha or a Chang to help fight the heat of the fiery red curry. A Chinatown location just opened as well.
1516 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009

8. Vapiano

1800 M St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20036
With a full bar and cocktail menu and its unique pay-as-you go format, Vapiano is an ideal place to grab drinks with a group. Happy hour includes discounts on glasses of wine and select draft beers. As a bonus, the Bethesda and Dupont Circle locations have patios.
1800 M St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20036

9. Custom Fuel

1747 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20006
This new entrant into the fast-casual pizza space serves up beer, wine and margaritas alongside its quick-cooking pizzas. Multiple locations.
1747 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20006

10. Tom Yum District

1515 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209
Try an Asian beer to go along with customized rice bowls with sauces such as green curry at this Rosslyn favorite for lunch.
1515 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209

11. We, The Pizza

305 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington DC, D.C. 20003
Spike Mendelsohn knows that pizza goes best with a glass of wine or a cold beer, so his recently-expanding pizza restaurant obliges.
305 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington DC, D.C. 20003

12. Noodles & Company

2635 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20008
Noodles & Company seems to be adding more and more locations in D.C. and Virginia lately. Customers can order a variety of dishes, whether it be macaroni and cheese or Asian noodle bowls, and finish the meal off with beer or wine.
2635 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20008

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