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Bars Where the Vibe Lives Up to the Drinks

These bars have a mood that is as important as the cocktails.

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Sometimes drinking requires a good scene to accompany the drink. Around Washington, D.C. there are a variety of environments, some with views and others with style, that can set the mood for a cocktail or two. Here now is a round-up of some of the best bars where the mood matches the quality of the drinks.

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1. 2 Birds 1 Stone

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1800 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

This is one of the better basement bars in D.C. Adam Bernbach and crew put a lot of effort into designing the menu each week (the menus themselves are playfully designed by Adam) and so are the drinks.

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2. Barrel

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613 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 543-3622
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Head to the basement of Barrel. The Elixir Bar is a speakeasy without all the rules and reservations, and the drinks rotate week-to-week.

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3. Beuchert's Saloon

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623 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 733-1384
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Take a sip and stare into the eyes of Mike & Ike, two very large taxidermied Bison that are mounted to the back bar at Beuchert's. The bar is going for a 1920s era theme, and many of the cocktails, like the Bee’s Knee, harken back to the Prohibition-era.

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4. Copycat Co.

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1110 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 241-1952
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Head up the stairs and grab a stool at Copycat Co. The bar’s cocktail menu changes weekly. It’s extensive but also approachable for first-timers.

5. Daikaya

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705 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 589-1600
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Clearly, attention to detail was a priority when crafting this Japanese-style izakaya. The moody bar features sketches of Japanese food comic Oishinbo, one of many little touches that help create Daikaya's vibe.

6. Dram and Grain

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2007 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 607-1572
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It may take some patience, but Dram & Grain, the reservation-only, basement bar beneath Jack Rose is worth the wait. Ask the hostess to add you to the list, and head there on a Tuesday night when Lukas Smith tends bar. He serves a menu of creative cocktails that changes each week.

7. Maketto

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1351 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 838-9972
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At night, the first floor bar area of Maketto turns into a see-and-be-seen hotspot. It’s the perfect perch to sip on a cocktail, before or after dinner.

8. Masseria

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1340 4th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 608-5959
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The outdoor lounge and bar area of Masseria has a West Coast coolness factor. The restaurant serves up small bar bites and has an extensive cocktail menu that doesn’t require a trip around the tasting menu.

9. Off the Record

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800 16th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 942-7599
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The cocktail menu leans old-time, classic at Off The Record. This is the basement bar beneath the Hay-Adams Hotel. Expect impeccable service, well-made drinks and a lounge setting with a political insider or two.

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10. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

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1612 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009-4307
(202) 319-1612

The indoor/outdoor bar at Pearl Dive is probably the best perch to people-watch on 14th Street. Order up the Pearl Cup, a playful take on a Pimm’s Cup.

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728 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 299-8385
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Todd Thrasher knows a thing or two about a good, boozy drink. Before going, grab a reservation online. After all, this is a limited seating, speakeasy-style bar.

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12. Quill

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1200 16th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 448-2300
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Quill is tucked into the Jefferson Hotel and one of the ultimate cocktail getaways. The drinks that bartender, Rachel Kling, serves up are some of the best in the city, and the saloon style setting is accompanied by live piano.

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13. The Red Hen

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1822 1st St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Pasta may be the main draw here, but take a seat at the cool, centrally-located bar and order a cocktail before dinner. The menu is priced at $10 a drink, and the wood-burning grill, which is nearby, will keep you toasty as the temperature dips.

14. The Round Robin Bar

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1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

The Round Robin Bar at the Willard Hotel has a special place in D.C. history. This is the bar where Senator Henry Clay ordered up the first mint julep in D.C. The bar still makes this classic cocktail on request, and has a real D.C. feel to it.

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15. Wicked Bloom Social Club

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1540 North Capitol St NW
Washington, DC 20002
202-750-6375

Wicked Bloom seems like a secret that only the neighborhood knows about. The bar only recently opened and serves cocktails with names like the, Teach Me How to Dougie — a mix of rye, housemade vermouth, and bitters. The feel is sort of a library/lounge vibe.

1. 2 Birds 1 Stone

1800 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
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This is one of the better basement bars in D.C. Adam Bernbach and crew put a lot of effort into designing the menu each week (the menus themselves are playfully designed by Adam) and so are the drinks.

1800 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

2. Barrel

613 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
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Head to the basement of Barrel. The Elixir Bar is a speakeasy without all the rules and reservations, and the drinks rotate week-to-week.

613 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

3. Beuchert's Saloon

623 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
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Take a sip and stare into the eyes of Mike & Ike, two very large taxidermied Bison that are mounted to the back bar at Beuchert's. The bar is going for a 1920s era theme, and many of the cocktails, like the Bee’s Knee, harken back to the Prohibition-era.

623 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

4. Copycat Co.

1110 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

Head up the stairs and grab a stool at Copycat Co. The bar’s cocktail menu changes weekly. It’s extensive but also approachable for first-timers.

1110 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

5. Daikaya

705 6th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Clearly, attention to detail was a priority when crafting this Japanese-style izakaya. The moody bar features sketches of Japanese food comic Oishinbo, one of many little touches that help create Daikaya's vibe.

705 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

6. Dram and Grain

2007 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

It may take some patience, but Dram & Grain, the reservation-only, basement bar beneath Jack Rose is worth the wait. Ask the hostess to add you to the list, and head there on a Tuesday night when Lukas Smith tends bar. He serves a menu of creative cocktails that changes each week.

2007 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

7. Maketto

1351 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

At night, the first floor bar area of Maketto turns into a see-and-be-seen hotspot. It’s the perfect perch to sip on a cocktail, before or after dinner.

1351 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

8. Masseria

1340 4th St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

The outdoor lounge and bar area of Masseria has a West Coast coolness factor. The restaurant serves up small bar bites and has an extensive cocktail menu that doesn’t require a trip around the tasting menu.

1340 4th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

9. Off the Record

800 16th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20006
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The cocktail menu leans old-time, classic at Off The Record. This is the basement bar beneath the Hay-Adams Hotel. Expect impeccable service, well-made drinks and a lounge setting with a political insider or two.

800 16th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

10. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

1612 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009-4307
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The indoor/outdoor bar at Pearl Dive is probably the best perch to people-watch on 14th Street. Order up the Pearl Cup, a playful take on a Pimm’s Cup.

1612 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009-4307

11. PX

728 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314
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Todd Thrasher knows a thing or two about a good, boozy drink. Before going, grab a reservation online. After all, this is a limited seating, speakeasy-style bar.

728 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

12. Quill

1200 16th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
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Quill is tucked into the Jefferson Hotel and one of the ultimate cocktail getaways. The drinks that bartender, Rachel Kling, serves up are some of the best in the city, and the saloon style setting is accompanied by live piano.

1200 16th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

13. The Red Hen

1822 1st St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Pasta may be the main draw here, but take a seat at the cool, centrally-located bar and order a cocktail before dinner. The menu is priced at $10 a drink, and the wood-burning grill, which is nearby, will keep you toasty as the temperature dips.

1822 1st St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

14. The Round Robin Bar

1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
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The Round Robin Bar at the Willard Hotel has a special place in D.C. history. This is the bar where Senator Henry Clay ordered up the first mint julep in D.C. The bar still makes this classic cocktail on request, and has a real D.C. feel to it.

1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

15. Wicked Bloom Social Club

1540 North Capitol St NW, Washington, DC 20002

Wicked Bloom seems like a secret that only the neighborhood knows about. The bar only recently opened and serves cocktails with names like the, Teach Me How to Dougie — a mix of rye, housemade vermouth, and bitters. The feel is sort of a library/lounge vibe.

1540 North Capitol St NW
Washington, DC 20002

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