With D.C. officially lifting the majority of its service restrictions for all bars, nightclubs, and music venues on Friday, June, 11, the drinking public is expected to show out in full force. Ever since restaurants in the city returned to pre-pandemic norms in late May, people have been sitting shoulder-to-shoulder at bars and reacquainting themselves with the communal pleasures of bending an elbow next to a like-minded stranger. A return to last call after midnight means a comeback for bar food, too, the type of greasy, substantial stuff one craves while knocking back beer, wine, or cocktails.
Around the District, that means cheeseburgers, hot wings, and pizza, sure, but also chicken tikka sandwiches, chicharrón quesadillas, batata harra-spiced fries, French onion dip toasts, smoked fish boards, Venezuelan hot dogs, Japanese rice balls, Sichuan chili wontons, and Cantonese barbecue. This map covers 30 standout bars where customers can find pub grub that stands up to — or in some case outshines — the drinking selection. Mumbo wings from Chinese carryouts (like Yum’s in Logan Circle) and jumbo slice pizza are two iconic postgame foods in D.C., of course, but they’re not typically found inside the bar.
The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.Read More