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The 15 Hottest New Bars Around D.C., June 2022

New options for subterranean Champagne, rooftop frose, standing room-only spritzes, and more

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A “Clear Conscience” cocktail at Botanical Bar is built with pea shoots. 
| Rey Lopez/Eater DC

D.C. bars bounced back to full capacity and otherwise pre-pandemic norms a year ago. Throughout the public health crisis, new bars have continued to open, invigorating the District’s drinking scene with rooftop spaces, sidewalk patios, and exciting new options for happy hour and light bites. This map includes 15 bars that have opened in the past six months. For a list of essential bars, go here.

D.C.’s thriving cocktail scene will soon get a big boost with the arrival of Johnny Spero’s Basque-themed Bar Spero at Capitol Crossing and Maxwell Park’s new bubbles bar in Shaw.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hip Flask Rooftop Bar

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7707 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 276-7707
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Want to get a bird’s-eye view of Bethesda? There’s a rooftop bar atop the new 12-story Marriott Bethesda Downtown at Marriott HQ, and it bills itself as the first and only high-rise bar in the neighborhood. Boasting retractable floor-to-ceiling windows and a terrace to soak up that view, Hip Flask whips up hummus tapenade and speakeasy-style cocktails — including a deep blue French 75 that matches Hip Flask’s blue interiors.

The dimly-lit interior at Hip Flask.
Marriott Bethesda Downtown

2. Tacombi

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4749 Bethesda Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 338-8958
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Popular NYC taqueria Tacombi landed in the DMV last fall with the opening of an outpost in Arlington, right near Amazon HQ2. Now there’s a new tequila-fueled location in Bethesda, too. Tacombi is known for beer-battered Alaskan cod tacos, wrapped in homemade corn and flour tortillas. Other popular dishes include quesadillas with thinly-sliced Mexico City-style al pastor roasted pork; sweet potato, kale, and poblano pepper burritos; and corn esquites. Tacombi’s second area restaurant spans 4,500 square feet and includes an open kitchen where diners can watch the team’s taqueros at work. 

Tacombi brings its lineup of tostadas, chips and guac, and tacos to Bethesda.
Tacombi

3. Italian Bar

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5008 Connecticut Ave NW #B
Washington, DC 20008

The owners of mod Italian-American restaurant I’m Eddie Cano just debuted a seat-free, European-style bar next door where customers can down a quick digestif and Lavazza coffee. Italian Bar models itself after Roman businesses where people congregate and chat over cappuccinos, light pastries, gelato, and Italian snacks. Draft cocktails include an Aperol spritz and “Negroni Sbagliato” (made with sparkling wine instead of gin), along with Italian beers, wines, Italian finger sandwiches, and stuffed focaccia breads. The slim setup sports a small patio out front.

One draft line is dedicated to pouring Aperol spritzes. 
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4. Lucy Bar

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1350 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 299-0514
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Pizza and piña coladas are a big draw at Lucy, a relaxed new bar from hospitality group Tin Shop off of U Street. Lucy shares a kitchen with Tin Shop’s new pizza shop Slice & Pie, so pizzas topped with mushroom and truffle are at the ready. Room 11 alum Gavin Pierce is responsible for the drink list, which offers frozen patio sippers, Aperol spritz on draft, and glasses or bottles of natural wine.

Frozen drinks lined up in a row
Frozen drinks at Lucy.
Lucy

5. Alias on 14th

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1610 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

Logan Circle got an Eyes Wide Shut edge in April with the debut of Alias on 14th, a flashy drinking den from Clarendon party starters B Social Hospitality. Located in the depths of Mediterranean restaurant Dolce Vita, Alias’ drinks menu showcases bubbles, fire, and billowing smoke, all set to an equally theatrical backdrop. The 100-seat space that formerly housed jazz club Sotto also offers a dizzying count of Champagne options, out-of-the-box bottle service, and a one-page meze menu from Dolce Vita chef Elier Rodriguez upstairs.

The old Sotto space gets a surprise makeover as Alias, complete with masqueraded murals, florals, and cocktail tables.
Laura Chase de Formigny/Alias on 14th

6. Botanical Bar

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1633 P St NW
Washington, DC 20036

A year after DC Vegan launched its Dupont deli, the meatless restaurant sprouted a surprise cocktail counterpart one level below in May. The lush, subterranean setup also serves local beer, wines, zero-proof options, and popular snacks from the upstairs deli. Bar manager Starla Newman creates cocktails and mocktails using only plant-based ingredients, placing a heavy emphasis on herbs and flowers. The drinks are available at the indoor bar space, as well as the dog-friendly parklet outside.

Secluded drinking den Botanical Bar has room for 55.
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7. Little Chicken

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1100 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

Nestled in a hidden alleyway at D.C.’s shiny new Midtown Center, Little Chicken opened Friday, May 20, with lip-smacking fried poultry, homemade hard seltzers, minty Old Fashioneds, beers by the bucket, and bonafide shuffleboard. The boozy new poultry project comes from Grazie Grazie sub shop owner Casey Patten, Bammy’s chefs Gerald Addison and Chris Morgan, and vet D.C. bartender Said Haddad. Drinking here is a communal affair, with fresh-squeezed orange crushes by the glass or jug and build-your-own sangritas and micheladas for four. There’s also margaritas, palomas, and frozen pineapple mint daiquiris.

Large-format cocktails are all the rage at Little Chicken.
Rey Lopez for Little Chicken

8. Kaimaki

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1100 15th St NW Retail 10
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 390-1300
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Michelin-starred chef Nicholas Stefanelli doubled down on Midtown Center in June with the addition of a sleek Greek wine bar called Kaimaki. The casual, next-door counterpart to his prix-fixe showpiece Philotimo is devoted to a selection of Greek wines, street foods, and experimental cocktails built with Mediterranean spirits. Named after the micro-bubbled top layer of Greek coffee, walk-in-only Kaimaki seats 12 at the bar and another 25 at high-top tables facing floor-to-ceiling windows. Hours are Tuesday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight.

Vina Sananikone/Kaimaki

9. Bottles Wine Garden

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2500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 652-1941
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Curiously tucked within a West End hotel along the bustling Pennsylvania Avenue NW corridor, Bottles Wine Garden sauntered into town in May with a tight but thoughtful opening list of six by-the-glass options and devotion to women-owned wineries. The 120-seat city oasis with an enchanting private patio out back sits past a mirrored set of doors in the lobby.

The back patio offers a mix of lounge and high-top bar seating. 
Taylor Mickal Photography for Bottles Wine Garden

10. Potomac Tiki Club

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3100 K St NW
Washington, DC 20007

Sea Suite Cruises came up with the genius idea to set a tiki bar afloat on the Potomac River cruising past D.C.’s monuments. Potomac Tiki Club sails out of Georgetown Harbor, with room for 18 passengers and amenities like a semi-circular bar with seating and a bathroom on board.

A tiki bar traveling on the Potomac
D.C.’s new tiki bar traveling on the Potomac.
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11. eat brgz - Chinatown

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704 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 450-5074
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Capitol Hill’s fast-casual counter for experimental mix-in burgers expanded to Chinatown in May with a huge focus on booze. Eat Brgz’s new bar manager Devlin Barry-Hoke (Pearl DiveMaydan, Momofuku) sends out a rotating list of draft cocktails ($12) like an Old Fashioned, rum punch, and elderflower spritz. Weekday deals at the 25-foot bar include $6 frozen margaritas on Wednesdays and $5 martinis on Fridays from noon to 6 p.m.

To start the weekend early, a six-hour, $5 martini happy hour kicks off at noon every Friday.

12. B Live

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2854 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

An energetic music venue for Clarendon invites guests to jam out and toast to a wall of rock greats with a customized bloody mary or cereal milk shooter. B Live, the latest nightlife attraction from the owners of nearby Clarendon Pop-Up Bar, breathes fresh life into the front half of Whitlow’s On Wilson. Come summer, a tropical rooftop bar called Coco B’s will fill out the balance of the iconic watering hole that closed last summer after a 25-year run.

B Live’s blinking bar is framed with a mural of music legends like Janis Joplin, Freddie Mercury, and Prince. 
Albert Ting/B Live

13. as you are. DC

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500 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 506-1440
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Capitol Hill resident Pete Buttigieg swung by this LGBTQ-owned Barracks Row bar during its first night of service in late March, so don’t be surprised to catch a sighting of the high-profile regular and his husband here. As You Are offers everything from workday espressos to rice noodle bowls for dinner, with a DJ-fueled dance floor and a plan for events like monthly “Drag King” shows. Find pours from D.C.’s women-owned Republic Restoratives at the bar, along with local brews from DC Brau, Atlas, Right Proper, and Anxo.

People sitting in a cafe over laptops and coffee
As You Are is an all-day affair.
Zayn Thiam/As You Are Bar

14. Takoda Navy Yard

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1299 First St SE
Washington, DC 20003

Six years after debuting in Shaw, Takoda Restaurant & Beer Garden unveiled a sophomore D.C. location across from Nationals Park in June. The 7,000-square-foot millennial magnet, nearly twice the size as the original, features a second-floor space and third-story rooftop that fast-growing Better Hospitality Group (BHG) calls the biggest in the neighborhood. Takoda brings over its popular tots, boneless chicken wings, sliders, bottomless brunch, frose, and cocktails on draft, plus new drops like build-your-own burgers and taco salads. Starters like truffle fries and fish and chips are also part of a late-night weekend menu, with a new takeout window dedicated to orders (11 p.m. to 1 a.m.).

Takoda’s 213-person perch fills a rooftop bar void in the area, now that Danny Meyer’s Anchovy Social is officially closed
Daniel Swartz for Takoda

15. Beauty by Society Fair

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576 23rd St S
Arlington, VA 22202

Crystal City neighbors have a new market and wine bar with the opening of Beauty by Society Fair, from  Zena Polin and Meshelle Armstrong (of a similar, dearly departed market and eatery in Alexandria called Society Fair). Either shop for wine and bubbly bottles to take home, or take a seat on the bar side for a glass of wine or the “Bizzarro Love Triangle” with Bizzarro Aperitivo, prosecco, and raspberry simple syrup.

Beauty market in Crystal City
Beauty by Society Fair’s quaint new digs.
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1. Hip Flask Rooftop Bar

7707 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
The dimly-lit interior at Hip Flask.
Marriott Bethesda Downtown

Want to get a bird’s-eye view of Bethesda? There’s a rooftop bar atop the new 12-story Marriott Bethesda Downtown at Marriott HQ, and it bills itself as the first and only high-rise bar in the neighborhood. Boasting retractable floor-to-ceiling windows and a terrace to soak up that view, Hip Flask whips up hummus tapenade and speakeasy-style cocktails — including a deep blue French 75 that matches Hip Flask’s blue interiors.

7707 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

2. Tacombi

4749 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
Tacombi brings its lineup of tostadas, chips and guac, and tacos to Bethesda.
Tacombi

Popular NYC taqueria Tacombi landed in the DMV last fall with the opening of an outpost in Arlington, right near Amazon HQ2. Now there’s a new tequila-fueled location in Bethesda, too. Tacombi is known for beer-battered Alaskan cod tacos, wrapped in homemade corn and flour tortillas. Other popular dishes include quesadillas with thinly-sliced Mexico City-style al pastor roasted pork; sweet potato, kale, and poblano pepper burritos; and corn esquites. Tacombi’s second area restaurant spans 4,500 square feet and includes an open kitchen where diners can watch the team’s taqueros at work. 

4749 Bethesda Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

3. Italian Bar

5008 Connecticut Ave NW #B, Washington, DC 20008
One draft line is dedicated to pouring Aperol spritzes. 
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

The owners of mod Italian-American restaurant I’m Eddie Cano just debuted a seat-free, European-style bar next door where customers can down a quick digestif and Lavazza coffee. Italian Bar models itself after Roman businesses where people congregate and chat over cappuccinos, light pastries, gelato, and Italian snacks. Draft cocktails include an Aperol spritz and “Negroni Sbagliato” (made with sparkling wine instead of gin), along with Italian beers, wines, Italian finger sandwiches, and stuffed focaccia breads. The slim setup sports a small patio out front.

5008 Connecticut Ave NW #B
Washington, DC 20008

4. Lucy Bar

1350 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
Frozen drinks lined up in a row
Frozen drinks at Lucy.
Lucy

Pizza and piña coladas are a big draw at Lucy, a relaxed new bar from hospitality group Tin Shop off of U Street. Lucy shares a kitchen with Tin Shop’s new pizza shop Slice & Pie, so pizzas topped with mushroom and truffle are at the ready. Room 11 alum Gavin Pierce is responsible for the drink list, which offers frozen patio sippers, Aperol spritz on draft, and glasses or bottles of natural wine.

1350 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. Alias on 14th

1610 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
The old Sotto space gets a surprise makeover as Alias, complete with masqueraded murals, florals, and cocktail tables.
Laura Chase de Formigny/Alias on 14th

Logan Circle got an Eyes Wide Shut edge in April with the debut of Alias on 14th, a flashy drinking den from Clarendon party starters B Social Hospitality. Located in the depths of Mediterranean restaurant Dolce Vita, Alias’ drinks menu showcases bubbles, fire, and billowing smoke, all set to an equally theatrical backdrop. The 100-seat space that formerly housed jazz club Sotto also offers a dizzying count of Champagne options, out-of-the-box bottle service, and a one-page meze menu from Dolce Vita chef Elier Rodriguez upstairs.

1610 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. Botanical Bar

1633 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Secluded drinking den Botanical Bar has room for 55.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

A year after DC Vegan launched its Dupont deli, the meatless restaurant sprouted a surprise cocktail counterpart one level below in May. The lush, subterranean setup also serves local beer, wines, zero-proof options, and popular snacks from the upstairs deli. Bar manager Starla Newman creates cocktails and mocktails using only plant-based ingredients, placing a heavy emphasis on herbs and flowers. The drinks are available at the indoor bar space, as well as the dog-friendly parklet outside.

1633 P St NW
Washington, DC 20036

7. Little Chicken

1100 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Large-format cocktails are all the rage at Little Chicken.
Rey Lopez for Little Chicken

Nestled in a hidden alleyway at D.C.’s shiny new Midtown Center, Little Chicken opened Friday, May 20, with lip-smacking fried poultry, homemade hard seltzers, minty Old Fashioneds, beers by the bucket, and bonafide shuffleboard. The boozy new poultry project comes from Grazie Grazie sub shop owner Casey Patten, Bammy’s chefs Gerald Addison and Chris Morgan, and vet D.C. bartender Said Haddad. Drinking here is a communal affair, with fresh-squeezed orange crushes by the glass or jug and build-your-own sangritas and micheladas for four. There’s also margaritas, palomas, and frozen pineapple mint daiquiris.

1100 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

8. Kaimaki

1100 15th St NW Retail 10, Washington, DC 20005
Vina Sananikone/Kaimaki

Michelin-starred chef Nicholas Stefanelli doubled down on Midtown Center in June with the addition of a sleek Greek wine bar called Kaimaki. The casual, next-door counterpart to his prix-fixe showpiece Philotimo is devoted to a selection of Greek wines, street foods, and experimental cocktails built with Mediterranean spirits. Named after the micro-bubbled top layer of Greek coffee, walk-in-only Kaimaki seats 12 at the bar and another 25 at high-top tables facing floor-to-ceiling windows. Hours are Tuesday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight.

1100 15th St NW Retail 10
Washington, DC 20005

9. Bottles Wine Garden

2500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037
The back patio offers a mix of lounge and high-top bar seating. 
Taylor Mickal Photography for Bottles Wine Garden

Curiously tucked within a West End hotel along the bustling Pennsylvania Avenue NW corridor, Bottles Wine Garden sauntered into town in May with a tight but thoughtful opening list of six by-the-glass options and devotion to women-owned wineries. The 120-seat city oasis with an enchanting private patio out back sits past a mirrored set of doors in the lobby.

2500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20037

10. Potomac Tiki Club

3100 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007
A tiki bar traveling on the Potomac
D.C.’s new tiki bar traveling on the Potomac.
Courtesy of Potomac Tiki Club

Sea Suite Cruises came up with the genius idea to set a tiki bar afloat on the Potomac River cruising past D.C.’s monuments. Potomac Tiki Club sails out of Georgetown Harbor, with room for 18 passengers and amenities like a semi-circular bar with seating and a bathroom on board.

3100 K St NW
Washington, DC 20007

11. eat brgz - Chinatown

704 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
To start the weekend early, a six-hour, $5 martini happy hour kicks off at noon every Friday.

Capitol Hill’s fast-casual counter for experimental mix-in burgers expanded to Chinatown in May with a huge focus on booze. Eat Brgz’s new bar manager Devlin Barry-Hoke (Pearl DiveMaydan, Momofuku) sends out a rotating list of draft cocktails ($12) like an Old Fashioned, rum punch, and elderflower spritz. Weekday deals at the 25-foot bar include $6 frozen margaritas on Wednesdays and $5 martinis on Fridays from noon to 6 p.m.

704 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

12. B Live

2854 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
B Live’s blinking bar is framed with a mural of music legends like Janis Joplin, Freddie Mercury, and Prince. 
Albert Ting/B Live

An energetic music venue for Clarendon invites guests to jam out and toast to a wall of rock greats with a customized bloody mary or cereal milk shooter. B Live, the latest nightlife attraction from the owners of nearby Clarendon Pop-Up Bar, breathes fresh life into the front half of Whitlow’s On Wilson. Come summer, a tropical rooftop bar called Coco B’s will fill out the balance of the iconic watering hole that closed last summer after a 25-year run.

2854 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

13. as you are. DC

500 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
People sitting in a cafe over laptops and coffee
As You Are is an all-day affair.
Zayn Thiam/As You Are Bar

Capitol Hill resident Pete Buttigieg swung by this LGBTQ-owned Barracks Row bar during its first night of service in late March, so don’t be surprised to catch a sighting of the high-profile regular and his husband here. As You Are offers everything from workday espressos to rice noodle bowls for dinner, with a DJ-fueled dance floor and a plan for events like monthly “Drag King” shows. Find pours from D.C.’s women-owned Republic Restoratives at the bar, along with local brews from DC Brau, Atlas, Right Proper, and Anxo.

500 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

14. Takoda Navy Yard

1299 First St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Takoda’s 213-person perch fills a rooftop bar void in the area, now that Danny Meyer’s Anchovy Social is officially closed
Daniel Swartz for Takoda

Six years after debuting in Shaw, Takoda Restaurant & Beer Garden unveiled a sophomore D.C. location across from Nationals Park in June. The 7,000-square-foot millennial magnet, nearly twice the size as the original, features a second-floor space and third-story rooftop that fast-growing Better Hospitality Group (BHG) calls the biggest in the neighborhood. Takoda brings over its popular tots, boneless chicken wings, sliders, bottomless brunch, frose, and cocktails on draft, plus new drops like build-your-own burgers and taco salads. Starters like truffle fries and fish and chips are also part of a late-night weekend menu, with a new takeout window dedicated to orders (11 p.m. to 1 a.m.).

1299 First St SE
Washington, DC 20003

15. Beauty by Society Fair

576 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202
Beauty market in Crystal City
Beauty by Society Fair’s quaint new digs.
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Crystal City neighbors have a new market and wine bar with the opening of Beauty by Society Fair, from  Zena Polin and Meshelle Armstrong (of a similar, dearly departed market and eatery in Alexandria called Society Fair). Either shop for wine and bubbly bottles to take home, or take a seat on the bar side for a glass of wine or the “Bizzarro Love Triangle” with Bizzarro Aperitivo, prosecco, and raspberry simple syrup.

576 23rd St S
Arlington, VA 22202

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