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Lukas B. Smith’s Under the Mezzanine cocktail blends melon, basil, and Cotton & Reed rum
At No Goodbyes, an Under the Mezzanine cocktail blends melon, basil, and Cotton & Reed rum
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The 18 Hottest New Bars Around D.C., September 2021

New options for Virginia beers on a rooftop, classic cocktails in Logan Circle, and garden gin and tonics in Adams Morgan

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At No Goodbyes, an Under the Mezzanine cocktail blends melon, basil, and Cotton & Reed rum
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Although customers are supposed to wear a mask if they’re not actively eating and drinking, D.C. bars are back at full capacity and otherwise operating under pre-pandemic norms. Throughout the public health crisis, new bars have continued to open, invigorating the District’s drinking scene with rooftop spaces, sidewalk patios, and to-go operations full of wine, local and European beers, and prime happy hour deals. This map includes 18 bars that have opened in the past six months. For a list of essential bars, go here.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. O.K.P.B.

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3165 Mt Pleasant St NW
Washington, DC 20010

More than two years after mixologist David Strauss closed the Sheppard, a Dupont Circle speakeasy known for its handwritten cocktail menus and no-reservations policy, the bartender resurfaced in Mount Pleasant with another second-story bar built inside a century-old space above a dentist’s office. Along with five nightly cocktails and a “bartender’s choice” ($14), martinis, Manhattans, and Moscow mules are just $7 during weekday happy hour (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.).

A monkey light fixture is suspended by a reclaimed NYC Subway strap over a big booth at O.K.P.B
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2. Starr Hill Biergarten

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1805 Capital One Dr Suite 1100
Tysons, VA 22102

A 5,000-square-foot bar and lounge is the centerpiece of a new, 11th-story park at Capital One Center, the huge complex that houses the credit card company’s global headquarters in Tysons, Virginia. Starr Hill’s beer garden pours popular hazy and West Coast IPAs made at the brewery’s facility outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. An opening list of bar bites includes fried cauliflower, salads, burgers, and pulled chicken sandwiches. The all-outdoor venue is outfitted with 24 draft lines, an adjacent amphitheater, and lawn seating.

3. City-State Brewing

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705 Edgewood St NE
Washington, DC 20017

Ambitious beer startup City-State unveiled its much-anticipated Edgewood facility right off the popular Metropolitan Branch Trail in June. The 13,000-square-foot microbrewery and taproom, almost six years in the making, comes from neighborhood resident and former congressional aide James Warner. D.C.-themed beers on tap include 8 Wards Independent (pale ale); Equal Marriage (dark wheat); and Trainspotter Green Bullet (pub ale). New custom collaborations for fellow Mothersauce Partners venues include a cold brew beer at the Freshman and a cream ale with ginger, Sichuan peppercorns, and orange peel for the Eleanor.

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4. No Goodbyes

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1770 Euclid St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 864-4180
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As the new, one-stop-shop bar and restaurant at the center of the Line hotel in Adams Morgan, No Goodbyes fills out the bars on either side of the main lounge just past the entrance. Lukas B. Smith, who leads the essential bar attached to Cotton & Reed’s rum distillery near Union Market, is collaborating with chef Opie Crooks on drinks that follow the restaurant’s focus on Mid-Atlantic produce. That means drinks will fold in ingredients like summer melon, basil, dried kumquat, and foraged walnut bitters. There’s also $5 Miller High Life, beers from Aslin and Other Half, some zero-proof cocktails, and low-intervention wines.

A garden gin and tonic from No Goodbyes comes with shaved cucumber and flowers
A garden gin and tonic from No Goodbyes comes with shaved cucumber and flowers
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5. metrobar DC

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640 Rhode Island Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

A sprawling outdoor drinking attraction lined with picnic tables, murals, and a retrofitted subway car arrived near the Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood station this summer, marking the first big bar project for the up-and-coming development there. Local spirts and beers naturally fill out Metrobar’s drink menu, with coy cocktail names like “Red Line Rickey” and “Green Line Gimlet.” The partners, whose backgrounds are in construction and organizing groups for karaoke and bocce, plan to host art installations and other events to make it a hub for D.C. culture.

6. Etabli

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84 T St NW
Washington, DC 20001

College pals-turned-seasoned restaurateurs Kathleen Davis and Thomas Boisvert converted the former Tyber Creek and Rustik Tavern space in Bloomingdale into a new restaurant and wine club, bringing the neighborhood a strong wine list, classic Negronis and daiquiris, and sourdough pizza that make good use of its wood-fired oven. Wine flights are themed around varietals and regions, with options like “Pinot Noir, You’re A Star,” “It’s All Greek to Me” and “Mélange à Trois.”

A bright red cocktail from Etabli
A bright red cocktail from Etabli
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7. Lyle

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1731 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 964-6750
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Before dining at Lyle’s, the contemporary American restaurant tucked inside London-based Lore Group’s latest luxury D.C. hotel, snag a seat at its midcentury modern bar dotted with smooth brown leather banquettes and ottomans. Cocktails stirred behind a bar made of Italian Carrara — considered the Ferrari of marble — include throwback classics like a cacao Manhattan and a gin Collins accented with peach and basil. A bar menu features a short list of drinking snacks like crispy artichokes, lamb meatballs, and smoked trout toast.

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8. Jane Jane

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1705 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 481-2166
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This Logan Circle cocktail bar with a retro dinner party vibe comes across as a refreshing rebuke to precious speakeasies — without sacrificing in quality. Pretty much any of the drinks that are organized by spirit and mixed by co-owner Jean Paul Sabatier are a safe bet. But start with one of the rotating house features, particularly a tart and smoky Mezcal 75 or a rich, smooth añejo tequila Manhattan made with Punt e Mes vermouth and chocolate bitters. Finger foods include warmed-up olives, mixed nuts with an undercurrent of rosemary, and a gouda and sharp cheddar pimento cheese with enough Club crackers to (almost) justify the $14 price tag. Indoor customers are required to show proof of vaccination.

A classic margarita with a lime wheel garnish at Jane Jane
Jane Jane’s classic margarita contains blanco tequila, lime juice, Curacao, and agave nectar
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9. Apéro

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2622 P St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 525-1682
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Seasoned sommelier Elli Benchimol turned a historic Georgetown row home into her dream Champagne-and-caviar bar in May. Apéro serves stylish pastries and espresso drinks by day and bubbles with more French-leaning fare by night. A glass of champagne with full caviar service can cost as little as $50. The classy setup, lined with shimmering gold accents and blue-toned walls, seats 45 inside and another 16 across a leafy patio out back.

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10. Never Looked Better

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130 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001

The team behind K Street NW speakeasy the Mirror veers away from tradition with this wild new basement bar hidden under Blagden Alley. Never Looked Better is filled edge to edge with fluorescent lights, jungle vibes, pink neon, dangling silk flowers, geometric shapes, and subway tiles tagged with random stickers and scribbled messages. Go for high-brow takes on bright drinks like cosmos and appletinis, all set to an early aughts soundtrack that bounces from Lil’ Kim to Sublime.

11. Fitzgerald’s

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1226 36th St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 965-1789
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Clyde’s Restaurant Group, the company behind fine-dining fixture 1789, unveiled a revitalized bar next-door that focuses on classic cocktails, rare Japanese whisky pours, and elegant drinking snacks, all served in a preppy, tweed-filled setting that feels pulled straight out of a Ralph Lauren ad. The two-level bar underwent a renovation that took 19 months, breathing new life into a space where art deco nightclub F. Scott’s opened in the 1960s. 1789 chef Kyoo Eom does double duty at Fitzgerald’s, sending out playful plates like herbed truffle fries, tempura calamari served with Grand Mariner aioli, and Korean chicken wings.

The mahogany bar at Fitzgerald’s features 12 mix-and-match stools upholstered in preppy plaids and hunting lodge patterns of ducks flying across velvet.
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12. Dauphine’s

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1100 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 758-3785
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The hospitality group behind this highly anticipated, homage to New Orleans went to great lengths to avoid any semblance of hokeyness, including bringing in a partner to lend the bar a stiff shot of credibility. Neal Bodenheimer, a founder of nationally recognized Cure, led the development of a drink menu that offers an absinthe rickey, a historical reproduction of a classic hurricane, a similarly studious sazerac, and — for special occasions — a two-person French 75 ($150) made with Martell Cordon Bleu cognac and a half bottle of Champagne. There’s Abita amber on draft, along with more local craft brewers, and wines from across Europe and California. A covered outdoor bar opened in mid-August with a new happy hour featuring $6 snacks, $5 beers, and a few cocktails for $10.

Cocktails from Dauphine’s
Cocktails from Dauphine’s
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13. William Hill Sportsbook DC

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601 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004

In late May, the former Greene Turtle space attached to Capital One Arena welcomed the first sports betting venue in the country to open inside a pro sports arena. Sportsbook giant William Hill installed 1,500-square-foot LED screen that displays odds, with more than 100 TVs broadcasting the action. The draft beer list features local picks like DC Brau’s Joint Resolution Hazy IPA and Redbear’s DC Dirt Porter, and there are about a dozen wines by the glass ($12 prosecco to $25 Moet). Michelin star chef Nicholas Stefanelli (Masseria, Officina) put together a restaurant menu that includes Mid-Atlantic reference points like rockfish imperial and half-smokes with chili, mustard, and onions.

A huge screen behind the bar at William Hill Sportsbook shows off multiple sports at once William Hill [official]

14. Five Iron Golf

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575 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 559-9999
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A New York-based bar brand equipped with indoor golf simulators opened its first D.C. location in July, bringing Penn Quarter a subterranean spot to tweak swings and sip spiked Arnold Palmers, Old Fashioneds, and fruity margaritas at one of two color-soaked bars. Chef Bedros Alboyadjian sends out creative starters like mac and “cheesesteak” eggrolls, fritto misto, chicken lemongrass potstickers, and “Miami Beach” arepas that speak to his South Florida upbringing.

Five Iron Golf’s graffiti-covered bar
Five Iron Golf’s 12,000-square-foot D.C. location is open to both golfers and the general public.
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15. Deck 11 at YOTEL Washington DC

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415 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 638-1616
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Hip hotel brand Yotel replaced Capitol Hill’s Liaison in 2019, and its scenic pool bar Deck 11 — named after its placement on the 11th floor — capped off the project in June. Guests can beat the heat with seasonal drinks like a watermelon frosé, a piña colada, a paloma, and a spritz. Bar bites like ahi tuna and braised mole short rib sandwiches come from chef Danny Chavez, who also runs the kitchen for Art and Soul on the main level. Public passes to sip, swim, and stay for the day start at $40 per person. The renovated rooftop features private sun decks, resort-style cabanas, communal fire pits, yard games, and a DJ booth.

Deck 11 overlooks the U.S. Capitol.
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16. The Wells

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727 C St SE
Washington, DC 20003

This new, reservations-only gin bar hidden between two sister restaurants near Eastern Market celebrates the spirit in many shades, from juniper-forward, London dry styles to Japanese labels bright with citrus and American distillers that lean into floral notes. Bar managers and Rose’s Luxury alums Philip Keath and Ashley Havens offer guests a wealth of information about the starring spirit, which makes its way into seasonal cocktails ($14 to $18) that range from light refreshers to booze-forward sippers. Owner and former ThinkFoodGroup exec Hollis Silverman, who opened adjoining family-friendly restaurants the Duck and the Peach (New American) and La Collina (Italian) at the same complex, looked to her favorite European gin bars for inspiration. The gorgeous setup tucked behind drawn blinds features plush forest green sofas, brown banquettes, and designer scarves behind frames.

17. WHINO

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4238 Wilson Blvd Second Floor
Arlington, VA 22203
(571) 290-3958
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Ballston Quarter’s hybrid art gallery-restaurant debuted in June with three drinking areas: a 51-foot craft cocktail bar, a 25-seat open kitchen bar, and an intimate tasting area that plans to host visiting wineries, breweries, and distillers. The 6,200-square-foot project from gallery owner Shane Pomajambo has the vibe of an edgy New York loft, incorporating black steel ceilings, plush seating, wraparound murals, and art exhibits that’ll rotate in and out. Global plates from executive chef Eleftherios (Terry) Natas are designed for sharing.

18. Tap99

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1250 Half St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 481-4190
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Self-pour bar Tap99 debuted across the street from Nationals Park in early August, providing 99 options for draft beer, seltzer, cider, wines, cocktails, and kombucha in a 2,800-square-foot space. Beers will rotate in on a seasonal basis, with local options from DC Brau and Union Craft Brewing listed alongside brews from places like Denver, San Diego, and Hamilton, Canada. Customers can hand over a credit card or swipe one themselves to get a keycard fob that keeps track of pours by the ounce. Beers pair with neo-Neapolitan pizzas cooked in a Marra Forni oven — a big investment by owner Jason Cherry, who’s also the franchisee of D.C.’s first Kilwins next door. 

1. O.K.P.B.

3165 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC 20010
A monkey light fixture is suspended by a reclaimed NYC Subway strap over a big booth at O.K.P.B
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

More than two years after mixologist David Strauss closed the Sheppard, a Dupont Circle speakeasy known for its handwritten cocktail menus and no-reservations policy, the bartender resurfaced in Mount Pleasant with another second-story bar built inside a century-old space above a dentist’s office. Along with five nightly cocktails and a “bartender’s choice” ($14), martinis, Manhattans, and Moscow mules are just $7 during weekday happy hour (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.).

3165 Mt Pleasant St NW
Washington, DC 20010

2. Starr Hill Biergarten

1805 Capital One Dr Suite 1100, Tysons, VA 22102

A 5,000-square-foot bar and lounge is the centerpiece of a new, 11th-story park at Capital One Center, the huge complex that houses the credit card company’s global headquarters in Tysons, Virginia. Starr Hill’s beer garden pours popular hazy and West Coast IPAs made at the brewery’s facility outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. An opening list of bar bites includes fried cauliflower, salads, burgers, and pulled chicken sandwiches. The all-outdoor venue is outfitted with 24 draft lines, an adjacent amphitheater, and lawn seating.

1805 Capital One Dr Suite 1100
Tysons, VA 22102

3. City-State Brewing

705 Edgewood St NE, Washington, DC 20017
City-State/official photo

Ambitious beer startup City-State unveiled its much-anticipated Edgewood facility right off the popular Metropolitan Branch Trail in June. The 13,000-square-foot microbrewery and taproom, almost six years in the making, comes from neighborhood resident and former congressional aide James Warner. D.C.-themed beers on tap include 8 Wards Independent (pale ale); Equal Marriage (dark wheat); and Trainspotter Green Bullet (pub ale). New custom collaborations for fellow Mothersauce Partners venues include a cold brew beer at the Freshman and a cream ale with ginger, Sichuan peppercorns, and orange peel for the Eleanor.

705 Edgewood St NE
Washington, DC 20017

4. No Goodbyes

1770 Euclid St NW, Washington, DC 20009
A garden gin and tonic from No Goodbyes comes with shaved cucumber and flowers
A garden gin and tonic from No Goodbyes comes with shaved cucumber and flowers
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

As the new, one-stop-shop bar and restaurant at the center of the Line hotel in Adams Morgan, No Goodbyes fills out the bars on either side of the main lounge just past the entrance. Lukas B. Smith, who leads the essential bar attached to Cotton & Reed’s rum distillery near Union Market, is collaborating with chef Opie Crooks on drinks that follow the restaurant’s focus on Mid-Atlantic produce. That means drinks will fold in ingredients like summer melon, basil, dried kumquat, and foraged walnut bitters. There’s also $5 Miller High Life, beers from Aslin and Other Half, some zero-proof cocktails, and low-intervention wines.

1770 Euclid St NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. metrobar DC

640 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

A sprawling outdoor drinking attraction lined with picnic tables, murals, and a retrofitted subway car arrived near the Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood station this summer, marking the first big bar project for the up-and-coming development there. Local spirts and beers naturally fill out Metrobar’s drink menu, with coy cocktail names like “Red Line Rickey” and “Green Line Gimlet.” The partners, whose backgrounds are in construction and organizing groups for karaoke and bocce, plan to host art installations and other events to make it a hub for D.C. culture.

640 Rhode Island Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

6. Etabli

84 T St NW, Washington, DC 20001
A bright red cocktail from Etabli
A bright red cocktail from Etabli
Etabli [official]

College pals-turned-seasoned restaurateurs Kathleen Davis and Thomas Boisvert converted the former Tyber Creek and Rustik Tavern space in Bloomingdale into a new restaurant and wine club, bringing the neighborhood a strong wine list, classic Negronis and daiquiris, and sourdough pizza that make good use of its wood-fired oven. Wine flights are themed around varietals and regions, with options like “Pinot Noir, You’re A Star,” “It’s All Greek to Me” and “Mélange à Trois.”

84 T St NW
Washington, DC 20001

7. Lyle

1731 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
Greg Powers/Lyle

Before dining at Lyle’s, the contemporary American restaurant tucked inside London-based Lore Group’s latest luxury D.C. hotel, snag a seat at its midcentury modern bar dotted with smooth brown leather banquettes and ottomans. Cocktails stirred behind a bar made of Italian Carrara — considered the Ferrari of marble — include throwback classics like a cacao Manhattan and a gin Collins accented with peach and basil. A bar menu features a short list of drinking snacks like crispy artichokes, lamb meatballs, and smoked trout toast.

1731 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

8. Jane Jane

1705 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
A classic margarita with a lime wheel garnish at Jane Jane
Jane Jane’s classic margarita contains blanco tequila, lime juice, Curacao, and agave nectar
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

This Logan Circle cocktail bar with a retro dinner party vibe comes across as a refreshing rebuke to precious speakeasies — without sacrificing in quality. Pretty much any of the drinks that are organized by spirit and mixed by co-owner Jean Paul Sabatier are a safe bet. But start with one of the rotating house features, particularly a tart and smoky Mezcal 75 or a rich, smooth añejo tequila Manhattan made with Punt e Mes vermouth and chocolate bitters. Finger foods include warmed-up olives, mixed nuts with an undercurrent of rosemary, and a gouda and sharp cheddar pimento cheese with enough Club crackers to (almost) justify the $14 price tag. Indoor customers are required to show proof of vaccination.

1705 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

9. Apéro

2622 P St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Holly Barzyk/Instagram

Seasoned sommelier Elli Benchimol turned a historic Georgetown row home into her dream Champagne-and-caviar bar in May. Apéro serves stylish pastries and espresso drinks by day and bubbles with more French-leaning fare by night. A glass of champagne with full caviar service can cost as little as $50. The classy setup, lined with shimmering gold accents and blue-toned walls, seats 45 inside and another 16 across a leafy patio out back.

2622 P St NW
Washington, DC 20007

10. Never Looked Better

130 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001

The team behind K Street NW speakeasy the Mirror veers away from tradition with this wild new basement bar hidden under Blagden Alley. Never Looked Better is filled edge to edge with fluorescent lights, jungle vibes, pink neon, dangling silk flowers, geometric shapes, and subway tiles tagged with random stickers and scribbled messages. Go for high-brow takes on bright drinks like cosmos and appletinis, all set to an early aughts soundtrack that bounces from Lil’ Kim to Sublime.

130 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001

11. Fitzgerald’s

1226 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007
The mahogany bar at Fitzgerald’s features 12 mix-and-match stools upholstered in preppy plaids and hunting lodge patterns of ducks flying across velvet.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Clyde’s Restaurant Group, the company behind fine-dining fixture 1789, unveiled a revitalized bar next-door that focuses on classic cocktails, rare Japanese whisky pours, and elegant drinking snacks, all served in a preppy, tweed-filled setting that feels pulled straight out of a Ralph Lauren ad. The two-level bar underwent a renovation that took 19 months, breathing new life into a space where art deco nightclub F. Scott’s opened in the 1960s. 1789 chef Kyoo Eom does double duty at Fitzgerald’s, sending out playful plates like herbed truffle fries, tempura calamari served with Grand Mariner aioli, and Korean chicken wings.

1226 36th St NW
Washington, DC 20007

12. Dauphine’s

1100 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Cocktails from Dauphine’s
Cocktails from Dauphine’s
Jennifer Chase/For Dauphine’s

The hospitality group behind this highly anticipated, homage to New Orleans went to great lengths to avoid any semblance of hokeyness, including bringing in a partner to lend the bar a stiff shot of credibility. Neal Bodenheimer, a founder of nationally recognized Cure, led the development of a drink menu that offers an absinthe rickey, a historical reproduction of a classic hurricane, a similarly studious sazerac, and — for special occasions — a two-person French 75 ($150) made with Martell Cordon Bleu cognac and a half bottle of Champagne. There’s Abita amber on draft, along with more local craft brewers, and wines from across Europe and California. A covered outdoor bar opened in mid-August with a new happy hour featuring $6 snacks, $5 beers, and a few cocktails for $10.

1100 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

13. William Hill Sportsbook DC

601 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
A huge screen behind the bar at William Hill Sportsbook shows off multiple sports at once William Hill [official]

In late May, the former Greene Turtle space attached to Capital One Arena welcomed the first sports betting venue in the country to open inside a pro sports arena. Sportsbook giant William Hill installed 1,500-square-foot LED screen that displays odds, with more than 100 TVs broadcasting the action. The draft beer list features local picks like DC Brau’s Joint Resolution Hazy IPA and Redbear’s DC Dirt Porter, and there are about a dozen wines by the glass ($12 prosecco to $25 Moet). Michelin star chef Nicholas Stefanelli (Masseria, Officina) put together a restaurant menu that includes Mid-Atlantic reference points like rockfish imperial and half-smokes with chili, mustard, and onions.

601 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004

14. Five Iron Golf

575 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Five Iron Golf’s graffiti-covered bar
Five Iron Golf’s 12,000-square-foot D.C. location is open to both golfers and the general public.
Billy Stahlmann/Five Iron Golf

A New York-based bar brand equipped with indoor golf simulators opened its first D.C. location in July, bringing Penn Quarter a subterranean spot to tweak swings and sip spiked Arnold Palmers, Old Fashioneds, and fruity margaritas at one of two color-soaked bars. Chef Bedros Alboyadjian sends out creative starters like mac and “cheesesteak” eggrolls, fritto misto, chicken lemongrass potstickers, and “Miami Beach” arepas that speak to his South Florida upbringing.

575 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

15. Deck 11 at YOTEL Washington DC

415 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Deck 11 overlooks the U.S. Capitol.
Moe Thajib/Deck 11

Hip hotel brand Yotel replaced Capitol Hill’s Liaison in 2019, and its scenic pool bar Deck 11 — named after its placement on the 11th floor — capped off the project in June. Guests can beat the heat with seasonal drinks like a watermelon frosé, a piña colada, a paloma, and a spritz. Bar bites like ahi tuna and braised mole short rib sandwiches come from chef Danny Chavez, who also runs the kitchen for Art and Soul on the main level. Public passes to sip, swim, and stay for the day start at $40 per person. The renovated rooftop features private sun decks, resort-style cabanas, communal fire pits, yard games, and a DJ booth.

415 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

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16. The Wells

727 C St SE, Washington, DC 20003

This new, reservations-only gin bar hidden between two sister restaurants near Eastern Market celebrates the spirit in many shades, from juniper-forward, London dry styles to Japanese labels bright with citrus and American distillers that lean into floral notes. Bar managers and Rose’s Luxury alums Philip Keath and Ashley Havens offer guests a wealth of information about the starring spirit, which makes its way into seasonal cocktails ($14 to $18) that range from light refreshers to booze-forward sippers. Owner and former ThinkFoodGroup exec Hollis Silverman, who opened adjoining family-friendly restaurants the Duck and the Peach (New American) and La Collina (Italian) at the same complex, looked to her favorite European gin bars for inspiration. The gorgeous setup tucked behind drawn blinds features plush forest green sofas, brown banquettes, and designer scarves behind frames.

727 C St SE
Washington, DC 20003

17. WHINO

4238 Wilson Blvd Second Floor, Arlington, VA 22203

Ballston Quarter’s hybrid art gallery-restaurant debuted in June with three drinking areas: a 51-foot craft cocktail bar, a 25-seat open kitchen bar, and an intimate tasting area that plans to host visiting wineries, breweries, and distillers. The 6,200-square-foot project from gallery owner Shane Pomajambo has the vibe of an edgy New York loft, incorporating black steel ceilings, plush seating, wraparound murals, and art exhibits that’ll rotate in and out. Global plates from executive chef Eleftherios (Terry) Natas are designed for sharing.

4238 Wilson Blvd Second Floor
Arlington, VA 22203

18. Tap99

1250 Half St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Self-pour bar Tap99 debuted across the street from Nationals Park in early August, providing 99 options for draft beer, seltzer, cider, wines, cocktails, and kombucha in a 2,800-square-foot space. Beers will rotate in on a seasonal basis, with local options from DC Brau and Union Craft Brewing listed alongside brews from places like Denver, San Diego, and Hamilton, Canada. Customers can hand over a credit card or swipe one themselves to get a keycard fob that keeps track of pours by the ounce. Beers pair with neo-Neapolitan pizzas cooked in a Marra Forni oven — a big investment by owner Jason Cherry, who’s also the franchisee of D.C.’s first Kilwins next door. 

1250 Half St SE
Washington, DC 20003

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