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Doi Moi’s newly reinvented bar program features a Golden Pagoda cocktail (Tanqueray Ranger, lager, lemongrass, bitter melon, and cilantro).
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D.C.’s Hottest Bars, January 2018

Subterranean cocktail lairs, scenic rooftop lounges, and a Middle Eastern drinking destination join the list

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Doi Moi’s newly reinvented bar program features a Golden Pagoda cocktail (Tanqueray Ranger, lager, lemongrass, bitter melon, and cilantro).
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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I drink right now? While the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering essential restaurants across the city, and the Eater Heatmap highlights where food lovers are flocking to at the moment, neither of these properly reflect the bars locals are patronizing right now.

Rather than feature the perennial favorites — though drinkers can find those here — this map focuses on new arrivals or places that have made significant changes. This winter, D.C.’s bar scene will ramp up more with Jack Rose’s new Imperial bar and Adam Greenberg’s anticipated Coconut Club.

The featured bars are not ranked. They are arranged geographically from north to south.

Don’t see a personal favorite on the list? Sound off in the comments or shoot us an email (dc@eater.com).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Little Havana

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Petworth’s new colorful Cuban restaurant takes presentation (and sustainability) seriously, with frozen and carved pineapples and coconuts acting as “glassware” for tropical drinks. Beverage director Heriberto Casasanero (formerly at Copycat Co.) makes dangerously strong rum elixirs that go down easy, like the La Vida Es Un Carnaval with papaya, raspberries, ginger syrup, lime, white rum, 151 rum, and Jamaican rum.

Little Havana
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Little Havana

Little Havana
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Petworth’s new colorful Cuban restaurant takes presentation (and sustainability) seriously, with frozen and carved pineapples and coconuts acting as “glassware” for tropical drinks. Beverage director Heriberto Casasanero (formerly at Copycat Co.) makes dangerously strong rum elixirs that go down easy, like the La Vida Es Un Carnaval with papaya, raspberries, ginger syrup, lime, white rum, 151 rum, and Jamaican rum.

Little Havana
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