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R. Lopez

Great Bars for Those Who Just Want To Be Alone

Drinking doesn't always have to be a social activity.

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| R. Lopez

Sometimes socializing with passive-aggressive co-workers or hearing about quasi-friends' relationship problems is just not in the cards. All some want to do is throw back a few, stare off into space and occasionally chat with the bartender because he or she understands. The bartender always understands.

Here are more than 15 bars where it's just fine to roll solo, either because they're dark, isolated or perfect for people watching. And if saddling up to the bar for a few rounds means there's a possibility of eating something delicious, then all the better.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. All Souls Bar

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725 T St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 733-5929
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The quintessential bar with a never changing menu and a juke box, All Souls is where anyone can saddle up to the bar, order an All Souls (rose and whiskey) and feel like a regular.

2. Barrel

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613 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 543-3622
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The crowds like to stay on the main level, but those who are a party of one head downstairs to have a few fingers of whiskey.

3. Blue Duck Tavern

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1201 24th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 419-6755
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Tuesdays are “Magnum Tuesdays” when the tavern opens up a new magnum and sells it by the glass. A much classier alternative to drinking at Recessions.

4. BOURBON STEAK DC

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2800 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 944-2026
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When the Saudi king is in town, it may be hard to grab a seat at this Georgetown hot spot. But, minus Middle Eastern royalty, Bourbon Steak is ideal for unwinding after a long day at the office.

5. Domku Bar & Cafe

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821 Upshur St NW
Washington, D.C. 20011
(202) 722-7475
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The Petworth restaurant has a large bar in the back. The drinks are affordable, the atmosphere is low-key and the place doesn’t get wild or crazy.

6. Garrison

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524 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 506-2445
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The newest eatery on Eastern Market, Garrison's small bar in the front has drinks made by the queen of cocktails herself— Gina Chersevani. Paired with some of the small bites, it’s a great place for a party of one.

7. Hank's Oyster Bar

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1624 Q St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 462-4265
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Upstairs, there's a small bar that’s ideal for getting to know the bartender, slurping some oysters and washing it all down with a cold beer.

8. Ivy and Coney

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1523 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
This Shaw bar may have Detroit and Chicago loyalties, but that doesn’t mean fans of the local team can’t show up. Or maybe it does?

9. Mama Rouge

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3000 K Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 333-4422
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The Georgetown waterfront isn’t too far away, but the crowds disappear as you move to the back to the bar. Sip an Asian-French fusion cocktail and the hum of Georgetown fades away.

10. Silo

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919 5th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 290-2233
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In Mt. Vernon, Silo’s name is close to “solo." As soon as people enter, the first thing they encounter is a long bar.

11. Sotto

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1610 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 545-3459
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There’s the hopping pizza joint Ghibellina upstairs and downstairs is a bar with a curvy bar. It may be on 14th Street, but imbibers will feel worlds away from the sorority set. [Photo: Facebook]

12. Stoney's Restaurant

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1433 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 234-1818
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What’s a list of bars for the lonesome without this Logan Circle haunt? Stoney’s opens early so anyone can chat it up with the bartenders and enjoy their famous grilled cheese sandwiches.

13. The Dew Drop Inn DC

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2801 8th St NE
Washington, D.C.
(209) 353-3767
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This abandoned-looking building in Brookland was indeed vacant (it was the former home of Chocolate City Brewery). Now it houses Dew Drop Inn – a bar that does the whole “bar thing” very well. It’s just a little bit out of the way.

14. The Fainting Goat

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1330 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 735-0344
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The Fainting Goat has not just one but two bars where loners can go to avoid anyone else. The upstairs bar has more space to spread out and enjoy some of the house-made punch.

15. The Royal

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501 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 332-7777
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For breakfast, lunch and dinner, the LeDroit Park bar has vermouth on tap. The only time you’ll have to talk to anyone is when you order more arepas.

16. Veranda

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1100 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 234-6870
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Perhaps the best-kept secret in Logan Circle, this Greek eatery is a neighborhood institution despite being open only about eight years. True Logan Circle residents stroll in, sit on the patio, order a bottle of wine and watch the masses head to Dacha to wait in line. It’s best that this secret remains a secret (says the website telling everyone about it).

17. The Pig

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1320 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 290-2821
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On lower 14th Street, there’s a respite for people who want something meaty and a strong drink to wash it all down. Plus, there will be plenty of others here enjoying it alone.

1. All Souls Bar

725 T St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
The quintessential bar with a never changing menu and a juke box, All Souls is where anyone can saddle up to the bar, order an All Souls (rose and whiskey) and feel like a regular.
725 T St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

2. Barrel

613 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
The crowds like to stay on the main level, but those who are a party of one head downstairs to have a few fingers of whiskey.
613 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

3. Blue Duck Tavern

1201 24th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20037
Tuesdays are “Magnum Tuesdays” when the tavern opens up a new magnum and sells it by the glass. A much classier alternative to drinking at Recessions.
1201 24th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

4. BOURBON STEAK DC

2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20007
When the Saudi king is in town, it may be hard to grab a seat at this Georgetown hot spot. But, minus Middle Eastern royalty, Bourbon Steak is ideal for unwinding after a long day at the office.
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20007

5. Domku Bar & Cafe

821 Upshur St NW, Washington, D.C. 20011
The Petworth restaurant has a large bar in the back. The drinks are affordable, the atmosphere is low-key and the place doesn’t get wild or crazy.
821 Upshur St NW
Washington, D.C. 20011

6. Garrison

524 8th St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
The newest eatery on Eastern Market, Garrison's small bar in the front has drinks made by the queen of cocktails herself— Gina Chersevani. Paired with some of the small bites, it’s a great place for a party of one.
524 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

7. Hank's Oyster Bar

1624 Q St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Upstairs, there's a small bar that’s ideal for getting to know the bartender, slurping some oysters and washing it all down with a cold beer.
1624 Q St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

8. Ivy and Coney

1523 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
This Shaw bar may have Detroit and Chicago loyalties, but that doesn’t mean fans of the local team can’t show up. Or maybe it does?
1523 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

9. Mama Rouge

3000 K Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
The Georgetown waterfront isn’t too far away, but the crowds disappear as you move to the back to the bar. Sip an Asian-French fusion cocktail and the hum of Georgetown fades away.
3000 K Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

10. Silo

919 5th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
In Mt. Vernon, Silo’s name is close to “solo." As soon as people enter, the first thing they encounter is a long bar.
919 5th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

11. Sotto

1610 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
There’s the hopping pizza joint Ghibellina upstairs and downstairs is a bar with a curvy bar. It may be on 14th Street, but imbibers will feel worlds away from the sorority set. [Photo: Facebook]
1610 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

12. Stoney's Restaurant

1433 P St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
What’s a list of bars for the lonesome without this Logan Circle haunt? Stoney’s opens early so anyone can chat it up with the bartenders and enjoy their famous grilled cheese sandwiches.
1433 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

13. The Dew Drop Inn DC

2801 8th St NE, Washington, D.C.
This abandoned-looking building in Brookland was indeed vacant (it was the former home of Chocolate City Brewery). Now it houses Dew Drop Inn – a bar that does the whole “bar thing” very well. It’s just a little bit out of the way.
2801 8th St NE
Washington, D.C.

14. The Fainting Goat

1330 U St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
The Fainting Goat has not just one but two bars where loners can go to avoid anyone else. The upstairs bar has more space to spread out and enjoy some of the house-made punch.
1330 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

15. The Royal

501 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
For breakfast, lunch and dinner, the LeDroit Park bar has vermouth on tap. The only time you’ll have to talk to anyone is when you order more arepas.
501 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

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16. Veranda

1100 P St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Perhaps the best-kept secret in Logan Circle, this Greek eatery is a neighborhood institution despite being open only about eight years. True Logan Circle residents stroll in, sit on the patio, order a bottle of wine and watch the masses head to Dacha to wait in line. It’s best that this secret remains a secret (says the website telling everyone about it).
1100 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

17. The Pig

1320 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
On lower 14th Street, there’s a respite for people who want something meaty and a strong drink to wash it all down. Plus, there will be plenty of others here enjoying it alone.
1320 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

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