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10 Cocktail Spots in Less Scene-y Neighborhoods

From Woodridge to Anacostia, here are places to grab a cocktail when imbibing in neighborhoods without a whole lot of choices.

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It's time to leave the cocktail-centric neighborhoods of Logan, Dupont, Shaw, Chinatown, H Street and Bloomingdale — to name a few — and check out other drink-loving neighborhoods in D.C. From punny-named drinks at a Brookland bar to a psychedelic-looking cocktail in Chevy Chase to good old standbys in the Palisades, here are 10 places to grab a drink outside the usual bar-heavy neighborhoods.

As a side note, Marion Barry continues to capture the cocktail-naming minds of bartenders. Drinks named after the former mayor appear more than once on this list.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bidwell

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1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 547-0172
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In the Union Market vicinity, it's fun to grab a drink at Bidwell – the sit-down restaurant inside the market. The Merry and Berry (a clever play on the infamous D.C. mayor) has gin, lemon, blueberry and blackberry jams all in one drink.

2. Due South

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301 Water St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 479-4616
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While this new entry to Navy Yard is loved from its Nashville hot chicken, the cocktails here shouldn't be overlooked either. All the drinks have an appropriately Southern name.

3. Jos. A Magnus & Co

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2052 West Virginia Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
Deep in the heart of booming Ivy City lies a distillery that started in 1892 and got going again in 2015. The drinks are always changing, so there's something new to discover on every visit.

4. Macon Bistro & Larder

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5520 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20015
(202) 248-7807
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In Chevy Chase, the one and a half year old Macon Bistro & Larder isn't stale, especally when it comes to its ever-changing cocktail selection. Right now, there's Victor's Vector with habanero bitters and cherry-lime syrup that has an other-worldly color. It's definitely worth a few rounds of these.

5. Nido

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2214 Rhode Island Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20018
(202) 627-2815
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Woodridge just got its first sit-down restaurant when Nido arrived on the scene. And that means the neighborhood also has its first place for enjoying cocktails.

6. Simple Bar & Grill

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5828 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 316-9171
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An outpost in Brightwood, this sports bar keeps things really simple. Don't expect infusions or hard-to-find syrups, but the basics definitely deliver- with a sense of humor at that.

7. Smith Public Trust

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3514 12th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20017
(202) 733-5834
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Brookland is definitely humming along with restaurant news, but one of the early birds to the scene is Smith Public Trust. There are plenty of classic cocktails to enjoy, such as the rum-based Cuban Missile Crisis and rye-based Crash of October '29.

8. Sur la Place

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5105 MacArthur Blvd NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
(202) 237-1445
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Sur la Place is a very classic restaurant with a very classic feel. The cocktails are also as classic as they come, like its old fashioned Old Fashioned.

9. Uniontown Bar and Grill

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2200 martin luther king jr SE
Washington, D.C. 20020
How does drinking the vodka and rum drink called the FLOTUS sound? Or the MLK - The Dream with two cognacs? Or yet another drink named after Marion Barry called the (you guessed it) the Marion Barry? All these and more are available at Anacostia's Uniontown Bar and Grill.

10. Wisdom

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1432 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 543-2323
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Near the Potomac Avenue Metro stop, Wisdom offers its eastern Capitol Hill customers cleverly named cocktails, like the It's Always Sunny using Philadelphia's Bluecoat Gin and Pears of Wisdom with pear vodka.

1. Bidwell

1309 5th St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
In the Union Market vicinity, it's fun to grab a drink at Bidwell – the sit-down restaurant inside the market. The Merry and Berry (a clever play on the infamous D.C. mayor) has gin, lemon, blueberry and blackberry jams all in one drink.
1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

2. Due South

301 Water St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
While this new entry to Navy Yard is loved from its Nashville hot chicken, the cocktails here shouldn't be overlooked either. All the drinks have an appropriately Southern name.
301 Water St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

3. Jos. A Magnus & Co

2052 West Virginia Ave NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Deep in the heart of booming Ivy City lies a distillery that started in 1892 and got going again in 2015. The drinks are always changing, so there's something new to discover on every visit.
2052 West Virginia Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

4. Macon Bistro & Larder

5520 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20015
In Chevy Chase, the one and a half year old Macon Bistro & Larder isn't stale, especally when it comes to its ever-changing cocktail selection. Right now, there's Victor's Vector with habanero bitters and cherry-lime syrup that has an other-worldly color. It's definitely worth a few rounds of these.
5520 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20015

5. Nido

2214 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington, D.C. 20018
Woodridge just got its first sit-down restaurant when Nido arrived on the scene. And that means the neighborhood also has its first place for enjoying cocktails.
2214 Rhode Island Ave NE
Washington, D.C. 20018

6. Simple Bar & Grill

5828 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011
An outpost in Brightwood, this sports bar keeps things really simple. Don't expect infusions or hard-to-find syrups, but the basics definitely deliver- with a sense of humor at that.
5828 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20011

7. Smith Public Trust

3514 12th St NE, Washington, D.C. 20017
Brookland is definitely humming along with restaurant news, but one of the early birds to the scene is Smith Public Trust. There are plenty of classic cocktails to enjoy, such as the rum-based Cuban Missile Crisis and rye-based Crash of October '29.
3514 12th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20017

8. Sur la Place

5105 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington, D.C. 20016
Sur la Place is a very classic restaurant with a very classic feel. The cocktails are also as classic as they come, like its old fashioned Old Fashioned.
5105 MacArthur Blvd NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

9. Uniontown Bar and Grill

2200 martin luther king jr SE, Washington, D.C. 20020
How does drinking the vodka and rum drink called the FLOTUS sound? Or the MLK - The Dream with two cognacs? Or yet another drink named after Marion Barry called the (you guessed it) the Marion Barry? All these and more are available at Anacostia's Uniontown Bar and Grill.
2200 martin luther king jr SE
Washington, D.C. 20020

10. Wisdom

1432 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Near the Potomac Avenue Metro stop, Wisdom offers its eastern Capitol Hill customers cleverly named cocktails, like the It's Always Sunny using Philadelphia's Bluecoat Gin and Pears of Wisdom with pear vodka.
1432 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

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