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R. Lopez

The Eater Drinks Map: Updated February 2015

Where to drink right now.

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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 old standbys and neighborhood essential restaurants across the city and the Eater Heat Map highlights where the restaurant loving crowds are flocking to at the moment, neither of these properly cover the bars and restaurants where cocktail aficionados and beer nerds are drinking right now.

And so the time has come to update the Drinks Heat Map. Rather than feature the perennial favorites, this guide focuses on operations that are newer or have recently made significant revamps. New to the list this time around: H Street's CopyCat Co., Dupont's McClellan's Retreat, steampunk-themed The Alex, the classy Denson Liquor Bar and Navy Yard drinking spot The Big Stick.

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Rebellion DC

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This new Adams Morgan bar, a tribute to D.C.'s cocktail history, has more than 50 whiskeys to sample.

Barrels are everywhere throughout this Capitol Hill Bar, which serves up craft cocktails, whiskey and food from Garret Fleming.

Lyman's Tavern

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Pinball fans have a home at this chill bar in Columbia Heights.

Dram and Grain

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This speakeasy of sorts in Jack Rose's basement has experimental cocktails, limited seating and requires reservations via text (though they've recently opened up some tables for walk-ins).

This is Neighborhood Restaurant Group's latest addition in Virginia. It's adjacent to Red Apron in the Mosaic District. All the cocktails are named for famous B-Side records, and there is a huge beer and wine list, too. Expect similar offerings to D.C.'s The Partisan.

The Sheppard

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Spike Mendelsohn designed the food menu for this newest entry to the speakeasy scene. It's located above Kabin (the owner of that lounge partnered with Mendelsohn on this new venture).

P.O.V. Rooftop Lounge and Terrace

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You can't beat the view at this bar on top of the W Washington DC. The interior of the space just got a major renovation, plus an opening cocktail menu designed by Owen Thomson.

Denson Liquor Bar

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Ari Gejdenson's (Acqua al 2, Ghibellina) latest project is a 20s influenced bar in Chinatown. The drink menu emphasizes whiskey.

The Big Stick

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This new bar from Justin Cafe owner Justin Ross is sure to be a major destination for baseball fans come springtime, due to its proximity to the ballpark. For now, enjoy European beers, sausages and a ski chalet-themed design.

McClellan's Retreat

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The decor in this bar is influenced by the city's Southern history. Beyond that, it's a chill destination for carefully made drinks with old school flair.

Copycat Co.

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This Atlas District bar has dumplings and bao buns downstairs and cocktails made by a Barmini veteran upstairs.

The Alex

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Named for Alexander Graham Bell, The Graham Hotel's new lounge, serving wine and cocktails, has a steampunk aesthetic.

Rebellion DC

This new Adams Morgan bar, a tribute to D.C.'s cocktail history, has more than 50 whiskeys to sample.

Barrel

Barrels are everywhere throughout this Capitol Hill Bar, which serves up craft cocktails, whiskey and food from Garret Fleming.

Lyman's Tavern

Pinball fans have a home at this chill bar in Columbia Heights.

Dram and Grain

This speakeasy of sorts in Jack Rose's basement has experimental cocktails, limited seating and requires reservations via text (though they've recently opened up some tables for walk-ins).

B-Side

This is Neighborhood Restaurant Group's latest addition in Virginia. It's adjacent to Red Apron in the Mosaic District. All the cocktails are named for famous B-Side records, and there is a huge beer and wine list, too. Expect similar offerings to D.C.'s The Partisan.

The Sheppard

Spike Mendelsohn designed the food menu for this newest entry to the speakeasy scene. It's located above Kabin (the owner of that lounge partnered with Mendelsohn on this new venture).

P.O.V. Rooftop Lounge and Terrace

You can't beat the view at this bar on top of the W Washington DC. The interior of the space just got a major renovation, plus an opening cocktail menu designed by Owen Thomson.

Denson Liquor Bar

Ari Gejdenson's (Acqua al 2, Ghibellina) latest project is a 20s influenced bar in Chinatown. The drink menu emphasizes whiskey.

The Big Stick

This new bar from Justin Cafe owner Justin Ross is sure to be a major destination for baseball fans come springtime, due to its proximity to the ballpark. For now, enjoy European beers, sausages and a ski chalet-themed design.

McClellan's Retreat

The decor in this bar is influenced by the city's Southern history. Beyond that, it's a chill destination for carefully made drinks with old school flair.

Copycat Co.

This Atlas District bar has dumplings and bao buns downstairs and cocktails made by a Barmini veteran upstairs.

The Alex

Named for Alexander Graham Bell, The Graham Hotel's new lounge, serving wine and cocktails, has a steampunk aesthetic.

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