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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Rebellion DC

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1836 18th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20019
This new Adams Morgan bar, a tribute to D.C.'s cocktail history, has more than 50 whiskeys to sample.

2. Barrel

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613 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 543-3622
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Barrels are everywhere throughout this Capitol Hill Bar, which serves up craft cocktails, whiskey and food from Garret Fleming.

3. Lyman's Tavern

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3720 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 723-0502
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Pinball fans have a home at this chill bar in Columbia Heights.

4. Dram and Grain

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2007 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
202-607-1572
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).

5. B-Side

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8298 Glass Alley, Mosaic District
Fairfax, VA 22031
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.

6. The Sheppard

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1337 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 744-4253
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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).

7. P.O.V. Rooftop Lounge and Terrace

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515 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 661-2400
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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.

8. Denson Liquor Bar

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600 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
Ari Gejdenson's (Acqua al 2, Ghibellina) latest project is a 20s influenced bar in Chinatown. The drink menu emphasizes whiskey.

9. The Big Stick

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20 M St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 750-7724
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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.

10. McClellan's Retreat

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2031 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 265-6270
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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.

11. Copycat Co.

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1110 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 241-1952
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This Atlas District bar has dumplings and bao buns downstairs and cocktails made by a Barmini veteran upstairs.

12. The Alex

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1075 Thomas Jefferson St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
Named for Alexander Graham Bell, The Graham Hotel's new lounge, serving wine and cocktails, has a steampunk aesthetic.

1. Rebellion DC

1836 18th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20019
This new Adams Morgan bar, a tribute to D.C.'s cocktail history, has more than 50 whiskeys to sample.
1836 18th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20019

2. Barrel

613 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Barrels are everywhere throughout this Capitol Hill Bar, which serves up craft cocktails, whiskey and food from Garret Fleming.
613 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

3. Lyman's Tavern

3720 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
Pinball fans have a home at this chill bar in Columbia Heights.
3720 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

4. Dram and Grain

2007 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
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).
2007 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

5. B-Side

8298 Glass Alley, Mosaic District, Fairfax, VA 22031
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.
8298 Glass Alley, Mosaic District
Fairfax, VA 22031

6. The Sheppard

1337 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
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).
1337 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

7. P.O.V. Rooftop Lounge and Terrace

515 15th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
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.
515 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

8. Denson Liquor Bar

600 F St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Ari Gejdenson's (Acqua al 2, Ghibellina) latest project is a 20s influenced bar in Chinatown. The drink menu emphasizes whiskey.
600 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

9. The Big Stick

20 M St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
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.
20 M St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

10. McClellan's Retreat

2031 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
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.
2031 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

11. Copycat Co.

1110 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
This Atlas District bar has dumplings and bao buns downstairs and cocktails made by a Barmini veteran upstairs.
1110 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

12. The Alex

1075 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
Named for Alexander Graham Bell, The Graham Hotel's new lounge, serving wine and cocktails, has a steampunk aesthetic.
1075 Thomas Jefferson St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

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