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Eater Readers Name the Best Bars for Regulars

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Last week, Eater asked readers the question, "Which D.C. bars treat their regulars like royalty?" The question was searching for those special neighborhood places that know customers' drink orders, names and sometimes even their life stories. Readers nominated more than 25 locations in the comments section and through the tipline; bars are listed in no particular order. For those trying to find their special, "Cheers"-like place, this map should be a good starting point.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bar Pilar

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1833 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 265-1751
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This 14th Street favorite has killer small plates and service to match.

2. Stoney's Restaurant

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1433 P St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 234-1818
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Logan Circle pub Stoney's is known for more than its grilled cheese - it's also a comfortable place to be a regular.

3. Columbia Room

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1021 7th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 393-0220
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The prices at the Columbia Room may keep many from becoming regulars here, but once you enter the bar within the Passenger, the service matches the quality of the cocktails.

4. L.A. Bar & Grill

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2530 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 685-1560
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LA Bar & Grill is a casual Arlington spot with karaoke, open mic and more.

5. Restaurant Eve

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110 S Pitt St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 706-0450
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Whether customers are grabbing a Lickety Split lunch deal or just having a drink, they'll be treated like royalty at the Restaurant Eve bar.

6. 1905 Restaurant

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1905 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 332-1905
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Classic neighborhood joint 1905 gets props for its service from Eater readers.

7. The Sidebar

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(301) 565-9700
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Sidebar, the cocktail bar adjacent to Jackie's Restaurant, gets plenty of Silver Spring regulars.

8. Town Hall

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2340 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-5640
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Glover Park's Town Hall screams neighborhood joint, and Eater readers say the service is solid.

9. Millie & Al's

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2440 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 387-8131
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The divey Millie & Al's treats Adams Morgan regulars right.

10. Raven Grill

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3125 Mt Pleasant St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 387-8411
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At The Raven, a Mt. Pleasant dive bar, the bartenders know their regulars. Maybe a little too well, if you have any embarrassing drunk stories.

11. Room 11

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3234 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 332-3234
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The cozy Room 11 in Columbia Heights gets to know its regulars well.

12. The Black Rooster

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1919 L St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 659-4431
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Black Rooster gets plenty of regulars among those who work in the nearby offices.

13. Smith Point

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1338 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-9003
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Georgetown party spot Smith Point is beloved by its regular crowd.

14. Solly's U Street Tavern

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1942 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 232-6590
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Solly's can be a chill place to be a regular on U Street.

15. Bobby Van's Grill

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1201 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 589-1504
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The bar at steakhouse Bobby Van's (two downtown locations) got multiple shoutouts from Eater readers.

16. Radius Pizza

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3155 Mt Pleasant St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 234-0202
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Radius not only delivers pizza in Mt. Pleasant - the bar is also a comfortable neighborhood hangout.

17. Galaxy Hut

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2711 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 525-8646
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Good beer, tater tots, vegetarian fare and friendly service all come together at Arlington's Galaxy Hut.

18. Capitol City Brewing Company

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1100 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 628-2222
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An Eater reader is less excited about the beer at Cap City (multiple locations) but says the bartenders are great.

19. Number Nine

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1435 P St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 986-0999
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Gay bar Number Nine treats its regulars well, according to a reader tip.

20. Stan's Restaurant & Lounge

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1029 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 347-4488
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Divey Stan's downtown is a D.C. classic.

21. Urbana

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2121 P Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 956-6650
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New Urbana employee Anthony Pilla is already developing a following of regulars at the pizza bar there.

22. Fiola da Fabio Trabocchi

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678 Indiana Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-2888
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Patrons know they'll get great service and cocktails from Jeff Faile and the bartenders at Fiola's bar.

23. The Queen Vic

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1206 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 396-2001
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The Queen Vic draws a crowd of H Street regulars, as well as those looking for a classic pub.

24. Tunnicliff's Tavern

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222 7th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-5680
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The folks over at Tunnicliff's Tavern have been serving up Eastern Market regulars for decades.

25. Boundary Stone Public House

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116 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 621-6635
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Neighborhood folks just love the bartenders over at Boundary Stone in Bloomingdale.

26. Mintwood Place

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1813 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-6732
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Certain bartenders each have their own loyal following over at Mintwood Place in Adams Morgan.

27. The Capital Grille

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601 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 737-6200
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The Capital Grill's bar knows how to cater to D.C. regulars, politicos and otherwise.

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1. Bar Pilar

1833 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
This 14th Street favorite has killer small plates and service to match.
1833 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

2. Stoney's Restaurant

1433 P St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Logan Circle pub Stoney's is known for more than its grilled cheese - it's also a comfortable place to be a regular.
1433 P St NW
Washington, DC 20005

3. Columbia Room

1021 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
The prices at the Columbia Room may keep many from becoming regulars here, but once you enter the bar within the Passenger, the service matches the quality of the cocktails.
1021 7th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001

4. L.A. Bar & Grill

2530 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204
LA Bar & Grill is a casual Arlington spot with karaoke, open mic and more.
2530 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204

5. Restaurant Eve

110 S Pitt St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Whether customers are grabbing a Lickety Split lunch deal or just having a drink, they'll be treated like royalty at the Restaurant Eve bar.
110 S Pitt St
Alexandria, VA 22314

6. 1905 Restaurant

1905 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Classic neighborhood joint 1905 gets props for its service from Eater readers.
1905 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

7. The Sidebar

Silver Spring, MD 20910
Sidebar, the cocktail bar adjacent to Jackie's Restaurant, gets plenty of Silver Spring regulars.

8. Town Hall

2340 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20007
Glover Park's Town Hall screams neighborhood joint, and Eater readers say the service is solid.
2340 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007

9. Millie & Al's

2440 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
The divey Millie & Al's treats Adams Morgan regulars right.
2440 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

10. Raven Grill

3125 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC 20010
At The Raven, a Mt. Pleasant dive bar, the bartenders know their regulars. Maybe a little too well, if you have any embarrassing drunk stories.
3125 Mt Pleasant St NW
Washington, DC 20010

11. Room 11

3234 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
The cozy Room 11 in Columbia Heights gets to know its regulars well.
3234 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

12. The Black Rooster

1919 L St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Black Rooster gets plenty of regulars among those who work in the nearby offices.
1919 L St NW
Washington, DC 20036

13. Smith Point

1338 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20007
Georgetown party spot Smith Point is beloved by its regular crowd.
1338 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007

14. Solly's U Street Tavern

1942 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Solly's can be a chill place to be a regular on U Street.
1942 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

15. Bobby Van's Grill

1201 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
The bar at steakhouse Bobby Van's (two downtown locations) got multiple shoutouts from Eater readers.
1201 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005

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16. Radius Pizza

3155 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC 20010
Radius not only delivers pizza in Mt. Pleasant - the bar is also a comfortable neighborhood hangout.
3155 Mt Pleasant St NW
Washington, DC 20010

17. Galaxy Hut

2711 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
Good beer, tater tots, vegetarian fare and friendly service all come together at Arlington's Galaxy Hut.
2711 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

18. Capitol City Brewing Company

1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
An Eater reader is less excited about the beer at Cap City (multiple locations) but says the bartenders are great.
1100 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005

19. Number Nine

1435 P St. NW, Washington, DC 20005
Gay bar Number Nine treats its regulars well, according to a reader tip.
1435 P St. NW
Washington, DC 20005

20. Stan's Restaurant & Lounge

1029 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
Divey Stan's downtown is a D.C. classic.
1029 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005

21. Urbana

2121 P Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20008