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Updating the Eater Drinks Map: Where to Booze 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 foodie crowds are flocking to at the moment, neither of these properly cover the bars and restaurants where cocktail aficionados and beer nerds are getting their drink on right now.

And so the time has come to update the Drinks Heat Map. Rather than feature the perennial favorites—we will assume you already know how to get to the Passenger and American Ice —this guide focuses on operations that are newer or have recently made significant revamps. Since it's been awhile since this map has been updated, Eater made a major reset this time around, adding seven new drinking destinations to the list.

Have any suggestions? Any vital omissions? Leave 'em in the comments.


May 2013: Added Barmini, The Rye Bar, Daikaya Izakaya
September 2013: Added Bar Charley, Thomas Foolery, Bardo, Mockingbird Hill
October 2013: Added Eat the Rich, 2 Birds 1 Stone, Barcelona Wine Bar, Petworth Citizen
January 2014: Added Bluejacket, Right Proper Brewing Company, Iron Gate, Southern Efficiency, Eno
March 2014: Added Flight Wine Bar, Heavy Seas Alehouse
June 2014: Added Rebellion, Dino's Grotto, Barrel, Lyman's Tavern, Dram and Grain, Handsome Cock, Dignitary

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Southern Efficiency

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1841 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
Derek Brown now has three bars on one block. The latest is this tribute to Southern snacks and American whiskey.

2. Right Proper Brewing Company

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624 T St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 607-2337
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Shaw has a new neighborhood bar and brewery now that Right Proper is on the scene. The space has an interesting design, with a Japanese influence present in the decor. Try out one of the brewery's new offerings, like the Raised by Wolves pale ale. It's all overseen by beer scene mainstay Thor Cheston.

3. Iron Gate

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1734 N St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 737-1371
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The romantic Iron Gate has a secret weapon: Jeff Faile. One of the city's best bartenders (a Fiola veteran) is now mixing up well-made cocktails at this scenic Dupont Circle location.

4. Flight

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777 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 864-6445
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Owners Swati Bose & Kabir Amir have put together a neighborhood wine bar with a European influence to the drinks. Chef Bradley Curtis is handling the more-ambitious-than-expected menu, and there's a modern design to the slightly underground space, courtesy of Edit Lab at Streetsense.

5. Heavy Seas Alehouse

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1501 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 879-4388
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Rosslyn was desperate for a decent place to drink, if early crowds at this new offering are any indication. The Baltimore brewery has opened its second brewpub on Wilson Blvd. The menu is a mix of bar snacks, seafood and entrees, and there's plenty of Heavy Seas beer to wash it all down, along with a few selections from other local breweries.

6. Rebellion DC

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1836 18th Street NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20019
l (202) 299-0399
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This new Adams Morgan bar, a tribute to D.C.'s cocktail history, has more than 50 whiskeys to sample.

7. Dino's Grotto

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1914 9th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001
The basement bar at Dino may not be the most atmospheric setting in the city, but they do serve up solid Negronis and Manhattans. They also have a killer happy hour with deals on burgers, mussels wine and — wait for it — free meatballs.

8. Barrel

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613 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington DC, 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.

9. Lyman's Tavern

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3720 14th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20010
(202) 723-0502
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Pinball fans have a home at this new, chill bar in Columbia Heights. The bar is having fun trying out new things in its first few weeks of service, like a piano man during happy hour.

10. Dram and Grain

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2007 18th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009
(202) 607-1572
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This speakeasy of sorts in Jack Rose's basement has experimental cocktails, limited seating and is reservations-only (via Text).

11. Handsome Cock

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1334 U St. NW
Washington DC, D.C.
The dive bar with an awesome name (the landlord was not a fan) gets visitors constantly taking pictures under its indoor signage. The bar itself has cheap beer and air hockey.

12. The Dignitary

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901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001
This lounge within the new Marriott Marquis hotel has plush seating and a large whiskey selection. They may add cigars on the patio in the future.

1. Southern Efficiency

1841 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Derek Brown now has three bars on one block. The latest is this tribute to Southern snacks and American whiskey.
1841 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

2. Right Proper Brewing Company

624 T St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Shaw has a new neighborhood bar and brewery now that Right Proper is on the scene. The space has an interesting design, with a Japanese influence present in the decor. Try out one of the brewery's new offerings, like the Raised by Wolves pale ale. It's all overseen by beer scene mainstay Thor Cheston.
624 T St NW
Washington, DC 20001

3. Iron Gate

1734 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036
The romantic Iron Gate has a secret weapon: Jeff Faile. One of the city's best bartenders (a Fiola veteran) is now mixing up well-made cocktails at this scenic Dupont Circle location.
1734 N St NW
Washington, DC 20036

4. Flight

777 6th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Owners Swati Bose & Kabir Amir have put together a neighborhood wine bar with a European influence to the drinks. Chef Bradley Curtis is handling the more-ambitious-than-expected menu, and there's a modern design to the slightly underground space, courtesy of Edit Lab at Streetsense.
777 6th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

5. Heavy Seas Alehouse

1501 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209
Rosslyn was desperate for a decent place to drink, if early crowds at this new offering are any indication. The Baltimore brewery has opened its second brewpub on Wilson Blvd. The menu is a mix of bar snacks, seafood and entrees, and there's plenty of Heavy Seas beer to wash it all down, along with a few selections from other local breweries.
1501 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209

6. Rebellion DC

1836 18th Street NW, Washington DC, 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 DC, D.C. 20019

7. Dino's Grotto

1914 9th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20001
The basement bar at Dino may not be the most atmospheric setting in the city, but they do serve up solid Negronis and Manhattans. They also have a killer happy hour with deals on burgers, mussels wine and — wait for it — free meatballs.
1914 9th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001

8. Barrel

613 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington DC, 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 DC, D.C. 20003

9. Lyman's Tavern

3720 14th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20010
Pinball fans have a home at this new, chill bar in Columbia Heights. The bar is having fun trying out new things in its first few weeks of service, like a piano man during happy hour.
3720 14th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20010

10. Dram and Grain

2007 18th St NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20009
This speakeasy of sorts in Jack Rose's basement has experimental cocktails, limited seating and is reservations-only (via Text).
2007 18th St NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20009

11. Handsome Cock

1334 U St. NW, Washington DC, D.C.
The dive bar with an awesome name (the landlord was not a fan) gets visitors constantly taking pictures under its indoor signage. The bar itself has cheap beer and air hockey.
1334 U St. NW
Washington DC, D.C.

12. The Dignitary

901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC, D.C. 20001
This lounge within the new Marriott Marquis hotel has plush seating and a large whiskey selection. They may add cigars on the patio in the future.
901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington DC, D.C. 20001

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