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Where To Find Wealthy, Attractive Republicans In D.C.

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Wondering where all the attractive, wealthy Republicans hang out in this town? Here's a map of bars and restaurants that rank high among GOP members — hint, they seem drawn to wood paneling, pub food, and walls plastered with DC memorabilia. Don't worry; we'll be hunting down the Dems later this month.
— Adele Chapin

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Capital Grille

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601 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 737-6200
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Rumor has it that on election night, Capital Grille buys rounds on the house to celebrate Republican wins. Election night or not, the Pennsylvania Ave. location of this national chain is always a GOP favorite, to the extent that Post critic Tom Sietsema noted said in his online dining chat this week: "Every time I go to Capital Grille, I feel as if I've crashed a Republican party."

2. The Hamilton

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600 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 787-1000
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This sprawling new restaurant from Clyde's Restaurant Group tries to be all things to all people: cocktail bar! Happy hour joint! Concert hall with live music! Sushi! With something for everyone plus a heavy emphasis on wood paneling everywhere, this place is made for conservative meet and greets.

3. BlackFinn American Saloon

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1620 I St. NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 429-4350
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Those who find themselves on K Street in need of a bro-y sports bar turn to BlackFinn. This bar and restaurant has plenty of D.C. photos and memorabilia on the walls and American fare on the menu: burgers, wings, spinach and artichoke dip, the like. Happy hours draw in the after work crowd, but beware, it turns into a club playing the top 40 hits on weekends.

4. Capitol Lounge

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229 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 547-2098
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A classic respite for Hill staffers, the laidback Cap Lounge draws in crowds for happy hour specials like 25 cent wings night. So perhaps you'll run into an attractive wealthy Republican here who's slummin' it in Cap Lounge's Nixon Room bar.

5. American Tap Room

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3101 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 312-9080
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The Clarendon location of American Tap Room uses back-lit menus, so you know it's fancy. There's plenty of beer choices to be had here, paired with dishes of the upscale pub variety in an appropriately wood-paneled, leather wing-back-filled environment.

6. Tortilla Coast

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400 1st St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 546-6768
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Paul Ryan was once a server here. Enough said? This Capitol Hill institution has been drawing in Republican staffers for chips and salsa and Dos Equis since 1988.

7. Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar

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223 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-8088
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Located two blocks from the Capitol, this sleek Capitol Hill restaurant's second floor has played host to plenty of GOP fundraisers, while downstairs, diners examine the extensive wine list before ordering plates of pasta.

8. National Republican Club of Capitol Hill

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320 First Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
202) 484-4590

You are 100 percent guaranteed to meet a wealthy Republican at the Capitol Hill Club — as for attractive, your mileage may vary. The only catch is that you have to be a member or a guest of the member to gain admittance to the formal Presidential Dining Room or happy hour at the Grill.

9. George

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3251 Prospect St. NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-1735
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Located behind Cafe Milano, George is a clubhouse for the Georgetown "elite," with a list of names at the door of those who are allowed to enter. If you make the cut or get a friend to get you in, you'll find lots of young, possibly wealthy Republicans here to get their dance on while drinking Miller Lite.

10. Smith Point

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1338 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-9003
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The Bush twins are no longer DC residents and way past legal drinking age by now, but Smith Point lives on as a dance destination for the young and preppy set.

11. Paolo's Ristorante

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1303 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-7353
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With picture windows and outdoor seating on a busy corner, Paolo's is a reliable choice for scoping out the pretty people sipping wine and cocktails.

12. Billy Martin's Tavern

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1264 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-7370
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Open since 1933, Martin's Tavern is a Georgetown fixture, drawing politicians from both sides of the aisle, from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush. You might find an older crowd at this classic tavern, which is still serving up American comfort food to politicos and tourists alike.

13. The Brixton

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901 U St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 560-5045
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Maybe it's the wood-paneling, pricey drinks, or the sandal-friendly roof deck, but this new multi-level British pub from the Hilton Brothers is drawing in spendy young Republicans looking to party.

14. Bayou

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2519 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 223-6941
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Bayou in the West End is a take on Cajun from the owners of Smith Point, specializing in po' boys, Abita beer, and live music. Bananas Foster french toast and Bayou Benedicts also bring in the brunch crowd.

15. Town Hall

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2340 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-5640
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Town Hall, the place to see and be seen amongst the Glover Park crowd, recently moved up Wisconsin Avenue to a larger new location with an outdoor courtyard earlier this year. The decor is tastefully appointed, and the menu leans toward burgers, sandwiches, and pasta, plus brunch.

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1. The Capital Grille

601 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

Rumor has it that on election night, Capital Grille buys rounds on the house to celebrate Republican wins. Election night or not, the Pennsylvania Ave. location of this national chain is always a GOP favorite, to the extent that Post critic Tom Sietsema noted said in his online dining chat this week: "Every time I go to Capital Grille, I feel as if I've crashed a Republican party."

601 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

2. The Hamilton

600 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

This sprawling new restaurant from Clyde's Restaurant Group tries to be all things to all people: cocktail bar! Happy hour joint! Concert hall with live music! Sushi! With something for everyone plus a heavy emphasis on wood paneling everywhere, this place is made for conservative meet and greets.

600 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

3. BlackFinn American Saloon

1620 I St. NW, Washington, DC 20006

Those who find themselves on K Street in need of a bro-y sports bar turn to BlackFinn. This bar and restaurant has plenty of D.C. photos and memorabilia on the walls and American fare on the menu: burgers, wings, spinach and artichoke dip, the like. Happy hours draw in the after work crowd, but beware, it turns into a club playing the top 40 hits on weekends.

1620 I St. NW
Washington, DC 20006

4. Capitol Lounge

229 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

A classic respite for Hill staffers, the laidback Cap Lounge draws in crowds for happy hour specials like 25 cent wings night. So perhaps you'll run into an attractive wealthy Republican here who's slummin' it in Cap Lounge's Nixon Room bar.

229 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

5. American Tap Room

3101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

The Clarendon location of American Tap Room uses back-lit menus, so you know it's fancy. There's plenty of beer choices to be had here, paired with dishes of the upscale pub variety in an appropriately wood-paneled, leather wing-back-filled environment.

3101 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

6. Tortilla Coast

400 1st St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Paul Ryan was once a server here. Enough said? This Capitol Hill institution has been drawing in Republican staffers for chips and salsa and Dos Equis since 1988.

400 1st St SE
Washington, DC 20003

7. Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar

223 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

Located two blocks from the Capitol, this sleek Capitol Hill restaurant's second floor has played host to plenty of GOP fundraisers, while downstairs, diners examine the extensive wine list before ordering plates of pasta.

223 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

8. National Republican Club of Capitol Hill

320 First Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

You are 100 percent guaranteed to meet a wealthy Republican at the Capitol Hill Club — as for attractive, your mileage may vary. The only catch is that you have to be a member or a guest of the member to gain admittance to the formal Presidential Dining Room or happy hour at the Grill.

320 First Street SE
Washington, DC 20003

9. George

3251 Prospect St. NW, Washington, DC 20007

Located behind Cafe Milano, George is a clubhouse for the Georgetown "elite," with a list of names at the door of those who are allowed to enter. If you make the cut or get a friend to get you in, you'll find lots of young, possibly wealthy Republicans here to get their dance on while drinking Miller Lite.

3251 Prospect St. NW
Washington, DC 20007

10. Smith Point

1338 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20007

The Bush twins are no longer DC residents and way past legal drinking age by now, but Smith Point lives on as a dance destination for the young and preppy set.

1338 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007

11. Paolo's Ristorante

1303 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

With picture windows and outdoor seating on a busy corner, Paolo's is a reliable choice for scoping out the pretty people sipping wine and cocktails.

1303 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

12. Billy Martin's Tavern

1264 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Open since 1933, Martin's Tavern is a Georgetown fixture, drawing politicians from both sides of the aisle, from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush. You might find an older crowd at this classic tavern, which is still serving up American comfort food to politicos and tourists alike.

1264 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

13. The Brixton

901 U St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Maybe it's the wood-paneling, pricey drinks, or the sandal-friendly roof deck, but this new multi-level British pub from the Hilton Brothers is drawing in spendy young Republicans looking to party.

901 U St. NW
Washington, DC 20001

14. Bayou

2519 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037

Bayou in the West End is a take on Cajun from the owners of Smith Point, specializing in po' boys, Abita beer, and live music. Bananas Foster french toast and Bayou Benedicts also bring in the brunch crowd.

2519 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037

15. Town Hall

2340 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Town Hall, the place to see and be seen amongst the Glover Park crowd, recently moved up Wisconsin Avenue to a larger new location with an outdoor courtyard earlier this year. The decor is tastefully appointed, and the menu leans toward burgers, sandwiches, and pasta, plus brunch.

2340 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

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