The Washington Post reported recently that single young professionals living and working in the DC area party harder than those in any other city. We think it’s because we put in longer hours at more demanding jobs, so we’ve definitely earned it. DC is home to some of the nation’s most stressful jobs: Federal employment with the CIA and FBI, among other agencies, as well as lobbyists, lawyers, and Hill staffers. These employees deserve some serious playtime when they finally get a break. The city is also full of bright, hardworking graduate, doctoral, and law students at Georgetown, GW, and American. Without families to tie them down, once DC singles are finally ready to call it quitting time, where do they head out to get their drink on? Check out some of our favorite places.
3181 Wilson Blvd., Arlington
703-312-8888 | SpiderKellys.com
Reviewer Fritz Hahn of The Washington Post called this bar the hottest one in the entire Wilson Boulevard corridor. Replete with a cool island bar, lounge areas with comfortable couches, flat-screen TVs for sports, and a game room with pool tables, shuffleboard tables, and video games, Spider Kelly’s offers something for everyone, especially if you’re looking for a place to chill from happy hour until closing time. For-the-long-haul specials run from 4 to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends.
410 1st St., SE DC
202-484-0711 | BullFeathersDC.com
If there’s one bar that the staffers of our nation’s most important decision makers flock to, it’s Bullfeathers. With 31 microbrews on tap, an impressive wine list, pub and grill food in generous portions, and outdoor seating when the weather’s nice, who can really blame them?
201 Massachusetts Ave., NE DC
202-546-7200 | UnionPubDC.com
In case you don’t get your fill of Hill Staffers and craft beers at Bullfeathers, head on over to Union Pub, which boasts the largest outdoor patio on Capitol Hill. If that’s somehow not enough to entice you to visit on a beautiful DC summer evening, they have a stellar, unique menu and a great happy hour featuring sweet deals like $3 tacos on Monday nights until 8pm and $5 martinis on Fridays. Still need more? If the 27 flat-screen TVs and the bottomless weekend brunch don’t draw you in, just go home already.
555 8th St., NW DC
202-783-6060 | PosteBrasserie.com
On the off chance that utterly awesome isn’t your style, Poste Moderne Brasserie also offers a great outdoor dining experience. From their website, “Set in the original 1841 General Post Office, Poste has become a modern-day favorite dining destination of local foodies and a leader in sustainable and eco-friendly practices.” Poste sources many of their meats and cheeses directly from their onsite garden, in addition to the local DC Freshfarm Market and other regional farms and ranches. Also of note is the punch bar, which serves an array of vodkas infused with seasonal fruits and herbs from the Poste garden. Yum.
639 Pennsylvania Ave., SE DC
202-543-3113 | RemingtonsWDC.com
Maybe sitting outdoors in the beautiful weather and enjoying a delicious bottle of wine from a local Virginia vineyard isn’t your thing. No problem. Put on your dancing shoes and head to Remingtons. They advertise themselves (quiet appropriately) as “Washington, DC’s premiere Entertainment, Show, and Country Western Nightclub.” One patron describes it as “one of the few bars I can walk into on my own and end up striking a conversation with whomever else is there. And the line dancing is always fun.” Between the two levels and four bars featuring dancing, drinking, and entertainment, this is one establishment that’s unlikely to disappoint.
728 King St., Alexandria | 703-299-8384
This surreptitiously hidden modern speakeasy can be found above Eamonns restaurant in Old Town Alexandria. Jackets are required for men, so put on your finest threads before heading to PX, where patrons can experience a night straight out of the prohibition era. Food options are limited, so this bar might best be explored as an after dinner adventure. For the incredible ambiance, expect to pay up to $15 for a drink, but we promise it’s worth it. As one PX groupie explains, bartender and mixologist Todd Thrasher “approaches a drink like a chef, not a bartender, and that care shows.”
2009 14th St., NW DC
202-232-2156 | TheGibsonDC.com
If one speakeasy-inspired bar just isn’t enough to fulfill your secret desires to time travel back to the Roaring Twenties, don’t worry, there’s also The Gibson. Fritz Hahn describes this bar as “a cocktail-focused pseudo-speakeasy” that “offers some of the most interesting drinks in DC.” He goes on to say that “the cozy, romantic space, with its dark, candlelit decor, evokes the glamour of the ’20s and ’30s, as do such vintage drinks as the Sazerac (strong rye whiskey and bitters in a glass washed with absinthe) or the rich Japanese Cocktail (brandy, orgeat syrup and bitters).” We promise their creative drinks make it well worth the price and the effort to find them.
1602 U St., NW DC
202-265-2828 | LocalSixteen.com
The owners tell it like this: “Local 16 is a longstanding neighborhood restaurant known for providing farm-driven, classic American fare served in a warm atmosphere. Farm dedicated to sourcing local ingredients, Local 16 truly partners with local farmers by making real, upfront financial commitments to source their products. Beginning in 2005, Local 16 took its commitment one step further by investing in a 160-acre bio-dynamic all heirloom Virginia farm. In exchange, Whipple Farm is a restaurant partner, supplying local, bio-dynamically grown heirloom produce that is used daily at Local 16. To support the bio-dynamic mission, Local 16 uses wood from the farm to fire the oven and the ashes are returned to help fertilize the soil.” With all that good news, the upstairs lounge, heated rooftop patio, and impressive Sunday brunch are just a sweet bonus.
My Brother’s Place
237 2nd St., NW DC
202-347-1350 | MyBrothersPlaceDC.com
With unbelievable happy hour drink specials, some of the friendliest bartenders on Capitol Hill, and an army of regulars, My Brother’s Place is not meant for a quiet, intimate evening out in DC. Offering Friday night beat-the-clock specials and an all-you-can-drink Saturday night deal, head over to My Brother’s Place if you’re looking to party hard and unwind after that long work week without breaking the bank.
2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington
703-525-8646 | GalaxyHut.com
An Arlington favorite, Galaxy Hut offers a great microbrew selection with 20 constantly rotating taps that allow patrons to enjoy a variety of wellknown beers or local favorites. To compliment such a stellar beer selection, Galaxy Hut offers a vegetarian-inspired menu and live music on Sunday and Monday nights.
2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington
703-522-8340 | IotaClubAndCafe.com
Iota has a little something for everyone in Arlington. Stop in on your way to work for a delicious breakfast pastry and a coffee, espresso, or tea. Head over for a working lunch to use the free Wi-Fi while enjoying a wrap or Panini from Iota’s new bistro-style menu. Come back after work to enjoy dinner and a few drinks and then hang around for the great live music that starts nightly around 8pm.