Are These DC's Hottest New Bars? Vote in Our Survey

By Zagat Staff  |  February 11, 2014
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So many amazing new bars have opened in DC over the past six months that we can barely keep up. Which are your favorites? Share your thoughts by voting in our DC Nightlife Survey through March 15, and you will receive $25 off a Zagat Wine purchase - plus, the three wittiest surveyors will win a Samsung Chromebook.

Just for fun, we've rounded up a few of the buzziest new bars to help jog your memory - just in case you're a little cloudy on the subject, since the drinks they serve are so very delicious. 

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    2 Birds 1 Stone

    It's tricky to find this underground drinks venue from the team behind the hot 14th Street NW Asian restaurant Doi Moi (go around the corner from Doi Moi and down the marked stairs), and the whitewashed setting - with a showcase bar, alcoves for private conversations and loungey seating - comes as a surprise - there's no dark cellar here. Offering a daily punch and an ever-changing, handwritten cocktail list, the spot works for a pre- or postprandial visit or an evening destination (1800 14th St. NW).

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  • The Arsenal

    Set on the ground floor of its sibling Bluejacket brewery near Nationals Park, this stunning restaurant from the ChurchKey/Birch & Barley team offers small-batch brews specifically designed to complement adventuresome American eats like fried pig tails and more accessible fare like burgers and roast chicken. The soaring industrial-mod space is softly lit, with street views, a long bar and a communal table running down the center of the vast dining room (300 Tingey St. SE; 202-524-4862).

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  • Bar Charley

    This chill Eastern Dupont venue from the El Chucho and Jackie's talents boasts a laid-back vibe, clever cocktails and intriguing, eclectic fare that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Drinks range from tiki on tap to performance cocktails that employ smoke. Bites like a soup riff on Buffalo chicken wings and roasted dates with curry mascarpone are served in a basement-level bar and dining room that lead to a rear patio (1825 18th St. NW; 202-627-2183).

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    El Rey

    Restaurant and nightlife impresarios the Hilton brothers (American Ice Company, Marvin, Brixton, Chez Billy, The Gibson) repurposed shipping containers for their U Street NW Corridor taqueria where inexpensive Mexican street food ballasts beer, tequila and mezcal. Vintage signage brightens the industrial space, which features a retractable roof - with plenty of heaters in winter - and a walk-up window where people can order tacos streetside (919 U St. NW; 202-506-6418).

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    Showtime Lounge

    This low-key Bloomingdale dive bar offers cheap drinks (think: Natty Boh and box wine) and a free jukebox loaded with R&B and soul; the faces of famous local musicians and record-logo graphics line the walls of the one-room neighborhood haunt (113 Rhode Island Ave. NW).

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    Southern Efficiency

    Following Mockingbird Hill and Eat the Rich, this third Shaw storefront from mixologist and restaurateur Derek Brown celebrates whiskey in jarred and on-tap cocktails and dishes up down-home Southern eats. The wood and brick bar-focused space, accessorized with tractor seats and wooden crates, offers a trendy milieu to knock back a few, and fans of the signature spirit can also sign up for tasting sessions (1841 Seventh St. NW; 202-316-9396).

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