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Best Bars in Washington, DC


1. Columbia Room

Type: Low Volume Bar
Location: 124 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, D.C. 20001 - map
Website: http://columbiaroomdc.com

Perhaps one of finest bar experiences I have ever had. Located inside of Passenger Bar this six seat bar has the bartender area sunken so while seated you are at eye level with the standing bartender. This reservation only bar serves cocktails in courses. For a flat rate they will serve you two cocktails of their discretion along with a small bite of food. The third cocktail is either something you request or based on a taste you have in mind. After that additional drinks and food are a la carte. The closest to a Japanese style high end cocktail bar I have seen in America.


Columbia Room

2. PX

Type: Low Volume Bar
Location: 728 King St., Alexandria, VA - map
Website: http://www.eamonnsdublinchipper.com/PX/

A short cab ride out from DC this bar is absolutely worth the trip. Even with the fairly sub-par booze selection due to restrictions in Virginia the bartenders here make fantastic modern cocktails. This speakeasy style bar is a joy to drink at.


3. Estadio

Type: Medium Volume Restaurant Bar
Location: 1520 14th St NW, Washington, DC - map
Website: http://www.estadio-dc.com

This Spanish restaurant has some really solid cocktails. In true Spanish style offers several variations of gin and tonics with house made tonics and different gins. Also their slushes may sound gimmicky and in some ways are, but they are also delicious.


4. Founding Farmers

Type: Medium Volume Restaurant Bar
Location: 1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC - map
Website: http://www.wearefoundingfarmers.com

The cocktails here are mainly slight modifications on classics. Generally interesting and pretty good.


5. Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

Type: Low Volume Restaurant Bar
Location: 1520 14th St NW, Washington, DC - map
Website: http://www.oyamal.com

One of Jose Andres's restaurants, this one is Mexican. I tried cocktails at every single one of this restaurants in DC and this is the only one I would particularly recommend.