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Mussel Bar

Voted "Best New Restaurant of Bethesda," Mussel Bar lives up to the name and the hype. Opened in the fall of 2010 by Chef Weidmaier, Mussel Bar is known for serving up large, steaming pots of mussels in a variety of savory flavors. In addition to mussels, Mussel Bar's Belgian fries and delicious wood-fired tarts, or Belgian pizzas, are a must. The tarts incorporate fresh ingredients that burst with flavor, and are large enough to share with another person. Lastly, don't forget to try a new beer from their long and unique international beer list, such as Drabo Pils and raspberry beer. -Shirley Hsieh

The Saloon

This European-style beer hall is the newest addition from the owners of Saloun in Georgetown. The Saloon has become a popular hangout for locals and tourists. The downstairs is built like a beer hall, with wooden tables, chairs and booths. Upstairs is more spacious, with a loft for those who like to drink from a high perch. The crowd comes for the full selection of excellent Belgian beers.

DC9 Nightclub

DC9 Nightclub is one of the best concert and partying venues in Washington DC. Known for its eclectic shows and live music events, it attracts hipsters and music lovers from all over the city for its late-night parties. You can choose to enjoy a quiet evening with friends on the patio or in one of its three bars. For real excitement, however, head upstairs for a show and soak in the energy of the vibrant crowds. Award-winning bands, dancers and DJs come here to entertain guests with their mind-blowing performances. People look forward to their dance parties so that they can come here in large groups and party the night away. For a nightclub, this place has a great food menu featuring items like Fried Shrimp Po’boy and The Slawter Burger. You can also create your own burger by choosing from various ingredients. There is no strict dress policy here but guests need to be above 21 years. Book show tickets well in advance for assured entry but table reservations are not necessary.


Nestled right in the heart of the vibrant Adams-Morgan neighborhood, this aptly named bar/restaurant is guaranteed to have something in store for even the most discerning alcohol aficionado. Bourbon offers literally hundreds of varieties of American Whiskey, Rye Whiskey, Scotch and Irish Whiskey and, you guessed it, Bourbon. But don't let the name fool you. With nearly 30 beers to choose from and a decent wine list there are options for those who prefer something a little lighter than hard liquor. If you feel too overwhelmed with the choices the knowledgeable staff can recommend something based on your preferences and/or budget. Bourbon also offers brunch on weekends and a standard selection of appetizers, sandwiches, salads, burgers and main dishes. Get there early on weekends to avoid the lines.

Assaggi Osteria

Assaggi Osteria is for all those who love Italian food and good mozzarella. The menu features a wide array of appealing appetizers, salads, homemade pastas, fresh seafood and veal. You need to keep a careful watch on the road if you are driving as chances are you might miss this hidden gem. Due to the chef-owner's love for seafood, Assaggi specializes in seafood and you can find interesting treasures from the seas all around the world in here all sourced freshly of course. All the other produce is procured from local Amish farms and the desserts are made in the house. The farm to table menu is served as small plates meant to be shared.

Capitol City Brewing Company

Capitol City Brewing Company was the pioneering pub to open in the American capitol after the end of the Prohibition era. Handcrafted brews are the pride of its offerings. Enjoy a chilled beer from their signature selection, or sample a flight to complement classic pub grub. Its bar is the centerpiece of the room with surrounding seating and a mezzanine dining level as well. Its proximity to Washington landmarks like the National Postal Museum and the National Mall make it a popular feature on sightseeing itineraries to DC.

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