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Best Bars in Washington DC

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Tabard Inn Bar

Tabard Inn Bar is located within Hotel Tabard Inn. Its decor is reminiscent of the early 20th Century, replete with bookshelves lined with heavy volumes, quaint fireplaces, multi-colored leather bar stools and wooden paneling. Its charming patio boasts ornamental chairs placed in a garden with brick walls camouflaged by thick ivy. Unwind with creative cocktails like Clarissa, a blend of Spanish Cava, Fresh Lime, Chambord, St. Germain and Milagro Silver Tequila. Other cocktails include their gin-infused Floradora and whiskey-based Sazerac. Guests can also enjoy a premium selection of Single Malt Scotch, Port And Sherry, Mezcal and American Whiskey. Their drinks are accompanied by light snacks such as Mini Crab Cakes and Tabard Pickle Plate.

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Lincoln

Lincoln is more than just an American restaurant, it celebrates the very spirit of the United States. It was the restaurant of choice for both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama during their presidential campaigns. It has also received numerous awards for its happy hours. Its flooring is constructed from antique wood dotted by a mosaic of a million pennies. Its walls exhibit pop art and a painting of the American flag. Their Presidential Tasting Menu offers the preferred dishes of Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Savor items like Winter Turkey Salad, Maryland Smoked Quail and Chicken Pot Pie. Do not miss their cocktails such as the 1944 Mai Tai and Gettysburg Address.

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Eighteenth Street Lounge

Eighteenth Street Lounge does not advertise and there is not much of a sign over the sliver of a door. But despite the lack of marketing, the place is full of beautiful people dancing, singing and drinking. There are two floors of live or DJ-spun tunes. Newcomers should be sure to wear their best threads or risk rejection at the door. The interiors are upscale and antique-looking, with Middle Eastern influences adding an alluring charm to the decor. Sit back and enjoy a well concocted cocktail or simply head on to the dance-floor and groove to the eclectic music.

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Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe & Grill

Kramerbooks and Afterwords was the first to set up shop in Dupont Circle. This bookstore and cafe is always crowded, particularly on weekends when singles who would rather skip the bar scene flock to this surprising hot spot. Live music is an added feature of this cozy literary joint. The cafe is a full-service restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The entrees are traditional American dishes, like chicken and lamb chops.

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Jack Rose Dining Saloon

If you're looking for a touch of class in Adams Morgan, stop at Jack Rose, a "saloon" featuring hand-selected scotches, bourbons and brandies in specialty, high-end cocktails. Enter on the first floor and find a full-service dining room, then make your way up to the private lounge, balcony and fireplace on the second floor. In the basement you'll find the "secret" Prohibition saloon, which requires a special knock to get in. Be sure to try drinks like "God of Thunder" and "Trailer Park Bride."

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Round Robin Bar

Presidents Warren G. Harding and Abraham Lincoln and novelist Charles Dickens are but a few of the famous people who have stopped by the elegant Round Robin Bar. It once served as the parlor where fine ladies withdrew while the gentlemen enjoyed their brandy and cigars in the bar. Located inside the Willard hotel, the bar still serves classic cocktails to discerning guests.

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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.

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Penn Social

Spread across two floors, there is a lot to explore at Penn Social. The game room has a number of arcade games, dartboards, and pool tables. Enjoy live sports action on the gigantic high definition screen or on the television sets that are spread across the room. As for the beverages, the bar has more than 40 draught beers and a good selection of other drinks. Enjoy pretzels, tortilla chips and salsa, and more on their snack menu.

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Bossa Bistro & Lounge

Bossa provides an atmosphere of unique live music from across the globe. Art lines the walls, and poetry fills the venue every second Monday. Live music can be heard every night, and weekends in the upstairs lounge bring out eclectic crowds who move to world grooves. The menu takes inspiration from Italy and Brazil, and is known for its heady flavors.

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