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The name "Madhatter" is the owner's homage to the fictitious character of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. With Alice-themed artworks on the walls and cocktails like the Large Hat (a large cocktail served in a hat-shaped cup) the atmosphere is half the fun. Enjoy bottomless mimosas and brunch, or fajitas, pizza, and sandwiches.
With its eccentric jungle decor and two bars serving more than 25 beers on tap, this is a fun place to welcome the weekend with your friends. The laid-back crowd settles into booths on the lower level or around one of the bars. Meanwhile, the jukebox kicks out hip and energetic tunes.They have pizza, tasty chili, burgers, veggie burgers, fish and chips, as well as other pub grub to keep your hunger in check. Their happy hours are quite popular and explored by many downtown office-goers. Certain evenings at The Big Hunt also see shows by Underground Comedy, a very popular comedy club of the city.
An evening of bewitching entertainment along with some tantalizing French fare is what awaits you at the Sax. Located in the heart of Washington, this place is open until the late hours of night with a line up of performances that will blow your mind. Guests can expect a variety of acts, including cabaret, burlesque and acrobatics. They also host various events that involve active participation from the guests, like masquerade parties, champagne cocktail hours, burlesque Sunday brunches and more.
Despite its nondescript exterior, The Gibson has become one of the hottest spots in the District. This speakeasy-style bar is so popular that you'll definitely want to make a reservation so you can enjoy the original, high-quality cocktails while relaxing in the seating-only space. If you feel like mingling, find a spot outside on the terrace. Word on the street is that the drinks are expensive but strong, following true speakeasy fashion.
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.
Experience a classic Victorian pub at The Queen Vic. You will see a wide range of spirits at the bar for you to choose from. The bricked walls and cozy seating are ideal when you catch up with your friends over a few drinks. They have delectable food on offer to keep your hunger in check, and the ales cannot be left out.
A refined lounge located in Capitol Hill, Wisdom delights with its sophisticated cocktail menu. The selection is fairly large, and to help patrons navigate it, they offer an innovative guide. Absinthe and absinthe-based cocktails are a specialty at Wisdom. There's a modest food menu that includes bar bites like bacon waffles, hummus and more. Aside from cocktails, the drinks menu offers a varied array of spirits ranging from wines and whiskey to bourbon and brandy.