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Best Cocktail 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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Madhatter

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.

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Off the Record

Off the Record, located in the Hay-Adams Hotel, is a classy place where locals can socialize and exchange the latest news and gossip over creative cocktails. This bar has been voted among the world's best hotel bars by Forbes. If you get hungry, small plates are served throughout the day, including sliders, cheese plates, and more.

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SAX

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.

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The Gibson

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.

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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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Bourbon

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.

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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 Italy and Brazil, and is known for its heady flavors.

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Wisdom

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.

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