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Birch & Barley prides itself on an unrivaled and quite extensive beer list that complements their contemporary American fare. Featuring a warm and inviting interior designed to cater to everyone who walks through the doors, lured in by the aromatic scents wafting in the air, this establishment is an absolute marvel, whipping up delectable delights under the watchful eye of the talented chef Jarrad Silver. The much-lauded restaurant features over 555 beer varieties sourced from local breweries, as well as bottles, drafts and ale, and it also offers an assortment of wines and ingeniously concocted cocktails to pick from. The menu by chef Kyle Bailey offers pan-seared cod, honey glazed duck breast and crudo of kampachi, as well as cheese platters. End your meal on a sweet note with the creamsicle cheesecake.
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.
This Asian-style teahouse in the heart of Dupont Circle hosts outdoor Japanese tea ceremonies in summer. The rest of the year, enjoy dozens of exotic teas, breakfast, sandwiches and bento boxes. Teaism also has a small store where you can buy traditional tea settings. Try the ostrich burgers, Japanese bento boxes (rice, sushi, and a hot dish) and rice pudding for dessert. Tea is served in your own pot.
Serving two of the country's favorite comfort foods under a single roof is Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken. The donuts and chicken are prepared fresh daily and served with a smile. While the menu prominently features the classic buttermilk fried chicken, a sriracha and spicy garlic blend is offered up as well for those favoring spice. The donut selection changes daily, featuring delicious flavors like peanut butter & jelly, maple bacon, crème brûlée, caramel macchiato and s'mores. Whether you come for the chicken, the donuts, or both, you will surely leave Astro with a big smile on your face.
Divey ambiance? Check. Delicious bar food? Check. Awesome name? Double check. The Codmother, one of Washington DCs most beloved dive bars, can get wild, edgy and a little sloppy on weekend nights, but in all the best sort of dive bar ways. Do like the locals do and grab a piece of chalk and scrawl your motto for the night on the walls, tables, or ceiling. While at the bar, try their famous fish and chips, served with a side of mashed peas, and wash it all down with some of the Codmother's infamous drink combinations.
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.
At Screwtop, connoisseurs will be delighted with the ever evolving artisan list of delicious cheese and wines. Truly a labor of love, savor over 60 selected varieties from local wineries along with the cheese assortments and delish charcuterie. With a cozy and friendly atmosphere, it is a great place for singles, couples and groups with refined palates.
Whether you're savoring brunch on a weekend morning, rooting your favorite team on, or puzzling over a weekday trivia question, you're sure to have a great time at Kitty O'Shea's DC location. The pub, which offers up a killer happy hour selection and a full Irish menu, is perched right near the Tenleytown Metro station, making it a convenient watering hole for locals and visitors alike. Be sure to sample one of their draft beers while you munch on their delicious Irish fare.