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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.
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.
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.
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.
Head over to Breadsoda for cold beer, tasty sandwiches, and a whole lot of bar games. From pool to shuffle board, Breadsoda has something for everyone. The bar has developed a 70s-era billiards bar theme that is both fun and cozy. While there is plenty of beer on draught, patrons can also sip on wine or cocktails made at the full bar. Food ranges from simple - but delicious - grilled cheese, to charcuterie plates piled high with fancy cured meats.