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.
Lyon Hall is a quintessential neighborhood brasserie in Arlington. It features an unrivaled beer list with over 20 on tap and over 50 bottled brews on offer. Enjoy a chilled pint with delectable bar fare. German and French classics dominate the menu with the likes of pretzels and steak frites. A packed house and energetic vibes during their weekend brunch reveals its local favorite status.
This casual restaurant takes its name from John Singer Sargent's painting El Jaleo. A large mural of a flamenco dancer, based on Sargent's work, adorns a wall in the restaurant and sets the casual tone of the interior. Jaleo is the perfect place to drink sangria, devour tasty tapas and tantalize your taste buds with paella. Flamenco dancers entertain the crowd on Wednesday evenings.
For an evening spent feeling like you're sitting on the Ramblas in Spain rather than in DC's trendy Logan Circle area, head to Barcelona 14th Street. While this tapas place and wine bar focuses on the flavors of Spain, the wine list includes selections from around the world, much to the delight of wine lovers who come to visit this intimate establishment. Grab a table inside, a seat at the bar, or head out to the courtyard, where a large fireplace keeps patrons warm even on cooler DC evenings.
Samuel Beckett's Irish Gastro Pub offers a traditional Irish experience complete with craft beer, live performances and live sports. The Irish menu boasts tasty Shepherd's Pie, Lamb Stew, Bangers N' Mash and Irish Sausage Rolls. Trivia nights see huge crowds come together to participate. The decor is done up with Irish artifacts, paintings and accessories that would transport one back to the Irish countryside.
This neighborhood pub is tucked between Dupont Circle and Adams-Morgan. Fox and Hounds offers a friendly atmosphere and fun crowd. The outdoor cafe is an ideal spot for people watching on 17th Street. At all times, patrons will find that both drinks and food - standard pub fare, such as burgers and other sandwiches - are served with a generous hand. Customers enjoy the large number of coffee liqueur drinks, wines by the glass, imported beers and microbrews.
Nazca Mochica is a Peruvian restaurant located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington DC offering modern interpretations of classic Peruvian delights in a warm and comfortable setting. The restaurant is spread over two floors featuring a pisco bar with tapas, and an upstair dining area. The lower floor lounge serves a variety of handcrafted Pisco-based cocktails, carefully curated spirits and a notable list of Cebiches. The Cebiche Nazca, Cebiche de Pato and Lomo Saltado are some of their signature dishes on the menu. If you're looking forward to a mouthwatering Latin-American meal, Nazca Mochica is the place to be.
Situated adjacent to the Mason and Rook Hotel, Radiator is a friendly neighborhood restaurant and bar that pays homage to the rich automotive history of 14th street. The dining area features vintage parts of automobiles and checkerboard floors, exuding a nostalgic vibe. The menu includes a wide range of International cocktail-friendly small plates meant for sharing and innovative drinks and an eclectic selection of specialty cocktails and spirits.
Chances are you will get duped by the name, for Duke's Grocery is an East London inspired gastropub! This bi-level space has a laid-back vibe to it and you can enjoy their happy hours with craft beers and seasonal cocktails. Their ever changing menu consists of tasty sandwiches, charcuterie, shared plates, salads and soups. Their market-driven fare will definitely keep you guessing what's on for the day. It is a nice spot to hangout with your friends.
The Pig is a must visit for pork lovers in Washington DC. This restaurant in Logan Circle advocates a nose-to-tail culinary philosophy and specializes in creative renditions of pork. It sources its meat from La Plata MD, its local farm, and features specialties with global influences like barbecue pigtails, bratwurst, Cuban porchetta and cider braised cheek. Their sausage board and pig platters are great when paired with wine, sake or champagne from their beverage list. Other contemporary dishes include salad and seafood. Their pork blood chocolate pudding deserves a special mention. This place is ideal for hosting private parties and events.
At Churchkey, beer is not just another drink, but rather it is a passion and way of life. The bar boasts a jaw-dropping, vast and varied selection of 555 beers that represent a host of regions, traditions and flavor profiles; a kind of chronicle of the story of this magnificent, yet humble brew from around the world. While the beer selection is ever beer lover's dream come true, paired with expertly-crafted, scrumptious bites, like Brat Burgers, Disco fires with sausage gravy and Grafton cheddar cheese, fire-roasted shishito peppers and hand-rolled cavatelli, a meal at Churckey promises to be one that you will not soon forget.