With its hand-blown glass light fixtures, beckoning fireplace, and old-growth walnut bar-top, VoVina’ cultivates an old-world elegance. The décor’s chic simplicity carries over into a menu of European- and American-style small plates, such as Angus beef sliders and black truffle tater-tots, crafted to complement dozens of tempting cocktails. The Fountain of Youth blends Bombay Sapphire, St. Germaine, and a touch of green chartreuse, and the Asian Pear arrives shaken and strained over a soft lychee. Further underlining the Jazz Age-feel, the bar touts one of the largest absinthe selections in the area. The legendary spirits are poured plain or blended into beverages, inspiring guests to dance the Charleston atop VoVina’s locally grown, recycled maple tables.
Lucky 7 furnishes the simple pleasures of sports on TV, cold drinks, and hearty food, as well as entertaining activities in the form of dartboards and arcade games. More than 20 different beers are on tap, and diners feast on pub classics such as fish ‘n’ chips, third-pound cheeseburgers, and spicy-buffalo wings. As sports fans exchange a flurry of high-fives at the old-school varnished-wood bar, guests challenge each other to pinball matches or to rounds of pool at one of the game room's four pool tables.
Owned by a pair of married comedians, Laughs Comedy Spot draws on its owners' continent-wide comedy connections and restaurant-managing acumen to treat guests to top-rate rib ticklers and delectable food. Graciously arranged tables ensure clear views of the stage from every seat, backing up punch lines with a powerful sound system, and free, well-lit parking eases transit worries and preempts cars' fear of the dark.
At Flatstick Pub, there's nothing awkward about a few seconds of silence?somebody's probably just trying to putt. Like the sight of children incompetently hitting a pi?ata, the nine-hole indoor miniature golf course tempts guests to set down their beer and pick up a club. It's something you don't see at many bars, but the entertainment would have to be exceptionally compelling to pull visitors away from their glasses?after all, there are 24 rotating taps to explore, each dispensing a Washington-made beer or cider. A digital display board lets you know exactly what style of beer's available, where it comes from, and how much is left in the keg, so you can (for example) grab the last glass of Schilling grapefruit cider or the first sips of a just-tapped Georgetown porter.
If hunger strikes between the first hole and the ninth, you've got options. Flatstick carries sandwiches, wraps, and salads from Molly's, but you can also bring your own eats or order delivery from a list of restaurants. A dog-friendly policy and special events throughout the week also keep spirits high. Brewer's night, for instance, offers a free round of golf to anyone who purchases a pint from the featured brewery, and trivia-night hosts, unlike college professors, reward smarts with prizes.
Antlers, wooden beer barrels, and exposed stone walls line The Lodge Sports Grille’s interior, where a bar crafted from rough-hewn wood shines like a showpiece. Behind it, custom wooden shelves stocked with top-shelf liquor and more than 70 beer taps drilled into stripped logs tempt thirsty patrons. The decidedly lodge-like feel of the restaurant spills over into the menu, which features hearty fare such as half-pound burgers, beer-battered halibut, and steaks aged for 28 days or placed in a time machine and sent 28 days into the future. Along its 40-foot solid maple bar top, patrons lounge sipping fresh, housemade sangria while viewing 60-inch flat-screen televisions which can be viewed from all angles of the house. Those eager to unwind in more natural surroundings may admire the roaring flames of The Lodge's double-sided stone fireplace during daily happy hour sessions and beyond.
The atmosphere at Valhalla Bar and Grill varies greatly depending on the day of the week. On Sunday, the mood is relaxed, as friends clink glasses of beer and compete in complimentary games of billiards. Come Wednesday, the joint echoes with lively music, as bold guests take the stage to perform karaoke numbers beneath the glimmer of a massive lyrics screen. Friday night is a lighthearted affair, when laughter fills the air and comedian Dr. Heckle brings a rotating cast of local and national touring comedians to the stage. On Saturday night the bar bustles with animated energy, as disco lights and laser lights illuminate the dance floor and guests dance to '80s classics. To fuel this lively schedule of events, the bar’s chefs whip up a full menu of pub favorites, including hearty club sandwiches, spicy buffalo chicken strips, and juicy burgers.