Bars in Washington, D. C.

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A local watering hole, Meeting Place is the perfect place to meet friends for your next round of drinks. Meeting Place offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done. Take advantage of the bar's open space and tap into your inner dancer. Be prepared to raise your voice, though — the bar can get noisy.

Weekends are when crowds really head to Meeting Place, so plan accordingly. For those in a rush, the bar lets you take your food to go.

You can leave your car curbside with nearby street parking. If public transportation is preferable, ditch the car and board nearby stops at Farragut North Metro (Red), Farragut West Metro (Blue, Orange), and Mcpherson Sq Metro (Blue, Orange).

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1707 L St NW
Washington,
DC
US

When the owners of Lounge 201 decided to revamp their business, they wanted to move toward something that looked more like a “modern tavern.” Their efforts yielded The 201 Bar, which has more than 50 bottles of craft beer, 30 bottles of small batch wine, and bartenders who mix cocktails by hand. The drinks complement a mix of seafood dishes and delightfully referential sandwiches such as the Elvis’ Peanut Butter Sandwich with bananas and bacon. The spirit of the old business wasn’t abandoned altogether, however. The best parts are still in tact, such as the private rooms available for all manner of party, gathering, or celebration.

201 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington,
DC
US

Under the gentle light of curvaceous sconces, Tangier Restaurant and Bar's guests can indulge their taste buds with an assortment of Moroccan-inspired tapas and entrees from the menu. In addition to plating fresh pita bread and traditional Moroccan–style lamb sausage, the cooks also stir chickpeas, onions, and raisins into steaming orders of couscous or glaze chicken with a homemade harissa sauce made from hot peppers. To accompany meals, belly dancers occasionally perform in the dining room, traveling between diners' tables with the controlled, fluid grace of an Olympian swimming in a lap pool of maple syrup.

2305 18th St NW
Washington,
DC
US

Stigma Tattoo Bar compiles a trifecta of signifiers of lighthearted vice in its combination tattoo and piercing parlor, bar, and pole-dancing studio. Red vinyl couches line brick walls, and poles reach from floor to ceiling for classes scheduled along with lap-dance and burlesque lessons. Flat-screen TVs entertain customers as they're inked or studded, and a dramatic metal cage in the center of the room contributes to an edgy club atmosphere where you never know if a lion might appear from behind the bar.

1413 K Street Northwest
Washington,
DC
US

As patrons walk into Sahra Hookah Lounge, a cushy, red velvet ottoman emerges from behind puffs of smoke. Golden drapes sweep along the top of an exposed brick wall, and candlelight flickers across knee-high tables where patrons share plates of spicy hummus. A profile on Thrillist lists some of Sahra Hookah Lounge's other features: nine wines, Geary's beer, and double-apple hookah, which conjure memories of roasting pies over a tobacco-free campfire.

1200 H St
Washington,
DC
US

Dine in style at the Lotus Lounge. This chic K Street venue is more than a late-night hot spot, it's a restaurant that serves up Asian-inspired dishes as colorful and varied as the bright walls of the scene.

1420 K St Nw
Washington,
Washington D.C.
US