What used to be a wall dividing two restaurants is now a handsome zinc bar, where guests can grab a stool and sip on varietals from an eclectic nine-page list. Much of this list is divided into New World and Old World styles, a trait reflected in a food menu that includes everything from rabbit bolognese to barbecue-chicken pizzas.
Open City hosts a broad cross-section of patrons, from local hipsters and neighborhood families to conventioneers staying at the nearby Marriott and Omni hotels. Freelancers and students leisurely sip coffee and use the free Wi-Fi, and while the café is open all day long, the most popular meals here are breakfast and brunch. Look for omelets, scrambles, buttermilk or multi-grain pancakes, french toast, mimosas and everything else you might crave before noon, all served with a seriously relaxed vibe. While breakfast is served all day, those dining later might want to indulge in one of the homemade salads or sandwiches, or fawn over a cup of coffee – served with animal crackers on the side. No matter what your order, the big, yawning space will make you feel right at home, thanks to an abundance of natural light. Or, soak it all in from their sidewalk patio space.
Nanny O'Briens is a Washington Post editors' pick for its commitment to Irish hospitality. Every Monday eve beginning at 9, traditional Irish seisiuns bring together the musical chops of local strummers and crooners who fill the air with social waves of sound, inviting everyone with a voice or a set of ears to feel the communal power of appetite-whetting tunes. Tuesday night is Trivia Night starting at 8:30, and every night after is content to be merry feasting and drinking night.
As 20 high-definition televisions play the latest sports in Uptown Tap House?s dining room, the pub?s cooks tirelessly craft their upscale take on classic bar food. They smother pumpkin ravioli in brown butter-cream sauce, pile hickory-smoked pulled pork and chipotle slaw onto sandwiches, and leave oysters and clams just as they are for raw bar orders. To complement each feast, bartenders decant predominantly local American brews from 22 taps. The full libation menu features more bottled beers, plus wine and spirits, all three of which Uptown showcases at its weekly tastings.
Executive Chef Billy Klein brings a bit of Spain to Cleveland Park, creating inventive interpretations of tapas that marry traditional flavors with contemporary sensibilities. Befitting the name "Pulpo"—Spanish for octopus—menu prominently features a dish of tender octopus simply prepared with the refreshing citrus-herbal tang of oranges and parsley. Chef Klein and his team also keep the meals close to home by sourcing produce from local farms. This dedication is apparent throughout the drink menu, which features three kinds of sangria, an assortment of international wines, and cocktails made with everything from jalapeño-infused simple syrup to earl grey- and sage-infused vodka.
Washingtonian describes the thoroughly industrial dining room as, "something at once more modern and rustic." Given the worn, black brickwork, well-trodden concrete floors, and caged, warehouse-style light bulbs, this assessment seems especially apt. A three-paneled, black-and-white piece of artwork depicting an octopus adorns one brick wall, and a lipstick-red accent wall flaunts flat-screen televisions and a gurgling aquarium.
The entryway of Sherry’s Wine and Spirits may feel narrow and claustrophobic, but that’s simply because of the massive bottle selection inside. This Woodley Park liquor store houses thousands of bottles of wine on its shelves. Can’t figure out which bottle will be the perfect complement for a home-cooked meal or a romantic evening in? Ask one of the well-informed staff members to point you to the perfect vintage. And if you aren’t in the mood for the grape, note that the store has an interesting selection of rare liquors, an impressive array of whiskey and bourbon and all of the necessities for a well-stocked bar. There’s also a nice selection of American and international craft beers, some as rare as the vino bottles found elsewhere. Be sure to keep an eye out for the rotating “hot deals” and specials.