Find happy hours and drink specials anywhere you are

5 Must-Visit Hidden Bars in Washington, D.C.

by Lauren Sloat on Oct 1, 2013 in Roundups
5 Must-Visit Hidden Bars in Washington, D.C.

Blame it on renewed nostalgia for the 1920s (see: Boardwalk Empire, The Great Gatsby) but bars off the beaten path are trending in the District. In addition to a certain cachet, these below-the-radar establishments typically have a more refined vibe than the regular D.C. drinking scene, which means fancier sips and no elbowing your way to the bar. Check out these five spots alluring clandestine drinkers.

2 Birds 1 Stone: The unmarked, basement level spot beneath Asian street food eatery Doi Moi belies a serious cocktail bar helmed by Proof and Estadio veteran Adam Bernbach. Expect a well-honed list of about six drinks — four of which are new every week — plus the punch of the day and craft beer in bottles (1800 14th St. NW).

Harold Black: Make like Nucky Thompson at this 1920s inspired speakeasy — named after co-owner Ari Gejdenson’s grandfather — inconspicuously located above Eastern Market’s Acqua Al 2. While a no cellphone or flash photography rule keeps the ambiance feeling legit, a modern day partnership with CityEats makes it possible to score a reservation (212 7th St. SE; 202-540-0459).

Tiki Bar at Jack Rose Dining Saloon: Behind the bathrooms and a set of doors on the Jack Rose rooftop, you’ll find a grass-thatched tiki hut serving up Polynesian-themed drinks with paper umbrellas. Open seasonally Thursday through Saturday starting at 6 PM, expect classic drinks like the Bahia (basically a pina colada) and the Zombie. All tiki cocktails and Polynesian bites are half off during Tiki Thursdays happy hour, which stretches from 5–10 PM (2007 18th St. NW; 202-588-7388).

The Gibson: You wouldn’t know it from the insanity that is now 14th Street, but the unmarked door next to Marvin leads to a candle-lit joint where the cocktail menu is more of a suggestion than a requirement. Open daily at 6 PM, prepare to leave your number with the host and wait nearby for a text when a table is ready... a strict cap on patrons keeps things classy (2009 14th St. NW; 202-232-2156).

PX: The D.C. area’s original speakeasy is still a destination for libations handcrafted by sommelier and mixologist Todd Thrasher, who relies on hand-squeezed juices, housemade bitters and home-brewed tonic. Though you can reserve a spot online, you’ll want to dress up and look for the unassuming blue light visible from the street (728 King St., Alexandria).


Tags: Cocktails
Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Gin Pong is Here to Class Up Your Next Soiree

Gin Pong is Here to Class Up Your Next Soiree

Gin pong is here, just in time for the holidays....read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Oct 17, 2017
Applebees Employee's Video Shows Crappy $1 Margaritas Even Crappier Than You Thought

Applebees Employee's Video Shows Crappy $1 Margaritas Even Crappier Than You Thought

Applebee's is offering a $1 margarita throughout the entirety of October at any of their participating restaur...read more ›

by Ryan Hudak Oct 13, 2017
Tue
Oct 31
Tue
Nov 14
SPONSORED
Find happy hours and drink specials anywhere you are
California Wildfires Burn 150,000 Acres, Majorly Affecting Vineyards Throughout Wine Country

California Wildfires Burn 150,000 Acres, Majorly Affecting Vineyards Throughout Wine Country

Wildfires have swept through Napa and Sonoma counties, killing 15 and putting the livelihood of wine country a...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Oct 10, 2017
Where to Find Late Night Happy Hours in D.C.

Where to Find Late Night Happy Hours in D.C.

Take a look at our picks for best late night happy hours for the next time those hunger (and drinking) pangs hit you late at night. ...read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Oct 10, 2017
Johnnie Walker Is Selling a Blade Runner 2049 Scotch

Johnnie Walker Is Selling a Blade Runner 2049 Scotch

With the Blade Runner sequel in theaters now, Johnnie Walker has designed a blend to commemorate the film: Johnnie Walker Black The Director's Cut....read more ›

by Alexander Frane Oct 10, 2017
Sing Your Heart Out at These D.C. Karaoke Bars

Sing Your Heart Out at These D.C. Karaoke Bars

Whether you're looking for a fun night out with friends or a place to practice for your audition with The Voice, here are our picks for where to get y...read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Oct 2, 2017
Oregon's Union Wine Co. Teams up with Wildfang Clothing to Benefit Planned Parenthood

Oregon's Union Wine Co. Teams up with Wildfang Clothing to Benefit Planned Parenthood

Oregon's Union Wine Co. and Wildfang Clothing are teaming up to raise money for Planned Parenthood with a new ...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Oct 2, 2017
Boozy Ice Cream is Here To Boost Your Buzz

Boozy Ice Cream is Here To Boost Your Buzz

A Maryland company, ArcticBuzz, has given us the gift of combining vodka and ice cream to create the ultimate boozy treat....read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Oct 2, 2017
Celebrate Fall in Style with Flask Cocktails from Coopers' Craft

Celebrate Fall in Style with Flask Cocktails from Coopers' Craft

Spice up your autumnal drinking with coffee cocktails that fit perfectly in a flask made with Coopers' Craft Kentucky Bourbon, which pairs perfectly w...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Sep 29, 2017
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close