Calico is the kind of place you’d take an out-of-towner post-Blagden Alley photo opp, but it’s also where to turn when you want a great patio in Shaw. You can even enjoy it when it gets cold - the space includes a big deck complete with an old greenhouse, string lights, and heat lamps (There’s plenty of seating inside, too, in case the weather is truly bad). You can get cocktails in Capri Sun-style pouches, and the small menu has shareable options like mac and cheese and fried clams.
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Right off U Street, Takoda has a nice (but small) rooftop and some good bar food options. We like it for a day drinking session or even a casual date.
ANXO Cidery & Pinxtos Bar
Anxo is a “cider” garden/bar/restaurant in Shaw. Come on a date and split a few small plates, or for a group hang when it’s nice out.
The Ferris Bueller of DC restaurants, The Royal is cool without trying too hard. Come for great Colombian food and cocktails.
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If you need a pre-game move before a show at the 9:30 Club, Satellite Room has your back. Try with a big group or a date.
Jack Rose Dining Saloon
There's a full dining room at Jack Rose, but we like this U Street Corridor spot more for the enclosed rooftop. Get a whiskey cocktail.
Sotto is one of the more low-key bars around 14th Street, and the live jazz and good cocktails make it a good place to end the night.
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Tail Up Goat
Wear elastic-waisted pants when you go to Tail Up Goat in Adams Morgan, and make sure to get involved with the pastas and lamb ribs.
A classic that can be used for dates or heavy drinking. Maybe even at the same time. The food’s great too.
A highly attractive spot located on the highly trendy Blagden Alley, The Dabney will impress both your date and your Instagram followers.
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