Don’t let the “nightclub” part of DC9 scare you off. There isn’t a $20 cover or heels-only rule you have to follow to get in here. What you can expect is live music on the second floor (most nights), a low-key bar for Happy Hour on the first, and a roof with a good view of U Street.
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The Fainting Goat
Fainting Goat isn’t great, but you’ll end up here at some point. When the time comes, go heavy on the drinks and light on the food.
It gets crowded on the weekends, but El Rey is a reliable spot for after work drinks and Mexican food around U Street.
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.
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Try Black Jack for a casual pre-going out group dinner on 14th Street. We endorse the bucket of fried chicken.
Calico has one of our favorite patios in Shaw, as well as cocktails in Capri Sun-style pouches and shareable small plates.
Part basement dance floor, part casual bar, Cafe Saint-Ex comes in handy for nights out on 14th Street.
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A classic that can be used for dates or heavy drinking. Maybe even at the same time. The food’s great too.
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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