The dining room at Jack Rose looks like one of those libraries where you need a sliding ladder to find a copy of Moby Dick - except instead of great American novels, it’s filled with 2,000 whiskey bottles. That being said, if you’re the type of person who can’t tell the difference between bottle #1 and bottle #1,658, you can head upstairs to the rooftop bar for a more casual group hang. Get some Southern small plates to go with the whiskey drink you’re trying to make your signature order.
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If you’re looking for a dance floor around U Street, try The Brixton. And head to the rooftop when you need a break.
Solly’s U Street Tavern
Make Solly's your go-to for a casual beer around U Street, and definitely get involved with the Sloppy Mama's BBQ they serve.
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.
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Tabard Inn in Dupont has a reliable brunch, but the patio is a nice spot for dinner (and live jazz), too.
Birch & Barley
When you want a good beer but don't want to sacrifice good food, head to Bitch & Barley in Logan Circle. It's the best of both worlds.
Declaration is right near Nats Park and has a wide-ranging menu and a daily Happy Hour so it’s perfect for a group dinner or brunch before a game.
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All-Purpose is a neighborhood spot in Shaw with excellent Italian antipasti and some good pizza.
There are plenty of places to get ramen in DC, but Haikan is doing it a bit differently. Try it for a casual dinner next time you’re in Shaw.
The food at Colada Shop is just okay, but the space and location make it a good place for a quick meal around U Street.
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