Attached to the 9:30 Club, Satellite Room is a good pre-concert option. The partially-covered patio is a useful spot for a group, and if there are just two of you, you can grab seats at the bar. The food is fine but not great, so stick to anything in liquid form (including the boozy shakes) and you’ll be in good shape.
Where we've featured it
More spots in U StreetSee more
It gets crowded on the weekends, but El Rey is a reliable spot for after work drinks and Mexican food around U Street.
If you’re looking for a dance floor around U Street, try The Brixton. And head to the rooftop when you need a break.
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.
More Bar Food spotsSee more
Try Black Jack for a casual pre-going out group dinner on 14th Street. We endorse the bucket of fried chicken.
Suggested by our writers
A classic that can be used for dates or heavy drinking. Maybe even at the same time. The food’s great too.
Ghibellina is a neighborhood Italian spot in Logan Circle. You’ll come for the pizzas and pastas, but stay for the cozy vibes and friendly service.
The Ferris Bueller of DC restaurants, The Royal is cool without trying too hard. Come for great Colombian food and cocktails.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more