Unlike the line your cousin made you stand in at the Hirshhorn Infinity Mirrors exhibit, the wait to get into The Brixton actually goes by pretty quickly. And once you do get inside, you can choose between the casual bar downstairs, the dance floor on the next level, and the open air rooftop that looks over U Street. The crowd here leans younger, so just know that some people out there dancing to “Filthy” won’t know that Justin Timberlake used to have frosted tips.
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American Ice Company
Head to American Ice Co. on V Street for some of the city's best nachos and a nice patio to eat them on.
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.
It gets crowded on the weekends, but El Rey is a reliable spot for after work drinks and Mexican food around U Street.
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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.
Froggy Bottom Pub
Froggy Bottom is a mix of Vietnamese and bar food, and it’s surprisingly great for some low-key pho.
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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.
Calico has one of our favorite patios in Shaw, as well as cocktails in Capri Sun-style pouches and shareable small plates.
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.
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