Drink Up and Have Fun at These Delightful D.C. Bars

What do you enjoy the most about going out to a bar? Is it the camaraderie you find when watching a sports game? Do you like perusing a drink menu trying to find the perfect beverage? What about talking with friends and making new ones? There are plenty of reasons to love going to a bar and Washington, D.C. has a thriving late-night scene that will keep you coming back for more.

When it comes to beer, ChurchKey is a great venue to find cold ones you've never heard of but will not be able to forget once you have sampled them. With a jaw-dropping 555 beers available, this place is a beer-lover's paradise. If you love hard liquor drinks, then Barrell is the spot for you. Their impressive 'Brown Water' menu will have you wanting to sample many items. Sauf Haus Bier Hall will have you thinking Oktoberfest all year round with their selection of German beers.

Those looking to throw back some drinks while also having a good time should hit up Lyman's Tavern for pinball machine fun or The Boardroom featuring over 30 games like Jenga, Monopoly and Don't Break the Ice to dig into while hanging out with friends.

So bring some extra cash, be sure to tip your bartender and line up that designated driver while you check out these top D.C. bars.







Photo courtesy of Rebellion


Named for the riots started after U.S. Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton tried to tax domestically produced distilled spirits, Rebellion harks back to the early days of America with its décor and love of history. The venue has more than 50...  Read More

Bracket Room
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Fairly new to the Metro-area bar scene, this sports lounge and eatery is a popular spot on game day. Co-owned by 'Bachelor' alum Chris Bukowski, the 2,800 square-foot venue fuses a stylish environment with an innovative menu. They claim to have...  Read More

The Boardroom
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Remember when playing games with friends did not involve phones and technology? You actually had to physically participate? The Boardroom aims to bring you back to this forgotten era of friendly competition with more than 30 games to rent. Try...  Read More



There's just something very enjoyable about being able to stand outside by a body of water and drink a cold drink on a warm day. Located by the Washington Channel, this brightly colored dockside restaurant and bar is a must-visit for those who...  Read More

Sauf Haus Bier Hall
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You don't have to wait until an Oktoberfest celebration to get delicious, quality German beverages in a fun biergarten atmosphere thanks to this D.C. destination. Opening in 2014, the venue features two indoor bars and a rooftop beer garden....  Read More

Lyman's Tavern
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Pinball machines. Do I really need to say more? Not only does this D.C. bar offer great drinks, it also has a fun atmosphere featuring a number of pinball machines to both frustrate and entertain guests. They even host their own pinball league...  Read More

Red Light
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Decadent desserts and craft cocktails are the focus of this Northwest bar which opened in April 2014. The name and design scheme are a wink to the area's colorful past as a red light district. Sip on sinfully delicious cocktails like Irish...  Read More

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For those who love bourbon, this is the place to come. Just one look at their 'Brown Water' menu and you will know why. An impressive collection of bourbons are just waiting on the menu to be ordered – not to mention multiple different types...  Read More

Dram & Grain
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Bars are usually a place where anyone can walk in and you are scrunched together with strangers. That's not the case at Dram and Grain where it's reservation-only seating on certain nights and only 20 guests can be there for a given amount of...  Read More

Logan Circle


A beer-lover's paradise awaits at the northwest-based ChurchKey. A jaw-dropping 555 beers – five cask ales, 50 draft beers and 500 bottles – are just waiting to be drunk by those craving variety when it comes to their sudsy cold ones....  Read More


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