Washington, DC is a city of many contrasts, but one thing that is never up for debate is just how fantastic the city’s food and bar scene is. After all, politicians need something strong to sip on while they run the country, right? Here’s where to eat and drink in DC - and maybe even rub elbows with some power players along the way.
This longtime local favorite has been around since 1979. Here you can enjoy one of more than 30 beers on tap and the kind of rich bar food that really hits the spot. You’ll likely be sharing the low-key space with a whole host of Hill staffers and lobbyists looking to let down their hair in their favorite dive.
Bullfeathers, 410 First St. SE, Washington, DC 20003
If you’d like a breath of fresh air to go with your cocktail, the Columbia Room’s outdoor patio is the perfect hangout. Designated by the Washington Post as the best cocktail bar in DC not once, but twice, it’s definitely a place you’ll want to linger. With its pretty hanging plants and creative design, Columbia Room is also painfully photogenic.
Columbia Room, 124 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001
Dyllan’s Raw Bar Grill
Located in a peaceful slice of Georgetown along the C&O Canal, Dyllan’s is a great place to enjoy seafood. Get comfy in their thoughtfully designed dining room or their refreshing outdoor patio, and don’t leave without trying the oysters.
Dyllan’s Raw Bar Grill, Canal Square, 1054 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007
This is the place to be for great Mexican food in DC. Poca Madre offers mouth-watering creative takes on classics like burritos and tacos, along with innovating (and delicious) dishes you’d never expect.
Poca Madre, 777 I Street NW, Techworld Plaza, Washington, DC 20001
Anyone who’s experienced a sudden sushi craving knows that once you’ve got it on the brain, no other meal will do. Sushi Capitol on Capitol Hill offers all the sushi you’ll need to get through the day. You can also opt for the Omakase tasting menu for an extra special experience. The dining room’s intimate atmosphere makes it that much more of a delight.
Sushi Capitol, 325 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
If you’re in the mood to splurge on some French fare, you’ll love the modern twist on classic favorites offered at Bistro Bis. Whether you go for steak or rich beef bourguignon, your taste buds will love it. It’s also a great spot for a little political people watching, especially in the morning hours when, you’ll spot power breakfasts between politicians and lobbyists.
Bistro Bis, 15 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Sonoma Restaurant And Wine Bar
Homesick Californians, fret no more: Sonoma offers all the wine from home you’ve been missing in the District. Sonoma’s wide-ranging New American menu and top-notch vino are well worth a visit. It’s a favorite among DC fundraisers, power players, and lobbyists, so if you’re looking for a side of low-key political action with your meal, it’s a great hangout.
Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar, 223 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003