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Best cocktails

Fritz Hahn  |  Updated 07/25/2012

From classic martinis to unusual libations crafted with homemade bitters and exotic liqueurs, these bars will satisfy the most demanding drinkers.

 

Bourbon Steak

Washington, DC

Seasonal ingredients, impressive twists on classic recipes and chic decor help this steakhouse lounge shine.

 

P.O.V. Roof Terrace and Lounge

Washington, DC

You'll find great drinks -- and some of the best views of D.C. -- atop the W Hotel, thanks to a menu created by highly-rated New York mixologist Sasha Petraske.

 

PX

Alexandria, VA

This cozy, modern-day speakeasy lacks a sign or a phone number, but has a luxe decor and unusual retro-styled cocktails crafted with homemade bitters, syrups and other ingredients.

 

The Passenger

Washington, DC

In front, the Passenger is a dark, cozy neighborhood bar when the skilled staff can whip up bespoke cocktails based on a customer's mood or favorite ingredients. In back is the Columbia Room, where bartending star Derek Brown hosts cocktail classes and intimate evening cocktail events.

 

Proof

Washington, DC

Mixologist Adam Bernbach -- late of Bar Pilar's famous Cocktail Sessions -- brings his inventive spirit, homemade bitters and forward-thinking palette to the Penn Quarter wine bar.

 

Rasika Penn Quarter

Washington, DC

Raskia's bar menu takes its cue from the kitchen, offering cocktails made with a variety of spices and fresh ingredients.

 

Tabard Inn

Washington, DC

Though it's best known for its restaurant or the roaring fireplace in the library-like lounge, the Tabard's bartenders consistently create great cocktails with retro flair and fresh fruits.

 

The Gibson

Washington, DC

It can be tough to get in without a reservation, but the gorgeous bar and breathtaking cocktails are worth it. Each floor has its own menu, and the spacious back patio is worth a visit in nice weather -- especially for slushy mixed drinks.

 

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