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Unpretentious Guide to Going Out

Skip the attitude without skipping the fun.

  • FSURP05
  • Updated 04/20/2011
  • 8 Items

This is by far my favorite restaurant in the district. As you make your entrance it is as if you're being transported through the rabbit hole into a chic, post-modern Wonderland complete with chain curtains, psychedelic flowers and blue flames arising from nothingness. If the mundane district restaurant experience brings you to near tears try OYA for something completely outlandish and delectable.


Churchkey is one of the best places to hop in and grab a beer, or spend the night drinking away. They have a huge selection of beer and the bar staff is fun and have no attitude. Don't be intimidated if you don't know beers, just tell the bartender what you like, and they'll pick you out something great.


When you walk into Marvin, you automatically feel at home. The bar staff is always incredibly helpful and very amicable. This down-home southern eatery and bar welcomes a diverse crowd and always delivers a great time. Come for brunch too, their Chicken and Waffles are amazing.


Some of the best food I have had in Washington, with an endless selection of wine, and excellent Belgian cuisine. If you are unsure of a beer, ask for the Beermeister and he will be happy to recommend numerous beers to chose from based on your preferences.


For those of you who find Georgetown to be about as friendly as the staff at Sibley Hospital, you might try checking out Glover Park. Just north of Georgetown on Wisconsin avenue, there are several bars including Bourbon and Gin & Tonic which defy pretentiousness. Bourbon, as aptly named, has a huge selection of Whiskeys, and numerous beers on tap.


Of all the wine bars in the city this is by far my favorite. It has the best mix of exceptional wines and excellent food. All of their appetizers are delicious and every wine I have tried (by recommendation) has been exquisite. The price is also relatively reasonable (~$100 for 2, including wine). The atmosphere is very relaxed with lounge music softly playing in the background.


Throw out your preconceived notions about a "Gay Bar" when you come to Nellie's. While yes it is a gay sports bar, it is also a great neighborhood bar with friendly staff and great drink prices. Go on Wednesday night for SmartAss Trivia or Monday for Texas Hold 'Em poker (it's not that gay these nights). But you should definitely check it out if you're in the mood for a friendly neighborhood bar.


Circa has been working out the kinks for the better part of 2 years now, however, I have always found this corner bistro a nice respite from the hustle and bustle of Dupont, and a great alternative to the numerous ethnic cuisine establishments that dot the neighborhood. Their wine and drink selections are delectable, especially the raspberry lemonade.

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