For a post-holiday evening out, skip the lines and cover charges
Having the family around is great, but at some point, you're going to be tired of leftovers and dreading the inevitable "Who wants to play Pictionary?" You need to get out of the house, and you're probably not the only one. So here are a couple of places where you, the siblings, the in-laws and friends can rendezvous as a group without having to make reservations, wait in ungodly lines or pay cover charges (which can shock the out-of-towners).
- Fritz Hahn
This new resto-lounge features a marble bar, bottle service-friendly booths, an LED light system and all the touches you would expect from a high-rolling nightspot, but it has no cover and no dress code, even when well-known DJs are on the decks Saturday nights. Swing by on the early side for pizza or calamari apps; stick around until last call.
1101 17th St. NW. 202-955-9001. www.barcodedc.com.
Iron Horse's expansive, high-ceilinged basement is home to skeeball, shuffleboard and video games, two bar areas and more tables than you would expect. No food is served, but you can BYO from nearby takeouts California Tortillaâ?? or Nando'sâ??.
507 Seventh St. NW. 202-347-7665. www.ironhorsedc.com.
You can take almost anyone here. Your hip New York friends will marvel at the achingly cool DJ lineup and lush back patio. College buddies will dig the New Orleans-inspired decor and framed vintage Black Sabbath and AC/DC posters. Your older cousins will enjoy the long list of microbrews and hard-to-find imports - and maybe the $3 cans of Stroh's.
1104 H St. NE. No phone. www.littlemisswhiskeys.com.