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We asked, you answered. Here’s what readers voted as the best bars in the D.C. area.

Best whiskey bar

Jack Rose Dining Saloon
Stepping into Jack Rose is like walking into a whiskey encyclopedia where you can taste every single entry. The first floor of this Adams Morgan bar, the dining saloon, is stacked wall to wall with shelves of bottles of brown liquor from all over the world (who knew they made whiskey in Belgium?). Ask to sample something particularly high-end and you’ll send your bartender up one of the ladders to reach for a special bottle. Not sure where to start? Browse the rare bottlings list for single-barrel offerings from familiar distilleries like Four Roses, Glenlivet and Rittenhouse. — Lori McCue (2007 18th St. NW)
2nd: Boundary Stone, 116 Rhode Island Ave. NW
3rd: Southern Efficiency, 1841 Seventh St. NW

Best brewery

DC Brau Brewing Company
The first D.C. production brewery to open during the city’s craft beer renaissance, 
DC Brau continues to pump out new and inventive beers. In April, DC Brau turned 5, and to celebrate, it collaborated with five other breweries to release a six-pack featuring five new beers (including Pink Pallet Jack, a saison with hibiscus and rose hips brewed in collaboration with Perennial Artisan Ales in St. Louis, Mo.) and On the Wings of Armageddon, Brau’s renowned double IPA. The brewery also recently canned its popular hoppy Oktoberfest for the first time. — Rudi Greenberg (3178 Bladensburg Road NE)
2nd: Port City Brewing Company, 3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria
3rd: Right Proper Brewing Company, 624 T St. NW and 920 Girard St. NE

Best beer list

ChurchKey
Few bars in the area — let alone the country — can compete with the 14th Street institution’s sheer number of brews. Start with 50 drafts, five casks and at least 500 bottles, add in beer director Greg Engert’s connections to sought-after breweries across the country, and you wind up with the most versatile beer list in the city. In the past year, ChurchKey has become one of the only places in D.C. where you’ll find hoppy ales and delicate saisons from Pennsylvania’s Tired Hands Brewing Company and one of the only places outside of Richmond to get buzzy brewery The Veil’s hazy, juicy IPAs. Lest you think ChurchKey ignores the locals, last month during DC Beer Week, the bar devoted all 55 taps to beers that were made in D.C. — R.G. 
(1337 14th St. NW)
2nd: Meridian Pint, 3400 11th St. NW
3rd: Pizzeria Paradiso, multiple locations


(Joseph Victor Stefanchik/The Washington Post)

Best cocktail bar

2 Birds 1 Stone
You have to go underground to find D.C.’s favorite cocktails. Hidden beneath Southeast Asian restaurant Doi Moi, the cool white walls of 2 Birds 1 Stone make for a cave-like atmosphere. Bartenders aren’t afraid to try out weird flavor combos, such as in the Manza! Manza! Manza!, which combines gin, sherry and green apple soda with pickle brine from local Gordy’s Pickle Jar for a salty-sweet-tart potion. If you’re feeling lucky, try the punch du jour, served high school dance-style from a giant bowl. — L.M. (1800 14th St. NW)
2nd: Columbia Room, 124 Blagden Alley NW
3rd: Copycat Co., 1110 H St. NE


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Best place to drink outside

Dacha Beer Garden
Underneath the seductive gaze of a three-story Elizabeth Taylor mural, patrons at Dacha make joyful noise. When the Shaw beer garden is at capacity, the murmur of conversation and laughter brims above communal picnic tables and dissipates into the sky. Bench neighbors clink glass boots that might contain one of six different Weihenstephan beers. During the recent Oktoberfest, servers wearing lederhosen stuffed tips in their socks and delivered orders with surprising speed. Dogs are welcome too, and on a recent day in September, a three-legged pit bull snoozed on the concrete outside as if he’d been overserved. — Gabe Hiatt (1600 Seventh St. NW)
2nd: Cantina Marina, 600 Water St. SW
3rd: Biergarten Haus, 1355 H St. NE


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Best place to dance

Rock and Roll Hotel
Save those heels for another night. You came to let loose at Rock and Roll Hotel, the perpetually thumping tri-level club that’s been the anchor of H Street nightlife since 2006. Want live music? Stick to the first floor for indie bands and local musicians. Craving hip-hop? Head upstairs to the second level for a DJ-fueled dance party and multiple rooms. Need to cool off? Make your way to the rooftop for some fresh air before jumping back into the party. — Holley Simmons (1353 H St. NE)
2nd: Nellie’s Sports Bar, 900 U St. NW
3rd: Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW

Best distillery

Republic Restoratives
In the five months that Republic Restoratives has been open, D.C.’s first and only women-owned distillery has been slinging a single product: its Civic Vodka. But more is in the works: Next month, owners Pia Carusone and Rachel Gardner will release Borough Bourbon, their first finished bourbon, which has spent about three months in French oak barrels. Their rye blend is due in January, followed by an apple brandy later next year and their first house bourbon in late 2018. Of course, that could change. “Pia and I made a promise to each other that we would never put anything in a bottle that we wouldn’t drink ourselves,” Gardner says. “If it’s not ready, we won’t release it.” So whenever you take a seat at their friendly, sun-drenched bar, you’ll know you’re getting the best product they’ve got. — L.M. (1369 
New York Ave. NE)
2nd: One Eight Distilling, 1135 Okie St. NE
3rd: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, 120 W Main St., Purcellville, Va.

Best bargain bar

The Pug
The Pug has a few simple rules posted around the bar: “No idiots. No bombs. No shooters. No specials. No politics. Relax. Drink. Be cool. Behave.” And both the staff and patrons stick to them, helping make this one of the friendliest bars in town. The owner, Tony Tomelden, is often tending bar, and he and his staff make customers feel truly at home — offering up the occasional free shot or a great story about James Brown (a huge fan, Tomelden keeps a dancing doll of the soul singer behind the bar). The beers are cheap ($4 for a Natty Boh tallboy), and the atmosphere can’t be beat. — Elena Goukassian (1234 H St. NE)
2nd: Red Derby, 3718 14th St. NW
3rd: Ivy and Coney, 1537 Seventh St. NW

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