The chefs we trust to cook our food should also be trusted to guide us to the best places to blow off steam without annoying things like mixologists, secret doors, or weirdos from out of town. We asked 10 for their go-to dives, and it should come as no surprise that they’re directing you to establishments that specialize in beer-and-shot combos and no bull.
Chef Mike Friedman of The Red Hen and forthcoming restaurant All Purpose
His pick: Boundary Stone (address & info)
What it is: A neighborhood bar named after the mile markers that once shaped DC that’s easygoing and big on brown liquor and beer.
Why he digs it: “It's rare that I get out to tie one on these days, but if I do, I'm a big fan of beloved watering hole, Boundary Stone,” Mike tells us. “I consider The Stone far from a dive bar because of its great whiskey program, awesome food, and one of the best jukeboxes in town. But for me, the true definition of a dive bar is a small pub where people can drink and have a great time, and Boundary Stone fits that bill.” Mike bellies up to the bar to order a shot of whiskey and a Guinness to go with the bleu burger or he gets the wings and washes them down with a draft. “The best part is I can still get home before my wife starts to worry.”