1. Columbia Room1021 7th St NW, Washington
2. PX728 King St, Alexandria
3. Spirits Bar at Rogue 24922 N St NW, Washington
4. Bar Charley1825 18th St, NW, Washington
5. The Gibson2009 14th St NW, Washington
6. Off the Record800 16th St NW, Washington
7. POV Rooftop Lounge and Terrace515 15th St NW, Washington
8. Lincoln1110 Vermont Ave NW, Washington
Columbia Room is consistently one of the best cocktail bars in DC, pouring expertly crafted 'tails using their own cordials, bitters and tinctures, and using hand-carved ice. It's no surprise it has been voted as one of the best bars in America.
This speakeasy might charge a bit extra than others in the area, but it's worth it after tasting their specialty cocktails that are handcrafted by some of the most seasoned expert mixologists in the city.
Cheftender and former competitive ice carver Bryan Tetorakis holds it down at DC's smallest bar, Spiritsbar. You and three of your friends can sidle up to the four-seater (in the back of Rogue 24) while Tetorakis prepares creative concoctions with ingredients like Green Chartreuse and liquid nitrogen.
This innovative cocktail joint serves up smoked-out cocktails and ones laced with wasabi.
This multi-level cocktail bar has a serves a variety of craft 'tails that are constantly changing, allowing you to enjoy something new and exciting in their warm ambiance every time you come.
If you're across the street from the White House, head to Off the Record to surround yourself with caricatures of the political elite, and also, the real political elite.
POV offers an assortment of seasonal cocktails and a small plate food menu in a chic, top-floor sky-lounge with oversized, Alice in Wonderland-style black & red couches and glossy, darkly lacquered walls framing floor-to-ceiling windows, all bordered by a wrap-around terrace with views of the mall and the White House lawn.
Lincoln reps the former head-of-state not only in name, but in taste as well, spotlighting some of his favorite eats, which apparently included oysters and gingerbread. Lincoln's small plate menu focuses on contemporary American cuisine sourced locally from farmers and fishermen in the region. Nothing says 'merica like infused bourbons and a full list of moonshines approved by honest Abe.