Burger, Tap & Shake
Meridian Pint
Smoke & Barrel
Pizzeria Paradiso
Smith Commons
Laura Hayes
The Bier Baron Tavern
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1. Birch & Barley 1337 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Birch & Barley is the restaurant located below infamous beer bar ChurchKey in Logan Circle. It serves a simple and elegant menu of seasonal American food, but its claim to fame is the 500-plus beer list that rivals anything in the area (except of course, its upstairs sibling). The upscale restaurant serves a multi-course tasting menu with an optional beer pairing, but you can also order à la carte. Brunch rocks too, especially the freshly-fried donut holes.

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2. Burger Tap & Shake 2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037

A Washington Circle counter-orderer describing itself as "no-nonsense", BT&S eschews rubber chickens and flower lapels that shoot water at you in favor of rough-hewn reclaimed wood, a giant multi-color wall with George Washington's portrait (by noted urban street artist Jazi Rock), and tabletops made from sugarcane.

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3. District Commons 2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037

Upscale dining with an American tavern inspiration, District Commons elevates comfort food with a fresh raw bar, hearth-fired flatbreads, and a carving board slicing local and sustainable meats. Come in for the rotating pre-fixe family meal served nightly at 10p or just sample one of the 99 beers on the wall.

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4. Meridian Pint 3400 11st NW, Washington, DC 20010

Columbia Heights' Meridian Pint always has its finger on the pulse of the craft beer scene, offering its customers the latest and best domestic brews in its rustic, Americana dining room -- where you'll find people noshing on bites like nachos, burgers, BBQ pork sandwiches, and wings -- and in its basement that boasts table taps from which you can pour your own beers. If that weren't enough, there's even weekend brunch with breakfast burritos, chicken & waffles, and huevos rancheros.

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5. Smoke & Barrel 2471 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Smoke & Barrel has meat that is smoked with reclaimed bourbon barrels. In fact, not only do they have great smoked meats but they also have a great beer selection (25 cans and another 25 drafts) as well as 45 bourbons and whiskeys (not to mention their beer/shot combo "boiler crafters").

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6. Jackpot 726 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Jackpot is a bare-bones basement bar in Chinatown that's got your fix when it comes to craft beer -- they've got a rotating list of over 20 brews at a time.

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7. Pizzeria Paradiso Georgetown 3282 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown is actually TWO layers of paradise: delicious pies ranging from simple Margheritas to 10-ingredient Sicilianas on the first floor, and a beer haven with 16 taps and 263 bottles downstairs.

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8. Smith Commons 1245 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

There's something to please everyone at Smith Commons: a sweet, exposed-brick, vintage atmosphere and 3rd floor roof deck, delicious offerings like short rib tacos and Sous Vide Moulard Duck Breast, and a craft beer list full of drafts from nine different states.

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9. City Tap House 901 I St NW, Washington DC, DC 20536

With 60+ brews available (40 via tap), City Tap House is your destination for craft beer enlightenment. With a sizable menu of bites like brick oven pizza, Craftwiches, and three different kinds of mussels, you can settle in for the long haul and taste a range of brews.

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10. Bier Baron 1523 22nd St NW , Washington, 20008

The famed Brickskellar's changed its name and tweaked its offerings, adding fifty craft brew tap lines (25 on each floor), eats like the spinach/feta-stuffed Spanakopita puff pastry, and weekly updated beer menus.

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11. Breadsoda 2233 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Breadsoda is a dimly lit, retro, wood-paneled billiards hall that serves a huge list of sandwiches and beer and hosts a fierce ping pong competition on Tuesday nights. Whether you favor a game of pool or skipping the rental fees in favor of darts or one of the many board games like risk, trivial pursuit, and connect 4, checkout the 50 plus beers (12 on tap) that range from domestic to craft. As far as food goes, the sandwiches are hearty and diverse: The Breadsoda comes with turkey, swiss, mustard, tomato, and coleslaw on pumpernickle, the Reuben is a familiar favorite with salty corned beef and sweet Russian dressing, and the BBQ is piled with chipotle pulled pork on a juice-soaked potato bun.