Food & Drink

Gin? Bourbon? What DC bar does your favorite booze best

Published On 11/27/2013 Published On 11/27/2013
Bars that do your booze best Washington DC
Laura Hayes

Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
El Centro D.F.
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1. The Gin Joint 2317 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC 20008 (Woodley Park)

Located under New Heights Restaurant in Woodley Park, The Gin Joint is home to 65 different gins and nine house-made tonics for your sipping pleasure.

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2. Mari Vanna 1141 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (West End)

According to a Slavic legend, Mari Vanna was a warm-hearted grandmother known to welcome in hungry travelers for a meal. But who really believes anything Vlade Divac says anyway? Instead, experience her for yourself by chowing down on authentic Russian vittles in what looks like Moscow's version of Antiques Roadshow: dangling chandeliers, plush armchairs, and Russian tchotchkes.

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3. Hogo 1017 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Mount Vernon Sq)

Hogo is an upscale diner that stays open until around 2:30 AM. The interior homes some unique decorations that range from topless mermaids to giant tapestries of Zombie Elvis.

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4. Jack Rose Dining Saloon 2007 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (Adams Morgan)

With over 2,400 kinds of whiskey lining the brick walls of this high-end saloon, Jack Rose has one of the largest whiskey libraries in the country. The spacious, bi-level Adams Morgan establishment offers a relaxed dining experience downstairs, and a spot to enjoy drinks and watch sports upstairs. Food-wise, the fried chicken skins are a fan favorite, and more adventurous items like rabbit & beans, wild Atlantic rockfish, or Broken Arrow Ranch venison make the staff's expert cocktail pairings an absolute pleasure.

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5. El Centro D.F. 1819 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (U Street)

Seeking a new adventure, the masters behind Masa 14 opened Centro to challenge themselves to capture the energy of Mexico City. That energy, apparently, comes straight from superb tacos and tequila. With three floors of raw concrete, walls adorned with Aztec masks, and tables glossed with vintage Mexican newspapers, Centro is undoubtedly a success -- and that's before we even talk about the menu, which features great fish tacos, chicken tamales, and a host of tequila tasting menus. Mexico City rules.

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6. Mockingbird Hill 1843 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Shaw)

Sherry and ham are what you'll find at the stained-oak Spanish bar, Mockingbird Hill. In addition to the 90 sherries on the menu, Mockingbird Hill offers cuts of American and Spanish hams, small bites like deviled eggs, and toasted bread, with toppings like garlic, tomatoes, and Manchego. If you’re new to sherry, Mockingbird Hill’s staff will give you all the insight you need to find the perfect pairing with your snacks.