Food & Drink

DC's bocce bar guide

Published On 05/09/2014 Published On 05/09/2014
Bocce Bars DC
Leo Schmid
Vendetta Bocce Bar & Tavern
Grand Central
Shoe's Cup and Cork
La Tagliatella
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1. Vendetta 1212 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Located in the old Red Palace, Vendetta is an Italian spot on H Street with two oyster shell/gravel bocce courts.

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2. Vinoteca 1940 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Among U Street's most popular wine hideaways, Vinoteca is the ideal locale for wine connoisseurs and bocce athletes, alike. Complete with a back "plaza" featuring an old-world, brick-enclosed bocce court, an ethereal fountain, and an outdoor bar, there is rarely reason to set foot inside (the heat lamps make it fairly easy to stay put all winter). The enclosed bar and dining room are equally charming, with exposed brick, floor-to-ceiling windows, and vintage film posters tacked between towering displays of stacked bottles of wine. The food menu boasts an in-house whole-animal butchery program, but the stand-out offering is inarguably the wine and spirits list, featuring an impressive number of inventive house-cocktails, a selection of craft beers on tap, and a seemingly-infinite catalog of available wines.

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3. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace and Black Jack 1612 14th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20005

Who says you can't play bocce while shooting oysters and sipping seasonal craft cocktails? Enjoy the Southern hospitality and the rustic, ancient mariner-inspired interior, while the chef shucks the best mollusks the East and West Coasts have to offer. They also have a solid happy hour with vodka martinis and a wine list with plenty of bottles that'll pair just right with your shelled snacks.

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4. Pinstripes 1064 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Hailing from the Midwest, Pinstripes offers you the opportunity to drink classy Italian wines and snack on tasty Italian eats while you take down your opponents in bowling and bocce.

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5. Grand Central 2447 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Grand Central is a great place to grab some cheap drinks, hit the dance floor, or engage in tomfoolery like beer pong, or bocce (Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays).

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6. Shoe's Cup and Cork 17 N King St, Leesburg, VA 20176

Shoe's Cup and Cork is a nice relaxing spot to grab coffee and a bagel, or even some shared plates and wine -- they also have a sweet secret garden out back where you can just hang out or play some bocce with friends.

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7. La Tagliatella 2950 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

Yes: La Tagliatella is a 130-location chain. But they're all in Europe, so it's cool! (Chains over there smoke and wear cool clothes and stuff.) Actually, the Clarendon location is their second in the US (#1 honors went to Atlanta), and endless soup & breadsticks are skipped in favor of endless Old World charm: chandeliers, several coats of arms, and other efforts to "mimic a Northern Italian home".