Food & Drink

5 new DC bars to try this weekend

Published On 07/17/2014 Published On 07/17/2014
Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
The Sheppard
Smith Public Trust
Laura Hayes
The Pursuit Wine Bar
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1. Chaplin's Restaurant & Bar 1501 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Shaw)

This Charlie Chaplin-themed bar, featuring a movie poster-style mural of the man himself, serves inventive drinks from the Wilder Cocktail Brothers alongside a large selection of ramen and dumplings. Two solid choices the Chaplin A.S.S. bowl, which brings together Asian spicy sour chicken, scallions, lemongrass, coconut milk, red chili paste, and pork butt, and, on the dumplings side, the chicken & shrimp shumai with water chestnut, garlic, onion, and oyster sauce.

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2. The Sheppard 1337 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)

The green light will be on when this speakeasy from Spike Mendelsohn is open (Tue-Sat from 5pm-close) and ready to serve you snacks and steep cocktails ($12-$18).

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3. Smith Public Trust 3514 12th St NE, Washington, DC 20017

SPT's got an elevated bar food menu with duck breast Spring rolls, pork belly banh mi sammies, and jerk shrimp satays alongside crazily named cocktails and a 12-tap draft list of mostly Belgian brews.

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4. A&D 1314 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Shaw)

Shot-and-a-beer combos, gummy bars in little jars, cocktails named after '90s one-hit wonders, French bread pizza, and more make A&D a fantastic neighborhood bar in Shaw.

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5. The Pursuit Wine Bar 1421 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002 (H Street Ne)

The Pursuit Wine Bar has 45 wines by the glass, a handful of cocktails and beers for those who aren't into wine, and build-your-own grilled cheese for everyone. If you stop by this weekend, you'll agree with us when we say that The Pursuit Wine Bar is one of the best wine bars in Washington DC.