Food & Drink

Warm your brain with 6 great DC Rickeys

Published On 01/15/2014 Published On 01/15/2014
Best Rickeys DC
Laura Hayes
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Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
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1. Cafe Soleil 839 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20006 (Downtown)

Located at the Farragut West Metro Station, Cafe Soleil is a great spot to hit for food and drinks on your way to the train. Cheap beer, wine, and half-price apps are the order for happy hour, or stick around for dinner and enjoy their marinated Australian Lamb Shank or Pistachio Encrusted Salmon.

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2. Teddy & The Bully Bar 1200 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)

Teddy & The Bully Bar is the second prez-themed bar from the Lincoln folks, w/ this Roughrider going all “robust masculinity”: animal heads, rifle lights, and a menu showcasing wild game.

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3. Daikaya 705 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Chinatown)

Don’t let the wait for this Chinatown ramen shop deter you: it’s more than worth it for the chewy noodles imported from Japan and the chicken, pork, and beef Chintan stock that’s cooked over 16 hours for extra richness. An unsuspecting standout among the Sapporo-style ramen on offer is the vegan version topped with Brussels sprouts, snow peas, carrots, and braised shiitake mushrooms. As if the ramen didn’t already, Daikaya’s wooden accents, dangling lightbulbs, and blue- and yellow-striped walls will have you feeling warm and cozy.

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4. TNT 2413 Columbia Pike , Arlington, VA 22209 (Arlington)

The gentleman cocktailer behind much-lauded PX Lounge has rocked out his newest -- which's connected to Eamonn’s A Dublin Chipper -- with a bar of marble and wrought iron, posters of bands from Dead Kennedys to KISS, copious graffiti, and a skeleton of a cod, a nod to drinks so strong you'll perform like a dead fish later that night.

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5. The Passenger 1539 7th St NW, Washington, 20001 (Mount Vernon Sq)

When the original Passenger closed at the end of 2014, it felt like losing a loved one. Thankfully, the endearing, unpretentious cocktail joint returned at a new location not too far up 7th Street, where it still encourages patrons to chat with bartenders about what flavors, spirits, or ingredients they’re in the mood to drink, and let the experts take it from there. But don't worry, there’s a chalkboard menu with four or five rotating cocktail options if you’re feeling anti-social. The space also retains its worn-in vibe with carryovers from the old Passenger (church pew booths, a Steve McQueen mural) and vestiges from other DC hotspots (Liv’s old disco ball, leopard-print chairs from the defunct Millie and Al's). It’s still the bar that sells tallboys of Schlitz and makes world-class cocktails -- only now it has Chartreuse on tap and a concert stage upstairs, too.