Food & Drink

From underground PBR bunkers to back-alley vintage stores, there's more than U know here

Published On 05/19/2013 Published On 05/19/2013
U Street Hood Guide Thrillist
Photo courtesy of Breath Naigh
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1. Tropicalia 2001 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (U Street)

With more than 20 years of experience working in DC nightlife, the crew behind Tropicalia are certainly no rookies. This underground, international "dance club for grown-ups" is tucked away and features live bands & DJs with an AfroHouse leaning, ensuring huge beats will be reverberating off the three huge surrealist art installations they've had put in.

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2. Federal 2216 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (U Street)

Federal is like the older, wiser brother of next-door-neighbor skateshop Palace 5ive, but rest assured, there is no sibling rivalry here. With a gorgeous brick interior, this place is filled with Levi's Vintage, Timberlands, Dickies, and more.

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3. Dickson Wine Bar 903 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (U Street)

Although the outside lacks beauty -- it's a nondescript concrete building -- Dickson Wine Bar is a gorgeous three-stories spot with over 700 bottles of wine and is a perfect date spot for you and your favorite lady (no, not your mom). Sip your wine while enjoying tasty small plates, like the ahi tuna tartare, wild mushroom flatbread, or, for your sweet tooth, a vanilla crème brûlée. Look at those French accents, you know this place is classy already.

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4. Dr. K's Vintage 1544 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (U Street)

The U Street shop's a retail clothing store specializing in sick, vintage clothes and accessories from the 1920s all the way through the '80s. The owner has curated his serious collection for over 20 years, so visit this doctor and get kitted.

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5. The Codmother 1334 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (U Street)

As dive-y as it gets, this U Street Corridor joint has fish & chips to rival the best chippies in The Big Smoke (that's London, mate). On top of that, they've got free-flowing PBR, some killer desserts -- deep fried snickers and oreos -- blaring British punk, and walls covered in photos of Sid Vicious, Joe Strummer, and other punk legends. It'll be just like being in London, and be amazing enough to maybe make you reconsider that whole 1776 thing. For a second, anyway.

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6. Black & Orange 1931 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (Columbia Heights)

The burger grilling company whips up gourmet burgers with fresh ingredients, and they're open late from 11a-5a every day.

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7. Stetsons 1610 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (Adams Morgan)

Downstairs: regular bar. Upstairs: small bar and game center w/ HD projector, pool table, Pacman, Golden Tee, jukebox, darts, and foosball. At the all-day happy hour on Sundays, game your face off while pounding $4 Bud Lights and then come back on Tuesday night for their weekly pub quiz. If it sounds like it rules, it's because it kinda does.

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