Food & Drink

DC's first Metro bar map will direct you to beer

Laura Hayes Published On 05/02/2014 Published On 05/02/2014

Guess what lovers and haters of WMATA: we’ve unsucked DC Metro like never before by replacing each stop with a watering hole. Our goal is to get you up that (perpetually broken!) escalator and onto a bar stool as quickly as possible. You can check out a blown-up version of our bar map here, plus the deets on every single line below.

*Programming Note: There are some spots that would be SUPER awkward to drink at -- like Arlington Cemetery, The Pentagon, Fort Totten, and a hodgepodge of government buildings at Federal Center -- so we’ve left those out. Any great spots you think we left out? Let us know in the comments.

Red Line

Bethesda: Food Wine & Co.
Friendship Heights: Civil Cigar Lounge
Tenleytown-AU: Public Bar
Van Ness-UDC: Acacia Bistro & Wine Bar
Cleveland Park: St. Arnold’s Mussel Bar
Woodley Park: The Gin Joint
Dupont Circle: The Big Hunt
Farragut North: Bar-Cöde
Metro Center: Laughing Man Tavern
Gallery Place: Redline
Judiciary Square: Hamilton’s Bar and Grill
Union Station: The Dubliner
NoMa-Gallaudet U: Todd Gray’s Watershed
Rhode Island Ave: Carolina Kitchen
Brookland-CUA: Menomale
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Takoma: Republic
Silver Spring: Quarry House Tavern

Orange Line

West Falls Church: Mad Fox Brewing Company
East Falls Church: Chasin' Tails
Ballston-MU: First Down Sports Bar & Grill
Virginia Sq-GMU: Carpool
Clarendon: Bracket Room
Courthouse: Ireland’s Four Courts
Rosslyn: Heavy Seas Alehouse
Foggy Bottom: Lindy’s Red Lion
Farragut West: The Bottom Line
McPherson Square: Off the Record
Metro Center: Laughing Man Tavern
Federal Triangle: Elephant & Castle
Smithsonian: Castle Café
L’Enfant Plaza: 21st Amendment Bar & Grill
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Capitol South: Bullfeathers
Eastern Market: Hank’s on the Hill
Potomac Ave: Wisdom
Stadium-Armory: RFK Stadium

Blue Line

King St-Old Town: PX
Braddock Road: Rustico
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport: Gordon Biersch
Crystal City: Crystal City Sports Pub
Pentagon City: Epic Smokehouse
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Rosslyn: Heavy Seas Alehouse
Foggy Bottom: Lindy’s Red Lion
Farragut West: The Bottom Line
McPherson Square: Off the Record
Metro Center: Laughing Man Tavern
Federal Triangle: Elephant & Castle
Smithsonian: Castle Café
L’Enfant Plaza: 21st Amendment Bar & Grill
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Capitol South: Bullfeathers
Eastern Market: Hank’s on the Hill
Potomac Ave: Wisdom
Stadium-Armory: RFK Stadium

Yellow Line

King St-Old Town: PX
Braddock Road: Rustico
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport: Gordon Biersch
Crystal City: Crystal City Sports Pub
Pentagon City: Epic Smokehouse
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L’Enfant Plaza: 21st Amendment Bar & Grill
Archives: Penn Quarter Sports Tavern
Gallery Place: Redline
Mt. Vernon Square: The Passenger
Shaw-Howard-U: Right Proper
U Street: The Codmother
Columbia Heights: Lou’s City Bar
Georgia Ave-Petworth: Chez Billy

Green Line

Anacostia: Uniontown Bar And Grill
Navy Yard-Ballpark: Bluejacket
Waterfront: Cantina Marina
L’Enfant Plaza: 21st Amendment Bar & Grill
Archives: Penn Quarter Sports Tavern
Gallery Place: Redline
Mt. Vernon Square: The Passenger
Shaw-Howard-U: Right Proper
U Street: The Codmother
Columbia Heights: Lou’s City Bar
Georgia Ave-Petworth: Chez Billy

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1. The Big Hunt 1345 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)

30 beers on tap, Skeeball, $3 rails, trivia, and dirt-cheap $1 tacos and 20 cent wings complete one of DC’s oldest dives.

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2. Civil Cigar Lounge 5335 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015 (Friendship Heights)

A high-end cigar and cocktail lounge, Civil Cigar serves small plates from neighboring innovative eatery RANGE, owned by renowned chef Bryan Voltaggio. An endless list of cigars from Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic are carefully selected by the owners, two men from the W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist.

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3. St. Arnold's II 3435 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC , DC 20008 (Cleveland Park)

Now open in Cleveland Park, the second iteration of this shrine to beer n' bivalves pours 20 drafts (Delirium Tremens/ Steenbrugge/ Ayinger Brau Weisse) instead of 14, and rocks a basement punked out with British rock albums & dart boards, and a top-floor atrium w/ pine tables and barstools surrounded by four working garage doors, just in case you still weren't convinced to park it here.

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4. 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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5. Barcode 1101 17th street NW, Washington, DC 20036 (Downtown)

Brought to us by the Lima/Ultra Bar crew, Barcode's rocking LED-lit black booths (bottle service available!) and a huge bar framed with white marble, while serving up late-night fare like eggplant frittatas with grated pecorino romano.

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6. Redline 707 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Chinatown)

The pre-Caps powerhouse is serving 10 drafts (from hometown Rockin' Red Ale to Starhills Northern Lights IPA) and pre-game bites (like chipotle BBQ'd tilapia tacos), PLUS rocking a sprawling view of the Verizon Center. Get there at the right time and you'll find yourself at a personal tap table booth where you can pour your own brews.

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7. Carolina Kitchen 2350 Washington Pl NE, Washington, DC 20018

Carolina Kitchen has a down-home menu of comfort foods like grilled baby back ribs and golden fried snapper, with just the right amount of knickknackery on the walls to make you feel like you're at grandma's.

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8. Menomale 2711 12th St NE, Washington, DC 20018 (Noma)

Menomale is a low-key pizzeria in a low-key neighborhood. The owners of the Brookland spot are certified by the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana, which means their Neapolitan-style pizzas are recognized by the pizza-making authorities in Naples as legitimate. Everything about Menomale's pies is Italian -- the ingredients are sourced from the Campania region and the toppings include the likes of prosciutto, porcini mushrooms, and Italian sausage. The menu also includes sandwiches made with pizza dough, calzones, and gluten-free crust options.

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9. Republic 6939 Laurel Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912 (Takoma Park)

This Takoma Park restaurant uses seasonal ingredients to build an American style menu in a refined bistro style setting. The menu is pretty seafood heavy, including a daily rotating selection of raw bar options and entrees featuring rockfish and crab. There is also a daily vegan special, called the "All Veggie Everything" and some killer housemade cocktails.

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10. Bracket Room 1210 N Garfield St, Arlington, VA 22201 (Arlington)

This sports bar and resto has an extensive menu loaded with favorites like ribs, burgers, and other pub grub, and they also serve up a host of beers, 'tails, and something called "Chris's Hangover Cure" which is a concoction of carrots, pineapple, ginger, lemon, turmeric, and cayenne.

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11. Heavy Seas Alehouse Arlington 1501 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209 (Rosslyn)

Heavy Seas in Rosslyn is a pirate-themed pub with 15 drafts, two casks, experimental cocktails, and American comfort pub fare that leans towards tasty seafood, expertly prepared using fresh and seasonal ingredients. The rustic-industrial, warehouse-like space is decked out with plank-lined walls, dark wood furniture, and buoyed string lights. It’s great for groups, especially themed parties.

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12. Off the Record 800 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006 (Downtown)

If you're across the street from the White House, head to Off the Record. Situated in the Italian Renaissance-style Hay-Adams hotel, this aptly named haunt looks like an over-the-top hideaway of the political elite. Don't be surprised if you noticed Frank Underwood sipping a Sazerac by the bar...

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13. PX 728 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314 (Old Town)

This speakeasy might charge a bit extra than others in the area, but it's worth it after tasting their specialty cocktails that are handcrafted by some of the most seasoned expert mixologists in the city.

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14. Epic Smokehouse 1330 S Fair St, Arlington, VA 22202 (Crystal City)

Short ribs get New Age-y with Asian radish and a wasabi cream sauce, and pork loin gets flipped with a Patron XO-based sauce, while traditionalists can still cop apple wine-glazed baby back ribs or a beer- & herb-roasted bird called the "Beer Belly Chicken", who would totally go out and burn that thing off if he wasn't so cooped up all day.

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15. 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.

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16. Right Proper Brewing Company 624 T St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Shaw)

Right Proper Brewing Company brews an eclectic range of house-made ales alongside American comfort food. Beers are inexpensive, so you can save that extra cash to fill your stomach with dishes like home-style cornbread with whipped citrus butter or wood-grilled bratwurst, with honey mustard, pretzel bread, peppers, and onions. Eccentric art on the exposed brick wall, like taxidermy and spray-painted murals, will occupy you as your tummy grumbles before the plates arrive.

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17. 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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18. Lou's City Bar 1400 Irving St NW , Washington, DC 20010

Decked out with wood-arched ceilings, high tables, and 16 drafts, Columbia Height's sports pub plates American dishes like colossal shrimp & mussels over pasta (with basil tomato cream sauce) and a BBLT with double-cut, extra-thick bacon glazed in maple & bleu cheese aioli.

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19. Chez Billy 3815 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC, DC 20011 (Petworth)

A French bistro seated just north of the Georgia metro, Billy homages its previous tenant (Billy Simpson's House of Seafood & Steak), keeping its original marble floor & wood-burning fireplaces, while adding the vintage appeal of antique couches, chandeliers, and a wall-mounted goose -- so get down there.

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20. Bluejacket 300 Tingey St SE, Washington, DC 20003 (Navy Yardnear Se)

With 20 beers on draught and another five cask beers, Bluejacket ought to be able to satisfy even the pickiest of your beer-drinking friends. Enjoy some snacks at the bar or save some room and wait until 5:30pm for short ribs or sweet potato gnocchi from Arsenal -- Bluejacket's in-house restaurant.

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