The Most Overlooked Mediterranean Paradise in Europe
1. Suburbia1309 5th St NE, Washington
2. Cantina Marina600 Water St SW, Washington
3. 2 Birds 1 Stone1800 14th St NW, Washington
4. Bardo Brewpub1200 Bladensburg Rd NE, Washington
5. Vinoteca1940 11th St NW, Washington
6. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace and Black Jack1612 14th St NW, Washington DC
7. American Ice Company917 V St NW, Washington
8. The Embassy Row Hotel2015 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington
9. Hank's On The Hill633 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington
10. 100 Montaditos300 Tingey St SE, Washington
Located outside Union Market, you can find Suburbia by looking for the NFL-grade turf; lawn games; a flip cup table; and buzzed clientele holding sticky summer shandies made from beer, lemonade, and fresh ginger. Suburbia offers 10 beers on tap plus two draft cocktails and buckets of beer whenever they’re open, but Sundays are special. That’s when they bust out experimental Bloody Mary cocktails and sell them two-for-one.
Southwest DC’s Cantina Marina is the culinary embodiment of Margaritaville, from its nautical theme to its beach bites-style menu. The Cajun-meets-Tex-Mex joint is built to resemble a beach shack; with cerulean blue and lemon yellow wood paneling dotted with decorative plaster fish, Cantina Marina would be less conspicuous in sunny Key West than the District. Embrace your temporary vacation, though, and comb through the platter of “Super” nachos to rescue the shrimp, steak, and Andouille sausage that’s smothered by chili, pico de gallo, crema, avocado, and jalapeno. The salads, entrees, and sandwiches offer Creole options, like Jambalaya pasta and the Bayou burger. You’ll want to wash your savory plates down with an ice-cold beer, a margarita, or a sweet specialty cocktail, like the blueberry lemonade. With a location right on the water, it’s likely you’ll pour hours into this place; and you know, it’s your own damn fault.
Situated in Logan Circle, 2 Birds 1 Stone may be hidden beneath Doi Moi off bustling 14th Street, but it’s far from unknown in the DC cocktail world thanks to its expertly crafted concoctions. The chic, often-crowded bar is known for its original creations (check out the punch du jour) and its re-imagined classics, such as a tequila-infused dark & stormy. The stylish, subterranean space is surprisingly bright, sporting plush seating and exposed brick.
This epic outdoor bar rocks 22,000sqft of space, complete with 500 seats and two walls of taps. Come here for outdoor movies, or just to grab a drink.
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.
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.
Done-up with paint chipped-concrete/exposed brick walls, aged wood booths, and a mounted deer head, AIC serves up daily-rotating meats like smoked turkey alongside an impressive roster of craft cans.
This chic Dupont Circle hotel has elegant rooms and a seasonal rooftop pool & bar. There is also a restaurant/bar, ballroom, and several meeting rooms.
This Capitol Hill oyster bar has delicious po' boys and lobster rolls, plus great cocktails.
This Spanish sandwich shop is a DC-area fave, but this is the only location in DC proper (located in the Navy Yard). It boasts a menu with 100 (duh) mini-sandwiches priced at $1.50-$3.00 each. Nibble on them on the sunny patio while kicking off a serious sangria session.