Laura Hayes
Meghan Gallery
Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
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1. Bar Pilar 1833 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

A pioneer of the 14th Street restaurant boom, this comfortable, nautical-themed spot is inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s boat, Pilar, and divided between a downstairs bar that fills up quickly on the weekends, and a low-key restaurant upstairs, where outstanding small plates take center stage (from honey-roasted beet salad to lamb belly bolognese). The 20 or so beers are well-curated but a tad overpriced, so you’re better off opting for a craft cocktail, many of which are mixed with house-made sodas and even include adult slushies, such as the "Violet, You’re Turning Violet," which swirls jalapeño tequila, wild blueberry, pineapple, allspice dram, and ginger into a spicy and sweet concoction.

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2. Nanny O'Briens 3319 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008-1302 (Cleveland Park)

This relaxed Irish pub in Cleveland Park is the perfect place to grab a pint and watch the game -- plus their eight delicious types of chicken wings ensure that you'll never go hungry, especially on Wednesdays when they're 50 cents each.

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3. Boundary Road 414 H St. NE, , Washington, DC , DC 20002 (H Street Ne)

Futilely trying to live up to the ingenuity of the building's former tenant, Hair Force One, Boundary Road's mod'ing up American bistro fare in a steampunk-y tavern with lights welded to exposed I-beams, and a giant wire mattress chandelier, which'll serve as a solid reminder for your dinner date that you're just trying to Sealy the dealy.

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4. Mandu 453 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Penn Quarter)

This is the larger, Downtown location of Dupont's Korean diner -- rocking decorative wooden ducks and bamboo flooring that creeps up to the ceiling, the spot's serving latenight eats like Korean Tacos.