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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.
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.
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.
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.