U Street/14th Street
Bar Pilar gets a lot of limelight for its cocktails and unbeatable make-out corners, but what about the food? It can keep up with the competition on 14th Street, and the prices won’t have you financially weighing ordering dessert (get The Elvis!). Sure, there’s bar food like "Crackaroni n Cheese," but there are also refined plates like grilled calamari with veal sausage, tuxedo gnocchi, fumet, and salmon roe. The Hemingway hangout keeps cocktails at a cool $10 despite exotic ingredients, like the "Plethora of Pinatas," made with gin, yuzu, and Thai basil.