Laura Hayes/Thrillist


Washington DC

Something about Sotto’s sleek setting makes it the bar equivalent of baby-making music. The nightly (actual) live music, ranging from jazz to reggae, doesn't hurt either. Find the basement bar under Ghibellina. It’s from the same owners, but you won’t find pizza. Instead, you’re pairing craft cocktails with sausage samplers, beef brisket, pork ribs, and pretzel monkey bread served with apple mustard. Four of the bar’s signature drinks are half-off during happy hour, like the Ed Ellington with Scotch, Lillet Rose, cranberry, and orange. Sotto is open Tuesday-Saturday.