American Ice Co. is another U Street spot with a good patio situation and a big crowd. As long as you don’t want to have deep, intimate conversations with your crew, this is a fun spot for a big group, provided you can all get in. For food, you have a choice of barbecue, sausages, and nachos that are a close second to El Rey’s.
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Right off U Street, Takoda has a nice (but small) rooftop and some good bar food options. We like it for a day drinking session or even a casual date.
If you need a pre-game move before a show at the 9:30 Club, Satellite Room has your back. Try with a big group or a date.
The food at Colada Shop is just okay, but the space and location make it a good place for a quick meal around U Street.
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Baba is a cocktail bar with some food that's a reliable spot for a first date in Clarendon.
Don’t just hit Bluejacket before a Nats game - the Navy Yard brewery is a great spot for a group hang and even a casual date.
The Brig has your typical beer garden brats, picnic tables, and drinks, but also live music on Saturdays.
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A classic that can be used for dates or heavy drinking. Maybe even at the same time. The food’s great too.
Ghibellina is a neighborhood Italian spot in Logan Circle. You’ll come for the pizzas and pastas, but stay for the cozy vibes and friendly service.
The Ferris Bueller of DC restaurants, The Royal is cool without trying too hard. Come for great Colombian food and cocktails.
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