Don’t let the “nightclub” part of DC9 scare you off. There isn’t a $20 cover or heels-only rule you have to follow to get in here. What you can expect is live music on the second floor (most nights), a low-key bar for Happy Hour on the first, and a roof with a good view of U Street.
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If you’re looking for a dance floor around U Street, try The Brixton. And head to the rooftop when you need a break.
American Ice Company
Head to American Ice Co. on V Street for some of the city's best nachos and a nice patio to eat them on.
Solly’s U Street Tavern
Make Solly's your go-to for a casual beer around U Street, and definitely get involved with the Sloppy Mama's BBQ they serve.
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Sotto is one of the more low-key bars around 14th Street, and the live jazz and good cocktails make it a good place to end the night.
Part basement dance floor, part casual bar, Cafe Saint-Ex comes in handy for nights out on 14th Street.
Clare and Don’s Beach Shack
The tiki theme at Clare and Don's is mildly cheesy, but the drinks and Mexican food are great. Head to the Falls Church spot for your next Happy Hour.
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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.
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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