The dining room at Jack Rose looks like one of those libraries where you need a sliding ladder to find a copy of Moby Dick - except instead of great American novels, it’s filled with 2,000 whiskey bottles. That being said, if you’re the type of person who can’t tell the difference between bottle #1 and bottle #1,658, you can head upstairs to the rooftop bar for a more casual group hang. Get some Southern small plates to go with the whiskey drink you’re trying to make your signature order.
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It gets crowded on the weekends, but El Rey is a reliable spot for after work drinks and Mexican food around U Street.
If you’re looking for a dance floor around U Street, try The Brixton. And head to the rooftop when you need a break.
The Fainting Goat
Fainting Goat isn’t great, but you’ll end up here at some point. When the time comes, go heavy on the drinks and light on the food.
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A highly attractive spot located on the highly trendy Blagden Alley, The Dabney will impress both your date and your Instagram followers.
A classic that can be used for dates or heavy drinking. Maybe even at the same time. The food’s great too.
Rose’s Luxury is one of DC’s best restaurants, according to pretty much everyone. Get ready to get in line.
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All-Purpose is a neighborhood spot in Shaw with excellent Italian antipasti and some good pizza.
There are plenty of places to get ramen in DC, but Haikan is doing it a bit differently. Try it for a casual dinner next time you’re in Shaw.
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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