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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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.
Jack Rose Dining Saloon
There's a full dining room at Jack Rose, but we like this U Street Corridor spot more for the enclosed rooftop. Get a whiskey cocktail.
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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There are a few floors to DC9, but we prefer the rooftop that has a good view of U Street.
Dacha Beer Garden
Dacha is a beer garden in Shaw and one of our favorite places to spend an afternoon day drinking.
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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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