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 food at Colada Shop is just okay, but the space and location make it a good place for a quick meal around U Street.
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.
It gets crowded on the weekends, but El Rey is a reliable spot for after work drinks and Mexican food around U Street.
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Churchkey is a reliable spot around Logan Circle for good beer and some light bites. If you’re with a group, be prepared to stand.
If you’re looking for a dance floor around U Street, try The Brixton. And head to the rooftop when you need a break.
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.
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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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