If you’re looking for some food before going out on 14th Street, try Black Jack. It’s a classic DC spot above Pearl Dive with red velvet walls and booths. It’s a fun spot for a group dinner, and no one will need to double check their bank account balance before ordering another round of drinks. As for food, we recommend the bucket of fried chicken, the BLT sandwich, and any of the pizzas.
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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.
Birch & Barley
When you want a good beer but don't want to sacrifice good food, head to Bitch & Barley in Logan Circle. It's the best of both worlds.
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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.
Despite being in the middle of Adams Morgan craziness, Roofers Union is a great restaurant/bar/rooftop for a casual drink or dinner.
Bobby’s Burger Palace
For burgers in Foggy Bottom, we like Bobby’s. It works for a casual weeknight dinner or a Sunday-morning hangover cure.
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All-Purpose is a neighborhood spot in Shaw with excellent Italian antipasti and some good pizza.
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.
Not sure what you want? Compass Rose is the move. The Logan Circle spot serves small plates inspired by street food from all over the world.
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