Takoda is yet another spot around U Street with a roof you’ll want to spend a few hours getting a sunburn on. But since they limit the number of people allowed out there, there’s a good chance you’ll have to wait around inside for a bit. The bright space and big skylight will make you feel better about that. If you get food, keep it simple. The chicken and waffles are good, the PB&J wings are not.
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Espita Mezcaleria in Shaw has Mexican that’s a little more upscale than your local taqueria. And a lot of mezcal.
Calico has one of our favorite patios in Shaw, as well as cocktails in Capri Sun-style pouches and shareable small plates.
Supra is DC’s first Georgian restaurant, and serves things like khachapuri (a traditional cheese-filled bread), kebabs, and plenty of native wines.
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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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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.
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.
Try Black Jack for a casual pre-going out group dinner on 14th Street. We endorse the bucket of fried chicken.
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