Unlike the line your cousin made you stand in at the Hirshhorn Infinity Mirrors exhibit, the wait to get into The Brixton actually goes by pretty quickly. And once you do get inside, you can choose between the casual bar downstairs, the dance floor on the next level, and the open air rooftop that looks over U Street. The crowd here leans younger, so just know that some people out there dancing to “Filthy” won’t know that Justin Timberlake used to have frosted tips.
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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.
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.
Right off U Street, Takoda has a nice (but small) rooftop and some good bar food options. We like it for a day drinking session or even a casual date.
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Try Black Jack for a casual pre-going out group dinner on 14th Street. We endorse the bucket of fried chicken.
Part basement dance floor, part casual bar, Cafe Saint-Ex comes in handy for nights out on 14th Street.
Top of the Yard
Weirdly, one of the best views of Nats stadium is from the rooftop bar at the Navy Yard Hampton Inn. Take advantage next time you didn’t get tickets.
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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.
Calico has one of our favorite patios in Shaw, as well as cocktails in Capri Sun-style pouches and shareable small plates.
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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