The arched window with the design of the two B’s inside Perry’s highlights the remnants of the old Biltmore Ballroom, occasionally remembered as the Studio 54 of DC. While Perry’s has been around for some time, the party has never really seemed to end. Perry’s proves multi-dimensional, from its sushi rolls and bento boxes to its Sunday Drag Brunch and ever-charming rooftop with scene-stealing stringed lights. The Drag Brunch runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and guests are encouraged to arrive early.
1811 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009
The staff at this tri-level restaurant will fight tooth and nail to give everyone under its roof the given rights to great beer, food and cocktails. The same goes on the top of the roof, where locals – drinks in hand – peer down on bustling 18th Street while enjoying a cross breeze. Blossoming nano brewers could learn a thing or two from the 20 types of ales here, which include local pours and others fermented in and served out of the cask. Eats run the gamut from an array of sausages (think: andouille, beer brats or veal heart sausage) to black bean-quinoa veggie burgers and beer-infused mussels.
2446 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
Three words to live by: beer, barbecue and bourbon. The abiding staff at Smoke & Barrel have what they call a “Kentucky bias,” evident in its more than 100 whiskeys. The barbecue bias is also good news for those loving extra tender brisket and smoke-soaked pork. Vegans and vegetarians also can pick and choose from vegan chicken cultets and a sweet potato-and-oat burger to sides of smoked asparagus, jalapeno-cheddar grits and collards. On the weekends, add another “B” word to the mix: brunch (and Beer-Mosas for good measure).
2471 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009