For a truly local experience, check out The Passenger & Columbia Room in the Shaw neighborhood. The Passenger features rock music and even has an intimate room resembling an old fashioned train car. The Columbia Room is a private, 10-seat cocktail lounge dedicated wholly to sophisticated mixology and the art of crafting the perfect cocktail.
Experience DC’s truly sexy side at Sax Restaurant & Lounge, a unique downtown venue offering nightly entertainment on an elevated infinity stage (think the modern day Lady Marmalade music video when conjuring up the atmosphere). From burlesque dancers and acrobats to theatrical ballet, guests are entertained while dining on small plates of French cuisine. Sax has the largest single collection of sparkling wines in the District with 70 different varieties. Salut!
Known for its upstairs lounge and rooftop deck, Marvin, named after Marvin Gaye, is a lively venue featuring DJs spinning on the turntables. Marvin Gaye infamously spend two years in self-imposed exile in the small Belgian town of Ostend and the creators of Marvin the restaurant strived to combine the café society of Belgium with the flavor of the funky Shaw neighborhood. A unique concept for sure, but it means Marvin, located at the trendy corner of 14th and U Street, boasts an outdoor beer garden with more than 30 Belgian ales.
Offering the city’s most coveted views of the White House and Washington Monument, P.O.V. Rooftop Lounge and Terrace at W Hotel is the place to see and be seen (and yes that is a sniper you’re seeing stationed on the roof of The White House…that’s just how close cocktail hour is). Known for its carefully crafted cocktail menu – and famous for the “Dark and Stormy” cocktail – P.O.V. features both live entertainment and DJs.
Considered the “friendliest saloon in town” and known for their bantering bartenders from Ireland and Scotland, Mr. Smith’s of Georgetown has been a DC staple for more than 40 years. Don’t miss the Sing-A-Long piano or the hidden garden patio with its retractable roof and gas coach lamps. This is the place to be if you like to belt out Billy Joel songs while making new friends.