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Bars & Lounges

Nothing makes DC locals happier than Happy Hour. Do what the locals do then and start your night off right at any of DC’s popular bars and lounges.

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The Passenger in DC's Shaw neighborhood serves up live music and a dining area that resembles an old fashioned train car.

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The Passenger & Columbia Room
Experience perfectly crafted cocktails in two perfectly intimate settings.

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.

Sax Lounge is a truly unique venue in DC. Featuring French fare, guests dine and sip champagne while watching acrobats, burlesque dancers and other exotic acts.

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Sax Restaurant & Lounge
See DC’s sexy side with burlesque, French cuisine and sparkling wine amidst a red velvet atmosphere.

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!

Named for famous musician Marvin Gaye, this classic bistro located in the U Street neighborhood combines Belgium influence with a serious dose of soul.

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Restaurant Marvin
Gaze across DC’s skyline from the rooftop of this lively hotspot reminiscent of the café society of Belgium.

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.

P.O.V. Rooftop Lounge & Terrace at the W Hotel is the scene to see and be seen  - and a favorite destination for locals and visitors alike.

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P.O.V. Rooftop Lounge and Terrace
See and be seen on this rooftop overlooking the White House while sipping on carefully crafted cocktails.

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.

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Mr. Smith’s of Georgetown
Make some new friends at this friendly saloon complete with a Sing-A-Long piano.

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.