You truly can’t spit in any direction and not hit a bar when you’re on U Street. That being said…there are some truly unique gems that you should check out the next time you find yourself in that neck of the woods.
The Gibson (2009 14th St NW)
Tucked behind an incredibly nondescript black door is one of DC’s very own speakeasies. It only fits 50 people and they have a very strict no standing policy (how posh). Because of this…you really should reserve ahead of time. You also only get a 2 hour window. They have a seasonal menu complete with drinks named ‘1-900-DRUNK-TEXT’ and ‘My Work Boyfriend’.
Codmother (1334 U St NW)
Friend of the blog, Jackie, describes Codmother as “easily one of the better dive bars in an insatiably bougie going out scene”. Punk music seems to always be blasting from the speakers and the beer is perfectly cheap. Actually so is the whiskey. As its name may suggest to you, they serve a delicious fish and chips to give you a nice British vibe.
Franklin Hall (1348 Florida Ave NW)
Located in the historic Manhattan Laundry building lives this amazing American beer hall. This huge hall has loads of different beers for you to try while you play any number of available board games. Jenga, Cards Against Humanity etc… let your childish heart run wild. Large windows, tinkling lights hanging from the ceiling, and plushly leather couches round out the truly hipster vibe.
9:30 Club (815 V St NW)
Think of 9:30 Club as the go to place for your next rave and next must-see concert. Scrolling through the list of shows for the coming months cover a lot of artistic ground so there truly is something for everyone. This venue has a history that dates back to 1980 and includes lots of big names like Smashing Pumpkins, Ellie Golding and R.E.M.
Howard Theatre (620 T St NW)
Even more so than the 9:30 Club, the Howard Theatre’s history is one for the history books. At it’s opening in 1910, it was the “largest colored theatre in the world” and continued to “provide a place where color barriers blurred and music unified” throughout the 20th and 21st century. These days they’ve got the most amazing live jazz performances and absolutely incredible gospel on Sundays.
Black Cat (1811 14th St NW)
When we were first told about Black Cat, it seemed like the most amazing place on the face of the earth. It is a really cool dive bar venue that hosts small bands. They also are pretty well known for having dance parties (think Rihanna v. Beyonce) AND movie nights! HARRY POTTER movie nights. Truly you could spend every night here and never be bored.
Must have Drunk Eat
So this one is easily a tie. It really depends on your mood. We are usually a greasy pizza gals but sometimes all you really need in your life is some chili cheese fries.
Jumbo Slice (1344 U St NW)
It may not look like much from the outside and you may think it’s just enormous slices of pizza but 2AM self will think otherwise. Trust us.
Ben’s Chili Bowl (1213 U St NW)
The U Street location is truly a historic one so after you stand in line for what will feel like forever, bring your chili smoke or cheese fries around to the alley. In between the restaurant and the Lincoln Theatre you will see an amazing piece of artwork. The mural was recently redone and includes many notable Washingtonians.
Keep an eye out for more Going Out Guides and let us know what neighborhood you’re dying to see one for!