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Best Cocktail Bars in Washington DC: Top Five Spots to Try

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If you are a cocktail lover living in the DMV area or visiting, you might be on the lookout for good cocktail bars. We have compiled a list to spare you the effort of searching for top-rated ones in the nation’s capital. Here are the best cocktail bars in Washington, DC.

600 T

Address: 600 T St NW Washington DC, 20001

Phone: (202) 885-8888

Website: https://www.600tdc.com/

Operating in Northwest DC since November 2017, 600 T specializes in crafting innovative cocktails. Their shaken cocktails feature unique flavors, sustainable ingredients, quality spirits, homemade cordials, and fresh citrus. The bar renews its menu every two months. You can see live music performances here each Wednesday. It was named the “best new bar” by the Washington City Paper in 2018. 

 

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Denson Liquor Bar

Address: 600 F Street NW, Washington DC, 20004

Phone: (202) 758-3867

Website: https://www.densondc.com/

Denson Liquor Bar has been offering classic cocktails and popular spirits to DMV residents since 2014. In addition to great drinks, you get to choose a dish from a distinctive menu that includes oysters, shrimp cocktails, light and hearty snacks, and desserts. Making reservations is recommended for all booths and some barstools, while the remaining space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is no official dress code, business casual is encouraged.

 

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Pisco Y Nazca

Address: 1823 L Street NW, Washington DC, 20036

Phone: (202) 559-3726

Website: https://piscoynazca.com/washington-dc

Located in DC’s residential Dupont Circle neighborhood, Pisco y Nazca is known for its unique cocktails and skillfully putting its own twist on traditional Peruvian cuisine. It features a vibrant bar where you can view the open kitchen and order from a wide selection of beers and wines from both local and foreign brands. Their tasty seafood, especially Peru’s famous ceviche, is another reason to come here. 

 

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Service Bar

Address: 926 U St NW, Washington DC, 20001 

Phone: (202) 462-7232

Website: https://www.servicebardc.com/

Serving DMV area residents since 2016, Service Bar is a traditional cocktail bar mainly preferred for its $7 cocktail menu and live music performances. Classic American dishes produced from local ingredients are available, with fried chicken as their signature dish. Their cocktail menu gets updated according to the season or the staff’s selection. Service Bar has been featured in the Washington Post, Thrillist, Eater DC, DCist, Popville, and more. 

 

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Copycat Co

Address: 1110 H St. NE, Washington DC, 20002

Phone: (202) 241-1952

Website: https://www.copycatcompany.com/

The Chinese street food cocktails restaurant offers delicious cocktails, beer, wine, and food, which are also available for take-out and delivery. The “Choose Your Own Cocktail” offers you the chance to give the staff special instructions to create a special cocktail for you, if you order one food item. Pitchers & punches, backbars & syrups, and juices are also among beverage options. Walk-ins are accepted at the bar, but you need a reservation for the patio.

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