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Best Dive Bars in Washington DC: Time to Chill Without Breaking Bank


Having a fun night out shouldn’t cost us a fortune. It is definitely possible to enjoy yourself at a casual dive bar with reasonably priced drinks and snacks. Here are the best dive bars in Washington DC, which you shouldn’t miss out on.

Trusty’s Full-Serve Bar

Address: 1420 Pennsylvania Ave, SE Washington DC

Phone: (202) 547-1010


The bar offers weekly events such as Trivia nights every Tuesday, live music performances from local artists on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, and free stand-up comedy shows from comedians who perform at the DC Improv every month. Their menu includes starters like tortilla chips, pretzels, and nachos, as well as burgers, sandwiches, sausages, and crunkcakes (DC’s original booze-infused cupcakes). You should also try their weekend brunch.


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Red Derby

Address: 3718 14th St, NW Washington DC (between N Spring Rd & N Quincy St)

Phone: (202) 291-5000


Founded in 2005 by two former bartenders, Red Derby offers patrons more than 100 canned beers at affordable prices. It features a heated rooftop deck that overlooks 14th St and a patio. You can order beer, bubbly, wine, or cocktails, along with sides and snacks like burgers, fries, onion rings, tater tots, quesadilla, mac ‘n cheese wedges, fish & chips, chicken tenders, popcorn shrimps, and ice cream. Take-out and delivery via DoorDash are available. 


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Address: 726 7th St, NW Washington DC

Phone: (202) 628-5225


Located in the heart of the District, Jackpot is somewhere you can chill with your friends while you enjoy a wide range of draft beers, cocktails, bourbons & ryes, and scotch. The Chinatown bar holds happy hours seven days a week from 4 pm to 8 pm. Live music is offered every Friday and Saturday. You can also host your events here for more than 20 people. 

Ivy & Coney

Address: 1537 7th St, NW Washington DC 

Phone: (202) 670-9489


Ivy & Coney is a real hidden gem in DC for sports fans and those looking to have some fun out simply with cheap beer and hot dogs. Reservations for private events are accepted for 20 or more guests. Drink options include drafts, local cans, combos, ciders & wines, vodka, gin, rum, tequila, and bourbon. Hot dogs, pizzas, Italian beef, sandwiches, Buffalo wings, curly fries, and fried cheese curds are available. 


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The Dew Drop Inn

Address: 2801 8th St, NE Washington DC 

Phone: (202) 791-0909


The neighborhood dive bar offers its guests a relaxing atmosphere with a spacious patio and friendly staff. Happy hours are between 5 pm and 6:30 pm Monday through Thursday and between 4 pm and 6:30 pm on Friday. Sundays are for “Funset late night happy hours” from 10 pm to closing time. In addition to draft beers, you can order cans, house wines & bubbly, cocktails, non-alcoholic drinks, and more. Outside food is welcome. You can also get your food delivered here. And if you become a real fan, consider getting their cool T-shirts or hoodies.

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