Tired of the same old watering holes? Several new and unique bars serving up some of the best brews, cocktails, wines and other specialties are now open.
D.C. has plenty of great places to down a few brews, a couple cocktails, or a glass or two of fine wine. While most of D.C.'s best bars are in Adams Morgan, Georgetown, U Street, and downtown, the best new places that have opened recently are scattered all over town. Many places have and will remain neighborhood fixtures, however, there are more than a few new bars that have already become very popular and are certain to stay a part of the D.C. scene. Below are five of D.C.'s best new bars:
Anxo Tasting Room
The very first cider-focused bar within a cozy brick-walled tasting room, Anxo has space for 30 indoors, with another 10 seats available outside. Anxo can get very crowded but is worth visiting even if you have to wait a little while to be seated. The bar is stocked with a wide array of ciders, cocktails, craft beers, and wine from 24 different taps. If you decide to visit, you'll want to try the house ciders which are made together with the more widely-known craft cideries Eden, Shacksbury, and Millstone. The house ciders are miles above the Miller-Lite mass-produced quality of Angry Orchard and Woodchuck. Visitors meanwhile can order Spanish-style snacks, such as mixed olives, cheese and meat boards, paninis, almonds, and anchovies. Anxo has a happy hour from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and is located on 711 Kennedy Street NW. For more info, visit their web site
The Truxton Inn
Matt Weiss, the owner of Lounge 201, Barrel, and McClellan’s Retreat, has partnered with other business fellows to open the new cocktail bar along the border of LeDroit Park and Truxton Circle. This bar is ideal for a date as the 80s pop and indie music provides a lively and upbeat vibe while the leather arm chairs and love seats are conducive to romance. The green marble bar top and glass shelves lined with knick-knacks are a nice touch, as are the vintage books in which the checks are delivered. The bar menu includes new versions of classic cocktails that are worth trying, while patrons can order kolaches until 2:30 a.m. on the weekend and 1:30 a.m. during the week. The bar’s happy hour is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays -- with $5 wines, $6 Old Fashioneds, and $3 Miller High Life. The Truxton Inn is located on 251 Florida Avenue NW. Visit their web site
for more info.
Having taken over the location of a former hardware store, Reliable Tavern has a unique sense of charm. Its shelves and walls are loaded with paint cans, hardware signs, and tools. Downstairs from the main room, you'll find a slightly smaller bar with two pool tables and a lounge area with couches. Patrons can choose from 10 draft beers and 10 wines while the cocktail menu lets you choose from different categories of ingredients to create a custom concoction. The food menu includes Czechoslovakian pastries, as well as half smokes and the like. Happy hour is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays during which rail drinks, wine, and beer are $5. Reliable Tavern is located on 3655 Georgia Avenue Northwest. Visit their web site
for more info.
La Jambe French Wine Bar
La Jambe is dedicated to French wine, charcuterie, and cheese. The husband and wife team of Anastasia Mori and Dave Bloom opened this establishment, which has quickly become a favorite in the Shaw neighborhood. If you don’t know French wines too well, don’t worry -- the menu explains the wines on the list thoroughly. The cocktails, meanwhile, are made with only local D.C. and French ingredients and spirits, which makes this place so unique. If you decide to stop in sometime, the Jardin de Luxe (made with a French Gin, Yellow Chartreuse, Donna Rosa amaro, and house-made herbs and basil) is something a little unique. Happy hour is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, with $5 and $6 glasses of French wines. La Jambe is located at 1550 7th Street NW. Visit their web site
for more info.
[gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="2409,2408"] One of only two mezcal bars in D.C., Mezcalero is located in Columbia Heights, just half a mile north of the neighborhood Metro stop. While the place is food-driven, this local hangout serves between 50 and 70 different mezcals without charging an arm and a leg. Visitors should try the bar’s signature drink, The El Canalero, which combines Mezcal Los Siete Misterios, basil, cinnamon, lemon, and jalapeno. In addition to the Mezcal selections, the drink menu also includes authentic margaritas, $5 cocktails, four different draft beers, and wine. If you want to order an appetizer or food item, the menu is stocked with classic Mexican food favorites likely to please anyone. You'll find Mezcalero at 3714 14th Street Northwest. Visit their web site
for more info.