What are the best bars in Washington D.C.?

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Eighteenth Street Lounge is great. I think the Satellite Room is a great bar. The Brixton is a really good place to have a drink.

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It's no secret: Washingtonians love to drink, and a slew of craft cocktail bars, brewpubs and wine-centric tapas bars and restaurants have made this easier than ever in recent years. While the idea of "best" is somewhat subjective, here are a few of DC's buzziest places to imbibe: 

The Columbia Room
Tuesday through Saturday, join a select few imbibers at this small back room bar for a "drink tasting," consisting of an opening drink, a seasonal creation paired with a small nibble and a third drink selected by you. Derek Brown is regarded as the city's cocktail master, and this is his ode to this cocktail. 

This Old Town bar isn't technically in the city proper, but it has long drawn fans of the craft cocktail movement. When the blue light is on, the bar is open. Make a reservation and enjoy drinks off the menu-- much of which riffs on classic cocktails with house-made ingredients-- or ask the bartenders to whip you up something special. 

Beer lovers will find a wide variety of brews to tickle their fancy at this Logan Circle dining destination. Offering a restaurant and a bar, this casual destination is often packed with locals and happy hour lovers on weekday afternoons.  

Off the Record 
Inside acclaimed hotel the Hay-Adams, this basement bar is decorated in cartoon political sketches and is often packed with political types enjoying martinis and gossip. An oldie but goodie, this bar is a Washington go-to. 

St. Regis Washington, DC
We’d highly suggest a visit to the newly remodeled bar at the St. Regis, a Forbes four-star hotel. The bar, located just outside the acclaimed Adour restaurant, features classic craft cocktails as well as a well-curated wine and spirits list.

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