Attention all the single ladies and men, stop searching for love in all the wrong places. DC is home to more than 400 bars, pubs, restaurants and other watering holes. Whether you’re looking to meet someone who shares your love of poetry or someone to challenge to a game of pool, stop by one of these bars to meet your next eligible bachelor or bachelorette.
Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe
Hours: Sun – Thur 7:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.; Fri – Sat- Open 24 hours
Meet local singles and show your support for one of DC’s most beloved independent bookstore. At Kramer’s, you can enjoy signature cocktails, delicious dinner specials, indoor and outdoor seating, live entertainment and exciting events such as wine and beer tastings. Kramer’s features full liquor service, 18 beers on tap, wines by the glass or bottle plus breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert menus. According to Access Washington DC, Kramer’s is known as the “pickup joint for the literati.”
Hours: Tues – Thurs 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.; Sat 2 p.m – 2 a.m.
The Wild West meets the East Coast at this tavern-wateringhole. While you won’t find regular domestic beers or a TV at the Saloon, what you will find includes soft jazz or classical background music, Tiffany-style lamps, sepia-toned photos, mouthwatering burgers with bacon and blue cheese, top-shelf beers and lots of human interaction. The Saloon features international beers and lagers, most notably an extremely rare Austrian beer with a 9.6 percent alcohol content. Saddle on up to the bar or find a seat next to that table of cuties as it’s against policy to refuse to share open seats.
Hours: Mon – Fri 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.; Sat 11 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.; Sun 10:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
At the Tabard Inn, unwind with a pre-prohibition cocktail, a cozy arm chair and a warmly-lit fireplace. The bar at the inn is swathed in candlelight, the leather bar stools well-worn and the furnishing and decor antique. The Tabard Inn features dozens of delectable drinks and light and dinner fare, a large selection of white, red, dessert and sparkling wines, plenty of international beers and lagers and full liquor service. Talk sports, politics or shop with the eclectic crowd of bar regulars, hipsters, tourists and more.
The Red Derby
Hours: Mon – Thurs 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Fri 5 p.m. – 3 a.m.; Sat 11 a.m. – 3 a.m.; Sun 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Try something new, and head on over to the Red Derby where you can enjoy beer in a can (no bottles or beer on tap), shoot some pool and play tunes from your MP3 player over the bar’s sound system. With blood-red walls, one can’t help but feel the love in this tavern-style bar. In addition to domestic beers, the Red Derby features decadent finds such as the Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. Bar specials include a beer and a shot for $5 all day, every day. In addition, the bar menu appeals to both herbivores and carnivores alike.
American Ice Company
Hours: Mon – Thurs 5 p.m. – 3 a.m.; Sat 12 p.m. – 3 a.m.; Sun 12 p.m. 2 a.m.
If you are single and on a budget the American Ice Company is the place for you. With no cover charge (plus no dress code), draft beers in mason jars and a barbecue counter, you’ll feel right at home. The decor is gritty yet not grungy, with exposed brick walls and hanging pipes, and features plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Although it doesn’t feature a cocktail menu, the American Ice Company does provide red, white and sparkling wines plus non-alcoholic beverages. Open for lunch and dinner, the American Ice Company menu features delicious sandwiches, barbecue pork, turkey or brisket plus dozens of delicious sides.
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