A Night Out In Washington DC’s Barracks Row

November 7, 2013 7:00 AM

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Eastern Market is an historic DC neighborhood with a current appeal for young DC staffers who work on the Capitol Hill. One street in particular is the spot to go to for a night out for food, music and an occasional bar crawl – 8th Street. This neighborhood is also called Barracks Row. The reason for the name is because a Navy Yard was established in 1799 in the area. Then Thomas Jefferson positioned the Marine Corps on 8th Street to assist in protecting the Anacostia River. Eighth Street was the first commercial district in Washington, DC. After centuries of revitalization, it is a “must visit” neighborhood for food and nightlife. Check out one of these restaurants or bars for a great night out on 8th Street/Barracks Row.

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Banana Cafe at night (Credit, Sonya Dunn)

Banana Cafe & Piano Bar
500 8th St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-5906

Banana Café & Piano Bar is one of the go-to spots on Barracks Row. It serves some of the best Cuban and Puerto Rican food in the DMV area. Banana Café has live entertainment every night. On Sunday and Tuesday nights, the restaurant hosts karaoke. Upstairs is the piano bar and it also has a bar on the first level. It is considered one of the best happy hours on the Hill, with special drink prices starting at $4. This southern Caribbean night spot in DC is worth a visit.

Lola’s Barracks & Bar Grill
711 8th St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 547-5652

Another great pub is Lola’s Barracks & Bar Grill. It has a large bar area to accommodate groups for happy hour, but you can enjoy $5 beers every night. The grill provides mostly American favorites. You can’t go wrong with Joe Joe’s sloppy sliders, jumbo Chesapeake wings or the badass baja fish tacos. Enjoy some friendly competition on the pool table along with a round of drinks.

Fusion Grill
515 8th St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 546-5303

Craving some Asian cuisine? Fusion Grill gives you that and more. It takes traditional Chinese dishes and fuses them with other Asian entrees from around the world. One dish people love is the honey ginger miso salmon. Fusion Grill’s bar has an assortment of beers, wines and cocktails. Add a Fusion margarita, Fusangria sake or plum wine and your meal will be complete.

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Matchbox (Credit, Sonya Dunn)

521 8th St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 548-0369

If you are in the mood for some pizza, Matchbox is your spot. This place has several beers on tap and some amazing cocktails like the vanilla peach tea, whiskey smash and jalapeno margaritaTry one of the speciality pizzas with a beer or cocktail. Matchbox has several locations around DC. It is definitely one of the best pizza joints in Washington. If you’re not in the mood for pizza, it also offers a bistro menu with some amazing dishes.

Cava Mezze DC
527 8th St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-9090

Cava Mezze brings authentic Greek and Mediterranean cooking to DC. Chef Dimitri Moshovitis believes in serving delicious, simple and fresh local ingredients to his patrons. That is exactly what you get with dishes like the lollipop chicken, Scottish salmon and spicy lamb sliders. Cava Mezze is another go-to spot on Barracks Row. Happy hour at this establishment consists of $3 entrees along with beers, wines and cocktails starting at $4 per glass.

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The Ugly Mug (Credit, Sonya Dunn)

The Ugly Mug
723 8th St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 547-8459

If you are looking for a good burger and beer to relax or catch a game, The Ugly Mug is the place to go. It is a very casual pub nestled on 8th Street. Seating is available inside and outside and it has over 20 beers on tap. Every Tuesday night, the pub serves $4 Heinekens. The Ugly Mug is a great place to unwind with friends or watch a sporting event among kindred fans.

Senart’s Oyster Bar & Chop House
520 8th St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-1168

Eighth Street used to be the place to go for oysters in the early 1900s. The recently opened Senart’s Oyster Bar & Chop House has recaptured that ambience and feel. Senart’s is the best place to get oysters. Start off with something from the raw bar and a few cocktails for happy hour. It also has a selection of steaks and other entrees to choose from for larger appetites.

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Sonya Dunn is a freelance writer covering all things Washington DC. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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