If you’d like to grab a drink without screaming fans spilling on you every time a random team makes a play, it’s time to venture out. It’s fall, but football season doesn’t have to rule your social life. While many D.C. residents can’t wait to cheer the Washington Redskins to victory, the district’s best anti-football bars cater to the rest of the world.
2459 18th St.
Washington, DC 20009
Whether you prefer coffee or a cocktail, enjoy both at one convenient location. Tryst offers its guests comfy couches, delicious food and handy table service. Enjoy handcrafted non-alcoholic beverages including hot mulled apple cider and chaippuccino, which features chai tea with a shot of espresso. Delicious bar drinks include the peachy keen julep and the smoked maple Manhattan. Tryst also features beer and wine, and brunch all day as well as sandwiches, salads, small plates and desserts.
1716 I St.
Washington, DC 20006
With the start of football season comes the start of fall. Enjoy cooler temps — and the view — from the rooftop bar at Eden. The South Beach-inspired nightclub offers happy-hour food specials including satay, crab wontons, and shrimp and vegetable tempura at reasonable prices as well as VIP bottle service. Stick around after happy hour and enjoy the area’s best DJs, dancing and special events including industry nights, album release parties and holiday parties. Meet local celebrities as well as occasional big stars such as Sisqo and Mr. Belding from the ’90s hit show “Saved By The Bell.”
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3100 South St.
Washington, DC 20007
For a quiet night out, pay a visit to Degrees Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown. The cozy restaurant and bar features industrial chic decor, banquette-style seating in the dining area and comfy couches in the lounge. Enjoy French bistro fare, including artisanal cheeses and rustic bread, as well as flatbread sandwiches, salads, soups and individual dishes. Degrees Bistro features a full-service bar including specialty craft beers, cocktails and wine. There’s no need to fear unruly football crowds here: At its maximum capacity, the restaurant and bar holds 66 guests.
701 7th St.
Washington, DC 20001
Don’t just sit there, be a part of the action … bowling action that is. Lucky Strike is more than just your run-of-the-mill bowling alley, it’s an entertaining bar and restaurant filled with art, music and fun, energetic crowds that just don’t care about football. Enjoy traditional bar fare, including burgers and wings, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free meals. Dance to tunes while you bowl the night away. Lucky Strike also features full-service bars, pool tables and a VIP Lounge.
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1602 U St.
Washington, DC 20009
Forget staring at a television screen. Local is the ideal location for socializing and meeting new people. At Local, guests enjoy a view of U Street from the second-floor lounge and heated rooftop patio. Scarf daily food and drink happy-hour specials and tasty American fare featuring locally grown ingredients, and enjoy special events. Local also features a full-service bar, DJ and dancing in a relaxed atmosphere. Swing by Sunday mornings and enjoy tasty brunch items including French toast with fresh strawberries or an egg Benedict.