Whether you prefer the VIP treatment or a low-key night out with the boys, there are plenty bars in the D.C. area to celebrate you (or your best bud’s) last night out as a single man. Whether you’re skipping the clubs or just need a great place to start, these bars have you and the boys covered.
1813 M St. Northwest
Washington, DC 20036
Recognized as D.C.’s first martini and cigar bar, the four-level nightclub features full-service bars, comfortable couches and lounge chairs to sit and relax as well as plenty of floor space to get up and dance. Head upstairs to the rooftop bar for some fresh air or a couple of brewskis. Ozio’s offers happy hour specials, including $3 domestic beers and $4 imported, as well as a newly expanded menu featuring American cuisine with a continental flair. Dress to impress.
917 V St. Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
If you prefer to drink your adult beverage of choice from a Mason jar, head over to the American Ice Company near the U-Street district. Enjoy manly meals, such as a brisket platter with slaw and beans, with your buds while sitting at an old-fashioned picnic table. Enjoy a full-service bar, an outdoor seating area and a low-key atmosphere. Even the décor, which includes exposed bricks, deer heads and pig statues, promises a manly vibe. Head to this hot spot early as it is a popular destination for concert goers before and after the show at the 9:30 Club nearby.
810 7th St. Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
Take the betrothed on the journey of a lifetime without the hassle of the TSA. Known as RFD among locals, Regional Food and Drink features more than 300 domestic and imported beers. Sample beer from Lebanon, Russia, Germany or Thailand (among many, many others) or enjoy hard cider, casked ales and malt beverages from around the world. RFD also features high-definition, flat-screen TVs to catch the game, beer tastings and other special events such as open mic comedy nights. RFD’s menu features traditional American cuisine, including loaded tots, Maryland steak and cheese sandwiches, and a burger of the day. Bonus: Many of the meals at RFD are cooked with beer to add major flavor.
915 U St. Northwest
Washington, DC 20020
Whether you prefer live music or the styling of the hottest local DJs, rock it out with your groomsmen at the Velvet Lounge. Despite the name, Velvet Lounge is more like a dive bar than a cozy place to sit down and have a chat. Head upstairs and catch the latest local act or party it up downstairs with the area’s hottest DJs. Depending on the day of the week, the venue features rock, punk, hip hop, funk, soul or reggae. The beers are cheap and the performing schedule is jam-packed just about every night of the week.
1264 Wisconsin Ave.
Washington, DC 20007
Satisfy the political pundit or history buff in your life with a visit to Martin’s Tavern. Located in Georgetown, Martin’s is one of only a few D.C. establishments that have been around since the Great Depression. Many presidents, including John F. Kennedy, Harry Truman and George W. Bush, have enjoyed a beer or two at this local watering hole. The bar features a variety of wines as well as domestic and imported beers, mixed drinks and an impressive collection of whiskeys and after-dinner drinks. Enjoy extravagant meals including Guinness mussels, prime rib and lamb chops.
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