Best Bars For Networking In DC

September 13, 2012 6:00 AM

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networkingatbar Best Bars For Networking In DC

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Whether you’re looking to find a new job, expand your social circle or break out of your regular Friday night routine, a networking event is the place to be. Grow your network and make new connections at one of these best D.C. bars for networking.


1101 17th St. Northwest
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 955-9001

Enjoy delicious drinks, tasty treats and networking the first Tuesday of the month at Bar-Code. The restaurant and bar features one of DC’s largest outdoor patios, a perfect spot to meet new people and make new friends. Barcode also provides plenty of comfy seats in its lounge area. Enjoy happy hour food and drink specials, a full-service bar and a full dinner menu available until midnight. After hours, Bar-Code turns into a trendy club featuring the city’s best DJs. There’s no cover, but be sure and dress to impress.

Eden Lounge
1716 I St. Northwest
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 785-0270

Wind down at Eden Lounge and enjoy happy hour specials (including $3 glasses of wine), a complimentary buffet and valet parking for only $10 every Friday night. Eden Lounge features a South Beach vibe with tropical drinks, lighting and décor. Grab a drink at the rooftop bar or rub elbows with fellow networkers on one of four floors. Come before 10 p.m. and pay no cover charge. Guests 30 and older are preferred but not required.

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The Park at 14th
920 14th St. Northwest
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 737-7275

Thursday nights are networking nights at The Park at 14th. Doors open and happy hour specials start at 5 p.m. Enjoy $4 cocktails, wine and beer as well as $5 beef and chicken sliders, Caribbean jerk wings, and macaroni and cheese. With wood-paneled walls, hand-blown chandeliers and a magnificent dinner menu, The Park at 14th is a luxurious and sophisticated four-story restaurant and lounge, a perfect spot to hand out your business card or chat up a cute blonde. Head to The Park before 10 p.m. and get in for free. Its dress code is strictly enforced, so obey accordingly.

Lounge 201
201 Massachusetts Ave. Northeast
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 544-5201

Cure a case of the Mondays with a martini, a massage and mini manicure at Lounge 201. Hosted by Ingenuous Events, Mini Mondays feature savory appetizers, martini tastings, boutique shopping and mini beauty pamper sessions. Lounge 201 features plenty of comfy seats, a full-service bar, delicious foods and modern décor. Enjoy crab cake sliders, carne asada tacos or the 201 flatbread special. Admission is free. Doors open at 5 p.m.

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Bar 901
901 9th St. Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 524-4433

Network and Nibble is not just the name of an event that occurs at Bar 901 on the first Wednesday of the month, it’s also what guests do. Nibble on tasty treats, including roasted duck quesadillas, as you make new connections and get leads on business opportunities. Enjoy food and drink specials, delicious American cuisine and elegant décor straight from a Crate and Barrel catalog. Stay late and enjoy specialty drinks in the fireplace lounge.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at

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