Best Hipster Hangout Spots In DC

May 24, 2012 6:00 AM

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Washington, D.C. has a large population of 20 and 30 somethings that are educated on current issues, politics and the local movement. Combine all of these elements and place them in the nation’s capital, and you have a breeding ground for hipsters. Where do you go to find a large concentration of hipster-wearing shuttershades? To some of the lesser-known clubs, restaurants, coffee shops and lounges, of course.
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H Street Country Club
1335 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

The only indoor mini golf course in D.C., H Street Country Club is like a much more hip version of Dave and Busters with the crowd to follow. Combine drinks and old fashioned fun in the form of shuffleboard and skeeball, with newer games like X Box connect, and you’re destined for a good time. If you’re a shuffleboard fiend, go on Mondays to play for free. The food is unexpectedly delicious Mexican and dinner is encouraged. In fact, golf is free with your dinner every Sunday to Tuesday. On Fridays and Saturdays, head in for a 10% discount with a ticket to the nearby Atlas Theater.

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Quarry House Tavern
8401 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910

One of Silver Spring’s proudest dive bars, the Quarry House Tavern is an unpretentious hipster magnet. Barely perceivable as a bar/restaurant from the streets, it’s a place where you have to know where you’re going. While the bar specializes in drinks and burgers, the tater tots here are one of the most popular items on the menu. The daily happy hour runs from 5 to 7 p.m. and offers a $1 off your drink of choice. Pop some dollars into the jukebox or enjoy live music while sipping on a brew from the bar’s great beer list.

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2459 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

Tryst is the Adams Morgan day or night hangout for hipsters, college students, laptop warriors and everyone else in between. From the moment you step through the door, you realize that Tryst is unlike any other coffee shop around. It’s always crowded, so it’s difficult to see that nothing matches. No two chairs are alike–even the silverware doesn’t match, but everyone loves it. Serving Counter Culture Coffee, the shop prides itself on being a quirky dayspot for local caffeine junkies, but by night it turns into a lounge with a full bar. Brunch is served all day and the menu is as eclectic as the décor, ranging from American to Greek and every country in between. Stop in for happy hour Friday to Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. for $3 select beers wines and cocktails.

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Wisdom Lounge
1432 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003

Wisdom is the hipster bar for serious cocktails. With a funky, eclectic, casual atmosphere, this lounge is great for a nightcap, and absinthe is what to order. Absinthe has only been legal in the U.S. since 2007, so taking advantage of its availability while here is a must for adventurous drinkers. More than just carrying a bottle of Lucid, Wisdom does the sugar saturation and ice water drip for an authentic show. Sunday at Wisdom is movie night with free popcorn.

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Wonderland Ballroom
1101 Kenyon St. NW
Washington, DC 20010

Wonderland Ballroom is the hipster mecca. It’s where you go to relax and have a good time in an eclectic décor that reminds you of an antique scrap shop. Wonderland is a casual, grungy bar that offers decent priced drinks, great music, and one of the best places to find a date in the Columbia Heights area. Enjoy $3 foot-long hot dogs and $4 rail drinks every day of the week from 5 to 8 p.m.

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Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture
Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isn’t enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamies traveling on her scooter or walking her two pitbulls. Her work can be found at

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