Nightlife & Music

Best Neighborhood Bars In DC: U Street

August 23, 2012 6:00 AM

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bar Best Neighborhood Bars In DC: U Street

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Recognized as a “great street” by the American Planning Association, the historic U Street Corridor is home to historic Victorian homes, neighborhood landmarks like Ben’s Chili Bowl and DC’s hottest night spots including bars, music venues and nightclubs. Located between Florida Avenue and 9th Street NW, U Street is easily accessible via Metro and is located near Dupont Circle, another DC hotspot. 

Creme
1322 U St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-1885
www.cremedc.com

Come for the legendary chicken and waffles, stay for the beautifully hand-crafted drinks. Creme offers its guests a delicious menu of traditional American fare with a southern twist. Menu items include green eggs and ham, crab meat hush puppies and shrimp and grits. If you think the food sounds great, wait until you try the drinks. Creme offers a full-service bar, an extensive wine list plus mixed drinks that sound like they came from a tropical island (Wild Hibiscus Royale, anyone?). Just like the food, each drink is made with fresh ingredients.

Utopia Bar and Grill
1418 U St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 483-7669
www.utopiaindc.com

Martini lovers rejoice. With more than a dozen martinis to choose from, Utopia’s drink menu is just as creative as its venue. Try the Chocolate Jazz, Tres Francais or the Lemon Drop Martini. Utopia features delicious coffee drinks and beer, too. Enjoy half-priced drinks daily during happy hour. Don’t forget to try tasty treats like Stuffed French Toast for brunch, Vegetable Couscous Curry with Chicken for lunch or Chicken Pecan for dinner. Utopia also offers live jazz music Wednesday through Sunday nights and features beautiful works of art from local artists.

Related: Best Summertime Bars in D.C.

Dickson Wine Bar
903 U St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 332-1779
www.dicksonwinebar.com

For a mellow night out, head over to Dickson Wine Bar, grab a seat in the loft and enjoy a glass of organic wine. The atmosphere of Dickson’s is laid-back yet sexy, thanks to the hundreds of lit votive candles, smooth mahogany wood accents and cozy seating arrangements. Try the Brunswick Daiquiri, voted one of DC’s smoothest cocktails, or the Dickson’s fiery margarita, made fresh with fiery (literally!) jalapenos. The bar also features an extensive list of sparkling as well as biodynamic and organic wines and delicious small plate meals including house-made duck prosciutto, marinated olives and pork belly bahn mi.

Nellie’s Sports Bar
900 U St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 332-6355
www.nelliessportsbar.com

Whether you prefer Red Bull mixed drinks, specialty cocktails or a beer from tap, Nellie’s has it all. This happening sports bar features happy hour specials, lots of televisions to catch the latest sporting events and a delicious food and drink menu. Try the Fire Palmer Sweat Tea Vodka with Lemonade or the aptly-named Liquid Summer specialty cocktail. Nellie’s also features fun and games every night of the week, including Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournaments, Drag Bingo and trivia nights. Nellie’s Sports Bar also supports local and national initiatives, including Servicemembers United. On Thursdays, a portion of your beer tab will help benefit the nation’s largest organization of LGBT troops and veterans of the United States armed forces.

Related: Unique Nights Out In The DC Area

Chi-Chia Lounge
1624 U St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-8400
www.latinconcepts.com

Stop by the Chi-Chia Lounge and escape to the Caribbean without the stress of travel. Vibrant colors, authentic dishes and exquisite drinks await for you and your friends. Enjoy a glass of sangria or the house specialty Chi-Chia, a light, spicy wine which features pineapple, cinnamon, cane sugar, cloves and a secret ingredient. The lounge also features delicious South American dishes, like empanadas, sorullitos and chifles, as well as a full-service bar. Dance the night away or relax on a comfy couch and try a hookah. Chi-Chia Lounge offers happy hour specials Monday through Friday and hosts special events, such as New Years and Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

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

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