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Gone Country: Best Southern-Style Bars In The Washington DC Area

January 17, 2013 8:00 AM

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If there’s one thing the south is known best for, it’s hospitality. Come experience what great customer service should really feel like, and taste the best Southern-style meals and drinks this side of the Rio Grande. The best Southern-style bars in the D.C. metro area have you covered.

Hill Country Barbecue
410 7th St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 556-2050
www.hillcountryny.com

For the ultimate Southern-style feast, head over to Hill Country Barbecue where you will enjoy delicious moist brisket, fall-off-the-bone ribs and juicy beer-can game hen along with tasty Southern-style side items including mac and cheese, collard greens, baked beans and Blue Bell ice cream. Squelch your thirst with a glass of Big Red soda or Shiner beer, a Texas favorite. Hill Country Barbecue also features daily food and drink specials, a gift shop and live entertainment with the area’s best honky-tonk bands, nationally known country artists and karaoke with a live band downstairs in the Boot Bar. In most cases, there is no cover charge to attend these events.

Southern Hospitality
1815 Adams Mill Road NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 588-0411
sohodc.com

Located in Adams Morgan, Southern Hospitality brings a bit of the easy kindness and warmth the South is known for to an otherwise bustling, bar-studded neighborhood. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, Southern Hospitality features a variety of Southern-style foods including chicken and waffles, Texas burritos, jambalaya, fried okra, shrimp and grits, and gumbo. Sip on a mint julep, deep South signature drink, or an orange crush. The full-service restaurant and bar also features daily food and drink specials, including all-night happy hours on Tuesdays, as well as yearly events including its annual Crawfish Boil and Adams Morgan Day. The two-story venue also features an outdoor patio area.

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Nick’s Night Club
642 S. Pickett St.
Alexandria, VA 22304
(703) 751-8900
www.nicksnightclub.com

If you’re in a two-stepping kind of mood, then pay a visit to Nick’s Night Club where you’ll find the area’s best country music bands, free country dance lessons and Texas-style barbecue. Come by for dinner, and enjoy Southern-style favorites, such as loaded tater skins, Cajun pasta or a smoked combo platter. Learn how to line dance, or grab a partner and give the cowboy cha-cha a try. Nick’s Night Club also features karaoke in the back room, swing dance nights and special events including holiday parties as well as daily food and drink specials. Nick’s is also known as the bachelorette party headquarters.

King Street Blues
112 N. Saint Asaph St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 836-8800
www.kingstreetblues.com/

While the decor can be described as a bit kitschy, the Southern-style food served at King Street Blues is simply divine. Start off with a plate of hush puppies or the smoked Chipotle wings, then move on to savory dishes including the fried shrimp poor boy, Louisiana gumbo, or the red beans and rice. For dessert, enjoy a warm apple crisp a la mode or old Dixie bread pudding. While you’re there, explore the two-story establishment and its variety of New Orleans-inspired paper mache decor, mural paintings and vibrant furnishings. King Street Blues also features live bluegrass, country and folk music, and special events with no cover charge. The full-service restaurant makes for a great kid-friendly destination as well.

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Cancun Cantina
7501 Old Telegraph Road
Hanover, MD 21076
(410) 761-6188
cancuncantina.com

For a real Southern experience, head on down to Cancun Cantina where you’ll find sand and palm trees as well as seven full-service bars, two stages and large dancehall-style floors. Check out local country bands, and learn how to line dance in the main bar, or head out to the patio and enjoy the hottest top 40 and rock hits courtesy of local bands and DJs. Cancun Cantina features food and drink specials and plays host to a variety of special events including costume contests, ladies nights, customer appreciation nights and holiday parties.

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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