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A small suburban gem, Silver Spring enjoys a prime location, near busy and historically significant spots such as Washington, D.C. and Ellicott City. We’ve rounded up a list of 10 of the best places to go for a drink.
A German-inspired beer house, Tyber Bierhaus serves hearty cuisine inspired by the German Oktoberfest as well as classic American. It also serves Belgian, Czech, and American beers, either in a half liter or a full one. With a 20-tap system, beer is always plentiful at Tyber Bierhaus. It is named for the historic Tyber Creek, a waterway which once flowed from Capitol Hill to the Potomac. The beer house also serves a wide selection of international food – the geography of which mirrors that of the beers.
7528 Old Georgetown Rd, Bethesda, MD, USA, +1 240 821 6830
A modern, sporty venue, The Society Lounge offers a fresh, clean atmosphere in which to drink. The new rooftop deck offers a place to smoke hookah and cigars, while the indoor restaurant and lounge offers a chic dining experience to accompany your drinks. If you’re looking for a late night out, The Society Lounge prides itself on its dynamic late-night scene. It offers the perfect spot in which to transition from dinner to drinks to a fun night out.
8229 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD, USA, +1 301 565 8864
Classic and upscale, The Rooftop Bar & Lounge offers a lovely view of Georgetown, the Kennedy Center, and the rest of Washington, D.C. The roof wraps around the building in order to present a multitude of angles from which to take in the charming sight of Alexandria and Georgetown lit up at night. This also provides different atmospheres and noise levels for different crowds. One side of the venue is louder and more like a nightclub, while the other provides the tranquility and intimacy necessary for quiet conversation. The Rooftop Bar & Lounge also hosts events such as art soirées and silent discos.
1075 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, DC, USA, +1 202 337 0900
Located in the heart of old Ellicott City, across from the little French Market, the Ghost Lounge Hookah Bar offers a haven for hookah lovers. With a lounge spanning three floors, connected by a winding staircase, and furnished with leather benches and wooden tables, the Ghost Lounge Hookah Bar offers a relaxed, hip venue in which to enjoy a lazy night out. A multitude of windows and an open, old-world design prevents any excess smoke or claustrophobia from happening, while black lights and trendy music ensures a modern vibe. Ghost Lounge has premium hookahs and coconut charcoals .
3725 Hamilton St, Ellicott City, MD, USA, +1 410 465 6055
A low-key bar with velvet curtains, plush diner booths, and a speakeasy vibe, Sidebar offers potent, interesting, and well-balanced cocktails for reasonable prices. Two sets of bar seating, comfortable lounge seating, and a pool table provides plenty of space in which to enjoy the drinks and the relaxed, old-school music. The juxtaposition of plush lounge chairs and the deconstructed urban decor of the main room creates an interesting atmosphere. The craft cocktails come highly recommended by the locals.
8081 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD, USA, +1 301 565 9700
The separated bar and restaurant are walled with wooden, minimalist decor. This creates a bright, modern, and appealing atmosphere in the spacious bar, which seats around 30. Multiple large, high-definition televisions are lined up facing the customers at the bar in order to show various sports games. However, Mix Bar & Grille feels fresh and clean, unlike the traditional sports bar. They offer 10 to 15 beers on tap and a young, pleasant service, as well as seasonal cocktails that are custom-designed.
8241 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD, USA, +1 301 326 1333
With a relaxed atmosphere and groovy old-school music, Quarry House Tavern offers an incredible selection of beers for a very reasonable price. The rotating tap features interesting, unorthodox options as well as a more classic selection. Their collection of draft beers includes both what’s on tap and an entire fridge full of bottles on display. With events like Rockabilly Saturday Night and Whiskey Wednesday – the latter of which offers 20% off their wide-ranging whiskey collection – the Quarry House Tavern is a solid choice for the beer lover, which you won’t regret.
8401 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD, USA, +1 301 587 8350
Located in the heart of downtown Silver Spring and just minutes from Washington, D.C., 8407 Kitchen Bar is the perfect spot, both to pop in for a quick drink or to enjoy a night out. The sleek, stylish bar and lounge is located on the ground floor, lined with brick walls and granite bar tops for a casual, yet sophisticated, vibe. 8407’s team of mixologists are always coming up with signature, craft cocktails. The lead mixologist, Tammy Vodinh, will create cocktails catering for each guest’s special tastes. For those not overly fond of cocktails, 8407 also offers a sizable list of quality wines and craft beers.
8407 Ramsey Ave, Silver Spring, MD, USA, +1 301 587 8407
Enjoy a renowned artisanal cocktail while taking in the intriguing decor of Urban Butcher. As the name might suggest, a wide variety of meat is butchered here. This means if you want a charcuterie platter to accompany your drinks, the meat is guaranteed to be of the highest quality. More pressingly, Urban Butcher features a prominent meat locker area with glass walls and a cut-to-order counter right by the bar, creating a fascinating backdrop. With an open structure and a long bar, Urban Butcher offers a bohemian vibe for the cocktail – and meat – lover.
8226 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD, USA, +1 301 585 5800
A warm, welcoming neighborhood restaurant that prides itself on its passion for craft beer, Scion serves plenty of draft beers and cocktails to accompany its contemporary American cuisine. For dog-lovers, it provides a pet-friendly outdoors patio. Here, you can enjoy one of its bottomless mimosas or infamous Bloody Marys, as well as its vast selection of different types of beers. Low-key, casual, and comfortable, Scion is the perfect spot for when all you want is a quick drink with no fuss.
1200 East West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD, USA, +1 301 585 887