Adams Morgan is one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Washington, DC, attracting all ages with its wide variety of art, music and food. The bars in here take advantage of the lively neighborhood and provide a little something for everyone. Here’s the 10 best to try.
For a night out with traditional American food at a neighborhood dining saloon, look no further than Bourbon. The bar has an extensive selection of drinks and knowledgeable staff that can give excellent recommendations on cocktails, beers and many of the Kentucky Whiskeys available. As for the food, Bourbon offers delicious treats like classic burgers, grilled cheese, and old bay tater tots.
Located on the northern end of the 18th Street Corridor, guests can view the entire street from the large windows on the second floor dining room of Roofers Union. For those who prefer to spend their time at the bar itself, Roofers Union has two options, either the first floor with the zinc bar top and exposed brick walls, or the third floor covered roof to watch the sunset. Each Friday and Saturday night, guests can enjoy any of the 22 beers on tap or the selection of ale, bourbon, rye and scotch while listening to local DC artists perform live music.
This chic bar is located in the basement of one of the many townhouses that line 18th Street, and features an outdoor patio for visitors to dance the night away. The modern bistro menu offers a selection of food from around the world, such as Korean barbecue chicken wings, ahi tuna tacos, poutines and curry.
L’Enfant Café and Bar is a French style bar located on the corner of 18th Street and Florida Avenue. The menu offers a variety of well known French favorites, like crepe, croque monsieurs, streak frites and quiche, while the bar offers a choice of coffee or alcoholic drinks. The most notable thing about L’Enfant is the reservation only La Boum brunch that is hosted every weekend for those 21 and older, which features a DJ and food for three straight hours.
With a large mural outside of the bar, Madam’s Organ is the most identifiable feature of Adams Morgan. This blues bar offers live music and soul food every night of the week, and each Thursday, Madam’s Organ partners with a local non-profit organization to help fundraise and raise awareness for their cause. Customers satisfy more than just their hunger at this bar, they also have a chance to unwind, be themselves, and give back.
The Black Squirrel is a burger bar with a lot to offer, from eight types of burgers (including a build your own veggie burger) to fish and chips and bratwurst. The bar offers a wide variety of domestic and international beers for all the beer lovers. For those who are brave enough and want to try something different, the Black Squirrel also offers give different brands of the once illegal, 136-proof drink Absinthe, in the form of the iconic Green Fairy concoction.
The Jack Rose Dining Saloon is a classy establishment that features four different style dining rooms: the dining saloon, the open-air terrace, the balcony room and the tiki bar. Each room has its own unique menu, but the choice of drinks stays the same. Guests have their pick from the extensive selection of domestic, international and irish whiskeys, as well as single malt or blended scotch and rare bottlings. In addition to the whiskey, they offer a wide variety of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails, and if you so choose, you can finish the night with a cigar.
Tryst is proud to say that none of their silverware matches. This coffeehouse bar and lounge provides delicious direct trade coffee drinks, teas and pastries in addition to a full menu of beers, cocktails and wine. From Monday to Wednesday, Tryst has live jazz music, as well as many other events scheduled throughout the week, from movie nights to college study hours. This is a perfect place for people who love coffee and beer.
The Brass Monkey is a mix of five different bars, each with their own vibe, from karaoke to serious dancing to laid back relaxation. This is a great place to go with friends who each want to do something different on Friday night. With the vibrant crowd and vast assortment of things to do, this is an ideal bar for college students or those fresh out of college looking to have a good time.
This two-level bar gives patrons two options on how to spend their night. The first option is the basement bar, which is set up like a tradition tavern with booth and bar seating, and handcrafted woodwork, while the upstairs bar features a large dance floor and a more high energy crowd. Both floors have several televisions to watch the latest sports teams while enjoying tradition pub fare like wings, burgers and BLTs.