The 10 Best Bars In Friendship Heights, Washington DC

Lauren Gruber

Located on the edge of Washington D.C. and Maryland, Friendship Heights is a wealthy suburban enclave with a mix of casual bars and fine restaurants. Read ahead for our guide to the 10 best bars in and around Friendship Heights, D.C.

1. Acacia Bistro & Wine Bar

Bar, Bistro, Wine Bar, Mediterranean

Acacia Bistro is a relaxing and brightly lit bistro offering a well-curated beer selection and happy hour specials at the bar. In 2014, the bistro was certified with the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. The happy hour menu, served from 4PM-6:30PM, features a selection of whites, reds and over a dozen bottled beers, both domestic and international. Pair your choice with their handmade pappardelle or their bison burger, you can’t go wrong.

Civil Cigar Lounge

The upscale cigar lounge and retail shop boasts a bevy of cocktails, wines and spirits for your enjoyment. Tucked away in the pavilion, the 93-seat cigar lounge is from the W. Curtis Draper gentlemen, who are the third oldest tobacconists in the US. The lounge hosts a state-of-the-art ventilation system that replaces 100% of air every two minutes as you lounge in those leather-back chairs. Enjoy your cigar with a creative cocktail or a glass of wine or beer. For those looking to spend money, they also have a high-end vintage collection.
Address & phone number: 5335 Wisconsin Ave NW Ste 200 Washington, DC 20015 202-364-0800

2. Black’s Bar & Kitchen

Bar, Restaurant, American, Seafood

Black’s Bar & Kitchen is located up the road from Friendship Heights just over the Maryland border, and is frequented by many Heights locals. This chic modern bar offers a quality list of white and red wines from many national and international locations, such as Spain and Bordeaux, France. Happy hour on Monday through Friday from 4PM-7PM features martinis and beer specials along with happy hour wine selections. On Sunday nights they feature half-off select wines, and Saturday offers a happy hour with special prices on food like their craft burgers and half-off oysters.

3. Blue 44 Restaurant and Bar

Bar, Bistro, Pub, Restaurant, Wine Bar, American, Italian

Blue 44 Restaurant and Bar, Washington
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Appetizing comfort food infused with the flavors of Italy and France and a rustic English pub interior make for a charming and simple bar experience. Hosting a full bar that features specials each night, it is a favorite of locals. Blue 44 draft list is always mentioned as lengthy and sophisticated that covers domestic and international drafts. There are no apparent set specials for happy hour, but every Thursday is ladies’ night from 5PM-11PM, and you can also find other happy hour specials throughout the week by asking in person.

4. Ripple

Bar, Restaurant, Wine Bar, American

Dim lighting and a sleek, marble bar make for a modern, but cozy experience at Ripple. In 2014, the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington ranked the restaurant as having the the wine program of the year, while it was also named one of the best wine restaurants in Wine Enthusiast magazine. The extensive wine list features champagne, cider and burgundies, among others, by the bottle and glass. They also have cocktails and craft beers that harness quality ingredients from local and international breweries. Hurry up getting to the wine bar after work, because you can get half price wine glasses and draft beers from 5PM-6:30PM Sunday-Thursday.

5. Kitty O’Shea’s DC

Bar, Pub, Wine Bar, Irish

Kitty OSheas D.C., Washington
A neighborhood staple, the Irish pub Kitty O’Shea’s DC offers classic bar food that is a favorite amongst locals. During happy hour every day from 3PM-7PM, different drafts are featured at great prices. Each night a different food and beer is featured, with Saturdays being popular for their cheap Yuengling pitchers, and Monday through Friday you can get cheap rail drinks. Perfect for football nights and outdoor dining during warm months, Kitty O’Shea’s is a great place to kick back and relax.

6. Bardeo Wine Bar

Bar, Wine Bar, American

If looking for a classy evening, Bardeo feels upscale and stylish without any pretension. The sleek and cozy modern bar offers handcrafted cocktails, wine and aperitifs. Happy hour is offered daily from 5PM-7PM with money off flights, wine glasses and bottles under $50 or more off bottles over $50. You can also look forward to the champagne brunch every Saturday and Sunday, or get a two course bottomless brunch for $28.

7. Jake’s Boiler Room

Bar, Restaurant, American

Jakes American Grille, Washington
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Jake’s is a playroom filled with fun games to please your inner child. If you’re looking for an active night out with friends, Jake’s offers video games, pool tables, darts and a sociable atmosphere for conversation on the bottom floor complete with a bar. The first floor is a dining and bar area with classic American menu featuring regional favorites with an emphasis on fresh steak and local produce, and the bar features happy hour specials daily. On Sunday you can get bottomless mimosas or discounted bloody Marys from 10AM-4PM. Monday through Friday, grab a cheap rail drink or Yuengling (among other drinks) with $2-$6 food specials.

8. Persimmon

Bistro, Restaurant, Bar, American, French, Chilean, Italian

The bar at the classic American bistro, Persimmon, has a cozy atmosphere to unwind in after a long day. Their happy hours from Tuesday through Friday from 4PM-7PM offers half-off draft brews and wine by the glass. Try one of their specialty cocktail for $8 and martinis for $9 that range from fruity to strong bourbon-inspired drinks. On average, martinis and cocktails are $3-$5 more per glass, so happy hour is worth it while snacking ton their classic American cuisine with small touches of creative flavors.

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