The 10 Best Bars In Potomac Heights, Washington DC

Nina Ariana

For an epic weekend night, or just a few casual drinks with friends, here are 10 great bars you should explore in the Potomac Heights neighborhood of Washington D.C.

Upstairs bar set, Bourbon Bar DC

1. Bourbon

Bar, American

Roofers Union| Riley Londres
Riley Londres
Check out the cool and trendy hangout Bourbon, located in a converted townhouse. This neighborhood bar is famous for its wide and varied selection of bourbon, whisky, and liquor from all around the world. The warm and inviting interior makes this bar a great place to relax with friends over a few drinks. They also serve brunch and dinner.

2. Clyde's Of Gallery Place

Bar, American

This incredible local bar is located near the Verizon Center sports arena and boasts four bars, five dining rooms, and a private event area. Clyde’s interior is decorated to reflect the city’s love of baseball and sports, with gorgeous wooden panelling and a warm and softly-lit ambience. It’s possible to spend the whole day here, as they serve brunch, lunch and dinner as well as drinks. They even have a Raw Bar serving some of the best Oysters in DC.

3. Mason Inn

Bar, Bistro, Wine Bar, Pub Grub

Wine Tasting at Slate Wine Bar and Bistro
Courtesy Wendy Gordon, Slate Bar and Bistro
Mason Inn is a lively sports bar. It is huge. A 55 foot long solid oak bar lines one side, and is surrounded by wood benches, high-tops, brick walls, a stage and dance floor. The place is always crawling with college grads from the local Georgetown University, using the ample to space to chat, dance and watch sports on their dozen big screen tvs. Go for the buffalo wings or one of the BBQ sandwiches to accompany your pint as you watch the game with your crew.

4. Slate Wine Bar And Bistro

Bar, Bistro, Restaurant, Wine Bar, American

Just across from the United States Naval Observatory is Slate, the rustic-modern wine bar and bistro. The ambiance of this wine bar and restaurant, with its exposed brick walls and lines of fairy lights, is the perfect setting for delicious wine tasting. Slate Wine Bar and Bistro prides itself on its commitment to giving its guests a full-bodied experience, serving full-course meals, light snacks, and incredible and carefully-selected drinks. All their wines are sustainably produced and come from all over the world, from all over Europe to New Zealand, and from California to just around the corner in Potomac Heights.

5. Town Hall

Restaurant, American

This local hangout is owned by a group of close friends, and offers drinks, brunch, and serves as a venue for special events as well. The five proprietors have strong beliefs as to what makes a great local bar, so you will always find at least one of them minding the bar or chatting to regulars. It’s been operating in its present location only since 2012, but the great food, comfortable courtyard and bar and fantastic atmosphere soon made Town Hall ‘the Talk of Glover Park’ (Washington Post). poolside debate at Breadsoda © Matthew Hurst/Flickr

6. Breadsoda

Bar, American, Wine, Beer, Vegetarian

This fun and homey bar is located beneath Wisconsin Avenue and features billiard tables, comfortable booths and a great bar. The theme is profoundly 70s inspired, with muted dark walls and soft lighting contributing to that basement house-party feel. The crowd here is friendly and laid-back, so if whether you’re after a drink or a meal, Breadsoda is a great place to hang out until late playing shuffle-board, pool or even yahtzee!

7. Chads Friendship Heights

Bar, American

The Fireplace, DC
© Elvert Barnes/Flickr
Chad’s Friendship Heights is a long-running neighborhood spot that has a great bar, great food, and a cool atmosphere. Opened in 1982, Chad’s has been gaining more and more regulars in its 25 years of service by serving good old-fashioned American food and drinks with a smile. Featuring exposed brick walls, comfortable booths, and a great location (across the street from the Jenifer St exit of the Friendship Heights Metro station), don’t miss out on a trip to Chad’s.

8. The Fireplace

Bar, Gay Bar, Pub Grub

Guinness and Jameson at Nanny OBriens, DC
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The #1 gay bar in DC, The Fireplace always has a fun crowd and holds themed events and offers every single day of the week. Located near Dupont Circle, they have a regular bar downstairs as well as a DJ and dance area upstairs, making it the perfect stop for a night out.

9. Nanny O'Briens

Bar, Pub, Irish

Nanny O’Briens is a locally-loved Irish pub, where you can catch traditional live Irish music sessions, and enjoy various types of delicious beer and, of course, Guinness. The wood panelling and dark exterior give this bar a traditional pub ambience with a friendly, welcoming feel.

10. Sur La Place Belgian Bistro And Bar

Bar, Bistro, Restaurant, Belgian

Sur La Placa Belgian Bistro and Bar offers delicious Belgian food, and an authentic and varied selection of Belgian beers, all in a comfortable, neighborhood-friendly setting. Try the one of the 20 varieties of mussels, or maybe a Belgian sausage, to accompany one of the delicious beers. With its exposed brick, deep wood hues and dark red drapery, Sur La Place is an excellent choice for a romantic date, a business meeting, or simply a fine night out in the city.

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