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The 10 Best Bars In Potomac Heights, Washington DC
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The 10 Best Bars In Potomac Heights, Washington DC

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Updated: 9 February 2017
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
Upstairs bar set, Bourbon Bar DC | © Matthew Hurst/Flickr
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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.

Bourbon, 2321 18th Street NW Washington, DC, USA +1 202-332-0800

Oyster Platter at Clyde's of Gallery Place, DC
Oyster Platter at Clyde’s of Gallery Place, DC | © Tim Evanson/Flickr
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Clyde’s Of Gallery Place

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.

Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th Street NW Washington, DC, USA +1 202-349-3700

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Mason Inn

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.

Mason Inn, 2408 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington, DC 20037 (202) 337-1313

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Slate Wine Bar And Bistro

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.

Slate Wine Bar and Bistro, 2402 Wisconsin Avenue NW Washington, DC, USA +1 202-333-4304

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Town Hall

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).

Town Hall, 2340 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC, USA +1 202-333-5640

poolside debate at Breadsoda
poolside debate at Breadsoda | © Matthew Hurst/Flickr
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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!

Breadsoda, 2233 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington, DC, USA, +1 202-333-7445

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Chads Friendship Heights

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.

Chad’s Friendship Heights, 5247 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington, DC 20015 202-362-8040

The Fireplace, DC
The Fireplace, DC | © Elvert Barnes/Flickr
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The Fireplace

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.

The Fireplace, 2161 P St NW Washington, DC, USA +1 202-293-1293

Guinness and Jameson at Nanny O'Briens, DC
Guinness and Jameson at Nanny O’Briens, DC | © IntangibleArts/Flickr
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Nanny O’Briens

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.

Nanny O’Briens, 3319 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC, USA +1 202-686-9189

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Sur La Place Belgian Bistro And Bar

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.

Sur La Place Belgian Bistro and Bar, 5105 MacArthur Blvd NW Washington, DC, USA 202 237-1445